Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nassim Taleb: 3 Views

From, The Bed of Procrustes, a new book by Nassim Taleb."Education makes the wise slightly wiser, but it makes the fool vastly more dangerous."
"You are only secure if you can lose your fortune without the additional insult of having to become humble."
"You are rich if and only if money you refuse tastes better than money you accept."
Wesley Yang wrote about Taleb, "He made what he has called his "fuck you" money when his bets against the market made him millions on Black Monday in 1987." "...the content of his next book, Anti-Fragility, ...will be about how we can create systems that mimic the resiliency of nature."
Taleb also wrote, The Black Swan, and, Fooled by Randomness. Both bestsellers. Both about Wall Street.
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
Pics taken this week, of my month old Conservatory, from my bedroom window. Poppets, you should see my VINTAGE 25 year old linoleum kitchen floor, with battle scars.
Conservatories are for the soul, kitchen floors a necessity. Younger, I would have done the 'right' thing, the floor. This age is exquisite, bringing me the Conservatory.
No doubt, fate will bring a new kitchen floor, including, of course, new countertops, backsplash, sink, faucet, stove, refrigerator. Last year in the kitchen was: ceiling reconfiguring, painting, 4 new chandeliers & cabinets. In the interim, I don't look down.


Desert Dweller said...

I like how you juxtaposed those quotes with your garden's silent hibernation!

The best "money" to put primadonnas / their disciples in their places often comes unintentionally...speaking truth with love and grace. The toxic types are incapable of that, and hate those who truly have something going on.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

How wonderful to have a conservatory in weather like this! Don't you just love it?

Bruce Barone said...

I second both Pamela's and Desert Dweller's comments.

Meanwhile, that chest in the back yard, in quite buried in snow--a long way from peas growing out of and up from the draw!

Anonymous said...

You made the right decision. The soul is more important.
You know my piority...
It is always the GARDEN first!

Divine Theatre said...

My eduction was almost the end of me! Good thing I overcame it!
Nice to "see' you!

Miguel Illescas said...

What does a gardener thinking about stock market? Just kidding.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Can you see your conservatory form the kitchen? If so, look out, NOT down! If not, look UP at the chandies and all will be well.

I'm an expert at seeing the things I have accomplished in our "always in-progess" home and visualizing the way things will BE in the future. Anticipation is half the fun- if you got it all at the same time, would you enjoy it half as much?

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Tara despite your kitchens downfalls I know it will have your STYLE. And when it gets you down I agree with Stephanie...look OUT! Have fun planning for your future kitchen.