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Humbaggers

In by Chris on March 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

Do you know what’s in those big buildings over there?
They’re chock full of cows.
Weird, huh, that with all this Central Valley space
(and it’s even green this week!)
they’d have the cows cramped up together inside.
The stock-hauling trucks pull up on one end,
and the Safeway trucks leave from the other.
Now you see what’s going on.
Now it seems like it’s a pretty good idea that it’s all inside.
Can you imagine what it’d be like to be driving
and suddenly see a gruesome park outside your windshield,
full of dusty, smelly pens and dismembered cows?

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Judgmental

In by Michael on March 29, 2011 at 1:52 am

How do you tell your friend he’s too judgmental, and that he should stop imposing his way on other people? The hypocrisy is too obvious, as you’d be telling your friend not to tell people what to do.

The other option, besides telling your friend what to do, is to lead by example. The trouble is that you’re not modeling a specific thing that you want him to see. It’s more like you are just being nice, and hoping he catches on.

And you never know, maybe you’re being overly judgmental yourself in thinking the way you act is superior.

The Start of Something

In by Wyatt on March 28, 2011 at 11:18 am

It begins with sunshine, of course. A bright, open, enveloping radiation, not the kind that causes birth defects or cancer but the kind that soothes and enlightens, rolls you up under its tongue, and nestles. It’s a chirpy day, with crisp air and something buzzing organically just too far away to pick out. And the sheets are warm, pillow cool, the window bright but not glary. And there’s a friend knocking on your door, with a smile and a donut, an old-fashioned chocolate buttermilk, and you laugh together and hug and look outside and marvel because this, this is Spring.

Timeline by Claudia Leger

In by New Author on March 25, 2011 at 10:03 am

65million BC Meteor creates Firestorm
2800BC the Great Flood annihilates
Sept 22, 1850 500,000 Chinese die in earthquake
Sept 8, 1900 Hurricane claims 6,000 in Galveston
Sept 1, 1923 Great Kanto earthquake in Tokyo and Yokohama claimed 143,000
Dec 5-8, 1952 4-day London smog poisons 4,703 people
Mar 27, 1964 9.2 Alaskan earthquake in Prince William Sound kills 131,125
April 26, 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster kills 200,000
Dec 26, 2009 SE Asia 9.0 earthquake kills 230,000
2010 Gulf explosion, 10 die, drilling and sea life jolted
2011 Wars and Natural Devastation abound
2012 Dire Predictions loom
World without End, Amen?

Albert Bierdstadt Reveals His Grandest Painting Yet

In by Chris on March 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I can hear them gathering out there, trying to be quiet like proper connoisseurs of art. But their anticipation is too much; someone is arguing that he was shoved out of his position. Ten more minutes and they will be ready.

My latest canvas hangs behind the curtain, the full glory of the Sierra Nevada ready to burst like a revelation at my East Coast audience. They will revel in my brushstrokes, fall into the resplendent valley.

They believe me. To them, my masterworks have become the divine vision of the Western gods. I contain the transcendence of open wilderness.

Marks on a Cell Wall

In by Chris on March 18, 2011 at 7:54 am

Sometime between breakfast and lunch each day, the guard brought a hammer and chisel to the prisoner. The prisoner chipped another straight line in the concrete wall, then passed the tools back to the watching guard.

One day the prisoner turned to carve the day’s line, but an idea stopped him. After clattering the tools together, he returned them, leaving no new scar on the wall. For two weeks he repeated this, and at the end he looked at the empty patch of wall. No marks left meant no days had passed. He had created limbo in the eight-by-twelve cell.

Moving a Life

In by Fannie on March 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm

So much stuff pushed and shoved into so many boxes so that it will all fit in one crammed-full car and be stored in a tumbling pile in a garage somewhere so that it can be unpacked topsy-turvy into a new room with new people but all of the old clothes and bedding and shoes and “miscellaneous desk needs” will remain intact as my old life turns into a memory etched in my apparel.  How do I have so much stuff even though I move so frequently and each time get rid of another deeper, older, more dear layer of…stuff?

Shark Circles

In by Fannie on March 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I’ve been dreaming of sharks swimming in circles above me.  The sunlight that makes it down through their swarming bodies sparkles in ever-changing pockets.  Shark DNA sequences  too swim around me.  I flounder as I reach to grab these sequences and in doing so, try and trace back those letters to one of those swimming sharks.  I’m no water creature though and the more I try, the more the elegant CTGCCAATAGTAs flit just out of my grasp, those double helix devils.   The simple matching game is made so much harder than previously imagined!   Speak to me sharks!  I beg you.

Going Nowhere

In by Michael on March 11, 2011 at 1:43 am

I was talking to this girl the other day. Actually she’s my close friend, and this was last week. We weren’t talking – we were IMing. Texting I mean. And she was saying the sexiest things. It wasn’t really what she was saying, but how. She hinted at stuff. I’m not sure what exactly. It was really exciting. Not “really exciting,” like in the traditional sense – it was more interesting than exciting. And I feel like she was right there with me and kind of distant too. The perfect balance. It was different from how she usually talks to me.

 

Relations

In by Michael on March 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm

There is a finite number of logical relations in the world. Take two entities, A and B, and they are related somehow.

A is necessary for B

A is sufficient for B

A is part of B

A comes before B

A is more X than B

A becomes B

A is near B

This makes learning things easy. There’s a set of relations, and learning is just about plugging in different values for A and B. Biology isn’t that different from music or chess. Analogy is the root of all cognition. The more you learn the easier it gets.