Repeating it doesn't make it any more true. But we can escape, to anotherlife, almost, but not quite parallel to the way things are. Perfectionspoils the point. You still are trying to move around using words, ashout, a proclamation. It works, I can't deny that, but in decievingthe others, you're decieving yourself too, and someday, when you removethe scarf from your head, you'll see what you're doing to yourself, whatyou've done. You scream at your cage, when a single laugh would make itfade to dust. Anger? What's that? The cool mist in the zoo can soothe yourpain, make the tears in your eyes flow away quicker, carrying the deadlyairs away from another human body.
So, at Outland, I noticed, apart from my observation on groups of attractiveness,that people tend to fit into subsocieties there at least moderately well.A few... Whoovians - Dress up like Tom Baker as Dr Who (surprising number of them) GothPunks - Skinny, tend towards shiny clothes, look fairly gender-neutral Goths - Pale, with make-up and often dyed hair Renfesties - As the name suggests, dress like they came from a Renaissance Festival DarkGeek - A particular subgenre of geek, typically dressed in simple, dark clothes, never any makeup. Many play pool BondageTypes - There are always a few... the professionals tend to dress more-or-less like everyone else, the groupies and hobbyists tend to dress the part more DarkBikers - Not too many of these, generally tend to be intelligent, tatooed bikers Punks - Surprisingly rare. I think Outland is probably more goth than punk at this point. Tend to be very pierced, wearing the collars and all that stuff.
I naturally fall into the DarkGeek crowd. Oh, yeah, about the private section in the last BLOG entry -- someonewas being slandered by scientologists, and I was commenting on that.They didn't want even the repetition to remain up, so I took it downat their request. I've been saying it again and again, but let me repeatit again -- the scientologists are one of the few groups I find morescary than the vast majority of Xian fundies, and only a bit less scary thanIslamists (Islamist = name for a particular fundie movement within Islam).Let me point you at lisaclause.org for some interesting reading.
Here's a mail in the user comments section of TIME magazine I'd like tocomment on.
RE YOUR ITEM ON THE EFFORTS OF SOME countries to protect the trade names of regional foods: The issue is not protectionism but food quality and the years of experience that produce masterpieces like Parma ham and Parmesan cheese. I cannot expect to find an appreciation of food culture in a country whose biggest contribution to cuisine is the Big Mac, but Americans should understand why our food is so region-specific. Parmesan cheese owes its unique taste to conditions only found around Parma, Italy, and to the grass that is eaten by local cows. Americans will never be able to make real Parmesan cheese -- Paolo Pasquale Genoa, Italy
To comment, let me paraphrase a conversation I had a few monthsago with someone on a parallel topic of fine teas. He pointed out thatthe precise flavouring in tea is very specific to conditions in differentareas, and pointed out some very delicate characteristics of the tea Iwas drinking (which had a very very faint orange taste).I agree that there's a lot of subtlety possible in tea, but nontheless,all these things are a result of subtle tracable effects, and with enougheffort, could be duplicated elsewhere, perhaps in a lab. Further, withbetter understanding, an entire science of engineering the subtle flavoursin tea, cheese, and the like could come about. He seemed disturbed, sayingthat people like thinking of their tea experience as a cultured, traditionaldrink, perfected over ages. I responded that regardless, if people can'ttell the difference with their tongue, it's just more imagery they're buying,and it's not something I care about in my foods. People who want to get theircheese made by a virgin on the 2nd saturday of every month in a 500-squarefoot area in barcelona, well, the more power to them. I'm just in it for thetaste :) And in the case of the letter above, I think we can detect somenational pride involved. It's probably true that the Americans (along withthe Brits and Scots) haven't contributed a lot of good stuff to world cuisine(although actually, both have done a lot for cheese and tea, and lemoncurd is good stuff too), but perhaps the Americans (and others) can learn alesson from their protege (J), and learn to duplicate really well.
Oh, yeah, I know about the Israeli airstrike on Syria. I don't have anopinion either way on it.
The French Governmentis trying to undo what the previous coalition did --set up a 35-hour work week (instead of 40), because they think it hurts thecountry economically. I think this is a bad idea, and I suggest, if you'reinterested in the topic, read Bertrand Russell's In Praise of Idleness,where he talks about the history of labour. In sum, OF COURSE IT HURTSTHE ECONOMY, STUPID, but it's worth it. It would be wonderful if the samething were to happen in the United States.