Rim shots for peace….

Ffolkes,

I’m feeling some guilt over having not posted or written at all for almost two weeks…. The cold I caught has been the primary culprit, but, let’s not forget the laziness, a partial reason for catching cold in the first place. In any case, here is a Pearl from the not-too-distant past to sublimate. I’ll be back eventually, perhaps when I’ve found my mind, which I lost some years ago…. In the meantime, be well, & happy as you may be…. I remain strange….

See ya, ffolkes

gigoid, the dubious

😎

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Ffolkes,

“True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.”

~~ Halifax ~~

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Morning Glory in Blue

Hajime…. Bozoid, or not, it’s got to be done. Since my degree of bozoid is rather highly developed, that will require an incredible amount of focus, and will, in order to fulfill our chosen duty. Given the last night’s draw, having fought for sleep until successful (well, to a degree… three sets of two hours isn’t too bad… that’s more down than up, so, hey, bonus….), and the concomitant extra smegs of energy, I have no real excuse for not getting it done, unless I retreat into whine and sour cheese. Therefore, what you see is what I’ve got, and it’s all you get.

Today, that isn’t an insignificant amount of material. In fact, there’s a rather extensive diatribe in the ranting section, with a seven-star pearl that…

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Some fava beans and a nice Chianti….

Ffolkes,

As expected, BBR events and prior commitments have precluded working on a fresh Pearl, so, i’m posting from the archives to signify my absence, and my steadfastness; one out of two ain’t bad…. In any rate, I should be done with my other stuff soon, and will celebrate with a completely fresh pile of nonsense & blather. As long as I only say that, with just that degree of ambiguity, the odds are good for fulfilling such a prediction. That’s my story, & I’m sticking to it. Y’all take care, & be strange, which is better than any alternative….

Love

gigoid, the dubious

😎

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Ffolkes,

“Wisdom begins in wonder.”

~~ Socrates ~~

Galway StreetsEntrance to the Spanish Arch

Galway, Ireland


Hajime…. As y’all know from previous Pearls, the word, ‘hajime’ is Japanese, meaning, “begin” or, “beginning”. It is spoken to two judoka, or karateka, as the word to start a match between them. I use it here, simply because it brings me a small bit of focus, merely to speak it in my head. I need the focus, because this is a special Pearl, in some ways. Two events occurred today to break the monotony of my semi-reclusive existence, as I fight my way past the issues I’ve been facing all year. One I’ll relate just below, in this section; the other will serve as today’s rant replacement for that section. First, the SECOND event, in terms of when they happened; the first resulted in the second…. You’ll see..

Surviving a near-death experience somehow makes…

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A mess for all seasons….

Ffolkes,

Between binge-eating & some recurring engagements with the inner armies of darkness, I haven’t managed to write anything at all for 3 days. While I’m working on cleaning up my mind a bit, here’s an old one from 2015, with some even older ranting included…. Not bad for an old fart with flat feet & frequent flatulence (both kinds…) In any case, I hope y’all enjoy this blast from the not-so-distant past…. I’ll be back, with fresh stuff, in a day or two….

gigoid

gigoid

Ffolkes,

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”

~~ Samuel Clemens, (Mark Twain) ~~

Galway Bay sea wallGalway Bay Sea Wall, looking South East


Hajime…. Having daily examples as to the veracity and ubiquitous nature of Murphy’s Laws, it should’nt have surprised me this morning when he decided to make my title all-too-appropriate. As some of y’all know (because I haven’t explained in a while) the titles of these Pearls are NOT connected, in any way other than subconsciously to what takes place below them, in the blog itself. I create them before actually finishing the blog, when I’m preparting the email version to be sent out.

When creating a title, the primary characteristics I shoot for are two-fold. First, it must make little or no actual sense in reality; second, it should have nothing at all to connect it to the contents of the…

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A Swift Kick In The Pants, Inc….

Ffolkes,

I won’t be posting anything fresh today, as I haven’t written anything yet, & don’t have plans to do much in that vein today; I need exercise. Here is an old post, from 2014, whose intro was good enough I saved it all by itself. The rest of it isn’t too shabby, either, so it’ll do just fine for today… I’ll be back in a day or two…. Enjoy the ranting, ffolkes, I don’t do it very often any more….

See ya….

Love

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

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

Albert E & true sin(A bit more powerful a message when combined with the graphic art, isn’t it?….)

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 particular aphorism….. Time after time throughout our relatively short span of existence on…

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Madras pants in seasonal colors….

Ffolkes,

I distracted myself yesterday, enough so there is no fresh Pearl for today. As sublimation, here is one first posted in 2016, which didn’t come out too badly at all…. Hope y’all enjoy it, & also hopefully,  I’ll be back tomorrow….

gigoid, the lazy….

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Ffolkes,

“A fire eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.”

~~ Salvor Hardin ~~

~~ from Foundation, by Isaac Asimov ~~

Alaska taxi

Alaskan Taxicab

Hajime…. As I begin today’s post, several, no, many things are running through my head, most of which are unprintable, thanks to the reappearance of Murphy in this process. I’m trying to ignore his usual tricks, including the bloody mess in the water closet, so, that’s the last we’ll speak of it. It’s just depressing, anyway. Instead, I’ll jump right into some light housekeeping, in a manner of speaking, so we can get on with the rest of today’s mess, such as it may be.

I’ve been home from Texas for three full days now, but, still haven’t fully recovered from either the jet lag, or the near-complete exhaustion into which I drove myself, in order to do what I had promised…

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From there to here….

Ffolkes,

“Stupidity is always a capital crime.”

~~ Larry Niven “N-Space” ~~

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Burgeoning Beauty

Good morrow, ffolkes. I had hoped to have completed an entry regarding some of the time I’ve been off line, but, as expected, it’s taking longer than hope can manage. So, I’m going back to an old standby position, wherein I assume a ruthless attitude toward all critical assumptions, & just do what the hell I want to do. For today’s post, that means this bit of lame exposition will be all the prose text you’ll see, outside introductory words, and the ending bit. So be it, he said, with some emphasis; we’ll all just have to learn to live with some disappointment, not that we don’t already do so. In any case, the actual way that looks is like this….

Shall we Pearl?….

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Image from KissPNG via Google Images

For today’s listening pleasure, education, and nostalgic indulgence, here is the Cream farewell concert documentary as seen on BBC TV on January 5, 1969…. Enjoy!

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Accentuated Lessons

Bold statements of calculated intent
Become common rule of the malcontent.
Avarice assumes such attractive wear
Beguiling deception, illusory and fair.

Grasping and pulling with ghostly hands
Legally proper in all the signatory lands.
Seeking and finding each vulnerable soul
Anguish as payment for exacting the toll.

Wraiths of commerce’s invisible dead guards
Still haunt the dreams left in sad empty yards.
While absentee nobles sit in stiffly elegant splendor
Served by sad-faced detainees in abject surrender.

Escape from reality is illusory at best
Often we falter and fail its daily test.
Only when focused on inner strength
Does peace stay with us for any length.

Peace lies within, always…..

~~ gigoid ~~

12/6/2013

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Naked Pearls

Random thoughts….

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“Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man;
but for one man who can stand prosperity
there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”

~~ Thomas Carlyle ~~

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“Anywhere, anytime, I’d sacrifice the finest nuance for a laugh,
the most elegant trope for a smile.”

~~ Edward Abbey ~~

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“Shower the people you love with love.”

~~ James Taylor ~~

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“In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

— Albert Camus

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“A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.”

~~ Lord Peter Wimsey (Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night) ~~

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“…you are too modest, Lord Peter. The apt quotation is a form of wisdom.”

~~ Dr. Baring, Shrewsbury Warden, in response ~~

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“Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.”

~~ William E. Davidsen ~~

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“Within the oyster’s shell uncouth
The purest pearl may hide,
Trust me you’ll find a heart of truth
Within that rough inside.”

~~ Mrs. Osgood ~~

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So far, establishing some sort of routine to this process has been, if not impossible. then, improbable; I’m still getting used to Bob’s characteristics (Bob is the new computer’s name), & spend as much time navigating the learning curve as actually working. SIGH… I suppose some patience is called for, so, we’ll apply some now, & keep at it until it’s again a smooth operation. Until then, I hope y’all enjoy what shows up, and rest assured it’ll all get bigger and, according to the plan, better. For now, I’ll just say, be well, be happy, & stay as strange as you can manage….

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….

In the fullness of time….

Ffolkes,

“For the human mind is seldom at stay:
If you do not grow better,
you will most undoubtedly grow worse.”

~~ Samuel Richardson ~~

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Apparently, I’m back. For some, such news is un petit passé; for others, it signifies naught. For me, it is, if nothing else, edifying, as well as something of a relief. Since it’s been over two months, and more, since my last post, I am fairly certain it will take more than a little focused effort on my part to get it done, but, we’ll see how it goes. Should it prove less than satisfactory, well, I suppose we’ll just have to deal with it. Who knows? It may come out well, so, let’s see what we can come with out of the depths of dross & drivel piled up in various portions of my cluttered mind to make that come to pass….

In fact, let’s get right to that, shall we? No sense in delaying any longer….

Shall we Pearl?

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Wolfie Mozart

Image from Open Culture via Google Images

There hasn’t been much summer here in California this summer; the weather has gone completely wonky. To compensate, here is some summer music from our old friend Wolfie….

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Adjectives of Quality ~~ Bloody Friday

A baleful lump of ironic introspection
sits upon my shoulder today
leaving traces of fey reflection
with a smattering of true dismay.

Resistance may be futile, many have said,
belief didn’t necessarily follow.
Abnegation of fear marks all bills paid,
leaving such empty threats hollow.

Symbolic courage never sleeps so deeply
as when delusion holds sway.
Bartered virtue, sold far too cheaply,
stands in shame, until honor fades away.

Too many culprits exist to count just one;
all of us bear obvious blame.
Evil is as evil does, only, when it’s done,
it begins again, all same-same.

Nobody seems to care enough to deny the lies.
Ignorant fear rules humanity’s masses.
When evil passes unremarked, innocence dies;
silence equals guilt, leaving only hope’s ashes.

Reality screams; tales of terror unfold,
flames fanned with purposeful malice,
insidious dangers hide beneath atrocity untold
as Gaia weeps into an empty chalice.

~~ gigoid ~~

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Naked Pearls

Off the cuff….

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“If I had a brain I could think of things I never thought before.”

~~ The Scarecrow ~~

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“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable,
but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

~~ George Bernard Shaw ~~

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“The message of history is clear:
the past lies before us.”

~~ Smart Bee ~~

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“I err, therefore I exist.”

~~ St. Augustine ~~

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“The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings.”

~~ The Buddha ~~

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“This is no time for moderation.”

~~ Sardonic Bee ~~

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“Don’t blame me–I was raised by humans”

~~ Smart Bee, speaking for gigoid ~~

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As per expectation, getting this done tool some time, much of which was spent finding my way around my new computer (“Bob”) & cursing the learning curve for new Microsnot O/S’s. I’ll post again in a day or two; it will take that long to summarize some of the thoughts I’ve generated in the past 3 or so months of being off-line, & mostly off-grid. Hopefully, someone will come by to read it, but, that’s never been my primary purpose here, so, oh, well if they don’t. For now, suffice to say, I’ll be back as soon as I have more to say. Until then, be well, be happy, and, of course, be strange….

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….

Further on down the road…

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Ffolkes,

It’s been more than two months since my last post, sad to say. I’m also a trifle sad to say this post is merely a chatty news entry, mostly to see if I can still type at all. I’m in the library, since subconsciously deciding my life wasn’t complicated enough, said decision manifested by dumping coffee all over my computer, turning it into a paperweight. As if that weren’t enough, I have also managed to lose both my pairs of glasses, as well as a wallet, containing every form of identification known to modern man, all of which requires replacement or some sort of bureaucratic penance…

Sigh…. Ah well, such is life in the big city, otherwise known as Consensual Reality in its physical form, aka the Big Blue Room….

Since I have no idea how long it will take to obtain a new computer & configure it enough to get back, I won’t try to predict at all. I’ll simply say, see y’all when I see you….

Ambiguity

fills every waking moment;

such is human life.

~~ gigoid ~~

Love

gigoid, the dubious

Sometimes I sits and thinks,

and sometimes, I just sits.

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Splendid specimens, sir….do they wiggle?

Ffolkes,

Finishing the poem in the previous post a couple days ago seems to have exhausted me, physically, as well as mentally. Can’t seem to find any energy, & when I do, it’s gone at the slightest exertion. Ah, well, such is the aging process; new paradigms are discovered every day, it seems….

To soothe the urge to write, strong but impossible to fulfill just now, (sitting is again my enemy….), here is a Pearl from the very first days of ECR, posted in December of 2011. It’s got some of my first rants, as well as a link to another site on which I was writing at the time. I hope you enjoy a bit of historical pearling; it’s quite entertaining to me just to see the style and structure of things in the early days….. & the ranting isn’t too shabby at all…. I’ll see y’all in a day or few, when I can sit long enough to compose an appropriate offering…. Take care, be well, & happy as you may be….

Oh, and for goodness’ sake, stay strange….

gigoid, the dubious

😎

gigoid

Ffolkes,
We go now, in search of cognitive dissonance… heavily armed with oodles of insouciance, and eager to wage war with words. Let us then take a foray into the day, spreading the contagious joy of living……

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
— Henry W. Longfellow (1807-1882) — A Psalm of Life

Alrighty then, let’s have at it……
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“With the first link, a chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” — Picard, ST:TNG, quoting a fictional judge, The Drumhead

One doesn’t often find profundity in Picard’s words, though he has one of the best voices for delivering such gems. This one seems timely, considering that we Americans just watched quietly as Congress passed another version of the Anti-Bill of…

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Miso, marmalade, or muskrat?….

Ffolkes,

The new poem FINALLY got done; unfortunately, the process of getting it there exhausted me sufficiently to preclude finishing the rest of the intended mess. To hold y’all (pronounced ‘me’..) until I can do so, here is an iconic Pearl from a couple years ago, right about the time I returned from Hell. There’s a fine religirant, a decent poem, and some fine entertainment. Enjoy, for now, & I’ll be back tomorrow with an all new entry for the archives. Have a good one, ffolkes….

gigoid, the dubious

😎

gigoid

Ffolkes,

“Nature forms us for ourselves, not for others;
to be, not to seem.

~~ Michael de Montaigne ~~

~~ Essays, Book ii, Chap. xxxvii, ~~

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Bar at the Old Swan, London

Hajime…. Of the nearly 80 hours I spent in London in 2013, many were spent in the public house you see pictured today at the top of this page. The Old Swan, established in 16something, was about as typical a pub as you’ll find anywhere in England. Since it was located about one block from my B&B in Kensington, I spent many a happy hour observing the day and night life of the Londoners who frequented the old pub. This morning, I chose the picture simply for the good memories it brings, of a trip I’d dreamed of my entire life.

Today, I appreciate the memories, as they are a welcome change from the OTHER memories recently flooding…

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