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Interzone / Re: the bite of the apple
« on: May 18, 2013, 04:35:18 AM »
Maybe you'll discover that everything is actually very, very simple.
That'd be nice, eh?

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Interzone / Re: Authority.
« on: May 18, 2013, 04:32:15 AM »
You must be unaware of the ratio of commenters to lurkers.
The lurkers lurk often, because they are the smartest ones, who would rather not set themselves up to become targets.
Those smartest ones are what every forum misses, because forums always degenerate into provinces run by schoolyard bullies. Bullies are rarely as smart as they like to think.
Sometimes the bullies need smashing, so that the outliers feel able to come inside.
Expect to hear from people you haven't seen before.
Expect, also, another mighty purge when the cycle repeats itself.
Meanwhile, enjoy the near-civility. It is hard-won and easily lost.


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Interzone / Re: Authority.
« on: May 17, 2013, 11:32:49 PM »
Now that things have settled down and only two of the worst offenders are no longer in any position to offend, the need for any more draconian measures is passed. For as long as it takes to get out of hand again.
Therefore, I have the pleasure to announce, that a certain amount of gratuitous rudeness will be tolerated, as long as it doesn't get too abrasive. It is left to the individual to decide what "a certain amount" might mean.

After all, we don't want to be complete pussies, do we? Especially not here.
To those who bore with the program: thank you.
To those few who didn't: feel free to apply, in writing to the site admin, to state your case.



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Interzone / Collapsed New Desks.
« on: May 17, 2013, 07:38:05 PM »
Here at the buzzing offices of ANUS, we are having trouble with the new flat-pack desks we decided to buy, to support the many important projects we work on.
It seems that very little of the new stuff that has replaced the reliable old stuff, is fit for purpose.
Somewhere around nine sheets of paper is all it takes to collapse these new desks.
And, of couse, you never, ever, want to rest your elbows on them.
A sign of the times...

http://img3.photographersdirect.com/img/30735/wm/pd2698105.jpg

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Interzone / Re: Reaction speed.
« on: May 17, 2013, 05:25:03 PM »
None of the above applies to me, except decisiveness. I am unable to dither.
I am very, very decisive.
Instantly so.

Edit: image test...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/26554770@N08/

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Interzone / Re: Coping with cold climate in outdoor life
« on: May 17, 2013, 06:05:05 AM »
Shame on you. You are crass, as many Canadians are. The English have a quaint term to describe people who openly discuss underwear: 'Infra-dig'.

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Interzone / Re: the bite of the apple
« on: May 17, 2013, 06:02:58 AM »
Because desire is something often thought to be good, whereas nobody deliberately goes after ignorance.
This whole subject is the epitome of paradox:
I find myself, every day, unable to deliver the goods to the very people most in need of them, because they have no way to understand what is being offered. Similarly, having the goods to offer, renders me unable to describe what those goods are to those who know nothing of them.

Desire is the root of all that prevents people being any more than Pavlovian creatures of desire.
It takes something like faith, to let desire go, and then something like patience, to discover the subtle, yet breathtaking difference a desire-less state brings.

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Interzone / Re: the bite of the apple
« on: May 17, 2013, 05:43:27 AM »
Desire is ignorance. But ignorance would, by its nature, never suspect that to be the case.

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Interzone / Re: Zen and the art of archery.
« on: May 17, 2013, 03:54:40 AM »
Haha :)
That's the spirit.
Archery is all about accuracy. If you aren't interested in being accurate, then there is no point to it.
What I was talking about is the desire to be accurate, versus being accurate without the desire to be.
A fine point, but fine points are what makes stuff like this interesting.
Accuracy is the goal. Desire for accuracy is not.
As you see: there is no need for the desire. It can only hinder.

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Interzone / Zen and the art of archery.
« on: May 17, 2013, 03:30:19 AM »
I moved my archery target, a few days ago, from the garden, out into the woods, to gain more range and tidy up the garden. I can stand off up to seventy yards now.
That's a good long way, for a longbow, and still be able to hit reasonably accurately, although it would be nothing special for a compound bow. But I only have a recurve and a longbow, being the traditionalist I am.

Straw bales are a great arrow-stopper, although it remains to be seen if the deer will eat them.
Over the bales I have a two-foot-square hessian bag full of synthetic roofing paper, all screwed up into a fairly solid medium, inside the bag. And a nine-inch roundel marked on the front for an aiming point.

I hadn't shot an arrow in many months, but, astonishingly, my first arrow hit the bull, at about sixty yards.
This is astonishing for a number of reasons, but it is a phenomenon I have seen several times. That first arrow is, more often than not, the most accurate one of all. And why would that be?

I can only surmise that the first shot is concerned only with finding the range, elevation-wise, and by not caring where it hits, it unintentionally gets to be the best shot. I couldn't believe my eyes. The second shot was almost as accurate, about two inches right. And all following shots fell into the predictable groove of reasonably accurate, in a loose group, with one or two low misses.

Zen, at work. Dispense with desire, and unlikely results occur.


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Interzone / Re: the bite of the apple
« on: May 17, 2013, 02:55:18 AM »
Why sustain life, anyway? It lasts as long as it lasts.
But even so, one is better able to sustain life without the desire to.
Yes, that makes no sense. Why should it though?
And what is motivation, anyway? A choice you may make.
Being alive is life, in its entirety, but only those who have discovered that, alongside every other living creature, know how delicious that is.

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Interzone / Re: the bite of the apple
« on: May 17, 2013, 01:27:27 AM »
You are right. And the desire for knowledge, too. Knowledge is there, all the time, all around, as you need to know it. Like air. Why gather it up and pack it around?

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Interzone / Re: Teeth, race, and intelligence.
« on: May 17, 2013, 12:10:58 AM »
Fair enough. It makes sense. So does my take on it, if you're neolithic, like me.
Vexorg wonder why when him do crossword puzzle, him not gasp.
Zegvog tell him not think so much...

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Interzone / Re: Teeth, race, and intelligence.
« on: May 16, 2013, 08:46:22 PM »
Thinking has never caused me to gasp in more oxygen, whereas physical exertion has, especially combat.
Experience would indicate that muscles require far more oxygen than brains.

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Interzone / Re: Reaction speed.
« on: May 16, 2013, 05:50:44 PM »
Occam's Razor. Nice one, Eleison :)

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