Time, in a small bottle….

FFolkes,

“People wish to be settled:
only as far as they are unsettled
is there any hope for them.”

~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Circles” ~~

Day 5 023

The Shelbourne Public House, Cork, Ireland….

The past few days, since acquiring Bob (my new computer), have been a blur of ‘flow’, while I navigate the learning curve for a new O/S, and go about rebuilding my pile of resources for writing this blog (pictures, quote databases, templates, ad nauseam….). While mostly fun, it has its drawbacks, some of which are connected to the re-establishment of the necessary routines to manage time, and to my need for exercise (away from this chair); I’m not going back to my former degree of ill-health. For the preponderance of time, however, the challenges and distractive nature of intellectual endeavor have provided me with what my Irish friends/ancestors might call ‘grand craic’, or, in American slang, a helluva a good time….

So far, my only disappointment has been the time NOT spent writing down my own thoughts & feelings; I’ve begun two discussions, but, both have been handicapped by the time needed simply to figure out how this damn computer works with the new O/S. I guess complaining about it won’t get them done, so, rather than go any further down that road, I’ll just say this: it’s in the works, but, without deadline. For now, I am content to cobble together these Pearls minus the bonus of my own blather. And, please, no raspberries from the cheap seats; this isn’t an excuse, because there’s no mandate; it’s just a filler, so the intro doesn’t appear too anemic.

Now I’ve pulled my own covers, let’s just go on to what we’ve got today, without any attempts to justify, or excuse the content, or lack thereof. In short….

Shall we Pearl?

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mozart2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

As y’all have probably noticed by now, my musical tastes run to older stuff, whether ’tis rock & roll, jazz, popular, or classical in genre. While perusing choices on You Tube (my go-to source for any human activity), I found this excellent compilation of the works of Wolfie Mozart, beginning with one of his finest piano pieces. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do…. Abondanza!…..

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Comedy_Tragedy

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 ~~

8/30/2014

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Naked Pearls

Signposts on the Path….

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“I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.”

~~ Antoine de Saint Exupery ~~

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“Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.”

~~ Josh Billings ~~

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“Do thou restrain the haughty spirit in thy breast,
for better by far is gentle courtesy.”

~~ Homer ~~

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“Every man is a divinity in disguise,
a god playing the fool.”

~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~

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“If one does not know to which port one is sailing,
no wind is favorable.”

~~ Seneca (the Younger) ~~

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“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”

~~ Oliver Goldsmith ~~

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“I’m sitting on my SPEED QUEEN..
To me, it’s ENJOYABLE..
I’m WARM..
I’m VIBRATORY..”

~~ Zippy the Pinhead ~~

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I suppose it’s not Ibsen, but, it’s art, anyway, such as it is. Ah, well, we do what we can do, & as I’ve said, any number of times, all you can do is all you can do. Having done so, I’ll quit bothering y’all with any further displays of personal angst, & take my leave. In fair warning, I’ll be back, with more of what I cannot describe. Perhaps, one day…. but, then, perhaps not, as well. On that ambiguous note, I leave you with our common wish, to be well, be happy, and, well, you know….

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….

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Melodrama ain’t mellow….

FFolkes,

“A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough.
Joys are found in it, not pleasure.
What is pleasant belongs to dreams.”

~~ Simone Weil ~~

Whites Tavern 1630

White’s Tavern, Belfast, Ireland est. 1630 a.d….

Just a few moments ago, I was gifted with a bit of bitter ironic humor, directed, naturally, at myself. I had to laugh at me for having the following thought, to wit: “Discipline used to be easier….” Bwahahahaha! It is only when I reach this degree of stupid the true bozoid nature of reality becomes clear, and my temporary insanity pops like the bubble it is.

Discipline isn’t supposed to be easy, whether it’s for one’s self, or for another. If it were easy, everybody would be able to do it, for everybody prefers ‘easy’ to ‘hard’…. which, of course, is a complete denial of reality, where we find the hard way is ALWAYS the easy way, and, vice versa…..

Now, in the past, I might use such an event as the basis for a rant/discussion about human nature…. but, I’m not really in a mood to dissect such a complex subject into discussable parts (yes, I just made up another word; sue me….), so, instead, I’ll go on to the next section, then beyond, with no more concern for propriety than I’ve ever shown. Not only that, but, if you wish to wade through this mess to the end, you have to choice but to come along for the ride, such as it is. You see, this is all I could come up with for this section. S’okay, though, the remaining three came out just fine. You’ll see….

Shall we Pearl?

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jm & doors

The Doors

Image from Needpix.com via Google Images…

Today seems like a good day for nostalgia, so, here is a video of this band in a concert from the year 1968…. Enjoy!

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Absolute stillness
would be more than just welcome
if only for now.

~~ gigoid ~~

9/6/2018

Comedy_Tragedy

Platitudes for Attitudes

Platitudes shake us, attitudes break us.
Life can be a real pain, y’know?
Still, if we don’t fight where it takes us,
it’s a pretty straight row to hoe..

A lot of what we see and hear
isn’t always in the best of taste.
Life at large can be one long frisson of fear.
Making an effort often seems a huge waste.

Pundits, dogma dogs, myrmidons, oligarchs & pimps;
assholes and predators every one.
Twisted, sick, anti-humans; anomalous, ignorant wimps.
Logic says, every time, lobotomize ’em, & be done.

Illusions, delusions, confusions, a dedicated data dump,
bilious, divisive, spicy with hatred and fears.
Inflation, immigration, promises from the clownish Trump
Leaving even our basest survival heavy with tears.

Ancient sages left signs on the path to peace,
for those with wit to see.
No need for undue effort, no quest for golden fleece.
All we ever need to do, is be.

~~ gigoid ~~

8/29/2015

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Naked Pearls

Now, THIS is an iconic Pearl… Just follow the dots…

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“Nobody knows the age of the human race,
but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.”

~~ Uncommonly Sagacious Bee ~~

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“A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues.”

~~ Cicero (B.C. 106-43) ~~

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“It is far more impressive
when others discover your good qualities without your help.”

~~ Miss Manners (Judith Martin) ~~

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“Nobody ever complains that
you are treating them like a child
when you listen to their stories,
encourage their dreams,
and tell them how special they are.”

~~ Callan Williams ~~

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“A wise man first determines what is within his control;
all else is then irrelevant.”

~~ Epictetus ~~

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“I am free, no matter what rules surround me.
If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them;
if I find them too obnoxious, I break them.
I am free because I know that I alone
am morally responsible for everything I do.”

~~ Professor Bernardo de la Paz ~~

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“And now we come to the magic of words. A word, also, just like an idea, a
thought, has the effect of reality upon undifferentiated minds.”

~~ Emma Jung ~~

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“A wise man,
recognizing the the world is but an illusion,
does not act as if it is real,
so he escapes the suffering.”

~~ Buddha ~~

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“Careful, Mister. Old Zeek is liable to fire that sucker up!”

~~ Subtle Bee ~~

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I TOLD y’all to be careful! Oh, no, I guess I didn’t. Oh, well; I hope y’all are okay. Tell you what, I’ll give you some time to recover before we try this again. I’ll be back in a day or so with some more…. hmm. Not sure what to call it, so, I’ll leave it at “more”…. I’ll be back with more ‘more’. In the meantime, rest, recover, & prepare for another round of exploring consensual reality with a relative madman…. Ta, then, luvs….

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….

Honestly metaphoric raisins….

Ffolkes,

“What is character but the determination of incident?
What is incident but the illustration of character?”

~~ Henry James ~~

Leelu in repose

Leelu Magicat in repose….

In past incarnations of ECR, changes occurred, though not always accompanied by announcements; this time, I think the first change may have already been noted, & ignored (rightly so), by anyone familiar with how it generally goes here. To wit: no more ‘Hajime’ to begin the intro section. No big deal, or compelling reason; it’s simply the result of having lost my template along with my computer, & forgot to include it in the first posts. So be it; there’s no turning back now. We’ll all just have to learn to take things the way they are, which, I suppose, is good advice anytime, as long as one doesn’t get too serious about it, or too easygoing, leading to becoming a victim to manipulation. On that admittedly confusing note, let’s move on….

The time I’ve spent away from the on line community here on WP has been, for the most part, well-spent, at least in terms of health and well-being, if not time and circumstance. My weight is on track to get down to my high school fighting level, though without concomitant stamina & conditioning; all sorts of physical issues caused by obesity are now in control, if not fully eradicated. All I can say on that is, thank GOD I stopped listening to doctors & re-assumed responsibility for my OWN condition. A recent event serves as good example; I experienced a strain/tear to the intercostal tissue between two ribs, caused by an unexpected hard cough while asleep; I awoke @ 4 a.m., feeling exactly as if I’d been kicked in the rib by a small, but angry horse. If you’ve ever broken a rib, you know what it feels like…..

Rather than go the ER for treatment, (having experienced the same issue years ago), I diagnosed myself, & instituted what I know to be the proper treatment, to wit, rest, cold & warm compresses to the area as needed, and patience. This is working fine, & healing is progressing satisfactorily, & I saved a BUNCH of money & time by NOT letting the medicos & insurance moguls get involved…. Bonus! Much of my health improvement is occurring in the same vein; the more I ignore what they want, & I do what I know to be ‘right living’, the better I feel.

Well enough about me…. Let’s leave further explorations into my twisted mind for now, & get on with today’s mess; perhaps I can last long enough at the computer today to get a few more sites visited, to let ffolkes know I’m still around. We’ll employ an old method that has always worked well…. Well, well enough for OUR purposes, anyway. It’s simple, effective, & looks like this….

Shall we Pearl?

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norah jones

Norah Jones

Image from YouTube.com via Google Images

Today I feel like some easy listening to accompany the text & images you’ll see; it can’t get much easier than Norah…..

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Blue chameleon

It’s hot today, with chances of pain & rain.
So it says on the news.
Guess there’s nothing to do again
unless it’s sing the blues.

The blues are gettin’ old, though.
So I say, & I should know.
I been singin’ the bloody songs, y’know?
For what seems a long row to hoe.

S’pose it could get better someday.
I’ve heard that tune before.
Always seemed out of tune anyway;
I ain’t waitin’ any more.

Bang those drums & kick the cans.
May as well raise some hell.
Clang together some old pots & pans;
It hides the little voices so well.

Never worry, don’t you fear at all.
We’ve got certificates of note.
Bureaucratic protections, officially small.
Non carborundum illegitimi, he wrote.

Time, and circumstance, wrote me today.
It came in the daily mail from home.
It said I shouldn’t write unless I say
you’ll be charged for the distance you roam.

~~ gigoid ~~

5/28/2016

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pearls_3

Naked Pearls

More Random Thoughts on Life @ Large….

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“A short saying oft contains much wisdom.”

~~ Sophocles – Aletes, Frag. 99 ~~

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“May your hands always be busy, may your feet always be swift
may you have a strong foundation, when the winds of changes shift.
May your heart always be joyful, may your song always be sung
and may you stay forever young.
May you stay forever young.”

~~ Bob Dylan ~~

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“The only people for me are the mad ones.”

~~ Jack Kerouac ~~

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“Before I speak, I am master of the words;
After, the word is master of me.”

~~ Ibn Gabriol ~~

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“We are the miracle of force and matter
making itself over into imagination and will.
Incredible.
The Life Force experimenting with forms.
You for one.
Me for another.
The Universe has shouted itself alive.
We are one of the shouts.”

~~ Ray Bradbury, “G.B.S. – Mark V” ~~

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“The easiest person to deceive is one’s own self.”

~~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ~~

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“”In matters of belief,
he who is absolutely sure he is right
is almost certainly dead wrong.”

~~ Kelvin Throop ~~

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Since it took two days longer than expected, or desired, to get this done, I’ll forgo any further torturous tricks to bring this to a proper closing, & merely say, I’ll be back, as soon as I can cobble another fine mess together…. Until then, be well, be happy, be strange, & things will work out just fine….

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….

From there to here….

Ffolkes,

“Stupidity is always a capital crime.”

~~ Larry Niven “N-Space” ~~

August 14 2014 002 (2)

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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cream at royal al

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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pearls_3

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 ~~

Glasgow-Greenock Port 041

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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mozart2

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…

lao

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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Notice: Hiatus….

Ffolkes,

“The moment in which you confront your own death
is the moment in which you are most totally alive.”

~~ Solomon Short ~~

Fooles pond

Northern California Idyll….

Hajime…. Today, as I sit to begin, I feel a sadness, having naught to do with today’s mess, as such, but, rather at the passage of time, and the changes we experience, not always comfortably. The sadness is rooted in my decision to acknowledge the demands of the body, and the real world, as opposed to using the mind as primary source for purpose, searching for sanity and balance in the cybersphere. For more than six years, since August, 2011, I have used this blog as the cornerstone of my existence, spending hours a day on my ass in front of Arthur (my computer’s name….), while I explored the consensual reality we call cyberspace, using the time spent as distraction from the physical issues with which I was plagued for so long….

Now, having taken important steps to correct the lifestyle issues making, and keeping me sick and in pain, and, having made significant progress toward regaining much of my former physical status as a warrior/scholar, I must acknowledge two things…. First, I can no longer afford to spend the time on my ass; doing so exacerbates too many of the physical conditions I am trying to overcome, and it makes little sense to keep doing the main thing I do that keeps me from getting healthier…. Second, my recent absence, and lack of consistency in posting, has lost me most of my readership. I can say that with sad confidence, as my last fresh post, on the 10th of April, received fewer than 10 Likes…. and the last post, a reblog of an early Pearl, has not had a single Like in the five days since I posted it…. Even the six or eight most faithful of those who stopped by regularly have been absent; I haven’t actually gone to look at the stats, but, that tells me traffic to my site has gone seriously delinquent….

SIGH…. A natural result, I would guess, to also having stopped visiting other sites to read…. a decision forced on me by my inability to sit, and my increasingly failing vision…. Typing this is hard enough, considering I must do so in spurts of a few minutes at a time, while even trying to read over what has been typed is problematic…. All in all, I am unsurprised at my lack of readership; I’ve managed to stop doing all the stuff that would bring ffolkes back, merely by being absent both here, and out there….

All that being said, with at least some relevant purpose, I come now to the main purpose behind this long-winded explanation, which is this: I am taking a hiatus from blogging. The guilt/angst I felt for so long when I didn’t post is gone; I feel fine about it, and, frankly, am enjoying my time on walkabout, out in the BBR, actually engaging with humanity…. though the latter does tend to wear on my patience. After all, I AM still a curmudgeon, & prefer the company of dogs, cats, & even squirrels to that of most humans. But, even my impatience is a valuable lesson, so, I’m content with my current life….

I don’t know how long I’ll be gone, but, will offer this to anyone who feels any sense of loss; my email is still listed in my profile. which can be found on the right side of my home page here on WP. Please feel free to contact me at that address, as email will be my primary focus any time I sit to do banking, or business, using the computer. Most of my time will be spent trying to get back to full conditioned status, so I don’t have to follow so many of the paradigms that go along with getting older; I much prefer to be able to do what I want to do, without having to take steps to prevent injury or fatigue….

That’s it. I’m outta here, after finishing the following Pearl, & I won’t be back for what promises to be quite some time, if ever…. Who knows, maybe y’all will hear from me in a different venue, playing music, or pursuing some form of entertainment in the Big Blue Room?…. In short, I’m off to find my bliss….

Or, if you wish to stay in touch, email me, & I will answer, just as I still answer the phone when it rings…. For now, let’s see what I managed to cobble together for your final Pearl of Virtual Wisdom…. That, by the way, looks like this….

Shall we Pearl?….

“It is impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself.”

~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~

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Billy Joel

Image from wcmf.com via Google Images

I don’t think this artist needs much introduction; he’s been around long enough most everyone knows how good he is. My only comment is to enjoy; it really doesn’t get much better than this….

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Billy Joel Live

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Samurai

Bushido is this:
Haiku and a katana.
Arcane art, indeed.

~~ gigoid ~~

4/15/2018

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Bulletin

Patterns exist to bring sanity, if illusory, at best;
follicular, reality seems to slip and slide.
Still, formal insanity consistently fails the ultimate test,
why place faith in answers. from which truth can hide?

Following the music brings us back in good time;
forever seemingly retreats from relevance.
Crazy, time stands still with yet another innovative rhyme,
no burgeoning intentions for sale, to shimmy. or dance.

Folly sits easily upon this brow;
fateful and afraid, entropy bows in shame.
Into the river of time, slowly, forgetful of how
courage gives strength, no matter the game.

Capricious, the muse demands obedient attention
at risk of exhibiting true durance vile.
Bereft, single copies sit unused, despite all intention;
while singular examples of fate pass at the stile.

Seminal events bring their own weight;
no scale necessary, no guessing by eye, or hand.
Only one lesson to learn, just pay the freight;
the music is playing, and you’re part of the band.

~~ gigoid ~~

8/6/2016

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Naked Pearls

Further notes on Life @ Large….

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“Self-reflection is the school of wisdom.”

~~ Balthasar Gracian ~~

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“Joy is not in things; it is in us.”

~~ Richard Wagner ~~

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt within the heart.”

~~ Helen Keller ~~

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“A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.”

~~ Chinese proverb ~~

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“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”

~~ Lao Tzu ~~

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“Remember this,–that very little is needed to make a happy life.”

~~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, “Meditations”, vii, 67 ~~

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“You can’t always get what you want,
but if you try sometimes
you get what you need.”

~~ The Rolling Stones ~~

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There you have it. In truth, it came out well, & I’m happy enough to offer it up as the final Pearl…. for now. I can’t say how long until I might return, but, it’s going to be a good while…. When I do, I’ll try to let y’all know, but, don’t hold your breath. Just follow the same caveats I’ve been presenting for a long time, for I know them to be worthwhile…. Be well, be happy, and, most important, stay strange…. I love you all, and go now, to show that love out in the real world….

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….


					

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

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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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Moments of acute clarity….

Ffolkes,

“I can handle reality in small doses, but as a lifestyle it’s  much too confining.”

~~ Lily Tomlin ~~

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The bar at The Old Swan, London, England….

Hajime…. Though the process of creating Pearls of Virtual Wisdom has evolved over the years into its present state, and I have learned to trust its relevance and integral coherence, the simple process of finding worthwhile material, either my own, or from another source, with which to open the festivities has always been the most problematic part to complete. I can’t say exactly why that is, but, ’tis true, nonetheless. I only mention it at all because today’s effort is a perfect example of this conundrum; if you hadn’t noticed, I’ve blathered now for an entire paragraph, without making any sort of progress toward getting it completed. In short, I can’t think of much of anything particularly cogent, or even silly to say…. Ah, well, at least we’re started….

All that said, to our usual lack of purpose, I suppose ‘twould be best to forgo any further attempts to gain credence, & simply get on with the rest of this mess… and, mess it may seem. All the correct parts are in place, and there’s even a new poem, as promised, with which I am content, if not sure yet how it turned out…. Sometimes it has to grow on ya, kinda like mold. Anyway, there’s also a rather cute & obscure set of Naked Pearls, all of which point out some relatively lesser known points on Life @ Large…. At any rate, y’all will make your own decision, of course, as to how it all comes off, as always. Me, I’m going to get it posted, & be off for a walk in the rain….

Without any further ado, let’s do this….

Shall we Pearl?….

“And now there is merely silence, silence, silence, saying all we did not know.”

~~ William Rose Benet ~~

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Yep…. Even though I’ve had days to decide what to put in this section, we’re still going to end up with a default choice…. so, we may as well just sigh, and resign ourselves to hearing some of history’s finest music…. It’s a tough row to hoe, but, somebody’s got to do it, eh?…. Try to enjoy it anyway….

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The Journey Becomes The Destination

We eat life, with every glance, every breath,
purposefully consumed to fill our amorphous need;
Every taste inebriates imagination, subtle as death,
waiting for us all, echoing life’s passionate greed.

Who wants to live forever?
Why do we think it matters?
We all live forever;
we always have.

Entropy becomes serendipity, grace made real;
intricately simple, infinitely complex instants are born,
passing review only until freed, fluid stainless steel
flowers, upon ancient crowns, never shorn.

All that is,
always was;
all that is,
shall always be.

Metaphor, and all its ilk, becomes lost in mystery’s lure,
until illumination consumes the capacity for truth.
Adversely, reaction sits in, replacing true rapture
with sad remnants of one old telephone booth.

Only in darkness
can we see the light.
Only in silence
can we hear the music.

An ancient muse seeks proper language, forever remote;
within the within, without entering without.
Improvising life works as if learned by rote,
the same as in dreams, no doubt.

~~ gigoid ~~

2/10/2018 to 4/9/2018

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Naked Pearls

Esoteric notes on Life @ Large….

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“Of all lies, art is the least untrue.”

~~ Gustave Flaubert ~~

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“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”

~~ Henry David Thoreau ~~

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“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves;
otherwise we harden.”

~~ Goethe ~~

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;
the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

~~ Plato ~~

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“After the first death, there is no other.”

~~ — Dylan Thomas ~~

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“Which way shall I fly
Infinite wrath and infinite despair?
Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell;
And in the lowest deep a lower deep,
Still threat’ning to devour me, opens wide,
To which the hell I suffer seems a heaven.”

~~ John Milton, “Paradise Lost”, Book iv, Line 73 ~~

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“Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it,
you will live along some distant day into your answers.”

~~Rainer Maria Rilke ~~

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I did it, ffolkes. Damn good thing too, cuz, late as it is, this one would have bugged me if I hadn’t pushed ahead until it got posted. Which I will now proceed to do, as soon as I issue the standard caveats, to wit: Be well, be happy as you may be, and, of course, exercise your right to be strange…. See ya, ffolkes; as Arnie has said, to such good effect, I’ll be back….

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

Kowabunga!

À bientôt, mon cherí….


					

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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