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Mind Virus

Warning! This entry contains a mind virus. If you read this entry you will be exposed to and infected with a mind virus. There is no vaccine, and there is no cure. Knowing this in advance will not inoculate you. The only way to avoid infection from a mind virus is to avoid it altogether. If you don't wish to be infected stop reading now. I really mean it! Seriously, I have to begin the actual entry now so stop reading!
You don't listen very well do you? Welcome to the world of the infected. You may or may not be aware of this notion of the 23 enigma. It shows up in the oddest places. This phenomenon has been talked about in various circles since the 70's. Let's just look at the date February 23. A quick search on the internet will reveal some interesting things including: Feb 23, 1455 - Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed from movable type. Or how about: Feb 23, 1836 - The siege of Alamo begins in Texas. Here's a great one: Feb 23, 1941 - Plutonium is first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg. One of my favorite authors', Robert Anton Wilson, two oldest daughters were born on Feb 23 and Aug 23 respectively. In the movie Charly, the operating room where the surgery takes place, which makes him into a super-genius, room 23. Check the seat number for the bomber in the film Airport. I personally was 23 years old when this notion first entered my life and now I see the number 23 everywhere I look. That was also the year that Jesus and I decided to take an indefinite break from each other. (But that's another story) Suffice it to say that many things were different in my life that year. When I made a comment about it to a friend of mine that so much stuff was happening to me that year, he just shrugged and said, "It figures." He went on to explain to me about the unusual quality that the number 23 possesses. Now, it's so commonplace that I barely acknowledge it's presence anymore. No one knows what the significance of this number really is, but various groups have made mystical references to it's powers, usually with escapism or exiting a given environment or situation. Take Crowley for example. In Chapter 23 of, The Book of Lies. It talks about breaking out of your current situation, be mental, physical, social or religious. Suggesting that you can't move forward by going back the way you came and that the only way to move forward is to move out. Or that's the abbreviated version of it anyway. Take a read for yourself. You may be surprised at what you take away from it.
The fact that you have read this far means that you will whether you want to or not, start noticing the enigma yourself. The number 23 will show up everywhere. Just don't let it make you crazy like me.
Don't discount the things I say because I'm crazy... The reason I'm crazy is because the things I say are true.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 07:56


I've always been fascinated by the power of Haiku in it's simplicity. In reading about Haiku I found that it is way more complicated than your highschool english lit teacher could ever have conveyed. There are so many rules I was astounded. The paper I was reading stated that there are so many that some of them are in direct coflict with each other. So part of the art is in deciding which rules to follow. I decided to try my hand at it, with a very basic 5-7-5 formula and very few rules. Below is my attempt. Be gentle in your critique I have a fragile ego. Ok that's not really true, bring it on. I want to hear what you really think. Even if you hate it. Special kudos to anyone that can figure out where I found my inspiration for this peom.

Beast says
to get out.
But the way out
Is the way.
Though not
The way in.


The Stealth of Mediocrity

This would be a variation of the entry I was writing on the first before the whole power outage thing... Weeeeee!
The title is simply a reference to something that I realized was true in my life a few weeks before I decided to write this blog.
Literally, Mediocrity is just the state of being mediocre or average. And, of course, stealth is the ability to avoid detection. So the thing that I realized was that I was an average person. Of course, I didn't want to be an average person. I don't think anyone truly does. The machine of society is geared toward mediocrity, and in order to be more than that you have to go against that vast mechanism. People settle for it out of laziness, fear or whatever reason that they eventually abandon their dreams of greatness and establish the routine of "real life".
No one sees mediocrity coming; they just wake up one day and surprise! You're an average person. You have a job, you barely scrape by, you try to save for retirement, and you have a house, a family and/or pets. Everyone is a little different. But, we are all just a statistic in the history books, and nothing more. The census is taken, we fill it out, and our names are left out of the almanacs. The historians write their books and get their information from the almanacs and various other sources, but only Headliners make their name appear in the books.
Therein lays the second meaning of the title. Not only does mediocrity sneak up on you, but once it has you, it hides you from the future. I didn't grow up wanting to be an average person. I wanted to do something great, something truly memorable. Not because my ego demands it. It just seems that in order for us to evolve as a species and fully realize our potential that great things must be done to move our collective consciousness forward. And I wanted to contribute to that evolution.
So, I rail against my chosen path because ultimately I brought myself to this point and there isn't anyone to blame but me.
I woke up one day and I was stunned by the stealth of mediocrity.

Posted by Frater V:I: at 2:18 PM - 6 Comments


This is an interesting revelation, told honestly. I liked it for that reason.

by Whit's Whittlings on Tuesday January 3, 2006 @ 6:04 PM


You are my hero. :)

by Ladyolake on Wednesday January 4, 2006 @ 11:05 AM


Thanks, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside now. :)

by Frater V:I: on Wednesday January 4, 2006 @ 12:38 PM


I think that with, a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, and what is, obviously, a clear, lucid, challenging intellect; you are pretty well set up to transcend of things mediocre

by DeBunkem on Wednesday January 4, 2006 @ 12:53 PM


Sorry, typing error: I meant to end the above as, 'ALL things mediocre'

by DeBunkem on Wednesday January 4, 2006 @ 12:55 PM


You might have an average job and an average life, Frater, but you are also a thinker and a writer. That tells me you are not mediocre. Great blog!

by SarahW on Wednesday January 4, 2006 @ 1:15 PM

Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 07:55

It's Just Capital...Punishment that is

The death penalty has been in the news quite a bit recently. It would seem that some people think that it's not the answer to preventing capital crime. I'm inclined to agree with them for the most part. The thirst for righteous revenge on the part of victims surviving family members seems t be the only logical purpose for capital punishment. (It's funny to me how easily one can replace the word justice with revenge and have almost the exact same meaning in the sentence, but that's another blog entry.)
If the establishment truly wants to prevent people from killing each other then they should set the example and stop killing people. Take some of the money that gets spent each year on newer and better ways to kill and maybe conduct some R&D on some methods for truly rehabilitating and reintegrating criminal minds. Would it be so terrible if we really understood how the mind of a killer (or any criminal for that matter) works and corrected the problems so that they could become productive members of society? Wouldn't that be the best way to make up for the loss of life that resulted from his/her sickness? It is amazing to me that there are any serial killers on Death Row. Because I really didn't think a rational healthy mind was capable of committing such crimes. Shouldn't they have all "gotten off" on the insanity plea?
It begs the question what purpose does the death penalty really serve. It can't be considered a deterrent, since the amount of time that goes by from the commition of the crime to the carrying out of the death sentence is just unfathomable. It's quite surreal that the survivors of their victims can carry a grudge for that long in some cases. Let's face it the way our society deals with criminals, and prisoners in general, is broken. I just wish I had some Idea of how we could fix it. Who was it that said, "You can judge a culture by the way it treats its prisoners?"
So what purpose does the death sentence really serve? It can't be considered punishment, because the moment it's carried out, the criminals suffering ends. Isn't that what punishment is? Suffering. So in my mind it's a release from punishment. They no longer have to live with what they've done; they don't have to be confined to that little cell anymore where they are constantly reminded of what brought them there. And in some cases they've repented their sins and have asked for and received "absolution" from Jesus, so it's not like they are going to suffer in Hell. They can't contribute to our understanding of their psychology anymore cuz they're dead, so I ask again, what is the point of the death penalty?
I maintain that the death penalty is a foolish attempt to hang on to an antiquated sense of justice dating to before Christ. That the only purpose it truly serves is to satisfy a twisted sense of righteous revenge on the part of murder victims' surviving family and friends.

Posted by Frater V:I: at 1:45 PM - 3 Comments


Hello, I do agree with you. I think that Capital Punishment is an abomination. Although I do understand the grief of the victims' loved ones - and I CAN understand their anger continuing -, I think that a civilized society should not allow their wrath (however understandable!) to determine the course of the law. Perhaps it is because of my geographical and cultural distance, but I was shocked at how many of the US-based 'Charismatic' Christians within this forum advocate the Death Penalty. I would have thought that they could have been confident in leaving matters of judgement to God. As to Human Justice: in the UK the six men found guilty of the Birmingham bombings in the mid-1970's would have been executed, had we a system of capital punishiment. Their guilt was largely predicated on forensic evidence that incontrovertably 'proved' that they had handled explosives. It was later shown that a positive result would be yielded if they had removed the cellophane wrap from a cigarette packet. I know that smoking kills, but really . Although they had over twenty years of freedom stolen from them, at least the five who were still alive once the truth was determined, are able to enjoy some normality. It needs saying, and you said it Frater VI. Take care

by DeBunkem on Friday January 6, 2006 @ 3:35 PM


Thanks Debunkem for the feedback. I reread the entry a little while ago and I think I may have implied in some way that what victims of capital crime feel is in some way wrong. I though about editing the entry to remove the wording in question in favor of something a little more accurate, but decided that it wouldn't be fair to the people I've slighted. So instead I opted for an appology. I'm sorry for implying that victims of capital crime shouldn't feel slighted or that it is wrong for them to desire justice or in some cases revenge. I can't honestly say that I wouldn't want the same thing in their shoes and don't feel comfortable passing judgement on them in that way. I simply meannt that society has twisted our sense of justice so that it is just a happier way of addressing our desire for revenge.

by Frater V:I: on Saturday January 7, 2006 @ 1:10 AM


I fully agree with you, Frater...great post!

by SarahW on Saturday January 7, 2006 @ 1:13 AM

Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 07:56

And a Happy New Year!

Let me try this agin...
First, DeBunkem, thanks for the comment and the welcome. I'm really looking forward to being a part of this community.
On with the Show!
I wake up before pretty much everyone in the house. Well, except for the dogs. They usually wake me up to let them out for their morning rounds of the yard.
Being that it was the buttcrack of dawn this morning in, not so sunny, California. I decided to write an entry that would sort of explain my blog's title.(you'll have to wait for it.)
It all started with Micro$haft word processor and a hot cup of jo.(is that the correct spelling for jo, oh hell who cares anyway?) I began furiously typing, clickety-clack, on the old laptop. Punishing the keys in a way that suggested I had a clue to what I was doing (I said suggested not proved).
Then it happened... I finished and it was HUUUUUUGE!
"Good Grief!" I said, "I wouldn't make my worst enemy sit through that!"
So, I began editing away some of the less valuable drivel in favor of the stuff that was more to the point.
Suddenly, and I say that cuz I had no warning, the power went out. I didn't even glance up. I'm on a laptop. My battery is fully charged, I'm good to go!
Two minutes later I was crumpled on the floor crying like a little bitch with a skinned knee!
Do any of you have a wall outlet that is controlled by a wall switch? Well, I do, apparently. It just so happened that for the hour and a half prior to the power outage, my laptop was plugged into that outlet, and the switch, of course, was in the off position.
Needless to say my entry was gone, and you better believe that when the power came back on, I searched every nook and cranny for the non-existent temp file. It was then that I could hear that annoying voice in my head saying, "save your work, save it while your working, save it when you finish working, just save it, and save it often." The computer geek at my office says this all the time! God I hate that guy right now! But then I remember that I'm the computer geek at my office. I'm the one that always says that. Oh man I can't let the other techs find out about this. My desk will get piled to the ceiling with battery backups and tape drives and who knows what else they will think of....
To make a long story short, I'll have to calm down a bit first before I attempt to retype that entry so I can edit it and post it...
Happy New Year!

Posted by Frater V:I: at 12:13 PM - 7 Comments


Dont tell me to wait, I.m not very good at that.

by Stealtharachnid on Sunday January 1, 2006 @ 2:35 PM


Being an educator I guess the whole, "dog ate my homework" routine has been played out in just about every variation for you, so I won't try that one, how about the pc, "undocumented feature" swallowed my data? For the not so nerdy... An undocumented feature is nice way of saying software bug or re-occurring glitch.

by Frater V:I: on Sunday January 1, 2006 @ 6:51 PM


Hello, oh I feel your despair on this one! . I too have been found thumping the floor and gnashing my teeth at the loss of some part of my articulated soul that is lost to that fickle fool of fortune, the computer! I admire your aspiration to excellence, as expressed in the title of your blog by the way (I have just read your most recent post). Respect ~ DeBunkem

by Cornelius Hump Esq. on Tuesday January 3, 2006 @ 2:52 PM


Addendum: I just posted to you using another of my blog personae - just in case you were puzzled by DeBunkem as 'Cornelius Hump' - thanks

by Cornelius Hump Esq. on Tuesday January 3, 2006 @ 2:55 PM


I think I like that name... "Fickle Fool of Fortune". I think that's what they should be called instead of computers. "I'll be in the office working on my fickle fool of fortune." Yeah, has a nice ring to it.

by Frater V:I: on Tuesday January 3, 2006 @ 5:06 PM


I wonder if Bill Gates might be described as 'a fickle fool of fortune?' Just a thought!

by DeBunkem on Tuesday January 3, 2006 @ 6:00 PM


Yeah, probably... but we would might have to shorten into something like, F.F.F. or Triple F, or even F cubed. But, it could work.

by Frater V:I: on Wednesday January 4, 2006 @ 12:36 PM

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