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  1. Gilding the Lily

    by , 10-17-2014 at 07:22 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I have wondered about tattoos and similar things that distract, or detract, from someone’s personal appearance. I suppose that people who are especially ugly have good reason for wanting people to look at the eighty five piercings, rather noticing that you are uglier than a deformed warthog, But I have noticed otherwise not bad looking people with tattoos and/ or piercings. I realize that these things are fashions, and that a fair number of people have only a piercing through the septum, so that ...

    Updated 10-19-2014 at 10:15 AM by PeterL

  2. An explosive prodigality


    The following prose-poem arose is a result of reading a review of The Book of Disquiet published posthumously in 1982 as I was beginning that portion of my life north of the tropic of Capricorn in Australia. The work is by Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935). It is a fragmentary lifetime project which was left unedited by the author. He introduced his book as a "factless autobiography."1

    This volume was reviewed by George Steiner in The ...

    Updated 10-15-2014 at 01:20 AM by Ron Price

  3. Judging

    by , 10-14-2014 at 04:54 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    It is rather common to hear comments criticizing people for being "judgmental". That came to mind yesterday, and I thought about it for a while. I decided that there is nothing wrong with judging.

    Consider that we have to make value decisions about people and things constantly. If we didn't, then something would kill us rather soon. Granted there are different sorts of judging, but the basic deciding factor is the same. Whether we are determining the value of an idea or ...
  4. Through The Walls

    by , 10-14-2014 at 12:17 PM (Barmy Blue's Bland Blog)
    Eerie and annoying.
    Alternative title The Leak.
    Alternative alternative title Happy Day After Smile Day.

    I baked a strawberry-chocolate-princess-pink-marshmallow-shimmer-glimmer-berry-cake.
    Or alternatively a chocolate cake with pink strawberry icing decorated with mini marshmallows, a heart marshmallow, strawberry glimmer crunch cake topping things, little chocolate chunks and little chocolate hearts.
    I was very sad so I decided to bake the cake and top ...

    Updated 10-14-2014 at 12:40 PM by Bluebiird

  5. Self- Delusion for Your Own Good

    by , 10-10-2014 at 09:21 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Remain calm. All actions are futile.

    We all know in our subconscious minds that there is no hope, and that everything is predetermined, so our actions and decisions are predetermined, so we might as well not do anything. Yes, life is completely pointless, except as a tool for DNA to develop more complicated organisms. We are all in the same position as the character on The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut who produced a replacement part for the Tralfamadorians by a series of acts ...

    Updated 10-10-2014 at 09:28 AM by PeterL