April 6, 2014
“The fact is that while Hitler was gathering German lands he united Germany, Austria, the Sudetenland, and Memel without a single drop of blood. If Hitler stopped at that, he would be remembered in his country’s history as a politician of the highest order.”
from a Russian newspaper article April 3rd by Andranik Migranyan, head of the New York office of the “Institute for Democracy and Cooperation,” an NGO set up under President Vladimir Putin in 2007 to monitor human rights in Western countries.
March 9, 2014
This is a copy of a youtube comment I made on a video about the crisis in Ukraine. The comment section was, unsurprisingly, brimful with hatred.
“Look, everyone here has been told lies and all nations have done horrible things in the past, there’s no point in having a contest of who raped the most people, certainly not based on propaganda sources. Accept this as a starting point. Now, let’s think about this from a broader perspective. In the 1700s Europe was controlled by the British Empire, the Frankish Empire, the Russian Empire, the Read the rest of this entry »
March 5, 2014
“We are patrolling together, Ukrainian, Russian and Tatars, trying to keep our neighborhoods safe because we all expect trouble.”
“What happened in Kiev showed the true face of Ukrainians. They are fascists. Here in Crimea, we want peace. We can live peacefully with Tatars, they are the nice neighbors.”
“No, they are murderers; the Tatars want to kill us. We need to be protected from them.”
“I am Russian and I don’t need your protection.”
“They are turning us against each other.”
March 2, 2014
“We have learned from our history how important it is to solve conflicts peacefully and this should also apply to Ukraine.”
January 5, 2014
Droppformade lågor tynar ensamma bort.
Bara skuggan av en sommarbris finns kvar.
Kall viskar sången om glömskans ljuva bröst.
Ekot omringar mig med fjädernätta kedjor.
Jag vidrör stålet med trevande andhämtning.
Kedjorna skingras i en fantasifull dans.
I mörkret klingar stoftet som ett benbrott.
Ilande sken hugger efter ekot,
men lägger sig som en tunn film över den förkolnade marken.
Hålen varken finns eller har funnits.
Pauserna i visan är det enda som finns kvar av fotavtrycken;
En visa, som skingrats i mitt minne,
likt en hälsning som ingen såg;
en tom hand som aldrig dragit i en kedja, aldrig gnuggats över en eld,
aldrig smekt en kind, aldrig fångat ljuset.
Ekot av ingenting omringar mig;
Stickade gevärsskott och virkade kanonkulor,
som viner likt svalor kring mina stängda öron.
En frisk vind sveper aldrig bort mina tårar av sand.
Mitt huvud vilar aldrig på glömskans ljuva bröst.
November 29, 2013
If I had been born with eyes like a spiders, would I then have been able to look at the night sky and determine where Venus and Earth were in relation to themselves and the sun?
August 31, 2013
Christopher Hitchens wrote in “Why Women Aren’t Funny”:
“The reproductive and eliminating functions (the closeness of which is the origin of all obscenity) were obviously wired together in hell by some subcommittee that was giggling cruelly as it went about its work.”
I laughed out loud at the word subcommittee, because I find the dull, paperwork bureaucracy at odds with the metaphysical land of eternal torture.
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August 25, 2013
Atheists share in common only one tenet; the rejection of all God-claims hitherto suggested. The words atheism and atheist are therefore each sufficient to constitute holy scripture. The physical properties of the text is irrelevant; only the logos matters.
To worship is to acknowledge the causes of our being. As an atheist, you may worship water, soil, organisms, the sun and any force or constituent of the universe. Perform whichever ritual you like, whenever and wherever you prefer.
The hierarchy of the atheist church is obvious. The more youtube views a certain atheist has, the higher their ranking. Take their advice unquestioningly regarding all facets of life.
There is no dress code, but sensible clothing is advised. There is no moral code either. In the absence of axiomatic commandments, you must start to think for yourself.
Admission fee is 250 Noodles.
July 17, 2013
The word is probably an adaptation by early missionaries—particularly Ulfilas, apostle to the Goths during the 3rd century—of a native Germanic concept, which was a translation of Greek ψυχή psychē “life, spirit, consciousness”.
According to some religions (including the Abrahamic religions in most of their forms), souls—or at least immortal souls capable of union with the divine—belong only to human beings. Read the rest of this entry »
June 21, 2013
Subjectivity is a hard nut to crack for anyone interested in understanding the universe. Looking for answers to the ultimate questions we always end up with a certain amount of uncertainty because in the end we don’t know if we can trust ourselves. Maybe, we muse, our subjectivity clouds our judgment. Maybe our thoughts create the box that shapes our worldview. Maybe our language defines a preset limitation on understanding.
I don’t have the answer, but I’m gonna conduct a thought experiment to illustrate the fact that we actually have a box and how we can try to view the box from outside whether or not it is actually possible to step outside of it. Here follows, in random order, a number of thoughts on the connection between thought and words and thought and words-that-are-not.
What are the spaces between a comb’s teeth called?
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May 3, 2013
“…it is better to be adventurous than cautious, because Fortune is a woman, and if you wish to keep her under it is necessary to beat and ill-use her…”
- Niccolò Machiavelli, Il Principe
He also says that humans “are evil”.
In these two quotes, Machiavelli embodies the European society created by the dark ages, i.e. the Christian age. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of everything sentenced a) humanity to be forever incomplete – mortal and greedy – and b) women to suffer menstruation and birthing pains. I know that The Prince is possibly partly satirical, although I think only when it comes to details about governing and not the fundamentals like his views on human nature. Using a word like “evil” might be an exaggeration for comic effect, although still not opposite his genuine beliefs. The common people are considered detestable, war is considered obvious and women are not even considered. Even though Machiavelli does not appear to be very pious, he does sum up the horrible side of Europe, the breeding ground of Christian doctrine.
Obviously, we must ask ourselves if Machiavelli was the biggest ever troll in Europe, causing centuries of naivety and deceit alike.
“Poe’s law, in broader form, is:
Without a blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of extremism
that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.
The core of Poe’s law is that a parody of something extreme by nature becomes impossible to differentiate from sincere extremism. A corollary of Poe’s law is the reverse phenomenon: sincere fundamentalist beliefs being mistaken for a parody of that belief.“
March 25, 2013
The grave accent, although not standardly applied to any English words, is sometimes used in poetry and song lyrics to indicate that a vowel usually silent is to be pronounced, in order to fit the rhythm or meter. Most often, it is applied to a word ending with -ed. For instance, the word looked is usually pronounced Read the rest of this entry »
March 17, 2013
Dreaming I think I’m a god
Waking I think I’m a dog
Eating I think I’m a pig
Drinking I think I’m a lake
Brushing I think I’m a skeleton
Combing I think I’m a carrot
Cutting my nails I think I’m a rhino
Peeing I think I’m a river
Shaving I think I’m a bear
Washing I think I’m a worm
Running I think I’m a raptor
Reading I think I’m a human
Blinking I think I’m not
February 22, 2013
Boarisch (Bairisch) is a Sproch im Sidostn vom deitschn Sprochraum. Zamma mitm Alemannischn, Sidfränkischn und Ostfränkischn buidns de obadeitschn Sprochn. Es Vabroadungsgebiet vom Boarischn is da oidboarische Tei vom Freistoot Bayern, es aissaste Sidvogdland in Saxn, Esterreich (estli vom Arlberg), Sidtirol und de zimbrisch-karnischn Sprochinsln in Obaitalien. Meara wia de Hejftn vo de Boarischn Muaddasprochla wohna aussahoib vom heitign Freistoot Bayern (Boarn).
For those of you who didn’t get that: Read the rest of this entry »
December 24, 2012
“Recent studies report that Y-chromosomal Adam lived as early as around 142,000 years ago.“
We’re all related to this guy, every single person on earth, including this guy:
“The Maya never said anything about the end of the world or anything about a great change in the universe on that date,” David Stuart, a professor of Mesoamerican art and writing at the University of Texas at Austin, told The Huffington Post in December 2011. “The calendar not only continues after that date,” he said. “It goes 70 octillion years into the future.” Read the rest of this entry »
September 30, 2012
Consciousness is like a spectrum from 0 to 1 shaped like a bell curve that never seems to reach its ends or top. It exists only in the infinitesimal stable island we call self in the vibration we call the universe. It is like God, one, and infinitely detailed, except it seems do have a specific and limited number of parts and obviously the parts are real, the simplifications and deduction made by the fact that the nervous system is just a tiny part of the universe and must therefore form a mirror of the universe not within itself, a blood circuit, a skeleton, muscles, bears, monkeys, a skin bag, all walking around at the mall, thinking about themselves and the universe from their perspective, worms crawling around in magic light, the guts and bacteria that are not of the same DNA produce that is also found in the two temporally shifting topias or carbon fires we call parents where the original cell of you comes from. You can pick any of these definition-metaphors (word that has a definition; isn’t this really a tautology?), because they’re all local maxima on the bell curve of our consciousness, like fractals, infinite. It’s hard to understand this so we make guesstimates. I guesstimate that we are skeletons walking around on artificial ground made of millions of year old ancestors. And that we are slabs of muscles glued fast to the silicon frame work, with the teeth and the skull. And we are the nerves that sense the universe outside ourselves and we are bears that claw at fruits with furry arms and chew the DNA produce and the billions of amino acid molecules splitting the incoming molecules apart; but this life, as we say, is not on an atomic level. The protons, neutrons and electrons are too stable to be split as easily as molecules, even big ones, like DNA, with billions of protons in each single molecule. Life, or consciousness, in its rôle in this french deconstructivist tragedíe[sic?], is a big part of reality, but alas, not the entirety, not the whole 1 of the spectrum that contains within its definition every single detail of everything (like the word everything, although, its just a linguistic word put together by only the idea of there being things in the universe, which of course could also be a philosophical stand-point, but even so a rather obvious and simple truth whereas the ultimate truth needs to be both infinitely singular and infinitely everything at the same time). I.e. one word that means everything, but that’s stupid because then it says nothing. It’s a logical impossibility to achieve such a truth and I guesstimate that the reason for this is the nature of all the things – like the skeletons, beetles, monkeys, the cells and lineage and culture and nails and water that is us, the localized zone of constant vibration, of constant change – as the water flows from my pee hole.
August 28, 2012
“Being confident in yourself is infectious if you present yourself well, others will want to follow in your foot steps towards success. “
2 Rowh, M. (2006). Carreer World
“Inaccurate self-evaluation is commonly observed in healthy populations.”
July 31, 2012
The end of 25 years.
1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 <- All digits different. (1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012.) = 25 years consisting of numbers with at least one digit appearing twice in the Gregorian year. All digits different -> 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019.
Today is the 212th day of 2012. In 212 days it will be 1/3 2013. 2/3 2013 had it been a leap year like 2012. This is the day the world ends. Because people will mistake May 1st, the socialist day, for March 1st, willfully misinterpreting this prophecy to suit their own ends. Also, the day ends, but the night too, they are connected, like you are connected, all worm-like skeletons walking around with molecular autophotoisomerization receivers plugged into their neuron nests. We’re all connected to the sun because it lights our vision, and the moon, and the candles and bakers and the bumblebeemakers. 2013 is the day of reckoning or begging, depending on the Mayan interpretation. “The moon will end today/the sun will end a night of reckoning (or begging)”. It is the unlucky year of Jesus, the 13th year of Pisces, the fisherman carpenter superman. The halfgod will return, clad in iron masks, he will ride a serpent, long and hard, blasphemous, bejeweled, a silver bolt through dead woods, like a virgin, touched for the very first time, uuh la la la.
July 9, 2012
The Euphrates is the longest and one of the most historically important rivers of Western Asia. Together with the Tigris, it is one of the two defining rivers of Mesopotamia. Originating in eastern Turkey, the Euphrates flows through Syria and Iraq to join the Tigris in the Shatt al-Arab, which empties into the Persian Gulf. The Great Ziggurat temple of Ur on the mouth of the river Euphrates was built by King Ur-Nammu dedicated to the moon goddess Nanna/Sîn, in the 21st century BC during the Third Dynasty of Ur. The construction of the ziggurat was finished in the 21st century BC by King Shulgi, Ur-Nammu’s son, who is best known for his extensive revision of the scribal school’s curriculum. Although it is unclear how much he actually wrote, there are numerous praise poems written by and directed towards this ruler. He proclaimed himself a god in his 23rd regnal year. During his 48-year reign, the Read the rest of this entry »