Archives for November 2013

Thanksgiving: Reason for the Season

I follow Twinfamy because he’s a clever writer who inspires me. He’s a father, husband, and a scholar. He gives me a lot of hope and reminders that it is attainable, and helps me to stop making excuses not to try.

And his post about Thanksgiving is a good reminder to take note of the people you’re with and be thankful for what you have.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Reflections on Indifference

Recently I posted a recap of the Pearl Jam show I went to. It naturally has gotten me reminiscing and reflecting on what effect their music has had on me.

Reflections on Indifference

Beat Down
I will light the match this morning, so I won’t be alone
Watch as she lies silent, for soon light will be gone
Oh I will stand arms outstretched, pretend I’m free to roam
Oh I will make my way, through, one more day in…hell

How much difference does it make
How much difference does it make…

I will hold the candle, till it burns up my arm
I’ll keep takin’ punches, until their will grows tired
Oh I will stare the sun down, until my eyes go blind
Hey I won’t change direction, and I won’t change my mind

how much difference does it make
how much difference…

I’ll swallow poison, until I grow immune
I will scream my lungs out till it fills this room

How much difference
How much difference does it make…

 Scream

 

This song is dark and sad, but at the same time, it captures the edge of perseverance. It harnesses the tenacious hope that enduring suffering will lead to winning and overcoming. ‘I’ll keep taking the beatings until they tire and give up.’ I will keep getting up. I will cry out until I’m heard. I will swallow poison until it doesn’t effect me anymore…

Not much of a strategy, but sometimes it’s all I have, and it’s better than doing nothing. (I’ve also done plenty of nothing, and it was a terrible decision every time.)

 

Suffering – Meaning = Despair (Viktor Frankl)

Just a cool picture I saw

sick fearless bastard

Not too far removed from my cat…

Impressions from Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt Tour

Once upon a time, I could control myself

My first take on Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt Tour in Los Angeles

My wife wanted to go see Pearl Jam. After a long and “very rigid search” for tickets, we made it in.

Keep on rockin' in the free world...

Our view during the last encore

I’ve been a fan for so long I was excited to see them. I will write more later but I just had to revel in the nostalgia a bit.

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A great evening in conversation

Friday night I needed to get myself in a place where I could think, read, and get in a good conversation. Not a club, or the average lounge (which to me is just a club with places to sit), but a place where conversation can thrive and people can…just be.

Define that for me

Now isn’t that INTERESTING

 

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Extinction of whiteness?

This blogger asks the question, “Is the extinction of whiteness avoidable?”

Forgive me if I’m stating the obvious, but…of course it is. White people just need to stop opting to not have families. If they continue to choose to stay single in larger numbers, abort themselves in larger numbers, and prevent themselves from reproducing, OF COURSE they’ll fizzle out.

I don’t think this is a problem for the human race. There are plenty of other groups that still like having kids.

If, as Russell Peters said it, everyone ends up being beige in a few hundred more years, so be it. 😉

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Sharp as a bowling ball

Why I love talking with philosophers

I have come to accept that I am unusual in some ways.

Isn't that interesting

Hmm…say more about that

For example, I tend not to order the same entree or beverage more than once (I like changes.) I like fringe nerd movies, ice cream in the dead of winter (and in the middle of the night), and They Might Be Giants.

But one of the weirdest things about me is that I love talking about the topics that are banned in some households: politics and religion. And who loves talking about those more than philosophers?

Yes, philosophers–those people who correct your syntax and question your questions without blinking. Lesser men find it maddening, running from the table screaming…or laughing. There was a time when I thought, “Hey, who doesn’t like talking about this stuff, really?” But I have since come to realize I am strange in this regard. So be it. There are other strange people out there, united in one discord.

Here are my reasons why I love talking to philosophers, and find it refreshing.

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Revisiting great books: Possibility of Metaphysics

I’m working on getting back to reading things I love, as well as books that are very helpful, useful, and recommended to me. I believe it’s necessary to inspire me on and focus on the future.

One such book is The Possibility of Metaphysics. I love how Lowe is brash but efficient with his words, and that he gives a wake up call to the rebirth and reality of Metaphysical philosophical enterprise.

Stay tuned for notes… 😉

Reflecting on sense

“Isn’t that interesting…”

Mind is a Parachute

“Your mind is like a parachute.”

–Andy Argyris

It only works when it opens

Your Mind is a Parachute

Like a parachute, it works when it’s open. It saves you’re life when it opens. It turns your enemies (gravity, wind resistance) into your best friends.

If it stays closed, you will perish.

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A cool blog I stumbled across

I was looking for a link on Richard Dawkins’ self-contradictory missives against purpose in the universe, and came across this blog, With All I Am, by Prayson Daniel. He ends this particular post thusly:

I am officially banned from Dawkins’ Website Discussion for pointing Dawkins’ Self-Delude Logic, Don’t Feed A Troll is their Motto; “You don’t have the ability to comment” And they call themselves Truth-Seeker. I beg to differ, Dawkins-Discussion is no better than a religious cult! Say something different and you are out.

Don’t worry, Mr. Daniel. Every negative opens up a positive. Dawkins’ moderators don’t have to honor the same rights they reserve for themselves in order for you to still possess those rights.