Educational information and a worrying observation about our times

Well just a quick waffle before I head lunchwards, I come bearing essential information for those of planet urrth: When someone is swinging a sword at you you should be drawing your own to block it! Luckily said person was being much more awake than I was (I was drawing late! More left hand, more left hand) and thus only tapped me on the calf before declaring they were going to put another notch in their bokken for hitting a student with it :)

Anyway more interestingly on the bus home I saw an interesting site, some young kid, obviously knackered was getting on the bus after me with a bike. He negociated with the bus-driver on this front and seemed to be told that this was fine, provided he stored it out the way in the pram/wheelchair/whatever space (double deckers from Stage Coach have these).

He slumped into the chair and vaguely got his bike arranged, front wheel by the window next to him, back wheel out in the aisle. The driver asked him to get the wheel in, and he looked at the front wheel and pushed it further into the side of the bus by the window, leaving the back wheel hanging out.

At this point an old man, 70 if he was a day stood up on a moving bus, stepped over, picked up the whole bike and arranged it so it was out of the way.

Hmm… me thinks I see a problem if the youth of my generation (or perhaps the next, I’m never sure where the boundaries for these things are) can’t grok “Shifting stuff out of the way” and need to have it demonstrated for them by an old white-haired geezer.

In other news it would seem that Eris is beyond Yuggoth! A great victory for the farces of something or other.

6 thoughts on “Educational information and a worrying observation about our times

  1. Anonymous

    Don’t believe the forces of GreyFace dude, Eris is in your pineal gland!


    PS. Oh, and whilst each individual sight that brings it home can be disturbing, the ‘youth of today’ have generally needed their elders to show them how to find their arses with both hands since the beginning of recorded history (it probably happened in Atlantis, Lemuria, Mu and Valusia as well!). Sadly the current crop seem to be less grateful for being shown.

    PPS. The word of the aeon (or should that be yuga?) is ‘pashu’.

      1. mostlyfoo

        Conan stuff I believe (I’m just guessing).

        Jez, Interesting word ‘pashu’, not one I’ve encountered before, and one of those I feel requires more than a quick google to grok in fullness.

        As for the yoof its more than likely that this kind of thing has been going on since the dawn of time, wouldn’t surprise me that much.

        1. Anonymous

          OK, first off…previous reply was to Mish…you already have a Robert E. Howard book Paul! … ;o)

          Now then…’pashu’ is a word used differently depending on context, so, yes, a quick Google could easily be misleading.

          I use it in its broadly tantric meaning, but must thank S. Jason Black for pointing out a fine illustration of this meaning in Frank Herbert’s novel, Dune. Consider, if you will, the scene near the start of the book, when Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam introduces young Paul Atreides to an intriguing wee box.

          ttfn, Jez

      2. Anonymous

        It’s part of the Cthulhu Mythos.

        In particular Valusia was created by Lovecraft’s friend Robert E. Howard for his Conan and King Kull stories, but the ideas overlap with works from Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and later mythos authors. (see

        I’d say it was probably as real as Lemuria and Mu, but a shade less so than Atlantis… ;o)

        By the way, I have a Robert E. Howard book for you. Remind me!


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