You’re worse than Hannibal Lecter, Charlie Manson, Freddie Krueger

Space – The Ballad of Tom Jones

What did I do wrong?
Oh you nearly drove me cuckoo
Am I really all that bad?
You’re worse than Hannibal Lecter, Charlie Manson, Freddie Krueger
Why are we still together?
Oh I can’t leave until you’re dead
You mean ’til death do us part?
I mean like cyanide, strangulation or an axe to your head

It was lucky for us I turned the radio on
They say that music soothes the savage beast
There was something in that voice that stopped us seeing red
The two of us would surely have ended up dead

[Chorus]
You stopped us from killing each other
Tom Jones, Tom Jones
You’ll never know but you saved our lives
Tom Jones, Tom Jones
I could never throw my knickers at you
And I don’t come from Wales

Still haven’t solved our problems
You mean we hate each others guts
Still wanna poison your pizza
And I still wanna cut off your nuts
I phoned the marriage guidance
I tied the phone line round your neck
I’m sick of all this hatred
Well that will be the arsenic making you sick

You were about to drive me over the edge of a cliff
As I tried to jump out I knocked the stereo on
You changed your mind and then slammed on the brakes
It was lucky for us we bought his greatest hits…

Fame Quotes

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

John Wooden

Fame will go by and, so long, I’ve had you, fame. If it goes by, I’ve always known it was fickle. So at least it’s something I experience, but that’s not where I live.

Marilyn Monroe

A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.

Denis Waitley

The martyr cannot be dishonoured. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Honour means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honour, only something which must not be lost.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Fame and tranquillity can never be bedfellows.

Michel de Montaigne

Fame is but the breath of people and that often unwholesome.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I take things like honour and loyalty seriously. It’s more important to me than any materialistic thing or any fame I could have.

Lloyd Banks

Wealth, beauty, and fame are transient. When those are gone, little is left except the need to be useful.

Gene Tierney

Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.

David Bowie

Fame – a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.

Christian Nestell Bovee

Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are.

Erica Jong

Fame doesn’t end loneliness.

Claire Danes

Some men are born posthumously.

Friedrich Nietzsche

You are not in competition with anybody except yourself; plan to outdo your past not other people.

Jaachynma N.E. Agu.

I wish that being famous helped prevent me from being constipated.

Marvin Gaye

Face Quotes

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

William Shakespeare

Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.

Soren Kierkegaard

Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be grateful it happens in that order.

David Gerrold

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

William Shakespeare

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.

Albert Camus

We see God face to face every hour, and know the savour of Nature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well.

Henry David Thoreau

Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony, which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value.

Doug Coupland

Let’s face it; God has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him?

Bill Maher

Every one rushes elsewhere and into the future, because no one wants to face one’s own inner self.

Michel de Montaigne

Pride will spit in pride’s face.

Thomas Fuller

You never find yourself until you face the truth.

Pearl Bailey

Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I dare you all to write one more thing that you won’t say to my face.

Marilyn Manson

I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face.

Katherine Mansfield

Controversy and Nit-picking Mind

Yesterday I was marginally surprised to hear of Carlos Castaneda’s birth date as being 1925. I had assumed that because he was an anthropology Ph.D. student he would have been in his twenties and not his forties when he wrote the books. The voice speaking to me in the books seemed younger. When I first read them, as a chemistry undergraduate, it seemed to me that the author was about my age.

Unless you have worked with the principle techniques, you have no idea what they do to you, so speculation from the context of orthodox psychology is simply that, speculation. The techniques aim at eradicating identity. Whereas mainstream psychology promotes some sense of identity and works at using a shoehorn to fit the “patient” back into mainstream society as it is held to be at the time or epoch of treatment. Behaviours currently socially acceptable were taboo and even illegal in our recent history, sodomy being but a simple example. Social acceptance is a time varying beast.

It is very easy to critique, nit-pick and find holes. I have examined several Ph.D. theses and it was pretty simple to find a few errors and points for questions and probing. I didn’t really go for it because the purpose was not to tear the students a new arsehole. The purpose was to convince myself they did the work and had a fair idea what it was all about. I did ask on a couple of occasions for a partial re-write because there were technical errors.

People can get famous criticising others and creating some controversy in which they garner fame as the person who proved the fraud. It is easy to criticise a dead man. No matter what my belief system is, the fact remains that I was a mainstream scientist at a top university for a number of years. I undertook physics and chemistry research for over twenty years and co-founded a high-power laser company.

Is it then controversial that I am talking about the New Age, the Toltec Teachings and the occult?

Have I lost my marbles?

Am I a few cards short of a full deck?

I guess it is up to you, the reader, to assess if I am whacko or sane.

One of the comments about Castaneda I read is that he plagiarised others, borrowed their words. If there is only one truth, there are only so many ways of expressing it. Is plagiarism always plagiarism or is there a paucity of available language? If you want to nit-pick, you can, anyone can.

Take for example an academic paper. How many of them start with things like, “In recent years there has been a lot of interest in…” or “Superconductivity was first observed in XXXX and since then there have been many studies….”

There are only so many ways to write an introduction to a science paper. Are we all then plagiarising others?

There was a big deal when Einstein was “proven” wrong about spooky action at a distance.

Why do people get off on “proving” someone wrong?

Do they go damp or get a boner from it?

People are weird…

Is Mundane Simplicity the Answer?

It has been a thing of mine to need a mountain fix from time to time, strangely I have not had that urge for quite a while and unless there is a train or cable car, it seems unlikely that I will be doing a 1000metre hike again. The “mountains” around here are all less than 400m.

I’ll suggest that many people live ultra-hectic lives and are continually het up about a whole bunch of stuff. People are so foxtrotting busy that they have little time to think and are constantly moving from one perceived devoir to the next. They do a whole load of stuff they don’t enjoy and are constantly worried about a large number of things. Ambition drives them “forward” and acquisitional consumerism eggs them on. People buy stuff they can’t afford to try to impress people they do not like. This is the modern-day hell on earth to which the bulk of western humanity is subscribed.

It is offered up as modern living and we can buy lifestyle magazines which help us consume in accordance with fashion and the latest technology trends.

If modern living is so good, why are so many people so foxtrotting unhappy, stressed-out and on antidepressants?

Humanity has made life very complicated for itself, complexity is a quasi-deity to be worshipped on the way home from the psychotherapist after having bought some vagina scented candles, at a ridiculous price, from a purveyor of snake oil. We install meditation and wellness apps on the principle cause of our hectic hegemony, our smartphones, blessed be their names.

If you are living in the past and looking at the future, you near entirely miss the present.

The mundane and the boring, so declared, are actually highly engaging and interesting if you are fully present in them. There is always a lot going on.

How many times have you been engaged in something that you enjoy and when Pavlov sends you a text, you stop what it is you are doing because you are drooling to know what is in the message?

I long suspected it, that simplicity was actually the answer. When I first tried to stop the world in order to get off, it was damn weird. There was a time a period of many years in fact when I was scheduled to the nearest five minutes. Now if there is more than one or two things per week, written in the dementia proof diary, it is highly unusual. Yet we find plenty to do and without any hurry and very little stress. A lot of what I write about here is mundane. People might scoff and think that boring.

It took me a number of months to de-tox from the hectic lunacy.

Now, there is nothing urgent.

I don’t have to talk with important people about weighty subjects. I am not trying to impress anyone. I don’t need to do a personal development plan laden with goals and objectives. I don’t have to justify myself if I fail to meet a target.

The things humanity does to itself in the name of “progress” seem more than a tad masochistic from where I am sat now.

Does it all have to come really crashing down before humanity realises, that if it was not so obsessed with progress and wealth, climate change would not be an issue. Reduce consumption-reduce greenhouse gases. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist. This simple message is not the one being touted. We must make things more complicated in order to get climate change under control.

One must not challenge the ultimate deity of acquisitional material consumerism. It is our Lord and God.

If we all lived a simpler life… There would be less drama, less stress. Hell, we as a species might even cheer up and get a little happier…

No matter how hard I shake my crystal ball, with snow in, I can’t see it happening anytime soon.