Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Lounge Lizard

Here's a guy staring into space with a drink and a smoke.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Eating Cake

Here's a clip art depicting someone eating some chocolate cake.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Singularity


Here's a little collage for a change of pace. Featuring photos taken from the Hubble telescope, this illustration is dedicated to The Singularity.

According to Ray Kurzweil, "As exponential growth continues to accelerate into the first half of the twenty-first century, it will appear to explode into infinity, at least from the limited and linear perspective of contemporary humans. The progress will ultimately become so fast that it will rupture our ability to follow it. It will literally get out of our control. The illusion that we have our hand "on the plug," will be dispelled."

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Chiuaua


Nice little doggy.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Gavel

Today's clip art is dedicated to justice.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Dali Lama

According to His Holiness, ""The need for simple human to human relationship is becoming increasingly urgent.... Today the world is smaller and more interdependent. One nation's problems can no longer be solved by itself completely. Thus, without a sense of universal responsibility, our very survival becomes threatened. Basically, universal responsibility is feeling for other people's suffering just as we feel our own. It is the realization that even our enemy is entirely motivated by the quest for happiness. We must recognize that all beings want the same thing that we want. This is the way to achieve a true understanding, unfettered by artificial consideration".

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Football Player


Today's clip art depicts a football player running for a touchdown.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Figure Skater

Today's athletic clip art features figure skating.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Find Your Own Path



I'm trying to be optimistic with today's sunny pink flip flop "Find Your Own Path" clip art offering. In our crazy world of ever increasing complexity, finding one's path seems to be an ongoing challenge.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Eggs and Bacon


Here's a Sunday breakfast clip art featuring bacon and eggs in a skillet. Yum.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Orange Halves

Here's another fruit clip art - a fresh orange cut in half. I can't think of much to say about these food pictures, so they'll have to speak quietly for themselves.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Apple Halves

An apple a day is the theme of today's clip art offering.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Piece of Cake

Today's delicious clip art is a tempting piece of chocolate cake on a little plate with a fork. Dig in.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Milk

Today's clip art is all about milk. It's good for you.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Drum Kit


Today's clip art features a nice blue drum kit.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Snare Drum

Today's clip art is a nice blue snare drum. According to Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or faraway."

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Golden Spiral Kitty

Today's clip art is a golden cat with spirals. Cats have inspired and bewildered humans for thousands of years. Writers can usually find a good cat metaphor for every occasion. Cervantes was cautionary when he said, "Those who will play with cats must expect to be scratched." But, according to Colette, "Time spent with cats is never wasted."

For a little bit of cat wisdom and the occasional scratch, you might want to spend some time with Cat and Girl.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Global Warming Culprit


There's more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than ever. Today's clip art shows a model of CO2 - there you have it, one carbon, two oxygens.

According to Thomas Stocker from the University of Bern, Switzerland."We find that CO2 is about 30% higher than at any time, and methane 130% higher than at any time; and the rates of increase are absolutely exceptional: for CO2, 200 times faster than at any time in the last 650,000 years."

Friday, January 13, 2006

The Time is Now

Today's clip art is an hour glass. Time plays such a dominant role in our lives, but it seems that people can't really agree on what it actually is. Einstein said it was all relative. The ancient Mayans and Terence Mckenna predicted that it would be ending around 2012.

Theories abound, but according to Groucho Marx, "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."

Thursday, January 12, 2006

I Think, Therefore I Ant

Ants have been working together in large complex societies for many millions of years. They have always impressed us humans with their strength and wisdom .

Philosophers such as René Descartes rarely agree on what is the nature of reality or what constitutes wisdom, but according to Rick Mitchell, "Wisdom is living with ambiguity, indefinitely."

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Save The Frogs

There are over 5000 species of amphibians on the planet and over one third of them are currently facing extinction. We've been hearing about it for years, but frogs are still in trouble.

There is plenty of debate about the exact cause of the problem, but according to Alan Pounds, an ecologist at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve and Tropical Science Center in Costa Rica, "Disease is the bullet killing frogs, but climate change is pulling the trigger."

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Winter Home

Winter time is a real challenge and a metaphoric opportunity to appreciate the depth and tenacity of the human spirit. So, that's why today's clip art is an igloo. Making a shelter out of blocks of ice is a great example of human creativity and resourcefulness.

According to Anne Bradstreet, who some consider to be the first American poet, "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

These are the words of a true optimist who endured the harsh New England winters of the 1630's to pursue the Puritan dream of colonization for God and country.

About three hundred years later, another woman came to America and purchased her own printing press to self publish her book, "Winter of Artifice".

According to Anais Nin, "Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death."

And then according to Lao Tsu, " Difficult and easy complement each other."

Monday, January 09, 2006

Humility in a Nutshell

Today's nutty clip art offering is crunchy and deliceous. Let's hear it for Peanuts.

Agricultural scientist, George Washington Carver invented over 300 uses for peanuts and had countless other acheivments, not the least of which was that he was a dedicated humanitarian.

According to Carver, "It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success."

And here's another one.......

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these."

Learn more about George Washington Carver.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Find Your Own Path

Today's clip art has it's own slogan. Find your own path!

According to Audre Lorde, "Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge."

Here's a link for some info on Audre Lorde.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

I Am The Eggman


My head is an egg, and my body is made from vegetables. I sit on my plate and plan for the future.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Magnifying Glass


Life is full of mystery and wonder. Constant probing reveals surprising new questions. Maybe that's why the magnifying glass is such a classic clip art performer.

According to Einstein, "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Groundhog


Groundhog day is right around the corner. I can't wait 'till February, so here's some groundhog clip art today.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Betting on Oil

Here's a little editorial action featuring the oil derek, a couple of barrels of oil, and a game of craps. Roll the dice.

Oil Barrels


This clip art depicts several barrels of oil sitting in a small pool of the stuff. Maybe one of them is leaking.

Oil Barrel


Nothing fancy, just a single barrel of oil.

Peak Oil

Here's a topical clip art featuring a silhouette picture of an oil derek pumping away in the setting sun.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Martin Luther King


Today's icon honors Dr. Martin Luther King and his dream of peace and justice for all people.

According to Dr. King, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Adam and Eve

Our clip art bible story for today features Adam and Eve at the dawn of a new era. We're a long way from the Garden of Eden, now.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Sisyphus


My first cheerful post for 2006 features a clip art depiction of Sisyphus behind a giant eight ball, pushing it up the hill for yet another year of absurdist futility. Wow, two cheerful metaphors rolled up together into one bite sized nugget.