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Today I Saw

In by Chris on September 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Today I saw
A student posting his request
For quiet in the hall
While he studied.

He did not realize that
He had become Martin Luther,
Nailing his angry theses on the church’s door.

That Martin Luther was only
Doing something supernatural,
Articulating for himself
The petty feuds of gods above
While they looked down in agreement.

The paper posted –
Written in cursive –
Was of a planet
Unseen by the strongest telescope,
A planet where spirits and gods and angels float
One
And another
And another

And this planet,
Dear Reader,
Is like nothing you could ever,
Ever comprehend.

A story with no conflict

In by Lara on September 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I enjoyed dinner very much tonight.

Thank you! I made sure to put in your favorites.

I noticed. The filet mignon was tender, but not overdone.

I learned how to sear the meat but keep the moisture from this article I read in the paper today. You’re looking quite dapper this evening. Special occasion?

No, not really. Although, if you are so inclined, I would love to rob a bank with you tonight.

I would like that very much. Shall I get my coat?

Oh no, let me.

You’re such a gentleman!

Oh, honey?

Hm?

Don’t forget that darling balaclava.

Misc. Weather Reports from Northern California

In by Lara on September 30, 2009 at 1:25 am

March 2005: Snow! Snow for the first time in ten years has fallen in San Francisco. Many schools have cancelled classes to allow children to play. It’s wonderful except for the roads. Unfortunately California drivers cannot adapt to things such as frozen water.

June 2007: It is a warm sunny day. Highs in the high 70s, lows in the high 60s. Most are complaining that there is no breeze.

September 2009: Mild winds provided quite a contrast to the extreme heat wave the bay area has been experiencing the past week. People are perturbed have taken to wearing snow jackets.

Landlady

In by Lara on September 30, 2009 at 1:18 am

Did that squirrel just growl at me? I think that squirrel definitely growled at me. It’s looking at me like I’m trespassing on its turf.

Hey buddy, who do you think you are growling at me like that? (I didn’t even know you little guys made noise.)

What am I doing on your grass? I own that grass! No, no, that’s insensitive of me. Of course you live here, too. Don’t look at me like that! Hey, wait! We can be friends! I know you need your space, but I’ll—I don’t know, here I’ll pay rent. Here’s an acorn.

Our Own Constellations

In by Chris on September 30, 2009 at 12:38 am

Where are you tonight, girl with the shining blue eyes and husky voice? I don’t know your name. But the look on your face the last time I saw you is enough for now.
If we were together, I’d show you the stars and try to make you laugh. You would surprise me by naming each of the constellations.
Maybe, if I dare dream it, we could point out our own constellations. Imaginary lines would become real to us and form pictures only we would remember.
Under the stars – our stars – with you. That’s where I want to be.

Voice change #1: Charlotte

In by Wyatt on September 29, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Tom’s best feature, is like, his eyes. No hahah that’s bullcrap its his stomach hah yeh I love his stomach oh my god and I know he likes me. Yesterday in the gym he totally glanced at me between pull-ups to make sure I was looking, of course I wasn’t looking at him directly, I could only tell he was looking at me because I was looking in the mirror. But oh my god I get so sweaty when I work out I have no idea what guys find so attractive about girls in the gym? Its gross, right!?

Charity Proof, 1 of 2

In by Wyatt on September 29, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Charity may be given to alleviate suffering in two ways: for Preventative uses (to stop suffering occurring in future), or Relief uses (to stop current suffering). Ethics dictate that charity dollars are finite and thus must be used to alleviate the most suffering. Preventative strategies plan for the future so that suffering will never occur. Relief strategies alleviate tangible suffering in the present and thus subjectively seem most altruistic and satisfying, but do nothing to prevent the same suffering occurring again in the future. When suffering does occur, charity will have been exhausted on short-term strategies and suffering will continue.

Charity, 2 of 2

In by Wyatt on September 29, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Thus with the end goal of alleviating suffering, distributing all charity to Preventative methods is the only moral choice. Allocating any resources to Relief is a short-term waste because humane though it may seem, it works inefficiently by only stopping suffering once suffering has already begun.

Caveat: if Relief is more efficient than Prevention, such that one charity dollar might alleviate drastically more suffering if spent on Relief than Prevention, it is moral to allocate a percentage of charity to Relief, for example, for Comfort Care. This is difficult to prove, as Prevention is always more efficient in long-term.

Experiences Rising

In by Chris on September 27, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Everyday are experiences rising around you. These are things that, like noises, have no past or future though they may echo for some time. Experiences may be ignored, misplaced, and forgotten – or they may be experienced as they were meant to be. They come from anywhere and disappear and reappear in all shapes and forms, wanting only the person with the curiosity to find in them their simplest meanings. These people are rare wanderers. If each moment is untied to the next, they reason, what is to prevent them from finding joy in every experience that rises around them?

Discipline

In by Chris on September 27, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Discipline is practice not theory. Discipline is repitition not enthusiasm. Discipline is hard and unexciting. But it becomes deeply exciting later on, when you remember to look back across the time. Discipline does not arise from the joie de vivre as other things do. It plods. It is cultured in unseen cavities like mushrooms with their alien, rubber feel. When conflict arises, discipline keeps its eyes forward. People find it uncanny, unlikely, strange, and perhaps intimidating. Discipline distilled would be bored and lonely, but as a steady rhythm beneath the cavorting flavors of life, it is the confidence of experience.