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Kamis, 12 April 2012

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Posted: 11 Apr 2012 10:05 PM PDT


April 12, 2012 at 1:05 am (By Amba)

In a few minutes, I will have completed 66 years on this earth. Add another 6 . . .

turn it upside down . . .

and you have the Mark(down) of the Discount Retailer!


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A musical interlude…

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:27 PM PDT

A musical interlude…

April 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm (By Ron, Uncategorized)

Here's a little something for our cat dancing bloggeress to get those kitties bouncing around the room too!  Hat Tip to you, Mighty Amba!

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Selasa, 10 April 2012

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Neoteny, or What’s It All About?

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 11:14 PM PDT

Neoteny, or What's It All About?

April 10, 2012 at 2:14 am (By Amba)

Not long ago, my new little girl kitty was absorbed in the pure delight of play for play's sake. Watching her I thought, "Maybe this is the ultimate aim of life. Maybe all the struggle and passion and toil is about recreating this state of pure play over and over again, since it can't last." Like tossing a ball up into the air again and again just for that moment when the sun gilds the ball at its apogee, its moment of freedom from gravity.

And then it falls, its momentum harvested for the next toss.

Kitty, barely legal at 9 or 10 months, is in the agonies of heat for the second time in three weeks. As young men are drafted into the army before they're even mature, young females are drafted into the army of reproduction before they've had more than an eyeblink to enjoy life and discover their powers. Said powers, barely suspected, will be bent to the service of feeding the next generation as it enjoys its brief moment of consummate freedom to play. This is as true of traditional human societies as it is in nature.

It's easy to understand why this has been necessary. Life is in a race against death and this was the only way not to lose. The second law of thermodynamics is on the side of death; life is an energetic defiance with a high cost. It can afford only the briefest of escapes from the drag of thermodynamic necessity.

This disproportion between the time spent keeping life going and the time spent enjoying it may be natural, but let's not pretend it's noble.  It's brutal. Rilke wrote about life's mystery that too many of us "pass it on like a sealed letter." Or, at best, we steam it open and steal a glimpse before guiltily gluing it shut again to get it back in the mail to the ever-receding future.

I propose that traditional societies are misguided in glorifying submission to necessity and trying to keep life confined within its strict forms. I propose that the greatest achievement of human beings (which indeed has come at a high cost of extraction of energy from the rest of the living planet) has been to push back death far enough to prolong that time of pure play.  Curiosity, creativity, wonder, pleasure, delight—there can't be too much time for that. There still isn't enough. Growing up late, having fewer children later and handing them an opened letter, playing one way or another all our lives—call it narcissistic self-indulgence, call it "failure to launch" or "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," call it art, call it witness, call it high praise.

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Senin, 26 Maret 2012

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Medical Mythology

Posted: 25 Mar 2012 02:54 PM PDT

Medical Mythology

March 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm (By Realpc)

I was walking through town today (Sunday) and a woman offered to give me a ride home. I said no thanks, I have a car, I'm just taking a walk. But then I went back and asked how she knew where I live. She said she sees me walking, walking, walking, all the time. I explained that I only walk a half hour before work on week days, which really is not much. I asked if she thought I was a crazy homeless person, just because she sees me walking. I said I have been walking, and doing yoga, all my life and that is probably the reason I am not sick and on drugs, like practically everyone else my age.

(I don't usually do this, must have been in a weird mood today).

So she replied that the drugs must be doing something right, because we are living longer than ever now. She said there are lots of people in their 90s now, and there never were before.

I said first of all, there were always people in their 90s. And if you ask someone in their 90s you may very well find out they don't go to doctors or take drugs. I said we are not being kept alive past age 40 thanks to the drugs, that is just propaganda from the drug companies, to make us think we need them.

I tried to explain that average lifespan has increased, mostly because young children are not dying anymore, thanks to antibiotics and vaccines. I tried to explain how the drug companies misuse the statistics to make us think we would all drop dead at 40 if not for them.

She waited patiently for me to give up and leave. If she didn't think I was a homeless crazy before, she was sure of it after my lecture.

But I am so tired of hearing the same old myth.

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Tree & Me

Posted: 18 Mar 2012 07:20 PM PDT

Tree & Me

March 18, 2012 at 10:20 pm (By Amba)

This young Magnolia grandiflora, planted today on my friend Chris's land outside Chapel Hill, will incorporate some atoms of Jacques and will eventually grow to be 40 to 50 feet tall.

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The priest, the rabbi, and the minister

Posted: 17 Mar 2012 11:48 AM PDT

The priest, the rabbi, and the minister

March 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm (By Rodjean)

So, officer O'Malley comes into the back room at the Italian restaurant, only to find the priest, the rabbi and the minister sitting on the floor with dice and cash in plain view. It is obvious that they have been illegally gambling, but the cop hasn't actually seen them doing it. So, he turns to the priest ans says, "Father, have you been gambling?" The priest says a quick Hail Mary, then says, "No." The cop turns to the minister and says, "Reverend, have you been gambling?. The minister says a short prayer asking Jesus for forgiveness, then he also denies gambling.

Frustrated, he asks the rabbi if he has been gambling. The rabbi responds, "With whom?"

I heard a number of such jokes when I was growing up. They were pretty mild, but they often played softly with stereotypes. The priest was generally earnest and a little naive. The rabbi was usually clever and a little more worldly.

It is hard to imagine a little joke like this getting through the din of vulgarity in the modern world.

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