by Himself on 05/17/2015

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Toki Pona 1

by Himself on 05/5/2015

Right – I am taking the plunge.

After looking in to it, dilly dallying and general fa**ying around I have decided I will learn Toki Pona.

Toki Pona is a constructed language, first published online in mid-2001. It was designed by translator and linguist Sonja Lang (formerly Sonja Elen Kisa) of Toronto.

Toki Pona is a minimal language. Like a pidgin, it focuses on simple concepts and elements that are relatively universal among cultures. Lang designed Toki Pona to express maximal meaning with minimal complexity. The language has 14 phonemes and 120 root words. It is not designed as an international auxiliary language but is instead inspired by Taoist philosophy, among other things.

The language is designed to shape the thought processes of its users, in the style of the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis in Zen-like fashion.

Well, that is what Wikipedia had to say on the matter anyway. I figure learning this minimalist language could be beneficial. It may help with my thought disorder – after too much snoochy boochy when growing up I cannot think straight. Hopefully, articulating my thoughts in the proposed simple setup (Toki Pona) will eliminate ‘side chatter’ and help me regain my faculties? Continue Reading »

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Mental Health & Blogging

by Himself on 04/28/2015

Well, where to start really.

It seems the only time I set about putting thoughts into words is when I am either in dire need of a lie down or clinically confused – normally the two are combined!

See, the only time I (me and me alone – I cannot vouch for all of the excellent mental health blogs) seem to put finger to keyboard is when my brain is misfiring and I am talking gibberish – great that I have the confidence to try and articulate my thoughts, slightly misguided that I believe they will make a lasting change in human history – but always good fun. Continue Reading »

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The Distance Between Then & Now

by Himself on 04/27/2015

People, other folk, often bang on about the emotive properties of music – I for one tend to agree. Music can merge distances in time and mend emotional grievance – but a No. 1 Charting Pop Tune? Well, it was a first for me.

In early 2000 I was in South East Asia – starting my time over there as a teacher near Shanghai and slowly working my way down to Thailand through Laos. Picking up work where possible and trying not to piss off the locals. Continue Reading »

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Long Time … No … Blog …?

by Himself on 04/8/2015

TBH I have been thinking of stopping blogging all together – what with my brief foray into daily blogging it really did kill it a bit.

My resolution was to try and blog as much as possible this year … something I have not been able to do. See, the radio station has come back on air and I am spending a lot of time sorting that out. When i am not doing that, well, I am starting a furniture importing business you see. Continue Reading »

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The Greatest Weight (Thoughts About My Depression)

by Himself on 02/27/2015

“The greatest weight.– What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence – even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!”

Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus?… Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?”

― Friedrich NietzscheThe Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs

This is what I have been battling with – and it is called Nietzsche’s Greatest Weight. Fair enough, it could be seen as a thought experiment. However, with my mental ill health this could be seen as how my depression manifests. Continue Reading »

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Virtue Theory

by Himself on 02/22/2015

Aristotle_Bust_White_Background_TransparentVirtue Theory – or Aristotalianism – identifies right actions as those that a virtuous agent would do, when acting in character.

We know what the traditional virtues are – such as courage, moderation, justice etc. – but ‘virtue theory’ identifies the virtues as those character traits that contribute to eudaimonia. ‘Eudaimonia’ is often understood as ‘flourishing’. Morality bites because of its contribution to our flourishing. We all want to flourish. What is the best way, though without guarantee, to achieving this? Continue Reading »

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Are There Too Many Poets?

by Himself on 02/21/2015

I appreciate I may be kicking up a stink here. I only wish to express my point of view on a topic that I hold dear: poetry & prose. Continue Reading »

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Birthday ‘Thank You’ Letter

by Himself on 02/16/2015

Olds & Young ‘Uns!

Many thanks for the birthday present – it is amazing. I have included a recording below that explains it better than I can type. Mum, you will need to use Dad’s headphones – don’t argue, these microphones are designed to be listened back to using Headphones.

Here they are in action …

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A Friend Doing Well For Himself

by Himself on 02/13/2015

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