31 Jan 2014, 11:17am
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Happy New Year

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Happy Year of the Horse.

When I was teaching ESL, Ben from Hong Kong slipped me a little read envelope of coins. I was on the periphery of celebrations. We put up decorations but no fireworks or new years eve meal. The full house cleaning didn’t happen either, although we did for Jan 1st New Years.

By Chinese zodiac there are the 12 animal signs for the year of birth and those signs rotate thru elements of fire, earth, water, wood and metal.

This is the year of the wood Horse. So I guess this image would be more fitting:

January 8, 1907

Each lunar birth year has a ruling animal and element. See a chart by years.

There are also signs rendered based on the month, day and hour of birth that have ruling elements. In English terms, “there are also animal signs for each month, known as inner animals, signs for each day, called true animals, and animals for each hour, or secret animals.” [source] The hour of birth has a certain prevailing energy. For examples,

“Horse: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., named wu shi (time period of wu). The day is flourishing with the sun high above. Other animals are lying down for a rest while the unconstrained horse is still vigorous.”

Each two hour period has a ruling animal. Your birth hour aligns with that spirit under the system. So you could be horse in all the grids but more likely are a mix of various thus explaining why all horses aren’t the same much the same as western horoscope get into modulating born under the whatsit star or constellation.

As with any prediction, keep it vague enough and willing people draw themselves into the scene. I’m by Chinese zodiac a water rat. Animals are given more respectful connotations than you might associate:

Strengths
People under this sign are usually smart and wealthy and will work for success. They are sanguine and very adaptable, being popular with others. Rat girls have a flair for cleanliness and tidiness. They are clever and adorable, personable and materialistic. They are also by nature thoughtful, sensible, judiciously and curious.

Weaknesses
They are usually timid, lack of concentration and stability. They are in need of courage introspection, principles and responsibility. The do not look authoritatively, incapable of assuming a leading position. They stick fast and refused to be influenced. They are easily guided only by their private interests. They have natural goodness but look unpolite. They are also iobstinate and selfish. They are likely to speculate and they profess their greed as a virtue.

'Mr and Mrs Rattus: Old English Black Rat'

The human wants narrative, ability to predict and capacity to control. It also wants models to flex and not be too known. Surprises keep us alert. But not too much surprise.

For example, if we went into a sauna and came out and looked like the sign, a 16-year-old naked white or asian girl with a-cup breasts and hair long enough that it had been growing half our life, under 5 point lighting, that would be perhaps too much flex for the investment of trying to control how we feel. I would rather like to do a composite overlay of the average clientele and their advertising posters. A day with massage wouldn’t hurt either.

Quote: “Our poetry is the realization that we possess nothing. Anything therefore is a delight (since we do not possess it) and thus need not fear its loss. We need not destroy the past: it is gone; at any moment it might reappear and seem to be and be the present. Would it be a repetition? Only if we thought we owned it, but since we don’t, it is free and so are we. Most anybody knows about the future and how uncertain it is.” ~ John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing

26 Jan 2014, 12:46pm
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Cool Cat

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In a rare mellow moment kicking back on the cushions.

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Is that a bird out there?

supervisor role
Back to contented monitoring.

Quote: “Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.” – Lady Bird Johnson

22 Jan 2014, 10:00am
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Picturing Mid-Week

Wordless Wednesday

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Where will Waterloo meet its Waterloo? A crack lets out everything.

what's too late
Too late for some.

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A nap helps everything else. Especially with guard cat on duty.

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Life is not purely a bowl of cherries. It’s more. More.

And a P.S. word, a glad game. The letter to mom landed well and we talked more freely than we had in years. Walls that come down get re-raised but whether a one-time or something that could be a new something sometimes, I’m grateful.

Quote:

21 Jan 2014, 10:04am
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Mini Reno

I am content. My office is an office again, with a color that’s better than before and a use of shelf and floor that works better.

Out World Tuesday is my little office world. What we inherited with the house was a closet built around a closet so area that was wasted that could be shelves. And while we were at it the inner closet has a wall colour I liked better than the current so we got some to match that.

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So, now I have 3 work areas. (Not all visible here.) Complete with the sword of Damocles hanging over the handwriting drafts area.

Notice that none are covered by book and paper sprawl. (That won’t last.)

I have a standing station again for back goodness. 3 chairs (1 for bears), 3 desks, 3 computers of various portabilities, and 9 shelves for 1 person. (No wonder I feel there isn’t enough of me to go around to all I want to do. I’m out of proportion.)

Earlier…

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Underway. Shelves up. Where does all this paper come from? And odd and sods?

Shall we ask other impossible questions? Why don’t publishers put Dewy decimal numbers with bar codes? Poetry I can sort back into the alphabet except for the floppy heaven-help chapbooks. For a while I feared I was out of drawer space after all this but shift, shift and all the chapbooks have a home. Then there’s the postcard question. Why are ephemerals as treasured as tomes?

How to sort biographies? Not by title. I won’t remember. Not by author. Same. By subject? And what about historical fiction biographies? Is that novel, history or biography? (In the end, shelves together. They aren’t too many to skim.)

Before?

office re-painting project
Torn out cupboard, wall ready to repaint.

Before that? Hm, did not seem to take a before picture unless we go way back…

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Artist’s rendition of the space of the room 100 years ago.

 

Quote: “The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.” ~ A.N. Wilson

13 Ponderings

13 randomalia for Thursday 13 from the recesses of my mind,

  1. At some point, anything you are is your own work. I mean, zeitgeist and compromises to meet people halfway civilly, aside.
  2. Still, I wonder how much I impede my mandates. For poverty Baptists “momentum” is that urge to cut yourself off at the knees to keep you in the station god first put you in.
  3. Fatalism was consumed at a dangerous age. But perhaps the mind unless cultivated otherwise starts fatalistic, overextending the rules in the act of perceiving patterns.
  4. I suppose we’re all in our circles Venn diagrams with our own pasts, presents, others.
  5. Someone with a reliably poor sense of judgement, don’t you find, is as useful as someone with reliably excellent taste? So long as there’s constant bars, you don’t have to go thru all the thick data all the time. An energy-saver right there, provided you know when the pattern changes, and get the pattern right.
  6. Wavelength is an odd things. I think it can be learned. It can be widened by respectful curiosity and cultivating a lack of threat. Still, the spine-zing yes, does it widen or is it just the clench of no that slacks off?
  7. Stronger than protestant work ethic is protestant guilt ethic. It’s in there just trying to hijack the intellect to find an excuse to articulate what the vague omnidirectional sense of guilt is about and then contain it one room so it’s not such a pest.
  8. Basically it plays the same game as depression, grief, desire, mischief, happiness or any other energy.  It vies to be The Argument of the Mandala of the Universe. Each is redirectible, deflectable, modifiable but largely irrepressible as a force of wind or rain.
  9. The Buddhist tip of acknowledge and dismiss instead of stoically ignore works better, at least at this stage. It’s probably like spam and ups its counter-game eventually.
  10. A ponder loop: is that them, or is that really about me? Or, could that be right? For example, You sure are skilled at shutting people out. [Ahhh, family time.]
  11. Thanks for the affirmations. [Seems I get that a lot. Does active listening or echo and extend shut out dialogue or only for those who have a model of conflict and thrash or commiseration and anything but is paternalistic?]
  12. You see things from a totally different perspective… wonder is that a language barrier or if you’re playing devil’s advocate. [Is my angle that unique? As Richard Greene put it “Originality is your own little part of the weird”.]
  13. Life is giving you the time to do it. Are you?

Noteable Quotable: “I don’t have much admiration for people who say they have no regrets. They must be afraid, or incapable, of considering the things left undone. You can’t walk every path; you can’t even walk two paths. You can only walk one. And that leaves ten thousand wells undrawn, ten thousand shafts unmined, an infinity of wealth and wisdom unattained, no matter how much you manage to know in this narrow life. Deploring your human limits is a form of gratitude.” Robin at Rusty Ring

 
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