Archive for May, 2011

Tapped

Posted in Life and Times on May 30, 2011 by Sardonic Pariah

I’m not sure if it’s positive or negative, but I’ve found myself with additional workload this term at the school.  It’s negative because it means less free time for me, but it’s positive because it means I continue learning.

I’ve been tapped as a learning resource down at the old college.  I’m not an official tutor; I had considered applying for that last term, for Introduction to International Business, but I never bothered going through with it.  This term I’m apparently covering a number of subjects, some of which I haven’t even taken.

Firstly, I’m doing some stuff with the International class.  Nothing particularly in-depth, but enough that it keeps it fresh in my mind.  I’m also tutoring three people in Financial Math (amortization tables FTW), two people for Microsoft Excel, one person for Entrepreneurship, and even one person in Modern History.  Funny thing: I shouldn’t even be in the Excel class, as I could have easily written a Prior Learning Assessment and gotten out of it.  I hate Entrepreneurship with a passion, as I have no particular desire to work 70-90 hour work weeks for limited income and the opportunity to watch my business tank within the first three years.  And I’ve never taken a college history course in my life; every paper I’ve discussed with the guy has done exceedingly well in the class, so it might be an idea for me to take it as one of my non-business electives.  Pad the numbers.

What’s the benefit of all this?  I get to feel smart.  Winning.

Wisdom

Posted in The Wise Acres on May 25, 2011 by Sardonic Pariah

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish answer than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”     – Bruce Lee

 Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.”     – H. L. Mencken

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those that he has.”     – Epictetus

 Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”     – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Be as smart as you can, but always remember that it is better to be wise than to be smart.”     – Alan Alda

Easter Eggs

Posted in Fiction Writing on May 25, 2011 by Sardonic Pariah

Easter eggs.  They’re where it’s at.

In working on this bit of writing I’ve decided to insert a bunch of these to make it a bit more interesting for the informed reader.  Besides which, it’ll allow me to add depth to the story; at least, it’ll allow me to add the illusion of depth.  I’ll be keeping a list of the eggs I drop into the story so that when I die someone can find my notes and everyone can remark on how terribly clever I was.

Thus far I’ve got but one juicy egg.  The main character of my story, and his cohorts, happen to be part of a numbered list.  They’re an odd bunch, these folks, so I’ve decided to do some odd things with them.  In this case, each member of the group will have characteristics based on what their number happens to mean in numerology.  Not that there’s anything terribly mystical within the story I’m writing, but I think it’ll be an interesting gem in the case that someone deeply involved in numerology happens to read my story.  I’ll probably send free copies to fortunetellers.

More gems will get dropped in there, I promise.  Each one a multicoloured wonder.

Iceland Explodes… Again

Posted in News on May 24, 2011 by Sardonic Pariah

Damn, twice in just over a year?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13487858

This little country has some pepper, I’ll tell you what.  Last year a volcano I couldn’t possibly hope to pronounce (Eyjafjallajokull) erupted, knocking out air travel throughout a large portion of Western Europe.  This one isn’t quite as hot to trot, but it’s still imposed a relatively local ban on air travel.  Are the Icelanders concerned?  Doesn’t seem so.  I guess they’re used to pretty hillsides exploding.

On an obscure sidenote that I’m sure you all care very deeply about, CCP, the company that produces my favourite game, is an Icelandic company.  The game?  Oh, you didn’t ask?  I’m telling you anyway.  It’s EVE Online.

Internet spaceships are serious business.  So are volcanoes.

Preaching

Posted in The Wise Acres on May 23, 2011 by Sardonic Pariah

“The nobler man first practices what he preaches and afterward preaches according to his practice.”     – Confucius

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tonnes of preaching.”     – Mohandas Gandhi

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”     – Francis of Assisi


Kong Fuzi

Posted in The Wise Acres on May 23, 2011 by Sardonic Pariah

More popularly known as Confucius.

Born in the mid-6th Century BCE in the Chinese state of Lu (now Shandong Province), Confucius was such a monumental figure that many of his philosophies were adopted by Chinese governments spanning multiple dynasties.  Even centuries after his death his wisdom helped guide the governing bodies of the Chinese states.  After his death his philosophy was codified into the form we know today, Confucianism.

While this body of philosophy does touch on esoteric realms, such as the afterlife and heavens, its primary focus is on ethics and how they apply to politics.  His ethical points focused on being an exemplary individual within oneself, regardless of the outside world, and one of the most famous of his proverbs has been transliterated into the Golden Rule learned by so many children in the West.

“Do unto others as you wish others to do unto you.”

The Ultimate Democracy

Posted in Fiction Writing on May 23, 2011 by Sardonic Pariah

Spectacular!

I’ve found an old piece of work that I haven’t touched in an age.  The original draft that I had was submitted to a publisher, but not accepted.  Well, the three or so chapters I have so far.  It’s a bit hard-edged and graphic, but with a little work I can expand its scope and maybe take some of the more obscenely biological descriptions out.  It could be a good read, if I work it out properly.

The advantage to this is that I have a core idea, and that it fits within the framework of the themes I’ve discussed earlier in this section.  Being somewhat paranoid with my written word, it’s unlikely I’m going to post too much detail about it here, but we’ll see.  Hopefully I go a little feverish with it, because that’s when I do my best writing.

Time to brew some coffee and stack some smokes.  Winning!