The Samura’s Garden: Chapter 1 thoughts

Can’t believe It!!!! This is ridiculous I’m running three times a week miles I’m biking to work, I’m eating healthy, and I’ll meditate for 20 minutes every other day and SOMEHOW when I checked my blood pressure last night and it was  140/81 !!!! well………Yes I ate 3 slices of pizza before taking my blood pressure but 140/81 C’MON!!!  so Today  I’m going to fast for 24 hours and let’s see what ends up happening
I’ve ranted before in the past about how great the internet it, sometimes I imagine it as a  great sprawling multi-tentacled Beast stretching into homes our iPhones, Androids, tablets, pcs and laptops stretching into the minds of man, connecting us all. If there was ever a Gaia mind it would surely be the internet. Wich allows us to do crazy things such as connect with bloggers across the globe and read a book together chapter by chapter which is exactly what I’ll be doing with

Viola and Ortensia, we have decided to read the Samurai’s Garden our original thought was to read a chapter every two weeks  then give our thoughts about it, I just counted there are 62 chapters in this book we will finish in 124 weeks Most likely we might bundle a few chapters to shorten those weeks of completion. To anyone reading if your feeling spontaneous NOWS YOUR CHANCE! Join us in our reading of The Samurais Garden. The reviews have been good, I’m not sure what to expect from it regardless it should be an interesting experience.

The Samurai’s Garden Summary
The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu’s secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu’s generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu’s soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.

I saw a video recently on what constitutes a good story, it boiled down to feelings, pictures, ideas. That a good story is an amalgamation of feelings pictures and ideas working together.The groundwork for characters we relate to and an interesting story that presents us with ideas haven’t thought too much amount. It’s only chapter one and already it’s juggling the good story trifecta  The pace of the story is great, and I love the imagery evoked by the author through descriptions.

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Work Ethic

didn’t think it’d be that bad, I regret shaking that bottle of ghost pepper hot sauce on to my kimchi.  My throat passage felt as though it slammed shut, it became hard to breathe I was teary-eyed for a while. Just like a kerosene-fueled fire, the spiciness wasn’t put out by either milk or water so I waited it out. there is my #BadChoice of the day.
      On that note, I wanted to talk about an interesting group of people Hunter S Thompson, Charles Bukowski and Elon Musk.
what do they all have in common asides from being brilliant?
They All have a HARDCORE Work ethic!
 I don’t think a lot of people get that vibe when you read Hunter S Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.Hunter S Thompson wasn’t just sitting on his ass and getting blasted on acid that guy was spending serious energy refining his art.
you hear about Charles Bukowski talking about his crazy adventures in the world and being an insane gutter drunk. Burkowski was working 12-hour shifts in the post office and then he would go home and start writing
  Or maybe you’re just following Elon musk’s Instagram page and think its just fun and games being O’l Elon Musk but he’s pulling  100 hour work weeks he’s working 14 hours and 30 minutes every single day. Leaving him with one hour and 30 minutes for the commute to work, leisure, and eating. That’s ridiculous and bit intimidating. I’m saying 1 hour and 30 minutes so that it leaves enough time to sleep for 8 hours maybe he sleeps for Less, that would be insane. Because you have to leave time for self-maintenance. Just how any machine needs electricity, people need 8 hours of sleep, a good diet and some exercise to function properly.
         Maybe it has something to do with passion….. I’m not a religious man but I do occasionally go to church with a Christian friend, any sermon can be stripped away of religiosity to reveal great idea kernels. Anyways  I accompanied my friend this past Sunday and the pastor brought up  passion and it’s meaning
     pulling up Passion in a  dictionary it means: something that you are strongly interested in and enjoy
but the Greek πασχω and late Latin meaning of passion is to suffer

 

 So passion is something you’re strongly interested in and enjoy that is worth the suffering. Surely Hunter S Thompson Charles Bukowski and Elon Musk  have tons of passion
      Maybe it begins with having a great morning
I’m guilty of  waking up at 6 and then I’ll stare at my phone for 30 minutes, and then a whole hour passes before I get out of bed then the whole day just lacks Harmony .that’s the most important part of the day  for me it’s like it’s playing a game of Pool The Morning is when you’re breaking the balls, and  if you do a shitty break the whole day begins to feel out of balance.

The Parable of The City of Nine Gates

Last night 9 p.m. I got a flurry of 17 different text messages letting me know that Stephen Hawking has died, I thought today’s water cooler conversation would revolve around that but it didn’t. for lunch I went out with my Indian friend Manish the same Indian friend that introduced me to the turmeric hangover cure, anyway this time he told me the Hindi parable of the City of Nine Gates and I thought was so great and I began to create so many analogies with this story I thought I should share.

It’s is about Puranjana and there is a backstory of his travels but eventually, ends up in a city called The City of Nine Gates

Puranjana comes to a place called Nava Dvara Pura, the City of Nine Gates. He finds it quite attractive. The City of Nine Gates represents the human body, with its nine openings?two eyes, two nostrils, two ears, the mouth, the anus, and the genital opening. As Puranjana wanders through the gardens of the city, he encounters an extremely beautiful woman. Puranjana is attracted to her, and she is attracted to him. She becomes his queen.

The story is that the King (Puranjana ) has been given this city and there’s a queen in the city. The king is supposed to represent your Consciousness and the Queen is supposed to represent your intelligence. They’re living together in this city of nine Gates the queen has these bodyguards which represent your senses and then those bodyguards have wives which represent desires, and there’s a cobra-headed thing that represents your basic life force that is supposed to be the protector of the city
So if you’re hitting up fast food regularly and letting anything into that mouth gate, and your eyes are starings at garbage quality content and your ears are listening to bad information your city is like Detroit living in some ramshackle Rundown city and wondering why you’re so depressed.
You have to control what comes out of those Gates as well too many people have a creaky mouth gate and don’t know how to shut it. What comes out of the mouth gate has a direct relationship with what goes into the ear Gates and the eye gates and all this is related to the queen the intelligence and her bodyguards and those fucking wives and their stupid desires. They want too much coffee, and they want to stare at the phone for longer than needed , they want to binge a full season of some show on Netflix, they want to eat that delicious looking Sugaree glazed donut talking about my own personal bodyguard wives in my city and the next thing you know you get sick
And when you get sick the gates are harder to control so more bad things come in and before you know it you’re on your deathbed years before you should have died because you’ve never controlled what came in and out of your Gates
There are so many analogies I could make from this parable some I’m too embarrassed to type out 😂
I bet you could all come up with a few analogies
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Spring Cleaning Weekend & Spring anime I’m looking forward to

 Saturday morning, I groggily made a cup of coffee sat at the kitchen table to a silent house I LOVE IT!  I could hear the birds chirping outside and the sounds of the city waking up. I walked to the backyard in my PJs circled the perimeter of the house inspecting what had to be done.
It was a disaster unraked leaves unmowed lawn ceramic planting pots with dead flowers, overgrown ferns.  I couldn’t stand it !  how was supposed to make progress with anything if the house is a mess?
     the world’s chaotic and there some things that are outside of my own control, and my property isn’t one of them so I should aim to create my own little piece of perfection with what I can control. there’s also that idea that the space you live in is a metaphysical representation of your inner life, so when everything is cluttered and messy that mirrors your inner self.
I spent all of Saturday working in the front and backyard
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     I finished feeling that I’ve done a great deal of work but I woke up Sunday feeling sore, and achy.The backyard still has work to be done, but  that’s work to be done next weekend
Sunday has been mostly spent on laundry cleaning and finally finishing taxes!  HOOOORAAYYYYY!!!!!!!!
Finally! now that my checklist of priorities has been completed for the weekend, I can watch some anime.
         I’ll be watching  B: The Beginning
            and   I’m so…  EXITED!.. for the Upcoming spring 2018 anime season, I  don’t think I’ll have time to watch everything I’m looking forward to.
     The shows I’m looking forward to most are
  • The Legend Of the Galactic Heroes  
  • Steins;Gate 0  I’m expecting great things and  I won’t have to buy anything for my cosplay costume for the 2018 Sakura Con I’ll slip on a lab coat and call it good.  and when I’m part of the crowd that’s walking towards the convention center and traffic comes to a stop as drivers pull out their phones to take photos of Cosplayers I won’t look Cringey or goofy.
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re
  • Hinamatsuri this will either be comedy gold, or They won’t properly capture the spirit of the manga and will turn into a horrible adaptation.

2 birds 1 stone

GUYS IM SO EXCITED! spring is almost here! I’ll be able to start biking to work again. I love biking …….well after I get used to biking again the first few days you feel like garbage, on a bike all of a sudden you’re outside connected to Nature you hear birds you smell people cooking from their houses you figure out a little side streets to go down.

There are few things you could do to change your life for under $1,000 and buying a bike is one of them, the others things are like meeting some incredible person and falling in love with them, good luck with that! You can’t control that it just happens and if your lucky one of those shooting stars will smash into your poor Lonely Heart and send you into that incredible oxytocin-induced seizure of joy and Bliss. That lasts if you’re lucky a lifetime but most likely a year. That classically ends with you in the smoldering hell crater that we all fall into once were cast out of the heaven that love allows us to exist in for a short time.

I’d like to use this blog post to kill two nominations with one blog post. 👺Please don’t you guys dare comment with ” congratulations! “ I’m being greedy and using these nominations as a means to write up another blog post

#Shameless

  • Thank whoever nominated you
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 5 bloggers you feel deserve the award
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird/funny one (heck)

I’d like to thank the Tshirt blogger and I’d like to thank Viola not for the nominations, but for being such a great blogger.I live A busy life with not too much time for friends or family, So it’s pretty cool I have this Infinity rectangle that is connected to the summation of all human knowledge , and not only does it allow me to stay connected with friends and family but also allows me to get brief glimpses of what other people’s lives are like around the globe and talk to them with what is basically technologically mediated telepathy.

I have cat named Rockie he drinks all his water and milk out of a mini teacup

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, my fridge does most of my grocery shopping, After a long day when I’m dead tired, you’ll find me in a Totoro Kigumuri ‘ it’s like a Onezie but better.

1)If you have to choose a week away, all expenses paid, where would you go?
Japan, A food lovers paradise! I’d also have to visit Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Akihabara. Wander the countryside without any specific destination in mind, Spend a Day in a Hot Spring. A close second would be China id like to visit Shenzhen, They’re able to pump out Robotic concept designs into reality in a few days. Compared to 2-3 months here in the USA ITS CRAZY
2)Who would you take with you?
My sister and brother
3)What was your first car and if money was no object what would be your ultimate car.
I got my license when I was 23, and I never bought a car I’ve been using zip cars in the winter when I have to deal with the weather being too cold, snowy or rainy so im not able to ride my bike. those zip cars charge by the minute and don’t require insurance. it’s the frugal alternative when I’m only driving between work and home. My dream car, a Brookstone zero gravity chair on Wheels
4)Enough about money. If you published a book, what genre would it be?
if I ever found the time to write a book it would be Fantasy ! it would be about a man that finds himself in a system that transforms human life, unmanageable complicated human life, into rectangular bits of paper. then These friendly machines take over anything that is considered work. After many years of deriving meaning for his life from the work he does. He is forced to grapple with human existentialism and finding meaning in his life.
5)Who would play you in a film version of your life
Elon Musk with glasses
It would be a really boring movie about a boy that starts his life in central america , then moves to the USA and works really hard and creates a company that builds real neat spaceships with his fancy cat companion and his robot buddy Miguel the sombrero-wearing Roomba he becomes a #SPACECOWBOY and wrangles up astray asteroids for rare earth minerals
I NOMINATE ANYONE WHO IS READING THIS BLOG POST!
( if you feel like it, at least now you have an excuse to write a blog post ! )
My 5 questions to you are
1) Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck?
2)If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would your five-year-old self-do first?
3) What are you looking forward to?
4) What are your favorite foods?
5) If you started a cult what kind of cult would it be?

Music and its Meaning

  I love music and how it can make us feel. I’m creating different playlists. Music for waking up, working out, falling asleep, Music to fill you with confidence before giving a presentation.   While constructing these playlists. I asked myself
           Whats the meaning of Music?
        could I listen to music from different parts of the globe what meaning would arise from those songs,  what would those songs say about the culture they arose from?
Music unfolds and then something else unfolds like a rose opening up
  music to me is like a language, a nonsemantic language that denotes meaning, but because the meaning of music is nonverbal its difficult to articulate as the music is unfolding.
Nonetheless one of the best feelings is when your listening to music and then in the theater of our imagination the sky opens up.
      My favorites for 2018 so far have been.
Nujabes
J.Cole

 

Curtis Mayfield
The odd yet catchy songs from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

What have you been listening to?

Phillip Of the Dragonflies part 1

I began by witting short HP Lovecraft esq stories when I tried expanding these short stories I felt like I kept running into a wall.Where I would lose sight of how I wanted the progression of the story to continue and the structure would collapse.
I haven’t verbally fleshed out this story, but I have in mind the basic idea of the structure.
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The Sunflower fields have bloomed and the reason I moved to this rural town I have already forgotten
I drove my jeep down the old country road, with the old rickety fence to one side and an open field of barley & sunflowers on the other that ran to the edge of town.
I parked in the J.J. Dean lot, pushed through the revolving door, walked down the hallway up the stairs and into my cubicle. A quiet day until 4 pm
Zack leaned on the cubicle wall and asked
” hey are you free today”
I swiveled my chair and looked back at him slightly annoyed
“I’m not going if you’re going to Hooters again”
“Whaaaat!? socializing isn’t a bad thing your 26 already, didn’t you notice it’s been 6 years since you were rejected by her and you’re still a withdrawn irritable mess”
“IM NOT GOING TO BE LECTURED BY SOMEONE WHO THROWS ALL HIS MONEY AT THOSE GOLD DIGGERS AT HOOTERS!!”
The corner office door swung open and elderly gentleman stepped out
” Philip do you have a moment “
I stepped away from the cubicle and walked into the office…
” Phillip the other day the chief of accounting was replaced and the budget has become more lenient, so we’re able to pick up new projects, it’s been decided that this is going to be one of our products, wasn’t this one of your old projects? “
he held out a polka-dotted mechanical pencil with a dragonfly shaped eraser at the top.
” Congratulations!! … aren’t you happy? “
“ahh, yeah….. “
“LIAR! she said as she pushed my shoulder
” I looked in Fred Mayer and they don’t sell it ”
“what ” I replied
She pointed at my mechanical pencil
” That mechanical pencil”
” But I really bought it there “
“A Dragonfly, it didn’t have a dragonfly attached “
“Ahh, well this didn’t have a cap so I shaved down an eraser and made it myself “
“HMPH, Whatever! ”
she said with her arms crossed
“If you want I can make you one if you want”
” Reeaaaly! is it okay ?”
“Ahh yeah…. it is”
she pulled out a chair across the desk swept the pile of books aside and sat down
” I won’t forgive you if you forget me you better write down a note or something”
“Sydney”
uhhh I looked at her with a puzzled look
“thats my name whats yours?”
At that time
“Phillip”
I didn’t think about it until now.
staring at the sunset from the company building
How much I enjoyed spending time with her
” Phillip you have a phone call on line 5″
” Alright. who’s it from?”
” Casandra Sydney’s mother does the name ring a bell?”
“ill be right down”
I walked back down to my cubicle picked up the landline
” Hello this is Phillip “
” hi Phillip this is Casandra, Sydney’s mother I’m calling you because Sydney has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, She doesn’t have much time left, and we should also discuss the custody of her 6-year-old daughter.”
“WHAT!! A DAUGHTER!!!?”
“Sydney has insisted that you’re the father”