Tuesday, October 22, 2013

capitalism is break-ing down





capitalism (the fancy public relations term for British imperialism)
*is*
break-
ing
d
o
w
n
.
.
.

banking and government institutions
are making a joke of money.
maybe it was a joke in the first place,
but it's still not funny.

people are stressed.
the planet is stressed.
hamster wheels produce less and less.

the winners keep winning,
while 99.9% of the population is losing,
but the Earth keeps spinning

we're losing access to natural resources,
and we're forgetting our hearts and souls,
which are the most important resource of all.



Sunday, December 16, 2012

the world is ending

the world is ending so i made a playlist. i went ahead and shared it because why do i care what you think if the world is about to end?

i didn't make this a my top 10 of all time list because my attitude isn't i'll never hear these songs again but rather what do i want my last thoughts feelings and emotions to be in my last moments of life as i knew it.

i chose a barely pre-meditated list combining nostalgia experiental and/or other interesting feelings, i want to feel several, a feeling music moment a thon.  go ahead and judge.

so i open with #1 because of the memories of hearing it the first time and so any varied times after.  besides it's an ironically apropos opening.

#2 ok so it's in my all time top 10 but it puts me square in a place and time i'll never experience in colombia and venezuela.  i'm going to project myself there.

#3 is just awesome 80s r&b throwback. and if i let myself go a little bit i can feel like a giddy in love black teenage girl.

#4 is just a cheesy song i love to hear when i go out.  by this time i'll be fully crunk no alcohol or other drugs necessary at all.

#5 is another funky out in the club song that just puts a smile on my face reminds me of nights at j.d.'s welcome to atlanta wednesday night spot.

#6 reminds me of madonna who i'll dance with for a song while dancing a flashback of this song when i heard in italy and i'm dancing with my ex-wife mother of my children too.  all in italy at the same time. i might not live to tell but it'll be hot.

#7 i knew i'd need to rock out some more and the old hiphop is keeping the mood upbeat.  one last time i can sing it like it was me singing it on the original recording. no one will know the difference. i'm run-james.m.c. i'm LL cool james. i'm fly.

#8 i took a shine to this song pretty recently. it had never struck a chord with me before never gave it a good listen or how the hell am i going to figure why? it's such an elegantly simple wonderful song. i'm going to disappear into so many wonderful eyes of every color that i've adored during the years. eyes are my favorite feature on a person followed by lips. many many people should expect me in their retinas; i will be there.

#9 an apropos band name and song with many recent memories like dancing to it at mjq and the woman who brought that and tons of other brilliant music to my house on a thumb drive.  y'all don't forget about the gift of music.  sorry the world's ending, just look inside yourself and rejoice.

#10 an experiental piece. it just allows me to transport to another place time and experience for a moment.

#11 allows me to feel like i'm being loved by someone else. i'm going to accept as much of that love as i can take.  there will be serious goose bumps and tingly flushed face and skin. i'm going to feel just like only the perfect other person for that moment can make me feel. i will be feeling it.

#12 zaps me off to somewhere selacious to enjoy the funky side of life. i'm gettin funky to a T. fo sho

#13 gonna get sappy and group hug my kids my parents my closest people in my life. all at once.

it's time to awaken.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

2012 (r)evolution - we revolve around the earth

astronomy changed drastically and made so much more sense when we calculated things based on the sun being the center of the solar system instead of the earth. 

economics will make much more sense when the earth and nature is the central calculation and not population or artificial currencies. 

we (r)evolve around the planet not it around us. we depend on the planet not it on us. 

this is essential to the awakening that is happening now not necessarily because it's 2012 but just because it's time. 

thank you for entertaining this idea.

peace.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

hipsters aren't ironic

hipsters aren't ironic
hear me out

irony is a theme
but not an essence

to be or not to be ironic
is style not substance
this substance is a
reaction

to authenticity, faith, judgment
stereotypes, roles, society

mockery is flattery, unless it's
unflattering

what has a hipster ever done
2 u?

-jameselgringo

Monday, October 8, 2012

Facts beliefs and myths (oh my!)


[This blog entry is for me to reference from other blogs to outline my philosophy and approach to discussion and debate. You may find it quite boring. You've been warned.]

I intend to use these terms often. If you are reading this, you probably know these definitions. I've created this blog to explain how I use them below so I don’t have to explain in detail in other blog entries.

A fact is:

  • An honest observation.
  • Something actual as opposed to invented.
  • Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation.
  • An objective consensus on a fundamental reality that has been agreed upon by a substantial number of people.
  • Information about a particular subject.

A belief is:
Mental acceptance of a claim as truth regardless of supporting or contrary empirical evidence.

A myth is:
A commonly-held but false belief, a common misconception; a fictitious or imaginary person or thing; a popular conception about a real person or event which exaggerates or idealizes reality.

I hope there isn’t any confusion over the word fact.  It would make conversations difficult.  But whether something is a fact or not, can be subject to opinion (when people disagree).  Facts aren’t opinions but we can opine over facts (happens a lot, especially in politics).  When something can’t be proven absolutely true or false, be it due to gray area or difficulty to prove, I prefer to call this a belief.  This can be difficult for black and white thinkers (but so can rational/intellectual discussion-- just sayin’).  Everyone has a right to have beliefs, but calling them facts will naturally inspire challenge from (other) thinking people.

A belief becomes a myth if it is indeed false.  Calling something a myth is essentially calling it false.  In a discussion, this is tantamount to an accusation of lying.  With a lack of sufficient proof to disprove a belief, calling it a myth is unfair in intellectual discussion unless the argument is intended to be antagonistic.  There can be healthy and unhealthy levels of this, and I prefer to keep things open-minded yet respectful.  Ideas can be battles without being fights.  Calling something a myth is a challenge of its veracity and can be accepted as such as well.  I prefer to use this type of challenge sparingly (calling beliefs myths) when I’m at least pretty convinced of such.

I personally don’t like telling people what to think.  For the sake of discussion, I might of course ask someone to accept a premise for purposes of discussion.  If you can’t see the difference in that, please consider refraining from these discussions.  


I do however like telling people what I think. I'm doing so in hopes of hearing peoples opinions and critiques. I don't expect everyone to think the same!  That said, I feel like the word belief isn't used very often in discussions but is valuable for accepting someone's position or conjecture with less judgement or a more open mind.

I know all of this is a little pedantic.  If you wish you hadn't wasted your time getting to this point of this blog, please accept my apologies.  Be well.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” -Aristotle


A blog, "10 myths about beliefs".

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Do we need more germs?

Do we clean and sanitize ourselves and our living environment too much? Are there unintended consequences from doing so? Just a little over-cooked food for thought.

George Carlin on his immune system (vulgar language, as expected)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X29lF43mUlo

Should we eat dirt?



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Notes on Spirit Air and Ft Lauderdale

This is more of a note to myself of things to expect next time I fly Spirit Air, but I'm putting it out there in case it helps anyone else as well.

Spirit charges for bags. You probably already know this. If you don't and you fly them, you'll find out.  Personally I accepted the challenge to pack with just a "personal" sized bag 16 x 14 x 12 inches (as opposed to carry-on size).  The main take away is to factor baggage charges into the flight cost before booking, if it's going to be an issue.  Another unusual thing-- I do like that the seats on the aircraft don't recline. While I would have liked to recline my own chair, it really nice that the person in front of me couldn't recline and crush my long legs.

FLL has a pretty inadequate capacity. Terminal 4 /Concourse H has a restaurant/bar, a Dunkin Donuts, and a newsstand. In the main concourse if you have time to leave and come back there's Sbarro and a burger joint. 

The bathrooms' capacity on Concourse H is also limited, so it's actually a consideration to do business on the plane if you're connecting there from a domestic flight.  You may have to wait in line to do your business at times.

If you're returning from a trip abroad, they are limited too in immigration/customs capacity. It took me two hours to get through, though I did have a bonus customs search.

It's easy to complain when flying, but it's amazing how easily we can just pop over to a foreign country.  My experience with Spirit was fine;  The little things here are just a reminder to myself to help maximize creature comforts next time, and there will be a next time!