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Sunday, January 26, 2003

traffic jam

I noticed that there were many insightful words written on the bumper stickers of the back of his car.

"I'd like the people behind me in a traffic jam to have their political opinions aggravated and their hopes massaged."

I laughed then asked if I could quote him someday.

Monday, January 20, 2003

Is there such a thing as an "online presence"?

Or are all those people on your buddy list really just ghosts?

Sunday, January 19, 2003

11 Possible Subject Headings for Today, just Today

The Tale of the Frozen Snickers Bar

"Pam" Wasn't Her Real Name

How to Help You Help Me

Spanking-New Entries into the Dictionary of Clich├ęs

I Missed a Spot Shaving This Morning

How To Spend Too Much Money Way Too Fast

The Wonders of Static Electricity

It's OK To Laugh At Yourself

No You Will Never Find the Liner Notes for that One CD


The Poster that Just Wouldn't Stick on The Wall Goddamnit

Saturday, January 18, 2003


My Iowan roommate Dennis says he doesn't like the snow.

He says it's hard living on a farm and having to deal with the copious amounts of snow that do sometimes happen to fall upon his land. His father has to haul out a tractor, in fact, in order to be able to clear out the driveway whenever there does happen to be a large snowfall.

There was a snowfall here today, somewhere outside of Iowa.

Friday, January 17, 2003

Just A Thought, Just A Thought

Sometimes I put more value in the measure of life than in it's actual substance.

Wednesday, January 15, 2003


How geeky is sitting alone in a small coffeehouse at a small table, on the edge of your small seat and hunched over a small book upon which you gaze in small, childlike wonder as you realize slowly that you're on the trail of a much larger discovery? Not just on any trail of discovery, mind you, but on a path that clears the way for a brief analysis of a parallel between human nature and nature itself?

I think it's extraodinarily geeky, yet ultimately constructive and noteworthy, thus:

In Physics there lie laws. One of which is the law that "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction." Never being a mathematical or physics whiz of any sort, I had a hard time seeing the practical applications of this law, or theory. So while I was confused theorectically, I knew that a real-life clarification must have lied in the mathematical mind of my roomate Ryan. As an everyday example of this law of physics, he analogized:

"It's like right now, how you're stepping on the floor- you aren't just stepping on it, pushing down on it ... it's pushing UP on you too. You see, if the floor wasn't pushing up just as much you are pushing down, you would have already gone crashing down through the ground, but you're didn't and you still haven't yet, in fact, here you are, still listening to me explain the same law of physics upon which you abide."

So then, practically, I was situated with the "nature itself" side of the action/reaction parallel. But there was still:

Another wise man and author by the name of J. Krishnamurti who questions the substance of concepts like freedom in terms of "human nature."

"Is this what each individual insists and demands upon - a freedom in which there is no leadership, no tradition, no authority? Otherwise there is not freedom; otherwise when you say you are free from something, it is merely a reaction, which, because it is a reaction, is going to be the cause of another reaction. One can have a chain of reactions, accepting each reaction as a freedom, but that chain is not freedom, it is a continuity of the modified past to which the mind clings."

So now, again practically, what does this all add up to? Is he saying that accepting that "chain," (or human nature acting in accordance with the physical laws of nature) is akin to being "un-free"? Must we transgress and break a major law of physics, of nature, in order to live free lives?

I see a parallel developing, but in which direction I am still blind. Maybe one day all that seems to be just a small sketch of an even smaller sketch, like this journal entry, will be a part of a much bigger picture.


Monday, January 13, 2003

J. Krishnamurti:

"To live peacefully everyday means you really have no nationality, religion, dogma, or authority. Peace means to love, to be kind; if you haven't that, then you are responsible for all the confusion."