Passionate barbers will suffice….


“Clay is moulded to make a vessel,
but the utility of the vessel lies in the space where there is nothing. …
Thus, taking advantage of what is,
we recognize the utility of what is not.”

~~ Lao Tzu ~~


Cobh, Ireland

Hajime…. Most ffolkes, when able to sleep in a relatively normal fashion, probably wake up feeling pretty good. I can only wish that were the case with me, for it would sure be nice to wake up that way on occasion. As it is, even though I managed to garner six good hours of rest, I am in a foul mood upon awakening. Don’t ask me why, because, apparently, even that pisses me off; I asked myself that simple query, & damn near tore my own head off. This, sadly, leaked over to the point where even Leelu’s morning attention-seeking behaviors prompted a blow-off of steam out of my ears, along with some creative cursing, which probably shocked her delicate sensibilities…..

Now, of course, I can add guilt to the mix, as there’s no reason to take my angst out on an innocent cat (if there be such a thing….). Even though, by now, she ought to have figured out when to leave me be, there’s no justifiable reason to take my feelings out on any creature not deserving of it. So, I’m going to take a break, make up with her, then come back to finish this missive, such as it may be with all the handicaps I’m experiencing in getting it done. I did manage to finish some of it yesterday, during breaks in the fog in my head, which has been slipping in & out of my consciousness for a week or more. The rest will have to come out of whatever is in there this morning…. So be it….

It’s days such as this which make me wish, strongly, for a God upon which to blame the universe. It would be so convenient, if I could only bring myself to believe in such a convenient delusion. But, I can’t, so, that makes it my responsibility to pull my own chestnuts out of this fire…. Again, so be it. If I don’t, it won’t get done. To give us half a chance to do so, I’m going to take that break now, then return, & go on from there. Wish me luck, ffolkes; I have a feeling I’ll need some….

Shall we Pearl?….

“The man who carries a cat by the tail
learns something that can be learned in no other way.
He will never be dim, or doubtful.
Chances are, he won’t carry the cat that way again;
but, I say, if he wants to, let him!”

~~ Mark Twain ~~


super session

Image from via Google Images

My friend, chuq, who has a blog called In Saner Thought (here: ) told me he was listening to this yesterday. I hadn’t thought of it for a long time, so, naturally, here it is today for your listening pleasure. An iconic album, with three of the best of the time, playing together with verve, and genius. Enjoy, ffolkes; it doesn’t get much better than this in the rock & roll world….


Super Session 1977
Kooper, Bloomfield,Stills





Dont keep calm

“Hate, the price you pay
For thinking you got the only way…”

~~ Blues Traveler ~~

As iterated above, my state of mind is rather, well, shitty. Trying to rant would, probably, not be a good idea, as the results could conceivably bring charges. Since my lawyer is on permanent vacation, we won’t go there. I’m already feeling enough self-inflicted guilt, so, rather than torment y’all with another piece from the archives, I’ve cobbled together a self-directed rant for your reading pleasure…. Maybe, if I do it right, it will soothe my angst well enough to get through the rest of today sans any further debilitation. (Good luck with that, I’d say, but, hey, it counts that I’m making an effort, right?)….

So, with the opening lines from Blues Traveler echoing in your head, follow the bouncing thoughts through the seven pearls below, and you will find yourself at the end of a perfectly decent rant against the machine, and my work will be done for the day. Even if you end up confused, well, such is life, and that may be even more of a lesson than anything I can provide. Either way, it gets us down to the next section, so, we’re going with it, regardless of how it may appear, or, for that matter, not appear. So be it…..

“The revolution WILL be televised, but you’ll only be able to understand it if you don’t watch the television coverage.” — Russ Nelson

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” — Voltaire

“If you can see in a given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.” — S.I. Hayakawa, educator and politician

“History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.” — George Santayana

“Much that is dreadful and inhuman in history, much that one hardly likes to believe, is mitigated by the reflection that the one who commands and the one who carries out are different people. The former does not behold the sight and does not experience the strong impression on the imagination. The latter obeys a superior and therefore feels no responsibility for his acts.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

“Well, it just seemed wrong to cheat on an ethics test.” — Calvin

“I feel better about world problems now!”

~~ Zippy the Pinhead ~~



Today’s poem was selected simply for the title, which fits into the obvious theme for today…. From a bit over a year ago, during my time in Hell, I give you my lamentations….

gigoid’s lament

Not a bit of all the pain I feel
is worse than all I see;
all worldly truth, solid and real,
has faded away, never to be free.

Honor stripped of all regard,
while compassion simply fails;
Ignorance , powerful, hard,
crows as reason wails.

Crushing resistance, mandating the vote,
selling illusion, smiling all the while.
Pundits, speaking purely by rote,
arrange all the lies in a tidy pile.

Stupidity ’tis said, is a risky choice;
the price is always the same.
Reality has no pity, no warning ever voiced,
only a gravestone, carved with, our name.

~~ gigoid ~~




Our final pearl for the day is fresh. It’s rather abstruse, from what I can tell, but, it’s all pretty clearly a lesson in life at large. Since it’s the only part of today’s Pearl that is relatively fresh, it can stay, no matter how it comes across…. I do hope you enjoy it; it IS pretty good, which means it may not entirely fit in with the rest, but, fuck it. I’m not in a mood to care…. Enjoy, if you will….


“As far as we can discern,
the sole purpose of human existence
is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”

~~ C. G. Jung ~~


“The miracle is not to walk on water.
The miracle is to walk on the green earth
in the present moment,
to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.”

~~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~~


“We are all born mad. some remain so.”

~~ Samuel Beckett ~~


“What you leave behind
is not what is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.”

~~ Pericles ~~


“… denn da ist keine Stelle, die dich nicht sieht.
Du musst dein Leben andern.”
(… for there is no place that does not see you.
You must change your life.)

~~ Rainer Maria Rilke, “Archaic Torso of Apollo” ~~


“To demand ‘sense’ is the hallmark of nonsense.
Nature does not make sense.
Nothing makes sense.”

~~ Ayn Rand ~~

“For after all what is man in nature?
A nothing in relation to infinity,
all in relation to nothing,
a central point between nothing and all
and infinitely far from understanding either.
The ends of things and their beginnings
are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret.
He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn
and the infinite in which he is engulfed.”

~~ Blaise Pascal ~~



Well, ffolkes, there you have it. Since I already know just how good this one isn’t, we’ll leave it all to chance, and go post it while I’ve got the chutzpah. Which may not last too long. I’ll be back tomorrow, if only to make sure this isn’t the final words you hear from me. I don’t think I’d be able to live with that. See y’all in the morning, ffolkes, if I decide to let myself live…. Not to worry, that’s just rhetoric…. accurate, but still rhetorical. 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

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À bientôt, mon cherí….

18 thoughts on “Passionate barbers will suffice….

  1. Not bad for what it is…. I did make one error, forgetting to include Pericles in the tags…. So, here he is…. Since he gave us one of the best of today’s pearls, he deserves it….


  2. Thanx for the shout out….I appreciate the help….”The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” “A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.” Sorry had a brain fart with the word revolution……great music…..just keep on mind to wake up breathing is a win no matter how long you sleep….chuq

    • You’re welcome; given my state of mind, it’s a wonder I all… But. also, thanks for the reminder. Every day upright is a win, for sure…. As for revolution, people tend to be frightened of it, but, in reality, the word merely means, ‘change’, which is inevitable….

      I’ll be by in a while; gonna try to get my comments in early today, before I wear out….

      See ya, bro….


  3. “To demand ‘sense’ is the hallmark of nonsense.
    Nature does not make sense.
    Nothing makes sense.”

    ~~ Ayn Rand ~~

    Typical sign of someone
    liVinG in a head alone..
    suggesting that nature
    does not make
    sense when
    all oF human
    Experience iS
    seNses and EmoTioNs
    to bE experienCinG noW and
    eNjOYinG iT or noT as iS.. pleaSure
    or pAin oF pAiNT noW iN dArk and liGht..
    EveryThing makes sensE noW FeeLinG
    NoW when iT aLL iS experienCinG noW
    as seNseS and EmotiOnS NoW…
    absTract conStructs
    also kNown
    iN head
    ways oF
    the Written
    Word are iLLuSioN
    iN Approximation in liE
    oF eSSence oF RiveR
    FloWinG as Change iN
    ZonE oF reAL.. anyWay..
    as many words as i sPeak
    i take zero of them as seRious
    and all’A SenSeS and FeeLinGS
    underLYinG those words as Real
    as real iS mY own multi-Verse as
    iS alWays chanGinG noW as
    feLt and SeNseD as StreAMs
    oF Y i.. to RiVers Ocean
    WHole allone.. yeah..
    i liVed iN Ayn’s head
    for a wHile and dam
    sUre hatED that
    HaLL oF sHeLLs
    of words WitH little
    to no liFe oF isRAel
    SeNses FeeLinGs
    thaT ARe REaL..
    iN LiVinG noW..
    oh.. to die
    without liVing..
    in those three encounters
    of death oF miNe.. would have
    been the end of nothing @aLL..
    Assessing reaLITy without the
    written word oftenow makes
    aLL thE seNse and FeeLing
    ha! whaT iS thE
    meaning and purpose
    oF liFe.. TO FeeL and
    noW to
    escape the
    words of written DEAD LiEs..:)

    • *grin* “It’s always something…” Rita Rudner

      I think Ayn was being just a trifle facetious, mon frere…. Generally, she shows much more empathy. I have a feeling she was challenging anyone who read that to examine what they mean by “common sense”…. Looked at thus, it becomes a different idea altogether….

      Cuz we both know sense is what each of us makes of it….



  4. ^^^
    And additionally i can usuAlly
    find some truth in almost every philosophy
    but all truth or liGht in that or mine of course
    noT as tHeRe is endless more to lEarn to feel..
    to sense.. bottom
    line though
    to earn..
    and in this
    way some of
    Ayn’s words ring
    true to me.. as wE liVe
    in a naTure of Science in
    action and consequence as
    WeLL as the Art of Beauty iN
    ExpreSsinG SpiRit of EmoTioN
    iN MoVinG.. ConnecTinG.. CreATing
    way.. and the worst of aLL philosophies
    are those that say the world is fixed one noW
    and same or we have the last word/way or we
    have the only one with Good news and such
    as that.. a pity reAlly that close to half the
    world iS somewhat trapped in the
    restriction oF thAT but never
    the Less onE Force iN
    all from above.. so
    below.. inside.. outside
    all around.. iS the way of
    most religion and science too
    noW at Core of interdependent
    and interconnecting relationship
    oF allthatis.. once.. one takes the
    bearded philosophies of exclusion
    out of the entire in and out piE oF
    Art and Science noW.. aNyway..
    human Freedom as aLL iN
    Nature is Contagious
    and as science shows
    too.. the only reason
    human’s have made iT thiS
    far is the all innate altruistic
    way of Golden Rule born as iS..
    IT iS the human connection.. the DanCe
    and SonG of Moving.. CreaTinG that makes
    uS.. WHOle.. tHeRe is no disharmony oF a DAncE
    and SonG oNe iN FloW iN zoNe.. but sadly.. too many
    folks shuffle by iN liFE of do what they are tOld in old trees
    of KNoWledge and rarely branch out as Free iN a Tree oF Life..
    kNowledge is great.. and the Internet makeS thAT more unlimited
    than ever now.. one can absorb it.. re-arrange it and spit iT new as
    even Art too.. however.. pure creation.. in FloW iN ZonE oF WiLL iS
    a magic River with unlimited Streams that come from Ocean oNe iN
    all the struggles from the cycle of the origin of what continues to
    be noW as
    WheeL oF
    Real contiNuinG
    ForTunE’s SonG NoW..
    i soaked up all the knowledge
    i cared to.. over decades more..
    Ayn bores mE noW anD i For oNe
    WiLL to have more than science thOughts
    oF InPut from BeFore.. but occasionally i visit
    them.. jUst to remember i was tHere.. without much
    substance of whaT iS more Real to me at Least as ARt..:)

    • You will never understand” from using the intellect only…….
      Self identification with intellect….dead from the neck up…grin
      Self identification with emotions…wallowing in
      Even self identification with physicality…run,run, for the serotonin factor
      Now What?
      ” mere intellectualism,mere philosophy,produces monsters”
      is a luxury- only those who have real knowledge have a right to believe:other wise belief is merely plausible opinion….
      thats enuf!

      • p.s.
        forgot to add…
        emotions are the hardest things to deal with as they are the fastest to react.
        smiling through gritted teeth actually sends messages to the brain which in turn make one feel better…my daughter uses this technique….grin
        and boy, can she be a non starter in the morning!

        • SMiLes.. LiFe is fascinating ThaT’s for sure..
          and Love the quotes above that i WiLL
          paraphrase again.. from penniewoodfall
          on the paths and overall journey oF liFE
          and yes i agree.. intellect only in terms
          of mechanical cognition from
          head up dead below.. inside..
          outside.. and above.. overall
          all around as EmoTioNs Flow
          through the body from head to toe
          and all around that in mirror neuron
          and other yet to be assessed FLoWs or
          not in or out oF ZonE.. yes.. almost impossible
          to describe when more fully employed without poetic
          words of more than science as intellectualism alone..
          the balance as in all stuff use or lose is required to get
          a larger job dONe of potential intelligences less used or
          not used at all.. as is the case in Emotional and Physical
          intelligence joining mind and body in regulation of Emotions
          and Integration of Senses through Moving.. Connecting and
          Creating more whole as human being.. and true the Chi iS
          hard to put in words but what it does.. when emoTioNs are
          more fully realized and balanced along with sensory
          integration is dissolve tension.. increase positive
          feeling and sensing memories of all peptide
          receptors of almost infinite connections
          between neurons and each cell
          of connection all around us
          within and in how we
          connect through
          others through EmoTioNs
          and Senses.. all four hundred and
          twelve+.. assessed and many more
          than five.. respectively.. again.. as science
          shows EmoTioNs drive reaSon.. without them..
          as science shows too.. picking out socks is too
          much to strain the logic of decision making real..
          And to rarely water the garden of EmoTioNs and only
          live in head of intellectual mechanical cognition reasoning
          withers away the pipe oF Emotional Intelligence or don’t start
          it at all for reasons such as abuse or neglect in childhood and
          folks have great difficulty in cognitive executive functioning through
          life in terms of focus and short term working memory.. interestingly..
          A hallmark of autism.. and even more interesting.. is according to
          informal polls on the largest free for all website for Autistic
          leaning folks.. the Wrong Planet.. out of thousands of
          informal poll assessments.. personality tests
          said 95% Introverted over Extroverted
          with biggest numbers in INTJ
          ways of being in Thinking
          and Judging the world
          in mechanical cognition
          mind over Feeling and
          Perceiving it now..
          and of course
          most could
          not find their
          F iN way out of a paper
          bag per the stereotype of
          book worms.. and yes as science
          shows now too.. there is a great reason
          for this that IS A lack of physical and emotional
          intelligence.. the most important intelligences over standard
          IQ that does not even measure them for overall social animal
          survival in the wild kingdom.. problem is we no longer live in the
          wild kingdom.. we live in the concrete jungle.. mostly.. of spoon
          fed instructions and plans to make us whatever cog in the
          machine others make for us.. in the soup of
          the city.. the town.. and more rarely
          now the small village
          where Norm of Cheers
          iS everyone knows and
          FEELS ‘YOUR’ NAME..
          AND SuRE.. SENSES YOUR
          TOO.. anyway.. 18 years of school now required
          to get us through the rest of liFE.. and when FREE.. good
          deal iN ways of using Intellect and reason to get us through
          but without physical and emotional intelligence.. the core of
          all Cognitive Executive Functioning and reason in mastery
          of emotions regulated and senses integrated.. chaos
          becomes the self.. and much slow burn is reaLITy
          dim iN stress.. misery.. and stuff like a third
          of United States Children now
          assessed as pre-diabetic..
          at school age.. close to
          50 percent of the population
          on some kind of pain medication
          in adult way.. and often for the vague
          somatic pains of headaches and stomach
          aches that are a result of chronic stress and
          tension.. in overall body pain.. as non regulated
          emotions and non-integrated senses express as
          pain in the human body as the body keeps score
          oF all human experience no different than the so
          called mind uptight in head case that is missing
          the friend of Emotional and physical intelligence..
          anyway.. i do have good reaSon to bElieve
          as i have systemized the human heARt..
          SpiRit.. and SoUl.. as art as well
          to make it a balance
          of science too..
          that i can
          measure in terms
          of output IN creativity..
          and happiness too.. and
          even healing properties of
          a fairly older dude now at 56
          who can make pain and stiffness disappear
          at will with just a few twirls of arms and memory
          of all my cells of pleasure.. my friend.. as the Chi
          as expressed in the science of Tai-Chi that i do
          not practice as i go by internal guidelines along
          with my abstract constructs to get my own job done..
          as inner instruction with of course
          ‘a little help’
          from my friends..
          as i dismiss no opinion
          as retarded as it is the so-called
          retarded folks with IQ’s less than 70
          in my liFe who helped me realize the
          most important of intelligences in
          Emotional and physical
          way that i was missing
          as i simply wasn’t
          using those
          and my friends
          with less than stellar
          IQ.. including the Athletes
          and drama queens in school
          and still play now.. were miles away
          from me in the other stellar intelligence
          in Emotional and Physical way that makes
          liFe balanced as whole AND FucKinG Worth Living
          WHAT I BELIEVE IN IS FucKinG real and empirically
          as bottom
          line HAPPY..
          HAPPY WITH ART
          IN SMART.. MY FRienD
          pennywoodfall and give yOUr
          daughter a SMiLe from me too..
          ’cause in this world sHe WiLL dam
          sure need all the SMiLes that can
          and WiLL come to get heR
          through to the
          end WiTh
          the last
          Smile of the
          Love she gave that
          makes the whole FucKinG
          shooting match a beach
          yeah.. my FriEnd..
          LiFE’s a BEach
          once we find more
          oF iT and use iT
          LoSinG iT
          while heRe..
          sure the heaven
          now metaphor IS
          ra EL as IS re ALL
          when one liVes tHeir
          more FULLY NOW JUST NOW..
          BUT HA! try to explain that to
          someone who is owned by
          than a tree
          oF LiFE REAL..
          as trust me tHeir
          is no maGiC greater
          than magic with a K..
          and sure i lEarned that
          iN pArt form the ‘Wickedest
          Man of the World2’ iN
          too.. but the real
          deal too.. iN the
          science of lust and Love
          i N B A L A N C e N o W..
          bottom line..
          Thanks my
          friEnd for the
          after Thursday
          night dance inspiration
          in way of Word press
          N o T i F i C a T i oN..;)

    • Good to see ya… Yeah, I was glad when another friend mentioned it, so I could put it in…

      I also dropped by to like one of your poems today, to let you know I’m still around…. It was a good one, too…. I particularly liked the graphic, which was a perfect fit with the title, also excellent metaphor…

      See ya.


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