Category Archives: Musings

In A Bunch

“Intuition is the journey from A to Z without stopping at any other letter along the way. It is knowing without knowing why.”

“Do right by him, he’s a good guy. I wouldn’t be inside if it wasn’t for him.”
“No. No. Long Beach Mike is not your f@cking amigo, man. Long Beach Mike is a f@cking scumbag. He’s selling out his amigos. That’s what kind of a nice guy he f@cking is, alright?”

“Gradually trees became fewer, smaller, and less important. By the time the last fruit-bearing adult palm tree was cut, palms had long since ceased to be of economic significance. That left only smaller and smaller palm saplings to clear each year, along with other bushes and treelets. No one would have noticed the felling of the last small palm.”

“The new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

Deep Puppy Thoughts (Part 211)

Subtitle: ‘Perspectives’

Aside bit: Perspectives…you know, that’s the name of the post…oh, yeah…that’s funny…

Meaningful bit: So I’ve realized this a few times at least, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried to capture it here…basically the awesome nature of subjectivity. Everyone goes through their lives – I think, at least – thinking what they think, believing what they believe, feeling what they feel…and everyone thinks that their own beliefs and opinions are “right”, everyone else just “doesn’t quite get it.”

But think about it…every person that has ever lived has had a perception that was at least the tiniest fraction different from every other person that has ever lived.

So don’t be so sure that your perspective is always “the right one.” Because everyone thinks that, and everyone is wrong.

Tribute

“…The moment that he completed telling me the story, while my body convulsed in laughter and my eyes swelled with tears, I felt that I really knew all that there was to know about Al. Would you like to hear the story? *pause, applause* Well I’m not going to tell it. And this is why: just when I thought that I could see into Al’s heart, talent, and mind as though his soul were encased in glass, I was reminded the depth of truth holds more mystery and magic than any cover or deceit could feign.” – A friend’s quote on a class act.

Deep Emerson Thought

“The man of principle, that is, the man who, without any flourish of trumpets, titles of lordship or train of guards, without any notice of his action abroad, expecting none, takes in solitude the right step uniformly, on his private choice and disdaining consequences, does not yield, in my imagination, to any man.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson On War

http://www.bartleby.com/90/1105.html

“War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man.”

Deep Puppy Thoughts (Part 207)

Existence Vs. Non-Existence Of God?

That’s a Psych 101 Debate.

That’s someone who knows algebra sitting in a classroom of people learning addition and subtraction, and basking in their “superior” intellect.

That’s Khan mocking Kirk, taking the time to revel in how his “superior” intellect enabled him to escape Kirk’s initial victory – when in fact it was blind luck – and it was his “superior” arrogance that led to him losing to Kirk when any barely-adequate commander should have won with ease.

I mean, all you have to do in arguing against the existence of God is sit there and wait for positive evidence. You don’t have to produce ANY of your own; just sit there and pick apart the TINIEST flaw in any positive argument. Wow…brilliant.

Want to actually stretch your intellect, strive for new knowledge, for wisdom?

It’s called “philosophy”. Try it sometime.

Support Your Local Wikipedia

It can be a gateway to click after click of interesting subjects-related subjects. Take the following, for instance:

“You can see that man wants the impossible: He wants to lose his isolation and keep it at the same time. He can’t stand the sense of separateness, and yet he can’t allow the complete suffocation of his vitality. He wants to expand by merging with the powerful beyond that transcends him, yet he wants while merging with it to remain individual and aloof…”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terror_management_theory

Not Cowards OR Quite Unlike Wilkins And I

“A message was dispatched. You’ve broken the rule of silence.
Only in code, Commander. To inform our Praetor of this glorious mission.
Your carelessness might have *ended* this ‘glorious mission’. You’re reduced two steps in rank, return to post.

Take care, Commander. He has friends, and friends of his kind mean power. And power is danger.
*dismissively* Danger and I are old companions.
We’ve seen a hundred campaigns together, and still I do not understand you.
I think you do. No need to tell you what happens when we reach home with proof of the Earthmen’s weakness. And we will have proof. The Earth commander will follow, he must. And when he attacks, we will destroy him. Our gift to the homeland: another war.
If we are the stronger, is this not the signal for war?
Must it ALWAYS be so? How many comrades have we lost in this way?”

ST:TOS – ‘Balance Of Terror’

Deep Puppy Thoughts (Part 206)

“How did you know?
How did you know, Mr. Poole?
It’s true, of course.
I was thinking of filling my briefcase with the bank’s money.
Yes.
It’s a little dream of mine.
Have you ever had a dream, Mr. Poole? I have.
I don’t always plan on Bermuda though.
Sometimes, it’s Siam, Fiji…
Beautiful, exotic places where there are no books to keep.
Where I’m not a little man with no future and no past.
Yes, Mr. Poole, yes.
But I’ll never go through with it.
You know why? I’ve lived with it too long.
I’m old and set in my ways.
And besides, Mr. Poole, I guess I’m a coward.

“Don’t laugh at me!”
“I’m not laughing, Mr. Fortune. You’re not funny anymore.”

Thank you, good character-actor guy.

Beware Of Puppy

0:30-3:17

FAIR USE: CRITICISM – A very good clip from an erratic episode. Leonard Nimoy as Spock, in two words and a mild tone change, says everything that needs to be said in response.

Sometimes the strongest and purest emotions exist in the most unexpected places.

It’s not about being LOUD or silent or anywhere in between, it’s about being real. The first has no intrinsic connection to the second.

Call It

FAIR USE: CRITICISM – Well Done!

“We have here an unusual opportunity to appraise the human mind, or to examine, in Earth terms, the roles of good and evil in a man: his negative side, which you call hostility, lust, violence, and his positive side, which Earth people express as compassion, love, tenderness.

…and what makes one man an exceptional leader? We see indications that it’s his negative side which makes him strong; that his evil side, controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength.”

ST:TOS, ‘The Enemy Within’

How An Omnivore Can Object To The Dog Meat Trade

We didn’t spend tens of thousands of years teaching cows to trust, love, and live reciprocally with us. Dogs ACTIVELY think of themselves as friends to humans, as family to the humans they live with. They have and do perform truly heroic acts and show what can only be described as unconditional love.

Does that make it ok to kill cows? No. But don’t ask “What’s the difference?” unless you think ALL life is worth exactly the same amount. In which case, if you had to choose between saving your ONE child or TWO mosquitoes, logically you’d pick the mosquitoes, right?

“General, you are listening to a *machine*! Do the world a favor and don’t act like one.”

Cows AREN’T sacred, dogs ARE friends.

Ruff!

I Am Puppy Hear Me Yip

“Being split in half is no ‘theory’ to me, doctor. I have a human half, you see, as well as an alien half…submerged, constantly at war with each other.

Personal experience, doctor: I survive it because my intelligence wins out over both; makes them live together.” – Spock

Natural Selection

You’ll forgive me for having slightly altered this post from its original conception and written form.

“TCE? Did I say “TCE”? I didn’t say “TCE”…I said “Trichloroethlene”. You said “TCE”…as it is commonly known, to those who know it.”

FAIR USE: CRITICISM – The video clip is an interesting analysis that points out the potential very great power of a seemingly very small thing.