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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

channeling greatness


CHANNELING GREATNESS

This is the expanded form to an answer I had to a minions comment.  It might not interest all of you and honestly has zero application towards survivalism, but every once in a great while I must tentatively dip a pinky toe in the pool of Other Subjects when something strikes my fancy.  Usually every subject I endeavor to cover has at least something to do with the not so distant Big Squishy.  The behavior of my neighbors  would highlight anthropological tendencies.  My experiences in a retail establishment might underline the direction of the economy.  This article has no link.  It’s only purpose is to amuse me and, at best, not bore you should you choose to read it.  This is about my writing style and its peculiarities.  So, if you desire, stop right there and go visit an economic collapse blog that uses the bible to prove the UN is going to take over the US by using black helicopters shooting ray guns which are fueled by Beelzebub’s rectal discharge.

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I won’t even try to piss you off by pointing out that our current Christian bible is merely one in a long line of Sun God religions and most of what everyone gasps about in shock and awe as far as prophases are merely astrological in nature and blatant rip-offs of pagan religions which came prior.  See how nice I am?  But let’s jump right into my writing style.  The above few paragraphs?  I didn’t think about writing them-they just happened.  This is me, through no prior planning or effort but merely after eons of pounding the keyboard with one finger pecking and hunting, channeling my subconscious.  The original minion comment, which was NOT the first in a line of several similar, took me to task for inappropriately interjecting humor while writing on a serious matter.  I responded as above.  I didn’t disagree with him.  When you are desperately trying to follow the thread of an idea, the last thing you need is some goomba throwing the odd joke or mocking barely pertinent point in the middle.  And long giant rambling sentences certainly don’t help out anyone’s sense of righteous indignation.  So I’m certainly the last to deny that these serious accusations hold any merit. 

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Now, I’ll readily admit that extra long, grammatically incorrect run-on sentences of excruciating length were in fact something I consciously engaged in.  I love the damn things and for no other reason than they were a mere amusing whim at the beginning.  Ever since I started writing, which would be in public school, I’ve tickled my fancy with them.  How much of it was a minor rebellion in opposition to compulsory work I cannot say.  I just can’t stop using them.  Every other facet of my writing style, however, has either accidental and/or unconscious.  When I first started writing on survivalism it was 1991 and I wanted to start a ‘zine.  I had attempted abortive writing projects before but until I came under the deadly influence of Wife #2 ( the children’s mother ) and her soul crushing relationship ( albeit packaged in a deceptively attractive form involving giant bosoms ) I had no need to apply too much effort into the endeavor.  She made writing a mental rescue effort on my part.  Bless her heart. 

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When I started out writing, I was atrocious at it ( I had never seriously tried while writing in school-it was an interest that lacked the necessary discipline ).  I was in the “why use a paragraph when you can succulently convey the information in a short sentence or two” school.  What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was not only starting out at a level of large ignorance, I was also just parroting what I had read.  I didn’t have any original ideas, nor had I the first clue as to how to analyze what I had read.  So, yes, when I use that insult against others I too was guilty of the same early on.  The difference between them and myself was that I wasn’t trying to make money on the effort ( just trying to break even on printing and mailing costs ) and I slowly but surely bettered myself.  I went from a student sharing his notes on a lecture to, I fondly hope, having something to contribute.  Now I can gleefully take your monetary offerings with no qualms.  Because I am able to evaluate and process information now, analyzing data and adding to it in helpful ways ( again, I trust that is correct.  It is somewhat difficult to self-evaluate ). 

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This was no overnight process, nor can I claim any secrets to acquiring it.  It just kind of happened.  One year I’m struggling to fill up several pages everyday, each sentence an effort, and the next I’m “zoning out” at the keyboard and having few problems knowing what to write.  It just sort of happens now.  All I need is a sentence as a article subject, or a chapter outline of several words each for a book, and my subconscious kind of does its thing.  But don’t think this is just an easy and lazy way to churn out a blog.  No.  This process also does something besides writing effortlessly.  It connects critical thoughts together.  Something I was having problems doing consciously.  It is like when you can’t remember something and you stop thinking about it, and suddenly the original answer pops up out of the middle of no where.  And that is a lot of my writing.  I can assemble puzzles much better without conscious effort.  I let that sexy gray blob in my melon do it ( this was meant to be humorous.  Obviously I am relaxing one part of my brain and allowing the neurons in another part to work more efficiently ).

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Of course, he is a playful imp, isn’t he?  He likes to crack wise, shoot strawberries, slaughter sacred cows and channel Loki.  He is a bit of a prankster, and one is wise to let him roam unrestricted.  Else how does the magic happen?  I am the exact opposite of a student.  I don’t read a book and make notes and write a report.  My process is far more organic.  And you get a bit of a messy appearance in my presentations.  I hope it is worth it, in the end.

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22 comments:

  1. As a fan of Thoreau, I love rambling sentences. And I do not trust those who cannot do humor. Think Mrs. Clinton. If you cannot joke at your own hanging, you are a poor excuse for a human.

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    1. Clinton Humor is an oxymoron. As is Honest Abe.

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  2. Its your Blog do as you damn well please. If I want stuffy and pompous I will go else where. MY only complaint is lack of big boobed slave girl pic,s being posted. :)
    If the NOL ever finds you hidden pic folder your dead.

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    1. :) well, better pics aside, I can't JUST post whatever I want, not if I want to keep readers. The tree doesn't make noise if nobody is in the forest, and I doubt I'd write without the words being lusted after.

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  3. Point 1: Thank you for your daily writings. Your entertaining style is one of the few things I look forward too each day. I pour a cup of coffee on my lunch break savor each word.

    Since you brought the topic, I hope you don't mind a minor critique about your use of parentheses (I believe your wonderful hair can handle it). Can you please complete your thought before opening parentheses. Take the second parenthetical statement in this sentence from yesterday's article as an example.

    "You sprout some of that for your veggies ( with a back up vitamin supplement ) and with a few pounds of shortening a year for fat ( I’ll now add shortening to the White Foods List since it is both white and terrible for you, but cheap ) you can, barely, survive both caloric-ally and nutrition-wise."

    I had to go back and read the sentence without it to follow the train of thought and then go back and re-read it with the statement included to know how it fit. If it's too much trouble or it interrupts your magic mojo just forget it but, if it's all the same to you, it would help my brain digest it.

    -Novice

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    1. Actually, I confuse myself doing the same, and like you must re-read twice. I really should try to work on that. But of course no guarentees.

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    2. I am in the habit of skipping over all parenthetical statements, initially, and then going back to them later. It seems as if footnotes, instead of being added to the end of the work, are placed within the relevant paragraphs. Knowing the method to the madness, I have little trouble digesting the words, and I rather enjoy following the labyrinth of Mr. Dakin's mind. I would hate for perfectionism to stop him from writing so prolifically.

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    3. I never thought of them as footnotes, rather as necessarily added details on a sideline subject, but now that you mention it, it makes sense.

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  4. Point 2: As a preacher I have to take exception to your statement "our current Christian bible is merely one in a long line of Sun God religions". I won't go into all the apologetics that have strengthened my belief. I'll just give you one example of the bible itself. The textual manuscripts behind the King James bible is THE most perfectly preserved body of documents in antiquity. Each of the thousands of existing copies line up over 98% in their agreement with one another. Most of the discrepancies are either spelling or grammar differences that do not affect the text. The next closest work is Homer's Iliad. It is considered by experts to be very close to the original writings and is held up as an example of literary preservation. It only lines up about 60% of the time.

    To say that the bible is "one in a long line of religions" when the best we can compare it to isn't even conclusive on nearly 40% of it's writings is selling it short.

    Just my two cents.

    -Novice

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    1. I was referring to the similarities of Christianity and prior pagan religions in many aspects such as the birthday of Christ, his death and reserection and etc. I've read this from many sources, but the current reminder, and best explanation yet, was from the movie Zeitgeist ( available on Netflix if you have it ).

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    2. I see. Your referring to the "church's" attempt to blend Christianity and Paganism. I completely agree with you on those grounds. However, the Frankenstein result of that merger is not what I would consider "biblical Christianity". Jesus was NOT born on 12/25 for example.

      -Novice

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    3. My main point was to relax as far as biblical prophesy since the astrological roots give out false conclusions. But, of course, knowing the politics of the church help also.

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    4. I have to go with the preacher here. I agree that the Church (the formal organization) embraced some of the pagan trappings of the day into their practices. But the 66 books of the Bible are another matter altogether. Fulfilled prophecies (i.e., detailed descriptions of future events written far in advance of their fulfillment) is one of the three primary ways the Author uses to authenticate His message as being outside of time, and therefore worthy of serious consideration.

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    5. I defer to your knowledge as mine is very incomplete.

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  5. I'll not be your savior, without due compensation, but I am inclined to offer info at times, free of charge. :-)

    But I will be your Huckleberry.

    I accept your style anyway you deliver it, after all it's the content I'm after, not style.
    Though style can definitely make digestion more enjoyable.

    Regarding your first paragraph, you are indeed right.
    I think I've mentioned before, not only do I design amazingly expensive and enormous buildings worldwide, and do a zillion other things, as an assistance to my wife I work on a vast amount of books each year and most of them are of the religious genre. Most are on the collegiate level and most are for a company named Zondervan (18 so far this year). While I myself am vehemenently anti imaginary anything (except things I plan on turning into reality) I can't help but pick up on some things while I work on all those books. One of the things I picked up on is that the books of the bible have been chosen to be what they are. At various points in time many more books have been included and a close reading of the current version, KJV, reveals gray areas that are alluding to those other books that are missing. Frequently you'll see those other books mentioned in the footnotes of the KJV. Maccabee is one such book. There are many. It is a complete act of *faith*, or lying to ones self, to proclaim to believe in any so called god. There is no complete and positive frame of reference. If any such god exists it it the method or substance that binds atoms together - without it nothing exists.

    Just another idea: It's proper and encouraged, to reach for 2nd base while always keeping one foot on first base, and in extreme cases reach all the way to home. I'm in favor of diversity in many things, just not the stuff that has become stylish of late by the low hanging fruitcakes.

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    1. I'll be your Huckleberry. What does it mean? Seriously. I've only heard it used in one movie ( either Wyatt Earp or Tombstone ) and while cool sounding I have no idea what it means.

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    2. I got the jesting/light hearted fun part. Just wondering about the phrase which has confused me for the last twenty years.

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    3. "Just wondering about the phrase which has confused me for the last twenty years."

      One possible etymology of the phrase here: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-huc1.htm

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    4. Makes more sense now, but of course any answer to questions such as these must be taken with a grain of salt. Thanks.

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  6. James your writing is entertaining as all get out. I look forward to your snide remarks and names. I often find myself comparing other folks writing to yours. Read a comment on a post one time where a very witty lady called someone a Douche Nozzle and immediately thought it was worthy of you. Yes, the parentheses can be tedious but its so fun to read you I consider it to go with the territory. As for the run on sentences, that is your trademark. Love it. Don't ever stop. As for your huckleberry. Hard to define but it strikes me as a combination of friend, sucker, test subject. Its hard to describe but it is a compliment to the receiver. Love the hair.

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    1. Why, thank you, the hair becomes too glorious to allow ones eye to remain on for any length of time. The skin around it becomes sun spotted and wrinkled, but the hair shines on with nary a lose in surface area.

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