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":" ___:____ |"\/"| ,' `. \ / | O \___/ | ~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~ 6-4-19 Because I'm overoptimistic Because life is nasty, brutish, and short Because I'm a grim realist Because maybe then it will fit Because I feel more than ever Because it's beautiful Because I don't care what anyone thinks and they'll respect me for it dammit Because I don't understand myself Because 5-14-19 When you hold a straw Everything needs to be slurped Confirmation bias 4-1-19 Seas rise, levees break Bees dead, water bad, fish gone Milkmen must retrain -- Theme: Gratitude 3-28-19 Late night visitor Soft voice, accuse and threaten Tact is subjective 3-27-19 Caught in the moment Lead by counterexample Value in hindsight 3-26-19 Happiness is fine Unpredictable at best Give thanks regardless 3-25-19 Cracked joints, creaky bones Three lashes across the face Pain blossoms to life -- 3-24-19 Poop out a haiku Do the minimum required Success is ensured 3-23-19 Man trips on sidewalk Plant fails to meet earnings goal A cause and effect 3-22-19 As the tree hit her from behind she didn't have time to react she folded forwards, forced by impact Her life didn't flash before her eyes Her arm felt heavy and weightless she remembered the things she still wanted to do but hadn't made time for yet Whether or not it had been enough became irrelevant under the weight of what was -- Form should never come at the expense of function. The two can coexist, but everything needs to have a purpose. You can intentionally keep a feature set limited, but the primary reason to do this would be to maintain focus on the core capability of the product, not to ensure that the product is beautiful. -- "Basically, everything out there is binary in some way or another: dead or alive, blue or green, good or evil, one or many. Of course there can be a spectrum for any given binary pair, but ultimately every single thing falls into one camp or the other. Something could be on the verge of death, or comatose, but until they actually cross the plane they are still considered alive. Someone might commit an act that could be categorized as evil, but when it comes to labelling the person themselves it is a weighing of all their actions and the effects that they have. Some weight is given to intentions, but if there is an outsized evil impact sprung from good intentions then the person is finally categorized as evil. Do you follow me?" "Well yes, although I don't necessarily agree with your examples. Blue or green? There are lots of other colors!" "You could say the same thing about life or death, but it all comes down to definitions of terms. For example, would you consider a mushroom dead or alive? Under certain definitions of life, it would qualify, but under others it wouldn't. So your worldview is formed by the definitions that you acknowledge." "I can agree with that, but still... blue or green? What about a fire truck?" "Green." "How do you figure that?" "Well, it's not blue, so by my calculation that makes it green." "Why wouldn't the binary pair then just be blue and not blue?" "You can't just go around life creating your binary pairs based on negation. Something can't be defined by absence, it needs to be given identity." 3-15-19 This dude I met yesterday and his wife sold me some spinach leaves they taste very home grown they live in Elgin it was at the farmer's market but it didn't sound like they have a farm just a garden I say it this way because I talked to the guy first I don't want to discount the role his wife played in the growing of the spinach but she also seemed to defer to him on the spinach pricing so it kind of seemed like it was his deal the spinach itself is not particularly remarkable and I don't comparison shop on spinach so I'm not sure if the price was particularly high but it probably was compared to the grocery store however I like eating it more because I know that it came from a garden in Elgin 12-12-18 The turtle woke with a start. She had been dozing at the edge of the pond all afternoon, enjoying the warmth of the summer sun on her wrinkled head. She woke for no apparent reason, other than her turtle sense telling her that it was time to move. She did not give much thought to this sense and trusted it completely. Wading into the water she felt powerful, legs extending in a way reminicent of an engine revving up. She travelled by habit to her favorite feeding spot a quarter turn clockwise around the pond. The greens here were plentiful and tasty. She munched on them half at ease, one eye always towards the south end of the pond where the pike lived. Usually the pike did not attack turtles but one can never be too careful. The pike was not in a good mood. She rarely was. She had only eaten twice that day and was fairly pissed about it. She stayed deep on days like this, when the sun tended to reflect off her scales causing a dreadful disco ball effect. She was the only pike in this pond, a curiosity washed in as a roe from a neighboring pond via the storm drain. It was unlikely for her to exist at all yet there she was. She was unaware of her history but acutely aware of the circumstance. She was not capable of feeling lonely (or so she told herself) but it was pike mating season and she had a certain amount of sexual frustration. As a result, the other residents of the pond seems to be even more scarce than usual. She decided to take a lap around the perimeter, she thought that she felt the water current of a turtle .. 9-16-18 The man of the west uses all aspects of his environment Cactus boots are a resourceful way to keep his feet cool in the brutal sun The spines are used to poke out the eyes of his enemies Of which there are many in such an unforgiving place 9-5-18 When the well runs dry you must dig a new one Or fill the old one with water again Go to Walmart and buy the cheapest water in bulk that you can find Pour them all into your well Repeat as needed 9-1-18 The only two possible responses to slavery are to fight or accept it When fighting it means death, is the cost too high? Measurement of love is a complicated process It requires a complete brain scan and expert analysis Only then can you tell if someone loves you as much as you love them Faith too can be measured in this way It separates the saints from the false prophets But even if faith is real, this says nothing about the reality of God himself 8-31-18 I'm no herbivore, but that plant is not looking too good. Yeah you're right, it is looking kind of hungry. "Listen to your body" "the body wants" Look at this hand - is it yours? When you move the fingers Straighten the back Trace the outline of the nipple The past and future are imaginary Where does this lead you, hedonism or discipline? Even hedonists must exercise moderation, drawing a line before death In this way both camps are the same Eat two complementary foods but keep one on each side of mouth Focus your mind on chewing and tasting each one This is more efficient than eating it all separately, trust me 8-30-18 Cats are not trusted They are aliens with stockholm syndrome Untrainable and unknowable 8-29-18 He was in the habit of smoking a cigarette after getting home from work He had quit in the past and still considered himself clean It was always just one, highly regimented but still something to look forward to An almost military like habit in its limitation and continuity He found himself looking at the clock near the end of the day quite often His discipline in this practice was almost a source of pride 8-28-18 The first and last bites are the best Followed by the second and all in between If you drop the ice cream cone, did you still enjoy it? 8-27-18 A snail outgrowing its shell But too slow to change, and now stuck Sluggy mass pressing out on carapace, threatening to rupture We all have moments like this 8-26-18 Spoon to broth, gingerly testing Immediate flavor, back of jaw richness Eat slowly so as not to oversaturate In sharing, it's revealed - "Too much filé" Enjoyment still present but dampened 8-25-18 Leaves rustling outside. Light shined - nothing revealed. Nervousness about the night and its terrors. The cat at the window, searching with you and finding nothing. Suddenly, a bright naked tail, illuminated by moon and kitchen lights. Invasion by a possum hoping to exist.