Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Just A Reminder. My Likes and Dislikes.


Truth, Solving a Mystery, Being Valued For Who I Am, Genuine Compassion, Intellectual/Spiritual/Artistic and Emotional Stimulation, Making my point (or said otherwise, being UNDERSTOOD), Being Listened to, Listening to Others (when they are being honest.) Love. Giving Love. Being Loved. Being Treated With Love. Being Respected. Being Treated in a Human Fashion. The Imperfectness of Others, My Own Imperfections, Human Dignity, Natural Nobility of Spirit and Acts. SENSUALITY and SEXUALITY (oh, yummy, that!) Really Smart People Who Can be Down To Earth or Snobby, depending on the Situation. Family (really love that!) People Who are Fairly Consistent (again, I know folk are imperfect. That is just part of being human.) True Forgiveness. The sight - the sound - the scent of a Woman (ok, I am being redundant with that one.) Niceness. The Emotional Warmth You Can Only Get From a Kind and Caring Person. Really Truly Creatively Funny People (as opposed to the crap that passes for funny way to much of the time, either in the world of entertainment or ordinary life.) People Who Can Be Serious When Required, But Can Laugh at Themselves, For Their Own Shortcomings. People Who Can Say They Are Sorry, Easily (if only to make another feel better.)

Being a Dionisian. Being an Epicurian. Tactile Comforts. Genuine Smiles Seen on the Faces, and in the Eyes and Heard in the Voices of a Honest Open Human.


Bullshit. Mean People, Cruel People.

Oh, And Did I Say Bullshit?

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Just Quotes

I have been quiet here, as I have been engaged in more financially-productive time spent on a computer, working for the hourly wage, instead of just sitting here, with my home PC on line and connected to the internet, periodically grumbling about how most everything about it, the internet, is phony.

Speaking of phony, here is a quote I found somewhere (by another net author.)

"Maturity requires giving up the use of self-delusion in favor of seeking the truth. Substituting fraudulent mechanisms for real satisfaction will always leave one wanting, feeling hollow. Like suckers."


Now that particular rant was about politics (voting) but I think his conclusion (the quoted bit) has global applicability.

Let's see if I can dig up some more quotes in a similar vein.

"The human capacity for self-delusion is boundless, and the effects of belief are overpowering."

-Michael Shermer

"I suppose I have a highly developed capacity for self-delusion, so it's no problem for me to believe that I'm somebody else."

-Daniel Day-Lewis

"I seek the truth...it is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance that does harm."

-Marcus Aurelius

"There is no self-delusion more fatal than that which makes the conscience dreamy with the anodyne of lofty sentiments, while the life is groveling and sensual."

- James Russell Lowell

No follow up commentary, for now.

Oh except the following; "Groveling and Sensual?"

Well it seems I have been groveling for a return to the sensual for quite some time now. That should be clear to anyone who has been checking this blog for the past few months!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Really Great Quote

Saw this on the web today:

"I am awake only in what I love & desire to the point of terror-everything else is just shrouded furniture, quotidian anaestesia, shit-for-brains, sub-reptilian ennui of totalitarian regimes, banal censorship & useless pain."

~Hakim Bey

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Well, I Think I Survived Love Day . . .


Now back to our regularly semi-scheduled sociological commentary. Today's burr under the saddle is HYPERBOLE.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A hyperbole, largely synonymous with exaggeration and overconsulting, is a figure of speech in which statements are exaggerated or extravagant. It may be used due to strong feelings or is used to create a strong impression and is not meant to be taken literally. It gives greater emphasis. It is often used in poetry and is a literary device.

"He is as big as a house!"
"I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!"
"That's the worst idea I've ever heard."
"You are the ugliest person in the world!"
"This book weighs a ton"
"This is pretty much the worst film ever made."
The antonym to hyperbole is understatement.

In show business, hyperbole (known as hype or media hype) is the practice of spending money on public relations in an attempt to bolster public interest in (for example) a movie, television show, or performing artist. Often the entertainment value of the thing being hyped is exaggerated.

The modern slang term hype, in its usage as meaning extravagant publicity, is probably derived from the word hyperbole



Ok, so hyperbole is not the same as being a bald faced lie, but more like bullshit.

Not good, that, if you follow what Professor Harry Frankfurt says about Bullshit.

Bullshit is more damaging to society than garden variety lies, says he (and I am greatly inclined to agree with the dear professor!)

Monday, February 13, 2006

Valentine's Day Eve Thoughts

(Ok, I will skip posting the lyrics to "Love Stinks." All I needed was to mention the title of the song, to get the message out there!)

Anyway, more quotes:

A final comfort that is small, but not cold: The heart is the only broken instrument that works.

~T.E. Kalem

Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.


I hate the day, because it lendeth light
To see all things, but not my love to see.

~Edmund Spenser

Hmm, that Spenser quote really says what I feel right now. The others are good too.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

More Quotes

Today's theme is Alienation. I will just skip why it is on my mind right now!

"Without alienation, there can be no politics."

Arthur Miller

"That passion cuts everything else, it blocks all, it's what psychologists call unhealthy. It's what one calls total alienation."

Isabelle Adjani

"The Sleepwalker is a figure of alienation."

Rebecca Miller

"We have long observed that every neurosis has the result, and therefore probably the purpose, of forcing the patient out of real life, of alienating him from actuality."

Sigmund Freud

"Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces obstinacy, it sharpens the sense of alienation and strengthens the power of resistance."

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

"I, a stranger and afraid / In a world I never made."

A. E. Housman, Last Poems, 12

"I have been a stranger in a strange land."

Bible, Exodus 2:22

Ok, it is a departure from my usual sort of musings and drippings, (about Cyber-Space) at the least!

Thursday, February 09, 2006


frisson \free-SOHN\, noun:
A moment of intense excitement; a shudder; an emotional thrill.

When we think a story hasn't been invented, there's an extra frisson in reading it.
-- "Too true," Independent, April 12, 1998

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My comment:

Damnit, I could really use a good dose of some frisson, about now.

Hey I will consider it a blessing, even if it is only diet frisson, or lite frisson!

Ahhh . . . so refreshing!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

It has been a few days. How about a Quickie?

I don't have anything original I'd even consider borderline witty, so yet again:


(And as Dreaded St. V-Day is approaching, well I might as well choose love for a theme.)

“Love is as much of an object as an obsession, everybody wants it everybody seeks it, but few ever achieve it, those who do, will cherish it, be lost in it, and among all, will never...never forget it.” -- Curtis Judalet.

“There is nothing in the world so wonderful as to love and be loved; there is nothing so devastating as love lost.” -- Anonymous.

“How much of human life is lost in waiting.” -- R. W. Emerson.

Ok. Let me find something lighter. Ok. How about a little Faulkner?

"Memory believes before knowing remembers."

Ok that will do for now.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Just a quick update

Nope, I have not fallen off the edge of the earth yet. Just have been doing the usual.

I wish I could say it was having sex, but the usual is actually only thinking about it!

Anyway, this has been a very boring week.

No wonder I have been thinking about having sex. But hell, that needs no special cause.

Now I do have a thought for some of the regularly scheduled sociological commentary, but I will hold off on that, till the weekend, likey.

Still am looking for a new owner, BTW . . . .
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