You say you’re going to be a better person tomorrow, why not start today?…/… Yarın bambaşka bir insan olacağım diyorsun. Niye bugünden başlamıyorsun?


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So many have wanted it all,
But then they passed away,
You think that you will never leave,
But they all were like you…
This world does not belong to anybody,
Sooner or later it is a grave for everybody,
Let us say you manage to live as long as Noah,
Will you not cease to exist all the same?

Omar Khayyam


Niceleri geldi neler istediler,
Sonunda dünyayı bırakıp gittiler ,
Sen; hiç gitmeyecek gibisin değil mi?
O gidenler de hep senin gibiydiler…
Bu dünya kimseye kalmaz bilesin ,
Ergeç kuyusunu kazar herkesin ,
Tut ki, Nuh kadar yaşadın zorbela ,
Sonunda yok olacak sen değil misin?

Ömer Hayyam


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The Special Allowances

Wide Awake But Dreaming

I have this strange, sinking suspicion that I’m going to need to run out and buy a new lamp tonight, because this morning my bulb blew out and now my three-way lamp is acting like a one-way, which is never a good thing.  Sure, why not finish out the new year having to stumble around trying to find stuff in the dark?  It’s not like this place is that big that I can’t find what I’m looking for in the pitch blackness of night.

But night is where we are at right now, and speaking of that, you saw a few hundred words of lead-in of something, and I think we all have some knowledge of the approaching event . . .

All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)

Annie had known about the upcoming flight for two weeks, and her discussions the Friday…

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Day 1093: What are you eating/What’s eating you

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

The title of today’s post is inspired by:

  • all the people who are talking about food during this time of the year,
  • worries that tend to eat away at people,  and
  • every single photo I took yesterday.

What are you eating these days?  And what’s eating you?

Personally, I’d like to let go of all worries that are eating me. One worry I can let go of, immediately,  is about what we’re going to have to eat during  this week between Christmas and New Years,  what with that enormous baked ziti Michael made for us yesterday. I don’t think it’s eating away at my son Aaron that Michael made that baked ziti  instead of the lasagna Aaron had requested, especially since all the Christmas shoppers had eaten away all the lasagna noodles from the supermarket shelves on Sunday.

If it’s eating away at you, now, that you can’t see Michael’s…

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Jazz You Too

The track and the album share the title Blue Train, I keep the vinyl album and the CD in a safe place, it’s John Coltrane’s only album for Blue Note, the sextet plays hardbop at its best, it was 1957, a great year for jazz!
John Coltrane saxophone Paul Chambers bass Kenny Drew piano Curtis Fuller trombone Philly Joe Jones drums Lee Morgan trumpet

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This paper studies container fleet management for an oil supplier. The demand and spot freight rate are random. The supplier must adjust charter contracts and options to manage capacity shortage. The objective is to minimize weighted, conditional value-at-risk.

The authors formulate the problem as a nonlinear program. To simplify the computation, they use simulation to generate scenarios for linearizing the nonlinear program. They also calibrate the model with real data and numerically show that properly chosen portfolio of contracts and options can reduce risks.

I applaud the authors’ effort to tackle a realistic operational problem with well-known methods. But that alone is insufficient for publication. Unless I misread, the paper makes neither theoretical nor managerial contributions, in any significant sense.

Indeed, as its literature review session shows (the journals researchers barely read),  the paper is targeting a wrong audience. Perhaps application oriented journals are more appropriate outlets.


[Antelope Canyon, 8/07/2009]

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Walking in Lars Lerins landscape

Annas Art - FärgaregårdsAnna

I’ve just stepped right into an infinite landscape, that calls the origin of man. Forests, water, rocks, snow, ice, animals and even some human habitations.
Opening Lars Lerins book Natural Learning involves a wide open gate to the nature we never ever do without, even if we sometimes get us there.
To walk into his landscapes, which he builds up in his paintings, represents a clear awakening. Nature does not need us, but we need nature.
To benefit from Lars Lerins texts and paintings take me on adventures in the universe of thought, which I reluctantly return home from. Each leaf of the Natural Learning: limes norrlandicus has a meaning and a purpose, just like every part of nature has meaning and purpose. Everything is connected, both nature and each painting, as the book wears on.
This book, I will…

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With help from Penney Vanderbilt