“The cosmos is about the smallest hole a man can hide his head in.” — G. K. Chesterton

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“The cosmos is about the smallest hole a man can hide his head in.”
— G. K. Chesterton

What man looks out on the world and thinks he cannot conquer it? A weak man would feel shame at his weakness. The strong man would feel pride at his daring. The wise man would feel nothing at all, and go about living his life instead of dreaming.

He doesn’t concern himself with fame or fortune, the passions of the popular are tales of sound and fury. He values the silence not as a judgment on his own life, but as a friend who helps him. It is there every time he suffers, and it is there every time he survives. What the silence does not bring him is satisfaction, so he sets about creating it himself. He fills the silence with words, making meaning out of nothing.

The world he lives in will not know his purpose. The world he creates for himself will make it obvious.

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Behind some books on the bookshelf I use to hide my home networking equipment is a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ loaded with software to make the device a Pi-hole: a black hole for advertising distribution and tracking methods. …

An examination of two words

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It’s curious how we use the phrase to connote sex. I wonder if there’s more potential behind those two words. I make such a wondering fully conscious of the irony of thinking of something that has more potential than procreative sex, but I think that’s where my interest starts.

When someone says he was “making love” to someone else, the weight of the phrase moves toward the noun: the verb ‘making’ is an action of progress, and ‘love’ is the object, or focus. Usually, the context of the phrase is given in a romantic relationship between two people.

Perhaps there are other ways to consider the phrase in its turning. What if one thought about the verb as an adjective instead? The activity of sex can certainly be described as a “making love” — a complex set of physical pleasures brought upon by mutual persons wherein the desired result is to create intimacy. In such an examination of the phrase, newly exposed depth in the idea can add contrast to the language. There is a greater subtext in the phrase when observed closely. …


Michael Lamb

software engineer | culture nerd | reader

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