December 22, 2011

The Mistletoe Bough – my granddad Bright would solemnly chant this or words similar at Christmas in his Wiltshire brogue

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:25 pm by aleksan

The Mistletoe Bough

Thomas Haynes Bayley (1884)

The mistletoe hung in the castle hall
The holly branch shone on the old oak wall.
The Baron’s retainers were blithe and gay,
Keeping the Christmas holiday.

The Baron beheld with a father’s pride
His beautiful child, Lord Lovell’s bride.
And she, with her bright eyes seemed to be
The star of that goodly company.
Oh, the mistletoe bough.
Oh, the mistletoe bough.

“I’m weary of dancing, now,” she cried;
“Here, tarry a moment, I’ll hide, I’ll hide,
And, Lovell, be sure you’re the first to trace
The clue to my secret hiding place.”

Away she ran, and her friends began
Each tower to search and each nook to scan.
And young Lovell cried, “Oh, where do you hide?
I’m lonesome without you, my own fair bride.”
Oh, the mistletoe bough.
Oh, the mistletoe bough.

They sought her that night, they sought her next day,
They sought her in vain when a week passed away.
In the highest, the lowest, the loneliest spot,
Young Lovell sought wildly, but found her not.

The years passed by and their brief at last
Was told as a sorrowful tale long past.
When Lovell appeared, all the children cried,
“See the old man weeps for his fairy bride.”
Oh, the mistletoe bough.
Oh, the mistletoe bough.

At length, an old chest that had long laid hid
Was found in the castle; they raised the lid.
A skeleton form lay mouldering there
In the bridal wreath of that lady fair.

How sad the day when in sportive jest
She hid from her lord in the old oak chest,
It closed with a spring and a dreadful doom,
And the bride lay clasped in a living tomb.
Oh, the mistletoe bough.
Oh, the mistletoe bough.

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December 17, 2011

Moral values, not “Christian” values – the Christians stole them from others….

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:50 am by aleksan

I am sick of people like Cameron pontificating about “Christian values” Christianity hijacked its values from preceding traditions including Greek, Late Roman Stoic, Ancient Egyptian, Jewish and of course Buddhist. All these traditions worked out the moral values most people value today long before the Christians came along and took them over – like they took over so many other things. (Even the Jewish Ten Commandments were nicked straight from the Ancient Egyptians)…in conclusion I like go by what Sophocles said in Antigone “Wise conduct is the key to happiness, Always rule by the Gods and reverence them” eg Respect the Gods (Nature) and your moral course will be clear.

Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khwarizmi – Baghdad 780 to 850 – Mathematician

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:50 am by aleksan

I hereby accept an Algorithmic identity, on the way to eventual transmutation into a Cyborg – I have apparently sold my soul to the Infosphere because I use FB – thanks Jeff!
An algorithm (pronounced AL-go-rith-um) is a procedure or formula for solving a problem. The word derives from the name of the mathematician, Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khwarizmi, who was part of the royal court in Baghdad and who lived from about 780 to 850. Al-Khwarizmi’s work is the likely source for the word algebra as well.
A computer program can be viewed as an elaborate algorithm. In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm usually means a small procedure that solves a recurrent problem.

Christopher Hitchins- Hero of Our Time

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:44 am by aleksan

“Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.”
― Christopher Hitchens, who died yesterday – a true hero of our time