Fight the Amoral Fight

weather break

By: sp34n119w, 7:01 AM GMT on December 27, 2008

Ah, life is good!
We are under a frost warning tonight but the weekend days are meant to be near seasonal temperatures. I'm looking forward to being able to go outside to play in the sunshine without my nose going numb!
So that is exactly what I am going to do...

See ya soon, lovely WU :)

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When people of the highest awareness
hear the subtle Way of the universe,
they cultivate themselves diligently
in order to live in accord with it.
When mediocre people
hear the subtle Way of the universe,
they are unimpressed.
When people who are low
hear the subtle Way of the universe,
they break into loud laughter.
If it were not laughed at,
it would not be the subtle Way of the universe.

Thus there is a traditional saying that
he who understands the subtle Way of the universe
seems dull of comprehension.
He who approaches the subtle Way of the universe
seems to move away from it.
He who moves on the smooth path of the universe
seems to go up and down as if traveling a rough road.
The deeply virtuous
are like an empty, receptive valley.
The innocent appear to be sullied.
The abundant appear to be deficient.
The perfect appear to be defective.
The honest appear to be corrupt.
Hence, great space has no corners.
Great talent ripens late.
Great eloquence is silent.
Great form is shapeless.

The subtle essence of the universe
is hidden and indefinable,
yet its benefit is always subtly bestowed.



The Complete Works of Lao Tzu
Tao Teh Ching & Hua Hu Ching

Tao Teh Ching Verse 41
Translation by Hua-Ching Ni

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Dude, where's my cloud cover??? The Subtle Way

By: sp34n119w, 4:59 AM GMT on December 08, 2008

Pretty picture to contemplate while enjoying whine...



See how weird that looks? Or, is it just me... ?

.....
We interrupt this fascinating discussion of translations to bring you a special whine -
It's COLD!!!!

A few days ago the forecast was calling for cloud cover - plus a possible marine layer - throughout the weekend into the week. That cloud cover and the arctic air that would come with it would combine to bring low (lower than 60º) daytime temps but relatively high (higher than 50º) nighttime temps...
it was 32 ineffable degrees overnight!
(I'll have to explain later how I came to redefine "ineffable", lol)

At 9:15 this morning it was still only 42º according to my own thermometer which I normally don't trust in the morning because it gets morning sun for some period of time. And, yes, it is sunny - bright and clear. It would be nice if it weren't so flippin' cold!

To be fair, they took the cloud cover wording and anything about temps out of the discussion before yesterday morning. I guess they knew they hadn't a clue.

It is still supposed to rain somewhere in SoCal tonight into tomorrow. Snow levels dropping enough to affect commuters along I5. After that, who knows?

Unsettled - that's the forecast and my state mind.

From the following verse:

The abundant appear to be deficient. (arctic storm system)
The perfect appear to be defective. (models)
The honest appear to be corrupt. (Um, forecasters, lol)
Hence, great space has no corners. (Low pressure system)
Great talent ripens late. (one can hope...)
Great eloquence is silent. (where's my cloud cover, again?)
Great form is shapeless. (satellite images are pretty, though)

When people of the highest awareness
hear the subtle Way of the universe,
they cultivate themselves diligently
in order to live in accord with it.
When mediocre people
hear the subtle Way of the universe,
they are unimpressed.
When people who are low
hear the subtle Way of the universe,
they break into loud laughter.
If it were not laughed at,
it would not be the subtle Way of the universe.

Thus there is a traditional saying that
he who understands the subtle Way of the universe
seems dull of comprehension.
He who approaches the subtle Way of the universe
seems to move away from it.
He who moves on the smooth path of the universe
seems to go up and down as if traveling a rough road.
The deeply virtuous
are like an empty, receptive valley.
The innocent appear to be sullied.
The abundant appear to be deficient.
The perfect appear to be defective.
The honest appear to be corrupt.
Hence, great space has no corners.
Great talent ripens late.
Great eloquence is silent.
Great form is shapeless.

The subtle essence of the universe
is hidden and indefinable,
yet its benefit is always subtly bestowed.



The Complete Works of Lao Tzu
Tao Teh Ching & Hua Hu Ching

Tao Teh Ching Verse 41
Translation by Hua-Ching Ni

Updated: 8:38 PM GMT on December 16, 2008

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