Atypical Absurdity

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“Life may be materially more comfortable, but it’s all just one giant, atemporal, cyclic process” -Venkatesh Rao


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If I may take an oblique approach and I do dare say surreptitious, we could circumscribe the categorization of the epitomization beyond falsification.

The obtusion consequentialism is ascertained in the superfluous iteration of verbosity and highfalutin displays of vocabularization.

Rigorous acts of mental flagellation coupled with scintillating recollections derive proffered attempts at intellectualization.

Would the cauterization provide the salve so desperately desired?

May merely mirroring many make more meaning?


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Demonstrably the insipid jealousy emanates from the a priori inability to rationally communicate.

Daydreams and delusions develop ad hoc conclusions.

Abulia abounds as all around arise agape aching to ape.

Pablum ceases to satiate.

Abandon all hope and accept faith.


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What Keeps You Up At Night?

As someone who has long struggled with sleeping, the few moments I do get are precious.

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What Keeps You Up At Night?

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As someone who has long struggled with sleeping, the few moments of sleep I do get are precious.


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There is no shortage of herbal, prescription, or OTC medicines to help with sleep.

Also the internet is rife with “life hacks” and other lame advice on how to get a good night’s rest.

It’s not that these things don’t work.

It just feels like it shouldn’t have to be this hard.

You know, wake up, do stuff, go to sleep.

End of story.

But for several people this isn’t the case.


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There are as many reasons why people don’t sleep well as there are solutions to get better sleep.

For me, I don’t sleep well when I don’t get a sufficient level of physical exertion.

Usually some exercise could fix this, but who wants to do that?

The upkeep of habits and routine to get a good night’s sleep are probably worth it in the long run, but that’s another story.

This one here is about what keeps you up at night?


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When I was younger I would stay up most the night thinking.

Usually I would worry about the next day’s events in my head and worry what to do about it.

Or I would ruminate about the bad things that went on that day and what I could have done different.

Now, however, things are different.

On most nights I sleep ok.

That is with the exception of the trains that pass by blowing their horn at night.

From a Quora question I found about why trains do this:

Do train engineers blow their horns at night just to wake people up?

“Train horns are not to wake people up from their sleep. It is a safety issue. It is also a federal law that trains must sound their horns as they approach a grade crossing. This is so drunks in cars, idiots with their stereos blasting, people preoccupied with texting on their iPhones, etc. do not get themselves or the train crew killed.

Train horns are also used for signalling. This is becoming less prevalent since radios have become used more.”


Here’s an example of why engineer’s blow their horns at crossings.


But the question is, does it have to be that way?

Can we as a society come up with another solution that is equally as safe, but less noisy at night?

What if the crossing signal sent a message to car radios within a certain mile radius and only radios that were on would receive the warning message and everyone else could just get some sleep?

What other ways could we devise to keep people safe but to keep the sound to a minimum at night?

What ideas do you have for this problem?

What Keeps You Up At Night?


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Signaling Error

What happens when this system breaks down?

Signaling Error

“Toppling statues and meme magic are the hallmarks of an ever-more “as if” world: symbols have power, and mental attention is power.” – Sarah Perry


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“In Michael Spence‘s job-market signalling model, (potential) employees send a signal about their ability level to the employer by acquiring education credentials. The informational value of the credential comes from the fact that the employer believes the credential is positively correlated with having greater ability and difficult for low ability employees to obtain. Thus the credential enables the employer to reliably distinguish low ability workers from high ability workers.”

What happens when this system breaks down?

The right signals are being sent, but the outcomes are not requisite.

Results may vary.

“The error message need not mention the name of the function that signals the error; it is assumed that the debugger will make this information available.”

What to do when the assumptions fail and the debugger is broken?

Navigating the day to day moments of life can become a burden.

The projections are looking up.

All forecasts are rosy.


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The gap between the perceived potential and the achieved reality is an abyss.

Learn something new the said, it will be fun they said.

Unfollow. Mute. Block. Hide. Delete.

The pain is much too real.

The Key To The Labyrinth Is To Overcome.

What more do you want from me? What more is it that I am to do?


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The tragedy is.

We all posture for position as we position our posture.
We update our crypto portfolios like a coach updates a roster.
We do shadow work for shadow pay,
All hoping to hit it big someday.

We gorge on routine
As we are stuck in this repetition.
Always craving novelty,
And a brand new addition.


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Giving to Grow

When I was younger, I never understood why companies spent so much money telling others about the good things they were doing.

The Recluse

This post originally appeared on my other blog that pays me, and you if you want, to post and to comment @ https://steemit.com/@strangerarray.

 

The following is an original poem I wrote while mowing my lawn today.


The Original 

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The Recluse

I’ll turn it off,
Boy! That feels great!
Living without this constant drip of hate.

I’ll turn it off,
I’ll be fine.
Well, maybe I’ll scroll one more time…

I’ll turn it off,
This time I swear.
FOMO – I don’t care!

I’ll turn it off,
On this set date.
I’ll leave the rest up to fate.

I’ve turned it off,
And I am feeling fine.

I’ve turned it off,
And have so much more time.

I’ve turned it off,
And now I see people face to face.

I’ve turned it off,
Yet unless you join me, I will be a recluse in this place.


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This poem obviously addresses social media which is the issue of our time.

I am publicly online, but sometimes wonder: “Why?”

It is said that Socrates once said that “The unexamined life is not worth living”.

I have often thought about this in my walk of faith and of trying to do what is right in the sight of God.

Sometimes the examination appears too great and I realize just how short I come.

The truth is I feel that social media is here to stay, but how we interact with it will change.

I think that right now as a society, we are in the honeymoon phase.

It is still new and the novelty is intoxicating.

But this will fade.

I think having a healthy balance between online and in-person matters and will make a huge difference as we move forward.

We can’t shun one and ridicule the other.

Relationships matter.


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Michael


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Write On!

“Do I drink because I am a writer or am I a writer because I drink?”

Giving to Grow

This post originally appeared on my other blog that pays me, and you if you want, to post and to comment @ https://steemit.com/@strangerarray.

 

When I was younger, I never understood why companies spent so much money telling others about the good things they were doing.


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I always thought they could better use the money for whatever they were raising it for rather than spending it on mailers, marketing, commercials and ads.

Somewhere along the way, I learned that the reason they spend so much on telling people about what they are doing is so that they can raise even more than they would otherwise!

Fair enough.

But is that enough?


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What if there were a way to raise money, but not only for the immediate needs, but future needs too?

“If you feed a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you give him a growing endowment, you feed him for life.” – @stan

Now this sounds interesting!

The thing is, I live in Texas, but not near enough to Houston to be impacted directly by Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flooding.

But I know people who are down that way and I want to do something.

There is plenty of ways to give supplies, money and other things, but what is something unique that I got that I can use to “do more”…


Some Notable Heros –
J. J. Watt and Jerry Jones


That’s awesome, but I don’t have that kind of cash… How can a normal everyday guy like me be a HERO?

More from @stan:

“So, if you donate $30, it could grow to $30,000 collateral in two years while Harvey victims get a steady series of HERO payments that add up to $10,000 – without touching the $30,000 endowment you have cleverly built for them.”

Now that’s impressive!

This morning I decided to donate some of my own HERO to the cause with the hopes that it too will one day grow!

My BitShares Decentralized Exchange account is strangerarray07 and as you can see I gave 1.5 HERO to Help with Harvey Recovery!


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I wouldn’t normally publicize my givings, but I want to raise awareness of this special way to help Rebuild Houston!

Whatda’say wanna join me and be a HERO?


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Michael


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The Recluse

It is an original poem I wrote while mowing my lawn the other day.

Write On!

This post originally appeared on my other blog that pays me, and you if you want, to post and to comment @ https://steemit.com/@strangerarray.

 

“Do I drink because I am a writer or am I a writer because I drink?”


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Writing is one of the most beautiful and powerful art forms when done well and one of the worst when done poorly.

I love reading great writing.

Then I type some c̶h̶i̶c̶k̶e̶n̶s̶h̶i̶t̶ things.

The idea, the hope, the dream, being that one day that these things I write end up doing something more.

What more you ask?

I dunno…

Help people.

Entertain?

Fascinate, explain, elucidate, or educate.

Can art really be explained?


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There are principles to art to be sure. And good art and bad art as there is good and bad writing.

But writing as an art is undervalued because we all do it, yet almost none of us are good at it.

A few of us put in the time or effort to make it happen.

Others have a way of finding amazing things.

Really what sold me on steemit was this from the whitepaper:

“Steem is designed around a relatively simple concept: everyone’s meaningful contribution to the community should be recognized for the value it adds. When people are recognized for their meaningful contributions, they continue contributing and the community grows. Any imbalance in the give and take within a community is unsustainable. Eventually the givers grow tired of supporting the takers and disengage from the community.” – (p. 6)

That is what I want to do as a writer, an artist, and as a person, something meaningful.

As I hope most of us do.


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What to say next?

Lust is empty. Desire is vain.

Enjoyment is temporary.

Am I insane?

What more do you want from me? What is left for me to do? Are there any more inquiries?

Or what have I to prove to you?


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Michael


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Makin’ Music

Makin’ Music

This post originally appeared on my other blog on Steemit that pays me, and you if you want, to post and to comment @ https://steemit.com/@strangerarray.

 

So I had this idea for a mashup video, but don’t know how to make one.


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Instead, I “mashedup” the lyrics of two songs that cover a similar theme and I can only imagine how they would sound mixed really well together.

Below is my best attempt at intertwining the lyrics of “All The World Is Mad” by Thrice (Lyrics from azlyrics.com) and “Déjà Vu” by Lecrae (Lyrics from genius.com).

I have also provided the videos for both so you can listen to them and see what you think.


All The World Is Déjà Vu

Yeah, the whole world’s gone crazy
People riot in the streets
Killin’ unborn babies
Catchin’ shots from police

We are saints made of plaster, our laughter is canned
We are demons that hide in the mirror
But the blood on our hands
Paints a picture exceedingly clear

Never thought that I would see the day
When I would have to pray for God to hold me down
‘Cause Lord, I feel like giving up today
I feel like giving up the faith
I swear these people fake, I swear they full of hate
I swear to tell the truth until I’m in the grave

We are brimming with cumbersome, murderous greed
And malevolence deep and profound.
We do unspeakable deeds
Does our wickedness know any bounds?

Shots-shots fired, everybody quiet

Something’s gone terribly wrong
With everyone

Tryna hear the preacher, he ain’t preachin’ to the choir
Preachin’ to the riots that he got fired
He ain’t got no Medicare, sippin’ liquor in his chair
Blank stare, need a blank check, where your bank at?
Babies had a birthday, they gon’ need a rain check
Rich man need a vacation, hop a plane
Broke man need a vacation, Mary Jane

All the world is mad
Darkness brings terrible things
The sun is gone
What vanity! Our sad, wretched fires

Walk outside and everything is lovely
Butterflies in my stomach from this girl I wanna see
Party in the neighborhood and everybody on the street
They was on that Stevie Wonder now it’s Frankie Beverly

We can’t medicate man to perfection again
We can’t legislate peace in our hearts
We can’t educate sin from our souls
It’s been there from the start

I done seen days go crazy, time fly by
Maybe it was yesterday or maybe 65
Peace then war, born then die
All too familiar, more lifetimes

But the blind lead the blind into bottomless pits
Still we smile and deny that we’re cursed
But of all our iniquities
Ignorance may be the worst

One time for the memories, two times for the crew
Three times for the love, y’all
And four times for the truth

Something’s gone terribly wrong
With everyone
All the world is mad
Darkness brings terrible things
The sun is gone
What vanity! Our sad, wretched fires

And some days are a nightmare
And some dreams come true
But the Lord’s still right there
It’s just déjà vu
It’s just déjà vu, déjà vu
It’s just déjà vu, y’all
It’s just déjà vu
It feel like Tribe Called Quest, it feel like De La Soul
It feel all too familiar, it feel like déjà vu

Oh little light we have!
It only serves to show
The snares and seeds of wrath
We have already sewn on every path

I said I love you, hit the door
Got a mission, gotta go
Yeah, it’s cold, but I’m gon’ pursue that
She said she love me but she know
I’m too old to be waiting for a handout, boy you knew that
And if they try to keep me down
Hold my ground ’til they all look around
And they wonder, “Who that?”
They don’t respect my mind or respect my grind
So I told her, “I got to do that”

Something’s gone terribly wrong
With everyone
All the world is mad
Darkness brings terrible things
The sun is gone
What vanity! Our sad wretched fires.

Now maybe I was talkin’ to my lady
But I think I told my mama same thing
I told her I was all about the action
And then I got Ghostface in my dream
Déjà vu, parlez-vous français? Quoi de neuf?
Everything the same under the sun, that’s why we burnin’ up
Don’t believe astrology, but man, I hated cancer
Breast, lung, throat, blood, prayin’ for an answer
Seem like it was yesterday, they came and took your breath away
And I ain’t get a chance to tell you everything I want to say
Now they say your sister got it too
Yeah, they say it’s true
Guess it’s never finished ’til it’s you
Déjà vu


Thrice – “All The World Is Mad”


Lecrae – “Déjà Vu”


Do you think they would make a good mash up?

Are you able to make it?


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Michael


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