Tidbits sans Panda Porn

Julian was the one who found this, but… woah. Remember the Wolf Point Meteor thing that several of us did a couple weeks ago? Yeah. Well, early this morning a fireball soared across the Oregon sky and made a sonic boom felt for miles around where they estimate the impact may have been.

I’ve discussed the fact that the local weather seems to reflect my mood sometimes; the worst storm of the winter coinciding with the worst turmoil of my stormy soul. That kinda thing can’t help but give you a a complex after awhile. It’s an amused, indulgent complex. A “Yeah, I know my mood doesn’t control the weather, but gee, I feel a little like God.” kind of thing.

So you can imagine what this news is doing for my complex. I… I conjured a meteor! Holy bamboo rattan, batman. What should I do with these new powers? Gonna try and go for good as opposed to evil. I could, you know, use this new evidence of my omnipotence to be a badass, and score free cheetos and stuff, but I think I’ll try to remain a benign and cheerful minor deity. You’re all safe. Someone inferred that I was ignorant last night and I didn’t even smite them, so you know I’m not gonna mess with my weebles, except maybe a few inexplicable goat sightings. Who can resist a few enigmatic goat pranks to pass the time?

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As long as we’re talkin’ about the cosmos, in case you didn’t hear, a full lunar eclipse is taking place tonight at 8:43 pm EST. That’s 5:43 pm here in Oregon, when it isn’t quite dark yet. The eclipse will last about 3 hours and twenty some minutes. I know it’s February, and freakin’ cold in most areas of North America, but this is a pretty early eclipse and your last chance to see one until December of 2010, so give it a look. Might be fun.

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I haven’t been visiting blogs very much this week. I apologize. Sometimes I feel like sticking to my little corner of cyberspace, writing my thoughts down, and not much like venturing out. That’s defining it imperfectly, but sometimes I kinda feel like gathering in, and other times I’m directed out. I guess. I haven’t been feeling very gregarious in real life, either. Maybe a reaction to the non-stop company of my birthday week/weekend.

Anyway, I’m not meaning to be snooty and certainly don’t expect you to read me when I’m not reading you. Just having a down time at the moment.

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I’ve been going about the last couple weeks feeling a little like someone has died. No one I know has died, but I still feel that kind of emptiness. It’s hard to say just what prompts such feelings, but it’s like a low-level reaction to accumulative loss. I am feeling the absence keenly of people who have gone out of my life. Particularly the last big love, but other loves and friends before that.

It shouldn’t bother me this way. I compare my feelings to the gaping yawn of other people, who lost loved ones yesterday or lost their husband, their child, their best friend.. and it seems like a self-indulgent thing. But then, I donno; letting go, moving on, it’s always something I’ve had trouble with. It feels a little callous to me, the expectation that healthy humans do this swiftly. It’s also always felt a little impossible.

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Finally, an excerpt from a book I’m reading that struck me as particularly relevant today:

It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much- the wheel, New York, wars and so on- while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man- for precisely the same reason.

Curiously enough, the dolphins had long known of the impending destruction of the planet Earth, and had made many attempts to alert mankind to the danger; but most of their communications were misinterpreted as amusing attempts to punch footballs or whistle for tidbits, so they eventually gave up and left the Earth by their own means shortly before the Vogons arrived.

The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double backward somersault through a hoop while whistling the “Star-Spangled Banner,” but in fact the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish.

In fact there was only one species on the planet more intelligent than dolphins, and they spent a lot of their time in behavioral research laboratories running round inside wheels and conducting frighteningly elegant and subtle experiments on man. The fact that once again man completely misinterpreted the relationship was entirely according to these creatures’ plans.

-Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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11 thoughts on “Tidbits sans Panda Porn

  1. Well, I haven’t been visiting blogs much either, and I have to say, it sure makes it fun when you go to a favorite blog and find not one but five new posts to read! I wish commenting wasn’t so reciprocal in the blogosphere, but what can you expect?

    This is scary about your newly discovered powers. I’m so glad you didn’t go with the other disaster scenario. Ugh.

  2. I’ve been feeling that way a little myself, Amuirin. Like you said, not sure where that feeling comes from but that’s a good summary… perhaps accumulated loss.

    There was a girl I dated a few years ago who I found out indirectly is getting married. I guess she wanted to get married just not to me. I posted a song I had written about her in a reply to one of your posts.

    I found out about a month ago a girl I started something with has been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

    And of course there were a few posts where I wrote about My Love leaving.

    It kinda comes and goes… like the tides. They come and go.

  3. Until I put on my favorite blog sites on google reader, I was a very sporadic venturer too. Maybe once a week, sometimes as far in between as two weeks. But with as many as I like these days, I could never catch up at that rate :-)

    Very freaky about the fireball!

  4. Maybe it’s being in the dog days of winter that is taking everyone down a melancholy trail. I’ve been there myself. Just a heaviness in my chest, and anxiety over some invisible or impending loss.

    Thanks for the heads-up on the eclipse. Maybe a quick trip somewhere away from all the city lights might do me good.

  5. I recognized the book you’re reading from the first sentence. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (which is really 5 books) is one of my favorites.

    I saw the video of the meteor on the news early this morning and wondered if you’d conjured it. ;)

  6. I don’t visit others’ blogs much, either… in fact, I’m not here right now, so I don’t even realize that you’re not reading my blog… I’ll just continue to go along, fat dumb and happy until you decide to come back, and I’ll never even realize that you’ve been gone… which reminds me, the scenery at the beach is not what it once was, with all the garbage piled up all around me while I slept.

    Oh, wait… I think I fell asleep on a garbage barge.

    Never mind.

  7. 1) I’ve been hiding too.

    2) Saw the eclipse. Very cool, even though space scares me.

    3) I, too, recognized the book from the first line your quoted. A most awesome read.

  8. hello, as you get older you get better at letting go, when you are young you think everyone who has been there in a moment will always be there and then suddenly you realise one is missing or the other, it is part of being merely human, the consolation is that each moment is truely eternal, that moment when you looked at them and felt some transcendant moment effects affects the rest of your life, to know love is possible, to know that there is more than searching and yearning, that there are moments of completion, they are eternal, in that in your mind it is qed and that effectaffects the rest of your life and the life you live affects the life of people who will still be here wondering where you went, each moment is eternal but we are merely human,

  9. I was really lax and lazy and atrocious this week about not interacting much on here, which is fine now and again but pretty selfish when people are leaving wonderful, thoughtful comments day after day, taking time out of their busy lives to read. So please to forgive me checking out for a stretch, I do very much appreciate your thoughts, and I’ll take a crack at responding though at this point it’s been a couple days so it’s kind of like getting the punchline of a joke a week after someone started it.

    ybonesy- me too… all the space news coming on the heels of our thing when it did, it was just eerie! I am definitely having trouble keeping up with reads, I can’t imagine how you manage on red Ravine when you both have the big blog roll and the many in depth discussions that go on there everyday. I admire your ability to stay present and keep that community thriving.

    jo- We seem often to be on the same wave length, and that’s actually proved true of several of my female blog friends. It’s kinda cool in a way, like being in highschool. Sometimes local friends and family drive me up a tree, but I can rely on other writer women to ‘get it’. It’s awfully nice.

    jules- I went and read. That must be heavy on your mind, that diagnosis. I didn’t know, hadn’t read that before. It seems to me, you and I have both recently been through very similar situations with the married person returning to their nest heartache. Sorry you went through that.

    tgp- You know, I have a faint idea what ‘google reader’ is from the many people who refer to it, but I’m not absolutely sure. I assume that’s something you can use when you have a gmail account?

    LB- and now that it’s over, if you missed it, lots of people blogged pictures of the eclipse. You might have seen Robin’s at Bountiful Healing… awesome shots.

    Robin- lol, I didn’t realize you were the very next comment. Yeah, Hitchhiker’s rocks! We *do* have very like tastes in literature, don’t we?

    GG’s- It was pretty awesome. I liked how near the moon seemed as compared to the last one when it was high in the sky.

    Bob- It isn’t often I find even my mental thoughts are mere babble, but trying to figure out how to respond to that one has done just that. “I.. uh… Oh, so don’t… K… Hm.”

    pmousse-
    1. Yep, I noticed both you and bibliomom stepped out for awhile. but you’re back for the time being?

    2. It scares me a little too.

    3. You and Robin and jo. Jo didn’t say she knew the excerpt, but she likes so many of the books I do, that whether she’s read it or not I’m just going to automatically count her as part of the Douglas Adams fan club. And bibliomom too, cus she’s been gone and I bet she’d like them. Great minds laugh alike.

    gingatao- Now that I go back and read your comment, I think it’s very possible that this is what inspired the ‘Withdrawal’ post up above. And I didn’t even realize.

    Nice subconscious coup there, chief.

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