Relax: .posted by ben on Jan 17 at 21:41:11

In the Mountains on a Summer Day 
Gently I stir a white feather fan, 
With open shirt sitting in a green wood. 
I take off my cap and hang it on a jutting atone; 
A wind from the pine-trees trickles on my bare head. 
                                -Li Po

Death by Perl: .posted by ben on Jan 17 at 19:34:12

I finally got the perl for the stupid Aimee Sweet site working. It's all done, so some of you bastards had better look at it. That means you Collin. There's also the old site here. If that isn't enough fun, and you have a desire to give tom a seizure, try this. I still don't believe it works, it's done!

No more perl for me for a while. It's very bad for your mind very.

So, now I need a new project. I guess I could do school work, but how much fun would that be? I gave my "Writing on Science and Society" teacher nonplatonic.com in the little survey we filled out in class today. I'm wondering if Tory Tuttle will visit and be horrified at the conglomeration of "pornography, good poetry, and Ben's ramblings." If you do visit, be sure to check out equal opportunity pornography. That is a sure way, even more than the robots, to give tom a seizure.

Let us close with a poem...

             I sat drinking and did not notice the dusk,
             Till falling petals filled the folds of my dress.
             Drunken I rose and walked to the moonlit stream;
             The birds were gone, and men also few. 
                                  -Li Po

OnKingHenryVandGod.html: .posted by graham on Jan 17 at 13:08:01

I just finished reading Shakespeare's King Henry V. I must have missed something major near the beginning, since I really saw no point in the whole thing. The English are pissed off at the French for some reason- for changing some laws of inheritance as f ar as I can tell. So of course they go to war. The English win, and that's about it.

The English, outnumbered 5 to 1 by the French in one battle, dominate with God's help. Why would God care about an inheritance law? Why would God protect the English, enabling them to kill more French? I thought God was supposed to care about human life?

Supposing there IS a God (which I seriously doubt), what is his use? I'm curious if there ever was a God. Perhaps there used to be a God, but he died. Maybe he just got tired of us and left to start his own little hippie deity commune on alpha centauri...

Test: .posted by fuzzybun on Jan 17 at 12:47:06

please work...you know you want to work...please work...
How Much for the Little Girl: .posted by ben on Jan 17 at 12:46:41

When I first looked at the Vonnegut or Einstein quotation below I thought it was a statement against having sex with little children. My poor mind...Time to go to class.
Vonnegut: .posted by fuzzybun on Jan 17 at 09:26:12

If you can't explain what you are doing to a nine-year old, then either you still don't understand it very well, or it's not all that worthwhile in the first place.

-Kurt Vonnegut or Albert Einstein?
Religious Indirection: .posted by ben on Jan 16 at 13:47:18

I finished Stranger In a Strange Land by Henlein the other day. I nearly stopped reading it halfway through because of his intense homophobia (not to mention the rampant sexism). The narrator says that if anyone had made a homosexual advance on the protagonist he would have sensed a "wrongness" in them and made them "disappear." The women in that book seem to be there for no purpose other than to be fucked and act motherly.

Now I'm reading Gillian Gill's biography of Mary Baker Eddy. Eddy suffered much of the same that the women in Stranger in a Strange Land did, only she managed to overcome it, at least a little bit. If she isn't the only woman to have ever founded a religion, she is at least one of a very few, during the 19th century nonetheless. Unfortunately it seems that she wasn't a particularly nice person. So much for a role model...

Christian Science is dying a long, horrible death anyway. Even though the church doesn't publish numbers, the numbers have to declining massively. I don't have any friends who are members of the church, and I doubt that I ever will be. Not that this is really surprising, in fact it is probably the way that things should be. The church is so pitiful, reasonable testimony so rare, that the damn thing deserves to die.

I read the first reasonable Christian Science type thing I had read in years a while ago, it was Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Ray Bradbury said that read it made you feel like you could fly. It really did, the book addresses the subject of life after death and does a better job of it than the theology of Dante ever did for me. The protagonist, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, is on a quest to become a better image of the perfect gull, relentlessly striving for perfection. Bach has, of course, quit Christian Science, like everyone else of note.

Very good music...Canton...

Ancient pornography is a wonderful thing.

Today was the first day of school in a month. I've decided that I have a rather signifigant hatred of school. It isn't about learning, it has never been about learning, and I don't think graduate school has much potential to be about learning either. As near as I can tell, the only reason anyone goes to school is to get a piece of paper.

You would think that for all this trouble, I could make me own piece of paper, keep $20,000 and go into a coma for four years, and come out ahead of all the other college students.

I hate Altoids, and I hate the Bare Naked Ladies.

Sex: .posted by ben on Jan 14 at 01:31:38


Pornography has become sort of boring. I think this is a problem. Looking at britney spears doesn't help much either. I have trouble even mustering that deep loathing for her that I used to. Now, I know that she is stupid and am comfortable with that. At other times I tend to be angry that she can be so dumb, yet so happy. Why are stupid people always so happy?


                  You came in out of the night
                  And there were flowers in your hands,
                  Now you will come out of a confusion of people,
                  Out of a turmoil of speech about you.
                  I who have seen you amid the primal things
                  Was angry when they spoke your name
                  In ordinary places.
                  I would that the cool waves might flow over my mind,
                  And that the world should dry as a dead leaf,
                  Or as a danelion seed-pod and be swept away,
                  So that I might find you again,
                                    -Ezra Pound

porn-minus-porn: .posted by graham on Jan 14 at 01:00:07

Have you you ever noticed the facial expressions of people in all that porn?
Check it out next time...

pensive, contemplative?

an empty gaze... possibly in shock?



This man is obviously bored...

Ahh choo!

mildly pissed off.

Green Underwear: .posted by ben on Jan 13 at 22:05:46

fire hydrant
water flows swiftly
we freeze
white snow
wooden pole fence
black road

I was working on the great American novel, but got bored. This was the result. They had us write haiku in elementary school, but we missed the point. The number of syllables don't matter, the real point of a haiku is to express a concise image.

I have this picture of Jennifer Lopez on my desktop. On my 21 inch monitor she probably amounts to a 2.5 foot tall woman if fully stretched out. What would it be like to have a 2.5 foot high Jennifer Lopez running around one's home?

I feel bad about having an effectively naked woman on my desktop. Her nipple makes me uncomfortable. At 1600x1200 pixels, I'm also fairly sure she doesn't have any pubic hair. This makes me uncomfortable as well. All this discomfort makes me feel that I am a good, not overly sexist person, that I can see how she has been sacrificed to the goods of publicity. After all what way is a woman to make money save by having a photo shoot?

So, I feel happy that I have identified this grievous insult to the proper nature of humanity and done nothing at all about it. I'm going to go buy some ice cream now, and take comfort in the fact that as a man it doesn't matter how I look. I have a career ahead of me because men, unlike women are respected for their ideas and not just their transparent green sweaters.

katie: .posted by marco on Jan 12 at 23:10:41

Collin, you know you want her.
Okay, you all know you want her. Cute, isn't she?

Stupid: .posted by ben on Jan 8 at 06:53:22

I couldn't quite get the privilages right, so I did this: find /home/ben/wasabi/ -exec chmod 777 {} \; Hopefully anyone reading this can recognize what a stupid idea that was. On the bright side, everything does work now.
Aimee: .posted by fuzzybun on Jan 8 at 06:50:19

I need to find out if I got the privilages right, so fuzzybunny (I assume you haven't changed the password yet) is going to post some extremely high quality pornography. Oh, I want her...

It Works: .posted by ben on Jan 8 at 06:35:38

I think I finally got wasabi all done.  Anyone with a nonplatonic
account should be able to call /home/ben/wasabi/perl/wasabi with the file they
want to add as an argument.
Read these notes before you try it.  I did some weird things that might
really fuck you if you aren't expecting it.
Things to be careful of when using wasabi:
(1) Don't name a fragment the same thing as another in the same edition,
unless you want to replace a crapped over version of your own fragment.
Calling "wasabi hi" and then "wasabi hi" again will replace the first hi
fragment with the second.
(2) The wasabi script will grab everything in the current directory and
put it in the current wasabi directory.  So, call wasabi from a directory
that contains your fragment, any pictures, or linked shit and nothing
(3) Fragments should be no wider that 675 pixels, otherwise, the layout
gets fucked.
(4) Using tables in fragments is a bad idea, because browsers usually
don't deal with nested tables too well and all the fragment are inside one
big table.



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