Valentine’s Day Poetry

February 14, 2007

So, after an utterly unplanned 8 month hiatus, I’ve decided to resume blogging. I plan to start slowly in order to make sure I don’t pull a blogging muscle or sprain my brain. So, don’t expect any long original essays for a while… just some links and quotes. Along these lines, given that today’s Valentine’s Day, it’s pretty obvious what to do: find some pithy poems about love, quote ’em, and call it a day. But this is in fact pretty tough, especially as I feel one should somehow not only pay tribute to the intoxicating ideal of pure, eternal love, but also pay heed to the bittersweet reality of conflicted, transitory love. After some thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that the middle verses of Regina Spektor’s song “On the Radio” best fit the bill:

This is how it works
You’re young until you’re not
You love until you don’t
You try until you can’t
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dying breath

No, this is how it works
You peer inside yourself
You take the things you like
And try to love the things you took
And then you take that love you made
And stick it into some
Someone else’s heart
Pumping someone else’s blood
And walking arm in arm
You hope it don’t get harmed
But even if it does
You’ll just do it all again

While the lyrics are quite swell all by themselves, the song really deserves to be heard. On the off chance that you don’t immediately want to part with your hard earned cash and buy Regina’s album Begin to Hope just on my say-so, you can hear the song free via the radio player on Regina’s website. The more-or-less direct link is http://www.reginaspektor.com/radio/begtohope/radio.html. Click through to the 4th track.

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As chronicled previously on this blog, taking online personality quizzes of dubious design is a guilty pleasure of mine.

Thus, when I saw a link on both Lindsay Beyerstein’s blog Majikthise and the equally wonderfully named group blog Lawyers, Guns, and Money to the following doozy of a dubiously designed quiz, "What Is Your World View?", I simply couldn’t resist.

I was quite surprised by my results:


You scored as Idealist. Idealism centers around the belief that we are moving towards something greater. An odd mix of evolutionist and spiritualist, you see the divine within ourselves, waiting to emerge over time. Many religious traditions express how the divine spirit lost its identity, thus creating our world of turmoil, but in time it will find itself and all things will again become one.

Idealist

69%

Modernist

63%

Postmodernist

56%

Existentialist

50%

Cultural Creative

50%

Materialist

44%

Fundamentalist

25%

Romanticist

13%

What is Your World View? (corrected…hopefully)
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Methinks I’ve been watching the Matrix Trilogy too much.

(Seriously though, and while on this note of the Matrix Trilogy, this utterly unscientific quiz might be onto something.   Among my many sci-fi aficionado amigos, I alone actually liked both Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.  Moreover, I liked them especially because of their ever more overt Gnostic Christian / Hindu elements, whereas I know many thought these elements detracted too much from the movies’ core premise of "humans will use kung fu to overcome tyrannical robots in a dystopian future," which of course is something upon which all sci-fi aficionados readily agree.)

I notice that web traffic for this here blog of mine is pretty piddly.  Hence, taking a cue from every darn newscast in America, I’ve decided to institute a "News You Can Use" segment and inaugurate it news you can use with those perennial American obsessions of diet, exercise, and health.

But unlike all that filler you see on newscasts that alternates between the genuinely informative, the barely informative, and the overhyped and scare-mongering, I assure you, gentle reader, that my "News You Can Use" segments will always be genuinely informative.  (I’ll confine my barely informative, overhyped, and scare-mongering posts to my rants on current affairs.)

So without further ado, let me point you to the most comprehensive collection I know of relatively layperson-friendly, scientific review articles on diet, exercise and health covering issues important to both the sedentary and the athletic among us:

Position Stands of the American College of Sports Medicine

A New Beginning

May 8, 2005

A year and a day ago, I lost a good friend, as was recorded on this blog here and here.

Much in my life changed then.  And now that I’m looking back, I’m happy to say that most of the changes have unquestionably turned out to be for the best.  (Some, however, are still in the process of turning around.)

Quite possibly the least of these changes—though I suppose the one most directly pertinent to you, gentle reader—has been the attention I’ve devoted to this blog.  Since my friend’s passing, I never gave it the attention that I lavished on it during its first month, a month that turned out to be my friend’s last. 

It, like many other things, now feels due for a new beginning.

Lazy, Lazy, Lazy

February 27, 2005

As February draws to a close, I see I have once again let this blog languish.  And as much as I’d like to say that this was the result of something noble, for example working too hard at my day job or developing some righteous disdain of the Blogosphere’s frequent fixiation on the ephemeral, I can’t.   

It was just laziness.  Sloth.  Good ol’ Deadly Sin #4.   The perniciously captivating art of sitting and feeling your butt grow.  A one way ticket to that treadmill terrace in Purgatory.

Well, it’s high time I get off my butt and start writing again.

(Hmmm, typing while standing over a laptop is really uncomfortable.   Maybe, I’ll sit down again.   Aaah, that’s better.)