Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ancient Japanese Poetic Forms in the Scriptures


Old Testament

And he said, I am
Joseph your brother, whom ye
sold into Egypt.

Turn from thy fierce wrath,
and repent of this evil
against thy people.

can I hear any
more the voice of singing men
and singing women?

or wilt thou flee three
months before thine enemies,
while they pursue thee?

now advise, and see
what answer I shall return
to him that sent me.

how is Babylon
become a desolation
among the nations!

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New Testament

And he said, Legion:
because many devils were
entered into him.

Now if any man
have not the Spirit of Christ,
he is none of his.

either a vine, figs?
so can no fountain both yield
salt water and fresh.

The old commandment
is the word which ye have heard
from the beginning.

I write unto you,
little children, because ye
have known the Father.

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Book of Mormon

Yea, they may forget,
yet will I not forget thee,
O house of Israel.

I say unto you,
if ye are not ye are not
prepared to meet God.

And now when the king
had said these words, he was struck
as if he were dead.

But behold, I did
cry unto him and I did
find peace to my soul.

I say unto you,
Nay; not one whit. If so, God
would cease to be God.

And now I close mine
epistle to my beloved
brother, Moroni.

And behold, the time
is at hand, and this night shall
the sign be given.

I tried this just out of curiosity, but it could be considered a control experiment for Hebraisms in the Book of Mormon. I like how arranging the verses as Haiku brings out some parallelisms in the text that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. "If ye are not ye are not" sounds very Zen.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

living things


Someone pointed out that scientists estimate there are only 100 million species on the earth, not six billion, like I claimed. However, they are neglecting some categories:
Colonies of bacteria that live in the clouds, move in swarms, and behave like slime-molds the size of islands.

Anemone-like creatures that exist within the earth's core. They have a chemistry based on exotic states of hot, compressed metals and reproduce by fission.

Memetic parasites which are more developed than mental viruses. Some have evolved a dormant state where they can live for hundreds of years in reading material. For example, Zoroastrianism or "Crimson and Clover."

Yetis.

Certain forms of currents in water are similar to smoke rings, but more stable and much more complex, and have evolved the ability to reproduce. They are completely invisible to humans, but well-known by dolphin and whale scientists.

Various uncatalogued fairy species that live a tribal lifestyle and hunt the mighty Tardigrade.



Tuesday, November 17, 2009


There is one species for every person on Earth.

Yours is a breed of mantis that disguises itself as a flower the color of deep saffron. It lives on the top of a single mesa in the Amazon that has been isolated from the rest of the world for at least six hundred thousand years. To catch its prey, it sways with the wind in a hypnotic dance that lures the unwary. You will never see it.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Evil dogs


Actually, it's a bear that's lost its fur due to a skin condition.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

an observation

People say I'm always changing the subject, but have you ever noticed that when you get a new box of crayons, you always use up the black crayon first?