Soft reasons for hard times…


“As empty vessels make the loudest sound,

so they that have the least wit are the greatest blabbers.”

~~ Plato (428-348? B.C.) ~~


I am indeed a sucker for beauty, especially dangerous beauty, as this little piece of photographic art shows quite well…. Part of the London Daily Telegraph photo section feature, the Animal Pictures of the Week, from a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help saving it for my own files, so I could see it flash by now and again on my background, or screen saver, both of which use my photos as a slide show…. Such a tiny bundle of powerful destiny will always make a compelling subject for such a study, and serves to remind me of how dangerous life can be, both for those who seek out such beauty, and for the object of such beauty itself….

Since it is a bit early for such a deep subject, we’ll refrain from going any further in our exploration; damn good thing too, as I felt a huge rant there under the surface of those statements, just dying to come out to play…. Oops, time anomaly…. Duck!

Well, that was fun…. NOT! During a wrinkle in time that just happened here, I left the house to go attempt to persuade the Kaiser 24 hour pharmacy to give me my ordered medication and some diabetic test supplies. I spent over $20 and an hour and a half of my most productive time of day, for nothing but aggravation…. They refused to acknowledge any responsibility for their policies, and would NOT take the time to help me, though the evidence of their responsibility in the matter lay in the computer…

I am so angry, and frustrated, I can no longer contemplate writing today’s Pearl, beyond what is already done…. I’ve been working ahead a bit of late, so, most of it is done, but, it will just have to do as is, because I don’t have it in me to push past his anger right now…. So, if the rest of this mess looks a bit incomplete, or somewhat light relative to our usual product, well, sorry ’bout that, but, oh, well….

In fact, since there is an opening right there in front of us, we’re taking it…. I’ll try to at least proof what I’ve done so far, but, no promises…. Hold on a moment, ffolkes, we’re going in, so we can get done….

Shall we Pearl?

“According to my calculations, the problem doesn’t exist.” — Bumper Sticker


Today’s video choice will have to take the place of both section one’s usual video offering, and section two’s usual rant…. I’d write more on this subject, and will do so eventually, but, right now, this is what you get…. It’s actually good news, and actually gives me hope for a reasonable outcome from the FCC…. They’re under a lot of public pressure to get it right, and not cave in to big business…. Having the White House come out so strongly behind the people’s case will add a powerful voice to the cacophony…. I’ve included an article from the UK Guardian, which gives a decent rundown of the pertinent issues….

After receiving more than 4m comments
from the general public, the FCC had reportedly been discussing a “hybrid” solution that would have allowed tiered services but imposed stricter rules to protect customers. The proposal met with stiff opposition from net neutrality supporters, who now have the backing of Obama.

President Obama’s Statement on Keeping the Internet Open and Free



You got it…. since I don’t want to take any time to search, it’s one of mine again…. deal with it….

Future Shocked:

Weeping, I wake;
waking, I weep, I weep.
I weep for the ages to be lost,
for the children never to be born.

Time comes calling, strident and spare,
nudging us toward the future with bony hands.
No pausing, no waiting, always away,
Frantic hearts unseen, unheard.

Spirits are dark, afraid.
And the Beast hunts, hungry and cruel,
seeking out the weak, and the foolish.

We all weep now…..

~~ gigoid ~~


THIS is a very odd pearl, with parameters unknown to me…. Smart Bee picked these out all by itself, and I haven’t a clue as to what it means….

“Philosophy, means, first, doubt; and afterwards the consciousness of what knowledge means, the consciousness of uncertainty and of ignorance, the consciousness of limit, shade, degree, possibility. The ordinary man doubts nothing and suspects nothing.” — Henri Frederick Amiel

“Juliet’s so happy and in love, but at the same time so sad and lonely. She’s totally neurotic. I could really relate.” — Alicia Silverstone, Actress, on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1995

“Perfection is a minor virtue.” — Edward Abbey

“A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind…” — Gibran

“If there is happiness on earth, it must be sought in the abode where we live.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) French Philosopher

“True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it.” — Pliny the Elder

“And so the little freighter sat upon the sea, and, though Africa came closer day by day, the freighter never moved. She was old and weather-weary, and she had learned to let the world come round to her.” — Beryl Markham, West With the Night

Hmm… Well. There you go…..


That’s all ffolkes… That’s all I’ve got in me, other than a shitload of anger, which y’all don’t need, don’t want, and won’t be burdened with, beyond this slight bit of whine here at the end…. I’m sure tomorrow will be, if naught else, different…. See ya…. I’m gonna do this before I lose my nerve….

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



À bientôt, mon cherí….

2 thoughts on “Soft reasons for hard times…

  1. another good one Gigoid…I hope your day and week improve and you quieten the anger…though I know the feeling and it pops up lately when I run into …well let’s just say
    I enjoy being a Hermit 🙂

    Obama’s video only makes me wonder whats behind the curtain….?
    it reminded me of working with some of A&M’s finest on fire ants…and how to control them, they wanted to bring in the fly that eats them…we have zillions of the ants, but not as many as where they came from, so to me the fly in its natural habitat balances the any problem out, I asked what happens if they bring more flies than necessary and who knows how many are necessary? eat all the ants, (Yeah) BUT, what happens when they eradicate the ants, then what do they feed on? I wanted to look further than the instant of sorts gratification, but since I was not in their league of education and knowledge my question was ignored….( and I am not bashing Aggie’s I have known some very nice ones 🙂 )
    in todays world everyone wants to “fix” but they don’t think past that fix and see if a bigger problem will arise…in Obama’s world (government overall) they want to fix “us” by passing laws to help us become dependent on the government more…When did it become so wrong to think out one’s own problems?

    okay rambling over, I need to finish my greenhouse before Mother Nature sends Her cold breath down South this evening ….
    Have a good one ….Take Care…You Matter…

    • Milady… So good to see you! And thanks for commenting… I’m okay now; my BP is pretty well back to normal… but, I appreciate your empathy. I know we ALL suffer the same at the hands of the corporate mega-assholes, but, sometimes, I just gotta vent, y’know?

      As for the video choice… I must say this: LOL! Busted!…. I have yet to actually WATCH the video, simply because I feel the same way, that Barry the Obamacrat is just another wizard behind the curtain, and anything that passes his lips bears little connection to anything remotely true… I did read the article(s), though, which relates most of what he said….By assuming this stance, he has at least struck a small blow FOR the people, even if he is merely posturing, with no intention of following up with any pressure… The FCC is being forced to pay attention, as the more than four million comments they received from the public was the MOST they’ve ever gotten on ANY subject, and they are still pouring in…. So, there is yet a little hope, even though I agree with your assessment of the truthfulness of anyone in a position of national importance…. Quite simply put, they ALL LIE, ALL THE DAMN TIME!

      I’ve been reading about that cold weather moving across the US; sadly, here in Cali we are still in the throes of drought and climate anomalies galore… It is November, and we’ve had NO rain yet, with temps that are still in the summer range, up to the high 80’s some days of late… Today is the FIRST day this month with a temp under 75…. It’s going to fall all the way down to a high of about 65 today, an actual autumn-like temperature…

      Thanks for stopping in; I’ll make a point to go by & catch up a bit with your site, as soon as my back (and angst) gives me a bit of space and time for surfing… But, it was really good to hear from you…. you matter as well, to many people, including me…

      Ned, aka gigoid, the dubious…


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