10 Scratch causes itch
20 Itch causes scratch
30 GOTO 10
A few of the finite things you have complete control over in life:
How clean your home is
How made your bed is
How tired your dog is
Whether or not your passport is current and active
All of this adds up, really, to the one and only thing you have control over:
How you react to chaos.
The paradox of safe environments is where vulnerability becomes currency.
Violence is a subset of laziness
No place is “public” if you have to log in.
In the end nowhere will be the sole “public” space.
Most days, I see a picture or read the name of one more missing person.
Are there any colonial overtones in the “East versus West” dynamic? Isn’t the whole notion that Russia and China are in “the East” predicated on a European looking at a compass?
I stopped consuming porn because in the end it just saps your battery.
“Hey, Westy, why don’t you write about music for once? Or better yet, just shut up and play.”
We’re getting there, Kid.…
the trick is to get paid for just being you
to “turn a trick” is to be paid to be someone else’s “you”
adopting war terminology for sports (“bomb,” “shotgun,” “blitz,” “strikers,” “defense,” “offence,” “flanks,” “attack,” “sacking,” etc) turned war into sports
Now, those not fighting are said to be “on the sidelines.” As if there are teams. As if there are fans. What of those who want no tickets to begin with? Who would have the world just grill dinner and play tennis?
Nothing comes out of nowhere
But everything came from nothing
I don’t believe anyone I’ve ever spoken with on a helpline or a chat has used their real name
lol if ppl refuse to raise prices, there will be no inflation
history is arbitrary
the sole “historical context” is the present
the cold war weaponised fear and destabilisation
the now war weaponises loneliness and alienation
The downside, and upside, to globalisation is to turn Earth from a planet into an island
LOL the john is actually the whore. The John needs to pay to be themself, even though appearing to pay for escape
kinda how in the end ppl vote for who they’d rather lie to them
Allowing others to lie to us gives us air cover to lie to ourselves
lol in the future you’ll need birthright to bbq
just so strange how there’s still war when the world has the means to feed and house everyone
a week of scattered thoughts
Grass is a reflective, not euphoric drug. That’s why it was made illegal
Fwiw, nuclear power is a form of solar energy. Stars are just big AF reactors.
In a way, every nuclear plant on Earth is a man-made nano-star.
Nuclear bombs explode microscopic suns.
there’s only so many times you can say, “I’m being taken out of context,” until your actual context becomes questionable
Let’s pitch Name That Tune except you have to ID songs behind white noise at varying intensities – (vacuum cleaners, hvac, subway entering station, side of a highway, etc)
No Justice = No Peace also means No Injustice = No War.
That’s the real jam in the sandwich; that’s why we never get there.
A world that coddles war will never know justice
Just curious: When was the last time you used the phrase “super absorbent” in a conversation?
Lol that brain implant will need OS updates.
“Sorry, Westy, your neural network is a Late 2023 and will not support these sunglasses…”
Double-lol if neural implants run on open source code
“Here’s everything that happened,” is journalism.
“Here’s what you need to know,” is commentary.
All commentary is journalism, but not all journalism is commentary.
how long until you can place DraftKings bets on tomorrow’s google doodle?
most of what you see and hear across media is designed to create mythology, not history
Lol it’s World War “3” because “The Great War” (a.k.a. “The War To End All Wars”) was rechristened as “World War 1” after the U.S. entered what FDR termed “the Second World War.”
Like lol during the 2nd one, everyone agreed that, “Maybe we need to start counting these…”
Remember, Parking Enforcement Officers have nothing else to do. That’s what they do. Yelling at someone doing their job is the essence of pointlessness
One grand paradoxical irony is that if not for NATO staying together after the Cold War, Russia would be less threatening to most individual NATO members.…
A society run on batteries is kinda non-biodegradable, yes?
In due course, billions of bricked iPhones will need to be shot into space
At some point, everything will be hand-cranked
lol the hand-cranked car was the future
Is half-baked… a moment of potential or decay?
No one ever says they’re “half-baked” as the drugs kick in. Understandable, since how do you ever know where 1/2way-high is?
Then again, no one ever says, “haha, I’m still half-baked,” as the drugs wear off on the way down, even though it’s probably a pretty identifiable moment
And only in retrospect, can you know the exact moment of your mid-life (i.e., “half-dead”).
On plug-in, “rechargeable” batteries are not reanimated, so much as repaired. The power that sustains a rechargable battery is also that which saps its life force. Every charge brings diminished capacity until a battery has no memory of itself as a power source
Rechargeable is a subset of disposable
Also LOL any battery plugged into a power system entices that system to draw power from the battery. So, rechargeable batteries have to work extra hard to draw and retain power from a system whose very goal, profitability, and existence depend upon electronic devices not retaining any power
I haven’t worn a graphic T-shirt since last September. It’s been solids, with the occasional stripe.
Walking Luna today, I saw three people sneeze into their masks. Is there some benefit to that that I don’t know?
All kids are a product of sex. But not every kid is a product of love. This does not imply the latter kids are unloved; only that they were conceived via unhealthy unions.
lol the true American political battle right now is between those who believe the country is a product of sex, and those who believe the United States is a product of love
Children as products of two people, in-love or otherwise, will be an outmoded concept when creating people is outsourced to efficient and innovative brands in the life-design space.…
social media comprises self-selecting containment zones
virologist ≠ epidemiologist
some body = some bot-ty
The apocalypse is now only one short-sale away
Everyone is redeemable or no one is redeemable – Anywhere in between, someone (or some algorithm) will need to play god
i can never remember the time in australia
but I’m getting better at it
i always, to a point, play the dumbest possible person on Help lines & chats – why reach out for help if you think you know the answer?
All federal/state/city elected politicians should earn the average salary of the poorest US congressional district, with no benefits beyond a basic HMO with a $5000 family deductible. No pension. No fundraising. Everyone gets the same amount to run
At the same time, elected officials who earn enough can choose to ward off their being bought off-
What if we only elect people who don’t need the money?
Can you imagine how paranoid being President might make someone? That is one conspicuous capital “P.”
“Why can’t we discuss this in a reputable journal? I do not want to resort to an open exchange on Twitter.”
– Internet Comment, 20220119
Making plants taste like meat will not matter when people no longer know the tastes + textures of meat
Also, why did it end up “chicken fingers” and “fish sticks,” not “fish fingers” and “chicken sticks”?
only people with no self-worth believe there are worthless people
History vilifies the happiest
the powerful laugh themselves to sleep
Currently Day 10 of my COVID+ journey. 3 days ago, I lost 90% of smell & taste. Hasn’t returned yet. It’s been a dark, sobering lesson that you don’t own your senses, and your memories of sensations are only on loan
to the soul, laughing is like a toilet bowl in the middle of the night lit from within
lol every social media post is a potential statement to police, Eventually anything posted on the internet will require mediated deletion
all of our physics would break down if not for the assumption that there’s a fixed amount of mass in the entire universe
no one inside a mob is aware of the moment of mob-rule. Balloon basket passengers traveling in 100mph winds do not feel (or even hear) the wind. They are within the wind; they become the wind
We have flooded our perceptions of others with aspirational archetypes to displace demeaning stereotypes. Equal dehumanization and evisceration of empathy can still result, however, from even the most benign intention
Over-reaction has become the only way most people “get out in front” of potential problems
outsourcing math to an AI eliminates all moral pressure in human decisions
there’s no such thing as artificial intelligence. it’s either/or
my homeowners and car insurance company portrays its customers as game show winners in its tv ads
comfort is too often conflated with safety
complacency is a form of comfort
complacency is creativity’s fetal position
So much wiki-gurgitation mistaken for knowledge
things that just are need no explanation
My drafts folder knows everything
In every political discussion, ppl reveal what they will cover up as much as they illuminate their views
anything that happens anywhere to anyone now also happens everywhere to everyone
Fear of never being able to surf is a surfer’s only fear
You can’t be an omnipotent idiot (it’s either/or)
pottery was an early social media platform