Category Archives: ‘pocalypse

exactly what it sounds like, unfortunately

The manufacturing of gratitude

I'm in southeast Michigan, celebrating Thanksgiving with my family a week early, because it's cheaper and easier for all of us, with our jobs and the kids who all have "broad" families — we don't say "broken"; our divorces didn't … Continue reading

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Endings

Maybe it's comforting to think about endings, since we're only actually halfway through the month.  O.O The Buddhists have this lovely metaphor of "eight winds", explaining how the forces of external life-stuff shove at you, challenging you to maintain your … Continue reading

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The middle, child

The "Middle Way".  The in-between spaces.  The liminal, numinous, and unexplored.  The dark depths and unimaginable distances.  Binah, the third-eye chakra.  The fuzzy, the uncertain, the places where there is no choice but to embrace our own ignorance. This is … Continue reading

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It’s Halloween and I am proper terrified

I am a horror fan:  i.e. I see value in being scared.  Occasionally I enjoy it, but for me it's not about enjoyment; it's about poking and becoming more consciously aware of what fear is for me, how it drives … Continue reading

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Another List of Five: Foods you can keep yourself (and others) alive with

Here's some dead useful knowledge I've accumulated, half-deliberately and without really realizing that's what I've been doing, but hey, useful! Basic Foods to Keep You Alive AND Healthy (When sick, when poor, when in an apocalypse, etc.) 1.  Congee.  Cook … Continue reading

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Fire

I'm reposting this in its entirety from Everything2, mostly because it's an old site and this piece is over 15 years old, and I can't bear it being at risk of vanishing.  I looked it up again today because I … Continue reading

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A sweet little fiction

So one time this culture discovered that a readily-available plant had a really tasty component, and they began harvesting, and then cultivating and later, processing and refining and making all kinds of analogs and variations on the tasty stuff. Everyone … Continue reading

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A call to keyboards

Bruce Schneier in the Guardian:  "The NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. We engineers built the internet – and now we have to fix it. Government and industry have betrayed the internet, and us. This is not the internet … Continue reading

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Broken Systems

This morning in the news we find two very broken systems: 1.  "Copyright" "Enforcement":  The fact that neither YouTube's complex "takedown" system nor the DMCA (federal law) as practiced could stop Lionsgate (a film distributor) from forcibly removing this completely … Continue reading

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Do Not Miss “Secrets and Lies of the Bailout”

Isn't it funny how citizens of the US have heard almost nothing but bland reassurances about how that whole cost-of-an-entire-war-to-bail-out-the-banks thing worked out? Yes, well. One of our country's greatest remaining investigative journalists has some news for you…the whole thing … Continue reading

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