Sunday, May 27, 2012

Why are you here?

Dear Bratty Friends,

I always come up with a weird empty feeling when I try to answer the age-old question: why am I here?

I mean, my first response is to think of myself as a glob of bones and DNA and skin and some organs that go sloosh, sloosh, plonk, for really no discernable reason at all. Then, my second response is to try to find some reason for that sloosh, sloosh, plonk to need to exist - a reason why it must be. I look at the grass, watch the clouds roll by, feel the wind on my cheek, and note the positions of the patches of sunlight hitting stationary objects around me. Again, I come with nada. Nothing. No reason at all.

What are you looking at, lady? Huh?

And I don't just mean that no answers come to mind -- no no no. I mean there's NOTHING. No answer at all. The world is totally a VOID in which no answers exist, and possibly -- to bounce off the words of J. B. S. Haldane -- a VOID in which no answers to that question CAN exist. Huh.

So where does that leave us? 

Well, I'm reminded (yet a fucking gain, if you will) once more of Star Trek. Yep. Star Trek TOS does have all the answers to life. I'm telling you people. So listen up!

You remember Captain Kirk (oh, my shirt is torn again?? Oh my!) and the Kobayashi Maru incident? In the Kobayashi Maru simulation, Kirk saw there was no way to win. No outcome that fit within the game's parameters that would allow him to come out smelling like a rose.



So he cheated.

And I think that's kind of what you have to do here. Cheat by changing the question to something that you can actually answer. Remember those five little questions favorited by reporters? They are called the Five W's:

Who?
What?
Why? -- we've already established that this one sucks!
Where?
When?

Sometimes a sixth question is added: 

How?

Since I have been on the receiving end of rather numerous emails lately dealing with grammar, in which sentences are turned about to see if substituted words will work, it's an easy segue to change about the original question by subbing one of the above. Cheating. Yes. Helpful? Maybe.

For example: Instead of Why am I here, Where am I here?

Now, that seems answerable enough. You could point to a map, fix your exact location next to the potted plant or under the stairway in the room you currently occupy, or orient yourself in space and elevation using GIS


See how easy that was?

Next, we'll try a different question, and see if that one's easier to answer as well. We may just get the hang of it after all.

More later,

Bratty

Oh and just for fun, here's a little music video to play while you discover where exactly you are.




Saturday, May 26, 2012

And now for some House Boats!

Okay. Let me just say some of these are very unusual. One or two you might even call ugly. Fugly? Maybe not that far. Let's save that word for another day.

But houseboats have likely been around for over a hundred thousand years. Its hard to find good information on that though. When exactly did man learn to sail? To sail, perchance to live on the water? I'd wager the early Egyptians and Mesopotamians had houseboats, don't you think? They certainly would have had boats themselves, to aid them in setting up man's first ancient civilizations along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

Well I don't think I have any pics of those... but I do have some more modern (you be the judge) ones to arouse your curiosities. Here they are:













Doesn't the last one look very relaxing and quiet? The perfect place for listening to the water slap against the bottom of the boat as you drink tea and read.

More later,

Bratty

Friday, May 25, 2012

And now for something totally different.....

Today's blog post is dedicated to airships. Fanciful ones. Solar ones. Ones that look as though they just might fly.











Ah.. makes me want to watch the Three Musketeers again. I don't care who thinks it's dumb!

Mmm Stoli airship....

More later,

Bratty

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tea Inspiration

Yes, my last post was up and then down. It may be up again and then down. Check back later.

I dedicate today's blog post to Tea. I like to think of it as Tea Inspiration...











Stay tuned. There'll be more dusty tea room visages to follow.

If I have anything to say about it.

Oh wait. Yeah. It's my blog so I guess I do!

Bratty