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2013-05-28 20:03:59 by Viper90

"You realize what you've done, don't you my son? You've turned your blade against your father. Though you're a fool, I still love you, my son."


Thoughts

2009-09-01 23:55:16 by Viper90
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I believe I'm going to reopen my page for discussion. If anyone wants to have a good talk about pretty much anything, please post here.
Questions? I'll tell you what I think about it based on my experiences.
Theory? Feel free to share it here. Anything generally intelligent will probably make it on here. Yes, I do have to approve posts, so spammers will not get their fill, and may or may not be reported. Until I can think of something better to post;
Fire away, NG intellects!


Review of: 'Ozymandias'

2009-03-01 00:43:28 by Viper90
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I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

-To me, this poem tells of the temporal nature of our existence(s).
The fleeting dominion of King Ozymandias over that now desolate land shows the futility of power.
Where once was a great man, a broken statue is all that remains.
It is assumed that Ozymandias was a cruel leader, given the description of the statue and the accompanying engraved quote.
Cruelty only stretches so far, and in the end only ruin and loss was gained.

Perhaps what Ozymandias feared the most was being forgotten.
I think we all face that fear sometime in our lives.
It's not about being remembered, but how you live your life.
As Oscar Wilde puts it: "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."


More 'Dune' thoughts

2009-01-10 01:01:11 by Viper90
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-Prophecy and prescience-
How can they be put to the test in the face of the unanswered questions?
How much is the prophet shaping the future to fit the prophecy?
What of the harmonics inherent in the act of the prophecy?
Does the prophet see the future or does he see a line of weakness, a fault or cleavage that may shatter with words or decisions as a diamond-cutter shatters his gem with a blow of a knife?


The Old Man's Hymn: from 'Dune'

2008-12-22 13:43:23 by Viper90
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I drove my feet through a desert
Whose mirage fluttered like a host.
Voracious for glory, greedy for danger,
I roamed the horizons of al-Kulab,
Watching time level mountains
In its search and its hunger for me.
And I saw the sparrows swiftly approach,
Bolder than the onrushing wolf.
They spread in the tree of my youth.
I heard the flock in my branches
And was caught on their beaks and claws!


Memories of Caladan: from 'Dune'

2008-12-12 23:27:13 by Viper90
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"I remember salt smoke from a beach fire
And shadows under the pines-
Solid, clean...fixed-
Seagulls perched at the tip of land,
White upon green...
And a wind comes through the pines
To sway the shadows;
The seagulls spread their wings,
Lift
And fill the sky with screeches.
And I hear the wind
Blowing across our beach,
And the surf,
And I see that our fire
Has scorched the seaweed."


What's in a name?

2008-10-08 20:15:19 by Viper90
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-"It's not who I am that matters; but what I do that defines me."

Names have no meaning unless action accompanies them.


The Flag

2008-08-29 19:44:59 by Viper90
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I posted an article earlier about Obama's new jet and the absence of the American flag on it.
Most people don't realize we disrespect the flag in more ways than this. If you've ever looked at one of the websites dedicated to the care of the flag,
http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.ht ml
you'll see that the flag is abused every day. If the image of the flag, a representation of the flag, or any thing that remotely reminds you of the flag is used in any way other than being an actual flag, it is disrespectful. Think about it. People use images of the flag in many different ways. On plates, shirts, towels, logos, ads, etc. I've even seen a fire hydrant decorated like a flag. Some of our presidents have even written on the flag with their signature. All of these ways lead to the flag being mutilated, thrown away, or otherwise disrespected. What do you think of this issue? Is using the flag in these ways disrespectful?

The Flag


Another reason not to vote for Obama

2008-08-12 21:27:55 by Viper90
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Obama is just a character isn't he? Nice Obama Logo - Half Moon Crescent in blue with a part of our flag. Is this the new Islamic America?

Barack Obama recently finished a $500,000 total overhaul of his 757. And as part of the new design, he decided to remove the American flag from the tail...
What American running for President of the United States would remove the symbol of his country? And worse, he replaced the flag with a symbol of himself...

Another reason not to vote for Obama


Your Worst Enemy?

2008-08-04 14:56:41 by Viper90
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This question has gave thought to many minds: Who is your worst enemy?

Is it Satan? Is it sin? Is it the folly of mans' journey into his world?
The answer is simple. You are your own worst enemy.
Or rather, your worst enemy is your own weak and faltering self.
All of the mistakes or sins you fall prey to can be attributed to your nemesis.
You have no one to blame but yourself.
Once your doubts and fears have been removed, you will overcome this enemy.