The Doctrine of Getting Toned

Posted in Spam, wonderful spam on July 26th, 2006 by bill

Some spam lobber calling himself “Dino” got me with an email subject-lined “please be discreet.” How could I not open it? Here’s what I found inside:

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A quick snapshot

Posted in Picture du jour on July 25th, 2006 by bill

from eariler today, as I ate my sandwich at the kosher deli on Lakeshore: a guy in a colorful yarmulke behind the counter, whistling along to “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” on the radio.

A few words from somebody I never heard of before

Posted in A few words from Lao Tzu (or someone like him) on July 16th, 2006 by bill

But they seem to be on to something:

What guarantee is there that the five senses, taken together, do cover the whole of possible experience? They cover simply our actual experience, our human knowledge of facts or events. There are gaps between the fingers; there are gaps between the senses. In these gaps is the darkness which hides the connection between things…. This darkness is the source of our vague fears and anxieties, but also the home of the gods. They alone see the connections, the total relevance of everything that happens; that which now comes to us in bits and pieces, the “accidents” which exist only in our heads, in our limited perceptions.

—Idris Parry, “Kafka, Rilke, and Rumplestiltskin”

A few words from Douglas Adams

Posted in A few words from Lao Tzu (or someone like him) on July 15th, 2006 by bill

The universe, as has been observed before, is an unsettlingly big place, a fact which for the sake of a quiet life most people tend to ignore.

Many would happily move to somewhere rather smaller of their own devising, and this is what most beings in fact do.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Lonely Dog Triptych

Posted in Picture du jour on July 7th, 2006 by bill


A few words from Alan Watts

Posted in A few words from Lao Tzu (or someone like him) on July 5th, 2006 by bill

As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being. If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched, and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable?

But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much more interested in what’s happening now.” How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such a fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself as anything less than a god? And, when you consider that this incalculably subtle organism is inseparable from the still more marvelous patterns of its environment—from the minutest electrical designs to the whole company of galaxies—how is it conceivable that the incarnation of all eternity can be bored with being?

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are