Author Topic: Zen and the art of surfing


Zen and the art of surfing
« on: April 01, 2019 »
I have prepared the following zen diagram (like a venn diagram but more enlightened, in ways which transcend math) to illustrate our status:

Depicted are two ‘competitors’ – wording the Central Committee usually avoids as it invites ridicule, but accurate insofar as they theoretically compete for one's attention, as does every other principality. Since the fall of acf I’ve spent time at both, as well as at bikeforums, whose circle wouldn’t even fit on this page.

The trick to surfing is not to fall in.


Wild Thing
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2019 »
A funny thing happened on my way to deleting my account at Yet Another Cycling Forum.[1] I decided to post about my rabbit instead.

Why? Why? Why?

So many questions. I’ll take those one at a time.

Why Yacf? Fortunately I’ve answered this before.
Also, I’m very fond of the tag line “Where you’re going, where you’ve been”.

Why delete my account? Because I continue to be drawn to the site,[2] like a moth to a you-know-what.[2b] This can lead to trouble as some of the natives get restless.[2c]

This time when I felt the urge, which I very much want to compare to the Pon farr if only to add to the Vulcan vocabulary, I decided no, that’s enough. So I clicked on the ominous Delete this account, only to be presented with the unexpected news that suicide requires admin approval.

I remember being in the captain’s chair and watching people come and go, then sometimes come back. It can be oddly annoying, though I understand why they do it, having done it myself. Oh, the indignity of having to listen to Alanis Morissette while being put on hold!

So I stewed for a bit. Into this stew I threw the pros and cons, there being considerably more of the latter. But hope springs eternal. Out of the blue I decided what the hell, I'll start a bunny thread.[3]

Why post about my little wild thing? Because he can't.

It would be nice to chat about my specialist subject with anyone who wanders in.

Win-win? We’ll see.

Mindful of the potential for disruption, I shall endeavour to keep to the straight and narrow.4

1. We're not a franchise, honest.
(Is it just me, or does the logo look like a baseball that's been in a vice?)
2. Which for the purposes of comity I'll accept as an homage.
2b. No, what, a bunker porch light? A particularly tasty jumper?
Even this

"Computer says no"

wasn't an effective deterrent.
2c. Early indications are that the natives aren't bothered.
3. If it's not too derivative.
4. As it turns out, being disreputable isn't entirely disagreeable.[5]
I'm still mostly harmless.



« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2019 »
Fine, ignore my stoic toads, my beautiful slug, my immaculately coiffed alpaca. But I ask you, does it not take hearts of stone to refrain from congratulating me on capturing a badger?