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[img] “Westy, how long is Luna now?”

“Westy, how long is Luna now?”
“An octave and a half, give or take a semi-tone.”
October 30, 2018 at 06:29PM
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[img] “1 uke.”

“Westy, roughly, how long is Luna?”
“1 uke.”
October 05, 2018 at 06:17PM
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[img] Sleeping Dogs Truth

Sleeping dogs are the truth, so we let them lie.
October 03, 2018 at 08:59AM
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[img] “…back down?”

“Mmm, so… How do you go back down?”
September 29, 2018 at 07:59PM
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[img] “The moment…”

“The moment was all; the moment was enough.” – Virginia Woolf, The Waves (1931)
September 24, 2018 at 07:55PM
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[img] Blocks your path…

Blocks your path and intones, “Atone for your sins.” What do you do?
September 19, 2018 at 05:24PM
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[img] chaos meets melody

chaos meets melody
September 18, 2018 at 05:05PM
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[img] “A little help…”

“Uh, a little help here…”
September 17, 2018 at 02:24PM
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[img] Luna(r) transmission

Luna(r) transmission
September 16, 2018 at 08:47AM
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[img] “Yeah, I’m Luna…”

“Yeah, I’m Luna. What’s it to you?”
September 14, 2018 at 05:31PM
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[real life] Sterling At The Gates

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A dog’s will to live is its raison d’être. Dogs do not suffer Albert Camus’s “one truly serious philosophical problem” of suicidal ideation. The canine affirmation is automatic and compulsory — a dog will never choose to end his or her life. It simply can’t. Dogs live, and only live.

A dog, by extension, affirms all lives it touches. Life’s entirety, of course, comprises a spectrum of emotions and ricocheting perspectives on reality — from nihilism to optimism, frustration to contentment, abandonment to love. A dog brought home becomes a nexus and repository for all that home’s experiences, memories and outlook.

Projecting a dog’s POV through ours, there’s beauty in their affirming life while (perhaps) never knowing that life is an opt in/out choice. The phrase “dogged determination” is doggone true. We don’t know what a dog knows, but we sense — and communicate through — some kind of mutual sentience. The true paradox of our cross-species communication surfaces as our dogs act with intention: we know they think — but only because we can’t tell what they’re thinking. 

(The know-can’t-tell paradox will also be true in determining whether an artificial intelligence achieves true sentience, but this story here’s about organic lifeforms. Ignore the robots around us, for now.)

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