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Wisdom 101: How to Make a Woman Like You.

Come close now ye young men, you lonely men, you single men, you older men. Come near. Huddle close – but not too close so that one might mistake us for comrades enjoying camaraderie.

You may fist-bump if you chose to engage in touching activities. But I would ask you to restrain yourself from further acts of frolicsome joy.

Ahh yes you ask what is the secret to a woman’s heart? Well that I cannot tell you. Being a social reject myself I have obviously not quite fathomed the plumbing of the fairer sex to such depths. What? OH no no – I don’t mean to say I have never plumbed. Plumbing I have done. And quite robustly I might add in my younger days. In fact I think I was quite the winsome plumber back in the day. But I digress in melancholy wistful memories of many decades  back in time.

Ahh yes plumbing. <SIGH>

OH right sorry I was distracted by well-preserved happy thoughts. Now I was going explain one of the great questions of every male who has ever had been smitten by the fluidity and grace of a female. And I am referring to humans in both instances.

How on earth do you Make a Woman Like You. Well good sirs…oh and the occasionally lady I see reading this – you too want to know the answer? Well this then is the answer. I will say it clearly when I get to it. It is actually quite simple.

You can not. Ever. Make. A woman like you. This actually goes beyond women. You can not. Ever. Make. Anyone like you. It is simply impossible to Make someone have feelings for you. The feelings they have are the ones they have. If they like you, they like you.

Now by persisting and insisting and demanding and wheedling and whining you can be guaranteed to make a woman NOT LIKE you. And again that applies beyond women. Just back off. Ease away. Step back. Stop.

What you want to do is find out if the other person actually likes you. Maybe even enjoys your company. This is much easier than making them like you (which I pointed out is impossible). So how do you tell if someone likes you?

Why it is obvious! Listen closely this is what you do: you simply ask.

Yes I know it is hard to ask – but the concept is easy isn’t it? You can start small – like ask how her day is going. Ask what she has planned for the weekend. Ask if she would like to do that something with you.

Ta-da. You are now blessed with some wisdom. See that was actually quite simple wasn’t it?  Go now – enjoy life.

I will sit here and enjoy the silence.

 

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Sorrow on Fire: The Clown is Gone

The world is complicated and cruel. I made this post after finding ClownonFire.com had vanished. This is my opinion of that blog and the blog posts. Since then I have learned there is a back story of tremendous hurt. I stand by what I have written in the context I wrote it – a lament for creative talent shredded. At the end I have added links to sites that contain some of the tragic back story that consumed the blog and the blogger.”

Today I discovered ClownonFire.com is now a blank screen. An Internet Dead-end. The place that proudly proclaimed “BECAUSE EVERY DAY IS FUCKING MAGICAL™” had ended the magic. And I am brokenhearted.

This is what I retrieved from the Google Cache for his Final Post:

LeClownEnd

Nothing is forever, and we are driven by our own demons, and ghost, and memories, and sorrowful clowns. Those inner memories and personas make us who we are, make us do wonderful and wise things. And make use suddenly veer of the path into uncharted waters. Continue reading

Old Goat Books: The Wonder of Books

Near where I live is a most wondrous book store called Old Goat Books. It was recently featured in local newspaper (www.therecord.com). Because they have an online catalog I order from them online. They have never let me down!

Old Goat Books
99 King St. N., Waterloo.
519-880-9595
www.oldgoatbooks.com
519-880-9595

Here is a portion of the article by Peter Pender. You can read the full article here:
http://www.therecord.com/news-story/4303742-old-goat-books-thrives-using-new-technology/

WATERLOO — For seven years, Michael Loubert worked to complete the online catalogue of 16,000 second-hand volumes that brings business from around the world to his small store in Waterloo.

A few years after opening Old Goat Books in March 2001, Loubert realized he had to get a catalogue of his stock linked to the Advanced Book Exchange — or ABEBooks — one of the world’s biggest online marketplaces for books.

When he did not have to attend to customers in his 700-square-foot shop, Loubert sat at his computer creating a digital showcase for his store. For every book, Loubert entered the title, author, publisher, year of publication, where it was published, number of pages, condition, weight and a short description. The weight is included so customers can quickly determine shipping costs.

The online catalogue is changed every time a new book is added to store shelves and every time another is sold. The updated version is uploaded at the end of every business day.

“I have catalogued tens of thousands of books,” Loubert says. “It is all kind of a blur to me.”

The past year saw two other used-book sellers in Waterloo Region — one in Kitchener and one in Waterloo — close their doors. They were squeezed by narrow-profit margins on the sale of used books and increasing rents.

The catalogue that Loubert painstakingly created and maintained at http://www.oldgoatbooks.com is great for business, and gets some of the credit for keeping the doors open while others closed.

“It’s cheap advertising,” Loubert says. “Every day, I have people calling me up or coming into my store — every day — and saying: ‘I saw that you have such and such.’ “

There is No God

I do not believe in “GOD“.

That is to say – I cannot believe in the BIG-G version of GOD. You know the full-on CAPS-LOCK version. The mystical all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, omni-omni of everythingness. That big old voyeuristic super-santa in the sky: seeing you when you are naughty, and seeing when you are oh so nice. The one that then capriciously bestows the awesome gift of heaven, or the burning lump-of-coal of eternal damnation.

I think the question of “was there a prime mover of the universe?”, described as some type of primordial creator, kick-starter, or as the pre-bang to the big-bang is an entirely different set of ponderings. There might very well have been some primordial spark of existence that set this dimensional reality spinning and evolving into infinite time and space. Yet that to me really has no bearing on the idea of GOD. A creator is not the same as GOD.

A creator and GOD the great Maker, Director, Executive Producer and Judge are two entirely distinct ideas.

I find the fairy-tale that forms the basis of the Abrahamic religions too hard to swallow. In the beginning, as each religion that spawned from Abraham likes to start, has this perfect moment where GOD creates a paradise as a gift to humans. But then GOD ruins it all by setting a trap, a test, a challenge. GOD the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful invites temptation into the garden, and then GOD is upset that the humans fail the test. Not very all-seeing really. And in the process GOD invents, sin and shame, and deceit – and then finally places the blame squarely on those flawed humans (which he created….). Especially that exceptionally curious one called woman.

And what was that test? Well the placement of two trees – one the tree of eternal life and the other the tree of knowledge (of “good and evil”). Yet how could these humans even know what was right? or wrong? Not until they eat from the fruit of the tree and acquire knowledge – can they even know that what they have done is wrong! The entire myth ends up being a setup for an inevitable fall from grace.

The rest of the mythology simply moves from bad to worse. Convoluted rules, absurd stories, fantastical tales that border on delusions. And this is supposed to prove that GOD is real and we need to obey?

I will concede that there is a powerful gift of morality contained in the Abrahamic traditions that help guide and shape the development of our society and cultures over the centuries. Some real gems of true wisdom: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” and “love your neighbour as yourself.” Those are beautiful ideals.

I would also point out those same stories and myths have led to incredible horrors and persecutions because some people had other thoughts and beliefs.

The mythology of the Abrahamic faiths has been wielded as divine license and certainty. To me the greatest sin is certainty and the belief that mere flawed humans can impose divine will on other humans. That is simply madness, and should be treated as depraved madness of the worst kind.

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.
God Is Not Great ~~ Christopher Hitchens

I believe in kindness. I believe in tolerance. I believe in forgiveness.

I do not believe in GOD – and I will not be limited by such a childish concept as a personal GOD of any kind. When I do pray (because we all pray no matter our beliefs) it is a prayer to the vast unknown offering hope and goodwill. There is no begging for the cold essence of space to somehow be different.

Hey humans – time to grow up and behave like adults and stop talking to our invisible friends.

Them Crazy WordPress Stats!

So overall this was a good WordPress day for me. Good traffic, and pleasant visitors who left me lovely comments on my Haiku posting for the Haiku Heights word prompt.

In case anyone cares WordPress shows  I average around 40 views per day with about 20 visitors per day. As of this moment, I am almost right on that average with 39 views from 17 visitors.

This is the crazy stats part where things don’t add up: my Haiku: SWING has at this moment 43 LIKES.  That is really awesome and one of my better LIKE days by far! Yet when I look at the viewing breakdown WordPress says the Haiku only has  17 views for the day. HUH?

This is an annoyance to my Math Degree background and Computer Science sensibilities. It makes the inside of my brain itch – cause well if it has been LIKEd 43 times then it must have been viewed more than 17 times!

And yes I know it is because people can LIKE it from their Reader Feed  - and since it is a Haiku the full post will display there so people will feel perfectly content to click the Feed LIKE button.

Not that any of this matters in the overall scheme of the world – just what is the purpose of stats if they end up not reporting what is really happening? WordPress really needs to clean up the number crunching to better reflect what is happening with our posts.

Anyway that is my rant of the night. Just a little verbal spew to make the statistician in me so much happier. Well not really but there ya go. Reality is what it is…