Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hail! Hail!


I'm down in Knoxville, TN at my sister's house where last night I survived the world's most devastating hail storm along with my niece Sklar, my nephew Ben, my sister Stacy, her husband Ronnie, their cats Clementine and Butters, their bunny Snooky, and their dogs Molly and Sidney. We hope their horses Ruby and Bandit made it through all right as well.

I never saw hail like that before in my life! Truly golf ball sized stuff. The house was shaking from the pummeling. I didn't take this photo. But I couldn't figure out how to get the photo I took out of my cell phone and on to the computer. It was pretty similar to this photo but without the golf ball.

I also survived a Zen retreat at Penuel Ridge near Nashville, TN. A good time was had by all.

Apparently I had a reputation around the Nashville Zen Center as some kind of hard-assed task master and general all around meanie. This is because the last time I ran a retreat there I insisted on silence within the common areas.

See... there are a lot of ways to run a Zen retreat. I have been to some where silence is the rule and all interactions have to be carried out without talking except in cases where there is no other way to communicate about a necessary task. And even then you're supposed to whisper. At other retreats there is silence except for designated times of day in certain specific locations. I've also been to retreats where people are chatting and goofing around even right in the zendo up until the bell rings. Nashville wasn't like that. But it was kind of chatty there.

Nishijima Roshi tended to run his retreats in a unique way in regards to silence. I can't recall him ever saying a word about it. However, everyone seemed to know that silence was expected. So whenever we had something to say to each other, we'd go away from the temple to talk. This is the way I like to run things. I don't insist on pure silence. But I do try to make sure that people who came to the retreat to be in silence can do so by making a rule that you must be silent in the common areas.

I'm getting to be a big marshmallow-like softie in my old age. I've come to the conclusion that there really is no set way to do a Zen retreat. So I just go with the flow wherever I happen to be. If people want to chat, I let 'em chat. Though I feel bad for the people who might be at the retreat to be in silence. If the retreat is more clearly my retreat, I'll enforce silence in the common areas. But if I'm a guest speaker at someone else's retreat like I was in Nashville, I just allow things to proceed as they do.

They like to chat in Nashville. しょうがない。It was fun. I liked it. Lots of nice people and nice Zen. Except for being covered in ticks each day. Gross!

I also survived several talks and things at the Atlanta Soto Zen Center. That was fun. I did a talk for their book group, who have been discussing my book Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate. That was really cool. Because ZWIKDIC is what I regard as my most important book. It was largely ignored, which is a damn shame. It says things that nobody else ever has about what it's really like to be a Zen teacher in this here modern age. Oh well. I recorded the discussion. Maybe I'll get it together to put that on-line one of these days.

Speaking of books, take a look at this video.



It's all about my new/old book. I wrote it back in 1998, and then revised it over the past couple years. It's available at the following places:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/BradWarner
http://tiny.cc/dgrnx (Amazon)
http://tiny.cc/g38eg (Barnes & Noble)

I'll blog a whole bunch about it pretty soon. Stay tuned!

I've also added a bunch of new gigs on my tour page. The additions are below. But go to my tour page to find all kinds of extra info and useful links.

• May 10, 2011 (Tue) 7:00 pm Ventura Buddhist Center 901 S. Saticoy Ave, Ventura, CA 93004
• May 12, 2011 (Thu) 7:30 pm Against The Stream 4300 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA

• May 21, 2011 9pm ZERO DEFEX at Annabelle’s 784 W. Market St. Akron, OH 44303

• May 29, 2011 Houston Zen Center 1605 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX

• July 5, 2011 ZERO DEFEX at X-DAY Wisteria Campground, Pomeroy, OH
• July, 2011 Starwood Festival Wisteria Campground, Pomeroy, OH (date tba)

• August 6, 2011 (Sat) 9am-5pm Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group (all-day zazen) Sacramento, CA
• August 7, 2011 (Sun) 7pm Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group (zazen & dharma talk) Sacramento, CA

124 comments:

Mysterion said...
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john e mumbles said...

ShazaaaMMM!!!

Mumon said...

What kind of horses do the dogs Molly and Sidney own? Do they ride them? Or do they use them just for milk?

Sorry...I couldn't resist.

Nishijima Roshi tended to run his retreats in a unique way in regards to silence. I can't recall him ever saying a word about it. However, everyone seemed to know that silence was expected. So whenever we had something to say to each other, we'd go away from the temple to talk.

Similar w/ me, but it'd be whispering instead.


Did you ever have a Zen meal that, because of clumsy attempts to follow ritual, came this close: -><- to perfect, complete, lacking nothing slapstick comedy mayhem?

I've always wanted to film an oryoki food fight ever since.

Anonymous Bob said...

I saw a picture of a baseball size hail-stone that fell in Texas a few days ago. Not only was the thing big enough to kill if it hit you, it was covered with sharp icy spikes to make sure it stuck. Only the ticks are golfball size in Texas.

CAPTCHA : terse : I kid you not

john e mumbles said...

A couple years back one of your loyal fans (Alan, I think) chastised me here for having opinions on what was said in the blogs without having read your books. Fair or not, it made me go back and try again.

Even so, it took me quite awhile to get around to actually reading your stuff, and ZWIKDIC was the one I started with, then I read SDASU...and I was pleasantly surprised.

I'm Not surprised that you feel that ZWIKDIC is your best book. It was very accessible, very heartfelt. I'd be interested in hearing/seeing/whatever the Atlanta book discussion...post it!

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Ray Guillette said...
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Ray Guillette said...

I'm with you on the silent retreat thing. The one's I've been to only have talking twice during the week in group teacher interviews. I find that not feeling socially obliged to chat to be a relief, especially on days when I'm slogging through my sits.

john e mumbles said...

Tonight I went to a poetry reading by an old buddy, Harley Elliott, who will be famous posthumously, but is already, right now, among this small group of Kansas friends. Books & books of poems and fictions and non published over a lifetime...here's a new one of his for all of you:

What To Do Around Here

take in a full pink
moonrise over prairie roads
where the strong south wind
smells pale and early blooming

if the moon makes you
walk up the ditch and
put your ear against
a telephone pole
you had better do it

a seven thousand fathom wind
drones in that old wood
deeper than darkening blue
twilight seeping west overhead

say hello to the ghost of birth
and the earth keyed tight
to this ripe blush of spring

just you the moon
and winds voice in the
spine of a tree
you will think something
seems wise about the moment
and you will know it isn’t you
------------------------------

Billy said...

I thought Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate was your best book. It shows a "Zen master" in a real light. Mostly Zen teachers are portrayed as a mystical being beyond others who people should look as a example of perfection.

NoseyMatronType said...

Any chance of you reviewing Stephen Batchelor's 'Confession of a Buddhist Atheist' as you said you might? I'd be intrigued to find out your views on it as I'm just coming to the end of it myself.

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anon #108 said...

and now with a link that works --

john e wrote: "A couple years back one of your loyal fans (Alan, I think) chastised me here for having opinions on what was said in the blogs without having read your books."

John - Alan may well have chastised you when you first appeared...I know I did. In shy/cowardly fashion I was posting with various names back then (though not 'Alan'), and we engaged each other in snarky sniping for a week or so until someone or something turned you from troll to drone. I myself have only ever read HCZ and bits of the others - how ironic!...er hypocritical. Now it looks like I'll have to add "Death to all Monsters" to the list...for a while.


While we're sharing attempts to enrich the corpus of contemporary art - the pop group I play with has uploaded some new songs HERE:

www.myspace.com/theotherdances (all songs written by young, gifted Ben Anstis).

- If you don't like pop songs, don't bother :)

Anonymous said...

Forks Over Knives - Official Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7ijukNzlUg


Forks Over Knives - Trailer #2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPJbYAYzP04&feature=channel_video_title

Anonymous said...

Using a fork over a knife could save your life. A plant-based diet can not only lower your risk for cancer and heart disease, it can reverse their progression.

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/diet-changes-lower-disease-risk-pt-1

Anonymous said...

Death to All Monsters??

any chance the title is influenced by a certain amazing band from Detroit?

Seagal Rinpoche said...

Better than a thousand hollow words
Is one word that brings peace.
Better than a thousand hollow verses
Is one verse that brings peace.

Anonymous said...

...and one living word is better than a thousand dead cliches.

Kwatz!

Bizarro Seagal said...

The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite; no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food...

anon #108 said...

OK...so 'Kwatz' is one of the thousand dead cliches. Got a living word, 6.18am?

Frankenstein, BS. Monsters. I geddit.

Jules said...

Jeez Brad, you make your crying niece buy the book online? You really are a hardass.

Anonymous said...

Kwatz!

anon #108 said...

Thanks 8.17am.
All is clear.

Malcolm said...

You must be really bored, 108. Time to sit.

Malcolm the merciless said...

Twatz!

Anonymous said...

Chapter 16 “Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live?"

Seagalenstain...

LOL

john e mumbles said...

Anon 108, I don’t think I’ve ever been a “troll” rather, I like to think of my early “contributions” here as “critiques” although you’re welcome to differ with that. I know I can come off snarky, too, at times.

Reading a couple of Brad’s books was well worth it, I think, to get a better perspective on what he’s doing here. I know I gained respect for him as a teacher and as a writer by doing so.

Will give your band’s new stuff a listen asap. I took my myspace band page down months ago, they kept changing the format and pissing me off…

john e mumbles said...

The Other Dances new stuff is great, Malcolm! Pure Pop For Now People.

Although I admit I'm suspicious of anyone who straps their Telecaster up so high...just sayin'.

"What Would Keef Do?"

Kindle said...

When Bob Morningstar started working for Tokyo's leading producer of trashy monster movies he had no idea it would involve danger, espionage and the possible destruction of planet Earth. Now he must undertake a journey through the wilds of Hollywood, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Calcutta to get the legendary “lost” Gorezolla film back and save his girlfriend’s life and possibly the human race. Or die trying to read this novel.

anon #108 said...

V glad you liked the new stuff, john e. "Pure Pop For Now People" -- if only Nick Lowe hadn't got there first :/

Alexis' chest-borne Tele bothered me too - suffice to say he is no longer with us. In fact he's decided to do something sensible with his time and become a medic. Shame. So we're looking for a replacement...

...maybe this guy's looking for gig -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_MCGfFS8V0&feature=related

john e mumbles said...

Hmmnn, couldn't get the link to fly, but too bad London isn't the capital of say, Oklahoma, or at least somewhere nearer to me, cause I know how hard it is to keep a band intact.

Nearly impossible these days with everyone scrambling around trying to just get by. And I keep my Tele hung at an appropriate level so to speak.

Maybe Pure Pop For NEW People would be a good hook?

anon #108 said...

This work any better?

Next time you're in the Shoreditch/Hackney area, john - give us a shout!

john e mumbles said...

Thanks, Mal, I will be sure to do that! An honor.

& I remember the band on your (yes working) link very well, I Loved their hit Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' back whenever.

Mysterion said...
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anon #108 said...

That's as may be Chas, but the point at issue, the placement of Mr Marsden's guitar vis-a-vis his elderly yet agile body, should not escape comment. Your clip shows that the old fart now adopts a rather saucy low-slung guitar attitude. The Pacemaker has clearly re-cast his image in full awareness of the demands of the changing tastes of modern youth. Or perhaps his instrument can no longer negotiate his ample bosom.

Whatever the cause, may Gerry long continue to moisten the knickers of excitable ladies everywhere.

Mr. Hilter said...

That looks like some sieg heil.
Pardon me, I meant "big hail".

Radiodick said...

Hail to the Thief:

http://www.amazon.com/Destroy-All-Monsters-Mike-Kelley/dp/1881616487

daughter said...

Artist Mike Kelley's band "Destroy all Monsters" was Detroit based before moving to L.A. to work with the Sock Monkeys. Kelley's work is included in many prestigious museums and private collections throughout the world.

http://www.cocaseattle.org/archives/2000/DAM/artists.htm

"My interest in popular forms was not to glorify them—because I really dislike popular culture in most cases. I think it’s garbage, but that’s the culture I live in and that’s the culture people speak. I’m an avant-gardist. We’re living in the postmodern age, the death of the avant-garde. So all I can really do now is work with this dominant culture and flay it, rip it apart, reconfigure it, expose it. Because popular culture is really invisible. People are really visually illiterate. They learn to read in school, but they don’t learn to decode images. They’re not taught to look at films and recognize them as things that are put together. They see film as a kind of nature, like trees. They don’t say, “Oh yeah, somebody made that, somebody cut that.” They don’t think about visual things that way. So visual culture just surrounds them, but people are oblivious to it." - Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3E0_C-y9ng

Mike Kelley said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjINHhbfqMI

Mysterion said...
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john e mumbles said...

This is a good resource, M; I have several in my collection, a favorite being PATTERNS THAT CONNECT
http://www.edmundcarpenter.com/patterns_that_connect.html

I am also partial to R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz's massive THE TEMPLE OF MAN.

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john e mumbles said...

Little-known-fact-dept:

Charles Bukowski and Linda Lee Beighle were married by Manley P. Hall in 1985.

Was Bukowski a Buddhist? Possibly, toward the end of his life. Linda Lee was a devotee of Meher Baba's teachings.

john e mumbles said...

Meher Baba did his own thing, but was initiated by a Sufi woman, Hazrat Babajan.

anonymous anonymous said...

Charles Bukowski's gravestone reads: "Don't Try", a phrase which Bukowski uses in one of his poems, advising aspiring writers and poets about inspiration and creativity. Bukowski explained the phrase in a 1963 letter to John William Corrington: "Somebody at one of these places [...] asked me: "What do you do? How do you write, create?" You don't, I told them. You don't try. That's very important: not to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more. It's like a bug high on the wall. You wait for it to come to you. When it gets close enough you reach out, slap out and kill it. Or if you like its looks you make a pet out of it.

john e mumbles said...

Well, speaking of Try, Don't Try...

Paschal Beverly Randolph is an enigmatic and fascinating figure. A free man of colour born in the state of Virginia in 1825, he was an orator and spokesperson for the Abolitionist cause before the Civil War. He was also a well known spiritualist and trance-medium, and a world-traveller in the best Victorian fashion, who visited England, France, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, and other regions in search of esoteric wisdom. His investigations into Rosicrucianism led him to the then highly controversial field of sex-magic, and along the way he also wrote a definitive treatise of the use of hashish as an aid to trance possession (1860), and an equally important book on clairvoyant scrying with magic mirrors (1860). As a medical doctor and occultist, Randolph attempted to transcend the coercive racial stereotyping of 19th century America, but although he took as his motto the word "Try!" and developed a tremendous force of will, he felt continually checked in his ambitions. In 1875 he succumbed to what seems to have been a long-standing case of depression. Although there is substantial evidence that he was killed by a jealous husband.

Bizarro Seagal said...

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

R said...

Are you really the Brad Warner who wrote SS&Z?

You explicitly say so on the video.

better be true.

R said...

Or do you just use his pictures on your blog?

excalbur.info@kingdomcomes said...

Well you sure look a lot a like anyway.

anon #108 said...

Oh and BTW...it is my opinion that Skylar can act.

Yes, Skylar - I, for one, believe you can act. Do some amdram why doncha? Perhaps you do. Do you?

R said...

Been a long time since I rock and rolled.

- No new from Nishijima?

r said...

Newsyo.

Moses said...

"Jews" yo

Anonymous said...

Doctor: I'm afraid you're going to have to stop masturbating.
Patient: But why???
Doctor: Because I need to examine you...

mr. debonaire said...

john e:

"a jealous husband" will dull the high peak of sexual Kundalini (Serpent Power) in highly focused lovemaking techniques almost every time.

Anonymous Bob said...

108: I don't know if Skylar can act yet but she looks good in front of a camera. A girl can always learn to act but looking good is not so learnable.

CAPTCHA : forky : I'm just saying

Sumguyonablog said...

"I've come to the conclusion that there really is no set way to do a Zen retreat. So I just go with the flow wherever I happen to be."

Sorry Brad, Zen retreats are not a 'whatever works for you' type of event. If it isn't conducted in the standard, traditional manner, it isn't a real zen retreat. You can't just space-out in your recliner and listen to Pink Floyd and call that a Zen retreat.

Anonymous said...

You can't just space-out in your recliner and listen to Pink Floyd and call that a Zen retreat.

you can't?

Anonymous said...

"You can't just space-out in your recliner and listen to Pink Floyd and call that a Zen retreat."

mysterion's going to be pissed..

the thin man said...

It's no secret that obesity is a huge health issue across the United States. The American Obesity Assn. estimates that 127 million Americans 20 years or older are overweight, with more than 60 million of them considered obese. The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980 with 16% — approximately 9 million aged 6 to 19 — considered overweight.

This trend has caused furniture makers to reconsider the dimensions of their seating products. In recliners, seat dimensions are being stretched as cushions expand from 16 inches to more than 20, backs are widened and leg chaise supports made roomier. In addition to the higher inch count, the underbellies of recliners are being strengthened to support the increased weight. And even the names of these new recliners — such as the Big Deal and the Beast — convey a sense of expansive girth. La-Z-Boy's Jagger chair-and-a-half recliner, with sculpted round edges, offers big individual comfort. One executive compares buying a bigger recliner to buying shoes. If the shoe doesn't fit, you move up to the next size. This same logic is being applied to recliners.

john e mumbles said...

Looks like Osama bin Laden was eliminated from Celebrity Apprentice tonight.

anonymous anonymous said...

Let's bring everyone home now.

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Anonymous said...

"Remember, we learn much from studying stupid people."

Thank you mysterion. You have taught us a lot.

Anonymous said...

David Gilmour THEN

and NOW

R said...

- If a stupid person says we learn much from studying stupid people, - does it mean it is true, or does it not?

Though Mysterion does posses a certain genius.

R said...

- If a stupid person says we learn much from studying stupid people, - does it mean it is true, or does it not?

+ said...

The system refuses me, so in case you’d like to get acquainted with Mysterion’s genius, - DIY: -

- http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=nR9_qiyc-6Y

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNBNqUdqm1E

++ said...

- I suppose you understand “yo” @ 10:05 AM is Japanese.

+ Interesting thing the troll referred to himself as “Moses” - cause I mentioned him too on a post I am writing for my blog. But it only be on next Saturday. Still at work.

Errors and Omissions Excepted said...

Will only be onyo.

Uncle Willie said...
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Dalai Hummer said...

God Bless America.

Ersatz Zen said...

There is no God.
There is no America.
Why speak of blessing?

Mysterion said...
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Mysterion said...

What did you learn from THIS? [a short movie]

Anonymous said...

Thank you mysterion. You have taught me that you really love surfing the internet.. It's rather astonishing in it's depth and thoroughness. You must be nearing it's completion.

Anonymous said...

"dumped his body in the sea"?

WTF?
How much bullshit can dumbfucks swallow?

Mysterion said...
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john e mumbles said...

For-What-Its-Worth dept...

“We are not just humans learning to become buddhas, but also buddhas waking up in human form, learning to become fully human. And these two tracks of development can mutually enrich each other.” -John Welwood

Blake said...

I think you need to come back to Kansas. Maybe you should bring your band.

Anonymous said...

mysterion: Why are you so willing to believe what the government tells you now? After years of government lies and cover-ups you are now buying into their official version of events? They managed to get DNA results within hours of Bin Laden's death yet will need days to photo-shop up some convincing death photos? You can believe anything you want but I'm not going to drink the Kool-aid just yet.

Anonymous said...

Osama Bin Laden's burial, which was carried out from aboard the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the northern part of the Arabian Sea, was necessary because arrangements couldn't be made with any country to bury Bin Laden within 24 hours, as dictated by Muslim practice.

So are all American Muslim and Jewish combatants are buried where they are killed? None are brought back to America?

Mysterion said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
mysterion: Why are you so willing to believe

words like believe, belief, and the like have no place in the Buddhist lexicon.

I believe nothing. Conspiracy theories and the insane who spawn them are in a world apart from reality.

The sun comes up in the morning (actually, owing to the rotation of the earth, the eastern horizon goes down) and it sets (!) in the evening. One day, for each of us, it will cease.

Bin Laden, Bush, Ayn Rand, and Hank Greenspan are just four more assholes. They give a shit until they stop. I don't give a shit about any or all of them. They neither pick my pocket nor break my leg.

Anonymous said...

Typical lab-based DNA matching tests like this can take up to 14 days; they’re painstaking and need to be repeated several times to ensure the sample’s not contaminated from any other DNA sources. But that’s not necessarily the only way to do these tests: Late in 2010, a University of Arizona team presented research on a machine that can do the analysis in just two hours in a largely automated way. It’s possible that knowing they were engaged on a mission to capture Bin Laden, U.S. Forces arranged for access to a machine like this to be on quick alert–probably for flying blood, cheek cells, and other samples taken from the body to the lab for expedited analysis.

Anonymous said...

Bin Laden's DNA match made within hours

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/health&id=8107713

Anonymous said...

Brad has been very quiet for the last few days. Is he still in Knoxville or did he attend a retreat in Abbottabad last weekend?

Abbottabad.
Doo doo, doo doo doo.
Abbottabad.
Doo, doo doo, doo.
Abbottabad.
Doo doo, doo doo doo, doo doo doo,
doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo,
doo doo doo doo doo.

Anonymous said...

‘Atlas Shrugged’ officially declared a flop
April, 19 2011 8:31 AM

Rushed into production, starring a mostly no-name cast, and divided, in a most unwieldy way, into a trilogy, “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1″ was championed by those who need to champion its conservative values. It booked only $5,000 on 299 screens.

Any way you cut it, it’s a flop. It will not make back even half of its costs unless Fox TV or Fox News buys it to broadcast to the faithful few.

Those sequels that the producers are talking up? They look like long shots that won’t make back production costs.

Anonymous said...

Sean Hannity promoted it.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/atlantic/20110414/en_atlantic/atlasshrugged36684

Like "Left Behind," it's another piece of "wipe your behind."

What ass wipes the NEOcons turn out to be.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mysterion,
In case you haven't heard,
there's a bridge in Brooklyn
you might wanna buy...
with an exceptionally low price
just for you!

Mysterion said...
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Anonymous said...

from obama to osama
quite a panorama
need a kalama?

Anonymous said...

from obama
http://tinyurl.com/2g3k5vp
to osama
http://tinyurl.com/3b4j47a
quite a panorama
need a kalama?
http://tinyurl.com/25zgp42

anonymous anonymous said...

mysterion is the ultimate gangster lefty. If the Democrats shit it out, he spoons it up. If the republicans shit it out, he flushes it down. He decided 50 years ago that democrat shit tastes better than republican shit.

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Anonymous said...

In 2007 we had Softball sized Hail here in Wisconsin. Pretty much smucked the siding and roof of my house...did I mention Ice on the floor of the upstairs bathroom... the hail went through the sky-light like a knife through hot butter.

Zenleo

Anonymous said...

We often have hail as large as basketballs here.

john e mumbles said...

My balls are as big as basketballs.

And I have a photo to prove it.

Soft Troll said...

Mystie-Pie

"I wanted to make a film about stupid people that was very vulgar and deeply stupid. From that moment on I can hardly be reproached for making a film that is about stupid people." (another quote from Chabrol)

Perhaps replacing the word 'film' with 'blog comment' might bring new light to your modus operandi?

eïebol said...

The modern English word "stupid" has a broad range of application, from being slow of mind (indicating a lack of intelligence, care or reason), dullness of feeling or sensation (torpidity, senseless, insensitivity), or lacking interest or point (vexing, exasperating). It can either infer a congenital lack of capacity for reasoning, or a temporary state of daze or slow-mindedness. In political jargon, the term was used to describe Marxist sympathizers in Western countries. The implication is that though the person in question naively thinks themselves an ally of the Marxists or other ideologies, they are actually held in contempt by them, and were being cynically used. The term is now used more broadly to describe someone who is perceived to be manipulated by a political movement, terrorist group, hostile government, business, or other organization, whether or not the group is Communist in nature. They are considered useful idiots.

Bizarro Seagal said...

Art is not reality; one of the damned things is enough.

Soft Troll said...

Eiebol

This:

"The modern English word "stupid" has a broad range of application, from being slow of mind (indicating a lack of intelligence, care or reason), dullness of feeling or sensation (torpidity, senseless, insensitivity), or lacking interest or point (vexing, exasperating).It can either infer a congenital lack of capacity for reasoning, or a temporary state of daze or slow-mindedness."

Was cut and spliced from various Wiki/online definitions of stupidity.

This:

"In political jargon, the term was used to describe Marxist sympathizers in Western countries. The implication is that though the person in question naively thinks themselves an ally of the Marxists or other ideologies, they are actually held in contempt by them, and were being cynically used. The term is now used more broadly to describe someone who is perceived to be manipulated by a political movement, terrorist group, hostile government, business, or other organization, whether or not the group is Communist in nature. They are considered useful idiots."

Is a different definition for "useful idiots" that can be found on Wiki and has been spliced with the above.

That's naughty.

If the original splicer were outed as Mystie-Pie, I'd call that kind of wilful naughtiness an illustrative footnote to keep in mind for next time.

Anonymous said...

Hey Seagal

Art has to be reality or there wouldn't be one damned thing to take out of context like you've got a clue.

Anonymous said...

reality is what out collective imaginations create.

the universe is aware of itself... no more, no less.

BOOK

Anonymous said...

Willing to testify under oath
to a Federal Grand Jury...

duncecap said...

ROFLMAO This blogs like Mysterion retired from teaching to become headmaster of an unruly mob of (his words) stupid students that won't behave.

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Feelup R. Dix said...

anonymous @12:21 PM said...

"reality is what (our) collective imaginations create."

No, it's not.

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." Philip K. Dick

eïebol said...

Your stopped your education as soon as you started believing your shit didn't stink. Among the trends emerging for fall are big cat spots, seen at Rochas, Dries Van Noten and Thursday at Balmain. There’s also a bit more gold around this season, thanks to Balmain, which opened with a long gold dress and had gold leather pants and sparkling gold pinstripes on a black pantsuit. Collective imagination will also be big this Autumn.

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Anonymous said...

Republicans were assholes then and they are assholes now. Buddha never met a republican or he would have said: "Change is constant, only not with republicans."

That's a broad dualistic brush you're painting with mysterion.. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. So was Johnny Ramone. Brad's hero Gene Simmons is also a Republican. On the other hand, Lyndon Johnson, and George Wallace were Democrats.

Greg said...

That's interesting about the silence. I spend about 4 months at an ashram in India. There were silent days a couple days a week or so. It was always really had for me to keep quiet. I really respect those that can go all day with out chatting.

Anonymous said...

Who Says Science has Nothing to Say About Morality?



DISCUSSION BETWEEN SAM HARRIS AND RICHARD DAWKINS -
Added: Wednesday, 04 May 2011 at 5:44 PM

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm2Jrr0tRXk&feature=player_embedded

Mysterion said...

Yes, Gene Simmons is a republicant.

"Of course, the evidence suggests Simmons is totally wrong, but apparently he hasn't learned anything in the past three years or he doesn't care." source

Soft Troll said...

Science has a lot to say about morality. Perhaps one day it'll grow out of its spotty-teenage Oedipal stage and listen to what History has to say. Who knows, someone's great great etc grandchild might one day have a very fruitful dialogue with it, and misunderstand each other, like equals.

At the moment though, self-aware human beings need to make sure it's doing its homework correctly.

Soft Stool said...

Mystie-Pie, That quote has nothing to do with Gene Simmons being a Republican as you very well know. He was talking about stopping Democrats from stealing music because they "feel" it should be free. You placed that quote out of context. That was naughty.

BTW Shunryu Suzuki was the "original splicer." He took his quote "Life is like stepping onto a boat that is about to sail out to sea and sink" from Friedrich Nietzsche. Just goes to show that even Zen darlings steal what they want without attribution. Of course, being a Democrat, you are familiar with these things.

"What is this our life? A boat that swims in the sea, and all one knows for certain about it is that one day it will capsize." - Friedrich Nietzsche 1881

john e mumbles said...

Wow, Brad...a new (current) mugshot!

tienda muebles madrid said...

This won't have effect in reality, that's exactly what I think.