“the literal truth”

from Earthseed (Parable of the Sower):

God is Power —
And yet, God is Pliable —
God exists to be shaped.
God is Change.

I met David in the department computer lab yesterday. “So, you don’t believe in authenticity, do you?”
Nice to meet you, too! 🙂
Of course I do. …

Letting Books Go (2)

“Change is ongoing. Everything changes in some way&emdash;size, position, composition, frequency, velocity, thinking, whatever. Every living thing, every bit of matter, all the energy in the universe changes in some way. I don’t claim that everything changes in every way, but everything changes in some way.”
Lauren (p. 218)
Parable of the Sower
Octavia Butler

After Dachau, Daniel Quinn…


Guilty as charged. :-/
A friend last night told me that that approximately 80% of what I write makes sense, but there’s 20% when I lose her. That happened somewhere in the middle of reading yesterday’s post. We hypothesized: boring? Lack of transition or context? Possibly, we mused, I wander too deep into my own mind, and simply do not … Read more...

weird twist of synchrony

I’m receiving quite an education about Farc while learning more about myself as a participant in discourses. Two of Alf and Ana’s friends have commented on my susceptibility to rhetoric. I need to be firm in my response although I very much hope we can continue to dialogue, even if dialogue with Farc is an impossibility.
First, Juan and Javier, …

Capability and Readiness: the borderline between physics and metaphysics?

“The multiverse is no longer a model, it is a consequence of our models,” explained Barrau, who recently published an essay for CERN defending the concept.

I added the italics. Fascinating, huh? Way out there on the edge of “hard” scientific knowledge is acknowledgment of the edge of social scientific knowledge. “We … Read more...

on invisible persons

“Let me ask you a question back,” I told him.

“Has it ever occurred to you to wonder if the history we teach our children is a lie?
After a moment of stunned silence, he said, “Good Lord, Jason. I hope you’re joking.”
“Surely that’s manifest.”
“It isn’t to me.”
“You’ve been there, Jason. We were there together. It’s


Babel fish (Douglas Adams on interpretation)

“The Babel fish,” said The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy quietly, “is small, yellow, and leechlike, and probably the oddest thing in the universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind


Don’t Panic

A quarter of a century behind the curve, but right on time for me: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (Also online at h2g2.com)

“Ah,” said Arther. “This is obviously some strange usage of the word safe that I wasn’t previously aware of” (1979, republished 2005, Del Rey, p. 49).

Zaphod says quietly:

“I only know as much


“a conscious depot of history” (p. 218, Gut Symmetries)

“First there is the forest and inside the forest the clearing and inside the clearing the cabin and inside the cabin the mother and inside the mother the child and inside the child the mountain.” (p. 1, Prologue. Gut Symmetries by Jeanette Winterson.)

I melted down in the bathroom of Continental Flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Newark. The … Read more...