Ice the melon, warm the brandy….

Ffolkes,

“A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.”

~~ Nikos Kazantzakis ~~

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NASA Spitzer Telescope Calendar Pictures for 2016


Good morning…. The cat finally let me pick a name for her. She has reacted to only one name, and, as is the usual case, it’s a perfect fit. She is Leeloo; pronounced just as spelled, it’s the name of the female lead character in a Sci-Fi movie, The Fifth Element. The whole movie was a very long drawn out metaphor for the concept that Love is the final element of harmony in our Universe, so, considering the cat’s personality, it fits the metaphor quite well….

The character in the movie was very catlike, anyway, so, it’s all good…. She has signaled her approval of her name by settling down on the edge of the mouse pad to doze while I’m typing this…. Of course, that doesn’t mean a flood of words is filling my head, encouraging me to choose just the right ones to thrill and amaze y’all with my new-found brilliance; in fact, nothing of the sort is happening in this head, or any other head in the immediate neighborhood. Even Leeloo has gone to sleep, finding this missive, thus far, to be less than stimulating….

I’m afraid I’ve been thrust into the grasp of a new learning curve, and will be manipulated into adjusting even more of my writing habits to suit the needs and/or desires of a small creature who is fascinated by every move I make at this computer. Already, as is patently obvious, the content has expanded exponentially, to include her antics, and progress in the molding of the household to her standards. SIGH…. I was JUST getting comfortable the way I was….. Axiom #2 in action, I would say….

Now we’ve received the morning metaphor from the Universe, it might be a good idea to get this slow on the road…. I know, let’s do this….

Shall we Pearl?….

“I’ve reached that age when a good day is one when you get up and nothing hurts.” — H. Martin

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Milla Jojovich as LeeLoo in The Fifth Element

Image from http://www.moviedata.net via Google Images


The movie from which LeeLoo’s name was chosen is still protected, so, to see it, you’ll need to find a copy yourself… I’ve included a You Tube exploration of some of the movie’s lesser known anomalies, on a page where you can see any number of clips from the movie, to get an idea of why I’ve named my cat after a fictional genetically enhanced goddess, in the role of a metaphor for the power of human love…. Enjoy!….

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9 Things You Didn’t Know about The Fifth Element

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    I’ve spent a lot of time, and words, detailing what I believe to be wrong with human nature, and, with the loss of integrity, honor, and sense of personal responsibility displayed by the vast majority of Americans, both in and out of government. I’m not in the mood to rant about it, because I’m in a lot of pain, and it might color my words to the point of irascibility, which detracts from its power of persuasion…. Well, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Here, instead, is a short, seven-star pearl to accomplish the same purpose; each of these is something either missing from the American character, or, is all-too-present to do anyone any good….

“Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!” — Albert Einstein

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others.His culture is based on “I am not too sure.” — H.L. Mencken

“You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.” — George Bernard Shaw

“I know of no book which has been a source of brutality and sadistic conduct, both public and private, that can compare with the Bible.” — Lord Paget

“One of the most frightening things in the Western world, and in this country in particular, is the number of people who believe in things that are scientifically false.  If someone tells me that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, in my opinion, he should see a psychiatrist.” — Francis H.C. Crick

“One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty in finding someone to blame your troubles on.And when you do find someone, it’s remarkable how often their picture turns up on your driver’s license.” — P. J. O’Rourke

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” — Albert Einstein

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Blithely Untitled

A poem came to me today, willy, nilly,
along with a sharp blow to the head.
Since it left me feeling just a bit silly,
anything that rhymes should lessen the dread.

Manifesting destiny into a small, insidious group
we push on toward sanity, concentrating hard.
Full engaging moments spent navigating the loop
shall ever make a difference to victims found in the yard.

Still corpses of creatures, straight out of nightmare
fill up the corners of our tortured minds.
While ever saddened, the iconic male, most debonair,
gazes softly, ironically, at all the mutual interest he finds.

Moronic public statutes compel outbreaks of sanity,
responding to momentary impulses toward inducing peace.
Still, the motions get completed, in fertile stages of inanity
while the bulk of our inmates can find no surcease.

Reluctant motivation to continue is unbound,
striving to ascertain how far there yet remains to go.
No precognitive guesswork will make any less of a sound
to soften the final strains, or teach us to truly know.

~~ gigoid ~~

Written 27/2014.

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From 2/28/2013:

Against the Word the unstilled world still whirled
  About the center of the silent Word.

~~ T.S. Eliot ~~


I’ve always been fond of this little snippet from T.S.; it has a certain charm to it. I find to be pleasantly complex, while yet describing a very basic idea. Of course, it’s not a rantable item, nor particular helpful in any sort of self-improvement activities. But, I don’t much care, I just like it, so there….

Actually, I’ve included it where it is as a filler; Smart Bee is being particularly uncooperative this morning. It’s almost as if it were suffering from what I am, and is trying to tell me, to wit:

” — Bother! said Pooh, as his fur turned gray and he began losing his memory.” — Smart Bee

So, in the face of such obstruction, I have only one defense, and that is to go old-school, reverting back to the type of pearls as demonstrated in section one today…. I give you therefore, the next in a seemingly endless parade of aphorisms, all pointed in one direction, or at least, one dimension….. Let’s see what we find….

Content if hence th’ unlearn’d their wants may view,
The learn’d reflect on what before they knew.

~~ Alexander Pope — Essay on Criticism, Part iii, Line 180 ~~


“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” — William Jennings Bryan

“Our genetic heritage endows each of us with a series of emotional set-points that determines our temperament. But the brain circuitry involved is extraordinarily malleable; temperament is not destiny.” — Daniel P. Goleman

“It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.” — C. W. Leadbeater

“I have learned this at least by my experiment: if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”

“Metaphysical totalitarianism of any kind stifles the freedom we have as human beings. It is not acceptable to have a religion where the alternative to faith is punishment – that’s how you train dogs, not develop people.” — Deng Ming-Dao

“There was once a man, Harry, called the Steppenwolf. He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal of all that people of a good intelligence can, and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life.” — Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf

Not bad, a seven star pearl, in less than a hundred clicks…. I’ll take it, and run…..

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This process has become even more of a struggle to complete; perhaps it will settle down a bit as the kitten requires less attention, though, that may take a while. Ah well, it’s done, and only about 3 hours later than usual… I must say, it’s nice to have LeeLoo sleeping on the mouse pad as I write, even if I have to move the mouse elsewhere…. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes, come what may….

Y’all take care out there,
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,
   and sometimes,
I just sits.

gigoid, the dubious

The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.

PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.

“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch

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À bientôt, mon cherí….


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4 thoughts on “Ice the melon, warm the brandy….

  1. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life.” — Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf

    The human condition
    We by our own nature want more.
    This will make us happy…that will make me at peace.. if I could just be loved.. if if if I could just have that…
    ‘To know ourselves is to know the universe’
    Sounds about right..
    who gives a cuss about what others are up to…
    it is my evolution I am interested in….some say.
    Mere intellectualism, mere philosophy, produces monsters.

    wot say you gigoid the dubious?
    wot say you Leeloo?
    😉

    • As for me, I’d say you’re right on all of that, especially the part about knowing our selves, and being more interested in our own evolution/progress than what others think it may be, or what they’re up to…. With all, except, perhaps, for the assumption philosophy, or, for that matter, intellectualism, are ‘merely’ anything. When one uses either to exclusion of all else, as in not tempering them with justice, or compassion, yes, monsters happen. But, it doesn’t make either one responsible for that…That’s the human flaw in applying the philosophy, the wanting more when enough is plenty…

      LeeLoo says she wants to know if it will get her more salmon to answer; she’s a cat, and has her priorities…

      😉

      gigoid, the dubious

      😎

      • I’ve met some who are merely intellectual.
        I’ve met some who are merely philosophical.
        I’ve met some who are merely physical.
        And are as clueless as hell!
        Machines….
        They do not function well.
        Off kilter.
        I have met simple farming folk who are wise beyond university education.
        They are usually fit, mentally and physically and do not suffer from excessive diarrhea. The verbal sort.
        Show me a man who has the balance right between intellect/emotional/physical
        Show me a real man.
        Show me a man who has common sense.
        Show me.
        grin

  2. “A person needs a little madness, or else
    they never dare cut the rope and be free.”

    ~~ Nikos Kazantzakis ~~

    Look No Further to the Top of a ‘Dead Tree’ At Most For Now.

    “Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome
    nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!”

    — Albert Einstein

    Bingo Synchronicity Tanks Roll Over Road Kill Dreams

    “Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others.His culture is based on “I am not too sure.”

    — H.L. Mencken

    Biggest Poop Party oF A Diaper

    “You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock
    the patriotism out of the human race.”

    — George Bernard Shaw

    When Hands Feed Each Other Love is Enough

    “I know of no book which has been a source of
    brutality and sadistic conduct, both public
    and private, that can compare with the Bible.”

    — Lord Paget

    When Hands Feed Each other Who
    needs Writing When Dance And Song
    Dances
    And Sings Love

    “One of the most frightening things in the Western world,
    and in this country in particular, is the number of people
    who believe in things that are scientifically false. If
    someone tells me that the earth is less than 10,000
    years old, in my opinion, he should see a psychiatrist.”

    — Francis H.C. Crick

    Some ‘Stuff’ ReFuses to Evolve Even When They Do.

    “One of the annoying things about believing in free will
    and individual responsibility is the difficulty in finding
    someone to blame your troubles on. And when you
    do find someone, it’s remarkable how often their
    picture turns up on your driver’s license.”

    — P. J. O’Rourke

    Will is Always Relative
    Free Is Do Or Do Not..
    Feelings and Senses
    Come First After that
    Do or
    Do
    Not…
    Reasons
    Are Whatever
    Reasons After Before
    Feelings and Senses Do or Do Not..;)

    “Try not to become a man of success,
    but rather try to become a man of value.”

    — Albert Einstein

    Please Don’t Forget To Dance And Sing
    More Than Wisdom Sits Alone Without Friends..:)

    Content if hence th’ unlearn’d their wants may view,
    The learn’d reflect on what before they knew.

    In Other Words
    Beyond Words
    Relative Free
    Will of Feeling
    Sensing Do or Do Not..:)

    ~~ Alexander Pope
    — Essay on Criticism, Part iii, Line 180 ~~

    “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice:
    It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

    — William Jennings Bryan

    Do Or Do Not Dance And Or Sing

    “Our genetic heritage endows each of us with a series of
    emotional set-points that determines our temperament.
    But the brain circuitry involved is extraordinarily
    malleable; temperament is not destiny.”

    — Daniel P. Goleman

    Dance and Song
    Regulates Emotions
    Integrates Senses
    Both of these Innate
    Healing Methods Without A Written Word at all..
    Negro Spirituals Still All A Best of BaLaNCinG Soul… Now Then..:)
    “It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the
    limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.”

    — C. W. Leadbeater

    Holy CRaP A Gnat And Less
    On A Dog’s Butt We Call God Us

    “I have learned this at least by my experiment: if one advances confidently
    in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined,
    he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

    — Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”

    Regulating Feelings Integrating Senses Dance
    And Sing Do It All With Fuel of Chi in Flow Best Now

    “Metaphysical totalitarianism of any kind stifles the freedom we have as
    human beings. It is not acceptable to have a religion where the alternative
    to faith is punishment – that’s how you train dogs, not develop people.”

    — Deng Ming-Dao

    WHere i’m From ‘Law Enforcement’
    Treats Visitors of State to Toilet Water
    And Cages Children With Sad Eyes
    What
    Love
    What
    Freedom
    Breathes Behind
    A Back of Flag (Love Free)
    For Every Soul No Country For God All Weeps

    “There was once a man, Harry, called the Steppenwolf. He went on
    two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he
    was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal of
    all that people of a good intelligence can, and was a fairly clever
    ellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find
    contentment in himself and his own life.”

    — Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolff

    i aM A DiFFeRenT Wolf NoW
    Coming to a Theater All too Soon EternAlly Now..;)

    Considering this is a Random Post of Yours from September 17th
    of 2015.. gigoid.. It’s Just More Confirmation Bias oF A Never Ending
    Story of Life And A Mind of ‘God ALL’
    That is
    Beyond
    All Human
    Mechanical
    Cognition Now
    Where Chaos
    May Be Art Now
    That Makes
    A Most iN
    Poetry of Reason
    To Be Alive as Magic
    is no Further than Now
    And the Life We LiVE Forevernowmore
    Some How Records May Take us out oF
    A PreSent and Live the Gift Of Now then
    Beyond All Distance Space and Time Now
    as all that
    is is
    illusion
    All is NoW
    Heaven is Real
    Now at Least for
    Those who BreaTHE And SMeLL
    iT More As MaGiC CoMes Home to Roost Alive aS AGAiN..
    iN OTHeR Words THere is Never Any Escaping ‘Hotel California’
    EnJoy A MaGiC oF DaRK Thru LiGHT Ever MoRE NoW A BeasT
    of Synchronicity
    BreaTHES….
    More
    Mystery
    Ever More Now
    For ‘Those Who See and Hear’ More..:)

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