Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SF Northbay

 "Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it." - Antoine de Saint Exupery
 Signs placed in Marin and Sonoma Counties
 "Life is incredibly short, yet we're always told that change takes time. For a race of mortals, dicking around just isn't acceptable." - Ted Rall

 "When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained." - Mark Twain

 "If you need drugs to be a good writer, you're not a good writer." - Rod Serling
 "What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee." - Marcus Aurelius
 "You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy." - Charles Manson
 "I believe it's we who led our parents on to bear us, and it's our unborn children who make our flesh itch." - T.E. Lawrence
 "What's another word for Thesaurus?" - Steven Wright

YTD - 632

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Imagine Your Grandchildren Dancing at the Weddings of Their Grandchildren

 "The role of art is to make a world which can be inhabited." - William Saroyan
 Signs placed in Berkeley
 "We need more people speaking out. This country is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers. It's overrun with sheep and conformists." - Bill Maher

 "The present moment
contains past and future.
The secret of transformation,
is in the way we handle this very moment." 
 - Thich Nhat Hanh
 "All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian." - Pat Paulson

 "Progress was all right. Only it went on too long." - James Thurber
"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'Thank You', that would suffice." - Meister Eckhart
 "Imagine your grandchildren dancing at the weddings of their grandchildren." - Freewayblogger
YTD - 620

Friday, July 20, 2012

What "Wake Up and Smell the Permafrost" Means

 "Some say the world will end in fire. Some say ice..." - Robert Frost
 "Permafrost" is the layer of ice that's been keeping large amounts of the earth's dormant carbon safely frozen in the arctic tundra. As temperatures have risen, the permafrost has started melting, causing all that ancient plantlife to start seeping carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. This creates more warming, which in turn creates more thawing: a feedback loop we'll soon be absolutely powerless to stop.
 What good does putting signs on freeways do? Admittedly, compared to the size of the problem, not much.  Although it's raised some awareness and gotten a lot of west coast motorists to start googling "permafrost" and "wake up and smell the permafrost", unless it inspires someone incredibly smart to come up with a solution, it's obviously not going to change things much.
 What putting signs on freeways does do, however, is present an aberration. It gives an immediate impression to large numbers of people that things are not entirely normal. And right now an appearance of normalcy is one thing we can no longer afford.
 Santa Cruz
 Thousand Oaks
 San Luis Obispo
 Los Angeles
YTD - 609

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Woody

 "Let me be known as just the man that told you something you already knew."
 "I ain't a communist necessarily, but I been in the red all my life."
 "As I went walking I saw a sign there 
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing." 

More Los Angeles

"Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans." - Adlai Stevenson

All signs placed on Los Angeles freeways, quotes by Angelenos.
 "Without deviation, progress is not possible." - Frank Zappa
 "There's something just as inevitable as death. And that's life. Think of the power of the universe — turning the Earth, growing the trees. That's the same power within you — if you'll only have the courage and the will to use it." - Charlie Chaplin

 "If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence." - Charles Bukowski

 "A person is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." - John Barrymore

 "If you won't leave me I'll find someone who will." - Warren Zevon
YTD - 589