Duality

“There is no escape. You can’t be a vagabond and an artist and still be a solid citizen, a wholesome, upstanding man. You want to get drunk, so you have to accept the hangover. You say yes to the sunlight and pure fantasies, so you have to say yes to the filth and the nausea. Everything is within you, gold and mud, happiness and pain, the laughter of childhood and the apprehension of death. Say yes to everything, shirk nothing. Don’t try to lie to yourself. You are not a solid citizen. You are not a Greek. You are not harmonious, or the master of yourself. You are a bird in the storm. Let it storm! Let it drive you! How much have you lied! A thousand times, even in your poems and books, you have played the harmonious man, the wise man, the happy, the enlightened man. In the same way, men attacking in war have played heroes, while their bowels twitched. My God, what a poor ape, what a fencer in the mirror man is – particularly the artist – particularly myself!”

— Hermann Hesse

A frustrated break for mint-chip icecream

Recently the computer this website is brought to from had a problem. It still does apparently. But at this point it’s uncertain what that was. Perhaps over the next couple of days that will be come obvious.

In the mean time, have some links from the past few days. Like all four of them. Days are to which I refer, not links. That would make this a very short post otherwise. Fair warning, it starts off somewhat gruesome, silly book of the face.

And to close with a laugh:

As we were driving down the road, my wife said, “Wind up your window.”
“You’re dirty and not even bulletproof”, I said to it.

Seems like a fair cop

And another big week full of news news and more news. All of which are far too negative to focus on here, so they’ll be ignored. Apologies, but this is about fun things.

Like dating online, Google glass [again, some more], Bitcoins, online television, horoscopes, Batman, creatures from the deep, names, CISPA revisited, and finally some giant animals waiting outside to eat you and everyone you know. There’s more as well, like webcomics and funnies and videos, so dip right in:

And hopefully I’ll post sooner than a week from now and the following week will be full of sunshines and smiles.

We should eat it a little bit, though

What a weird week. Roger Ebert and Baroness Thatcher. Monkey talk and fake girlfriends. British history and what makes sexy. E-sports and ‘pirate’ television. EA failing and the dark side of Glass. Ryan Gosling makes a challenge and etiquette for public interface decices.

All in all, lots of things to read, all mixed in with the usual stupid comics and people stories. Dig in:

And a little comic to help with your difficult decisions:

Creativity

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
— Sylvia Plath