we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Russian Dolls III

They sit
Within one another,
As though the steppe were not wide enough
For them all to stand alone.

With that hollowness inside of them
I suppose it is natural
That they seek company in smaller versions of themselves.
Or perhaps
They are anchoring themselves
Lest the wind should sweep them away.

One day,
They might grow tired of one another
And separate a while
Only to find themselves
Like the seeds
Of a silverberry tree.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

The Geek Test



Just to be clear, I am NOT a "-trek", "Star Wars" or science fiction movie geek. I shower regularly. I do not know any programming languages. I've only read Lord of the Rings twice, have narrowed down the number of languages I want to learn to five and have completely given up all hope of creating my own. And I don't blog that often.


I find it a bit annoying that this is mainly a computer geek test, yet this is not specified at all in the title or description. The shame.

I am 30% "geek", according to this test. I can't imagine why.

Although, when you think about it, geek tests aren't really necessary. Any one who even considers taking a geek test is, without doubt, geeky enough for us to be satisfied.
In fact, they're rather cruel. Imagine being enough of a nerd to look for a geek test, only to find out you're not even a geek, but completely devoid of a social category of which to call yourself a part. Perhaps the most noble among us are the dedicated non-geeks, who don't even get any credit.

Russian Dolls II

They sit
within one another,
as though the steppe were not wide enough
for them all to stand alone.

they have forgotten that they have wood, not flesh
hollowness instead of a heart
and are keeping each other warm.
Anchoring themselves
lest the wind should sweep them away.

One day
they might grow tired of one another,
and seperate a while
only to find themselves
like the seeds
of a silverberry tree.

Friday, 9 January 2009

"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry."

Emily Dickinson

I've never read any Emily Dickinson.


I must go find some.


Thursday, 25 December 2008

Merry Christmas

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small.

Eva K. Logue

At Christmas I no more desire a rose,
Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows;
But like of each thing that in season grows.

William Shakespeare

Monday, 22 December 2008

Le Lac

Ainsi, toujours poussés vers de nouveaux rivages,
Dans la nuit éternelle emportés sans retour,
Ne pourrons-nous jamais sur l'océan des âges,
Jeter l'ancre un seul jour?

Always pushed towards new shores like this,
Swept away into an eternal night, without return,
Can we never, on this ocean of days,
Throw down an anchor, for a single day?



It is ridiculous, at this very moment, how much I want an apple.

Crunchy - preferably cold.

I think that apples, for me, at this particular time, are the epitimisation of matarialism. I truly believe that a material object (in this case, an apple) could improve my life immeasurably.

Oh Wikipedia, tell me something esoteric about materialism...

"The term is often associated with criticisms of consumption starting with Thorstein Veblen."

This guy.

Thorstein Bunde Veblen was a Norwegian-American sociologist and founder of the institutional economics movement. This movement focuses on understanding the role of human-made institutions have on economic behaviour, the purposive decisions of individuals, what affects these decisions, and how they shape the economy.

Good on you, Thorstein.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

umbrella obsession


"He who has known the contentment that comes simply through being content, will never again be otherwise than contented." - Tao Tê Ching

Thursday, 11 December 2008

I have never felt
like just being
as much as I do right now.