adiaforon

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Keep young and beautiful

In my unadulterated opinion, Annie Lennox is a talented musician. I’ve followed her off and on since the 80s when she was with Eurythmics, and really started to pay more attention to her in the early 90s, when she started going solo. Diva was her first solo album, and I wore that tape out when I bought it in the record stores.

This little number, from Diva,  I always thought kind of humorous, if not prescient:

Red Pill stuff that is, in a lighthearted way. Of course, Ms. Lennox is far past her prime, but I still highly respect her for what a friend of mine has called “essence.” He’s applied this to older women whom he believes are able to transcend their pettiness and solipsism.

Of course, I had the hots for Ms. Lennox in her Eurythmics days, with the short haircut. I once dated a woman four years older than I was many years ago who could have been a dead ringer for Lennox, but with glasses. That relationship didn’t end well.

Just remember, girls, keep young and beautiful . . . or else, bring something else to the table if you want to be loved and leave the fucking feminism at home.

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Status of the blog

I’m now at the halfway point for this blog and I confess that I’ve not written all that much. Doing this blog is an idea, pure and simple, and someplace where I hope I can contribute something more worthwhile than other blogs out there.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been immersing myself in the subjects of peak oil, sustainability, and an uncertain future of diminishing energy. This takes time and I think I’ve found something where I can cut my teeth with new thoughts. Stay tuned.

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Those of us who remember watching TV in the 70s and early 80s will remember M*A*S*H. Mostly funny, it had some poignant moments that, at the time, seemed to hit harder than the would now.

Now, the theme song, in its entirety.

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The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

H. L. Mencken

Well, at least he doesn’t seem to have the “girls” problem yet

I found this just now while putzing around for information for a job interview I have tomorrow.

I have to give the kid kudos. I think I might subscribe to his blog and YouTube channel if I remember it. So much other shit to worry about just now with reading and processing peak oil and transitional living. More to follow on that in future posts.

I do have a twinge of envy, though. This is something that I might have been inclined to do when I was his age. But, the tools didn’t exist back then, which was in the mid-80s. Gawd . . . that seems like ages ago. I also was more in the throes of hormones and being cloistered in suburbia. I didn’t start down my road to philosophy until I was around 18 or so. Three years CAN make a huge difference, with some things.

Good job, dude. Keep up the good work and make sure that you’re reading, learning, and talking with like-minded others.  This will be a long journey for you — and likely a lonely one.

Here’s his first YouTube:


 

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In the modern civilization of media and fashion, an atmosphere concoction of cosmetics, pornography, consumerism, illusion, addiction, and prostitution reigns for which the baring and depiction of breasts is typical. In the commodity world, it seems that nothing functions without them anymore. Everyone speculates cynically on the addictive reflexes of others. With everything that is supposed to look lifelike and arouse desires, they are present, as the universal ornamentation to itself with laughing forms. Sexism? If only it were so simple. Advertising and pornography are special cases of modern cynicism, which knows that power must make its way through ideals and that the dreams and addictions of others can be simultaneously stimulated and frustrated in order to achieve one’s own ends. Politics is not only the art of the possible, as has been said, but just as much the art of seduction. It is the chocolate side of power that assumes first, that order must prevail and, second, that the world wants to be deceived.

Peter Sloterdijk, Critique of Cynical Reason, p. 147

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Oh, I tell ya . . . if Cappy wasn’t doing his blog and dispensing (sane) economic advice, he could do stand-up or work on XM Satellite Radio on the 80s at 8.

I was listening to his one podcast here and loved what he had to say about “Boomer meat markets.” It’s a perfect moment to post this early 80s song by Asia. It’s quite the ‘sphere song for those of us “of a certain age.”

Key lines are the last stanza:

And when your looks are gone and you’re alone,
How many nights you sit beside the phone?
What were the things you wanted for yourself?
Teenager visions you remember well.

I’m sure, if ideology weren’t the way it is nowadays, this would be the vast majority of divorced Boomer women. You could even update it for we Gen Xers in ten years.

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My mission is to kill time, and time’s to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers.

E. M. Ciroan

The Zeitgest Movement

I really, really do love YouTube sometimes. I’ve gone from a lukewarm casual viewer when it started back in 2006 (and I really did love those Dave Chappelle and cute kitten/puppy vids), to a “this is the ONLY thing that I’m likely to watch video-wise on my computer” phase. I don’t own a TV and never will, either. If only this shit existed back 20 years ago!

Speaking of shit, the Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) is really good shit. Some of you (especially my non-American viewers) might be aware of it already, since this is the sort of thing that non-Americans would pay attention to as a matter of course.

First, read the mission statement from the homepage.

Second, watch the three films, the earliest of which is from 2007.

Next, for a counterbalance, read something from Richard Stallman.

Finally, listen to Peter Joseph’s amazing marimba version of a J.S. Bach piece that set me down the path to enjoying classical music at age 17.

I won’t spend time and energy describing TZM here. That’s what the websites and films are for. Though I do have some reservations about the movement itself, as does Stallman and other Net luminaries, I really have to give Peter Joseph credit for bringing this to the mainstream. Indeed, as the ‘sphere sets out to do in some quarters, the task before us is to adopt a new way of doing things, because the old one ain’t workin’ anymore. “Reform” is really just patching.

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SWikipedia: S is the nineteenth letter in the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

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You know how both life and porno movies end. The only difference is life starts with the orgasm.

Chuck Palahniuk

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