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synchronicity & confirmation bias

[comment I made in Lethal OD's facebook 09/08/2010:]

Part of Jung's realization about synchronicity is that (regardless of confirmation bias) the fact that your brain and subconscious have noticed a pattern and it has drifted up to conscious realization is the significant part. In other words, it is an internal, not an external phenomenon. The significance may all lie within the subject's interpretation of the pattern he/she is noticing, and not the coincidence itself -- however unnerving. (Just like the famous example of the scarab beetle.)

Of course, all that being said, I think that there is a blurred line between quantum mechanics and solipsism -- perhaps more so than most would like to admit. The unnerving part, not being the solipsism, but the quantum mechanics, which describes our universe in terms that humans can only begin to partially grasp and describe mathematically.

Vader, Prince of Denmark

michaelodwyer brought this comic to my attention, which he felt "conveyed more of Darth Vader's tragic figure than all three of the prequels combined." While I certainly agree with the sentiment, the first thing that floated through my mind when I looked at the last panel was for Darth Vader to break into a Shakespearean soliloquy which would read as follows:

'Alas, poor C-3PO! I knew him, Stormtrooper; a fellow fluent in over six million forms of communication, a most excellent droid; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those metal lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your protocol now?'

[I imagine that many of you found it somewhat odd that Michael O'Dwyer was whisked off to a teaching position in Korea on such absurdly short notice, but few of you have guessed at the unsettling truth that lies behind his sudden disappearance...]

The Tuesday night before his departure Katy & I dropped by michaelodwyer's house. The dwelling was preternaturally dark as we mounted the stairs, and I became instantly wary when we were not accosted in the usual fashion by the two family dogs at the door, which had been left wide open. Dr. Ray, one of the household cats, eyed us curiously as I entered the darkened house.

Then I saw it! There on the floor of the kitchen, staring up at me with empty eyes, was my friend Michael O'Dwyer! Nothing but dry skin remained, as if he had been deflated like a party balloon from a gruesome carnival! I stared in shock and horror. Katy looked at me wide-eyed, as if unsure of what she was seeing.

Suddenly a man-size form, with strangely jointed appendages darted out of the shadows in the corner of the room, and – as startled as I was – Dr. Ray hissed!

“Do not be alarmed!” spoke the fungal lobster-ish creature who had, until recently, worn the visage of Michael O'Dwyer. “I have merely molted off my human pseudo-skin, and I am currently waiting for my shell to completely harden.” All trace of the characteristic stutter occasioned by his human form had vanished, blending naturally instead into the strange buzzing-clacking voice of his true shape.

“Whew, sorry OD,” I said addressing the giant lobster, with great relief, “For a second there I thought you had dissolved or something.”

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Project Pitchfork, tonight @ Elysium

Project Pitchfork, tonight @ Elysium, Austin

covm, michaelodwyer, and myself will be there

Peter Spilles

the [munchkin] cat who walks through walls

Order of events:
1. Picked up cat (krieg_weasel) after getting home from a run to the old place and set cat down in kitchen.
2. Pixel, in kitchen eating.
3. I walk to the back of the house and shut the door to the baby's room. Pixel does not follow me or sneak past — she is too busy eating.
4. Approximately one hour later, I hear yowling coming from the back of the house. Sound is not coming from our bedroom. Open door to Éowyn's room, which is still closed. Pixel comes running out.
5. I have serious "WTF?!" moment.

Warning Do not name your cat "Pixel" after character from a Heinlein novel — quantum tunneling through walls will ensue.

(But, at least she did not wake up the baby.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my fellow Walpurgis-nauts!

Apr 29th — blessure
Apr 30th — maradydd & aprman
May 1st — and, of course, yours truly

By the way, I am officially getting younger starting tomorrow.
*begins furiously gluing his telomeres back together*
Ha! Take that F. Scott Fitzgerald!

'Faust und Mephisto' & 'The Vision of Faust' -- fairly large images, tasteful, but possibly not work-safe???Collapse )


The monstrous, 80-meter tall pigicken, which has been pinpointed as the probable source of avian-swine flu according to Associated Press reports. World Health Organization officials warn that it is "...radioactive, breathes fire, and likes nothing better than to step on hysterically fleeing Japanese businessmen."

Seriously, wtf?! The way CNN and all the other news channels have been covering this, one would think that the swine flu had just crashed a jet into a skyscraper and killed 3000+ people. Is it really that slow of a week in news? My advice -- do not let the news media fnord you.

link stolen from brother-in-law (zombienought):

rockers to/die/for split
"Finnish rockers TO/DIE/FOR have split, citing years of battles with promoters for their decision to disband..."

Normally I am not one to be excessively spiteful, but in this case...

Saturday Morning Watchmen

[Hilarious, and slightly disturbing, parody-- Enjoy!]

HPLHS's "The Whisperer in Darkness" trailer

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has a trailer up for The Whisperer in Darkness, which is still in the process of being finished. [This is the same group responsible for the superb The Call of Cthulhu silent film.]

"And He shall put on the semblance of men...."



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