What are you doing with that ferret?….

Ffolkes,

Freedom = Responsibility

Attribution is not required for an Unarguable Truth

If you feel you MUST argue it, well, bring it on…..
 
~~ gigoid ~~

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    The most excellent picture, which highlights the absolutely perfect form displayed by these two small warriors, is from The Daily Yell (London Daily Telegraph) Animal Pictures of the Week, 10/3/2014. Notice the strength of the stance, with four legs firmly gripping the limb, perfectly balanced, and the formidable knife-like spikes on the forearm and hand sections, held in perfect position to strike…. Their sifu would be proud….   *modest smile*   Perfect tong long tong long bu…. preying mantis style kung fu, straight from the source….

One might think, given the week I’ve had, I’d be more, or less, insane…. In either case, more, or less, it would seem I’ve made a case for the newest format here on ECR, even if it is less than rigidly structured, or perfectly designed. Both of those qualities wouldn’t work well around here, anyway, so, it’s just as well… I suppose, since y’all have already had your tickets punched, you feel we’ve some sort of obligation to provide some of that sort of service…. but, you’d be wrong, both in reality, and in theory….

You see, service, and obligations, only happen when there is some sort of transaction, with real money exchanged; since we only charge the going rate for a blog (to wit: nada damn thing….), that never enters the picture, and such expectations from y’all is kind of disappointing…. One would think, after the exposure y’all have had to the process of actually USING the mind, rather than just providing a means for your ass to get from toilet to toilet, you’d have more sense, or, at least, more street cred…. TANSTAAFL, ffolkes, remember? But, then, Americans DO tend to believe that doesn’t apply to them, as a matter of course….

Not all their fault, of course, as the Asininnies are continually pounding the message into the thick skulls out there that they ARE entitled to all they can steal, so, it’s only natural there would be some sense of entitlement, even if it IS completely unwarranted, and unearned…. But, all the preachers, and all the political pundits, are forever trumpeting how special we are, and how we have the rights to do whatever we want to other nations, and/or people, without ever having to answer for our actions….. How else to explain our willingness to bomb almost anything that moves, if it will make us seem more important in our own eyes….

Bah, humbug! I’m ranting again, in the intro, aren’t I? Ah well, it’s just so easy to do, and such a natural thing to do, when confronted with all the BS and nonsense that goes on each day out on the world stage…. But, doing it here makes it hard to keep the process smooth when we actually get to the section where the ranting is appropriate…. It DOES, however, get us far enough down the page to call the intro complete, such as we see today…. Funny how that works, isn’t it? I suppose y’all think I plan it that way…. HAH! Fooled ya!….

But, since we did make it this far, and without shedding any blood, to speak of, we may as well use the escape clause that is presenting itself… In fact, I think, if we jump right here, it should all work out fine….

Shall we Pearl?…..

“As for courage and will – we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.” — Andre Norton

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I’m late today, having actually gotten some decent sleep; I have no idea why it happened, it just did….. Since I haven’t had time to even look at the news, I’ll use an appropriate piece from the past…. Besides, it’s been a while since we discussed the process of Pearling, so, it’s time…. Here is a bit of explanation of this whole deal, just in case it seems important to y’all…. or not…. Don’t fret, it’s not a rant, and it’s not too long, so, it makes a nice change of pace, I think…..

From 3/28/2012:

“All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.” — Federico Fellini

It has been a while since I talked about Pearls, so when I stumbled upon the above quote, I knew it was time….. Pearls of Virtual Wisdom come with a caveat and disclaimer, to wit: These Pearls consist of ideas and concepts, and even procedures, that are Virtual Wisdom. They should never be confused with, or used as, Real Wisdom; the results can be somewhat unpredictable, have been known to cause injury, and in one case, (my own), have resulted in months of severe depression.

(Of course, that depression may not be due strictly to the intrinsic differences in the Pearls themselves, but rather a direct result of inattention to which variety I was using at the moment)  Regardless of how real Pearls of Virtual Wisdom may appear, or how shiny they look to the untrained eye, the author assumes no liability for failure to heed this caveat.

That being said, let us for a moment consider pearls as incarnations of jewels, as the precious gems of rare beauty and great value they become when freed from the oyster, the shelter which created each layer of the pearl’s beauty out of its own pain…. The soft sheen of a fine pearl, luminescent in the dimness, glowing in the light, has captivated the eyes and imaginations of men and women since the first oyster was plucked from the sea bed to become someone’s supper, and has inspired those who fall under its spell to acts of great sacrifice, and acts of great cruelty, in the quest to possess these timeless treasures from the sea.

Thus the metaphorical nature of the Pearls of Virtual Wisdom becomes apparent, as we see that although virtual wisdom looks just like real wisdom, the difference may be likened to the difference between naturally produced pearls, and those that are cultivated in laboratories.  One is shiny, and of great value for its rarity and beauty, naturally endowed; the other is shiny, but of lesser value, due to lesser rarity, and a somehow lesser beauty, as made by the hand of man.

The subtle differences are of little note, except to Reality, which always knows which wisdom is which, as it knows which pearl is which; hence the caveat and  disclaimer, to avoid any conflicts with Reality due to negligence on my part…..so, please use these Pearls with appropriate caution, and they will bring you joy for years to come…..

“Did an Italian CRANE OPERATOR just experience uninhibited sensations in a MALIBU HOT TUB?” — Zippy the Pinhead

Note from 2014: There…. that should help make things clearer… and if not, well, so what, eh? It’s not as if you spent a lot to get in, is it?….. Right…..

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Very little needs to be said about these two gentlemen, or the music they created together…. Serendipity, indeed…. Enjoy, ffolkes…. this is one of the greatest concerts ever…. with music that will never again be created just this way….

IN CONCERT ” SIMON AND GARFUNKEL ” LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK NEW YORK 1981

 

 

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As I heard quoted in a movie recently, “I think Wordsworth is sometimes underrated.”….. So do I….

The Solitary Reaper

Behold her, single in the field,
Yon solitary Highland Lass!
Reaping and singing by herself;
Stop here, or gently pass!
Alone she cuts and binds the grain,
And sings a melancholy strain;
O listen! for the Vale profound
Is overflowing with the sound.

No Nightingale did ever chaunt
More welcome notes to weary bands
Of travellers in some shady haunt,
Among Arabian sands:
A voice so thrilling ne’er was heard
In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,
Breaking the silence of the seas
Among the farthest Hebrides.

Will no one tell me what she sings?–
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago:
Or is it some more humble lay,
Familiar matter of to-day?
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been, and may be again?

Whate’er the theme, the Maiden sang
As if her song could have no ending;
I saw her singing at her work,
And o’er the sickle bending;–
I listened, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.

~~ William Wordsworth ~~


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It’s been some time, but, here is an old-school pearl, of the type that has lasted the longest…. It is merely a grouping of comments on Reality, Life, and how to approach both with some dignity, and a bit of style….and, in the process, perhaps, teach us a bit about ourselves, and our inner nature…. It helps if you pay attention….

“A candour affected is a dagger concealed.” — Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) — Meditations, book 9.

“I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face.  Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.” — Charles Dickens

“Make your enemies by choice, not by accident. The same applies to friends.” — Xavier R. Quinton

“Hell hath no fury like a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle.” — Smart Bee

“Nothing can come out of nothing, any more than a thing can go back to nothing.” — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 AD) — Meditations, iv, 4

“A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.” — Herb Caen

“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.” — Francis Bacon

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Not too shabby, for a Pearl thrown together on the fly, and in a massive hurry…. In fact, it came out rather well, all things considered, and we know better than to look at the teeth of any horse in the stable, no matter where it came from, or what wagons it may have dragged in behind it…. whatever that means, metaphorically, euphemistically, or, practically…. Of course, in this case, only the latter counts…. Since that is true, I’m outta here, and y’all can’t legally stop me…. though, why you’d wish to try, I haven’t a clue…. That last statement may just cover the whole business, and before we find out…. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes…..

Y’all take care out there,
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest  Carole, Mark, and Theresa…
and everyone else, too…

When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.

Which is Why….

Sometimes I sits and thinks,
   and sometimes,
I just sits.

gigoid, the dubious

PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.

Kowabunga!


À bientôt, mon cherí….

 
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7 thoughts on “What are you doing with that ferret?….

  1. Simon and Garfunkel! Cool! Always loved them 🙂 Blog’s looking great and your choice of pic is great lol 😉
    Bit short and sweet so to speak, this comment that is! Time is now not on my side and the eyeballs are detaching themselves from my skull bone with the general plan to close on the pillow awaiting them I assume! They are staying open to watch this vid!! And read the Pearl one stitch ones!!! Ok…pearls…but I do like to add the personal touch to my comments!!!!
    Wolfie hugs 🙂

    • Bozo hugs back at ya, milady…. 🙂 Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying the changes…. But, I thought it was “knit one, perl two…”? That’s what my mom taught me, that one time she tried to teach me to knit…. which, being a boy-child, I turned into learning to knot!….

      Go rest those skull bones on the pillow, m’dear, & I’ll try to get over to comment on your newest post later today….

      Blessed Be, lupine one… or, as I’ve christened thee, Lady Lupina….

      gigoid, the dubious (never capitalized…. too much ego that way….)

      :cool:….

      • Ooopsy! Lupine one is losing it! You’re quite right dubious one 😉 It is “knit one, pearl two” lol 😉 It was very late last night…half my notifications have now been designated to the junk folder since I started complaining they were all being sent to the deleted folder and I was very exhausted from ploughing my way through a huge backlog of very, decidedly missed a long time ago blog posts 🙂 At least that’s my lupinish excuse and I’m sticking to it like a ….wolf? lol 😉 You can see why the skull bones needed to find the nice soft, fluffy pillow can’t you? lol 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:

    Ffolkes,

    I’ll be busy today, avoiding Facebook, Twitter, & the world at large as far as possible. Don’t ask why, or, I may tell you, & then we’d be here most of the day. Rather than even go there, I’m re-blogging this Pearl from 2014, one that didn’t get a lot of traffic, but, deserves some air time… I’m working on a fresh Pearl, in my own way, & should have one for y’all soon. In the meantime, be real, be safe, be happy, & be strange. All will help….& goodness knows our species can use the help….

    gigoid

  3. “As for courage and will – we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.”

    — Andre Norton

    Faith
    comes
    from practicing
    success alWays now…
    i have no
    doubts
    about
    ahead
    and that
    my friEnd is
    MaGiC iF theRE
    ever is MagiC oF A Fear
    free live from illusory fears..
    possible MaGiC.. yes.. straiGht
    out.. oF Fear.. uPwArd bOUnd BaLancE..:)

    “All art is autobiographical.
    The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.”

    — Federico Fellini
    As iS
    SHeLL
    oF NautiluS2
    And coNtinUinG
    hUman Nautiluses aS WeLL..:)

    “Did an Italian CRANE OPERATOR
    just experience uninhibited sensations
    in a MALIBU HOT TUB?” — Zippy the Pinhead

    Yes.. it’s
    trUe ART
    iS 75 percent
    literAlly as fART
    aT LeASt
    aS pART..
    And tART..:)

    “The Solitary Reaper
    Behold her, single in the field,
    Yon solitary Highland Lass!
    Reaping and singing by herself;
    Stop here, or gently pass!
    Alone she cuts and binds the grain,
    And sings a melancholy strain;
    O listen! for the Vale profound
    Is overflowing with the sound.

    No Nightingale did ever chaunt
    More welcome notes to weary bands
    Of travellers in some shady haunt,
    Among Arabian sands:
    A voice so thrilling ne’er was heard
    In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,
    Breaking the silence of the seas
    Among the farthest Hebrides.

    Will no one tell me what she sings?–
    Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
    For old, unhappy, far-off things,
    And battles long ago:
    Or is it some more humble lay,
    Familiar matter of to-day?
    Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
    That has been, and may be again?

    Whate’er the theme, the Maiden sang
    As if her song could have no ending;
    I saw her singing at her work,
    And o’er the sickle bending;–
    I listened, motionless and still;
    And, as I mounted up the hill,
    The music in my heart I bore,
    Long after it was heard no more.”

    ~~ William Wordsworth ~~

    SAdly.. for many middle eastern men
    women are a mirage as man’s hand..
    in other
    words..
    at Least
    in Saudia Arabia..
    holding hands with
    other dudes.. okay..
    but women
    not
    related
    as flesh
    and blood… no..
    Yes.. this country ain’t
    ‘bad’ aT aLL considering
    taKinG WiLL and Freedoms aWay..;)

    “A candour affected is a dagger concealed.”
    — Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) — Meditations, book 9.

    BoLinG
    PoiNts..:)

    “I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.”

    — Charles Dickens

    SAdly.. foR folks who cannot
    experience.. touchy feely
    love.. tHere inheritance
    is
    obvious
    as lesser liGht
    plainly visible
    of course
    in all
    ways
    thAT cOMes.. noW..

    “Make your enemies by choice, not by accident.
    The same applies to friends.” — Xavier R. Quinton

    When all bEcoMes holy and sacred meaning
    and purpose.. it’s a moot point FoR NoW..:)

    “Hell hath no fury like a vested interest
    masquerading as a moral principle.”

    — Smart Bee

    Ugh..
    Double sPeaK NoW..;)

    “Nothing can come out of nothing, any more than
    a thing can go back to nothing.”

    — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 AD) — Meditations, iv, 4

    aS Science says.. nothing
    is now
    something changing the rules.;)

    “A man begins cutting his wisdom
    teeth the first time he
    bites off more than he can chew.”

    — Herb Caen

    Challenge of Struggle..
    Adaptation
    too as
    Strange..:)

    “Imagination was given to man to compensate him
    for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.”

    — Francis Bacon

    Can’t beat
    Evolution
    when it
    works..:)

    • *grin* I guess, in the case of humanity, the question remains… “Did it work?”…. Some doubt there is, I think, appropriate….

      *wink*

      Nicely done, my friend. Can’t get to it all, but, doing my best….

      See ya…

      gigoid

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