Twisting the night into pretzels….


“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”

~~ Marilyn vos Savant ~~


Irish Cheese Factory, east of Galway…

Hajime…. Good morrow, Gentle Reader(s)…. ‘Twas a minor struggle, but, I have managed to put together a Pearl; while I can’t say it’s the best ever, it is up to snuff; ’nuff said on that. The rant upon which I am working continues to grow beyond all reason, & may require both editing and trimming before it’s ready for consumption. However, we’ve got some rather fine music today, to go along with a nicely obscure little old-school pearl, and a poem, which, though mine, isn’t too shabby. If nothing else, all the elements for an excellent Pearl are in place; whether such status has been reached is a judgment I’m not prepared to make, so, you will have to decide for yourselves….

With that being said, to cover my ass, if not my conscience, I think I’ll just get on with it. Such ruthlessness always seems to work out, though not necessarily with any better results, which remain just about as random as they can be. Go figure, eh? The truth hurts, much of the time; we all have to get used to that. Since this blog is, as far as I can make it, dependent upon truth, we’ll pretend we’ve learned our lesson well, and go with the flow, as indicated. That flow is a fast-running stream today, so, we’ll maximize our utilization practices, & get on with it; fighting the current never works well, anyway. I think we’ll use this old method, which just happens to be laying right over here. Watch this….

Shall we Pearl?

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

~~ William Butler Yeats ~~



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Today, I feel my age, thanks to the constant rain…. Well, I’m using that as an excuse, anyway. This pair of artists were both stars in their own right; together, they made magic….


Ella and Louis





A dream, weeping….

“Never a dull moment to spare”, he said
with a crooked grin, and a broad wink.
“Can’t keep Reality hanging by a thread….
what would Chaos, or Entropy think?”

So, we plucked up our dreams of old,
to carry us on, in dutiful, strong arms,
stuffed a candle in the remaining fold,
for luck, and perfect proof against charms.

Storms follow the sun, but, never stay;
lessons round every corner, all free.
Past fleeting doubts, in a sad disarray,
the journey becomes the reason to be.

Simple kindness manifests untold riches,
in defiance of common cause’s demise.
Bold courage, hanging in stitches,
mends wounds that come as no surprise.

Still, waters run deep, ’tis said by many.
Too much pain cannot apprehend
the salient, sharp points of epiphany,
nor, plainly, to wisdom aspire to pretend.

Folly dogs even the simplest truth,
fumes of toxic ignorance and bile,
alienated as a loose rotten tooth;
it often hides itself, for a long while.

Sought after eons ago, we cried out,
to believe, to suffer no more doubt.
But found instead good reason,
for love, and truth, from season, to season.

~~ gigoid ~~




Naked Pearls

Oddly enough….


“In anything at all,
perfection is finally attained,
not when there is no longer anything to add,
but when there is no longer anything to take away.”

~~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery , Wind, Sand & Stars ~~


“The farther it gets from the bench it was worked on,
the more real the real world becomes.”

~~ Todd Johnson ~~


“You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.”

~~ Navajo Proverb ~~


“Happy is he who can give himself up.”

~~ Naguib Mahfouz ~~


“If the doors of perception were cleansed
every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.
For man has closed himself up,
till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”

~~ William Blake, English poet, artist, and mystic ~~


“Life is a tragedy to those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.”

~~ Jean de la Bruyere ~~


“Th’ MIND is the Pizza Palace of th’ SOUL”

~~ Zippy the Pinhead ~~



Having once again fulfilled the vow made to myself so many years ago, I’ll finish this off with some spare elegance. I will, if all goes well, be back again tomorrow to do this again; one of these days, I might even get it right! Time will tell, the blabbermouth. See ya, ffolkes; Ive got stuff to do, so, I’ll leave you to find your way out by yourselves…. 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….


9 thoughts on “Twisting the night into pretzels….

  1. I think it was Mandela that said….”Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” And this one by I’m not sure….”The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” Sorry but I love education and like what I learn everyday. Good post today as always….chuq

  2. You are welcome to be curmudgeonly because I am being persnickety.

    I feel compelled to challenge Marilyn. Experience is a wonderful teacher, especially when one is being creative and thinking beyond what one has observed. Ahem.

    “Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy.” Vaclav Havel. There are a lot of days where the mere fact entropy exists is a good reason to continue. What good is all the learning if there is never an opportunity to put it into action?

    I find the RAOK to be the ultimate desire of all those ill-conceived special interests. You see, they all are seeking equal footing in a mob-rule society where they have been duped into believing everyone is equal. Were they ever to be on the receiving end of an ROAK, five will get you ten it would be equated with equality.

    The numbness which gratefully follows pain is oft mistaken as pain itself. How poor a language have we not to have a name for the blissful reprieve from ill which allows natural healing to occur. How ill a society to deem such numbness a death. It is a celebratory relief from pain which inevitably brings death to pain. Are you quite certain we are not residents of Underland?

    Is not belief, in all its faithful folly, nothing more than the acceptance of unchanging of proverbial fame? A simple surrender of will under the guise of weakness against what one does neither understand nor judge oneself capable of overcoming.

    Let’s slap Antoine, shall we? Flaws need not be taken away to attain perfection, for they do not take away the fundamental goodness, only the discomfort in accepting our singular version of ideal may be what is flawed.

    Yes, Todd. The air is clearer when one’s creator is not polluting it with preconceived notions and opinions.

    Naguib misspoke. Man need not give himself up to be happy. Man must encompass others in his travail to be happy. In doing so, he sacrifices the (damn, English needs to beat up a new language for more descriptive words) ego which, left unchecked, creates the illusion he is self-sufficient. Perhaps, a consultation with Blake would have corrected this.

    Must love Jean. Must also add, “and a carousel for empaths.”


    • Persnickety is right; in fact, you may just have edged over into curmudgeonry today… *grin*

      Brilliant, as expected, if somewhat literal in spots. E.G., I think Antoine was speaking about engineering, & took the analogy too far…. I do have to confess, I’m having trouble with the acronym, ROAK… too many possibles, most of which didn’t fit…. SIGH…. Slow neurons this morning…

      Love the addition to Jean’s take…. & have to agree it adds a lot….


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