Illusion is a deck with 51 cards….


“To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.”

~~ John Ruskin ~~

Galway commhair

Urban Garden, Galway

Tá sé i foscadh a chéile go gcónaíonn daoine.

It is in the shelter of each other that people live.

~~ Irish Proverb ~~

Hajime…. El Niño has come to California, bringing copious amounts of rain, sufficient to pound the windows hard enough to wake the dead; since I’m not quite there, it woke me, too. Nice to hear, actually, as we are, rain notwithstanding, deep into a serious drought in this neck of the North American woods. While welcome, the rain, as usual, will be trumpeted as disaster in the making, and people will wander around to their work and play, as if they’d never had to deal with rain in their lives….. Every time an event of almost any nature, whether caused by man, society, or nature, it seems to come as a complete surprise to everyone who is, shall we be nice, and say, less than perfectly mindful?….

‘S okay; hearing the crap people say about the weather, at my age, is no longer a surprise, so much as it is more proof of the pudding which society has been cooking for far too long. Stupidity is not merely the province of the average, or less than average person, any longer. The condition, and attitudes, of our entire culture is imbued with stupid; at every level of society, from the poorest, to the wealthiest, there is so little intelligence evident in what is said, what is done, and, in the end, what we have become, it saddens  and frightens me, for there is only ONE end to that journey, and it isn’t called Utopia…. Most of the folks (note spelling) on this planet will call it Hell on Earth….

We’re not far off from that, now, today. There is still some small hope that rationality can win the day, but, the chances of that are growing slimmer with each new birth, on a planet already bursting at the seams from the depredations which follow such a degree of over-crowding….. There is, simply, not enough resources available on the whole planet to continue to feed and succor this many people. The mathematics of that has been known, and proved, since the middle of the nineteenth century, and there has been no disproof found which could cause any hope it might be wrong. We are all going to be put into the fire, and, how many will come out the other side is unclear; it is entirely possible there will not be ANY survivors, and we will join the dinosaurs, and the Dodo, in eternity’s club of failed experiments….

There, I think that’s depressing enough for one day…. I finished this Pearl yesterday, & after the mini-rant with which we started, I think we’ll just get this done, and try to throw off the cloud with what is below…. It can’t be any worse than this, right? Right…. Let do this, before I lose my nerve….

Shall we Pearl?….

Some men must be too spiritual, some must be too sensual.
Some must be too sympathetic, and some must be too proud.
We have no desire to say what men *ought* to be.
We only wish to say there are all kinds of ways of being,
and there is no such thing as human perfection.

~~ D.H. Lawrence, Fantasia of the Unconscious, 1922 ~~



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Upon seeing/hearing yesterday’s classic music, one of our commenters reminded me of this album, from another three greats, back in our day…. If you haven’t heard it, you’re in for a treat…. This one’s for chuq…. Enjoy, ffolkes…. gaironteed (think Cajun accent… l’Acadian, oui, cheri?….)


~~ Super Session ~~
Bloomfield, Stills and Kooper






SIGH…. Sometimes, the internet can make us feel foolish and small, in the face of so much data to process and apprehend. Yesterday I received, from a friend, via email, the link to the post you see above, just below the manifesto.  The picture, with its text, was above the article, which mentioned that the above statement was already viewed by AT LEAST 50,000,000  people, at the website of the company whose ad department created it to sell clothing…. Fifty million people, and I never knew it existed…. Goes to show how easily we can miss what may be important to us, merely from a lack of time, or, serendipity….

That said, who can argue with any of it? It speaks to everyone, no matter where they are on their Life Journey, with advice to help us smooth our way, and enjoy the journey itself. Ironic that such a complete statement of what it means to be Human should come from the minds of people trying to improve their bottom line…. Very ironic, in my mind….

So much so, this is it, for today. The poster, and link, above says plenty, for a rant, or for a pearl of any length, and will do for this section of today’s post, as well….

See? I can be nice…..



Early Observations

Until I knew there was more,
I wanted to know God.
They said he was a nice guy,
and would let me live forever.

All I had to do, they said,
was live my life for Him,
always living by scripture
cleaving only to his Way.

But, everyone I saw in church,
acted different at home.
Living wild, cussin’ and fussin’,
nobody lived like they said.

Still, I tried to be like Jesus,
he was sort of cool.
He never hurt nobody
and walked on the right path.

‘Course they killed him for that,
they couldn’t stand his example.
Turned him into a martyr,
 hid his real words among their own.

Then I found the Buddha,
and met Lao Tzu at the gate.
They saw things real different,
showed me how to see straight.

Right thought, and right action
replace blind obedience and faith.
Reality becomes manageable,
fear retreats, the universe expands.

Brother John said it pretty well,
“Imagine there’s no heaven,
it’s easy if you try.”
Sounds like he knew why.

Day to day, life is grand,
we walk in eternal beauty.
Open your eyes and hearts,
find yourself already immortal.

~~ gigoid ~~




Naked Pearls

Further comments on Life @ Large


Unblemish’d let me live, or die unknown;
O grant an honest fame, or grant me none!

~~ Alexander Pope ~~

 ~~ The Temple of Fame, Last line ~~


“Reading is thinking with someone else’s head instead of your own.”

~~ Literate Bee ~~


“Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend,
but it requires a very fine nature
to sympathize with a friend’s success.”

~~ Oscar Wilde ~~


“I regret that I cannot do my duty as a true modern,
by cursing everybody who made me whatever I am.”

~~ G.K. Chesterton ~~


“For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.”

~~ Lewis Carroll ~~


“A life without cause is a life without effect.”

~~ Barbarella ~~


“You don’t fuck around with the infinite.”

~~ Mean Streets ~~


He sees that this great roundabout
The world, with all its motley rout,
  Church, army, physic, law,
Its customs and its businesses,
Is no concern at all of his,
  And says–what says he?–Caw.

~~ William Cowper ~~

~~ The Jackdaw, (Translation from Vincent Bourne) ~~


Well, there you go. It ain’t Ibsen, but it’s the best I’ve got today. I’ll go now, & leave y’all to your own devices, with, hopefully, a bit more comfort & joy than what was present when you began reading today’s mess. I’ll make no apologies for any of it; I will say I hope you enjoyed it, or, it pissed you off royally…. We shoot for both ends of the scale around here. Tomorrow, we’ll try again, so, fair warning, eh? See y’all then, if my house doesn’t float into the Bay….

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.


“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch


À bientôt, mon cherí….


22 thoughts on “Illusion is a deck with 51 cards….

    • Aye…. I am waiting to listen; for some odd reason, Leelu hates blues guitar music…. She pitches a fit, & stomps away whenever Eric, or Stevie Ray, or BB, or anyone plays a fast riff…. I have to wait ’till she naps to turn it on…

      Cats: ethereal music wrapped in mystery….

      Who’d a thunk a cat wouldn’t like the blues?


  1. WeLL.. first of aLL..
    theRe iS enough wisdom
    of the sages of the ages..
    to allow all the words you
    provide.. germinate a little
    while.. before the rest of
    me.. in whatever comes
    responds to more of it..
    that is rare.. but rarely
    do folks provide
    to make me
    wait to bRing
    more to
    the table
    of whatever
    is.. now
    to come..
    and i for one
    take ironic amusement
    and some righteous
    of the
    pain and suffering
    human cultures
    across the last
    10 to 12
    years of selfish
    ignorance have brought
    to the rest of Nature..
    and coming out
    of the dark
    myself two
    Summers ago..
    i remember feeling the
    voice of Wild and Free
    Nature aka God
    feeling a little
    rage of
    indignation of
    all the pain of suffering
    that the road kill of human
    roads as metaphor has brought
    to the other squirrels of world..
    but alas we are all in this
    game of life together
    and there is no
    the liGht
    from the
    dArk of
    without harming
    Allthatis even more…
    So i decided.. no God..
    don’t bring ‘another flood’
    to wipe the condominiums
    off the earth as i walked
    farther and farther
    down a
    and beautiful
    Seagull Beach..
    as Sea Gulls can
    fly over floods
    cats and many
    other innocent
    creatures will drown
    along with human cultures..
    so then.. i decided.. come back
    to the Condos and do what you
    can.. is all you can do.. but meanwhile
    above all be free.. but as Godzilla and
    Blue Oyster Cult intimates so finely
    and simply.. Nature proves
    again and again..
    the folly
    of human
    in more
    or less
    of Truth and liGht..
    and everything around us
    now that is reducing human
    populations.. is yes.. pArt
    of the all Natural
    to do what
    she does best..
    the pain..
    misery.. and
    suffering or not..
    Nature will
    with or
    without us..
    no doubt
    to me
    but meanwhile..
    i WiLL pArty like
    it’s 1999
    in 1984
    i can.. and
    dam.. i CAN
    is a great way
    to be free my

    • Every word is truth, my brother… I’m slowly getting past the anger, though I’m not sure exactly why I should…. The assholes who continue to destroy themselves, and the rest of us, deserve every bit of my disdain and ill feeling; every time I think of the granddaughter I never get to see, I get angry all over again, because I may never get a chance to know her, if the world continues in the vein in which it now runs…

      If such occurs, the world itself will know how I feel, for I will take as many of those fuckheads with me as I have time to kill..,

      And fuck ’em if they don’t like it…. I’m in the mood now to wish they would come for me today….

      Sorry, just stimmed myself, thinking about the poem from a day or two ago, with the line about the “children never to be born.” Mine may never get the chance to see my age at all, or have children of their own, for the world will be a place too dangerous for them to live….

      Gotta go calm down, my friend. It’s a good thing I already went out today; I won’t have to keep from killing anyone prematurely….

      Later, I’ll try to get back to this…



    • S’truth, I’m afraid…. All we’ve got left as a chance is hope and love, neither of which has worked very well thus far….


      If Earth creatures ever make it out of here to explore the galaxy, I’m fairly certain the most likely candidates are all cockroaches…. They haven’t needed to change their form in more than 25 million years, & have survived through a couple ice ages already… We’re just a nice restaurant for them…. one that’s closing soon…



  2. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:


    I had planned to blow this off again, but, my Celtic nature, so prone to guilt, intervened to compel me to find something to post. In spite of not having much time I can afford to spend on my butt today, I managed to find this, from a bit over two years ago…. It’s a fine, iconic Pearl, justs the right tone for the current state of affairs & I hope you enjoy it. I’m working, bit by bit, on a fresh one for tomorrow ( I DO like to post on All Fool’s Day….), with relatively high hopes for success. I won’t ask y’all to wish me luck, as that’s just dumb; instead I’ll say only, I’ll need it. Meantime, be cool, and strange, and all those things one can do to make the journey worth our time….

    See ya soon, ffolkes, cosmically speaking….

    gigoid, the dubious


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