Adventures & Insights

One man's adventures in the physical and intellectual worlds…

Monthly Archives: October 2010

Nachtreverie? Dozefancy? Sandmanfling?

There is no antonym for “Nightmare”. This fact vexes me greatly.

This morning I was talking to a friend of mine and she told me about her unpleasant night’s sleep due to a recurring nightmare she has been plagued with for most of her life. My heart sank to hear this and long after it settled heavily in my small intestine I was still thinking about how it seems that nightmares have a nasty habit of showing up again and again. Now I have a theory about why.

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When I Think About It, It’s The Sax I Miss The Most

School is a terrifying and wonderous place. A place where we struggle to find ourselves amidst so many others just like us. As we grow steadily (and sometimes a little too quickly) into our bodies, we also grow into our minds; taking the ideas, morals and values that we have learned from our families and merging them with the malleable semi-formed spirit of ourselves. Some of us are blessed with a pre-existing direction by the time we get to school. Others aren’t so lucky. Still, we work together – and seperately, creating ourselves and beginning to experience life as a maturing adult.

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Write That Down

As a budding blogger I’ve learned a few things recently:

  1. I don’t do enough crosswords – My vocabulary has fallen horrendously over the years that I have spent doing other things;
  2. Ideas for writing are EVERYWHERE – Just by paying a little more attention, there are infinite sources of inspiration;
  3. It certainly pays to have a notepad and pen on hand at all times – I don’t even need to substantiate this one.

Now I have no plan to become a best-seller. I can write reasonably about silly topics and I have been known to put together a half-decent short story in my time. I’ve always enjoyed word smithing and story crafting; it’s a creative art that I think I have a mildly successful connection with. Visual arts and I, on the other hand, don’t really agree. I expect it’s just because of the way my mind works.

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Candy Doesn’t Grow On Trees

I hope you all had a great weekend, welcome to Monday!

Last week I gave myself a theme which helped me out a bit with my posts. I think it went pretty well so I’m going to incorporate it into some of my future posts. Probably not this week though; I expect that this week’s posts will be of an even more random nature than usual. We’ll see.

Life can be complicated. Information and emotions can conflict at times and trust can be misplaced. Dodging life’s bullets while searching for its treasures is certainly no mean feat. We find ourselves in all sorts of situations that put us to the test and sometimes, learning is a painful experience.

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Netspeak – I Don’t Support It

I'm pretty sure Baby Jesus is crying right now.

The English language is under seige my friends, rally to me and fight back with all your might! The tide is against us, but we will overcome!

“Techlology” is killing the English language. You know what I’m referring to. What began as a mild mutation of English has distorted almost exponentially into the monstrosity that now assaults so many eyes and ears.

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Multi-dimensional Wonders of the World (of Warcraft)

Brackarn Santhor - Humble, stalwart warrior and dancer extraordinaire

It used to be that when you went marauding heedlessly into a dungeon or chasing the enemy hordes across the battlefield, you knew exactly who you were dealing with. You were usually sitting around a table with your friends and a character sheet in front of you which listed all your strengths and weaknesses, along with the entire contents of your backpack.

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The Cupid Files: Technically, It’s Love

Cupid; one cherubic little angel set with a task that at the time seemed impossibly easy. When there are only two people in the World, how hard can it be to stick them both with a little love and watch the beautiful results? Kudos Cupid, job well done.

Fast forward to the 21st century and it is this single guy’s personal opinion that poor Cupid is suffering from chaos induced delirium. Even though his quiver is bottomless, his drawing arm has become undeniably fatigued by his eternal assignment. He’s drowning in a backlog of work and there’s no sign of him getting a break.

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Doomo Arigato, Mr Roboto

I’m not sure if you’ve all been keeping up with the latest news on robotics and artificial intelligence but there seems to be a lot of advancement in the area lately. Or maybe it’s been happening for a long time but all the results are coming out now, like all these research agencies/companies have had an assignment set and now they have to report on it. I’m not following these developments closely, however it does present a great deal of wonderful and terrifying thought provocation. Or maybe that’s just my mind working overtime again.

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TGI Friday!!

First of all, let me apologise for the lack of posts over the last two days. Things have been happening and while I’ve been working on posts, each one that I started just fell into disarray and became unworthy of posting. I’ve kept the drafts though with the expectation that at some point I will be able to salvage and rebuild them into something worth spending five minutes of your life reading. 😉

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Universal Language Bid 2011

This morning I passed a poster that got me thinking. It stated that music was a language that everyone can understand. Naturally, it prompted me to remember the age-old topic of universal language.

In the spirit of the current Commonwealth Games being held in India I present, for your consideration, the applications for Universal Language 2011. They have been required to address four aspects of viability and I ask you to judge them on their merits just as I have.

The candidates are:

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