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...stewards of life.. [02 Jul 2012|07:21pm]


    ...I was surrounded by a society in which people didn't appear to believe in anything deeper than their product wish lists. Think about it. Utah is populated largely by people who believe their prophet discovered a pair of gold plates and spoke to an angel named Moroni. Hollywood is run by people who surgically alter their appearances and think they're descended from an alien named Xenu. People believe in ghosts, UFOs, a Heaven in which they'll be reunited with all their dead relatives. Let's not even get into Christianity with its flaming sword guarding the tree of knowledge. Human beings just fundamentally believe crazy fucking shit, the crazier the better...Is believing that human beings are meant to be stewards of life in the universe really crazier than believing a certain brand of car makes you sexy or that God is keeping track of how many times you masturbate?

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...why I don't return to Calcutta.. [14 Sep 2010|02:20pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]


    I go for walks,
    I wrote. I look for the man I once was. I believe that by wandering I might find him wandering here. I need to soothe myself in this uncertainty. I want something to write about. Walking in the big decaying yet eternal-seeming ruin of the city helps me meditate on the past and gives me the hope that I might find the man I had once been--confident in a strange country, so anonymous as to be invisible, living the muffled and spectral existence of a traveler, ghosting from street to street in the endless decrepitude, unseen. I expect to come face to face with myself.

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...books read in 2009.. [01 Jan 2010|01:24am]
[ mood | calm ]

So I read 57 books in 2009! That’s always been a lucky number for me.

The year of Sputnik and all; somehow I thought I’d get more read in retirement!

I’ll list the books I thought were the best ten I read this year, then the rest. Enjoy!. =)

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...meme-- my life in six words or less.. [12 Aug 2009|06:26am]
[ mood | exanimate ]

Ernest Hemingway told this story: "For sale, Baby Shoes, Never Used."

Mine is: "Always crashing in the same car."

Describe your life in six words.

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..fairest of them all.. [05 Jul 2009|09:46pm]
[ mood | tired ]


    He had arrived at a sort of
    modus vivendi with his grief, and such deals were best not broken. You wore your grief, and if necessary you ate it and you drank it until it became your substance, until you looked in the miror one day and there was nothing looking back but grief itself, a man made entirely of sorrow, but still standing, somehow still alive, surviving.

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...books read in 2008.. [01 Jan 2009|01:50am]
[ mood | calm ]

So I read 60 books in 2008! I love my Metro commute! Here are my top ten favorites.

Where I started or read a whole series, I'll list the first of the books I read this year. =)

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...yes we can.. [30 Aug 2008|04:44am]
[ mood | hopeful ]


Fool us twice, shame on us; fool us thrice, just can't be, so let's do it, yes we can.


Barack Obama & Will.I.Am - Yes We Can
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...courage.. [03 Aug 2008|12:42pm]
[ mood | tired ]


      Nothing is lost; be still; the universe is honest.
      Time, like the sea, gives all back in the end,
      But only in its own way, on its own conditions:
      Empires as grains of sand, force as coal,
      Mountains as pebbles. Be still, be still, I say;
      You were never the water, only a wave;
      Not substance, but a form substance assumed.

          - From The Exegesis, by Elder Olson
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...will never hurt me.. [22 Jul 2008|09:05pm]
[ mood | exanimate ]


      Words are strange...

      One can lie without ever uttering an untruth. One can deceive while providing even a heart's desire.

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....stranger than fiction.. [26 Jun 2008|12:36am]
[ mood | satisfied ]


    Truth usually makes no sense. If your desire is for everything to make perfect sense, then you should take refuge in fiction. In fiction, all threads tie together in a neat bow and everything moves smoothly from one point to the next to the next. In real life, though, in real life...nothing makes sense. Bad things happen to good people. The pious die young while the wicked live until old age. War, famine, pestilence, death all occur randomly and senselessly and leave us more often than not scratching our heads and hurling the question why? into a void that provides no answers.

    So if everything in your life makes perfect sense, then make no sudden moves and do not allow anyone to pinch you, for you are likely dreaming and you would not want to spoil it.

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..."Explain Thine Interests" meme... [19 Jun 2008|01:22am]
[ mood | thankful ]

Comment on this post and I will choose seven interests from your profile.

You will then explain what they mean and why you are interested in them.

Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

nymphatacita gave me these seven:

american gods
astrotheism
kropotkin
multiverse
paradigm shift
psychocybernetics
tawantinsuyu

1) American Gods

It's my favorite book by Neil Gaiman, the über cool writer of works like the Sandman comic series, the surreal movie MirrorMask, and the winsome book and film Stardust. I'd call Gaiman a fantasy writer for people who are too cool to admit to liking fantasy. American Gods is my favorite of his books because I find its central conceit fascinating, that is, what if gods are creations of human cultures, who whither away as people's beliefs in them dwindle, or who cross the oceans when their believers emigrate, then lose their jobs and become card sharks and drifters. And what about when the gods of old like Osiris and Wotan have to jostle with upstart gods sprung from worship of the material, gods like TV and the Internet? American Gods is a road-trip through roadside America. It's hilarious, it's deep, and this is the reason that I love it. Read more...Collapse )

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...cherry blossoms.. [07 Apr 2008|02:57am]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

It's cherry blossom time so Rose and I went to see the animé festival downtown. She's big into that and manga, reminds me of my own young obsession with Ozamu Tezuka's Astroboy, and my later my infatuation with DC Comics and French comic art. Like dad, like daughter it seems. I was blown away by the quality of what we saw. I was most taken by Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second. Not a fantasy, no enchanted animals, no pyrotechnics, just a simple story of young love in modern Japan, with a lovely soundtrack. I recommend it highly. The title refers to the speed at which cherry blossoms drift apart and fall to earth. It's a metaphor for the fleetingness of life. I defy you to watch it and not feel an emotional tug. As it happens the whole thing is up on YouTube so I've made it up into a playlist so you can see it in its entirety. Do enjoy!



5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
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...second star to the right.. [20 Mar 2008|11:30pm]
[ mood | cold ]

You all know that I'm a sci-fi fan, so I want to acknowledge the passing of Sir Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary and a giant of the field. I read his stories growing up, and like Sir Arthur, I was convinced that our best days were in a future close at hand, just waiting for us to create it. Time has not been so kind to the technological optimism embodied by Clarke. If I were to be honest, I fear that our future is more likely to resemble dystopian scenarios of post-civilization, our descendants scrabbling for survival among our ruins, than it is to be anything like the space dreams of Clarke or Roddenberry. Was it foolish to think that we could transcend our short-sightedness, our tribalism, and our absorption in material consumption, that we could soar above it all and transfer our dirty industry and power generation to the vacuum of space, and thereby spare the planet? Could the Earth ever return to its garden state save by the obliteration of our kind, conscious yet clueless, by rights the eyes, ears and voice of all Earth, spokesman for all living things, yet instead comporting ourselves like a cancer? It needn't be that way, but it will be if enough of us don't wake up. Sir Arthur was a voice in the wilds of a brutal century. His hope, writing in the 1960's, was that by the 21st century we would have been well on our way out of our long childhood, taking our first steps into civilizational adolescence. Instead we seem to have not learned a thing. I can only take comfort that we humans are not a monolithic entity. Though on this side of the pond we may be steadily sinking under our own failures of imagination, stampeded by fear, our economy in freefall, morphing into a fenced-in fortress state, yet there remain other peoples, less jaded, and still with the energy and belief in their abilities to grow in civic maturity, with a humane vision that challenges us to live to our highest potential.

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...metaphysical.. [11 Feb 2008|11:57pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

As Valentine's Day looms, I thought I'd share with you my favorite all-time love poem, To His Coy Mistress, by the 17th century poet Andrew Marvell, here as rendered in a very cute reading by British actor Damian Lewis. Enjoy...and do get into the spirit of it!



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...he has a plan.. [09 Feb 2008|08:12am]
[ mood | calm ]

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...defenders of anarchy.. [26 Jan 2008|01:18am]
[ mood | happy ]



Okay, so let me music blog for a bit here. =) There's a couple of songs I have been totally unable to get out of my head the last few days so let me infect you with them as well. First, is this hilarious pop anthem, the St. Trinian's Theme by the chart-topping UK girl group, Girls Aloud, from the recently released in Britain film St. Trinian's. It's about a riotous boarding school for wayward girls. Don't know if it'll ever show in the U.S., it's like a Disney film on hormones, the sort of shagadelic send-up Benny Hill would have loved, and we can't get away with in a puritan USA, Lindsay Lohan notwithstanding. But, it is one fantastic party song, so crank it up loud, dance yourself silly, and sing along: "We are the best / So screw the rest, we do as we damn well please...St. Trinian's-- defenders of anarchy"



Girls Aloud - Theme from St. Trinian's


And, from Australia, I bring you the YouTube sensations, Gus and Fin, AKA GUGUG. You know, I was there in 1979, I was a major fan of new wave music, Gary Numan was a formative influence of mine, so when I saw these Aussies come up on my Google search for Numan's classic space pop ditty Are Friends Electric?, performing a homegrown cover of the song with ukeleles, well...I was just about to give it a miss. I am glad I did not. Give it a listen. These guys are fantastic performers, and man do they seem to be having a good time. I defy you to not walk around with a lingering smile after hearing it. It does what a good cover ought to do, that is, it reinterprets the song, renews it, and makes it novel once again. Check out GUGUG's page on YouTube, they got a raft of rocking covers, everything from Link Wray and the Raymen's Jack the Ripper (1963), to a ska rendition of the theme to the 1960 film hit Exodus. These guys are a real find. Tell me if you find them as contagiously enjoyable as I do.


GUGUG - Are Friends Electric?
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...cookie..!! [10 Jan 2008|12:32am]
[ mood | relaxed ]




Hey, my little girlies are now in the midst their annual cookie drive fundraiser. Order some boxes from us and I shall throw in the shipping free! Click to see the selection!


Girl Scout Cookies
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...where I've been.. [03 Jan 2008|12:18am]
[ mood | calm ]

So I read 26 books in 2007! Here are my pick of my favorites from those. =)

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...awakening.. [28 Dec 2007|10:21am]
[ mood | contemplative ]

Friends, it's time you stirred out from under the pile of crumpled wrapping paper. So set aside your Wii as for a belated Yuletide gift, I bring you the gift of music. I present you:


Radio Papilleau
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...you must remember this.. [06 Dec 2007|11:32pm]
[ mood | exanimate ]



Extremely well done, worth a look-see. Now that's what I call educational.

Click above to see the short film. =)
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