Dr. Robert Svoboda

February 2015:

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I have also recently joined the 21st century by inaugurating a Facebook page (something I never thought I would do), where info about my upcoming teaching schedule and more will appear:

https://www.facebook.com/DrRobertSvoboda

And now, let us proceed to images:

Movies I saw: Selma, American Sniper, Gone Girl, Interstellar, Unbroken, The Imitation Game

Fibonacci visuals: http://art.sfglobe.com/2015/01/14/ix3/?src=fbfan_32233

Tools from ancient ancestors: http://www.livescience.com/48991.

World's speediest guitarist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH8DKITGZEY

Bach in several directions = http://youtu.be/xUHQ2ybTejU

Little devils: http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/01/05/p

And continue to concepts, in particular:

"This great misfortune -- to be incapable of solitude."

"All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone."

[from http://quotationsbook.com/quotes/author/1084/jean-de-la-bruyere/#FbFmKjYcUOOIRcBy.99]

Consider this yet further evidence of how unhealthy modern life is for modern people:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive = year-round warmth increases weight, just as round-the-clock light

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over-illumination

and how returning to previous modes of functioning may benefit us:

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/spells = 1st & 2nd sleep

Here is a sadly counter-intuitive research result:

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-friends-pain-empathy-20150114-story.html = help from friends increases pain

All these subjects paled however for me during a February touched by Death's bony finger, personally via the serious brain tumor that threatens the life of a dear friend, multiplied culturally by Mahasivaratri, the year's most important occasion for contemplation of Siva (or Shiva, the "Auspicious One"), or Mahadeva ("The Great Shining One"), which fell this year on the 17th of this month.

Oliver Sacks commented on his personal mortality:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/19/opinion/

ISIS seeks the "end-times":

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/08

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/201

Cosmologists speculate on creation's finale:

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/

Meanwhile, here is a Mongolian who may not be dead:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31125338 = Mongolian "tukdam"

and a statue who was once alive:

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/02/buddah-mummy/

And though March marked his actual demise, let us in this spirit of awareness of impermanency note the passing from this world (and for all we know, re-appearance on the Disc World) of Sir Terry Pratchett, an author who richly deserved the monicker "well-beloved":

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-

Here is but one of Sir Terry's nearly numberless quotable quotes: "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it," and those with open minds who opened his books welcomed what he inserted therein.

Death Personified appears in many of his volumes, always speaking in CAPITAL LETTERS; and when Sir T's death was announced, it was Death who commandeered his Twitter feed to declare:

AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.

As eventually must we all. Om namah sivaya!

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