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Dec. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:45 am Daemons, Daemons, Daemons
Wow... it's been forever since I've been here. I pretty much forgot about it all. How strange. It feels like it was so long ago, but it's only been a year.

I forgot how interesting it is to think of yourself as perhaps having a daemon.

I can still look at people, and, for the most part, 'see' their daemons. It's funny.

I wish we had daemons. It would be so lovely. You know.... I mean, see them. For real. Although, I still think it'd make sex peculiar. I wonder what it'd be like to *be* a daemon....

I bet daemons'd make stripping weird, too.
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Feb. 18th, 2004 @ 11:34 pm (no subject)
It's been too long since I last wrote. I don't know what else to say right now...
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Nov. 14th, 2003 @ 10:32 am Daydreaming

"You're getting lazy."
"I know."
"You could get up, you know, instead of just sitting in front of your window daydreaming."
"But it's a wonderful daydream and the clouds look so wonderful… too amazing to touch with words, really."
Ipsolven, the little sugarglider dæmon, my little sugarglider dæmon, hopped from the bed to the window sill and put his little paws on the cold glass to look out.
I rolled over to lay on my stomach and look at what might be his form by the glass, "did'you hear what Mr. Carson said today?"
"'Course I did."
"He said I think like a philosopher! He said that I should follow my heart because he didn't follow his and he never felt quite fulfilled."
Ipsolven hopped back to the bed with its soft blue sheets and bright red comforter, or, at least I think he did. "But you'd have to be a professor, and you're too spacey to be a professor."
"Or a writer! Or I could even be both!"
He put his little paws on my face, "you better get up and start writing then."
"Yes, I suppose so," and I rolled over and placed my feet on the floor and looked around. Fully around and out of my daydream, and as I came back to the 'real' world, Ipsolven dissolved into the air. I had to sit and wonder about that for some time… wondering what part of 'him' was really there and what wasn't. Was I just one being or was there more? Am. Am I just one being or is there more?
And then I felt something nip at my conscious, prompting me to procrastinate no longer.
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Nov. 4th, 2003 @ 08:10 pm The Tables Didn't Show Up in This...
About The Political Compass
Thanks for your time. In a moment we'll show you where you belong on the political compass. It just needs a few words of explanation first.
Remember that before the test, we explained the inadequacies of the traditional left-right line?

If we recognise that this is essentially an economic line it's fine, as far as it goes. We can show, for example, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung and Pol Pot, with their commitment to a totally controlled economy, on the hard left. Socialists like Mahatma Gandhi and Robert Mugabe would occupy a less extreme leftist position. Margaret Thatcher would be well over to the right, but further right still would be someone like that ultimate free marketeer, General Pinochet.
That deals with economics, but the social dimension is also important in politics. That's the one that the mere left-right scale doesn't adequately address. So we've added one, ranging in positions from extreme authoritarian to extreme libertarian.

Both an economic dimension and a social dimension are important factors for a proper poltical analysis. By adding the social dimension you can show that Stalin was an authoritarian leftiist (ie the state is more important than the individual) and that Gandhi, believing in the supreme value of each individual, is a liberal leftist. You can also put Pinochet, who was prepared to sanction mass killing for the sake of the free market, on the far right as well as in a hardcore authoritarian position. On the non-socialist side you can distinguish someone like Milton Friedman, who is anti-state for fiscal rather than social reasons, from Hitler, who wanted to make the state stronger, even if he wiped out half of humanity in the process.
The chart also makes clear that, despite popular perceptions, the opposite of fascism is not communism but anarchism (ie liberal socialism), and that the opposite of communism ( i.e. an entirely state-planned economy) is neo-liberalism (i.e. extreme deregulated economy)

The usual understanding of anarchism as a left wing ideology does not take into account the neo-liberal "anarchism" championed by the likes of Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman and America's Libertarian Party, which couples law of the jungle right-wing economics with liberal positions on most social issues. Often their libertarian impulses stop short of opposition to strong law and order positions, and are more economic in substance (ie no taxes) so they are not as extremely libertarian as they are extremely right wing. On the other hand, the classical libertarian collectivism of anarcho-syndicalism ( libertarian socialism) belongs in the bottom left hand corner.
In our home page we demolished the myth that authoritarism is necessarily "right wing", with the examples of Robert Mugabe, Pol Pot and Stalin. Similarly Hitler, on an economic scale, was not an extreme right-winger. His economic policies were broadly Keynesian, and to the left of some of today's Labour parties. If you could get Hitler and Stalin to sit down together and avoid economics, the two diehard authoritarians would find plenty of common ground.
Following is where you stand on our political compass. Thanks for visiting us and be sure to tell family and friends, It should spark off some lively dialogue, and you may discover that you didn't know them as well as you thought you did.
Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -5.12
Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.44


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Now you know where you are on The Political Compass, you might like to explore the ideas of those with similar (or wildly differing) views in our Reading List.

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Nov. 3rd, 2003 @ 07:09 pm (no subject)
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Oct. 30th, 2003 @ 04:09 pm (no subject)
Ipsolven: ...it just doesn't work that way.
Me: Why not?
Ipsolven: For one, I can't hold a pencil.
Me: You could just put some paint on your nose and push it around the paper...
Ipsolven: (sighing) The fact remains that we can't be working on two different homework assignments at the same time.
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Oct. 29th, 2003 @ 05:19 pm Others' Dæmons
Okay... so my dæmon is definetly a sugarglider, Corey's is definetly a mouse or something of the sort, I think Helena's is a rabbit and Elise's is a lynx.
My mom's is a bird of some sort, my sister's hasn't settled yet and Paul's is a hawk or a falcon of some sort.
The bum's was a toad.

If you're wondering why I added you to my friends list... it must've been 'cause you put 'dæmons' as one of your interests.

Ipsolven's been quite irritated with me lately, or maybe I've been irritated with him... it's hard to tell where the stupidity is coming from...
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Aug. 1st, 2003 @ 06:12 am Quotes
Life: Sexually transmitted and always fatal.

"I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either."
-Jack Benny

"Half this game is 90% mental."
-Yogi Berra

"Today, if you are not confused, you are just not thinking clearly."
-U. Peter

"I tried marijuana once. I did not inhale."
-William J. Clinton

"The last time somebody said, 'I find I can write much better with a word processor.', I replied, 'They used to say the same thing about drugs.'"
-Roy Blount, Jr.
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