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Late Flowering Lust

Sadly not easily available. This is the kind of older work that needs to be rereleased. Just because you get older doesn’t mean you lose all the desires and drives of youth.

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I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. T.S. Eliot

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Someday I’ll have a disappearing hairline
Someday I’ll wear pyjamas in the daytime

Afternoons will be measured out
Measured out, measured with
Coffee spoons and T.S. Eliot

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Shame I didn’t pay full attention when the xmas puzzles by GCHQ were put out, as right up my street.

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Bridges

I found this puzzle last week in a newspaper. Similar to traditional plank puzzles. Looks interesting. You have to read the instructions carefully, as not obvious that you may have ‘more than one’ bridge between pairs of islands [but not more than two]. In some ways a higher maths dot-to-dot.

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With only the numbers 1 – 6 to choose from [and less to work out as some squares are essentially given] these puzzles are surprisingly tricky. Blocks that are other than square/rectangular are particularly challenging.

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who cares?

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“The art object should be the source of an idea rather than the receptacle of an idea. I can do anything and call it ‘Art’ but if I don’t capture the viewer’s imagination, who cares?”

more than one solution

Keeping up my aim of doing at least one puzzle a day, I enjoy doing this Cross Number type puzzle whenever I happen across a newspaper with it in. I thought the below example must surely be an error? Normally you are given between 6 and 8 minutes something depending on difficulty, but this says 25 seconds!?

Having quickly spotted the ‘trick’ however, it was completely in under half a minute. The “there may be more than one solution” disclaimer on puzzles always makes me laugh.

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Ted: What was your life like before?
Gas: Before?
Ted: Before it was changed by Allegra Geller.
Gas: I operated a gas station.
Ted: You still operate a gas station, don’t you?
Gas: Only on the most pathetic level of reality.

eXistenZ, 1999, David Cronenberg

That epiphany moment. Eureka! light bulb. Enlightenment.

More like a lifetime of crawling head-down through the mud. Viewing a pixellated blurred photo by candlelight through a gauze covered screen with half closed cataractic eyes.

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There can be no coincidence that those that try to peer too closely into the nature of ‘creative reality’ end up mad? Mental instability and creativity have long been thought to be connected; to the extent that certain artists have preferred to stay a little mad than be cured and kill their muse.

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Of course there are in fact no such states as mad or genius [just as there is no such state as normal], merely a continuum of states that perhaps contain common traits somewhere over middle ground, which then appears to make these extremis named states seem related?

The commonality perhaps is looking at things from different/unusual/non-standard angles. Surprisingly, in an age of supposed individualism, it is actually rather difficult to be truly creative. Simply, being a producer makes you a not so good consumer.

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