Friday, November 28, 2014


The mind of man is a capricious concoction of voltaic cells that controls our lives. 

Harnessing that energy is the process of education and critical thinking – giving man the capability of astounding creations from science to art to agriculture to engineering.
In our smugness we tend to think that our brain, its size and functioning, somehow separates us and places us above the rest of the animal kingdom.

But how are we to know that the raven is not spending its days contemplating theoretical physics; or that the great whales are not the great philosophers of all living creatures? 

One of the problems with the human mind is that we can’t turn it off, ipso-facto I find myself lying in bed during the wee hours while my mind runs the gamut from logic to insanity, and all points in between.

So, I am wondering: Why 24 hours in a day?  Why sixty minutes in an hour and sixty seconds in a minute?   It makes no sense.

A ten hour day; divided into one hundred minutes; divided into one hundred seconds is so much more logical.   You could express any time with a whole number and decimal places: 09.37.15 for the ninth hour, thirty seventh minute, fifteenth second – very precise.  

I almost missed a commercial flight because the agent said it would leave at 12:05 on a Wednesday; and I was thinking five minutes after noon – when it was zero dark o-five that morning.

So there I was in bed: three-hundred-sixty-five days in a year – twelve months – fifty-two weeks of seven days, and leap year… what the fuck?

I try to turn it all off by focusing, concentrating, meditation on nothing; which is actually not turning it off but refocusing; but the damn id keeps interfering. 

I count my breaths: one, two, three, four… why not count my pulse?  Hell my fingers and toes are base ten… now if I could just roll my wife over and jump her bones then I’d be able to sleep; but that’s not going to happen.

One, two, three, four…

the Ol’Buzzard


  1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! Oh man, you do crack me up sometimes! GET SOME SLEEP! :)

  2. "Some people fall asleep right away. Don't they think??"

    Sometimes it's damn near impossible to shut down the brain in order to fall asleep.

  3. I have often thought that time should be done in base 10. Glad I am not the only one that some people think is crazy. Of course, I don't tell everyone about this so as to leave some doubt.

    1. Base ten makes sense. So much of our life is based on an arbitrary system of numbers - it didn't have to be that way.

  4. My wife has a bit of smoldering resentment towards me, because she is a true night owl and insomniac and me? I have to get my 8 hours and she claims I seem to fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. I wouldn't know, I never stayed awake long enough to find out. I think my ability to fall asleep in survival reflex thing. I think stupid thoughts and then...zzzzzzz....I have a link to a program I watch on French TV sometimes...a regional celebration of accordion music called 1,2,3 Musette...if you ever need something to put you directly into zombie state, that'll do it...just saying....

  5. One partner always falls asleep instantly and the other lays awake for hours wondering about "number systems". It was ever thus. Did you look up the answers to your questions about why 24, 60, etc?


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