29 August 2014

QOTD: Procrastination

Let me share a few thoughts I keep in reserve about writing, which transfers to procrastination in general: #1 - One time Jim Thorpe was competing for high jump, and his coach found him resting under a tree, eyes closed. To the coach's rebuke, he replied, "I am practicing my jump." IOW, whenever you have a project, make a habit of mapping it out in your mind during the odd hour, and well before you actually sit down to write it. #2 - Another time someone approached Goethe and asked him how me managed to write so much, to which he replied, "I just blow on my hands!" IOW, just start writing. You can worry about editing it later. Writing is just like speaking, albeit a bit more formal. So just start. It's only after you start that you can see what the problems are going to be. Then it's time for a nap, a la #1. #3 - Jacques Barzun used to say, write a brouillage, that is, a scrambled mess. You can figure it out later. The key is that most procrastination grows out of inactivity and inertia, both of which create anxiety and then performance anxiety and then failure. Start writing yesterday, and, also, write every day. As William James used to say, "Habit a second nature? Habit is ten times nature!" #4 - The last thing of course: be yourself. Don't be afraid of yourself, and don't be unhappy with yourself. Just write who you are. The good parts will show, eventually.
- "Edward Fortyhands. Original story: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/08/the-procrastination-loop-and-how-to-break-it/379142/2/#comments

20 August 2014

The death of common sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the early bird gets the worm; ... - Life isn't always fair; - And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies, don't spend more than you can earn and adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers - I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on.
It's an Obama world, it's an Obama world.

QOTD

Do you ever get p'd that Blockbuster closed? I do. We have a DVD player, and entertainment is pretty limited out here (according to me). We used to go to B.B., then ColdStone IceCream next door, and then look in the window of the Chinese Food place to see if the common housefly was still stuck to the window. Now - just stand in front of a RedBox like a zombie. WHERE DID THE SOUL OF AMERICA GO, MAN.

27 June 2014

24 June 2014

Quotes from Youth, by Joseph Conrad

Stark, terrible, descriptive, wonderful was how I thought of Joseph Conrad's Youth when I first read the short story.  Full text available at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/525/525-h/525-h.htm .
 
 
Between the darkness of earth and heaven she was burning fiercely upon a disc of purple sea shot by the blood-red play of gleams; upon a disc of water glittering and sinister. A high, clear flame, an immense and lonely flame, ascended from the ocean, and from its summit the black smoke poured continuously at the sky. She burned furiously, mournful and imposing like a funeral pile kindled in the night, surrounded by the sea, watched over by the stars. A magnificent death had come like a grace, like a gift, like a reward to that old ship at the end of her laborious days. The surrender of her weary ghost to the keeping of stars and sea was stirring like the sight of a glorious triumph. The masts fell just before daybreak, and for a moment there was a burst and turmoil of sparks that seemed to fill with flying fire the night patient and watchful, the vast night lying silent upon the sea. At daylight she was only a charred shell, floating still under a cloud of smoke and bearing a glowing mass of coal within. And this is how I see the East. I have seen its secret places and have looked into its very soul; but now I see it always from a small boat, a high outline of mountains, blue and afar in the morning; like faint mist at noon; a jagged wall of purple at sunset. I have the feel of the oar in my hand, the vision of a scorching blue sea in my eyes. And I see a bay, a wide bay, smooth as glass and polished like ice, shimmering in the dark. A red light burns far off upon the gloom of the land, and the night is soft and warm. We drag at the oars with aching arms, and suddenly a puff of wind, a puff faint and tepid and laden with strange odors of blossoms, of aromatic wood, comes out of the still night—the first sigh of the East on my face. That I can never forget. It was impalpable and enslaving, like a charm, like a whispered promise of mysterious delight. O youth! The strength of it, the faith of it, the imagination of it! To me she was not an old rattle-trap carting about the world a lot of coal for a freight—to me she was the endeavour, the test, the trial of life. I think of her with pleasure, with affection, with regret—as you would think of someone dead you have loved. I shall never forget her.... Pass the bottle.

15 June 2014

QOTD - instincts

What I dislike is the constant barrage of "I have accept and support it or I am evil and bad"..... I don't. support it.

What make us different other animals??? Our ability to overcome our instincts and override our emotions. Stop acting like animals.

If it's genetic.

27 May 2014

10 Life Lessons from a Navy SEAL

Very condensed version of commencement speech at the Univ. of Texas by Adm. McRaven:

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
But if you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.
So, If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
So, if you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

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11 May 2014

QOTD


A lot of people, especially people born after 1990, are very weary of all this politically correct tyranny over our speech. As for the continuing 24/7 race issue, many of our ancestors arrived in America after the turn of the 20th Century. As for the latest hot button issue, gay rights, it really grossed me out to see Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend. I am actually glad he (finally) got drafted. But ESPN is, as they have done for as long as I can recall, forcing their own ideas on their viewers (and showing zero respect for their viewers feelings or beliefs). Here's the problem, there is this subtext that goes, "you guys who don't see things like we (the glorious "good & enlightened" people) do, are subhuman, so we have to force you to accept something, even if you find it distasteful and inappropriate. Well, ESPN, I'm turning you off. I can live without professional sports and without your insults. The whole thing is too hyped anyway. And too commercial. And too often a total flop (like the Super Bowl was. Just a huge waste of a day.) Goodbye and good riddance.
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http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/dolphin-twitter-trouble/story?id=23670999 

10 May 2014

QOTD

Future students of language will wonder at the period in our history in which it was said with a straight face that diversity required uniformity, tolerance necessitated intolerance, and liberalism called for dogma. Of late, we have been told that Brandeis University is simply too open-minded to hear from a critic of Islam, that Mozilla believes too vehemently in “freedom of speech” to refrain from punishing a man for his private views, and that a respect for the audience of a show about duck hunting demands that we suspend a man for expressing his religious views in an unrelated interview. “Never,” David Benham confirmed in an interview with CNN, “have I spoken against homosexuals, as individuals, and gone against them. I speak about an agenda.” Later, he added that “that’s really what the point of this is — that there is an agenda that is seeking to silence the voices of men and women of faith.” Say, now where might he have got hold of that idea?

          Charles C.W. Cooke

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/377689/new-fascism-rolls-charles-c-w-cooke

22 April 2014

Instant search results reveal inner thoughts

Irony. I went to get on FB, and my fingers were on the wrong keys, one position to the right. So I accidentally typed "GS" where the letters "FA" would normally be. And Google has this auto-complete for search results that automatically fills in its common searches related to a given term. General Schedule, a.k.a. "Government Servant" is commonly abbreviated GS. What instantly appeared: GS Pay Calculator. So it's kind of telling that what might be foremost on the minds of the GS population is their paycheck, and maybe not so much thinking about how they've dedicated themselves to the sustainment of the great United States of America.

09 April 2014

Great quotes for post-modern America, Issue 1

"Embrace and Maximize Bureaucracy. Proclaim greatness and manage the illusion, surround yourself with weakness, squelch negativity, avoid hard work and unfavorable comparisons, and take care of friends. We'll move forward together." -http://hamptonroads.com/2014/04/portsmouth-schools-keep-stashing-cash-after-warning

18 March 2014

Let's hang out

"Hey!  Do you want to go hiking/biking/swimming/gymming/bar-hopping/beer-shopping/cow-tipping/wine-sipping/concert-going/bubble blowing/house flipping/skinny dipping/bad singing/rope swinging/lecture attending/fence mending/real-being/life seeing?"

GCAS has been in hibernation, but is slowly coming back to the surface...

24 February 2014

Olympic poetry

I was so perplexed by the negative news coming from Sochi from the progressive media cabal, I wrote a few haikus:




News folks in Sochi
Blind to own socialism
Lauers and other cretins


Suck eggs, media snobs
Blameless in your own failings
You think you don't have


Obsessed with gay dudes
Parade moral turpitude
Why do you feign tolerance?

22 February 2014

QOTD

"Pres. 0's FCC has determined that jokes about Democrats do not meet a 'critical public information need' and must cease immediately." - Freedomfan

21 February 2014

01 February 2014

An open letter to the GOP on amnesty



An open letter to the GOP on third parties and Lost causes. By way of introduction – let’s just say I’m one of Millions of formally loyal supporters of the GOP, we donate small amounts and volunteer to make phone calls and knock on doors and do things we don’t like to do just to support the Republican party – the people you are taking for granted.
We’re also the folks who are standing by dumbfounded as you’re doing the Democratic socialists' bidding of creating a whole new underclass of Dem voters granting amnesty to the illegal invaders.
Did people stick with the Titanic as it was sinking below the waves?
You say we will lose if we don’t support the party – well, we’re going to be losing anyway so, ‘What difference does it make?’ [To coin a phrase]
Let me fill you in on a couple totally freaking obvious facts that have escaped your well healed notice:
A). The Leftist-Socialist National Media is NEVER GOING TO BE YOUR FRIEND – learn this really obvious fact and put it in big block letters over your desks so you can remember it.
B). The Media and the DNC are going to label you Racists, terrorists or whatever unless you cease to be Conservatives and become a variation of their Socialist selves.
C). Never do what the enemy wants you to do – this is so blindingly so obvious the great strategist Sun Tzu didn’t bother saying this self-evident truth.
So, what do you need to do to get us to stick with you and get us back into your good graces?
1). STOP SUPPORTING AMNESTY FOR 30 MILLION NEW DEMOCRATIC VOTERS.
Mark my words, you can either drop the insane idea of amnesty for the illegal invaders or you can destroy the party - It’s your choice. Pushing amnesty will either create 30 million new voters for Democratic largess or it will fractionalize the party.
2). Stop insanely nominating Rinocrats in the futile hope that the media will be ‘nice’ to you and not put the full weight of their propaganda machine to work shredding said candidate.
3). Stop trying to outbid the socialist with government largess.
It should be plain that you need to stand up for Conservative values – that is the only thing that will save the country from it’s inevitable demise at the hands of the socialists.
IF you do not do those simple things to save the party and save the nation, it will be AMF. You can stuff your endless appeals for my donations, and your admonitions to volunteer will fall on deaf ears.
We can and we will leave – many already have and the exits are getting pretty jammed up - Anonymous

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24 January 2014

Stronger


On that final day, the only things I asked Chaps to pray for were unity and strength.

18 January 2014

Photo purge

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Source: unknown.  I love the imagery of the seasons that this photo represents.



Precisely.


A favorite hideaway of mine with a long horizontal window, so inviting, opening to a very minimalist interior, and creative backlighting - felt kind of adobe, a crossroads, an invitation to a life-changing conversation, or something to be revealed.









14 January 2014

QOTD


How to prepare for your cable-free life

I've written about this before:  Americans are afraid they won't know what to do in the absence of their feeding tubes.  http://makalakapisei.blogspot.com/2011/02/cut-your-umbilical.html

I was just reading this... http://forums.macresource.com/read/1/1652828 and thinking that there are all sorts of people waking up, realizing they are in the midst of a cultural dark age (well, yes and no - the "enlightened" might blame everyone else's degeneracy on Republicans and ask for more funding - Google CS 106 or the collapse of Detroit) and unplugging.

Here's how to do it:


1. Mentally prepare yourself and your family.  The lack of cable will be a big adjustment, especially if you have children that might feel that they have a "reduction in status" due to no cable - oh, the ignominy of telling one's friends, "Sorry, we don't have cable to watch," and might have to go walking instead.


2. Find out what services you really need.  I would say internet is probably all you might want, do you actually NEED cable t.v. (listen to games on radio, go out to watch them, or do a websearch, a lot of European sites stream them).

3. When Verizon retention specialists call begging you to remain at their teat, tell them you are unplugging from the Matrix (but be prepared for them to try to negotiate).


4. Get a library card and ask the librarian for a quick "refresher tour".  My s.o. loved this when we went through.



5. Start bookmarking websites that help make you feel connected with news, features, current events, discussion fora, links to or good substitutes for the things you feel you might miss.

6. Enjoy your new unplugged life!  I wish you all the best.

08 January 2014

On the road, with C.

It's about time I got going. Bessie, who had just run aground, is still a strong girl and the road's in front of me. The pedicab confessional was interesting, and wobbly. Days later, I would meet another displaced pedicab guy, this one from Ontario, wearing shorts in the cold weather. "I like your mitties," he said. I told him I thought he'd said, "Middies." Thus started yet another accidental conversation, the kind that usually reveal something interesting. He said that the cold didn't bother him, that it was all just a state of mind [plus a healthy metabolism, I would guess]. He said that same kind of mind was the one that has kept him alive, a kind of alertness like the hunter, that he kind of intimated that was less and less common. As the new year sprang, and after a few choice beverages, I tossed some firecrackers behind me and walked away like Denzel, I just seemed to fit the occasion and I always felt like doing that. Of course, there were some people watching the whole time from the balcony, and being caught in the act just didn't feel quite as cool, so I muttered out a casual 'HNY'.