Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Freeing Restraints

Recently, a well-respected online friend came "out of the closet" (so to speak) to disclose what he termed to be a "disability".

A group of us have been corresponding with this chap (I'll call him Jeff because that's his name) in discussion threads for going on years and have delighted in his wisdom, wit and intelligence. No one knew Jeff had suffered any type of extraordinary hardship. Far from it.

His comments came out in response to a word someone used off-handedly – in conversation – innocently. Others took exception to the word. Then Jeff posted. His comment was based on the hurt that words command. He was gracious enough to explain that it's not the word that offends, but the intent of those who utter it.

He taught me a lesson today. Thanks Jeff.

Who amongst us cannot claim some personal deficiency? Who are not sensitive to those deficiencies being used for others to feel superior?

The bigger question, I suppose, might be: what would happen to this world if we were to concentrate on what works as opposed to what doesn't?

The handcuffs that society places on all us imperfect people might come off...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hello Again Yellow...

I've been wondering  why I've been lately attracted to this particular color.

So, being the curious person I am: I investigated.

What's with this color?

Gut reactions in North America may automatically associate the color yellow referring to "yellow-bellied" and "caution" but there appears to be much more to the color than just that.

We all know the famous yellow taxi: this practice began in Chicago, where taxi entrepreneur John D. Hertz painted his taxis yellow based on a University of Chicago study alleging that yellow is the color most easily seen at a distance. In 1960, New York City ordered that all the city's taxis be painted yellow.

Scientifically, light with a wavelength of 570–580 nm is yellow, as is light with a suitable mixture of red and green. (Yellow's traditional complementary color is purple, violet or indigo, while its colorimetrically defined complementary color in both RGB and CMYK color spaces is simply blue.)

Around the world, yellow ("giallo") in Italy, refers to crime stories, both fictional and real. This association began in about 1930, when the first series of crime novels published in Italy had yellow covers. The term "yellow movie" (黃色電影) can refer to films of pornographic nature in Chinese culture (analogous to the English "blue movie"). It is also associated with sensational journalistic practices, called "yellow journalism" and resistance to militant trade unions.

Historically, clothing in yellow in the past has long been relegated to royalty. The colors of Elizabethan clothes, including the color yellow, provided information about the status of the man or woman wearing them. Only royalty were allowed to wear this color... In heraldry, yellow has always, or most always, indicated honor and loyalty.

In the metaphysics of the New Age, Alice A. Bailey, in her system called the Seven Rays - which classifies humans into seven different metaphysical psychological types, the fourth ray of harmony through conflict is represented by the color yellow. People who have this metaphysical psychological type are said to be 'on the Yellow Ray'.

Artistically, the pigment "Indian yellow" is a transparent, fluorescent pigment used in oil paintings and watercolors. Originally magnesium euxanthate, it was claimed to have been produced from the urine of Indian cows fed only on mango leaves. And the well-known Cadmium Yellow has been used in artists paints since the mid-19th century. Because of its toxicity, it may nowadays be replaced by axo pigments. 

Emotionally, it is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.

Philosophically, yellow is warm, said to arouse cheerfulness,  and stimulates mental activity.

All this tends to lend to my interest and support my attraction to this vibrant color. Or maybe I've just forgotten what attracted it to me in the first place...



Monday, September 20, 2010

The Freedom To Rant

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Chicken Joke That Would Amuse Even A Scottish Chicken?

A Scotsman and an Englishman lived next door to each other. The Scotsman owned a hen and each morning would look in his garden and pick up one of his hen's eggs for breakfast. One day he looked into his garden and saw that the hen had laid an egg in the Englishman's garden.

He was about to go next door when he saw the Englishman pick up the egg. The Scotsman ran up to the Englishman and told him that the egg belonged to him because he owned the hen. The Englishman disagreed because the egg was laid on his property.

They argued for a while until finally the Scotsman said, "In my family we normally solve disputes by the following actions: I kick you in the groin and time how long it takes you to get back up, then you kick me in the groin and time how long it takes for me to get up. Whoever gets up quicker wins the egg."

The Englishman agreed to this and so the Scotsman found his heaviest pair of boots and put them on, he took a few steps back, then ran toward the Englishman and kicked as hard as he could in the balls.

The Englishman fell to the floor clutching his testicles, howling in agony for 30 minutes. Eventually the Englishman stood up and said, "Now it's my turn to kick you." At, this, the Scotsman said, "Aye Lad, maybe you should just keep the wee egg."

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Carrot? The Stick?

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