Category: Nonsense

The Allure of Imperfection: Wabi Sabi

I have heard about wabi-sabi before but have not grasped the meaning. This article grasps the concepts.

Originating in Taoism during China’s Song dynasty (960-1279) before being passed onto Zen Buddhism, wabi-sabi was originally seen as an austere, restrained form of appreciation. Today it encapsulates a more relaxed acceptance of transience, nature and melancholy, favouring the imperfect and incomplete in everything, from architecture to pottery to flower arranging.

Wabi, which roughly means ‘the elegant beauty of humble simplicity’, and sabi, which means ‘the passing of time and subsequent deterioration’, were combined to form a sense unique to Japan and pivotal to Japanese culture. But just as Buddhist monks believed that words were the enemy of understanding, this description can only scratch the surface of the topic.

侘寂

pinyin: chà jì Japanese: 侘と寂 わびとさび

The Skywhale Hot Air Balloon from an Australian Artist

I do love this thing and would love to see it live. We should all accept the imperfect and obviously different. This has hot air balloon ten large breasts that act like wings! Brilliant! Designed in Australia, made in Britain.

Skywhale balloon, designed by artist Patricia Piccinini , Australia. Controversial but strikingly beautiful.

Skywhale balloon, designed by artist Patricia Piccinini , Australia. Controversial but strikingly beautiful.

Philips System One HT Humid CPAP Machine: Disassembly

Philips System One HT Humid CPAP machine. Photo 11 by Don Tai

Philips System One HT Humid CPAP machine. Photo 11 by Don Tai

I enjoy taking apart machines, especially well engineered and built machines. How do you know if a piece of engineering is well built? You take it apart and see for yourself. This is a friend’s Philips System One Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that, after 6 years of daily use, was replaced by a better model. Here’s how to take it apart.

Overall the machine is made of thick ABS. The air intake has both a foam and paper filter. Surrounding the motor is a silicone liner that was very clean, even after 6 years. There are air gaskets that seal in the air.

Working with a Tyrant: Governing from Within

This New York Times editorial is gutsy and calls out Donald Trump. It is well overdue. The lack of truth, the fabricated truth, no truth, all adds up to either you disregard reality and go Trump, or you question how this administration can come to pass.

All ages have their tyrants. They are psychopaths that can be charismatic and draw followers into his fold. I worked for one but they quickly removed me. You either believe or they chew you up and spit you out. This is where you find out if you have the backbone to stand up for who you believe you are and how you were brought up, or fold into the morass.

Dried Achiote Paste: How to Break It Down Back to Powder

Achiote paste: A unique Mexican flavour, but if it dries to a brick, is very difficult to break back down to a paste.

Achiote paste: A unique Mexican flavour, but if it dries to a brick, is very difficult to break back down to a paste.

Big Weed had purchased this in California, as we do not have access to this here in Toronto. Achiote paste has a very unusual taste which I like. As I only used a half of the small pack I did not know to tightly wrap it so that it did not dry out. The result was a brick that was as hard as rock. Instead of wasting the achiote brick, which I cannot buy here in Toronto, I decided to try to break it down back to smaller chunks of near powder. This was more difficult than I thought.

Toronto Map: Google vs Baidu Maps

I‘ve pretty much proved this, but in North America Google Maps is much better than Baidu. Here are maps from Downtown Toronto, near Bloor and East of Yonge Streets. Google Maps has actual street names and buildings. Baidu has only restaurants. Google’s satellite map is also really good. I could have also zoomed in for greater detail. Hands down, Google wins on English maps of Toronto.

Charles Street, near  Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, Google Maps

Charles Street, near Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, Google Maps

Charles Street, near  Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, Baidu Maps

Charles Street, near Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, Baidu Maps

Charles Street, near  Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, satellite, Google  Maps

Charles Street, near Bloor Street, Downtown Toronto, satellite, Google Maps

Simple Formula for Living: Ideals to Live Up To

Life can sometimes be cruel. People lose their nerve and hurt others, often times by neglect or simply not caring. It is difficult to not be like others, but you must. Here is a ditty from a friend Michelle Heany. I will try to strive for these ideals, but it is difficult.

Simple Formula for Living

Simple Formula for Living

Recovering from Back Pain, Naturally

Pretty much everyone, some time or other, will experience back pain. I do remember moving a large CRT TV from my house and hurting my back. It did eventually heal. I have known others with chronic back pain, some visiting a local pain clinic. They said their visits were near useless.

This back pain article is very interesting, going through MRI scans, surgery implications, opiods, and eventually conservative management. The Guardian article refers to a Lancet series of three back pain articles.

Photo: Still Life with Douchebag

No photo says it more clearly than the photo of Angela Merkel staring down Trump at the recent G6+1 summit in Quebec, Canada. This was supposed to be a meeting of Allied countries, not a meeting of enemies.

Merkel and the rest of the G6 countries confront Trump, 2018 May 11, Charlevoix, Quebec

Merkel and the rest of the G6 countries confront Trump, 2018 May 11, Charlevoix, Quebec

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I quote Stephen Colbert: “Still Life With Douchebag”. Not only funny but apt. There seems a lack of friendliness with Allied countries, which Trump has put tariff on all Allied countries. Then there is the issue of insulting Justin Trudeau and Canada in general.