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Interzone / How to not disappear up your own ass.
« on: November 04, 2013, 06:55:54 PM »
The more I see, and hear, about people, the more I prefer the company of rabbits, birds, mushrooms...
I got up, this morning, and took my coffee out onto the back deck, which is covered, and full of tools.
Two woodpeckers, a junco, a fox sparrow and a wren skittered about, reminding me to feed them before I settled down for caffeine.
After experiencing that, in all its innocent glory, I staggered back inside and sat down to read the usual news, weather, blogs and forums I always read...

People, for the most part, lead lives so cut-off from nature, that all they see is the social, people-stuff, and not surprisingly, this is the stuff that they worry about. It's not enough that they get immensely troubled by this people-stuff, but on top of that comes the ongoing analysis of what, how and why.

I have discovered, by being older than I was, and ever eager to have as little to do with people-stuff (and people) as possible, that nearly all problems are solved by not engaging with people in the first place. Indeed, whenever I do encounter these strange beasts, all I see is neuroses, depression, and assorted degrees of craziness. Which, if I took them seriously, would inevitably infect me, too.

The things people worry about, is almost completely beyond me. It is laughable. But not funny. The net result of this worry is, as I so often observe, desperation, depression and a state of visible unbalance. People have a predisposition to disappear up their own asses, and this is easily achieved by allowing themselves to become crazy, and then to spend their remaining energies justifying why they have allowed themselves to become so.

And none of it counts for anything. It is all plain crazy.

It's gonna pour with rain again, soon, the wind may blow very hard, and a tree could fall on my house. Or even a meteor. There is a megathrust earthquake getting closer and closer, apparently, and I live uncomfortably close to reputedly active volcanoes. It's all a bit tenuous, really, and maybe I should go into a panic. But I simply can't be bothered with any of it. I am alive, now, and as healthy as anyone my age could expect to be, etc...

Sanity, and peace of mind, is maintained by giving no CPU cycles to the crap that others worry about.
Because it really is crap. All of it. So now you know.


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Interzone / Re: Waking up.
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:13:16 PM »
Well, this is interesting. I was actually referring, by 'waking up', to hauling one's ass out of the sack in the morning, should one be fortunate enough to have a sack from which to haul oneself.
Yet here we are, discussing spiritual awakenings of all sorts.
Oh well.
Worse things happen at sea.

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Interzone / Re: what type of god would you be?
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:10:35 PM »
Hmmm. That is an engaging piece of writing, and enjoyable. But is it Godly?
I hope it isn't, because if it is, things look pretty bleak for mortal man.

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Interzone / Re: what type of god would you be?
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:34:20 AM »
Hmmm...
That's a tough one.
Godzilla? Or maybe Rodan. Honestly, they all seem the same to me.

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Interzone / Re: Work.
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:54:41 PM »
Even after firing up my rudeness-detector, I was unable to detect any rudeness.
Maybe I am past my prime as a forum admin.
Or maybe I just don't get it  :)

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Interzone / Re: Is Reality synonymous with Nature?
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:27:37 PM »
Nice. That's a good illustration.

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Interzone / Re: Waking up.
« on: November 02, 2013, 06:07:07 PM »
One thing, for sure, is that you will eventually find out.

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Interzone / Re: Is Reality synonymous with Nature?
« on: November 02, 2013, 05:56:39 PM »
King Cnut set his throne by the sea shore and commanded the tide to halt and not wet his feet and robes. Yet continuing to rise as usual, the tide dashed over his feet and legs without respect to his royal person.

Then the king leaped backwards, saying: 'Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws.'

He then hung his gold crown on a crucifix, and never wore it again, to the honour of God, the almighty King.




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Interzone / Re: How to win in life
« on: November 02, 2013, 05:46:38 PM »
A man, himself, is nothing much.
It is his accomplishments that may outlive him.

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Interzone / Waking up.
« on: November 01, 2013, 08:18:19 PM »
I'll share with you a memory, because it is a good memory, and an interesting way of starting a new day...

Cold, wet, shivering, hungry, penniless and alone. I was probably sixteen.
I woke up, in a shallow ditch, beside a railway line, somewhere in Somerset, UK, in the early morning greyness.
And the first thing I was aware of, was surprise. That I had woken up, at all.
How long can you be this poor, and this hungry, and this thin, and this cold, before you don't wake up ever again?
Hence the surprise, and the pleasant feeling of getting to live through another, unexpected day.

That is a good way to wake up, and although I haven't done it for many years, I cherish the memory of having done so.
I try, always, to apply that sense of surprise, to each new day, because now I know, for a fact, that those new days are numbered. And that fewer and fewer of them remain, to be surprised by.


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Interzone / Re: "Odd" Dietary Habits
« on: November 01, 2013, 07:07:36 PM »
For several years, I ate nothing but meat and fish, and as I recall, my body did well on it.
That may be because - as I discovered later - I had an allergy to the gluten in wheat, barley and rye.
And when you think about it, flours come from grasses, and we are not cows or rabbits.
I also discover that chilies and hot spices - which I adore - do rather bad things to me.

These days, my wife feeds me a balanced diet of all kinds of things, including the dreaded vegetables, in doses larger than I would prefer. But this diet, at my age, contributes to a body that would suit a thirty year old, at least in appearance.
There's not a lot I can do about my head, though. Or my poor, poor remaining teeth.

Oats, rice (wild/brown), eggs, meat, fish, shellfish, potatoes, vegetables, fruits. Seems to work well.



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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: November 01, 2013, 06:57:02 PM »

Maybe one day, you SHOULD try it again. For its previously stated meditative qualities, but also 'cause it helps to keep the mind sharp.


Well, I have tried to play, a few times, after that very long break, only to find my fingers don't obey me any more, and get all tangled up in the strings, and the frets do nothing but buzz and muffle. The frustration involved, easily overcomes the urge to make music, while my fingertips suffer from their lack of calluses. Martins are notorious for the high string tension, and ultra-light strings sound terrible.
As for keeping the mind sharp: I find the mind stays sharp, all by itself, unless it gets used on things that dull it. Certainly my mind stays sharp enough for me, given the limited use I put it to  :)

But who knows; playing music in an accomplished way does take commitment and discipline. It's almost a matter of starting all over again, as if from nothing. That might be a good idea. There was always a delicious sense of reward, seeing fingers flying, effortlessly, over the frets, and music appearing out of nowhere.


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Interzone / Sic transit gloria mundi.
« on: November 01, 2013, 03:58:49 AM »
Has anyone had any experience of glory?

Sic transit gloria mundi is the latin rendering of All glory is fleeting.
As it is, because it must be.

Glory is the realm, and birthright, of men. A quest that stirs in their hearts.
Most will never know it, but for those who do...

As a moth is drawn, irresistibly to a flame, so men are drawn towards glory.
Its fire consumes them, but in this consummation, they themselves become the glory.
Leaving memory, work done, and incomparable satisfaction in its wake.


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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: November 01, 2013, 02:26:21 AM »
Seems like a decent thread to me, and judging by its popularity among the apprentice Ubermensch, I am not alone in thinking this. They get to explore a little more about each other, as well as themselves.
Is there a better use of free computer time for a bunch of smart guys?
(Other than viewing porn, of course.)

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Interzone / Re: Logic. What is it, anyway?
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:24:53 AM »
Fair enough. That seems to be the majority consensus.

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