NEW YEAR'S DAY, 1st January:
Exactly a year ago, wrote the following: "It should not be forgotten that Calendars are FICTIONS. There are many different culturally-specific calendars. In this country it happens to be 2021. Now, 2021 is not really a THING. It's only an idea. So when, people say, as they will, that they are glad 2020 is over, they don't quite seem to get it. Nothing was transmogrified at the stroke of midnight on 31st Jan 2020, except maybe in your mind or mental attitude."
Mutatis mutandis, ditto.
As for New Year's Resolutions, the eloquently witty Mark Twain beat me to it. I quote him on the subject here.
Why not try first footing (Custom in Scotland at New Year)?
Another custom in the uck UK is the Queen's "New Year's Honours List." This year she ennobled ex-PM Blair with the so-called Most Noble Order of the Garter (ultra elite chivalric order dating back to good old Edward III in 1348.) See what a modern Democratic nation we are & what a Gallant Knight of the Realm that war criminal is.
The motto of the 'Most Noble Order' is honi soit qui mal y pense (shame on him who thinks evil of it.) Shame on me then.
There is a petition against it. I've signed it with more than 600, 000 others. Alongside millions, I also signed the petition against launching an illegal invasion of Iraq, which failed to stop it, as did the massive national & international demonstrations. (I covered that disgusting matter in some satirical detail. See Internal Iraq War links, including Poodles against Blair & Blair's hubristic "History will be my judge".)
3rd - Posted a little something, converting hastily handwritten words on a loose scrap of paper from decades ago into a webpage. This website now contains 574 webpages, some small, others very long. Each different. Mutually reinforcing. How many have you looked at?
4th - day Schrödinger died at age 73 in 1961, maybe his moggy is still alive &/or not. Am uncertain. Just for the fun of it, here's a few feline lines I wrote more than half century ago. Do they click with you?
According to mainstream news, today was a record high for cases of Covid. First wrote about it in early 2020. Turned into a pentalogy of webpages. Check out this virus versus us verse.
5th - On the Twelfth Day of Xmas. My true love gave to me? 12 Drummers drumming? Here's one here.
Decorations down today.
After investigating, discovered that I created my Domain Name, davyking.com, on 20/02/2002, coincidentally my first & only son's Birthday in 2011. Serendipity indeed!
As the astutely numerate may notice, my site is nearing the grand old age of 20 years old. It's quite grown up!
6th - 3 Kings Day or Epiphany. (Autobiographical aside: I jokingly refer to myself, consort & son as We 3 Kings.)
8th - Bowie's birthday. Receiving TOY today. More Bowie.
Elvis born on this day too.
Talking of stars, black stars etc -
Christmas Eve 2021, James Webb
Space Telescope has now been deployed, massive
golden mirror unfolded, & is being configured... looking forward to new
view of universe, by looking back in time. (Bearing
in mind space-time is a conceptual, perceptual illusion?)
Apparently, old Uncle Albert (Einstein) wrote in a letter of condolence (of all
places) that "Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." But let's
not stray into
Mechanics. Appear to be merely baffling myself with science
On the subject of space & time, mustn't forget Pioneer 10's plaque to the future.
While very appropriately celebrating the new James Webb telescope, here's a brief (mere 01.10 min) video snapshot of its predecessor Hubble's magnificent achievement I prepared earlier.
way we look to a distant constellation
That's dying in a corner of the sky
These are the days of miracle and wonder"
as the great songwriter Paul Simon put it in his song, 'The Boy in the Bubble', from his masterpiece, 'Graceland," (title a reference to recently mentioned Elvis, above.)
10th - Bowie died aged 69. Thankful to be still alive.
11th - Anniversary of birth of Albert Hofmann, 1906.
Finally got round to putting this performance video online. About Homelessness. Written decades ago. Filmed a few years back. Unfortunately very topical.
12th - Created NEW satirical, political page about Jackson Pollock. Look.
13th - mentioning the new James Webb Space Telescope above, reminded me to publish this new intergalatic webpage.
14th - Am refraining from a running commentary on contemporary 'news' (same old same old), plus ça change & all that, but I happened to notice that Her Maj ("a pretty nice girl" in the estimation of those 4 lads from Liverpool) had stripped "Prince' Andrew of his military medals & his H.R.H., 'cos of his alleged involvement in a paedophile sex scandal, which was poor publicity for the so-called "Royals."
Meanwhile, more revelations about boozy partying in the garden of No 10, while the rest of us were under Covid lockdown. Looks bad, don't it? So much for our ruling regime, supreme under our propaganda system. At least, we didn't elect that nice Mr Corbyn. More's the pity.
Well, you gotta laugh.
Learnt 2 new (new to me, maybe previously known but forgotten, cf dear old Sam Beckett's "truant guides") words today: (1) "ensorcelled" (fascinated, bewitched, enchanted, charmed etc, etymologically related to sorceror);
Of course, I'm no more than a sorcerer's apprentice. This is maybe the best (bested?) magic I've done.
(2)"Tilde" is a word for that squiggly dash ~, swung dash, or wavy dash, as well as an diacritical mark or accent in Spanish & Portuguese.
Took me a while to find how to type it with Mac keyboard. Answer: use Fn & X key. Simples, as they say.
Conjured up a sentence in which I managed to use both:
~ Earlier, when I was feeling curlier, spent long ensorcelled by a tilde, filled with insatiable keyboard curiosity ~
17th - or ~ Full Moon
Composed this here on the spot. Pithy. ("Pith & moment").
Called TAO NOW.
Full Moon photo
Hand spun & knitted by my no knit-wit crafty consort.
18th - cold enough for snow. Winter jumper weather.
For a longer term forecast, quick click.
20th - Chilly. Warm inside. Chill out to this new little page.
21st - Found an old story that had been lying around languishing since 1993 & decided to publish it here. I wrote it slightly tongue-in-cheek with a female nom de plume (Kay Davison) aimed at Women's Mags. It was rejected. So I gave up sending material to publishers - waste of time, paper, ink & postage, Actually, reading it after decades, I quite enjoyed it. Only about 1400 words. Someone might like it.
Coming soon(ish): Feb 1st Chinese New Year of the TIGER
Later, on 20th Feb, my son, OK's birthday is the 20th Anniversary of this Domain
Digital Graffiti Artist
Audio: Conference of the Birds by Dave Holland Quartet
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Another track by DHQ on TAO NOW
(name & form, empty of inherent existence, sunyata, nothing more or less than 'Quantum' foam or something)