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Or Kill Me / Re: How to Use a Toilet
« on: Today at 10:27:34 am »
JIGGLE THE HANDLE :Lulz:

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Speaking of procrastination, I went and saw this lady speak last week: http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/fykny6/patricia-churchland

Oh, she's GOOD.

She really, REALLY is. Someone asked her whether she was concerned that neuroscience was sucking the mystery out of life, and she just cocked her head and said, kind of wistfully, "You know, people ask about the mystery and I think about all the people I've known with schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, Huntington's Disease, Parkinson's, muscular dystrophy, bipolar disorder... what were you saying about 'mystery'?"

Hear, hear!

People who think the mystery of life can be dispelled by learning things are either pitiably misguided or have incredibly small imaginations.

Imagine all of human knowledge as a big sphere, and the outer edge of that sphere is mystery. When you expand human knowledge, you push the surface of that sphere further outward. This increases the surface area of the sphere, thereby increasing the total amount of mystery.

You can pretend I'm smoking a clove cigarette and sipping a latte while I say the above statement.

  Swans Commentary swans.comDecember 31, 2014  
 

 

Perspectives: A Review of 2014

 

"Lanterninosofia" the Philosophy of Small Lanterns
 
 

by Guido Monte

 

Multilingual Poetry

 

Translation by Adele Ward

 

Verses inspired by "Lanterninosofia" and "Non conclude" ("it does not end") by Pirandello

 

 

(Swans - December 31, 2014)  

darkness doesn't exist?
we people feel alive,
a feeling like a small lamp
which lights us up inside; the moment
our last breath arrives,
and the perpetual night of being is here
for us, burnt out and remote fireflies
in the darkness of time.

the small lamps have so many colours
and a common colour for each age;
red was the great lantern of pagan virtue,
violet, that of christian virtue.
because of this, many still get from the church
oil for their small lanterns.
but sometimes the wind
even puts out large lanterns.
and then the small lanterns swing around.
they turn back or cry
like abandoned ants, like nowadays.
darkness and confusion,
with the large lanterns extinguished!

in its own way the small lantern shows us
only shadows of strange ghosts,
at which we can be frightened or laugh.
but what if even darkness is a trick?
and if the lantern going out
is only a way to re-enter
the eternal stream of being,
into a life that is universal
and without an end
to everything?

in the flow you no longer have a name;
"names are for the dead,
who have finished".
the ones who live are the tree,
new leaves, a cloud, a book, the wind,
all the fresh things from dawn,
clouds mountains air sky.
blades of grass, a donkey, assorted fields:
you are reborn every moment in things.
the sound of bells: instant death
to be reborn again, without memories;
alive, no longer inside yourself,v but "all on the outside",
in the outside of things.
 

 

Adele Ward is a poet, novelist, and co-owner of Ward Wood Publishing in London.
 


 

     
 

Care about Guido's work? Then please consider a donation. Thank you.

     
 

Legalese.
This material is copyrighted, Guido Monte 2014. All rights reserved

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I'm sorry for your loss Cainad. Much love and condolences to the family.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: Today at 09:50:15 am »
-Something with a race of robotic beings that evolved from Von Neumann Probes sent out by an ancient and long vanished alien civilization

EDIT:
also...
-A baseball umpire or other sports referee who makes a lot of bad calls turns out to be an avatar of Azathoth. Or perhaps it turns out that all baseball umpires and miscellaneous sports referees are avatars of Azathoth. Certainly referees and Azathoth are the only classes of beings that routinely get called "blind idiot"s

- protagonist becomes Azathoth, realizing that the miniature alien crafts are flying american flags.  Upon understanding that he both fornicated with, and also murdered some of his progenitors, our hero physically blinds himself, accidentally, only losing one eye.


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I wonder if accelerating by sling-shot with gravity is essentially like trying to travel by car without turning the direction opposite, or distal, to the driver's side.  Like trying to get home only making left turns in right-hand traffic: good times.

I think using only left turns in right-hand traffic could be used to get home as long as the roads are built in a way that allows you to spiral out from your current destination to the exact distance out that your home is (I feel like this wasn't very clear, or that there was some sort of flaw in the way I described this. I can't put my finger on it though). A grid-like road system could be viable for that.

As I reach the half-way mark in this response, your statement is starting to seem more and more rhetorical. In-fact, it's starting to seem like a form of mockery and disparagement. So, before I continue, can you explain its relevance?
I was just driving some distance, noticing how the spiral was common for changing elevation/velocity, say highways to street, with the latter instead favoring slower traffic and more turns.  This, extrapolates to space travel and it occurred to me that we might be doing it wrong.  The question then is in what direction do we turn to better travel through space/time?  Funny or rhetorical as the question may be, this does not make it invalid IMHO.

If I understand you correctly, you're referring to the fact that we loop our equipment around cosmic bodies/planets to get places far away. That said, considering that modern space travel techniques and astrophysics aren't my specialty, I must also assume that you are implying that we use the "slow traffic - more turns" approach, in which we loop around each body several times, and we do so around more bodies than you think is necessary.

I think you might be on to something, but I can see a possible explanation as to why we still use the method that I assume we do: If we use smaller loops around more bodies, we are a bit more certain on the affects on our equipment from the gravitational pull. If we get out further away from the bodies and loop less, we might be able to be more direct with our travel, but we also run the risk of running into less predictable gravitational fields. I assume, if you're speaking on this level, that you're familiar with the Lagrangian Points for cosmic bodies. I'm not sure on the complexity of the trips our equipment is taking, but I'd guess that based on your conclusion, our equipment's trips are tending to avoid specific Lagrangian points (I actually forget how all of them work. I only remember the basics of a few). But, my idea is, if we skip bodies to loop around, and get further away from the larger bodies, we get into zones that have smaller cosmic bodies that have more intense Lagrangian Points. As I understand it, the smaller the body, or the smaller the gravitational pull, the more contrasting the Lagrangian points and gravitational zones can be. Moving across two small bodies' Lagrangian points can be more dangerous to our momentum than if we moved across two large bodies' gravitational zones or Lagrangian Points. But then you have to factor in distance between the bodies as well if you want to determine the strength of the points. I think this way due to the fact that a Black Hole the size of the Earth would rip you apart as you were sucked in. But a Black Hole the size of the one in the middle of our galaxy would keep you fully in-tact. This happens because the difference in gravitational acceleration as you get closer to a smaller body is a steeper ramp up than with a larger body's gravitational acceleration. As I type this, I wonder if that may be what they use to get the faster momentum increases when launching our equipment around a body. Send it by the right Lagrangian points of smaller cosmic bodies and you can get a massive momentum increase. But it would be sporadic. Send it by a set of larger cosmic bodies' Lagrangian points and you would get less of an increase in momentum, but the direction would be more stable and predictable. Also, let's not forget that direction around these points and fields is a MASSIVE factor.

Ideally, I think, if we got better at directing our equipment and predicting gravitational acceleration changes in the gravitational zones of far-away bodies, I think we could get faster at looping and space travel. Also, it might be wise to bring up the effects of Time Dilation on the amount of time it takes for our equipment to travel. Keeping it by large gravitational fields affects the passing of time for the equipment more strongly than do the small gravitational fields. But, I'm getting to the edge of my knowledge now, considering I don't know how to factor in the gravitational acceleration curve with Time Dilation.

If this was not your direction, then please specify. I haven't talked about this stuff in years, and when it interests me like this, I get into long, drawn out rants that become hard to understand due to the amount of tangents I make. I'm pretty sure I've got ADHD or something.
It's been quite awhile since I've tried to take into account that many factors. I hate labor jobs. They make me forget all the fun I had doing things with my brain.

And I'd say I feel like an asshole for hijacking this thread, but LuciferX started it.   :eek:
I'll read this after you watch Tomorrowland, how bout that?

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: Today at 09:19:12 am »
It was an infinite seesaw.

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I wonder if accelerating by sling-shot with gravity is essentially like trying to travel by car without turning the direction opposite, or distal, to the driver's side.  Like trying to get home only making left turns in right-hand traffic: good times.

I think using only left turns in right-hand traffic could be used to get home as long as the roads are built in a way that allows you to spiral out from your current destination to the exact distance out that your home is (I feel like this wasn't very clear, or that there was some sort of flaw in the way I described this. I can't put my finger on it though). A grid-like road system could be viable for that.

As I reach the half-way mark in this response, your statement is starting to seem more and more rhetorical. In-fact, it's starting to seem like a form of mockery and disparagement. So, before I continue, can you explain its relevance?
I was just driving some distance, noticing how the spiral was common for changing elevation/velocity, say highways to street, with the latter instead favoring slower traffic and more turns.  This, extrapolates to space travel and it occurred to me that we might be doing it wrong.  The question then is in what direction do we turn to better travel through space/time?  Funny or rhetorical as the question may be, this does not make it invalid IMHO.

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I wonder if accelerating by sling-shot with gravity is essentially like trying to travel by car without turning the direction opposite, or distal, to the driver's side.  Like trying to get home only making left turns in right-hand traffic: good times.

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Eh, clearly it's par for the adversarial curse because I actually enjoyed trying to show that Ternary Terrence segment to someone today - though I have no idea what OP's point may have been in the first place - that, and my target's rate of recognition was dubious, obviously.
Terrence can be worthwile, I usually like his stuff.
That spammer was a waste of pixels though.
Yea, I feel like he is really trying to get to something in those talks.  Mr. Morphogenenic field plays umpire, Ralph pitches and Terrence hits.  (Baseball is to me growing slightly more intelligible)

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Eh, clearly it's par for the adversarial curse because I actually enjoyed trying to show that Ternary Terrence segment to someone today - though I have no idea what OP's point may have been in the first place - that, and my target's rate of recognition was dubious, obviously.

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I really enjoyed all the /_/ltron talk, never got to see Ex Machina, yet.  Survived some hail and flash floods today, all while balancing on the tightrope of a significantly large "routine" disruption.  Overall good; difficulties logged under "team-building" exercises, even better.  This is my best apostolic.

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We taught the Israelis who taught you guys everything they know.

I have research sitting right in front of me from a former CIA officer (who worked in Afghanistan during the 80s, no less) and psychiatrist who says foreign policy, unfair targeting and demonisation/valourisation are the main factors in radicalization.  So of course the official papers from the local educational authority mention ONLY Muslims, encourage teachers to snitch on them and to challenge their beliefs.  Oh, and brings up ISIS.

Yeah, great going.  :x

There is probably a formula somewhere that renders the relation between generated radicals and funds available for spending.  The problem with this system is how hard it is to break.  If you don' t report anyone, then you must be one of them; reporting the wrong person eventually leads to radicalization of the same, and so forth...  Probably the best solution (ICTO, ATM) is to attack the personal lives of legislators, nullifying their moral equity at home without invoking foreign policy.  Thing is, theres always someone ready to take their place.  The final solution would be to re-arrange the offending value-system, and we know how well that always goes.  :(

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Your insolence is being reported to Il Galateo.
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Which Mexican warlord is he again?

He's the one commanding Generals Samuel Jackson and Raging Erection.

He's the one aggressively trying to push pistachio flavoured ice-cream onto the defenceless Mexican public.

:lulz: :lulz:


Eh, he is a, like e, the English, of e de Queen


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