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Apple Talk / Galatea
« on: September 16, 2011, 04:20:08 pm »
They got the story wrong.  They usually do, but they don't usually screw them up this badly.

It's a beautiful story,if you look at it right.  A man imagines his ideal mate. creates her form with his own hands. and his love and faith are enoug to bring her to life.  Stone to living, breathing flesh, to happy ever after.

We'll ignore the "no woman is perfect, you have to build one to find one" implication.

That's not how it happens, though.

I loved him, you see, but he never felt the same way about me.  I was stupid enough to keep on loving him, keep on hoping, month after month, year after year.

That's how a living,breathing heart gets turned to stone.

High Weirdness / 40 Million Year Old Sex Act, Caught in Amber!
« on: September 16, 2011, 03:16:38 am »
Finding a couple of mites actually doing the nasty as they get caught in a blob of tree sap is apparently pretty exciting.

Or Kill Me / Losing With Grace and Dignity
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:10:57 pm »
They tell me that the sign of a great person is the ability to lose with grace and dignity.  I've been thinking about that a lot, lately, and trying to work my way past the hurt, and the pain, and the rage.

Well, the game is over.  I didn't think of it as a game, I never did...  I never thought there'd be a "winner" and a "loser" in this.  I meant it when I said "forever," and you didn't.


Maybe you meant it, but, in my world, "forever" doesn't mean "until some slut comes along and waves her tits in my face."  But, hey, if that's what you wanted, well, then, that's what you've got, now.

You've got a girl who would cheat on her man to grab somebody with a bigger paycheck.  And she's got a man who'd cheat on his wife.  And me, I got left with nothing.

You know what?

After due consideration, I don't think I need to lose with grace and dignity... because I didn't lose anything worth losing, after all.

Aneristic Illusions / Ron Paul
« on: September 14, 2011, 10:29:38 pm »
Y'all have heard about this one, yes?  At the Teabagger debate, Ron Paul was asked about a hypothetical young man who decided not to buy health insurance, wound up in a coma, and needed medical attention.  He was asked if he should just be allowed to die, or be treated and, if treated who should pay.  The crowd yelled out that he should be allowed to die, and not a single politician said shit.  Ron Paul waffled, but, essentially said that individuals should pay for their own health care, or that churches should take up the slack.

Here's an interesting bit of trivia.  Ron Paul's campaign manager for his 2008 presidential campaign, Kent Snyder, apparently could not obtain medical insurance from his employer (Ron Paul), and, as a result, died owing $400,000 in medical bills...

Apple Talk / Hope
« on: September 14, 2011, 10:08:50 pm »
Once upon a time.  (That's how all stories are supposed to start, isn't it, children?)  Once upon a time, there was a woman.  Some say she was the first.  Some say she was created by the gods as a punishment upon mankind.  It si said that the gods loaded her down wight gifts, but nobody seems to know what most of those gifts were.  Some say they were gifts to "seduce" men, but then, theo nes telling the story are mostly men, and hearing a man blame women for his own weakness is hardly anything new, is it?  (Yeah, women do it, too, but how often do you hear that a MAN is the root of all evil in the world?)

Anyway, however she got it, this particular woman had one particular gift.  It was given to her, but some asshat told her, "It's all yours, but, whatever you do, don't open the damn thing."

Yeah, like THAT was going to work out. Give any monkey a box, sooner or later, it's going to get opened.  Tell that monkey NOT to open it, and the lid will be off the minute your back is turned.

(I know, you've heard the story.  Shut up and listen, or fuck off.)
So, eventually, she opened it.  She pulled the lid off the jar, or box, or whatever it was, and all the evils in the world flew out.  The little ones were first.  "Light" evil.  Jaywalking in front of oncoming traffic and making you slam on the brakes.  Talking in the movie theater.  Giving away spoilers for the book you haven't read, yet.  The petty shit that drives you buggy.  Then bigger stuff, and bigger.  By the time the woman got her shit together enough to slam the lid back on, some pretty big shit was out in the world.  Rape, murder, the big guns.

Then she heard a voice from the box.  It was beautiful, and begged for her to let it out, too.  So, like any decent horror story, the stupid bimbo opened the box and let out the last thing.

According to the story, that last thing was "Hope."  The story says it got shoved in the box to make all that evil bearable, sort of an apology, "Oops, we let her turn the world to shit, here, this will make it so you don't jump off the nearest bridge."


Here's the truth.  What settles to the bottom of a big box of evil isn't bright and shiny.  Oh, it was hope, all right.  It's that beautiful voice that whispers in your ear that everything is going to be fine and wonderful.  You've heard it.

"Just work harder, you'll get that promotion you deserve, it won't go to the chick down the hall just because she's blowing the boss.  She doesn't actually do any WORK around here..."

"Keep on buying those lottery tickets, sooner or later ONE of them will hit, and you can stop eating Ramen noodles."

"If you just have the house PERFECT, and don't say anything to make him angry, he won't hit you any more."

"Love him enough, love him HARD enough, and he'll feel the same way.  Just keep trying, never mind anybody else."

You've heard it.

It's full of shit...  And sometimes, it's the biggest fucking evil of them all.

Literate Chaotic / Incubus
« on: September 13, 2011, 02:36:58 pm »
Limbs entwined, breath mingling,
Soft sounds. Yours. Mine. Ours.
Spiraling, control abandoned.
Rising. Reaching.
Something shining, just out of reach,




Apple Talk / I Believe
« on: September 13, 2011, 01:10:13 am »
I believe that people are basically decent,
     But then some asshole will fuck with your life,
          Just because he can.
I believe the people are basically bastards,
     But someone will be there when you need him,
          Just because.
I believe life gives everyone what they deserve,
     But sometimes terrible shit happens,
          And nobody understands why.
I believe life is chaos, one random thing after another,
     but sometimes when you lose something precious,
          You find something better.
I believe that believing in anyone just leaves you open to hurt,
I believe that believing in no one is a terribly lonely way to live.

In short, I believe we're pretty much all fucked, no matter what.

Techmology and Scientism / Genetic computing?
« on: September 03, 2011, 01:11:04 pm »
I hadn't heard about this...  They've apparently managed to create something that will hunt down and kill specific cancer cells.  (It doesn't get 'em ALL, and they haven't figured out how to get the things safely inside a human, so, not a cure, but...)

Techmology and Scientism / Wind Power
« on: September 03, 2011, 11:13:09 am »
Well, at least SOMEBODY is doing the research.

Japan has apparently developed a new wind turbine that will (at least in theory) TRIPLE the output of windmills, making wind power cheaper than nuclear.

Apple Talk / What the blazing fuck...
« on: August 29, 2011, 11:17:06 pm »
Two young adult siblings, now 20 and 23, sue their mother for "bad mothering."  These kids, raised in a $1.5 million home by their attorney father (who, not incidentally, acted as their lawyer) requested over $50,000 for such horrible acts as:

...she failed to buy toys for one and sent another a birthday card he didn’t like.

The alleged offenses include failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then 7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, "haggling" over the amount to spend on party dresses and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.

What really boggles me isn't so much that the father is using the kids as a personal "fuck you" to their mom (she filed for divorce in 1995), but the fact that it took TWO YEARS for a judge to throw this shit out of court.

Techmology and Scientism / NASA records the death of a star
« on: August 29, 2011, 10:57:54 pm »
YouTube recording of what they're thinking is a star being destroyed by a black hole...

Aneristic Illusions / If true, interesting...
« on: August 29, 2011, 10:35:00 pm »
It's an op-ed piece, no idea how accurate these charts are.  Interesting, if true.

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