Ladders climbing themselves….

Ffolkes,

“Learning isn’t a means to an end; it is an end in itself.”

~~ Robert A. Heinlein ~~

bath leelu

But, I SWEAR I saw a mouse in here…


Hajime….. Okay, so here’s the deal today. I’m tired, having spent a long, if not particularly onerous night, attempting to garner enough sleep to warrant getting up, Abandoning the battle at about 4:44, according to my little bedside time monitor, I arose, only to remember I had forgotten to get sugar while at the store, and would be seriously short for my first cuppa this morning. SIGH…. Getting old’s a pain, y’know?

So be it. Life’s full of disappointment, and this one doesn’t rank too high on the scale, so, we’ll just ignore the pain (everything’s relative, y’know…. When I’m low on caffeine & sugar, thing can get, for me, a bit strange…), and get on with the slow. Of course, it means we’ll be shortcutting where I didn’t get this done yesterday, (which also had its share of time-altering issues….), so, y’all may as well be prepared for a bumpy road. Can’t be helped, & you’ll get the usual apology note in your email, if you provided it.

All that said, to our common regret, I am sure, we’ll get on with this, before my courage fails. I suppose this means I either have to use one of the Tardis devices, or just fake it, to get us on the toad. Ah, I know, I’ll use my extensive knowledge of cosmic judo, and use a hip-throw….. Or, maybe a leg-sweep…. It won’t matter, they’re expecting Jell-o…. See ya at the oyster beds….

Shall we Pearl?….

“Civilization is fun!  Anyway, it keeps me busy!!”

~~ Zippy the Pinhead ~~


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    Those familiar with routine here will recognize the logo, and know we’ll be having classical music today. As usual, the mix chosen was picked because it had the picture that grabbed my attention…. Enjoy!….

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Classical Music

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    As noted in the intro, the archives are to play their part today. Here is a relatively short discussion of one of our favorite delusions, religion, and the tendency of humans to indulge in such nonsense…. Enjoy!…. I did.

From 12/28/2012:

“A desire not to butt into other people’s business is at least eighty percent of all human wisdom… and the other twenty percent isn’t very important.” “You butt into other people’s business.  All the time.” “Who said I was wise?  I’m a professional bad example.  You can learn a lot by watching me.”  — Jubal Harshaw, in Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein

I would guesstimate that more than 90% of everything I believe about life and the world has its roots in this book by Robert Heinlein, based on the comments of Jubal Harshaw, one of the book’s main characters. Jubal managed to have something to say about just about everything in human culture, and had his own distinct opinion on all of it. Of course, these reflected Heinlein’s own beliefs, but we weren’t supposed to think about that at the time, and had no real effect on anything other than Bob and his friends. The rest of us just appreciated his ironic sense of humor, and the common sense he displayed in such an entertaining fashion.

Medicine, psychology, memory, society, culture, custom, religion and theosophy, politics and political theory, philosophy, military history and structure, strategy, tactics, literature, writing, circuses, carnivals, astronomy, space travel, telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, weaponry, and a host of other subjects…… Every one of these subjects is part of the story Heinlein weaves, as he creates a figure who embraces the entirety of human culture and history, and attempts to change mankind in a way that can help us to overcome those parts of our nature that are giving us problems, and eventually will lead to our demise as a species. This book, Heinlein’s magnus opus, is his attempt to show humanity the way to save ourselves from our own stupidity and ignorance…..

Sadly, Heinlein is aware also that our fatal flaw is just that…. fatal. His protagonist, Michael Valentine Smith, who offers humanity the salvation of personal revelation, and of personal responsibility, is, in the end, killed by a mob of unbelievers, becoming the same sort of religious martyr as Jesus Christ, with, as Heinlein so aptly shows, the same probable chances of success, i.e., none…. Nothing of what Jesus taught humanity has been incorporated into society; anyone who says it has is delusional. Humanity not only has NOT adopted the philosophy of that great Jewish reformist, but has utterly rejected it, and belittled it, by perverting its precepts, twisting them to suit their own agenda, and acting in ways that are diametrically opposite to what Jesus was teaching.

I defy anyone to provide evidence that what I just said is not true, and invite them to present it here, so it can be discussed. The teachings of Jesus Christ have been corrupted by preachers and priests, politicians, corporate masters, and every other human who desires power over others. The rules of flexibility and love for fellow men that he taught have been turned into obedience to authority, and submission to temporal rulers, as those who wish to control society twist the words, and mangle the concepts that were intended to help in another way.

“Jesus only told half the story. The truth *will* set you free.  But, first it’s going to piss you off.” — Solomon Short

I don’t know about y’all, but I think, even if it does piss me off, I’ll take the truth…..

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Haiku

All my poetry
seems to be gone walkabout.
An original.

~~ gigoid ~~

2/28/2016

Fine and Good, Good and Fine

A pig in a poke’s got nothing on me,
cuz I’m as confused as a man can be.
This ol’ world’s got me spinnin’ around
cussin’ and spittin’, a penny for a pound.

Forty ‘leven times since I was a kid, well,
I’ve fallen in love, ‘least too close to tell.
Every damn time, it all went to crap,
Forty ‘leven times I’ve felt like a sap.

‘Course, each time it happens, I forget the last;
why not? I’m havin’ such a blast….
Livin’ in each moment, filled with joie de vivre,
’til it’s all gone away again, nothin’ left up my sleeve.

Don’t want y’all to think I’m sad or blue,
life’s full of sorrow, lots for me, and/or you..
T’other side of that coin, we can be glad,
is joyful love, and that ain’t at all bad.

My road’s been littered with parts o’my heart,
each one colored with trust, which ain’t always smart.
Yet, long as I don’t lose my connection to joy,
I’ll find my own true love, and be a happy boy.

It’s been some kinda fun, even when I’d take a fall,
and doin’ it over makes no sense at all, at all
Day after day, I keep on keepin’ on, as it’s said;
Guess I’ll keep on doin’ that ’til I’m dead.

‘Nuff said….

~~ gigoid, tongue firmly in cheek ~~

3/23/2013


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Naked Pearls

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“What are fears but voices airy?
Whispering harm where harm is not,
And deluding the unwary
Till the fatal bolt is shot!”

~~ William Wordsworth ~~

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“I have found power in the mysteries of thought.”

~~ Euripides ~~

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“9.  Love deeply and passionately.
You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.”

~~ Instructions for life ~~

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“Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth.”

~~ Marcus Tullius Cicero ~~

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“Keep the juices going by jangling around gently as you move.”

~~ Satchel Paige ~~

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“If you bring forth what is within you,
what you bring forth will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is within you,
what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

~~ Jesus Christ (Gnostic Gospel Of Thomas, Saying 70) ~~

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“Among what he called his precepts were such as these:
Do not stir the fire with a sword.
Do not sit down on a bushel.
Do not devour thy heart.”

~~ Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) — Pythagoras, xvii ~~

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“There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

~~ Albert Einstein ~~

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“O to be self-balanced for contingencies!
O to confront night, storms,
hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs
as trees and animals do!”

~~ Walt Whitman ~~


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Having thus completed my duty, to my surprise and delight, I shall forthwith take my leave, stage virtual. But, don’t worry, I’ll be back tomorrow. The universe, it seems, leaves me little choice in the matter, and, who am I to argue with an entire universe? See ya….

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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9 thoughts on “Ladders climbing themselves….

  1. She looks innocent……I have the same seat in my shower…..old farts think alike I guess….LOL Sorry to hear about the sleep….I can sympathize….I have read little fiction so I have missed Heinlein……sounds like a great book……my only fiction was in my younger years I read cheap pulp fictions mostly spy stuff….you big breasted women and hard boiled dudes that shot firsat and never tried a question….have a good day my friend….chuq

    • Aye, she LOOKS innocent…. I’ve given up on the seat, since losing all my weight, but, it keeps her from using the tub as a play space as much…

      The good thing about fiction is it has to make sense; it’s not like reality, which does NOT have to make sense, and usually doesn’t, so, it’s a nice break from that, while also teaching us about how another person looks at the world, and how they deal with it….Heinlein was a master at making fantastic ideas sound commonplace, set in a damn good story, with engaging characters who grabbed your sympathy and admiration right off the bat….

      I also read the hard-boiled PI stuff… Ray Chandler’s characters were the best at it… and Bogey played them best on screen, like in The Maltese Falcon, and others… I always liked Bogey, because he was almost a twin for my Dad… same big nose, ears, & grin…

      You take care, amigo… have a good ‘un…

      gigoid

  2. Jesus has come back so many
    F iN times and has failed
    miserably to change
    the world..
    problem was
    someone else
    held the Microphone
    of his voice.. that’s no
    longer the case.. as
    the megaphone’s
    been released
    by the
    nerds of
    yesterday
    changing into
    an ocean wave
    of Jesus ONLINE..
    The truth and LiGhT
    WiLL ONLY SET ONE
    FREE iF HEArD iN ORIGINAL
    ALL NATURAL FORM.. from mouth
    to breast in suckling form ALLiNNATE..
    And the coolest thing of
    all is swords
    are no longer
    necessary
    as we
    have
    mega
    sWORDs..
    of electronic JOY
    unleashed and released
    as the Quantum Human mind
    and body in balance.. becomes
    the real deal as both hemispheres
    reach the 11 balance lined as H WHOLE…
    iN both mind and earthly global way of Free..
    A really tall.. thin.. spindly boy played the
    song ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in a
    middle school talent show..
    13.. or so he was then
    in ivory and keyboard
    way.. problem was
    he was shaken
    to the core
    iN
    the inspiRaTioNal spiRit
    of the music over words
    and couldn’t walk straight then..
    meeting an eruption of laughter
    from school mates.. i just want
    to.. i just want to know and
    feel what it all means
    then.. but none of
    those Christian
    School mates
    are at all
    like
    the
    man in the song..
    movie.. or book.. too..
    nor their parents.. nor their
    churches.. why is it that
    poor me.. my mother and
    sister or so much
    more like he..
    ah.. humility..
    the secret..
    live on a river
    WITH NATURE..
    in an old shot-gun
    home.. bare necessities..
    Live with Love over material
    stuFF.. Learn Love is the
    way over all else in life..
    the Truth and LiGht
    hasn’t changed..
    the only
    thing i
    was missing
    then.. was the
    fearless to play
    AND SinG the
    song again..
    in Mocking
    Jay way.. away from
    a town Milton.. named
    once as hell for dark reaSon sTill..
    most churches per square mile in the
    record books for locality then.. but the
    farthest away from
    Jesus.. than
    perhaps
    anywhere
    in the Universe
    then/now.. they have
    one wish and one wish only
    and that was/is to bring Jesus
    back again.. be careful what
    ya wish
    for..
    as self-
    fulfilling
    prophecies
    can happen again..
    Jerusalem in the west
    iS RA EL as the US of A
    and history repeats itself
    again.. around the same
    latitude of earth too..
    only thing is this
    Jesus is too
    F in SmArt
    to get crucified
    again..
    he’ll
    come with
    dance instead
    and just keep ’em
    guessing eternity
    iN hell or heaven
    either dancing
    liFe or
    sitting
    still
    in the
    dark place sTill.. now..
    Being Jesus is a challenge
    iN Mocking Jay Way..
    but OMG..
    it’s the
    greaTEst
    art of life
    i know and feel now..
    and that’s what they tale
    uS iN Catholic Church all
    the time.. be Jesus or
    ya can’t be
    good enough
    to get that bread and wine..
    Problem is.. ya have to see/FEEL
    ALL OF JESUS FIRST
    BOTH
    MYTH
    AND MAN
    OF US FREE WiTH LOVE..
    as aLL iT iS.. iS Love and Fearless that counts..
    so i probably won’t change the world.. NO..
    but maybe i’ll inspire
    someone else
    to be Jesus
    WHO WILL..
    or at least
    try to my dying
    last day.. for the
    greATest hobby i feel and know now..
    iN MOCKING J WAY.. i’ll dance
    Love and Fearless
    ’till
    the last
    foot drops..
    OMG.. what will i
    do after that.. sure..
    there’s always poeTry
    and a better book..
    than old good
    way..:)

    • For some strange reason… wait. I guess that word, for me, is de rigeur, in the sense I am always so. I’ll start again.

      I’m smiling of course, but, here’s why: I read this a while ago, but, didn’t have time to respond. So, it percolated, and, though now, I don’t recall all the details, I have the distinct impression my first reaction was in the form of what might be a test question, for a reading test, to wit:

      In the above comment, which pair of adjectives are most apt to describe the content?

      a) “energetically joyous”

      b) “joyously energetic”

      c) any of the above

      d) all of the above

      The answer, naturally, is left as an exercise for the Genteel Reader(s), and, may be considered a gift to the test score average.

      Besides, I’m almost incoherent (it doesn’t show that it took six tries, and a full minute to type the word ‘incoherent’…), because I ate my sleep aid, in the form of A.B. Toklas brownies in blueberry ice cream, in just the right amount, so I am, well, pretty damn ready to sleep, if not exactly comatose already.

      Ha. Victory.

      Small ones are all I need to play again.

      See ya, brother… I’ll catch up soon, when I can catch up to my energy source a bit longer in the day….

      Love

      gigoid

      • Ha..!.. SMiLes.. rest iN peace alive.. my friend..
        gigoid.. with Love.. and the answer to the test
        can be easily answered
        by my wife..
        turn the
        liGht off Fred..
        you are F iN..
        Blinding me.. and true
        story.. when i sang in the church
        choir and actually played the piano
        through the decade of the 80’s at Catholic
        Church.. after i finished singing.. one
        of the peer female singers
        said turn off
        your face
        with her hands
        over her eyes.. it is too
        briGht she said.. and i had no idea
        what she was talking about..
        but she was serious..
        and when one of my
        girlfriends in the
        middle 80’s took the
        first video i ever saw of
        myself with focused
        eyes.. on her..
        it unnerved me..
        as i finally figured out
        why that girl i went to the prom
        with.. when i was 21 was talking
        about when she said..
        your eyes
        are scaring
        me.. and several
        other girls said i
        pierced their soul
        with my eyes.. i was just
        interested! then.. in aLL
        cases… but i suppose
        i’m all tuned up as it were
        and as i rose again..
        after the liGht
        went out
        of my eYes..
        totally.. for 66 months..
        in hell.. hmm.. oh.. the metaphors
        of life.. to be a briGhtest Angel
        in one life and
        dArkest
        one too..
        in the same
        life.. dying
        twice or more..
        and
        living
        again..
        and again..
        hmm.. yeah..
        Nature makes
        an interesting brew..
        and i suppose it’s just
        the archetype of Dr.
        Jekyll and Mr. Hyde..
        where he finally gets
        to understand both faces..
        and adjust accordingly for balance..
        but anyway.. the strangest thing happened
        during those years of writing in the darkness..
        my words
        in both writing
        and voice acquired
        my eYes until gradually
        i no longer expressed the
        laser option iN eYes before..
        to overwhelm folks again.. with LiGhT..
        the light just migrated out of my eyes to
        another
        place(s)..
        of expression..
        and a few folks
        can receive it without
        getting totally blinded
        by whatever this is now..
        often it surprises me.. not
        unlike the 80’s.. after i finish..
        with the
        briGht
        eYes
        oF words..
        that are left
        now of whatever
        i am for now free..:)

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