Baleful gazes and worn-out cliches….


“I may be going to hell in a bucket, but at least I’m enjoying the ride.”

~~ Bob Weir ~~

nap time

Leelu being diligent….

Advanced Nap Training Session

Hajime…. Oh, what the….? Ah, okay. It’s fine; never mind. Good morrow, ffolkes. And, how are y’all this fine morning. Bet you never thought you’d hear me say that one, did ya? Nor did I, he said, with a crooked grin. Nor did I necessarily mean for such adjective to direct or determine the course of your day, which is, as ever, completely up to you. Me I get tired, very tired, of hearing “Have a nice day!”. and have taken to replying, “Not today, thanks. Got other plans….” It does generally discourage conversation beyond that point, but, hey, I was on my way out, anyway, right?….

Isn’t Leelu cute? I think so, and I’m pretty familiar with cute, having raised a daughter, as well as lived with cats, kittens, dogs, frogs, snakes, and other forms of domesticated and semi-domesticated livestock for my entire life. We had a dog when I was born; another dog taught me to walk. We had goats, parakeets, fish…. If it wasn’t overtly dangerous, I’ve been around them pretty much the whole road I’ve traveled, one way or another. However, none of that is either relevant to the current task at hand, nor, probably, of particular interest to most folks, and even most ffolkes. (I’ll explain that some day, for those who don’t know why I label people in such a manner…. Maybe. Then, again, maybe not. Probably, I’ll forget.)

Okay, where was I? Oh, animals. Or, more prudently, not. Perhaps, at this point, it would be best to go on to another intro-appropriate attempt; the above seems to be a bit, shall we say, off-topic, if not completely non-sequitor? Whatever the hell it is/was, we’re not there anymore, we’re here, fortunately, so, we can, should we choose to accept the mission, hare off in some other idiotic direction. Alternately, we could calmly, and with some dignity, hare off in some other ridiculous direction. Or, I could just stop, and we’ll get on with the rest of today’s mess…. Yes, I think that’s the best idea.

Now, if only we can figure out…. Wait. I know. We’ll do it this way…. Watch close, it’s tricky…. No, no, not for me, for you…. Watch….

Shall we Pearl?….

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

~~ Voltaire ~~



    Today’s video is, once again, set to default position; this, of course, means you get more classical music. It’s not as if you HAVE to listen, but, if you do, it will soothe your spirit as you read…. Try it, you’ll like it…. It’s not a guarantee, but, trust me, it works….


Mozart Symphonies






    I’m running late, and Leelu wants her time, so, I’m forgoing the rant I had planned to write, using the statement below from Hemingway. Instead, here is the intro section from a Pearl posted about two years ago, which is one of the best I’ve done, both rant, and intro-wise…. I hope you enjoy it, and, of course, treat it with mindfulness for its content….

“Cowardice … is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.” — Ernest Hemingway

From 2/25/2014:

Terrible things could happen now…. they could, you know. And, we’ll deserve every second we experience of mind-numbing, soul-chilling, petrifying terror, because, hey, we’re the ones who left the door wide open, inviting it to enter our domain, bringing with it our ultimate doom…. Yes, it’s our own damn fault, and we will know the truth of the matter, because we have been warned, having previously been given wisdom such as this….

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” — Albert Einstein

This is not new wisdom, that we’ve never before seen or suspected; history has provided us with innumerable instances proving the truth of this aphorism….. Time after time throughout our short span of existence on this world, we find examples of men or women who had prior knowledge of an issue, and, by their silence, allowed it to take place, to the detriment of all…. It doesn’t make it right, but, it is certainly not an uncommon issue for mankind…. Such issues are not, perhaps, of those we are given by Reality, our favorite gifts, …. In fact, many don’t look on this, or any knowledge, as gifts, and THAT is a big part of the entire problem….

Our problem is a failure of spirit, that has to do with a basic virtue, one that has been claimed as the basis for all other virtues; without this characteristic, none of our finer qualities are ever seen in the light of day…. That pillar upon which all other virtue rests, then, is Courage…. Yes, plain and simple, courage….

I have found, in my fairly long life, that most of mankind, I’m afraid, are cowards…. I’m not an exception, though it IS something I’ve tried hard to mitigate…. Fear is a hard thing for most of us to admit, even though it isn’t considered abnormal; it’s strength, and the way it causes us to lose control frightens us… However, that is also its saving grace, as the guilt one feels, for having given in to it, can, and does, stimulate us to greater effort, whereupon we can find that courage within ourselves, the next time we are in danger of giving in…. This is how almost everything we do, and have done, of an ethical nature, ever gets done…. because someone discovers they DO have the courage to act when there is danger to themselves, or to those for whom they care…..

That is what it takes, you see…. No virtuous act can ever take place, unless good people have the courage to act in the face of the Evil that exists, in spite of the fear they feel in the presence of that Evil. If they don’t summon, or find somewhere with themselves, the courage to act ethically, or morally, if that is needed, then Evil has free rein to let itself out to play in human affairs, to the detriment of us all….

Each of us has to find that courage within ourselves, the courage to put aside our fear, to carry on with what we know to be right, even though expediency and comfort are left behind in such cases…. Living with honor and integrity is never the easiest path we can take; it is always fraught with danger, because it doesn’t avoid evil, because it’s too hard, but, rather, confronts it, endeavoring to deal with it in a straightforward, upright fashion…. thus, preserving one’s own honor, when forced to have truck with what always leaves us feeling a bit dirty….

Now that we have wandered so far afield this morning, I’m not sure what will happen to this Pearl…. Minor ranting isn’t uncommon in the intro, but, I do try to limit it to no more than eight or ten paragraphs, so we don’t take forever to get into just the first section…. a resolution which, this morning, is NOT unfolding according to plan…. Allow me to sum up, and get on with it, if you will…

All of what I wrote above is true and complete, to the best of my knowledge, and constitutes a fairly accurate assessment of today’s situation here on planet Earth…. Evil is out there, and when we… that’s you, and me…. fail to stand up to it, look it in the eye, and tell it to “fuck off, you bloody sod!”, then it will continue to manifest its existence, causing untold pain and suffering for us all…. So, be brave, ffolkes, and don’t let Evil have its way without at least some token resistance, ‘kay?…. “Kay!…..

Shall we Pearl?…..

“Asked what he gained from philosophy, he answered, “To do without being commanded what others do from fear of the laws.”” — Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) — Aristotle, xi


To finish off this section, here is the perfect pearl to go with the above….

“It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.”

~~ Arthur C. Clarke ~~



Mad Dogs at Bay

Wicked, angry red scenes of imminent demise
haunt my dreams each night.
Fearful visions of destructive surprise
leave me sweating in terror, as well they might.

Small, mean, ugly, with beady little eyes,
pundits gather like maggots, bloated and vile,
grunting, snuffling, mumbling outlandish lies,
enslaving the ignorant with patience and guile.

Society’s denizens exist as volunteer slaves.
Living and dying by script, completely blind.
Never allowing any resentment, no making waves.
Never knowing joy, nor any peace of mind.

Free men will not be controlled, ’tis said;
No coercion, no illusion can cloud their sight.
No threats, no pain, no fear they dread;
their only duty to keep to the right.

Dreams are mere reflections of our inner fears,
whispering, close against doors shut fast.
Mocking our mostly  irrelevant tears,
clearly marking the future as our sordid past.

~~ gigoid ~~




    Our final pearl today is somewhat esoteric. In general, it speaks of the mind, and how we learn to use it, but, it’s not quite that simple, I think…. You’ll see…. Enjoy!….

“If you think education is expensive,
Try Ignorance.”

~~ Andy McIntyre ~~

“I am defeated, and I know it, if I meet any human being from whom I find myself unable to learn anything.” — George Herbert Palmer

“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” — John Cotton Dana, libraria (motto of Kean College of New Jersey)

“In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on what side we fought.” — G. K. Chesterton

“The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray.” — Robert Green Ingersoll

“The effect of one upright individual is incalculable.” — Oscar Arias

“There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.” — Hannah Arendt

“What we know is not as important as who we are.” — Subtle Bee

“Knowledge by suffering entereth,
And life is perfected by death.”

~~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~ A Vision of Poets, Conclusion ~~


Once again, we have reached the final section, without having, to my knowledge, caused any bloodshed, unless it be amongst the targets of my vitriol, for whom bloodshed is the intended result. Having thus spit out the last of my humanity, I shall fold my tent, and fade into the sunrise, or sunset, depending on where you reside on the planet. Are we confused yet? Good. My job here is done. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes; of that you may be sure….

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….


19 thoughts on “Baleful gazes and worn-out cliches….

  1. Okay I will agree with cute….LOL And may I say “way too cheerful this marrow”….LOL I know what you mean about demand for time….I have 2 dogs that will demand at the worse possible moment…..usually when I am in the middle of a draft and then they are fine and go back to ignoring me until the next bout with “celebrity”… chuq

    • I’m considering getting an older rescue dog so Leelu will have company…. I’d get her another kitten, but, I think they’d be too much for me to handle; one fur-bearing extortionist is enough, lovable as they are…. They’d gang up on me.



  2. Cowardice … is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.” — Ernest Hemingway
    It certainly is……it is also a profound lack of a ‘back bone’

    • True enough, for those who submit to fear are allowing their imagination to control their will, rather than the other way around, which is the way it works most efficiently…. That’s the ‘backbone’ of which you speak…. one must be willing to suffer fear in order to get rid of it…


    Fear X hate X prison=HELL
    Hope X love X free=HEAVEN

    HA!.. IT’S amazing how hard it is
    to convince folks in the first
    place to come on over
    to the second
    but perhaps
    there is a missing
    fActor.. of D..
    no.. not
    or perhaps..
    Devil Dance
    to exorcise
    just forget all the religion..
    all the so-called holy books..
    and heLL.. yNOt.. all the science
    abstracts too.. and just dance
    and truly iF theRe
    iS a modern
    Jesus.. iT iS

    but not many
    folks have the
    feelings and senses
    oF Love and Life unleashed
    and released iN a Dance of Life.. FREE!..
    except perhaps the Cern Symbol of Dance..;)

    Well.. so anyway.. i’m iN WinN Dixie last night and after
    another marathon or so of dance over two days..
    all around the southeast.. my feet are kinda
    ready to rest.. until i watch your
    “Present Video”.. and play
    is once again.. the GIFT..
    as moment oF Play.. NOW..
    so i dance.. and go higher
    and higher in mindful awareness..
    bliss.. nirvana.. escape from gravity..
    feather.. butterfly-like existence that
    keeps going higher and higher aLL
    free.. and yes.. drug free too..
    and wife Katrina.. gets
    mad ’cause one of
    the folks in
    the cashier
    line.. AFTER i’ve moved
    outside of the cashier line
    AND am iN free flow solo
    exhibition.. ‘CAUSE one
    of the ladies behind
    Katrina in the
    line is staring at me
    like i’m a fallen Angel from
    hell.. and i tale may wife.. well
    in metaphor she is correct.. yes i am
    a fallen Angel from Hell.. but i was born
    in heaven first and have returned and if
    she goes to the churches around
    here.. she has
    never encountered
    a fallen angel come back
    to heaven here.. we ARE hard
    to miss.. we aren’t sitting on
    our hands
    our thumbs
    are up our butt..
    sMiles.. Life is Good
    and best i kNow and feel
    with the bliss of dance away
    from all sitting still hell in head
    of yesternow or forwardnow..
    iS the place
    of dance
    and perhaps one
    now the Lady iN the
    cashier line WiLL break
    through to the other side
    of the opaque
    2.. now..
    and the rest
    of New Jerusalem
    and Israel too.. iN
    Metaphor of course
    as of course wRite
    on course iN the State
    oF imaGiNaTioN anything
    goes and often works
    and that’s the
    that keeps
    me tWirLinG.. yes..
    aLL 230LBs on my toes..
    iF nothing else it is the most
    incongruent humorous act
    that most folks around
    here who are at least
    liGht heARted enough
    to partiAlly rise out oF
    hell to giggle about.. aT LEast..
    and that’s the first step out of Hell..
    a SmiLe..
    a giggle
    and yes..
    a heARty BeLLy Laugh..
    as wide as the SMiLe
    oF InfiniTy more wiDe
    iN mAss.. distance.. and
    space oNe as noW.. yeah..
    like the dancing CERN dude2..

  4. Dance as though no one is watching you,
    Love as though you have never been hurt before,
    Sing as though no one can hear you,
    Live as though heaven is on earth.

    -Source Unknown
    and worthless
    as copyright..
    as only free works
    iN sharing thiS iN
    Giving way.. with no
    expectation oF return..
    only hope.. Love.. FREE SonG
    DANCE oF LIfE alWays N0W..:)

    • Aye, I’ve seen that bit of doggerel in a lot of places on the net… and have the first part of it embossed on a photo of a pit bull, in the air, tongue flying, and a joyous expression on his silly face, dancing his heart out….One of my favorites to use for a wallpaper….



      • It’s funny.. some folks think what i do iS for attention..
        well.. yeah.. some of what i do gains attention..
        but what i do.. iN the first place noW..
        iS Flow
        iN zOne..
        wHere aLL
        iS oNe.. noW..
        yet free now without
        concern of any thoughts
        on the rest of what iS going oN..
        just absorbing iT and shining briGhter..
        wiTh no words.. contingencies.. limitations..
        expectations.. from the rest of what iS but Free…
        ONE but NOnE.. egoless.. free floWinG River no
        Ocean Free..
        boundless waves..
        no shores contain..
        water.. air

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