One day later and it is still today. How to break through this cycle, this spiral towards death. Or at least level out the rate of descent to somewhere between never & forever. Don’t be in a hurry for tomorrow. I’m starting with a cleansing. The fluid of choice will be the exclusive waters from the deep well at mystical Thor’s Hill ~ The House at the Edge of the Forest, home to the Maine Forest Cafe. Eight pints, four quarts, one gallon, in one day.
Life is Good Quote: “Remember, the music is not in the guitar.”
Personalized corollary: “Remember, the picture is not in the camera.”
Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
Today starts a new path of discover through serendipity. Dan Pink described this path in his book A Whole New Mind. The directions on this path are simple. Pick one word, web search on it, and follow this path through five links. Today’s word is Serendipity.
I: Wiki seems to be the popular first result. Serendipity means a “fortuitous happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. It was first coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. In a letter he wrote to a friend Walpole explained an unexpected discovery he had made by reference to a Persian fairy tale, “The Three Princes of Serendip”. The princes, he told his correspondent, were “always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of”. Wiki is also selflessly self-serving, all of the primary links are to other wiki pages. Scrolling down to the external links.
II: From the BBC: Serendipity casts a very wide net
It is no accident that technology commentator Bill Thompson believes that the web does a lot to promote chance discovery
Has indexing information removed all the surprise?
One of those rumbling arguments that betrays a deeper discontent is going on within the loose collection of blogs, newspapers and academic websites that has replaced public lectures and university common rooms as the space for public debate on matters of intellectual significance.
III: Which leads on to StumbleUpon: which is a giant collection of the best pages on the internet. You tell us your interests. We recommend great websites, photos and videos. Simple.
This one requires you to either login through Facebook ~who doesn’t these days?~, or set up an account. Once setup, you identify 5 interests. Mine were Arts, Books, Philosophy, Photography & Quotes. You can change them later.
Which led me to here:
IV: The Mother Nature Network: Too beautiful to be real? 16 surreal landscapes found on Earth. One more click on Stumble upon brought me to:
V: Bookshelf Porn. giving people a sudden urge to read since 2009.
Bookshelf Porn is a photoblog created to allow people to indulge their love of books, libraries, bookstores and bookcases by showcasing the best bookshelf photos from around the world.
Bonus click: the Underground New York Public Library, a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways,
There you have it, the first Serendipity Sunday here on the Maine Forest Cafe. This journey will be repeated over on Wicked Good HR.