12/25/11

And cynicism is the coolest way

Abba's Way: 53 On Cynicism:

And cynicism is the coolest way
To smirk and bear a tragic calculus,
And watch the whole thing blindly night and day,
So cool because it never touches us.

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Program Note - Come Back Please



Program Note - Come Back Please

Most communications efforts as ambitious as this 
Have a staff 
Here there's just me
The result is that I edit pieces once they are up
That includes proofing
That means the readers who click immediately after I post to all the networks
End up encountering what they must regard as careless
Or stupid stuff
Well my advice is this
Come back and see if it has not been corrected
Seriously
I think the experimental purpose of this blog is to 
Encourage coming back and exploring

Anything you type into the search box to your right
Will reveal all manner of short and hopefully pithy pieces
Everything is related
So I repeat
If you saw this and clicked immediately you got
The results of this being a one person operation
While here explore the rest of the blog and related blogs
And come back
Always

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Cooking With Leftovers around Herald Square

ShortFormContent at Blogger: Cooking with Takeout Around Herald Square:

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Sometimes we just have a picnic
In our lexicon that means getting stuff from a little place
Near 33rd on Seventh that sells Gyros, Chicken and Pizzas
I never finish the gyro
Today I had a wonderful lunch with the modest leftovers
Some pieces of lamb and sauce and onions tomato and lettuce
I wrap this bit of stuff in the heavy foil
That comes with my Indian food from Minar
(All bolded references are linked from the piece at the url above).
I take out some glorious Onion Kulcha from Minar
I open the left overs and dump them on the nan
I lay the whole thing back on the aluminum
And set it in my cast iron frying pan
I pour a bit of my special sauce over it
Add some lumps of cheese
Turn the heat to medium
Check when I smell something good
If the cheese has melted turn stove off
Let it sit there for a while
Put the result in your dish and enjoy
This actually turned out great
Heating the veggies and gyro sauce worked out

Even as a Child Holidays Were Solitary

Some Christmas Thoughts
I've never associated being alone with the negative aspects of solitude
I never view friends as gone if they are absent
Or even if they are old and not active
When I see people we take up where we were
Or with what's now as if no time had passed
Today on the communal treadmill in my building
I watched religionists on TV
Joel Osteen was being smoothly sensible
Creflo Dollar was being a DJ for no reason I could fathom
I don't believe in Christmas I guess
At least in hip hop versions of Jingle Bells
If Jesus is anything he is an ignorer of holidays
He will throw over any occasion to do what strikes him as important
Often what is important to him is solitude
What we have in our Bible is a puzzle
The disaster of religion is fundamentalism
The disaster of religion is rationalization
The disaster of religion is assuming we know things we cannot know
I know Jesus because I knew people who worked in his name
They tended to be like Jesus in most things
Iconoclastic
Tolerant
Helpful
And intensely democratic 
These are the values I cleave to
I am pale compared to the folk I take as mentors
If anything saves me it is that I am not ashamed to speak truth
Without one shred of claim to be worthy of it

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When I say no one I do not mean my readers!

I said no one gets my thoughts about the future
But you do if you read here regularly
I daresay it's a unique view though
However easy it is to articulate and to understand
Everyone likes the idea of car-free
But no consortium has put together the obvious 
The design of a car-free community that really does the job
That would be a community of 5-10K not only living but working
And being entertained and given health care and education
In the same mile-wide (walkable, stair free) space
In other words creating a high tech version of a medieval city
So that all the amenities now individually available on your gadget
Become a communal basis for shared experiences 
I envision kiosks and squares (sitting areas)
In these cyber-communities
These kiosks would each focus on something interesting and needed 
Like preventive health
Or travel
Or shopping
Or Herodotus
Or how to read
And each would have an expert
This is the employment of the future
Well I have gotten started again
But my point is that it is the established order that is impervious to this effort
Normal people understand it fine
And a few see what it is driving at
In two words
Global salvation

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Will Occupy Be Around Come Spring?

Occupy movement in one word: 'corporatocracy' | The Star Press | thestarpress.com: "The Occupy movement has created a vehicle for the disenfranchised to not just voice their concerns, but to force all of us to look at these problems arising from this relationship, and begin a national discussion about it and how to address it. From this movement we may find a method to affect the meaningful change this nation needs; after all, it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

The Occupy movement looks different than what many people expect out of modern movements. It's horizontally organized, giving all participants a voice. Its consensus building general assemblies provide a way for all participants to decide the best course of action."

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Better believe it. The key word will remain fairness. The specifics will be

getting money out of politics,
leveling the economy to combat poverty and the evisceration of the middle class and

reversing the disastrous effects of Citizen's United.

Hibernation will bring forth a stronger and more resolute effort that is in tune with a global democratic revolution that will resonate from Wall Street to Moscow to Beijing.

Can Two Weeks Turn New Hampshire into A Game Changer?

Romney leads, Paul rises in N.H. poll - The Boston Globe: "Romney has the support of 39 percent of the state’s likely Republican voters, a drop of 3 percentage points since last month but a strong indication he is weathering Gingrich’s national comeback in a state vital to his campaign.

In the closely watched contest for second place, Gingrich and Paul are tied with 17 percent each, just ahead of Jon Huntsman, who has the support of 11 percent of likely Republican voters."

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Let me go out on a limb. I have already predicted that no more than four points will be the margin in Iowa and that Romney will not win there. In New Hampshire I will give Romney a mere seven points which would be a small enough margin to leave the race wide open. I have read up on Romney and am not as ill-disposed as I have been hitherto - my inclination being to fault his present actions which are not admirable and to surmise that his influence on American business which has been considerable is a wash - doing as much harm as good. I have read up on Gingrich and conclude that, oddly, he would be more reliably centrist than Romney would. Neither man is as safe a choice as Obama. This because of the noxious choices that any Republican would make The most horrendous consequence of the Obama rule could be the ultimate result of the drone attacks. Karma is real..The least admirable Obama act has been his vendetta against Bradley Manning.


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What nobody gets about the future

For what it's worth here is what I would say
No one is getting about the future
That the day of driving our lives away will end
That the day of building detached houses will end
That the race to save these things will impede the future
That the future will be either necessity or choice
We could freely decide to move to car free communities and a high tech alternative
To today's sclerotic and impossible transportation
Or we could be forced into ultimately conceding the conclusions above
Choice is vastly better than necessity
We could create multi-zoned car-free cyber-communities
With modular spaces build within an eco-sufficient matrix
With reformed education because the neighborhood becomes a school
By accepting their ultimate necessity
And modeling new forms of social being
Where we could walk to everything
Where the need for  necessary travel is trumped by technology
Where the need for urban in gratified in the micro environment
Where cyber means that we utilize cyber
As communal experience via kiosks staffed and placed
Throughout the cyber-community
And so forth and so on as noted here
And in the blog complex

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The future will be Fire and a real keyboard

Amazon Kindle Fire | Detroit Free Press | freep.com: "
Amazon.com has sold millions of its popular Kindle Fire e-readers. / Amazon.com

For Amazon, the Fire is the next generation of e-reader -- a more tablet-like device that allows users to operate many of the apps available on the Android platform in addition to reading e-books."

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The Fire keyboard is fine for folk who type with their thumbs but has no attraction for the power user who works in words. To cease being an accessory it needs a keyboard at least as large as the Fire. Maybe on the flip side with a mini viewer. Whatever, this is the future.


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Go Daddy loses 21,000 and then shelves piracy stand

21,000 domains transfer out of Go Daddy in 1 day | Digital Media - CNET News: "Domain registrar Go Daddy lost over 21,000 domains yesterday. It could be a coincidence--or it could be the result of the company's p.r. debacle over its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Yesterday, Go Daddy actually reversed course and dropped its support for the controversial legislation. "Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it," Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman announced in a statement.
SOPA, introduced in Congress this fall, would make it easier for the Justice Department to shut down sites allegedly dedicated to piracy.

An anti-Go Daddy thread on social site Reddit led to the creation of Godaddyboycott.org, a site set up to let people amass their disapproval with the company's support of SOPA."

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Money speaketh.

Just when you were about to give up on life

About to be taken off life support, man wakes | Health Tech - CNET News: "A young man in a coma was unwittingly poised to give the ultimate this holiday season--his life, and with it, his organs. Instead, his mother became the recipient of the ultimate gift: his sudden recovery."

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Mourning for Nigeria on Christmas Day

Christmas blast kills 19 at Nigeria church | Reuters: "(Reuters) - A powerful blast hit a Catholic church on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital Abuja during a Christmas service on Sunday killing many people, residents said, and one counted 19 bodies from the explosion."

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The New Tao sounds in every hearing ear.




The New Tao sounds in every hearing ear
But pray and mindfulness opens the door
But set your mind on all you're hoping for
And see the New Tao banish every fear


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