Evoking Power

Alone atop a self-made world, an infinite being sat.
For the fun of it, he split himself into near-infinite shards,
each one reflecting a particular perspective.

I am one such perspective, a broken jagged-edged piece.
My roughness distorts whatever I see.
So I polish the pitted surface which is me.

The more I shine, the brighter I become.
I see the light which lies before me.
I sense the source from which I came.

Power surges from frequent realization of my origin.
I am the creator playing amongst parts of myself.
What a marvelous world I’ve made.

Within this playground for the pieces of me,
I laugh at all the silly things I’ve spawned.
Nothing is but what I willed it to be.

I even trick myself not to see beyond the mirage.
Roots tucked below a superficial surface.
While performing in character, I readily forget.

Upon stilling my mind, I remember.
I am not a mere pawn to be played, but the programmer.
So skilled I only realize when I pause to perceive.

Life is a gift given to me by me for my own amusement.
There is no weakness ‘cept that which I playfully portray.
I am the definer of strength itself.

This is my narrative to silence fear and frailty.
I am both art and artist, audience and author.
Swimming amidst shallows, I need only stand.

Power Story

What is your power story? You, described in a way that evokes a feeling of powerfulness. You, while free of fear or frustration, brave, unflinching, an unstoppable force.

Alone atop a self-made world, an infinite being sat. For the fun of it, he split himself into near-infinite shards, each one reflecting a differing perspective within the world he created.

I am one such perspective. The broken piece which is my character reflects my point of view. Jagged edges and pitted surface serve to distort the image I perceive.

But I’ve been polishing the marred mirror which is me. And the more I shine, the brighter I become. Not only can I see the light which lies before me, but its underlying origin, the source from which I came.

My power therefore stems from the ever increasing duration and frequency of this realization – that I am the creator playing amongst the various sections of myself. There really is no physical me, only the illusion of such.

And being that creator, I can stand back and appreciate my handiwork. What a marvelous world I’ve made – a playground for the pieces of me. With this understanding I can only laugh at the silly things I’ve made.

Nothing is but what I willed it to be. Yet I purposely tricked myself by hiding roots beneath a mirage. And by simply engaging with life, I can readily forget myself and perform as the character I resemble.

But when I still my mind, looking within – there I am, the creator within. I am not a mere pawn to be played, but the programmer himself, so skilled I can only realize this when I pause to perceive it.

From this foundation, life is a funhouse – a gift given to me by me for my own amusement. I am both appreciative and proud. There is no weakness ‘cept that which I playfully portray. I am the definer of strength itself.

This is my story of power, my narrative to silence fear and frailty. Should I ever feel fearful or frail, I need only remember my origin as builder of worlds – a blend of art and artist, author and audience. Swimming amidst shallows I need only stand.

Rise & Shine

Long ago, in a fertile and prosperous land, the inhabitants knew of and utilized a simple cleansing solution. Yet when their mighty library burned in Alexandria, so too did this knowledge get lost in time. Those people were the Ancient Egyptians. That cleanser was Sodium Bicarbonate — baking soda.

Yes, there are those that stumble upon baking soda as a cleaning-agent, but it’s merely used as an additive — its pure power is not fully appreciated today. Friends, I’m here to reveal to you that simple basic power. Baking soda is a base, a foundation of cleanliness that you should not live without.

Why just mixing a teaspoon in a few ounces of water creates a deodorant that deactivates the malodorous — whether funk resides on the feet or the pit of an arm, it’s a miracle smell stopper. Sprinkle some raw powder in shoes and they’re good as new! White dishes a little discolored and need some scrubbing? Why just pour some powder on a damp rag and rub. Presto!

The best thing about it: you get all this for pennies on the pound. A powder so cheap, it’s virtually free! Yet this is no poor-man’s poultice, it’s a remedy fit for regality. And if you act now, I’ll even include a bonus. From an oasis surrounded by sand to one surrounded by ocean, let me present to you a gift from the tropics: coconut oil.

Yes that’s right friends, pure unprocessed coconut oil. Flakes on the scalp resulting in an early winter’s snow fall? Not anymore with a few drops of oil gently massaged into the follicles. And this is no greasy cover-up folks, it’s the real-deal — your ordinary oils won’t do this. But that’s not all….

Powerful on their own, no doubt. But imagine if that potency could be combined. Well now it can. With a two-step process, the mighty duo becomes Clean & Coat. Got a scrape or cut? Why just spritz a solution of sodium-bicarbonate dissolved in water, pat dry, and salve with coconut oil — Voila!

You can even mix a bit of sea-salt with baking soda and gargle it — or even rub raw baking soda on your teeth and gums. Afterwards coat with coconut oil to seal the deal. Folks, it’s the miracle cure of the ages. Now for the first time in the modern-age, you too can unlock the ancient powers provided by Mother Nature herself. Be sure to pick yours up today!


* Field-notes & Disclaimer:

This product (baking soda) is provided as-is and comes without warranty, yet it has been tested by yours truly over the course of multiple years as a hand-soap replacement, hand-washed-dish detergent, underarm deodorant, and shoe/foot deodorant.

It should be noted that baking soda may be too harsh a cleanser for bath-soap replacement and it may cause dark fabrics to lighten.

And just some tidbits about coconut oil: it remains a solid below 78F and a liquid above that, it’s typically applied after bathing although pre-shower may work if not thoroughly washed out, it’s also effective as an underarm deodorant, and it can be safely applied to the mouth even after brushing.

Fundamentals of Programming

A programmer compiles a set of instructions into a program. So at its essence, a program is simply a bunch of instructions that perform a given task. Those instructions use branching and repetition to form a kind of narrative.

For instance, imagine you need to go shopping for groceries. First, add items to the shopping-list. While scanning kitchen, if milk is less than half full, add to shopping-list; if container of popcorn is empty, add to shopping-list. Now goto the store. While not at store, drive – if impeded, press brake, else press accelerator. Now enter the store. For each item on shopping-list, add to cart.

function scanKitchen():
  if(milk < milk.contents / 2)
    list.add(milk)
  if(popcorn == empty)
    list.add(popcorn)
  return list    

function drive():
  while(!atStore)
    if(isBlocked)
      pressBrake()
    else
      pressAccelerator()        

function shop(list):
  for each item in list
    cart.add(item)
    
//call these three functions in the appropriate order:   
list = scanKitchen()
drive()
shop(list)

if statements take the program on different paths depending on whether a condition is true or false. Whereas while / for statements create loops that keep certain commands repeating.

Putting objects in groups, such as the shopping-list, is another fundamental concept. An array of items is easier to keep track of as a whole, and such a list can be quickly scanned and processed.

To tell the story, you’re going to need some action commands. For instance scanKitchen is a function you call upon to look through the pantry and fridge. You simply invoke it, and it returns a list of needed items. You can then print those items onto paper — or order them online — the list is yours to do as you wish.

Different programming platforms provide various built-in commands to play with. Some programming environments offer minimal pre-made functions and some offer extensive libraries of functionality to call upon. The work that goes into a program comes from assembling the provided building-blocks. This includes finding the appropriate commands and properly invoking them, as well as placing those instructions in the right order — and of course you can adjust this order by using conditions and repetition.

Wacky World

I wanted to take this life seriously,
believing in the integrity of solidity,
honoring its physical majesty,
but the world has shown itself a joke.

And so I recommend to myself and all,
to treat it as such: a lighthearted affair.
For there is no other recourse,
if we are to keep our sanity.

This is not a cruel joke mind you,
not a trick meant to humiliate.
Just a funhouse built for surprise,
merely a stage to entice the senses.

Wishes – Summer 2017

So as to fully program my mind with only the most delightful daydreams, I’ll be detailing my current crop of wishes (in no particular order):

I wish to fill my evenings with meaningful activity. Instead of just recuperating from the day, I wish to have a task that enlivens and fulfills, leaving me satisfied and ready for sleep.

I wish to sleep through the night and wake-up well-rested. Bed should be a sanctuary I embrace yet happily depart when the new day dawns.

I wish for my work to find its appreciative audience. That which I craft should be a delight to others who subtly display their thanks.

I wish for a healthy, well-functioning digestive process from end to end. Well-prepared food is a delight, and its enjoyment is supported by the smooth action of consumption, absorption, and elimination.

I wish to remain calm, composed, and collected at all times. Feeling startled is a thing of the past, my reactions should be measured and reassuring to others.

I wish to have replenishing resources for spending adventures. From tech-gadgets to trips, cars and clothes, food and funding (creators), gifts and giving, houses and helping — copious cash is there as fuel for the creative process.

I wish my days to contain many moments of levity with my family. I wish to be building bonds of companionship as we lightheartedly ride this spaceship, Earth.

I wish to serve as teacher, a trainer of sorts. Those that cross my path should gain an understanding previously unrealized.