Friday, December 7, 2018

Some Christmas cheer (really) and a plug for Helen, Georgia

Helen, Georgia, is a great little place for Christmas scenery (especially if you like Alpine or Bavarian, and kitsch) and Christmas cheer (gluhwein, friendly servers, nice people at cash registers who are geuinely grateful that you are there and made purchases).

Higher Ground is a great coffee shop for something hot to drink. Betty's is The Most Awesome and Appalachian IGA store in the world, with great cheese, imported beers and wines, and everything you need.

And you can see the beginnings of the new roller coaster they are building.


A Sociopath "sees the world as it is"

I have been trying for some lengthy time to think of a piece of insight, wisdom or advice that maybe was needed and hadn't already been written or said.

It came to me today.

Here is what everyone needs to know: a sociopath "sees the world as it is".

The often blunt sociopath, psychopath, narcissist, or megalomaniac sees the lies, errors, hypocrisies, flaws, warts, duplicity, lusts, crimes, weaknesses, vulnerabilities, with canniness and sometimes frighteningly strategic insight.

Such insight and awareness is a hallmark of a predator.  But it lacks empathy, self-awareness, moral and ethical balance, exchange and communication, cannot really comprehend sacrifice, service or love, much less devotion to other or even acceptance or tolerance of other.

That means that "sees the world as it is" must be placed lower on any list of strengths or priorities unless you plan to end your existence like a slice of beef brisket, chocolate cake or fillet of fish.

Best wishes,
Your friendly neighborhood world observer

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Querying new book

I am sending queries out for my new nonfiction narrative love story book, "She was / She Is".
If you are an agent or publisher interested in a new writer, contact me via a comment.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

Barnes & Noble: You Can't Buy It In The Store

So, we're in Barnes & Noble and my wife sees this book she'd like but she's embarrassed to get it.

"What is it?," I asked. Why would you be embarrassed to buy a book?

"It looks silly, and it's by a basketball player..."

She wouldn't tell me where it was or what it was, but I went past the shelves and tables on the second floor that she walked past and I found it.  It looked like a very nice book, to me, so I picked it up, carried it over to her and said, "I'm going to buy this for you."

She said, "But I don't even know if it's any good."

I said, "Maybe I'd like to read it, too.  But, let's look it up online and see the reviews."

So I took my smartphone, opened my browser, typed it into the search... and the first thing that came up was "On Sale, down from $26.99 to $18.30".

So I carried it over to the register to buy it.  The register scanned it and the price said "$26.99."

So I showed the guy my phone.

"That may just be the online price.  They won't give you that in the store. They want you to buy it online."

But he called the manager. She said no.

So I carried it downstairs to The Central Customer Service Desk and island right in front of the doors and the New Arrivals.

She was there and said, "I know.  I'm the one who said no." Then she told me it would only take 15 minutes if I went ahead and bought it online to pick up in store.  Then I could have that very book I held in my hands right there in that store today at the sale price listed on my phone.

So I filled in the cart -- but I could not find "pick up in store" as a shipping option.  She, The Manager, had to show me how to scroll down a seemingly endless way to an option before I added it to my cart.  Then I had to delete the first one from my cart.  At that point it had already been 20 minutes since I first went to the cashier upstairs.

I purchased, and got a text that said, "We received your order... Please wait for your Ready for Pickup message."  I showed that to herself The Manager and she said, "It's not in our system yet.  You'll get a text in about 15 minutes."

Then she took the book.  "I'll have to take the book," she said.

So she took the book I just purchased and hid it behind the Customer Service Desk.

And I went back upstairs and sat and waited.

Fifteen minutes later I got the Ready for Pickup text.

I went downstairs and showed The Manager, and she said, "They have it at the front register."

So I went to the front register and the cashier got the book, scanned it, printed a receipt, put it in a bag and handed it to me.

Then she said, with a smile, "That didn't take long."

45 minutes after I first took the book to a register I had it.

We wondered what would have happened if after I purchased it online I had just walked out with my book.  Would they have stopped me for shoplifting my own recently purchased book?

This kind of thing could be why the brick-and-mortar Barnes & Noble stores are failing.

I kept thinking how immediately after I paid for that book online she took it away from me and hid it.

I spent my 15 minute wait in a corner period after that.

Yoruba people, Ife place

This head was done by someone of the

Yoruba people, probably in the 13th or 

14th Century, at about the same time that

Europeans were emerging from the 

Middle Ages and rediscovering bronze.

It represents civilization and sophisticated

technology, yet when it was discovered

The British Museum insisted it had to

have been done by artisans of Atlantis

or ancient Greece.  Today, it is regularly identified as Ife, but

Ife is a place.  The people there are Yoruba.

Below is a quote from CNN about the British Museum's 

recreation exhibit in recent years:

Editor's note: The Kingdom of Ife sculptures are currently on display at the British Museum in London until 4th July and will move to the United States for a nationwide tour from September, starting at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.

London, England (CNN) -- A hundred years ago when German explorer Leo Frobenius visited West Africa and came across some sculpted bronze heads and terracotta figures, he was sure he had discovered remains of the mythical lost city of Atlantis.

He refused to believe that the sophisticated and ornately carved bronze sculptures were made in Africa.
In his book, Voice of Africa, Frobenius wrote: "Before us stood a head of marvellous beauty, wonderfully cast in antique bronze, true to the life, incrusted with a patina of glorious dark green. This was, in very deed, the Olokun, Atlantic Africa's Poseidon.“

"I was moved to silent melancholy at the thought that this assembly of degenerate and feeble-minded posterity should be the legitimate guardians of so much loveliness," he added.
Frobenius was referring to the people who lived in the Kingdom of Ife and whose artists, in fact, created the sculptures over the course of some four centuries. Leading art experts believe they are among the most aesthetically striking and technically sophisticated in the world.

The Ife kingdom was believed to have flourished from the 12th to the 15th centuries in the lush forests of the lower Niger in West Africa in what is today the south western region of Nigeria.

Frobenius' assertions helped reinforce long held assumptions of African art as primitive and inferior to European art.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Nor in Nothing

Nor in Nothing nor in things Extreme and scattering bright can love inhere.

John Donne
Air and Angels

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Proof that The Persistence of Memory is meaningless (which means it means something)

Proof that Dali's "The Persistence of Memory" is meaningless, ants on things...

If you found ants all over your things you'd freak out.  Imagine them all over your dishes and kitchen sink and kitchen counter.  Imagine getting in your car and them all over the steering wheel and all over your hands.  Imagine picking up your soda cup and they're all over your cup and your hand.

Now that I traumatized you with all that, it's Dali's clue that the imagery is meaningless, just like Magritte's "c'est n'est pas une pipe" pipe in "The Treason of Imagery".

Of course, telling us all that is actually meaningful which means that the meaningless paintings really mean things after all.  See what I mean?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Drawing all the time...

Someone asked me, "Do you still draw?" Every day, just like I'm still breathing.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Oh Dear Korean Letter

I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter and make believe it came from you...

Our bombs are bigger
But please don't pull the trigger
Yours might not pull quicker
Our missiles are The Kicker
Our winner is the licker.
The Clock it is the ticker...
So don't delay just go away
And we won't meet another day
Not here or there or Mandalay,
Not even on Memorial Day.
We told the planes to go away.
But in the night
When you're afright
And wondering which is which,
In your plight just get it right
and please don't throw the switch.