Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I suppose

I should write something that explains this thing. But why would you care unless it's a three minute tune or a three act drama. It's neither, it falters half way through. The story gets so far then one of the protagonists fucks off and goes, leaving a wake in the meadow leaving, wheat bent either side.

And the sun shines, and the lens flare's there, as she goes.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Moon shot

There's something lonely in the white redundancy of the moon's glow. It looks down on everyone looking up. Small wonder its eye's not reflected.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Where we stood

Many years ago we stood against the vile evil, and overtopped them with garden ideal

Shot them full of their own blood

Didn't hate, but killed them in their faces anyway

To preserve a certain irony, a disbelief in hard politic

So we get to today, and fuck off youngsters in the maw of politic belligerence

Shits and charlatans making bullets for broken and fucked teenagers

Back home, back home.

Defending these cunts' ideals

Thursday, December 24, 2009

itablet form factor leaked

in a daring departure from the accepted norms of tablet design, the iTablet has a cubic form factor, featuring 9 enormous fixed-colour pixels on each face, user interaction is achieved through a series of twisting motions to align the pixels so that same colour pixels align on each face. Once alignment is achieved the user is encouraged to randomise the pixels and give it to their 9 year old son to realign it in significantly less time.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

What if I buggered off?

Would the welter of the day to day get any less fucked up and just another form to fill? Would the world spin any slower? Would holes in the road once marked out by me be equally recognised by that replacement?

Monday, November 23, 2009

The problem with this is...

Is no matter how much you try to be good and impeccable in that Casteneda way, it's always a matter of hours and minutes missed

No matter how good you are, the confluence of remarked shit is going to overtop the real deal of little smile cumulating in the lee of shadows

You'll count the cuntery of spines and swords cutting large and forget the small flowers of little happenstance

Mainly because they are diesel engine down with iron pipes riveted by chip and fish eating salt and vinegar of the earth

So, lawn middle class type, you bend under the thrown up mores of ideas less fucked and warm

And forget it's ok to say that this, the fire in grate, and steam black certainty is good enough

Fuck your stirring of the glass

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gone for a while

Shit happens. Therefore this is probably the last post here. Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It comes to pass

That I can't type fast enough to say what I want to say, and I find myself deleting more than I type when I say that's it, that's enough

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I suppose I should get to the point

The reason why I post here is not to do with publication or validation through readership statistics, or looking for an audience

It's a Cherry Potter thing. Write a lot, and read it one month later

Most of it won't pass mustard

Some of it'll be good gas though, and may be keen

Fuck knows. The occasional comment from fly-by-knights helps of course

Mainly, it's practice

Unicorn glue

Once upon a time, back when rhymes were better than misaligned lines in prose

Back when (1954) you could have baddies and goodies, and you weren't required to story arc the most venal cunt in the plot

He just could be a shit, and didn't need to have a reason

There was a nasty man who lived under the bridge and played with his twanger most days

Until he heard goats up above

Billy goat big, and plot device medium, and little tiny, one inch tall, billy goat ant

Well, he got up out of his hole in the reek

And shot them

Then he ate them

And nailed their fairy tails to his fender

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Last

The last remnant of a bitter gale that crossed the ocean to bite your head

Got crossed and confounded in the shored sand defences in the sea

So now it's just an irritant gust that blows grit and dog piss in your face

Out of cracked pavement in the street

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Electric blue

It's a well known conundrum for people who study it

A series of crosswords published in the Manchester Guardian

Between 1964 and 1992

If you marked the first letter of each editorial

And constructed a sentence out of that

Read "hjydgbdgbnduooerun"

Need I say more?

Everything is predicted

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kevin Pork

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I used to hate painting in acrylics, but for pig-based portraiture, it's second to nuns.

Paranthesis

Navel-gazing is out for next year, my one 72dpi resolution, the end to much self indulgent introspection: I should write a self-help book, or maybe a help-yourself book (capitalist version), that steers the unwilling reader away from that. I've really had enough of myself. I'm bored with all the conversations I have and haven't had; the rehearsals of situations that therefore cannot occur (it would make me prescient if they did).

Maybe I'll stop using parentheses so much (fat fucking chance).

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Still too much formattiing to deal with

Even though MarsEdit has shortcuts for paragraphs and italics. Still, it's not quick enough to describe the

Thursday, September 03, 2009

ABH

This is a stub for the story to come

Back when I was a fuckwit and shithead working on the railway in orange boiler suit, with a shovel, a snap can and weekend buck shee overtime, I used to drink and play pool in the Rutland Angler. A pub of repute so ill major epidemiology studies were conducted there.

More later...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Les the poacher

Back when I was growing up in the narrow wilds of Rutland (sandwiched between the urban counties Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, and separated from the sea by piss-on-a-plate-flat Lincolnshire) I knew a poacher called Les.

He was the scion of a family of mendicants brought over from Ireland by Lord Burleigh to be his gamekeepers on his acres of dank ditches, mediocre fields, lank hedges and wilting copses.

Les reverted to type and drove his pickup into fields and ran down sheep; hoed the bleeding corpse in the back and drove home. Where he would drag them upstairs and cut them up in his bath; later to sell in pubs and car parks.

This one evening, pickup full of dead mutton, he was followed home by a jam sandwich (cop car) and halfway up the stair he heard a knock on his door.

On opening the door, there was PC Arse and Detective Constable Twat revealed in the twilight silhouetted; both with shit eating grins to the fore.

"Les, what's that there, halfway up your stair?" says PC Arse.

"Oh, man," says Les, "I knocked this poor bugger down on Exton Avenue, and I'm trying to administer first aid"

"That's all well and good," says Arse, "but what about the two you've got tied up in your back yard?"

"Well, you know what sheep are like," says Les, "they follow each other."

Gazelle clarity injection

Means nothing, just a nice phrase

Like trumpet trifecta, or prerequisite enjoinment factor

Omniscient dog valve (from which mouth sweat and happy face grin wags)

Or melon vector, lemon zip, planned obelisks and giraffe excluder

Monday, August 31, 2009

On being separated from a significant other

Well, of course it's hard, there's all those middle eights to any melody that don't happen anymore.

There's the build into it, the diminish away for one elevated second, and then the head on smash of it.

These are probably the things I miss. The little corners of 16 years remiss - in this way I can see up an avenue I wouldn't otherwise.

But, really, although I spent so many years trying to live up to your expectorations, the spit you vectored on the hot plain

You're not the cure. Fuck off,

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Brick indecision

Coming up against a utopian architect's wish to narrow my avenue through the spaces he designed in my estate

I see his wish to make me turn this particular corner and marvel at this brutalist curve of ideology written in piss-poor false to materials build in shit and gypsum

Is ignored by me and everyone other than tramps and muggers who either piss or lurk in the shadow of the overarching concept

And that's an easy shame

That this was so easy to fuck up

That you could think that your modular architecture, just by the shapes

You'd make people live in

Would make us all shiny

Well, you turned out to be stupid cunts, didn't you?

And not because central planning is broken

Just because some venal apparatchik will find a way to graft the play

Shame. It was such a nice ideal that looked good in drawings where the sun shined on sketches of trees and stick figures

And then, well then

There's still something monumental and fucking fantastic about that idea in blueprint

Gross piles of shuttered concrete spined by cheap rebar

Not as fucked as the consensual opinion would have it

Play a fiddle like you've got five pennies in your pocket

Don't rush up a street on your way to a meeting

Walk up a lane under a big blue sky

Don't furrow under the concrete that smacks down your eye to exhausted fumes

Look left and see rooks fly up from a bramble, a tree, or something other than urban furniture

Don't wind your options down with bitter scraps fed through the usual incoming stew of paper inconsequence, invoicing the inner voice that daily says fuck this thing

Instead shoot up pure heroin in a forest

Monday, August 10, 2009

Literary blog

Which is why this isn't popular

It's not because it's crap

It's because it's a sterile debate about proper usage of apostrophe's

Clearly the way to go

Is to describe the Bristol Harbour Festival

A crowd of smiling people, taking a cheap holiday from frowning at bills and tax returns.

Walking up the concrete esplanade with ugly fat children running out before. All smiles, and therefore, not ugly anymore.

Just a hard-grained blue sunshine banging up from the metal grey water

Cut in two, or four, or six, by sweaty row boat crews sculling someone else's culture up the floating chop.

Whilst red arrows arrest the sky in loops of contrail contrasting air and high disposition

With burnt smells of beef and onion coming out of wheeled sheds chaperoned to the front by shiny SUVs early in the weekend morning.

The balloons go up, and all the squared eyes watch, whilst smaller scions ignore the up

There, and a lot of boats.

It's surprising

How difficult it is to pull out of the curve down the last post steers me into

Like I'd like to be happy smily person, but doesn't work, because the differential is not discontinuous, so can't suddenly right angle at a tangent

Or, balls. Money it!

Insofar as the corners of my room

Are not full of discarded and disregarded ephemera

(lego bionicles, bills and bad crime novels)

Then I can focus in on the very apposite sounds and voices coming out of the big screen, the only thing not caked in dust (which is because the electric field repels, not because I take special care).

And in this various claptrappery I see something dull and musty in otherwise brandished glitter.

That, in the dead, bored corners where nothing happens and the same old becomes the same new.

That's good enough, where nothing ever, static happens.

The wheels don't go round, or fuck them, they do, but not in the direction I voted for

That's the thing that crawls up your spine and smiles over your shoulder; to which you defer.

Dog's bums and cat's arses.

Are all you see, when you're following cats and dogs.

Well done me, finished that one off

Monday, August 03, 2009

On technical writing

I have sublimated my enthusiasm for writing in two entirely different ways in this whole five years gone like an extended fart.

One, in precise technical writing where I functionally specify the ins and outs of diagrams referred to in the preceding pages, to a largely indifferent audience who only require the presence of text.

And I have tested this by occasionally getting poetic when defining the schema for a database, by making the field names scan in iambic meter, or in blank verse acrostic spelling philosophers' names.

On the other hand I have, since 2006, fairly spat away a whole lot of sentences on twitter, all of them finely good in heart and contemporary relevance: diskgrinder twattery.

But all the time I've had these two poles of unpleasance : I've always wanted to write something a little more substantial, something more, something less ephemeral: not a description of process and not a reaction in 140 characters to continuing anomie.

But I didn't have a plot to hang it together.

Now I do.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Arrangement of various vectors

Of the usual words that can be piled up, one after the other.

For example, usually I just rearrange words in particular order

And then I see the fat shit comedian twats on established TV who just fuck and shit on about nothing of any import. And get slack gigs on radio 4 boring my head like a drill.

Arrant tits, smug and well paid with smily shit acceptance of the thing that happens.

Fuck off and die.

Not that I have any answer, any real telepresence in opposition to these funny fucks.

Arse

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

On a plane tomorrow

Fusel1 has arranged that we travel the next leg of the tour by twin-prop Leitmotif. This fills me with fear.

The Leitmotif, a flying toilet manufactured in thousands in the dogend of the 40s during the Glorious Reconstruction: when south Albonia was blasted, depopulated, and choked with rusting martial ironmongery and therefore useless; so the north got 5 year planned. Industrialised, strip-mined, stuck full of groaning machinery, and so made in the image of the south.

Heavy rivetted Leitmotifs, engines sugar-glued to sagging wings, were spat out of the mills one after the other (or sometimes four at once), painted with big red stars, pimpled with glassene gun turrets and launched into the air to patrol the skies in ugly, coughing bulldog circles.

Well, I'm travelling in one of those tomorrow.

There is a bonus - Fusel insists that the yaks (Steve and Boris) have to come with us. He wasn't expecting argument because he booked the yaks' flight the same time he booked ours. Fusel says they'll have to travel first class. Because, it was all so last-minute, and the last two tickets for the cargo hold had gone. I was ok with that 'til I found out what part of the plane me and Fusel are to travel in.

1not his real name

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Turn it up

I can't hear it, though for everyone else it's loud

I can't see it, because it's in me

And I'd have to have inside out eyes

So I could see it, and react appropriately

With corresponding horror

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Observer thing

Every job I've had and even now

Has felt like looking on

But being too lazy to take notes

Like a crap ethologist

Railway harmony

I used to be a watchman on the permanent way

Watching out for intercity 125s barking round the curve into the Manton junction, whilst the crucible welders stacked their pots of magnesium and sinter over the one mile continuous track

My watch was to warn the late night spit that a 1000 tonnes of 100 mile an hour passenger tube was on the opposite way

And, similar conjunction replacing fishplates and pandrols, this years later on summer night with rain just finished I remember that curve of rail under the road bridge at 3am

A good friend of mine

Seems to have done that already

Here's this fine man I've known for more than a decade who has (apparently) given up the metered life, measured in daily summing up, and found it wanting

Forgotten his friends, not that I know them or give a fuck, I mean me.

Forgotten that there's this one person (me again) through all the splinters, has been there, if not whole and heartened, still somehow unpleasantly there

A reminder that the rock of middle and average gets on and keeps on so that you can measure your successes and failures against that stoic benchmark

Never as crap, ever as flaked out, whenever there's a sport in drang

Always there as an inconstant buoy, riven on the same seas, but anchored to some depth condescended. A concrete example of one standard deviation within acceptable limits

Well, fuck you, I'm not your rule, and won't accept the sine wave of my predicted limits as the acceptable measure

I'm adrift too

Is it such a big fucked up problem

If this Monday to Friday thing stops happening. And it just stops now?

When the brittle privet hedges stop being so high and furthermore, stopping me retrieving the ball?

It's the question not worth answering. Because the answer would be in the proper view again

So, here's the time to scrub that out, and go live in a shed up a hill

And finally contemplate the small circle I keep making smaller

Friday, July 17, 2009

Bank Holiday Monday rain and the morals of dolphins

Massive increase in traffic on Friday means massive increase in particulates in the atmosphere, meaning massive increase in rain odds, and an extra day for the bet.1

P(wet Monday) ∝ (traffic on Friday)

So it's no fucking wonder it always pisses down on Bank Holiday Monday - stop asking, with varying degrees of incredulity, from shoulder-shrugging resignation to blank outrage, "Why does it always piss down on a Bank Holiday Monday?"

It's not the confluence of irony and coincidence, it's basic physics.

An alternative explanation for our inability to get over the seeming inevitability of the BHM=rainsquared equation, is that, actually, rain isn't any more likely on a Bank Holiday Monday -

P(wet Bank Holiday Monday) ≈ P(wet Monday)

- it's just that we notice it more as, on most other Mondays, we're at work, in a building (except farmers, this does not apply to farmers. This blog is not for farmers. Fuck farmers.)2

It's similar to that old bollocks about lost swimmers getting led to shore by dolphins, therefore dolphins=good.3

The fallacy is that the only source of evidence is people led to shore by dolphins.

All those poor buggers who got led away from shore, and then eaten (and probably fucked), by evil pervert dolphins aren't, by the axioms of the theory, available to provide a counter-example.

  1. For foreigners who don't have Bank Holiday Mondays, it's this Monday when all the banks go on holiday.
  2. Also, worth noting: with this post I have made an implacable enemy of Mr. G. Thickasshit: farmer; whose brother was eaten by dolphins; now trying to light his disposable barbecue on a rain-swept beach.
  3. Ok, so this is not similar, and Daniel Dennett pointed it out first, you got me. Fuck off.

Puncture head

Joe had a head like a boiled egg

And he went through life guarding his special face using bandages and balloons

So that, should he fall, on soil, concrete or otherwise brittle answer

He'd always have inhaler cushion against the snap glass response

But for once, when otherwise engaged in Foucalt discourse, wherein he medicalised his condition

He tripped on a rucked up rug and broke his brain in two

Right through the corpus callosum

So had a real division between otherwise metaphoric right/left brain antagonism

Synthesised that through a Heidegger split

Campen van beet oven

The beat and sweat of violins corralled in a corner by the rest of the standing sound

All headache in the milliwave, where hares did gyre and mumble

And the vorpal blade cut and cut and showered blood in arcs that made patterns on the lesser regarded concrete walkways in the barbican centre

Late nineteen thunth century anally full English retrograde argument, has snipe nosed empire detectives wet in ache, sole in answered squint, like magnified tobacco has any relevance, case solved, the arse did it

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Oh laid forthrightly in the hinterland

The islands that drift in the sea, sometimes banging against each other in a land bridge embrace over geologic ages, so some ants or chaffinches can have a common ancestor

In deep time can be brothers and happy with that, sharing a bunch of mutual genetic markers

Fairly happy, and monkey ancestor therefore Protestant

Not conforming to nailed church door

There's something camp about that, a certain prissy denial, with handwaving allusion to mystery dicks

Friday, July 10, 2009

Slightly hungover

Have a mission this hot morning. I have to find a fat taxi driver with the local tabloid held in his left hand (and I'm told I'll know him by the smell of rotten peaches). So I get out of the hotel (concrete blocks, beige, stained carpets and slowly rotating ceiling fans decapitating stupid wasps the size of my thumb) onto the street before, even at shit o'clock in the morning rammed with tinned-dinner carrying chaps fucking off to work, so I get the impression of lots of backs of heads and shoulders, sweat-stained singlets, and rotoring bikes.

So I breathe in (because the smog of petrol fumes and dew isn't mixed and descended yet) and take a minute on the threshold.

And there he is, a wide little man with the generic moustache, standing by his fucked up taxi, newspaper in hand (self-consciously) and looking up and down the loud road until he spots me.

I do that embarrassed grunt of recognition and start towards him. He catches my eye, and with some gesture I don't quite get, makes me understand I should walk on.

So I do, and know he's tracking me as I walk by, and with raised (fat, thick black) eyebrows, lets me know someone across the street is watching me.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

For limiting values of

I was almost a proper mathematician.

Pure, of course (fuck that grubbling around in stochastic shite). I did the graph theory and the algebraic topology. I can tell you how to catch a rubber band around a doughnut manifold, but with symbols and proofs.

So, I have this analytical way of dissecting everything I spend time looking at.

And then being right.

That's annoying.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Atheism and politeness

I have to admit I'm in something of quandary here. I'm a complete, fundamentalist atheist. I brook no religious guff, and have minimal respect for the idea of any authoritarian (responsibility abrogating) deity up on the celestial pole; perched like a glowering crow on the conical point of believer's concentrated hopes (so that's a pole with a cone on it then).

However, I have religious friends, and friends who have fathers as vicars - and they're all really nice.

So, I'm British, and politeness is more important than principle always (and I could give a sound philosophical basis for that, but that may be presumptuous of me).

So I'll wring my hands and hope I haven't upset you too much when I tell you the core of your life, your most cherished belief is, to me, on a par with animism, astrology, and the belief that black cats and ladders can affect your life profoundly.

I don't want to piss you off, you all seem like really nice guys, excepting, of course, the spittle-flecked window-licker fundamentalist creationist idiot fuckheads amongst you.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Trouble fuck to-do list GTD taskpaper

As you all know. Each of you have your own spiky thorns in your metaphoric pants.

Clearly, you need to divest yourselves of the spiky-thorn-pant thing.

How should we do that? I hear you ask. In fact demand.

Here's my to-do list of GTD spiky-thorn-pant issue resolution:

  • Download the latest GTD application to your iPhone
  • Fiddle with that for about an hour: set some contexts; pinch some overviews; swipe some goals; above all, do that lip-sucking typy touchscreen thing inputting all your to-dos in before you realise it synchs with OmniFracas
  • Download OmniFracas
  • Marvel at its intuitive interface
  • Don't open it for a month; shit, now it's expired
  • Zero inbox your inbox
  • Read every email in the trash
  • Print out the tiny list paper foldy thing to-do list
  • Realise you're not a twat
  • Screw it up and throw it in the fire (if you wrote anything on it you will get a MOMENTARY sense of closure)
  • Send yourself increasingly sweary post-dated emails
  • Stack bills behind the biggest ornament you have on your mantelpiece

OR

  • Keep on keeping on
  • Occasionally apologise for not having done whatever the fuck it was

Oh, and change your pants

Friday, June 05, 2009

Shibboleth nano perspective

Tiny eye that sees little in this narrow purview. Mainlining fighting series of major highs. Spam.

Happiness

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Particularly tricky parts

Is the way I wend the troubled way between getting enraged by the indifferent sprawl of shit happenstance and the standing wave of clear purpose.

My lack of words to describe this, this thing that fucks and shits and cunts can't really, really make that clear. How fucked up this is.

Days walking, days wanting. Days without any personal filling up, just one more day of being. Existing, and finally flattening that out in a lithium way. Take the corners off, round down the edges. Make the serrated blunt.

One more, little more, fucking sanded down blank acceptance.

Cannons made out of grit and twigs, raised over the head, eyes not seeing below the walls. One more, little more, in the continuing retinue of bollocks.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fusel's fucked off

I lost him in the mall. We walked over the bridge into the rusty iron maw of East Village Kicker Emporium, the local commerce cancer in the middle of a winding of roads and motorways (we took the subway that smelled of piss and paper litter). And once past the destitute orcs ("will settle blood-feud for coin") and elf whores we were inside the heated interior. Big metal cabinets stood at every corner, each filled with heat bricks - because it's just this side of too cold for the clothes you chose.

And he disappeared in the crowd. Leaving me again.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Illusions of eminence

In that swaggering stride, trousers hitched up over sweaty belly. There I have the usual mind to flick from one easy leach to another easy creature.

Fuck off, smiling cunt, you have more bricks up your arse than a rectally satisfied architect