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Friday, February 18, 2011

Egg the Coop



Late March is putting in a cameo here in February and i got a window open to the world. Just a crack but it's enough to let in the flavor and the music. i can only process information in small doses anyhow before my sense-it breakers start popping. There's an hour before my wife expects me to start working on something that someone's willing to pay me for and the Coop is open for business.

Now if only the hens would get to work. Hens here being a euphemism for brain function and inspiration. A pretty good one actually for if you could picture me standing in a poorly lit fricken coop surrounded by wide eyed hens; all of us staring at each other in awkward anticipation, you would have a darn accurate visual interpretation of my thought process. Waiting, juuuuuuust waiting for a squawk.

And then there's... not a squawk, but a cluck. A pebble sized egg. Then another. And another and another until there's nothing left to do but turn it into the dreaded, cue dramatic, tympanic laden music of doom: Bullet List. But one with a point and maybe, just maybe, there's a squawk in that:
  • One man goes to work at work he hates, does not pursue and yet is constantly handed while another longs for work, works hard at finding work and is foiled at every attempt. Both pray for deliverance from the same God. What is this madness?
  • Are teenagers good indicators of whether or not we are successful parents?
  • On a related topic, is society as a whole, American or global, really in decline? Sort of the Are-the-old-geezers-right? kind of question.
  • What am i teaching my kids about love, church, faith, career really?
  • Some days i wake up and i'm just in love, it flows naturally and mysteriously. Other days i wake up and choose to be loving, despite how i may feel. Which is the truer love?
  • Where is the space, what is the role of the artist/poet in these economically Hunter/Gatherer times?
  • Is an adult who builds with Lego indulging in a creative hobby and artform or are they just sick?
  • Do online social networks represent real community or are they an unhealthy illusion and distraction from real communities?
  • Are we doomed to become our parents?
  • Does anyone care?
This last one will be the first one answered. For i'm opening it up to you, oh seven followers and unknown number of lurkers, to choose the next blog post. Pick one, pick several, introduce your own, tell me to shut up. The hens and i are open to suggestion. And we're waiting. Juuuuuuuuust waiting. Staring.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What I only suspected for some time now has now been confirmed:

You think too much, bro.

Take my advice: Just unplug, and do, for awhile. Thinking only begets more thinking...it's it's own addiction-cycle, but there's no Betty Ford for it. Cold-turkey...take one and call me at the crack of early afternoon.

R.

Anonymous said...

* Are doomed to become our parents?

Lord I hope you're not...You're you and that's who you should be even with all of your thoughts, feelings, love of life and the things of God. Love Ya...

scruffy said...

Too big a topic to just reply to in comment form but i'm afraid that the sins of the ancestors have a way of coming round again and again.

crimso said...

Interesting bunch of questions... Me too, I probably "think too much". That's why I try to drown my brain by watching Lego and all kind of old toys on the web, and by spend countless hours sorting little bits of ABS. So maybe, for your question about AFOLs, that we're truly just insane ("lol") BUT, in a way I prefer this kind of insanity to many others (by example, to be a fan of beer/football/TV/war, in a word to be the "normal 21st century man") - Sorry, don't pay too much attention to what I've written, it's just instant toughts... Glad that I find your blog, looks very interesting (but somewhat difficult for my limited english)

scruffy said...

Well, sir, if we're sick then we're at least in good company :)

Dude, i give you so much credit for even trying to comprehend my nonsense. Most of my friends don't have any idea what i'm saying and they know me and speak English as a first language! i shall have to come back to that question some time... maybe sometime soon.

Anonymous said...

There's no such thing as an imponderable to the empirical mind!

* One man goes to work at work he hates, does not pursue and yet is constantly handed while another longs for work, works hard at finding work and is foiled at every attempt. Both pray for deliverance from the same God. What is this madness?

- The world is effectively random, whether God exists or not. Time to send out another resumé?

* Are teenagers good indicators of whether or not we are successful parents?

- Probably not. Some people abuse their kids until they can escape and those kids turn out fine (though not because of their parents). The answer you want probably requires you to ask a more complex question (reading up on the nature/nurture debate is a good starting point).

* On a related topic, is society as a whole, American or global, really in decline? Sort of the Are-the-old-geezers-right? kind of question.

- "Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book." - Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Every generation thinks the world is ending, and every generation, it doesn't. Which suggests that something more complicated is going on.

* What am I teaching my kids about love, church, faith, career really?

- The sociological evidence is that children are overwhelmingly likely to end up less religious than their parents, so, on the middle two - probably not what you want?

* Some days i wake up and i'm just in love, it flows naturally and mysteriously. Other days i wake up and choose to be loving, despite how i may feel. Which is the truer love?

- As long as you're in love, does it matter? Also, your question presupposes an objective frame of reference that I'm not sure can ever exist.

* Where is the space, what is the role of the artist/poet in these economically Hunter/Gatherer times?

- The same as it always is - to get better at what they do. And there's no damn space at all, so if you need it, go make some.

* Is an adult who builds with Lego indulging in a creative hobby and artform or are they just sick?

- As long as they're not off raping people with Lego dildos or stealing off the shelves, the former. Sports fans and Republicans get up to far more recondite shit in the regular pursuit of their hobbies.

* Do online social networks represent real community or are they an unhealthy illusion and distraction from real communities?

- They can, although mostly they don't for structural reasons. Forums and blogs tend to be feudal (as your response to this comment is likely to prove).

* Are we doomed to become our parents?

- We're doomed to be shaped by our parents, and that's bad enough, don't you think?