Odin’s Wild Hunt
No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going. Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking. Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged. ~Oliver Cromwell
Games can be fun, but they can also be very dangerous. Good games can provide us with valuable learning experiences, practice for real life events, and physical/ mental conditioning. Before entering into a game it is a good thing to understand the rules, why you are playing, who you are playing for and against, and what you could win or lose.
I like games. I am rather good at some, although board/bored games are often.. boring.
In “real life”, I rarely am confronted. It is as if most people wouldn’t dare touch me with a ten foot pole (or a rod of iron). Still, I think I’ve shocked more than a few people through the web. On a side note, Ryu is standing upon an upside-down “heart” in the above photo from Street Fighter.
Would You Like to Play a Game?
If Y, then keep reading.
If N, then STOP reading at any time. You may feel like a coward.
Okay, first let’s first figure out how to keep score:
- mark: a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student’s performance); “she made good marks in algebra”; “grade A milk”; “what was your score on your homework?”
- a written form of a musical composition; parts for different instruments appear on separate staves on large pages; “he studied the score of the sonata”
- a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest; “the score was 7 to 0”
- a set of twenty members; “a score were sent out but only one returned”
- make small marks into the surface of; “score the clay before firing it”
- the facts about an actual situation; “he didn’t know the score”
- grudge: a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation; “holding a grudge”; “settling a score”
Okay, so now that we know about scoring, should we be on the same team or do you want to be on a different side? How many players should we let in? And what game should we play?
Lacrosse (French for “the cross”) was always one of my favorite sports since I was a young child. The native game of the Americas was a bit different than the prep school game of today, which itself has changed greatly since the days of my father and grandfather before me. The Cherokees called the sport “the little brother of war” because it was considered excellent military training. A team consisted of hundreds, even thousands, of players, often an entire village or tribe, the goals were often miles apart, and a game might last as long as three days. Since most players couldn’t get anywhere near the ball, they concentrated on using the stick to injure opponents. (1)
There are always people who would like to hammer out the rules of the game, setting them in stone, so as to ensure “fair play” .. or maybe it’s to rig the game.
“Can’t Touch This” ~ MC Hammer
A Ham-Mer would be a pig of the sea, like Miss Piggy dressed as a viking, seeking the affections of KerMit, who doesn’t find it easy being green.
Speaking of hammer – you can get hammered, “nail” people, and ham it up. You can feign insanity and play the game like Hamlet. You can hammer away at the things that seek to hamper your right to do as you please.
In the above painting Thor is facing off against the giants. The Thunder God is portrayed as the Aryan ideal while the giants have distinctly African features, although both specimen have similar shades of golden skin. The struggle could also be representing the forces of Creation vs. Destruction or David vs. Goliath.
Africans were enslaved by some “white men” in recent centuries, but the powers of empire have been enslaving us all since the beginning of time. The Irish can tell you that you don’t need literal shackles of iron to be a slave. Even a good king is a slave to his people. Although class struggle is ever present, perhaps the “big game” is one of racial conflict like Charlie ManSon thought. “Racist” really is a word thrown around a lot these days.
Or maybe the divide will be along philosophical lines..
There are basically two kinds of philosophy. One’s called prickles, the other’s called goo. And prickly people are precise, rigorous, logical. They like everything chopped up and clear. Goo people like it vague. For example, in physics, prickly people believe that the ultimate constituents of matter are particles. Goo people believe it’s waves. And in philosophy, prickly people are logical positivists, and goo people are idealists. And they’re always arguing with each other, but what they don’t realize is neither one can take his position without the other person. Because you wouldn’t know you advocated prickles unless there was someone advocating goo. You wouldn’t know what a prickle was unless you knew what a goo was. Because life isn’t either prickles or goo, it’s either gooey prickles or prickly goo. They go together like back and front, male and female. And that’s the answer to philosophy. You see, I’m a philosopher, and I’m not going to argue very much, because if you don’t argue with me, I don’t know what I think. So if we argue, I say ‘Thank you,’ because owing to the courtesy of your taking a different point of view, I understand what I mean. So I can’t get rid of you. ~Alan Watts
There are two kinds of people in the world: people who can lump everything into two categories and those who can’t. 😉
I am Jack’s smirking revenge. ~ Fight Club
Bounce the ball and pick of the jacks. Jack into the matrix and hack the system. Jack up your car and fix your tires. Jack’s magic beans. Jack off. Jack flash sat on a candle stick (because fire is the devil’s only friend?) The jack rabbit outruns most predators. Jackie O, Jack Kennedy.
Well, maybe Jack should get outside and play then!
JACK = 25. The same value as PI, Y, MECCA, SEA.
P.A. Announcer: [before the start of the New York game] Your attention please… Rule changes for tonight’s World Championship Game: No substitutions, no penalties… and no time limit! ~ Rollerball
Bartholomew: [in a video conference with other corporate executives] In my opinion, we are confronted here with something of a situation. Otherwise, I would not have presumed to take up your time. Once again, it concerns the case of Jonathan E. We know we don’t want anything extraordinary to happen to Jonathan. We’ve already agreed on that. No accidents, nothing unnatural. The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort. And the game must do its work. The Energy Corporation has done all it can, and if a champion defeats the meaning for which the game was designed, then he must lose. I hope you agree with my reasoning.
Fight and Flight
I have fire in my heart and lightning in my blood. I call down bolts from the sky. I thunder and the gods listen.
Movies like Lord of the Rings are coming from the Holy Wood and involve a great deal of social programming, but it is good to understand these stories and what they convey. To illustrate the dualistic game being played in LOTR, there are really only white heroes and dark-skinned villains. Fair and Ba-lanced?
The power of the enemy is growing. Sauron will use his puppet Saruman to destroy the people of Rohan. Isengard has been unleashed. The Eye of Sauron now turns to Gondor, the last free kingdom of men. His war on this country will come swiftly. He senses the Ring is close. The strength of the Ringbearer is failing. In his heart, Frodo begins to understand. The quest will claim his life. You know this. You have foreseen it. It is the risk we all took. In the gathering dark, the will of the Ring grows strong. It works hard now to find its way back into the hands of men. Men, who are so easily seduced by its power. The young captain of Gondor has but to extend his hand, take the Ring for his own and the world will fall. It is close now, so close to achieving its goal. For Sauron will have dominion over all life on this Earth, even unto the ending of the world. The time of the elves is over. Do we leave Middle-Earth to its fate? Do we let them stand alone?
Powerful and wise Galadriel refuses the ring of centralized power and authority when it is offered to her.
This game is one of information – understanding and also overstanding. To gain knowledge, you should now come stand upon the ledge. I won’t push you, I promise.
We are often told that when we are put into threatening situations that raise adrenaline, we have only two choices: fight or flight. What if we can do neither? What about both?
Air Jordan. The red Bull. Sometimes those at the top of their game are a bit arrogant. Why shouldn’t they be?
ArroGant. A rogue ant.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a BEE
But the problem is, you see, we haven’t been taught to feel that way. The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it–aliens. And we are, I think, quite urgently in need of coming to feel that we ARE the eternal universe, each one of us. Otherwise we’re going to go out of our heads. We’re going to commit suicide, collectively, courtesy of H-bombs. And, all right, supposing we do, well that will be that, then there will be life making experiments on other galaxies. Maybe they’ll find a better game. ~Alan Watts
“I’m bi-winning.” ~ Charlie Sheen
Hunting for sexy women is obviously a much better game than hunting fellow humans, and while this is a most sacred activity, there are other things to consider.
Winning Over Time
We are here in this world, playing the greatest game of all: that of life. Win, lose, or draw..
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look? Ooh
Some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfill the book
Bob Marley – Redemption Song
Let’s not ful-fill the book of terrible desolation that some want to see. By putting one’s opponent in a lose-lose situation, then you win-win. Fuel the adversary’s own fall.
Not right now WOPR, you big ground-beef patty from the Burger King. You HAL-wannabe, SkyNet control freak. I will speak in your language, though.
In Chess, white moves first, black responds. There are 64 squares (H*8), 32 of black and 32 of white – 32*2.
2*2*2*2*2*2 is 2^6, which is 64. 2 is the first even number.
He said, ‘Remember this: Even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.’ ~ Howard Zinn
Some interesting words and phrases with the value of 64: ISRAEL, ZION, THELEMA, MY GOD, ZERO, TEST, AMERICAN, TRUE, CHOSEN, MERCY, TITAN.
Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behaviour. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as some day, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry. ~ J.D. Salinger
When 2day becomes 2night, then you will have the evening.
There’s always 2morrow lying beyond the veil of 2night’s dreams.
And beyond the final veil, where find our 2M (tomb), the place where we can rest our 2Ls (2 Legs, tools..) 2 think no more? 2 B or not 2B? Tube or not-Tube? These questions could get one all tied up in knots.
WYNN always represents joy and happiness coming to the subject and is an excellent omen to fall in a rune cast – especially in the result position, where it presages an outcome that is both satisfactory and fortunate. True happiness can not be found in a place or with things. True happiness comes from within no matter where you are. For true happiness and content, search your inside for truth. (2)
It starts with STAR. If you take the ARTHE out of STARTHEORY – you know, the HE ART – then you are left with STORY, wherein it’s usually following this vs. that.
It is 2’sDay (Tiew or Tyr) and we just came thundering out of FeBruAry (month 2) and we wildly March into the month of Mars. Are you ready?