Defined by overt self-interest…


“And it’s just a box of rain
I don’t know who put it there
Believe it if you need it
Or leave it if you dare
And it’s just a box of rain
Or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long, long time to be gone
And a short time to be there”

~~ Box of Rain by Phil Lesh, & Robert Hunter ~~

~~From American Beauty, 1970, The Grateful Dead ~~


Catnap while gigoid works…

Hajime….. There is a lot to be said for sleep. Mostly, it’s all been said, but, my appreciation for it has again been highlighted by its presence in my life again last night. I fell asleep early, and slept, fairly naturally, for eight solid hours, with only the usual interruptions for visits to the porcelain throne, as is normal at my age…. All in all, a grand night’s sleep, for the first time in what seems like ages…. I’m not sure just what to do with all the energy. SIGH…. Ah, well, it’s a nice conundrum to face, even so early, and I’m sure I can figure it out….

Well, now what? Gosh, it’s weird to have this much energy in the morning; the usual application of will to the morning routine isn’t even close to the usual degree necessary to type. Now, if only ideas were as plentiful as energy, we might get somewhere. As it is, I’m afraid a bit of brain-cudgeling will be needed to produce anything readable, and the odds on that are slim. I guess we’ll just have to trust the process again, and see if Leelu will give me enough time to get it done….

That said, let’s get to it. Let me at that ranting section, I’m ready to rumble….. In fact, let’s do it now, so I don’t lose any time or energy to vacillating, as we often will do here in the intro section. Today, we’ll use this little device from the Tardis, and move us right along to where we should be by now…. Watch closely, or you’ll miss it….

Shall we Pearl?….

“As war and government prove, insanity is the most contagious of diseases.”

~~ Edward Abbey ~~



    We are going with classical music again today, just because I want to. I find it is the simplest solution to conundrums, since it’s music that has been filtered through the ages, until all we have to listen to is what is considered the best…. Enjoy, ffolkes… As usual, the mix you’ll hear was picked solely because I like the picture it showed….


Classical Music





Dont keep calm

“The older we grow the greater becomes our wonder at how much ignorance one can contain without bursting one’s clothes.” — Mark Twain

Though there is sufficient energy, and angst, built up to rant, I’m going with an archived piece, simply because it is on the subject I wish to address, and says what I would have said, anyway…. Enjoy, ffolkes, it’s all still as true as the day….

From 4/18/2013:

MORAL, adj.  Conforming to a local and mutable standard of right. Having the quality of general expediency.

“It is sayd there be a raunge of mountaynes in the Easte, on one syde of the which certayn conducts are immorall, yet on the other syde they are holden in good esteeme; wherebye the mountayneer is much conveenyenced, for it is given to him to goe downe eyther way and act as it shall suite his moode, withouten offence.  _Gooke’s Meditations_

— Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary”

A reader commented to me recently that my rants have gone soft; she enjoys it when I rake someone over the coals, figuratively speaking, and asked me when I was going to get back on my white horse, or my soapbox, as the cliché may be…. I told her it is most likely a result of having some of the pressure of living removed, by the acquisition of my SS benefits, so much so that I’m finding it hard to summon up the outrage needed to rant effectively…. Like Voldemort told Harry, when he tried to use the Cruciatus Curse against Bellatrix Lestrange, in HP5-The Order of the Phoenix, “You’ve got to MEAN it, Harry!”  Funny how not worrying about where the next meal is coming from takes some stress out of one’s life, isn’t it?….. Ha Ha…..

So, anyway, then I saw the above entry from the Devil’s Dictionary, and thought to myself, “AHA!”  (I do that a lot…), “Now, here’s a subject worthy of a rant!”…. This is absolutely true, even though morality is sort of like reality…. there are as many versions of what it means as there are people…. of which, each and every one believes that what they perceive is the only correct version, obviously…. Right….

So, you can see the problem right away…. As a society, we have an unfortunate tendency to try to legislate morality, so that everyone is compelled to behave according to a commonly accepted pattern of behavior…. Supposedly, this legislation is supposed act as some sort of magic bullet, that will stop all the bad things from happening, like stealing, killing, and general misbehavior that is upsetting to the rest of society…. It never works, at all, but, we keep on passing laws designed to enforce a common morality anyway….

Such a drama is now being played out on the national stage, as the Senate just defeated the new gun control reforms that 90% of the populace wants in place. Out of a hundred Senators, it only took 45 Republicans to bring the proposed law down, meaning that once again, a very small percentage of people have forced their views on the rest of the public, to suit their own morality, and, more importantly, to suit their own special interests, who paid good money for their votes, dammit!…. I am somewhat piqued about this, but see little in the way of anything to be done that will make any difference, in the big picture…. No matter how stringent the laws, people who want guns will get them, and use them on other people…. The new laws would have made that a bit more time-consuming, but no less possible, or even less probable….

Since I can’t thing of anything positive to suggest, other than to stay alert to what may end up as a critical issue, I will fill out what should normally be a rant, with a number of cogent pearls, to try to jab the stick into the appropriate eyes…. and my friend will have to wait a bit longer for a good, old-fashioned brouhaha, as I get nasty and vicious in my denouncement of the BRC, the churches, and the corporate masters….. I will say this to her….. have no fear, my outrage isn’t gone, just temporarily dormant, and I WILL be back to rant….. meanwhile, enjoy these tasty gems…..

“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” — Sir Winston Churchill

Linear Model:  An assumption concerning the nature of reality applied unquestioningly to every relationship as though God had determined that truth must always run in straight lines. — Smart Bee

“The clinching proof of my reasoning is that I will cut anyone who argues further into dogmeat.” — Sir Geoffery de Tourneville (ca. 1350)

“Has history ever recorded a time when the majority was right?” — Lazarus Long

“He would be the finer gentleman that should leave the world without having tasted of lying or pretense of any sort, or of wantonness or conceit.” –Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 AD) — Meditations, ix, 2

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.” — Saul Bellow

“If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.” — Carl Schurz



Haiku VIIA

Making it all up
I go merrily along;
waters of Lethe.

~~ gigoid ~~


Unsolicited Gratitude

Fear becomes familiar when reality bodes us ill
pain assumes first position, no matter our will.
Powerless, we founder, no strength to prevail
anguished and afraid, against unwanted Fate we rail.

Still, a grain of hope deep inside, hidden well against need
gives us reason to survive, our starving souls to feed.
Failure of courage burdens time, of being bested,
until our souls, in submission, become foully infested.

Bitter tears wash through us each day, with little care,
no thought, no feeling, no wish, or need to be fair.
Rendered clueless, confusion falls upon us, as prey,
we surrender a piece of our soul, little as we may.

Yet, always, a bright beam of hope is seen from afar,
no matter how dreary, or dark, it may seem where we are.
None knows, nor would consent to tell, it seems
from whence it hails, or why it so brightly gleams.

Saving our sanity, absolving our unwanted fears,
dispelling the myths and lies that come with the years.
Each man has known the precious gift that hope may give
And gives glad thanks, as long as he may live.

~~ gigoid ~~



Sandclock .jpg

    I had not intended to use so much archived material today, since my energy is so strong. However, SB has apparently gone on strike, and won’t give me anything worth sharing. This one is a good one, so, it will do for today….

From 4/19/2013:

As you may have noted, my brain is broken…. and I am not sure which tool is going to work to fix it…. What this means in terms of today’s Pearl is that you will have to put up with more than the usual degree of smarm, and the occasional random insult, as I try to cope with creating a Pearl out of what is laying around in my brain, rather than a true creative episode, building and sharing images of grand eloquence, made up of just the right words….. Today, though, those words are hiding from me, so I have to allow Smart Bee to have its head, so to speak, because anything in mine has to be viewed with suspicion, and handled with care, lest it explode, whereupon, we get blamed for an act of terrorism…. Of course, that last word is probably what comes to mind when y’all think of this blog anyway…..

Nevertheless, I’m going old school, and you can’t stop me…. (Believe me, you don’t WANT to stop me today….. just let me have my way, and everything will work out fine….)…. Here is a group of pearls, all of which are pointed in a certain direction, which SHOULD be obvious…. If it is not, well, I guess you’re S.O.O.L., as they say downtown…. well, they said that when I hung out there…. any who, here….

“Critics quarrel with other critics. With an artist, no sane man quarrels.” — George Santayana

“Our discontent begins by finding false villains whom we can accuse of deceiving us. Next we find false heroes whom we expect to liberate us. The hardest, most discomfiting discovery is that each of us must emancipate himself.”– Daniel J. Boorstin

“Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.”– Alexander Pope (1688-1744) — The Rape of the Lock, Canto v, Line 34

“There’s a lot of stupid people out there. Just to prove it, think of how dumb the average person is, and then realize that half of the people out there are stupider than that.” — George Carlin

“A man that expects to train lobsters to fly in a year is called a lunatic and is locked up. But a man that thinks people can be turned into angels by legislation is called a reformer and allowed to walk free.” — Mr. Dooly

“All things that are born must die. Work hard for your own freedom from sorrow.” — Buddha

“Do not speak of what men deserve.   For we each of us deserve everything, every luxury that was ever piled in the tombs of the dead Kings, and we each of us deserve nothing, not a mouthful of bread in hunger.  Have we not eaten while another starved?  Will you punish us for that?  Will you reward us for the virtue of starving while others ate?  No man earns punishment, no man earns reward.  Free your mind of the idea of *deserving*, of *earning*, and you will begin to be able to think.” — Odo, The Prison Letters (Ursula LeGuin, _The Dispossessed_)

Oooh…. now, THAT’S a pearl of virtual wisdom, if I ever saw one…..  Print it!…..


Done, and, in jig time…. I’ll take it. Let’s print it, post it, and be gone, shall we? I, myself, will be off for a spin around the Big Blue Room today, to take advantage of all the extra energy….. I will, however, issue the usual warning, & remind y’all, I’ll be back tomorrow…. Nobody big or bad enough seems to want to try to stop me, so, I’ll be here…. Ta, then….

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 “Defined by overt self-interest…

  1. It is a day like no other…I am out of coffee! Great music but does not solve the caffeine problem…..LOL Leelu does have it made….she works so hard and rest just as hard, right? chuq

    • OMG! No coffee! You must be tougher than you seem, amigo, if you haven’t either killed yourself, or anyone else by now… Quick, send the granddaughter to the store!…

      LOL, indeed… She does work and play hard; it’s that predator instinct to use energy in big, short bursts, then catnap until she can breathe & jump some more…It’s clear her ancestry is mucho Siamese, as she likes to be close to me when she rests, and often comes to lay where you see her, just to doze & be with her pack mate… It’s pretty cool…

      Hope you get some caffeine, bro… try to have a good day anyway…



  2. I trust you will use that ‘extra energy’ walking and not fantasizing!
    That question of ‘morality’
    ‘Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.’
    ‘It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious’.
    ‘If, with the literate, I am
    Impelled to try an epigram,
    I never seek to take the credit;
    We all assume that Oscar said it’

    • Well, since Oscar DID say that, good assumption… well, I think Shaw may have said the last line, but, the other is definitely Oscar’s words…

      And, yes, I will walk… already said so in the closing lines… Might even drag my guitar along for some play time…


      Have a good one, Lady P….



      • Wrong!
        Dorothy Parker…
        Lovely photo of Leelu…
        Have a good sing song walk..
        It’s freezin ‘ere and I ain’t goin’ nowhere!
        So there….

        • Okay, but, the line re: ‘charming’ is Oscar’s, for sure…

          Thanks; she’s getting really pretty, with all the different colors…

          Aye, I heard about the weather hitting Europe; stay warm, milady…

          See ya ’round the net….


  3. ‘I, myself, will be off for a spin around the Big Blue Room today, to take advantage of all the extra energy’….
    I,myself, say that ain’t no walk!

    • *grin*

      Well, you’re wrong, this time. The Big Blue Room is everything outside the room where my computer lives, so, I have to walk to get anywhere, even just the bus stop….and, my intent is to put in at least two miles…

      That’s a walk….

      So there…



  4. Ya.. can’t herd
    cats.. same applies
    to some of the population
    as all of the people can’t
    be fooled
    all of the time..
    thank God i’m not
    all of the people
    and all of the
    are not
    the same..
    my favorite
    rather simple Ted Talk
    that illustrates the innate
    issue of us vs them..
    is this one.. below..
    per liberals..
    the free thinking
    moving Rover folks
    fearless as such
    as often
    may be
    the case..
    vs.. the scaredy
    cat.. cautious folks
    who are rarely truly
    free cats at all.. per more
    closed mind and body out
    of balance ways of thinking
    and feeling.. of course it can
    go the other way too.. when us
    liberal folks go way out on the fringe
    and get ourselves killed skydiving
    or whatever
    from falling
    to STD’s..
    the truth
    will set ya free
    and if one is not
    cautious enough
    the truth may contain
    some clap
    too.. in darker
    ways of Nature
    free and human
    prisoner same..
    so yeah..
    rules and boundaries
    are important.. free and
    roving is important and
    a balance is required..
    and the problem with
    society overall out
    of balance
    is the rule
    makers are always
    fighting with the free
    folks to make what is is..
    and hmm.. it does suck for
    many folks but on the other
    hand.. truth and liGht be told
    it doesn’t suck for
    and not
    a bitch for
    everyone as some
    folks learn the balance
    of life in both red and blue
    pill way
    to the
    free will
    of the
    Green Pill
    now.. in other
    words.. every role
    counts iN dark and liGht
    and humans.. they
    keep trying
    free and
    cautious too..
    Animals have it
    relatively easily
    even without a soft
    bed.. hot water..
    and grocery
    as at least
    they have no
    illusory fears fostered
    by rule makers who would
    clothe freedom from head to toe..
    but yeah.. careful careful
    or those
    will freeze off
    as always balance
    and understanding
    that all roles play a pArt..
    even that meteor that makes
    the Gulf of Mexico now.. getting
    rid of the dinosaur.. and now the
    footprints that have become
    the virus of human
    that is killing
    like a meteor
    only slower
    and more
    for the
    of the
    Earth Race
    for now.. but yeah..
    there’s always the next
    meteor for change
    down the
    of whatever
    may come next..
    it’s all a matter of
    perspective.. my
    in liGht
    and dARk
    of balance
    oF now..
    but for now
    Life is Good and
    i’ll ride that wave..
    as long as now allows..
    as ocean free me alive..
    Oh yes.. and also a SonG..;)

    • You’re correct in your song about what I wrote today… The annoying part for some of us, those who can see the light and dark, and the path that MUST be walked along the terminator line between the two, is that those who cannot see are off chasing their fears in the dark, and pulling the rest of us along with them, along with so many other innocent creatures alive today… When the answer is so simple, their intransigent insistence on not seeing it is, for me, one of life’s greatest annoyances, little as I know there is to be done about any of it…

      I guess, all we can do is all we can do….

      SIGH… C’est la vie, my friend….

      Later, lots of reading to do….



      • SMiLes.. my friend
        being Free scares the
        hell out of or into folks
        as it is impossible to be
        free following the party line
        of any human culture i am aware of..
        now still.. the conundrum of course is
        through history NOT FOLLOWING
        the party line of culture means
        no subsistence of sharing
        either jobs or collected
        food.. likely in
        the forage
        of life too..
        Secret iNsite..
        a pArtY oF ONE..
        inviting everyone to
        come but not getting
        upset if God
        amazing isn’t
        it that half the
        world or so is
        waiting for Nature
        to show her face..
        and ha! Love
        the next song
        as it illustrates
        the foolishness
        of so called
        smart humans
        in ape terms oF Now..
        i’ll give ’em Nature Free GOD and
        ‘they’ ‘can’ keep the God ‘they’ OWN..
        and create away.. from Mother Nature True..:)

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