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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

“The Crusades - Pilgrimage or Holy War?: Crash Course World History #15”


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Journal - Friday, 24Mar2019

Thinking by blogging

But there's a part of me that's sad that those ideas won't be part of the conversation going forward.

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Revived 24May2019

As always, the most recently converted entries are at the top of the list at the 3rd Yearnings tag page.

These older blog entries have been reformatted and entered into the current directories. Redirect pages have been placed in the old locations.

No Monday entry

Reflections

Thursday will be Friday, and still the world turns

Getting my internet fix


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Nudity, sex, love

Nudity is not sex. Sex is not love. Love is not nudity. Your desire does not control another's choice.
— NeoWayland
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❝The Road goes ever on and on…❞

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
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Desert

Once again there was the desert, and that only.
— Stephen King, The Gunslinger
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Reinventing the wheel

In the old days, you would chastise people for reinventing the wheel. Now we beg, 'Oh, please, please reinvent the wheel.'
— Alan Kay
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Habitual nakedness

Complete nudity in itself is not erotic. It becomes so only when preceeded by or contrasted to a state of dress. In this limited context then, all clothes become somewhat immoral, if we define immorality as inciting sexual interest. Habitual nakedness may indeed be capable of elevating man to a higher mental plane.
— Lucy Irvine
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Three Laws of Thermosecurity

The first law is that the desire of authorities in charge of security for information will continue in a straight line with no limits in time and space short of the heat death of the universe. The second law is that the willingness of their authorities to supply them with the budget they need to do that has very definite limits, both in time and space. Hence the third law, which is the one we are now operating under. The information assembled by security authorities invariably overwhelms their ability to analyze the information. They are, in effect, suffocated by their own insecurity.
— David Weber, Cauldron of Ghosts
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Ro3 № 32

Ninety-seven percent of the time, there is no practical magickal solution. Three percent of the time, well, three is a magick number and that is when I use magick.
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Human experience

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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My seventh sex rule

Be honest with your partner.

Don't hide infections, somatic sexuality, orientation, gender role, kinks, quirks, and other current partners. Don't conceal who or what you are because you don't think your partner will accept it.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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Ro3 № 31

Choose your own words and actions despite the threat of punishment. Accept responsibility for your choices. Trust that others will make their choices without your coercion.
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Touch and sunlight

Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.
— Diane Ackerman
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Part of nature

Human beings are as much a part of nature as trees or birds, and the unclothed body expresses this belongingness directly and powerfully.
— Wynn Bullock
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Gibbs Rule #4

The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best.

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❝Knowledge is power.❞

Understanding brings control; the more that is known about a subject, the easier it is to exercise control over it.
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Really there

“Mirrored Ceilings and Criss-Crossed Stairwells Give a Chinese Bookstore the Feeling of an M.C. Escher Woodcut”

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Power trio

An unusual picture that is just about friendship…

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“The Dark Ages...How Dark Were They, Really?: Crash Course World History #14”

“John Green teaches you about the so-called Dark Ages, which it turns out weren't as uniformly dark as you may have been led to believe. While Europe was indeed having some issues, many other parts of the world were thriving and relatively enlightened. John covers European Feudalism, the cultural blossoming of the Islamic world, and the scientific and artistic advances in China, all during these "Dark Ages." Along the way, John will raise questions about the validity of Europe's status as a continent, reveal the best and worst years of his life, and frankly state that science and religion were once able to coexist.”

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The future

The future is not laid out on a track. It is something that we can decide, and to the extent that we do not violate any known laws of the universe, we can probably make it work the way that we want to.
— Alan Kay
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Listen objectively

Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf.
— Aldo Leopold
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❝Beings within…❞

It is possible to establish internal communication with entities from either inside or outside of oneself, said entities seeming to be inside of oneself during the communication process.
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Gibbs Rule #3?

Don't believe what you're told. Double check.
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McGee Rule #70

Keep digging till you hit bottom.

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❝Be so good they can't ignore you.❞

Be so good they can't ignore you.
— Steve Martin
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Bright smile

I love how the stones of her necklace bring out her eyes.

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Added to the lexicon


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Humans do change the planet

Humans do change the planet. But humans don't change the climate.
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Gaia is not a frail child

Gaia is not a frail child that must be protected from all harm. The World will still bring forth life millions of years after our great-great-great grandchilden's grandchildren have dissolved into dust. She did it millions of years before our great-great grandparents worshipped Her. If She decides She doesn't want us, we're done.
— NeoWayland, ugh-politics
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“Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar: Crash Course World History #13”

“In which John Green teaches you the history of Islam, including the revelation of the Qu'ran to Muhammad, the five pillars of Islam, how the Islamic empire got its start, the Rightly Guided Caliphs, and more. Learn about hadiths, Abu Bakr, and whether the Umma has anything to do with Uma Thurman (spoiler alert: it doesn't). Also, learn a little about the split between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and how to tell if this year's Ramadan is going to be difficult for your Muslim friends. Let's try to keep the flame wars out of this reasoned discussion.”

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Coward's way

They didn't dare face the crowd.

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“Fall of The Roman Empire...in the 15th Century: Crash Course World History #12”

“In which John Green teaches you about the fall of the Roman Empire, which happened considerably later than you may have been told. While the Western Roman Empire fell to barbarians in 476 CE, the Byzantines in Constantinople continued the Eastern Empire nicely, calling themselves Romans for a further 1000 years. Find out what Justinian and the rest of the Byzantine emperors were up to over there, and how the Roman Empire dragged out its famous Decline well into medieval times. In addition to all this, you'll learn about ancient sports riots and hipster barbarians, too.”

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American obsession

Sex. In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.
Marlene Dietrich
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NeoNote — For your own good

People deserve to make their own choices or the choice is meaningless.

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“Christianity from Judaism to Constantine: Crash Course World History #11”

“In which John Green teaches you the history of Christianity, from the beginnings of Judaism and the development of monotheism, right up to Paul and how Christianity stormed the Roman Empire in just a few hundred years. Along the way, John will cover Abram/Abraham, the Covenant, the Roman Occupation of Judea, and the birth, life, death and legacy of Jesus of Nazareth. No flame wars! Let's keep the commentary civil.”

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NeoNote — Mostly

It means I watch for the exceptions where neither IS nor IS NOT applies. It means our understanding is limited by our perception and assumptions at the moment.

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NeoNote — the American compromise

Their compromise gave other faiths a wedge into the American religious landscape.

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Sunfell Tech Mage Rede Nine Words Serve The Tech Mage Best Keep What Works Fix What’s Broke Ditch The Rest

A narrow slice of life, but now and again pondering American neopaganism, modern adult pagans & the World.

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