Tag Archives: stopping

Mission accomplished, again?

There’s no difference between this declaration that the mission is over and declaring “Mission Accomplished.”┬áThis so-called withdrawal is utter nonsense. There are still 50,000 troops in Iraq. “Combat” versus “non-combat” semantics don’t change that fact. Troops are still at risk and the costs continue. As with the oil in the Gulf, things aren’t gone just because you officially say that they are.

Just as hard to stomach is NBC’s tone of self-congratulation for breaking the news. In fact, it’s not breaking news at all. It actually “constitutes official Pentagon announcement.” What is this, the Korean Central News Agency? Xinhua?

Skimming from the top

I suspect a lot of people aren’t sure what’s the top idea in their mind at any given time. I’m often mistaken about it. I tend to think it’s the idea I’d want to be the top one, rather than the one that is. But it’s easy to figure this out: just take a shower. What topic do your thoughts keep returning to? If it’s not what you want to be thinking about, you may want to change something.

Paul Graham, “The Top Idea in Your Mind

Just Stop

just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, gasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, rumbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose-sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding grinding grinding away at yourself.

stop it and just do.

don’t worry about cool. make your own uncool, make your own, make your own world.

-sol lewitt