February 15, 2017
Just learning something new everyday, it seems like there are just as many questions as answers out there…
- Got my Deadpool mask. Very pleased with it. Bit more difficult to see out of than I had hoped, but I’m getting more used to it. Here is a picture.
- I’ve been thinking over something I’ve observed lately. I call it the “Hurry Up and Wait” mentality. Basically I’ve noticed people have a tendency to take what they believe to be a faster approach that isn’t necessarily so. I’ve observed this in a number of cases where the time gained with the perceived faster approach doesn’t necessarily gain you much time in the long run and at best it provides more idle time that could be used to complete tasks more effective and efficiently. Might try to do a longer post about this at some point, trying to oversimplify it in a blurb here. I do think people get in such a hurry they don’t take the time to appreciate the progression or the steps.
- Tuesday was Valentine’s Day. Or Single’s Awareness Day. Or Lupercalia. I personally prefer Lupercalia. Those ancient fertility rituals are really a lost art. Always seemed like such a weird day that shouldn’t be necessary. Admittedly I did spend most of last Valentine’s Day resisting the urge to send my ex a topless picture of myself with the caption: “This could have been making you waffles today, but you’re a bitch and I don’t like Waffles.” Or something along those lines. One of my more douche-bag ideas as I processed things–might still do it someday. Point is, all a special day devoted to showing our love for one another proves is how much we have left to learn.
- I think back on a lot of the projects I wanted to start, but never really got a chance to. A lot of it would have been getting in touch with a more “redneck” side. I kinda took some steps in the direction–getting the chainsaw, some odd yard projects, kayaking, etc.–but there were a few more I still have yet to really parlay into. A lot of it is more dependent on getting into a more independent living arrangement. Right now, I don’t necessarily have the space or resources for getting a dog, ATVs, archery of some kind, livestock… all the other things I want to mess around with. I have a coworker who keeps suggesting I buy a gun, but I’m pretty meh about it. I’ve thought about it before, but it has never been something I’ve been terribly excited about. Point is, there’s a growing list of things I want to try but have yet to do and I’d like to start in on that.
November 17, 2016
I’ve started rereading Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein. I’ve read it all the way through two or three times, must have started it three or four more times. In the last week or two, I’ve come to start thinking about a lot of concepts that have been nagging at the back of my mind. The story is essentially that a man was born on Mars and raised by Martians, coming to Earth as a young man. As a result of being raised by Martians, Michael Smith follows their beliefs and practices, bringing strange abilities and philosophies with him to Earth. One of the early episodes of Star Trek in the 1960s–Charlie X–dealt with a similar premise and themes and was likely influenced by the novel.
The overarching philosophy of the story being grok, which sort of means to understand and know intuitively, as though it is a part of you. To drink of, I think is one of the more literal definitions in the novel. It is intentionally difficult to define, as it is designed as a Martian concept.
Mostly I’ve just been thinking about how… little of what’s going that people are able to grok. So many problems in the world seem to have a baseline in just failing to reach a deeper understanding of the world and how it functions. On this planet, there is a growing interconnectedness about our cultures that cannot be ignored and we’re going to have accept. You can resist, throw around ideas about making countries great again, but our concept of the world is changing everyday and you have to grok the things you don’t like about that as much as the things you do.
Politically, I think one of the biggest failures of our elected officials is to take too much of a… religious approach, for lack of a better term. So narrow they cannot fathom the connections they would see if they grokked the entirety of this country.
And this isn’t necessarily a global or a national thing, it can be a personal thing too. As I’ve said in the past, one of the more frustrating things about my break-up last year was her lack of personal responsibility–just one more brief anecdote about LMCBW. A lot of the issues with us could have been resolved by simple efforts on her part to grok our situation as one of equals. I like to think I understood her better than she wants to admit, albeit not perfectly. I made mistakes and I take responsibility for them. I’ve been wrong about some stuff, but I do think I grokked the big things.
Point is, I’m going to try harder to take more responsibility. To realize how connected everything is and understand those connections. To grok the world around me.
July 16, 2016
I’m lying in bed right now, wearing this “Swole Wars” t-shirt I bought off of Flex Comics and I’m pondering the balance of life. Because what is more likely to get one thinking about balance than a fitness related spoof of Star Wars? In a lot of ways, I just feel like working out is a Jedi thing to do. Devoting and discipling yourself to bring balance the Force within yourself and around you. I’m also on a bit of a Star Wars kick the last few days.
As I lie here, I wonder about the balances of my own life. I’ve essentially overhauled my lifestyle to better focus on bringing about balance. Working out, eating better, drawing, writing… These are all part of that balance. I look and feel better than I have in a long time–having a weekend where I’m not working midnights, instead going in at 4am is helpful–and I hope to continue that pattern.
Just realizing the importance of being at balance and connected with the world. Creativity helps. So does solving problems. I’ve been in a self-imposed exile for the last year or so and I have used that time to better attune myself. I have learned and studied and pondered the arts I lacked mastery of–even if I have yet to take full advantage of those studies. I have waxed philosophically. I let go my anger.
And then there’s how people fit together… It can be amazing how the right people at the right time can bring about and maintain balance. In relation to this, I do find myself thinking about dating again. That’s something I’m going to be very conscious of, is how we fit together and balance each other out. While I am still sticking my decree of not dating until I’m done working midnights, I think the day is coming when I won’t be doing that anymore. There is someone I’m actually interested in and I may yet pursue that if the opportunity does present itself. However, balance and compatibility does maintain a presence in my mind. Not that the whole midnights thing–which is more a self-motivator to get done with a bad idea I never should have pursued in the first place–doesn’t negate that whole idea. The big thing is, where am I in my life? Where is she in hers? Does that fit together? How would that facilitate balance with both of us? Even bad ideas could have a good result in the end, I just want to make sure it is the right bad idea.