» This might be my final entry .. seeing that Doomsday arrives in but 9 days .. on the 21st .. coming with the winter solstice (.. which occurs at precisely 3:12 AM .. here on the Left coast). In other words ... we're down to single-digits .. and counting » 8, 7, 6 ...
So it seems this would be an appropriate place to post my last entry » on 12-12-12 (.. seeing there will be no 13-13-13).
"Twelve-twelve-twelve" .. has a nice ring, doesnt it? [ specially when you consider that Radified has been online 12 years. "Ding!" ]
Once each century. One-per-lifetime the standard allotment .. for 12-12-12. No mas.
Crafting humor online can be fraught with misunderstanding, seeing the writer is limited to text (.. no body-language clues to play off.
There's no voice-inflection to intuit). In other words .. hopefully you know I am just joking.
But the best jokes are funny for the subtext of truth that they play off.
Now I may merely be letting my imagination run away with me .. or perhaps playing with the power-of-suggestion .. but I definitely feel like something NEW is nigh. Is it just me? Or do you sense it, too?
I mean, maybe it's not the end-of-life on-the-planet full-monty .. but something .. something tingly .. like your spidey senses are picking up something .. like the sound you hear when a pin has been pulled from a grenade. (Guess we'll find out soon enough.)
» Totally Rad Quotes on 12-12-12
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I will have much to say about Gonzo, seeing that he had an influence on me .. at an age when I was fairly influenceable. Gonzo taught me (among other things) that appearances don't matter. It's what's on the inside that counts.
Update » Uh, let me amend my last. Rather, appearances shouldnt matter .. as much as what's inside. Obviously, appearances matter very much to some. And to others, appearances seem to be ALL that matter.
I just realized that -- to be really cool (.. and not merely eclectic) -- I should have posted 12 quotes .. to reflect the day's theme.
.. not just the quotes themselves, along with a photo, but I also include why I like the quote and what it means to me.
The phrase 'time-is-short' plays nicely into today's theme, no?
» The Fiscal Cliff, the Debt-Ceiling & Our Crack-Pipe Economy
The first thing that comes to mind regarding Doomsday .. is the » Fiscal Cliff .. and the negotiations of our leaders .. and their apparent inability to come to an agreement .. and the consequences that would have for you and me .. citizens of the United States ..
If history is any precedent .. these debt-ceiling negotiations will not be pretty. I don't know what would happen, but the mere specter of a U.S. default .. would be enough to rattle world markets.
My intuitive-feel regarding our Economy .. is that we are like a person with walking pneumonia .. who really just needs to rest for a while and let nature take its course .. to give the body's built-in natural healing abilities a chance to work.
.. because they fear that .. if Old Man Economy [ a closet crack-head ] does indeed go down .. he might not be able to make it back up to his feet again. "Oh ye of little faith."
Before closing this section on the economy we would be remiss if we did not pause to thank our kids .. the ones who have let us live beyond our means for so long. They are the ones who will pay our mountain of national debt long after we're gone. And they're therefore the ones who make this party possible. "Thanks, kids."
» The Single-Digit Midget & the SNOB
My enlistment lasted 6 years. You gotta commit to 6 years if you want to get one of the extra-groovy military schools. That's 2192 days (.. including two leap years).
That's a long time. And when you are counting the days .. it's a long-ass time.
Every sailor always knows how much time is remaining on their enlistment. When you have less then 100 days .. you become a "two-digit midget" .. which of course is nice .. comparatively speaking.
Cuz, by now, you know your way around a reactor plant rather well. You know your shit. Shipmates look to you for answers, both technical and regarding life-in-general. [ In commercial nuclear power, we called them "Ultimate Warriors". ]
But! .. when you have LESS THAN 10 days left .. you become a "single-digit midget" .. who suddenly starts "tripping over dimes" .. cuz he is so 'short'.
When nuclear sailors arrive out at the fleet .. to their assigned boat [ after school ] .. most of them have ~4 years remaining on their enlistment (6 minus 2 years of schooling). Dude, that is nearly 1500 days.
The old salts stand around and ask, "How many days does he have left?" They they turn and say, "I would just shoot myself now." =)
Of course he was joking .. but every good joke is good because of the truth that it plays off. And you could tell from the faces of those standing around there in Engine Room Upper Level [ ERUL] .. there between the main engines .. and right in front of the reduction gear .. that it was a good joke. Very good.
I did not believe it at the time .. but military bureaucracy has a way of choking the life out of you. The military does not want you getting creative with their reactors. "Shoot me now."
Once you get to less than 500 days [ ~18 months ] you start feeling the love. And while the two-digit midget might think he is Master-of-the-Universe .. the single-digit midget knows he is.
I still have dreams, every so often, that I am still in the Navy. It's like a nightmare.
In my dream I go to the Yeoman chief and tell him that I should have been discharged years ago .. but he says (rather irritatedly), sitting at a desk covered with tall piles of paper ..
.. "Look, I don't have the TIME right now. Just keep working and I'll try to get around to processing your discharge paperwork in a couple of weeks."
He always addresses me by my last name, like they do in the military. It's like I can't get out .. like I'm stuck there.
And today we all just became single-digit midgets .. Doomsday midgets .. 5, 4, 3 ... seems like a good reason to throw a party.
» Nuclear Weapons in the Modern Age
As a former submariner, it is difficult for me to forget that those of us who live in the modern age .. live in a world populated with nuclear weapons ..
.. many thousands of them .. to make Armageddon a reality .. weapons which have already been used .. and which have already killed real people. Many of them.
The primary purpose of a ballistic missile submarine (.. such as the one I was station aboard for 4 years) .. is to function as a delivery mechanism .. for these nuclear weapons.
Your average, run-of-the-mill ballistic-missile submarine carries more firepower than all the bombs dropped in all the wars since the beginning of time immemorial.
Lots of nations possess nuclear weapons and more are working diligently everyday to develop them.
Misunderstandings among people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and educations are understandable. But such misunderstanding can have tragic consequences when the misunderstood have nuclear weapons at their disposal.
This is why the world changed in 1945, and we can never go back. We can't put the nuclear genie back in the bottle.
Today's entry remains a work-in-progress [ WIP ]. To be cont'd...
.. on our way to the party on Friday-the-21st. (Most of them begin or end with the number 12.) Why not? The end of the world (.. as we know it). Let the party begin.
Tonight might be a good time to watch Apocalypse Now.
Update - December 15, 2012 » Two days after I posted this entry, a score of First Graders were slaughtered in Newtown, Connecticut .. at Sandy Hook Elementary. I grew up in Connecticut, a stone's throw from Newtown.
I suddenly lost interest in continuing this entry. Here is a link to the new entry (.. because it seems to go with the theme of the one you just read) » Shooting First Graders? Like Fish in a Barrel? What the Fuck?
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