2016 — 15 November: Tuesday

There's still a problem with the Gmail SMTP server.1 But the webmail interface still works. Odd.

A typical...

... mid-November morning: dull and grey. Dreary, in other words. Not even my grapefruit can quite overcome that :-)

My "knowledge" of...

... whatever it is that the folk who from time to time trot round in pairs — attempting to deliver me some tract called the "Watch Tower" — actually want from me, or believe in themselves to be true, is as negligible as my usual level of interest in such things. But what I have found fascinating is this tale of internal dissent and the usual depressing saga of suppression and cover-up. (Link.)

I personally prefer to recall what the maker of "2001" had to say:

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

Stanley Kubrick in Playboy

It will be a little ironic if Donald Trump ends up sounding the last trump. [Pause] Compare and contrast:

Our spherical earth is increasingly organized like one colossal factory, operating seamlessly and just in time, teeming with millions of tiny and unwilling workers, slurping up the expertise of ten thousand sharpened brains — and it's not beautiful, it's Hell. Everyone is wasting their lives. Everyone is unhappy. It's not just you. The world is insane, insane in a way that doesn't even require any of the announcements from its administrators to be factually untrue.

Sam Kriss in Baffler

Yet another postie...

... drops off yet another dollop of "entertainment":

Bones #11 and Castle #8

I also have the Season #6 "Game of Thrones" to look forward to. A chap needs his brainless hobbies to dispel any excess of existential angst.


1  As seen by my Thunderbird email client.