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  • The Exodus begins

    Back in the spring Jordan Peterson announced (around the time he joined Daily Wire) that he was getting together some of the smartest people he knows to go into deep discussion about Exodus in preparation for a new series of Biblical lectures, as a followup to his amazing series on Genesis. Apparently the Exodus Seminar has happened, and as far as I'm aware this is the first video to be offered in relation to it, aside from some mentions here and there in some of Peterson's videos.* [MEDIA=youtube]3mbZYgZfHo4[/MEDIA] Excellent and crystal clear breakdown by Jonathan Pageau, explaining...
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  • Missing the Cat

    So the Mrs. is out visiting family this weekend and I'm at home, free to run wild. Took a bunch of naps this afternoon. Almost went to Kyoto but didn't have the energy. And it's after midnight and I've got a tumbler of brandy, watching something or other on cable and missing the cat. Back 25 or more years ago I was living with my dad, working the midnight shift so I found myself awake in the middle of the night with a glass of something sitting in front of the cable in the basement and the cat would come and hang out with me. He watched 20 minutes of [I]Milo and Otis[/I] one time...
  • I'm Not Going to Place 3

    Bars, cul-de-sacs, Main, that mall, social web. It's somewhere between the two places you have to be: work and home. A third place. How does that advice go? Don't ever let him (Misery be damned it's always a him) take you to a second location. The third location is really a second, second location. Second squared. The worst. Stay home like a man. Eat a sleeve of saltines, a jar of green olives, and pop a second one because it's been a long day. Put on the football game but watch it ironically, then pass out before putting the mayo back in the fridge. At least you're not a poser who has to...
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  • Alone...

    I find it so funny that in a world with what 8 billion people give or take the ones we don't know about.. That people are getting to the point where we feel we are better off alone. Because it's peaceful.. Now I will just say I like my alone time just as much as the next person. I like to feel at peace and not having to worry about walking on eggshells or being afraid of what might come out of my mouth that might possibly offend someone. For the whole 26 years I have been on this planet trying to carefully execute the perfect sentences and make sure everything lines up with the right...
  1. The Exodus begins

    Back in the spring Jordan Peterson announced (around the time he joined Daily Wire) that he was getting together some of the smartest people he knows to go into deep discussion about Exodus in preparation for a new series of Biblical lectures, as a followup to his amazing series on Genesis. Apparently the Exodus Seminar has happened, and as far as I'm aware this is the first video to be offered in relation to it, aside from some mentions here and there in some of Peterson's videos.*...
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  2. Alone...

    I find it so funny that in a world with what 8 billion people give or take the ones we don't know about.. That people are getting to the point where we feel we are better off alone. Because it's peaceful.. Now I will just say I like my alone time just as much as the next person. I like to feel at peace and not having to worry about walking on eggshells or being afraid of what might come out of my mouth that might possibly offend someone. For the whole 26 years I have been on this planet...
  3. I'm Not Going to Place 3

    Bars, cul-de-sacs, Main, that mall, social web. It's somewhere between the two places you have to be: work and home. A third place. How does that advice go? Don't ever let him (Misery be damned it's always a him) take you to a second location. The third location is really a second, second location. Second squared. The worst. Stay home like a man. Eat a sleeve of saltines, a jar of green olives, and pop a second one because it's been a long day. Put on the football game but watch it...
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  4. Missing the Cat

    So the Mrs. is out visiting family this weekend and I'm at home, free to run wild.

    Took a bunch of naps this afternoon. Almost went to Kyoto but didn't have the energy.

    And it's after midnight and I've got a tumbler of brandy, watching something or other on cable and missing the cat.

    Back 25 or more years ago I was living with my dad, working the midnight shift so I found myself awake in the middle of the night with a glass of something sitting in front of the cable in the basement and...
  5. Why I Bother

    Some days it's hard to get motivated to write, suspecting that it doesn't matter what I write or how well (or poorly) I do it. There was a time when I had visions of publication, or at least the idea that I could accomplish something of somehow lasting significance. But even back then I suspected I was chasing an illusion. One of my favorite poets has long been Stephen Spender, and one of my favorite of his poems is "What I Expected." He writes that

    What I expected, was
    Thunder,...
  6. Symmetry

    Symmetry

    Our psychology seeks symmetry. Pattern and balance feel right. We want our forces to complement one another. Excesses and deficiencies make us lopsided. Irregularity and unpredictability get us off our game.

    Sight brings us butterflies, flowers and snowflakes, and lovely human faces, all ordered and proportionate. The symmetry we see is appealing. As symmetrical beings, we fit well in a symmetrical world. The familiarity is comforting.

    I can feel symmetry when I am moving,...
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  7. It's All Good

    My kid sister died about a month ago. I'm still processing it. I tried to capture it below, but I'm so close to it that I can't tell if it's worth reading, or it's TMI. I didn't want to post it in the workshop, because it's not meant as a project but as an effort to understand.

    I recently touched death, touched it when I held the icy-cold, blackened, hand of my dying kid sister and learned from her the art of dying right.

    Susan (not her real name) was diagnosed with cancer about four...
  8. The Truth

    The difficulty with fiction is that it must be written as if it were true.

    This means the story must be believable when put up against what we already know. We create an imagined reality that must present as real.

    Some parts are easier to make real than others. Plot, check. Setting, check. For me, the hardest thing to make real are the characters. People are so darn complicated!

    Reality lies in consistency. I can’t have an ambitious Aries suddenly become a serene Taurus suddenly become an...
  9. ..All A Waste..

    What do you have to do to be immortalized in someones permanent record? Do you think it matters whether we have been in someones presence 6 minutes or 6 Years? Everyone seems to be looking at the same clock but we are rarely in the same time zone. It doesn't seem like people genuinely take the time to get to know people anymore. we fill the silence with empty conversation and avoid the difficult conversation because we can't control the response. That's what Life seems to be about anymore;...
  10. Random Thoughts on Want and Need

    Human motivation is created by wants and needs.

    Want and need both signal a deficit, but want is beyond need. Need is core, bones and meat. Want is extra, frills and lace.

    Frustrated wants bring on disappointment. Frustrated needs can harm body, mind and soul.

    You can live without what you want, but not without what you need.

    Wants and needs can feel the same in your body, a yearning that stretches to the limbs.

    What we want does not always equal what we need, although either can be...
  11. Determinism vs. Free Will

    At first glance, determinism makes a lot of scientific sense. Everything has a cause and an effect, right? All our choices are constrained by internal (biological) and external forces over which we have no control. Right?

    Max Plank made a strong argument when he wrote: How can the independence of human volition be harmonized with the fact that we are integral parts of a universe which is subject to the rigid order of nature’s laws?

    Geesh. How can you argue with that? We are balls in...
  12. First Story

    what do you do when you realize you may actually be in love with your best friend? It's almost something that you have known for a while and you aren't really planning on ever telling them, but it’s just something that impedes you on the day to day. Like when you ask them questions about their passions, and they are almost all too willing to divulge you about their world. Their arms push up around their head and their body language mirrors yours, and all you can notice is how green their...
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  13. Character, Plot, & Theme

    Recently in a thread on this forum, a member put forward two potential “driving forces” of a story (plot & character) to suggest where the greatest share of a writer’s focus should be. I then chimed in to say that I subscribe to a theory of three potential driving forces, those being: character, plot, and theme. And in this post I’ll go into more detail about those three, as well as what I view as their hybrids.

    (1) Plot-driven: I opted to start with plot because I suspect it’s...
  14. The Men from 7-11

    So last night Mrs. A and I stumbled drunkenly into a 7-11 in search of snacks and more booze. Among the things that I grabbed was the last pack of donuts.

    7-11 donuts are pretty good.

    Especially when you're drunk.

    But when the cashier scanned the barcode there was an error, so he went to check the shelf.

    The donuts were expired.

    Yes, convenient stores in Japan register when the shelves were stocked and have a time barrier beyond which the baked goods can't be sold.

    Because...
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