Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

“Form over function.” ~ Doc Meek

Freestanding 5-mph shock-absorbing zero-damage bumper, 1976 AMC Matador
Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Today I am grateful to learn (again) the importance of the distinction between form and function, between how a thing looks versus its purpose.
Take for example the car bumper. Originally it was designed to act as a protector for the car in the case of hitting something. The bumper was strong, steel, protected the car, and was easily and cheaply replaceable if it was bent too much by the impact.
Today, it appears to be made of plastic, and is designed to look pretty, to enhance the look of the car. It is nigh unto worthless as a bumper that protects and costs a fortune to replace (if hit, it often shatters).
I am not against beauty. If the function is beauty (as in art) then the distinction between form and function vanishes.
However, if the function is to protect the car, the replacing that function with a form that looks good, is counter-productive it seems to me.
My friends tell me that underneath the plastic bumpers on cars today lies a real bumper that is superior to the original highly visible steel bumpers, in terms of protection for the radiator and motor. I wouldn’t know. 😮
All I know is that exterior bumpers no longer protect; they just look good and break easily. 😮
They tell me that these new exterior plastic bumpers require bumper guards to prevent them from being broken so easily. A bumper guard? Give me a break. 😮

Doc Meek, Wed, Mar 9, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“Gratitude overwhelms ugly.” ~ Doc Meek


Indonesia Underwater Wonderland 1
8 min – 21 Jul 2007
Uploaded by tokailoe

Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Today I am grateful for all of the underwater beauty in places I have visited, and indeed, in places worldwide that I have not yet visited.

In fact, I am grateful for the beauty of the earth, worldwide, whether it be under the water, over the water, in the sky, in the mountains, in the plains, wherever.

My gratitude overwhelms the things in the earth, worldwide, that are not pleasant, not  beautiful, not great (much of which has been created by mankind, not nature, although nature has her terrible moments too).

Doc Meek, Wed, Mar 2, 2011, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

Tranquility of single flower (or snowflake) at home

Sunday, August 8, 2010. In a previous Sunday post we published a tranquil mountain lake scene, for restful de-stressing of the mind and body, to enhance the brain’s capacity for better learning. If you missed that post, click on the link to its title here:   Tranquil scene at Jasper National Park, Canada

What if you can’t “get away” to a tranquil mountain lake, or even a nearby lake? What if you are “stuck” at home? No problem. The brain, body and soul can find sweet “balm in Gilead” by gazing tenderly at the beauty of a single flower at home.

“If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.”
Author: Unknown (Submitted by: kristal); quote from:
Or you might want to gently gaze at your beloved in the snow. To enlarge image:  View On Black
By Dave DiCello
"If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden." by Dave DiCello.
Or maybe just gaze at just the simple snow itself, or even the incredible beauty of a single  snowflake.








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Thank you, Ken Libbrecht, for reminding us of the beauty of a snowflake! I am grateful for you attention to detail.

Doc Meek, Sunday, August 8, 2010, at Foothills Motel in Pincher Creek, Alberta, CANADA


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