A Great Book to Read While on Vacation; The Rape Of Nanking

I should have picked a book with a more joyous title “The Rape of Nanking”
what a lovely title for a book to read while on vacation!ūüėĪ

next time I’ll pick a more uplifting title ” I am a Cat”, “life 3.0″, or
better yet write a book while on vacation titled ” Carebears in Al Queda”
It would be about the Carebears who have had enough of the modern world and the anxieties that come with it. Overwhelmed by a
disintegrating environment, rampant political corruption, a methamphetamine epidemic and rocketing rates of depression.
The carebears decide to leave all earthly possessions behind as well a multimillion television deal to provide humanitarian aid in war-stricken city , Al Queda.
Each day has been bringing them happiness and fulfillment as they slowly heal the hearts of al Queda’s residents.
Suddenly Isis invades and rumors spread through the city that the carebears are a pansexual quartet.
Will they be able to traverse the nuanced culture of al Queda while coercing isis into laying down their weapons and bring peace to the land or will they be stoned to death in the pansexualphobic country of Iraq never to be seen again?

ūüėĀūüėā

anyways

the summary of The Rape of Nanking

In December 1937, the Japanese army invaded the ancient city of Nanking, systematically raping, torturing, and murdering more than 300,000 Chinese civilians.

This book tells the story from three perspectives: of the Japanese soldiers who performed it, of the Chinese civilians who endured it, and of a group of Europeans and Americans who refused to abandon the city and were able to create a safety zone that saved many.

My favorite quote from the book

” The veneer of civilization seems to exceedingly thin one that can be easily stripped away, Especially during war”

A visceral account of the Nanking massacre, that left me wondering why these crimes against humanity that are comparable to the horrors heard about in Nazi concentration camps isn’t more widely known. At times I closed the book out of disgust. I initially had my own personal objections, surely the methods of torture and rape described have been exaggerated? Probably not. I did my own reading into the sources and simply Googling Nanking The first images that appear are that of a row of decapitated heads, and a stacked pile of children corpses.
it was a mentally torturous read, that made me realize a wider scoped capacity of savagery that I didn’t was morally possible. Despite this, it’s a book that should be more widely known.

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Sick day

Yesterday was probably the first time since infancy I spent most of the day asleep. I had a fever of 102 my head felt like it was filled with custard. My throat was sore and my nostrils were clogged. I feel much better today the conjunction of having a vaporizer in the room filled with eucalyptus oil, and the powerful tonic made of chicken broth Ginger and lemons helped me greatly. still not fully recovered but grateful nonetheless to be feeling better than yesterday.sick_day

https://xkcd.com/1157/    (  I love xkcd)

I’m sitting on my patio enjoying some sunshine, drinking water, and chicken broth while writing.¬† When autumn arrives in Seattle it’ll be blanketed by grey clouds for the duration of fall and winter.

I’m a bit disappointed that I’ll be too sick to attend a seminar on prospects for laboratory searches for Plank scale dark matter. I don’t want to cry over spilled milk. So let’s continue on to the main topic of this blog post. With the encouragement from Bookworm drinketh and a few others to post more often from now on my goal for each month will be to release at least two posts a month. IM GATHERING MY RESOLVE!¬† I’m writing at least 5 minutes daily¬†but I find myself jettisoning 90% of what I write, I can‚Äôt help but read books and find myself comparing my writing of theirs and finding myself unpleased with my standard of writing compared to theirs.¬† I also find myself displeased with What I write about, I want my posts to be about interesting topics ill be damned if you ever catch me posting something such as¬† ” My top ten favorite books best zingers of all time” , ” My top 5 movies”

So I guess the underlying goal to achieve 2 posts per month is loosening my¬†self-criticism inhibitions,¬† haha no the solution isn’t drinking a glass of wine as I sit down and begin writing.¬† a glass of red wine a month is more than plenty for me!!¬† ill have to find a new form of relaxation to loosen up.

I hope this is legible

just how A Lannister always pays his debts! 

ill hold myself to post twice a month

till next time Joseph

 

 

Summer reading, Romantisim

SUMMER HAS RETURNED!

The days are longer and the rays of sun seem to dissolve unhappiness or maybe that’s just a byproduct of having time off from work to go out to the beach or go camping, fishing, hiking, picking berries, making jam, canning¬† and drying fruit or just¬† staying at home seeking a refuge from the sun. As for myself, I’ve been busy with work at the lab.summer¬†I miss those Long summer breaks, so when I do get the week or two off from work ill make sure to aim to accomplish all the of the above and id also like to try my hand at making my own kimchi and miso paste. My sister freshly out of college has bought a puppy! His name¬† Is Leo named after Leo Messi, to my disdain the¬† Rascals been peeing on the carpet chewing my shoes and tugging at the drapes. I feel like I’m the only one being scrupulous with him. We must RESIST those puppy eyes and not feed him any scraps from the dinner table. He can sit, shake, lay down …. still working on rollover, fetch and will probably enroll him doggy school to help us potty train the rascal.

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Lately, I’ve been reading books that take place during the Romantic era ( between 1799 to the mid-1850’s)¬† The Romantic era was an era that coincided with the rise of industrialization. There was a lot of money to be made in the factories that arose in the cities,¬† which lead to a large migration from the countryside to cities. The migrants lived in cramped squalid conditions, People Often threw garbage out their windows. Sanitation didn’t exist, cities reeked and epidemics would spread like wildfire. Hospitals were a place¬†where the poor went to die, the rich hired Private physicians who’s medical cures and practices amounted to quackery. The Factories within the cities had smokestacks that spewed Black clouds of coal that caked the houses surrounding the factory. Average life expectancy between 1799-1850’s was 37.5.¬† ¬†So no wonder Romanticism arose during this time,¬† Romanticism was when Nature was looked to and glorified when individuals looked at previous eras and wishfully wanted to live a life before the industrial revolution. Geology was blooming into a hobby many enjoyed,¬† ¬†The Prior Scientific revolutions remained out the threshold of activities that commoners could enjoy.¬† mathematics, physics, and astronomy was an activity reserved for the Wealthy Privileged that could afford an education.¬† ¬†So here come along a¬† Science were you required minimal tools where you would embark on an adventure leaving the city and digging up rocks in hopes of digging up fossilized Skeletal remains of ancient creatures and vegetation.¬† There were a few clergy members that picked up geology setting forth to find proof for their¬† Idea that the Earth was only 6000 years old.

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Alexander Von Humbolt’s expedition logs were popular reading, the first thing I thought when I heard his name was Oh yeah the¬† Humblot squid those aggressive cannibalistic creatures, but he was actually quite the explorer and it wasn’t until I googled his name that I discovered HOW MANY THINGS ARE NAMED AFTER HIM¬† ITS WILD!¬† In 1799 he left on a voyage that took him to Venezuela from there he canoed up the¬† Orinoco River, drawing up maps, collecting species,¬† discovering new plants collecting seeds and making astronomical observations. From his expedition logs we also know that he suffered many miss adventures like having his dog eaten by a jaguar, there was a never-ending barrage of insects and he also discovered these eels that could kill a man with their shock at one point they released a few horses to cause a ruckus in the river in hopes of driving the eels up the river banks . They caught the eels but the horses died in the prosses, After catching these eels they begin to dissect them only to discover that they retained their ability to shock after death and received a near lethal shock.¬† please try to imagine that place your self in that situation. ABSOLUTELY BANANAS,¬† WILD.

I think why I’ve enjoyed reading about Romanticism is because¬† ¬†It was an eclectic group of individuals that picked up geology,¬† botany, astrology, physics, and mathematics I loved reading about their drives and discoveries, their search for knowledge sometimes at personal risk for truth and beauty which resonated with me.

The books I’ve read this summer

Reading the Rocks: How Victorian Geologists Discovered the Secret of Life

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

a riveting dissection of how this culture came to be 10/10 would recommend

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

One of my all-time favorite books, one of the few books I have taken the time to re-read

heck, I’m not sure if any of you would be interested in my Goodreads account if anyone shows any interest I might just re-edit his post and link it in.

Hopefully,¬† you’ve all been having more exciting summers than I.

Thanks for reading,  and till next time

Joseph

 

 

 

 

Back Again

¬†HI! yes I’m alive! it’s been a while since the last post apologies. I’ve been stuck in a hypnotic routine of work, reading, riding my bicycle around Seattle, exploring parts unknown and tinkering with old devices.
¬†When I have found myself in front of a computer I haven’t found the motivation or inspiration to write, which is but an excuse I tell myself I don’t have any inspiration or motivation without applying myself to writing anything, not even a scribble. Maybe like a¬† cold motorcycle engine, all I needed was an extra force to rev up my engine.
What has revved up my engine?
  • ¬†the day I’ve had today
  • stumbling into¬† Pope John Paul the 2nd’s letter to the artist
  • my kindle’s ads
    On my way back from work, bicycling down the Burke Gilman trail. A beautiful route that follows the contours of Lake Union with trees, shrubbery  Modern office building and quickest way to get between work and home.
¬† today the wire that allows me to shift between gears broke, luckily there was a¬† bicycle shop nearby “Recycled Cycles”¬† They sell old and new bicycles also deal with repairs.
¬† ¬† However, there was one slight problem …… I LEFT MY WALLET AT HOME!
¬†so¬† I walked into the store hoping they would sympathize with my situation and have some form of IOU system.¬† ¬† ¬†I walked up to the cleck A gruff looking fellow that looked like he should be in a motorcycle shop, not a bicycle shop. A bandana wrapped around his head,¬† with a beard and rolled up long sleeve t-shirt. With my best puppy dog eyes, I explained my situation and to my surprise,¬† HE AGREES TO HELP ME OUT !¬† he logged into his computer¬†terminal adds a memo that¬† I owe them money. He hands me a wire and says “All right¬†here’s the wire, just wait for the mechanics and they will install it for ya free of charge”¬† I thank him again and I wait in line for one of the mechanics.
¬†I reach the front of the line and explain my situation to the mechanic, I hand him the wire, He inspects the bicycle and looks me in the¬†eyes. In a distinctly Chicago accent, he says to me he can’t do the repair out of good conscious. He tells me that the frame of the bike is warped the probability of the bicycle braking down and getting myself into an accident is high,¬†and even if he did replace the brake wire it would break¬†in no time flat. I got¬† 30$’s worth of credit for the bicycle wheels and walked home.¬† while walking¬† I browsing through internet¬† and¬† stumbled across¬† Pope John Paul the 2nd’s letter to the artist ,keep in mind¬† I was¬† reading this as I was walking down the Burke Gilman trail the¬† sun was shining, the birds were chirping all that was left missing would be the sounds of children laughing anyways It resonated with me¬† and since I haven’t written anything in a while I thought this would be the Perfect motivation to get myself to write again.

 

note:

“artist” can be interchanged with “scientist”, they may seem like opposites but as someone who has hands in both, the similarities outweigh the differences.

On the threshold of the Third Millennium, my hope for all of you who are artists is that you will have an especially intense experience of creative inspiration. May the beauty which you pass on to generations still to come to be such that it will stir them to wonder! Faced with the sacredness of life and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude.

From this wonder, there can come that enthusiasm. People of today and tomorrow need this enthusiasm if they are to meet and master the crucial challenges which stand before us. Thanks to this enthusiasm, humanity, every time it loses its way, will be able to lift itself up and set out again on the right path. In this sense, it has been said with profound insight that ‚Äúbeauty will save the world‚ÄĚ

Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence. It is an invitation to savour life and to dream of the future. That is why the beauty of created things can never fully satisfy.

Artists of the world, may your many different paths all lead to that infinite Ocean of beauty where wonder becomes awe, exhilaration, unspeakable joy.

 

after thinking about it a bit it leaves me with a thought,¬† and it flies in the face of some forms of Buddhism and Christianity. I’m going to SAY IT ANYWAYS!

THE EARTH IS WONDERFUL And
  THIS LIFE IS GREAT!
¬†¬†All this talk about how ” All suffering is from attachment”¬† No!¬† ……….¬† What about no to that idea¬†
Some forms of Buddhism say that we’re here to learn a lesson. That you will graduate from samsara you escape the cycle of birth and death if you let go of your attachments, samsara contains five cyclic realms and according to them the reason why being reincarnated as a human is so desirable is not because we¬† have the ability to have discipline, create, Explorer, discover, learn, enjoy .¬†¬† The reason it’s great for¬† them is that it gives them a chance to no longer be stuck in¬† their cycle of birth and death,¬†¬† ¬†I don’t know it’s like going to a great Festival and then hoping you never come back again,
…..not that I believe in reincarnation or anything for me its like they go to this festival and don’t¬†Figure a way to enjoy it!¬† ¬†in a¬† sense everyone is an artist,¬† all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting his or her own life, he or she should make of it a work of art, a masterpiece. 

the last thing  I wanted to rant about

Does anyone else own a Kindle? If so do you also get Raunchy book ads?

I have a Kindle Paperwhite and whenever I open the protector for the Kindle special offers ads appear.

After opening and closing my Kindle a few times here are the ads I got

Dark Enemy: Taken

“She’s the immortal daughter of a goddess. Her kidnapper is a killer in our Clans worst what she feels for him can’t be¬† love, or can it?’

Seeing Red

seing red

‘ Riley, young, female CEO. Colin, bullish FCO with a plan. He needs her to succeed. She’s struggling. A trip to the Caribbean will change everything.’

The miracle morning

“Become the best parent you can be, simply by changing how you start your day. This guy shows you how!

(not a parent )

supposedly Amazon curates deals and product or based on my browsing and buying History. But compare that to my last few books¬†i’ve¬†read on my kindle

The Samurais Garden

Gravity’s rainbow

The inevitable: understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future

Double life

Introduction to mathematical philosophy

The Ginger Tree

Cryptonomicon 

The soul of a new machine 

It leaves me wondering If I obtained the information folders that Google and Amazon have on me would that reflect the person I am¬† … most likely not since Amazon thinks¬† ¬†I’m a romantic that enjoys the raunchy books¬† and that¬† I also have a child ( which I don’t)¬† or maybe Amazon just knows me better than I know myself and they’re like ” YO!¬† you’re gonna LOVE THIS¬† BOOK READ IT ! also¬† you have a kid that you never knew about¬† and in a week he’s gonna be dropped on your doorstep get ready!! ”

till next  time

Joseph

¬†PS:¬†Viola and¬†Ortensia¬† I completed¬† Samurias Garden ages ago but never wrote my thoughts on it but I’m worried this blog post is way too long if you’re both still interested¬†ill post my thought about it next post.

super duper  sorry

Siblings in town! an enjoyable week

siblings, we’re back in town for spring break. It was a week BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT
      Having them back in time gave me a chance to cook larger tastier portions of food, like corned beef, pulled pork carnitas, homemade pizza, ribs.
¬† ¬† ūüôą I¬† ended up consuming WAAYY to much sugar and broke my running routine ūüôą leaves me feeling guilty.
      played Settlers of Catan almost every night such a great board game, strategic planning, the friendly rivalry is turning into serious competition.
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           Friday we went to an Australian themed petting zoo out in the countryside.
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definitely wasn’t prepared I was wearing tennis shoe khakis and a button-up t-shirt I was expecting pavement but instead was greeted with a slushy muddy mess, animal feces everywhere. I was¬† Tippy tapping around the place feeling like a town Mouse out of
place everyone else was wearing rubber boots and jeans.
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                    The house has grown quiet, a stillness perfect for reading, housework, programming, and a small blog update

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.

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 ŌÄőĪŌÉŌáŌČ 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.