Portraits of unqualified soap….


“Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.”

~~ George Iles ~~

leelus birds

Wow! So many birds!…

Hajime…. Today’s version of a Pearl of Virtual Wisdom will be somewhat unique, if such a concept can be applied to our work at all. It’s been cobbled together on a morning of broken routine, with the cat complaining, and the author wandering about his own head in a confused state. Since I have no excuse for it, having slept like the proverbial baby (hmm… does that mean I awoke every two hours, hungry and/or wet?…. Oh, well, figure of speech…) for about eight solid hours. Yet, here I am, completely clueless, with a blank screen in front of me, in a state of utter panic.

Not really. I gave up on panic years ago. Actually, I’m fairly content with how things are progressing today, though the complaints from Leelu regarding her share of my attention are true enough. She objects to how much time the computer gets. But, she’ll get over it with one piece of crumpled pager and some play time, so, we’ll finish up, and get to that forthwith. In the interests of maintaining some peace in the house, I’ll cut this introduction short again today, so as to soothe her fevered brow, so to speak. Watch this one, ffolkes; it’s a new toy I found in the Tardis, and is almost too fast to use…. By the time I can say, onward, we’re already go…..

Shall we Pearl?….

“Dying is a very dull, dreary affair.
And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.”

~~ W. Somerset Maugham ~~



    Okay, so, I’m giving in to the hullabaloo surrounding the recent passing of Prince, by including a live concert from 1982 today for our video selection. I have yet to check it out for sound quality, but, it was recorded live, so, we’ll see. Otherwise, it should prove to be a good example of why he was considered to be one of the most original artists we’ve ever seen…. Enjoy!….


Prince Live in Concert





Morning muse

The Morning Muse

The rant upon which I’ve been working keeps changing & growing in different directions on me, and isn’t done, obviously. Here is another piece from the archives to get us down the page today…. I hope our little trip into the archives, yet again, fulfills your expectations. If not, well, that’s what you get for having them…. *grin*

From 12/7/2012:

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” — Mark Twain

As is his stock in trade, Mr. Twain once again give humanity a solid poke in the ribs, in a humorous, even comfortable way that makes us want to laugh about our all-too-human foibles, instead of crying, which would really be more appropriate. In his assessment of both the character of most men, and most dogs, he is absolutely correct, and shows in one simple, sardonic phrase, just how ugly people can be. In fact, I can honestly say that, in my life, I have met many more dogs who deserve to go to Heaven, than I have men or women. Of course, I wouldn’t wish that on any dog, but, you know what I mean. Dogs are better ffolkes than most folks, in the world I see around me….

And this leads me into a perfect ranting jump-off point…. “Heaven goes by favor”  This is all too accurate; in order to get into the club, one has to meet a certain standard, that of faith. Of course that standard is pretty easy to meet, as all it requires is a verbal commitment ( accompanied,  I suppose by a heart-felt commitment….) that one believes in JC, or Mohammed, or Buddha, or whomever, and will try to follow their teachings. No pressure to actually do so, just commit to it, and you’re in. Or, go ahead and live your life walking the path of evil, then convert on the deathbed, and you’re in…. according to their rules…. Or, in other words, it’s all who you know…..

“An ancient buddha said, Mountains are mountains; waters are waters. These words do not mean mountains are mountains; they mean mountains are mountains.” — Dogen

I’ve recently been reading an author whose work I had read in my youth, when I was devouring science fiction on a daily basis. Samuel R. Delany has written some powerful novels, as well as shorter works. The most recent I read, Babel-17, uses the structure and meaning of words in language as the basis for the plot. In the book, he relates how important perception is to meaning, and how the way we use language can actually work to program the brain, just like the organic computer it is. What struck me is how the process he describes, which is what can be observed in people, if you look closely, shows just how powerful a tool language can be, when used in full consciousness of what it means, and what it CAN do…..

People base their entire existence on a few words, and what those words mean to them. If someone else (say, a preacher?) is able to influence the person’s choice of the words that have that power, then that person becomes the willing slave of whomever supplies him with the words. This is a subtle process, that operates below the level of consciousness that most folks are aware of; they don’t realize how they are being manipulated by the very words they use, into thinking along certain lines, and in certain ways, all of which benefit the manipulator in some way, much more than they do the one whose thoughts are being channeled.

“This is Daddy’s bedtime secret for today: Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.” — Eugene O’Neill

Mr. O’Neill was a decent playwright, but as a philosopher, he sucked, plain and simple. This is merely the parroting of basic Christian dogma, and as such stands as a perfect example of how religious institutions tend to lie to their constituents….. I can say this because I have my own secret for today: Man is NOT born broken; he is born as a blank slate, and what is written upon it is only what they are taught to write. Since the first premise is false, the rest of the train of thought becomes irrelevant, and you can easily see where it is just an attempt to get people to accept the untruths, and keep their patterns of thought within the boundaries drawn by dogma….

Sorry if such an idea is offensive, but, I don’t need to be “born again”, I did just fine the first time. I’m not broken. I’m not guilty of original sin, any more than is anyone else. That single concept, original sin, has been the most destructive idea that Man has come up with in all of our long history, and is responsible for much of the torture, warfare, and egregiously evil events of the last 3000 years. I kid you not…. That simple lie, that we are all somehow born inherently sinful, and guilty of something, is pure hogwash, and is the most blatant falsehood to have been thought up, and perpetrated upon the rest of mankind, EVER!

What a ridiculous idea! To think that a newborn, of any species, should bear the guilt for an action performed before their birth, is just plain stupid, and self-serving. Not to mention that the act we are supposedly guilty of is the acquisition of knowledge, which is, to me, NOT something for which we should be punished, but rather deserve to be rewarded. Of course, knowledge is its own reward, so that really doesn’t matter, or shouldn’t. But, in order to gain control over others, preachers have, since the beginning of history, tried to convince the rest of us that they are the only ones who have the right answer, all based on a bald-faced lie, and a false assumption….. And, since a large percentage of mankind is too lazy to think for themselves, or to risk thinking independently of others, THEY FALL FOR IT!  It almost makes me ashamed to be human, to be truthful….

But, we have dogs as our companions, and they love us, so we must not be ALL bad…. right? Right…. so, just follow your dog’s example, and just BE moral, don’t try to follow what others may tell you is moral. You’ll do a lot better, in life, and when it counts, after life…..

“Go back. Everything you need to know is in the first seven axioms.” ~~ Peruaosophy, Axiom #8, by gigoid



Gently Came a Wounded Child

But you shall not escape my iambics.

Soft, sinuous patterns of unearthly beauty
blithely commune with sinking stars,
as pale shadows of former virtue hover
near, ever clean, ever tolerant.
These unbidden habits are worn with age and care,
ready now for dissolution,
welcoming gladly the kiss of Death’s handmaiden.

Unknown to all, the child stands aside,
weeping for the lost days of youth,
days that now shall never be,
nor yearned for ever after.
Only darkness shall lay upon the landscape,
cold, hard, eternal.

Such then are the signs and portents
as we enter into the unknown future,
they are grave indeed.

Uncertainty will be our sole companion,
as the search for hope yields no result.
The lamentations of the gods
shall sound the elegy for Man,
who never learned to see the gift that was made,
so many echoes ago, in the hopeful past;
thus will we pass this plane of existence
as we came, baffled and afraid….

~~ gigoid ~~



ankh (2)

    Today’s final old-school pearl is another odd one. Don’t blame me, SB is the one who’s been in a mood. This one appears to be a series of observations on Life at Large, some of which are rather esoteric in nature. Others, not so much. All in all, it works, and the final pearl is a classic, tying it all together for us with a nice bow…. Enjoy!….

“You are not what you think you are; but what you think, you are.” — Subtle Bee

“Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism.” — Albert Einstein

“I will show you a philtre without potions, without herbs, without any witch’s incantation – if you wish to be loved, love.” — Seneca

” ‘He deserves death’. ‘Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them ? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.’ ” — J. R. R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings

“He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much  a master of the world as he who is ready to die.” — Giacomo Leopardi

“And sometimes the bear eats you.” — Realist Bee

Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
~~ Tao Te Ching ~~


Well, it’s done, and, that’s the best I can say of it. I’m not even going to THINK about the quality today; nope, not going there. All I know is, it’s done, and I’m rather glad it is, for it’s been a struggle. I will, however, make another attempt tomorrow, as long as I’m still half-crazy. Odds on that are pretty good…. 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.


“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch


À bientôt, mon cherí….


20 thoughts on “Portraits of unqualified soap….

  1. Excellent choice of music….excellent advice on the dog and morals….and Leelu looks like she saying…so little time to rid the ‘hood of those feathered riff-raff….(kinda sounds like a Trump slogan, huh?) Sleep is overrated…LOL…..cat naps and caffeine is a far better friend to me than sleep….Voltaire and I have something in common…or was it Descartes? Have a good day my friend…see ya later….chuq

  2. Did I ever tell you my grandfather’s philosophy on life? He called it a dog’s philosophy…..”If you can’t eat or f*ck it then piss on it”…..has worked for me over the years.chuq

    • LOL! I wish I could…. but, no, sadly, I live in a place where she can’t be outside, on the corner of two major city thoroughfares for police, ambulance & fire. She came to me as a small kitten, & letting her out would have been cruel, as the noise of the engines would have panicked her into running, probably under the tires of one of them…. So, until I can move, she’s an indoor kitty…. I have to spend a lot of play time with her to sublimate for going out…. She’s worth it; not many Siamese/calico cats around that I’ve seen… and she’s incredibly loving, loyal, & smart….. She fetches paper, and will jump up on command, at only nine months. She often sits on the corner of the table as I’m working on the comp….just to be close.

      She’s a great photo generator, too; very photogenic, and love the attention of getting her picture taken….

      Glad you enjoyed the mess today; thanks for stopping in & commenting….

      gigoid, the dubious

  3. Gospel of Thomas


    3) Jesus said, “If those who lead you say, ‘See, the Kingdom is
    in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they
    say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you.
    Rather, the Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you.
    When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and
    you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living
    Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty
    and it is you who are that poverty.”

    113) His disciples said to Him, “When will the Kingdom come?”
    “It will not come by waiting for it. It will
    not be a matter of saying ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is.’ Rather,
    the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men
    do not see it.”

    Luke 17:21 King James Version (KJV)

    21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

    John 14:12 King James Version (KJV)

    12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

    Problem with most all Sacred Texts is folks
    cherry pick what they like
    and leave out the
    rest.. and yes..
    often the same
    applies to ‘religious’
    text in science abstracts…

    For me.. i go by what i experience..
    by what i taste.. touch.. hear.. smell..
    see..propriocept.. and feel through emotional
    heARt.. and eXpreSsinG/Interpreting Miirror Neuroning
    those emoTioNs/senses/kNoWinG ways
    of i and others
    what science
    describes noW as
    cognitive and affective empathy
    and associated sympathy and
    compassion in “Layman’s”
    terms as iS sTiLL
    iN/aS A ‘common’
    human way..
    some folks
    do not experience
    empathy in this way..
    either by choice or innate
    reality.. in brain structure
    and other body way..
    and then there
    is soul iN mind
    and body balance
    making the archetype
    of feminine and masculine
    iN innate human being one
    again.. after separated by the
    language of culture if indeed that
    language separates the innate unity
    of what can be a BalanCinG hUman
    animal.. anyway.. LiFe is Good when
    real and natural as evolVING FREE AT
    the heiGht oF ALL experience
    we kNoW.. SeNse.. and FeeL
    that CAN be the human
    one in the Kingdom
    of Nature
    now God
    one and same
    as aLL.. but yes..
    the tool of written language
    is a bRain washing tool in both
    mind and body way whether or not
    we reFuse to see this reaLITy from
    cultUre to religion to politics
    to philosophy
    or not..
    Nature has
    all the answers
    in uS.. outside Us..
    above us.. all around
    US as by GOD.. GOD iS
    God oF dArk of LiGht..
    Of Moving Dance
    and InsPiRinG
    Sound of
    thaT iS real LiVinG
    as pLay of liFE… so noW
    when i want to view/sense/feel MORe
    of God iN action than dead words Now
    oF print.. and Walls and Ceilings that
    do not breathe and bleed.. or eat..
    sleep.. sense.. feel.. and
    MoVe and SinG A SonG
    oF LiVinG kNoWinG..
    i leave the Condos
    of the Beach behind..
    the buildings in front
    of forests gone..
    and Breathe..
    Dance and
    SinG wITh
    Fly WinGS that
    can flow with God
    at 60 miles per hour
    wITh WinGs of Magic
    more than any hUman
    has ever seen sensed or felt..
    i can only imagine this experience
    and eXpreSS what those of Nature
    do so much more than i.. but anyone
    with half a FucKinG ‘iF yoU sEEk iN God’ bRaiN..
    sees the star duSt oF God they are and worships
    the God oF Nature STANDING
    bY GOD
    tO LiVE
    FROM WinGs oF Dragons Flying
    to the
    spiny legs
    of cockroaches
    StiLL surviving after
    300 to 400 million years
    before we ARE an after
    Dance and SonG
    oF the
    Seed oF aLL
    of NatUre that iS
    God.. sTiLL BLooMinG
    STiLL FloWeRinG iN poTenTiaL
    when WiLd and Free and wITH
    all that said.. friEnd gigoid.. i’m
    up to 123K words of my
    newest Nautilus
    SHeLL or so..
    through August
    of 2015.. 7 more
    months to go.. over
    200k before the now
    of that milestone comes..
    but by God i am more inspiRed
    by the WinGs of 300 to 380
    million year old
    sETs oF
    Fly WinGs
    that can flY
    60 MPH.. at
    tHeir minuscule size..
    than sky scrapers that
    takes billions of humans
    in collective intelligence to
    produce as many humans
    cooperating together now..
    the Dragon Fly is already
    without any
    written language..
    culture.. religion..
    politics or philosophy
    in collective so-called
    F iN Intelligence that is
    raping the resources of the
    Earth.. wHiLE God SPeeds aWay
    STiLL iN AngEL
    Dragon WinGS
    wHere the Love oF wE
    iS the God dam thing
    that makes us advanced over
    the Dragon.. who cannot hug
    and feel
    the clouds
    oF comfort iN
    noW SinG SonG
    oF heARt iN SpiRit
    waY.. but by God thAT
    Dragon fly has perhaps
    the greATest Longest proven
    MiNd and BoDy soUL iN Balance
    oF aLL tHe
    creation oF iS
    wE FLY for Now..
    whom has already
    inherited the Earth
    as Meek WitH
    oF SuperGodFReED..:)

    • Gospel of Thomas….
      The Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you.
      When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and
      you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living
      Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty
      and it is you who are that poverty.”

      First you have to overcome the dominance of the ego..

      Jesus said:
      “Grapes are not harvested from thorn trees
      nor are figs gathered form thistles,
      for these give no fruit
      A good man brings forth good from his storehouse,
      a bad man brings forth ill
      from his wicked storehouse
      which is in his heart,
      and he speaks ill:
      for out of the abundance of his heart
      he brings forth ill ”
      The Gospel of Thomas.

    • Okay…. for reply, I’ll defer to Lady P…


      Not into gospel at all, bro. Read it, dismissed it as delusional… Too self-serving, all the way through….


  4. “What a ridiculous idea! To think that a newborn, of any species, should bear the guilt for an action performed before their birth, is just plain stupid, and self-serving”
    Not if one believes in reincarnation…..old boy!

    • Sorry; to me, reincarnation, while probably closest to what actually may happen, still bears the mark of human ego in it…. Who the fuck is keeping score? I don’t happen to believe there is anyone up there who gives a shit about me, or humans in general, much less keeps score of our misdeeds. We need to just fucking be responsible for ourselves, now, in THIS lifetime…. young lady…



      • Hahaha…
        Of course not,no one is ‘up’ there ….we are not gods yet…
        the ego predominates…..pretty much always….it is a given.
        So,leave behind the ‘others’ and work on yourself…..in this way lies change.
        old man….grin.

  5. i do not thInk i would have experiencED
    almost complete dissolution of ego..
    if not for life threatening illnesses..
    over a period of 66 months..
    Emotions Drive ego..
    in terms of
    social conforming
    for most all social
    animals.. in terms
    of hierarchy.. in dominance
    and submission… for gaining
    reproductive rights.. and subsistence..
    including Food.. Water.. and Shelter..
    The tool of those who dominate
    others is shame and
    fear.. and Lord
    knows i for one..
    was truly dominated
    most of my life.. in that
    hierarchy as i neither was
    comfortable in my own skin..
    in ways of regulating emotions
    or integrating senses.. in a life spent input
    more in Books.. Lectures.. Electronic Media
    and Entertainment.. more than moving.. connecting
    and creating output of something new.. Pain taught
    me the silliness of staying with the same.. and change
    was the best solution oF aLL.. in new.. however.. how
    to lose the shame of the hunch back of Notre
    Dame.. locked in a bedroom for
    66 months.. without contact
    with humanity
    whole in flesh and
    blood.. weLL i decided
    i WiLL Survive.. at all
    costs.. according to
    Donna Summer..
    folks like
    Miley Cyrus
    and other artists who finally
    go out on the branch oF a TaLLer
    tree and take a chance at bEinG
    so much more free without
    shame and fear
    of what others
    might think
    or feel about
    one’s different freedom than
    they.. but truly the ability to gain
    a Zen Art of Changing Ego to suit
    one’s self esteem of feeling good..
    in Serotonin comfort.. is also an illusion
    away from Nature that technology provides
    for we who no longer depend on others
    as much for the
    Relationship for survival
    now.. i’m truly not impressed
    with the Zen and Buddhist
    leaning goal
    Ego Dissolution
    as a way of being..
    sure it can work in a bed
    room closed in or a monastery
    but Social Survival for an animal
    in the Wild or Work World Working
    with other folks requires it in the
    pecking order of Social
    animal hierarchy of
    dominance and
    and all the ‘tween
    for subsistence and survival..
    all the ivory tower talk of monasteries
    Basements of Mom and Dad’s living
    arrangements.. will not change
    the fAct of Nature
    when social
    is pARt of
    the Social Animal Game..
    So.. i’m Financially Independent
    and can sWinG the gAMe of Zen
    Ego.. howEver which way oF loose
    i choose to go.. but i have no
    illusions of what would
    have to be
    if i entered
    the Government
    Work World of tightly
    white collarRed ways
    of Social Norm BeInG..
    so.. truly this aberration of
    liFe of free makes folks like Eckart
    Tolle.. Miley Cyrus.. and Lady Gaga..
    and yes me.. and so many other folks..
    N0W possible.. but this aberration is coming
    real greater as another illusion of reaLITy
    REAL.. AS WE no longer depend
    on each other as much
    for subsistence
    and survival
    but oh no..
    we ‘normal’ hUman
    beings.. per se.. STiLL have
    the innate.. instinctual.. and
    intuitive need of acceptance
    for the human touch.. And that
    my friend is part of the reason.. at
    least that suicide rates.. are much higher
    in so-called technologically advanced first
    world countries.. One can think they escape
    Mother Nature in submission to what is tHeir
    Nature.. but Nature is the Realist Deal of aLL..
    one can balance this Nature within with relative
    free will.. but when one thinks they can
    escape iT with
    like total
    of ego.. aWay
    from emotional and
    sensory needs.. desires
    and all the sweet stuff that
    drives life.. usually tHeir is a
    REAL Karma iN Now of Action
    Consequence In terms of Sweet
    and SoUr LiFe.. trUly what is good
    and what is bad is all relative
    to nature..
    to master
    iT iS juSt
    an ongoing
    practice of what
    Maslow describes
    as self-actualization.. it seems..
    and that my friend.. that balance
    of what Nature iS iN me.. iS an ongoing
    education oF Art and Science that is getting
    fUn more aS i lEarn to master iT iN a balance
    of Dancing with the PLaY as WiNd and
    Water and
    Zen Art of Ego
    in feeLinG and senSinG
    all the healthy Social Animal
    Will do in a liFE WiLd and Free too..
    My God iS Free and so i am.. but sure
    i have a healthy respect for that God of Nature
    wHere iN mY opinion the true ego would be to
    that no
    ego is a goal aT aLL..
    itTs much more fun to walk
    with head held high in the gyms
    of life and jungle sidewalks too..
    than to live life in submission
    of false
    humility too..
    To give and share
    is humility to me..
    and pARt of that is to
    walk tall and fearless with
    close to zero shame of what one
    is at core.. free and balanced..
    it was very hard for me..
    to finAlly
    lose those laughs
    that were at me.. as silent
    utterances of someone who
    likely would never feel or sense
    the Freedom i have now.. but sure
    once one becomes truly free in Loving
    Fearless Balance oF aLL oF liFe.. including Zen
    Ego.. as metaphor of course not to offend
    the so-called Zen officials
    of this
    way or
    that way
    of bEinG now..
    one tries to help raise
    others up no matter who
    they are or what they’ve done
    as one understand they are just
    duSt in the wind too.. whether Floating..
    Sinking.. Soaring up.. or even Epic like ME..
    but i earned iT friend.. every FucKinG grey hair..
    word.. step.. smile.. laugh.. so
    i have zero
    for what
    i am now..
    and truly that
    advice for whomever
    wrote the Gospel of Thomas
    about treading on one’s clothes
    and getting back to Nature.. iS the
    best advice for me.. butT after
    i already
    did it..
    all innately..
    and intuitively
    too.. Culture is complicated..
    Being a social animal in a very
    complex culture is even more complicated
    but returning back to Nature after escaping
    is not that
    hard if one..
    sTiLL to me.. at least..
    moves.. connects and creates..
    now leave any pARt ouT iN Flesh
    and blood liFe.. including healthy
    self esteem and Ego.. and theRe
    is a price i for one.. see.. to pay to the
    oF uS likely
    wiLL ever escape..
    at least for what i kNow
    and FeeL oF iT noW.. in tHis
    little illusion.. and sliver of Heaven
    that iS REAl.. and more real than these
    2-D letters and words.. that ends as FriEnD noW…:)

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