When the Christians were taking over Greece, the Priests of Arkeithios prayed to him: "Give us strength, Arkeithios!"
But he replied, as he always did "Tha sas doso Arkeithia!" (I'll give you Balls!)
The worshippers of Arkeithios developed huge, invulnerable testicles. This made it difficult to hide from the Christians. They recognized each other with their secret greeting "Na, Vrai!" (Here, dude! *pointing down at the scrotum*)
Arkeithios eventually removed the balls of all the Christian missionaries. They instituted the tradition of priests being celibate to hide their shame.
Eventually the Christians took over anyway, but some of the Arkeithian tradtion has become part of Greek culture to this very day.
Even now you can hear people greeting each other with "Na, Vrai!".
Oh well, I've never been someone to do things the easy way.
I feel like someone who's been living in the woods for so long, they forgot how to speak to people. I mean all the words are there, but they are a private language only. My mc'pozzmic/instrumental thinking is sharper than ever, but I can't function in The City right now, so to speak.
The Adversary wins almost every battle, but the Adversary HAS TO win almost every battle, just to stay in the game, because everything in nature and in the universe at large is working against it. You almost have to admire the forces of evil for doing such a good job of keeping their end up.
the other only struggle
ceaseless suffering made
inevitable, by each needing the other
and yet they each claim they wish to end
but the process can never end
until they do.
What do I say?
I am neither fish nor fowl
not spectacle nor spectator
entirely and whole
but something made up
from bits and pieces I found
a tatterdemalion of soul
And this is how I found myself here.
But if you don't give a man a fish while you're teaching him, he'll starve before he can learn anything.
There are greater mysteries than what is apparent, but they manifest as what is apparent.
The revolution against evil is always itself evil. But the evil it revolts against, is certainly also evil.
There is another way, and if you look for it, you will find it.
Everything is easy once you get past the beginning. But beginnings are never easy.
“I’m confused. Is Crankshaft rattling off a list of location-specific weather phenomena, or the colloquial titles of perverse sex acts? He may well be ready for the Saskatchewan Snowjob, but you can’t ever truly prepare yourself for a Winnipeg Windjammer.” –Caroline
From the comments section of the ever entertaining Comics Curmudgeon
If your initial reaction is "OBVIOUSLY it means he's dreaming he's a Viking, and anyone who doesn't get that is stupid or insane", I would suspect that the last letter in your MBTI is probably a J. You generally build your language linearly and formally, and if/when you don't, you're breaking that consciously in order to create an ambiguity on purpose.
But some people create their language out of context and connotation more than a formal understanding of "what language is" (and they're not all stupid or insane).
Personally, I agree with the "He's dreaming of being a Viking" interpretation, in the sense that I think that's probably what the writers meant, but the other interpretation is intuitively clear to me as well. Even though it's probably the first time anyone ever used it that way. New metaphors arise all the time.
Now, comedians/comic writers often have a skill for creating ambiguities and absurdities that they might not even consciously understand, but that somehow "strike them as funny", which is what I suspect happened in this case.
of the ineffable
you try so hard to recapture me
and draw me in
but my outline's not so
as all that.
I don't doubt that reality is real
I just don't think you know
what you're dealing with
You deal with boxes
and controlled environments
and that's why you want
to put the world in a box
because not knowing,
not being right,
scares you so deeply...
but I walk among the leaves
of the ineffable-
I don't know, and I don't need to.
And neither do you. Sorry.
I took a nice long 4 hour walk through the woods of Prospect Park. Fall foliage in full effect.
I went to the zoo and saw kangaroos, otters, sea lions, and a red panda, among other things.
Best of all I got to feed Aggie the Cow out of my hand! A very cute cow. She mooed a lot when I left.
The list of foods that contain the necessary methyl donor molecules will probably look familiar: green leafy vegetables, legumes, citrus, berries, and nuts. Although in this particular case, it’s very important that the foods have been processed as little as possible before you eat them—and that includes heating and freezing. Keeping these foods as fresh and “raw” as possible helps preserve the methyl donor molecules they contain.
There are also a few supplements that supply methyl groups, including particularly S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), followed by methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), betaine (including the betaine from betaine hydrochloride), 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (a “new-in-the-stores” and more natural form of folic acid), and methylcobalamin (a form of vitamin B12).
Improving the methylation process by "boosting" the precursor count can improve depression (SAM-e in particular has been studied in this regard) by helping the conversion of 5-htp into dopamine, and can make your joints and bones more strong and flexible (by improving the methylation of calcium).
It also will improve the metabolism of estrogen, for all of those on HRT.
There are no actual "odds" in poker, in the long run. Once you see your cards, you have a temporary set of odds, in that hand, but over the span of the game there are no odds.
When you play poker in a casino, you and the other players are essentially renting the table space and paying someone to deal the cards to you, but the house has no incentive to "jack" anyone.
Since everyone sees the same sets in the long run, Poker is actually a game of skill, based on:
1. your ability to decieve and not be decieved by the other players betting strategies and pantomimes.
2. your ability to calculate complex expected values in your head, in order to facilitate #1.
It's a great quote, and underscores what has been excised from American political discourse, ever since Woodrow Wilson demolished the IWW.
amp23 has a really good rant on a not related topic (except insofar as everything is really related, in the world of true history)
read it here
Sadly our inability to percieve the lag of time and how it works allows demagogues and their idealist dupes to convince us otherwise.
There is a third path but most people are definitely not ready for it, from what I have experienced. This is the path of optimistic cynicism. To know that there is no great unity, but that we are beautiful in our disagreements, and we all have something to say to each other. To be non-violent because you know that you might be wrong at any moment. To know that we will never merge and become God, but that it is unnecessary because Tat Tvam Asi, and we are doing it the human way and we wanted it to be so. I don't want to make the whole world agree with me, I just want to find people who are sympathetic and understanding of the greater truth that there are many good roads (even though not all roads are good).
The future still haunts me though. Fear and shame are still difficult for me to deal with. But by conquering these other two demons of my cycle of pain, it's given me some sort of basic clue on how to approach the rest.
I can't formalize how I do these things yet, and so I can't really teach them to anyone yet. But give me time, just a little more... and I will get through the membrane separating myself and everything I need... to do.
Anger hasn't been as much of a problem for me since beginning my transformation... It flares up but doesn't linger, where there used to be endless painful storms of rage. In fact what wrath I have is much more focused on the immediate, more of a righteous indignation at those who cause others pain. I love the world and everything but it disappoints me sometimes, as one's children often do.
I had a delightful grilled tuna and baked potato lunch today with lemonade spiked with mint to drink. It was a good thing. I wish I could convey through this post how lovely this song is. I hope you're all doing well right now and I miss you all.
- Larken Rose
- Sady of Tiger Beatdown
I like her more and more, the more I read.
The thing that makes science ... well, scientific, is the position of maximum possible scepticism that it takes toward all knowledge. If scientists start losing that scepticism, they become less and less scientific.
(Socio-biologists, for example, seem to be particularly prone to making claims way beyond what the evidence would allow)