dunniteowl's post-modern philosophical musings

The More Familiar I Become, the Stranger I Get


Bastrop, Texas, USA
October 11
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Matriculated from: School of Hard Knocks and Diablo Valley College (AA in Communications Tech.) Done all kinds of things for work. Painted sidewalk curb address numbers, sold shoes, USAF Radio Electronics Tech, Semiconductor Tech for AMD, Intel & SEEQ Technologies, worked at Stanford Linear Accelerator upgrading motherboards for Beam Current Magnet Control, IBM building "Industrial Strength" Voice Activated Dialing networks, server systems and intranets, sold greeting cards, nuts, grapes, newspapers and found pets, janitored, worked in fast foods, pizza and data entry. I even clerked at a 7-11 and also ran a big searchlight for those events at night. Also worked at a zoo, where I pretty much did everything you can do at a zoo other than be eaten. Some of those critters do bite. I write and have been since 1972. I have written poetry, fantasy, science fiction and horror stories. I also have come to enjoy essays relating to human experience, the future and being good stewards of this planet. I believe I'm funny sometimes, so chuckle occasionally at my weird jokes and allusions. Very into science and technology, love logic and reason. For some reason, though, I am also a certified Shaman. I can cast horoscopes and read Tarot cards as well (from the expressions on people's faces and their responses, I am apparently quite accurate most of the time.) Love photography: You can find me here: http://s52.photobucket.com/albums/g31/dunniteowl/ and here: http://www.viewbug.com/my-account/photos (if those don't work properly, just go to the main pages and do a search for 'dunniteowl' I am the only one on the internet as far as I know.) I also love game design, starting with board wargames, card games and RPGs. Please comment if you feel like it. I don't care about being "tipped" and don't even really understand it as a function. I signed up on Open Salon so I could have a wider outlet for my writing and hope that you find it of interest at all. This bio is a reflection of things to come, so be prepared.


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     The air was dank, full of humidity.  It felt like breathing water, it was so thick.  Three A. M. and it had to be at least 85 degrees Fahrenheit!  Did I mention the humidity?  Holy shit, I felt like I should have gills!


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FEBRUARY 9, 2012 10:43PM

Killing Me Softly (With This Economy)

     When I was a kid, my older brother and I used to do all sorts of things for making some cash.  We lived in Napa, California at that time and we lived in what could only described as Ruralurbia.  It wasn’t quite being in the suburbs and it wasn’t reallyRead full post »

     Yeah, I went there.  I took an opportunity to increase my viewer ship with a shameless plug of Open Salon in my title.  I'm not sorry or ashamed.  Did I mention this was a shameless plug?


     Okay, before I lose my audience:


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FEBRUARY 4, 2012 4:56PM

Your Voice Has Power

     Many times, during political and cultural discussions regarding the status quo, business, political activity or even the charged events going on around us, you’ll hear the last words of the argument: It doesn’t matter how you feel about it or what you say, no-one&/… Read full post »

I have spoken before on the things that are wrong in the world today.  We have all sorts of things that could kill us in some fashion.  We have people and corporations, seemingly hell bent on controlling the world as it crumbles down around our heads.  Crumbling because of their selfis/… Read full post »


     I was thinking out loud this morning about Ron Paul.  We hear he’s an extreme-to-the-right Constitutionalist who believes many things that resonate with the younger crowd, with neo-conservatives who think guns and no-taxes will make our country great again.&Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2012 10:27PM

The Keep It Simple Society

You know, we hear lots of ideas and advice about how things should be done, how finances, laws, ethics and whatever else you want to toss in there really ought to be done – instead of the way it is now.  Right behind these ideas and opinions, or right before them,/… Read full post »

     Since man first started planting crops and penning in animals to ensure a food supply, cities began to flourish and grow.  Agriculture is the single most important advance in mankind’s long climb towards civilization.  Animal husbandry, while different, today… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2012 12:17PM

The View From My (Rural) Window

I usually get up before the sun.  I do it because I like to watch the sunrise.  Sometimes it comes up, highlighting the sky with rosy gold fingers across the sky, touching the gray clouds and coloring them with sherbet colored hues of orange, rose and pink.

 Sherbet Swirl Sunrise 


This i… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2012 6:01PM

Meritocracy? -- Not Really True

Let me start by saying right away, that, from my perspective, Meritocracy is more a myth than Trickle Down or Supply Side Economics as a functional metric.

Without digging too deeply on those other issues, let me see if I can explicate what Meritocracy is supposed to be and what it… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2012 11:19PM

Occupy Your Mind

To those of you who read this site, OWS, Occupy and 99% should be well familiar terms, even if you hate what it stands for.  If you're part of the 01% (or really the .01%) and the very thought of OWS, Occupy or the rest of us poor sorry unwashed bastards… Read full post »

I have been listening to a wide array of “sources” talking about OWS and other Occupy Actions around the country.  I will state up front, that I am certainly part of the 99%.  I am skilled, educated, over 50 and unemployed, as well as basically unemployable in any of my trained/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2011 12:30AM

(Poem) For You That Love

To love and not be loved,

Is like having pen in hand and paper before you;

Blank, stark, empty white.

A void that cannot be filled.


     All the times you remember

     The efforts to please and encourage;

     The need to be loved in/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2011 5:56PM

Fiction: The Mad Nahzul Fir 'ibn Salud


It was a click. I know it was.  I heard it, but no-one believes me.  They think me mad. Fools!  All of them, they shall go to their graves unbelieving and I; I will survive to record the events of their demise.

There it was again: the click of… Read full post »

In the early hours of morning

When the sun has not yet

Conquered the horizon,

     The air is still moist with the

     Clean, fresh smell

     Of Mother Earth.

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OCTOBER 2, 2011 8:35AM

A Second In Time


Correct me if I’m wrong,

But I thought this was a song

About how the masses of people

Forgot how to feel

Long before the invention

Of the wheel.


          Now we race along in automated cars,

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 1:09PM

The Beginning


Smoke, in the haze of memory:

It is only time.

Time is the only medication

That has, as it’s cause, forgetfulness;

Healing through time,

Working to heal, through loss, the pain.

Yet, it is the individual that forgets

That will repeat the same mistakes

In blissfully unaware health.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 5:45PM

Making It


     It isn’t what you think it is, even if what I think you think it is isn’t what you’re thinking.

     Am I making myself clear?

     Regardless of the temporizing, it won’t somehow turn into whatever… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 7:21AM

It's This: Love

I felt so close to the answer last night

Laying beneath the canopy of black on shadow-black-on-blue starlight.

The warm thoughtsong of how beautiful it all is

Streamwhispered into my consciousness with a soft moonshining bliss


     I wasn’t cold

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 12:17PM

Ripples in My Mind


I was just skipping some thoughts across my mind,

Watching the ripples slowly push their way outward

          Until they touch.


I wasn’t really thinking of much, they were the kind

That bring the boarders of reality to infinity h… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 11:44AM

Once Again


And suddenly, I feel it once again…


          The beautiful pain of longing for a love that was.

                    The hurt is once rememb… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 7:56PM

To Be, Then Not To Be










Love… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 10:17PM

The Cookie Thief


Who took my cookie?


I knew one of my roommates took it, because it wasn’t there any more and I sure as hell didn’t eat it.


So, which one?


Tom?  Hmm, he did drink my last beer on more than one occasion.  He’s also been known to dip into… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 3:42PM

The Ratings Game (Merit or Quid pro Quo?)

Firstly let me just say, that this is not pointing fingers.  I'm pretty new here and so don't know much of the history of the site, or of the people on it.  I have been wondering a lot about ratings lately.

 Perhaps this is a sign of my personal anxiety about… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 7:13AM

Untitled (experimental poem #4)

















     All… Read full post »