~~ Voltaire ~~
Super Black Hole eating stars….
Hubble Deep Space Telescope Image
Good morning…. I’m beginning to enjoy the intro section, now I have the option to make it as short or long as I choose…. Today, we’re going with short…. I suppose you could call this minimalist, something you don’t often see around these parts….
Shall we Pearl?
“To a reasonable creature, that alone is insupportable which is unreasonable; but everything reasonable may be supported.” — Epictetus (c. 60 AD) — Discourses, Book i, Chap. ii
Continuing our theme of bands from the early days of rock and roll, here is an American band, whose music is familiar to probably about a third of the world’s population, having heard it played ubiquitously, in numerous incarnations, (live, radio, TV, Muzak in elevators, commercials, etc.) over the past fifty years…. Yep, I know, long time to rock, eh? But, I got proof…. Here is their 50th Anniversary Concert for you to enjoy today…. So…. Enjoy!!…
The Beach Boys
I’m feeling a bit lazy today, so here’s a short discussion from three or so years ago, about a very fine pearl…. Give your brains a rest today, ffolkes… All the nasty stuff happening out in the BBR can be wearing, I know….
“Two-thirds of help is to give courage.” — Irish proverb
To me, this is the very best kind of pearl of virtual wisdom. Nine words, if you count all the short ones, telling a story that is also a lesson, an insight, a truth, and, in the best sense, an admonition, all packaged in a short phrase that burns itself into memory. This can also act as help itself, as just the statement itself gives the courage of which it speaks, to any who doubt of whether or not help is to be found.
Often, merely the offer of help is enough to aid the one who asks to reach a point where the help is no longer needed; just the knowledge that it is available can give one the strength needed to finish the task alone. We humans are very social creatures, whether we admit it or not; we are all aware when two or more people get together to perform any task, the work is lessened thereby, by more than the mere factor of how many are involved in helping. I am constantly amazed at what people can do when they act in concert; often, the very people who join together for a task are surprised by how much they can accomplish together……
I’m not going to say much more about this one; it is what I like to call a stand-alone pearl, needing no adornment beyond its own well-contained self. But, I will add one more idea to our understanding of this concept; I say it is an admonition, because not only does it speak to the effect on the person who has requested the help, it also supplies good reason to offer help to others, by acknowledging the importance of the support, rather than the actual help. Just the fact that the help is forthcoming supplies most of the emotional strength to the act, thus acting as a spur to those who might hesitate to jump in otherwise…..
I love it, and hereby name it a classic pearl of virtual wisdom…..
So be it….
gigoid has spoken.
Poetry comes in all shapes, sizes, and attitudes, all of which reflects its human origins…. Assuming this was written by an android, it would be a reflection merely one degree removed from human, which is really all an android is; a human, one degree from being fully flesh and blood… If it was written by a scriptwriter, well, it’s still pretty good…. Enjoy!….
“Felis catus” is your taxonomic nomenclature:
an endothermic quadroped, carnivorous by nature.
Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses
contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.
I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations —
a singular development of cat communications
that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
for a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.
A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents.
You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance,
and when not being utilized to aid in locomotion
it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.
O, Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display
connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.
— Lt. Cmdr. Data, “Schisms”, Stardate 46
Y’all are probably aware of my fondness for Zippy; if not, you’re not paying attention, as he shows up here a lot…. I decided to let him put together a pearl of his own thoughts, on life, the world, and living large, Zippy-style….. Enjoy, ffolkes, there’s more to find in this one than you may think at first….. And, for goodness sake, enjoy yourselves…..
“All of life is a blur of Republicans and meat!” — Zippy the Pinhead
“.. bleakness…. desolation…. plastic forks…” — Zippy the Pinhead
“A wide-eyed, innocent UNICORN, poised delicately in a MEADOW filled with LILACS, LOLLIPOPS & small CHILDREN at the HUSH of twilight??” — Zippy the Pinhead
“Did YOU find a DIGITAL WATCH in YOUR box of VELVEETA?” — Zippy the Pinhead
“Everywhere I look I see NEGATIVITY and ASPHALT…” — Zippy the Pinhead
“How do I get HOME?” — Zippy the Pinhead
“Are we THERE yet? My MIND is a SUBMARINE!!” — Zippy the Pinhead
“Civilization is fun! Anyway, it keeps me busy!!” — Zippy the Pinhead
“You were s’posed to laugh!” — Zippy the Pinhead
I think, today, I’ll let all this go by without any further comment. I’m not sure what took place above; it seems to have gotten away from me there n the final section. That happens a lot with Zippy. Ah well, I get another chance tomorrow, right? Right. See y’all then, ffolkes, should I, against the dictates of all logic AND common sense, find a good reason to continue this charade….
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
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,
I just sits.
gigoid, the dubious
PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.
“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch
À bientôt, mon cherí….