The Lotus Eaters

The Lotus Eaters

The Lotus Eaters

lately I seem to be content with doing nothing. I have no guilt or shame or sense of longing. Those goals that I have set for myself seem to be off at a safe distance. They are there if I wish to return to them. Right now I am content with doing nothing. As life moves around me I seem indifferent to it all. Duties, responsibilities hell even my enemy Chores has fallen to the wayside. Like Odysseus’s men  I have fallen in with the lotus eaters. I have eaten the sweet fruit of indifference and seem to care for nothing more than more indifference.

Now those of you who actually read these posts are thinking ” Limbo you’re in Limbo man.”  No this is not limbo. I know limbo. Limbo feels different. It smells different. You see when I am in Limbo I know I am there. In the land of the lotus eaters I had no awareness. Time stopped. A day became a week became a month.

Maybe it’s the big D…you know Depression?

Well in a word…NO.

Being a student of thinking and Philosophy I am familiar with the tenants of Psychology. As such I also know there are hundreds of schools of thought on the human mind and human behavior. These are all Philosophy not actual science. Their measurements are based on percentages of observed groups. Their treatments are the same. Based on whatever school of thought or Philosophy the clinician subscribes to is how they will perceive your need for treatment. More importantly I know how I feel when I’m depressed. This was not one of those times.

So what is the root cause?

Well until recently I have been extremely busy. Which is OK. Busy for me is good. I like busy. My intensity was great and I was passionate about my projects. I am of course referring to this site and the new site

Somewhere somehow the lotus seemed to take the reins propelling me into an almost euphoric state of indifference. I would like to tell you the time and date It first took hold but the truth is I am not really sure.

In fact it’s a lot like driving.

There you are on the highway with miles ahead of you. The road is hypnotic and you withdraw into your own thoughts. Then you are at your exit with no real memory of the drive or the road or for that matter of your own thoughts. Time  folds in on its self.

Somehow you are just there.

Artists, that is individuals with artist sensibilities tend to be self-absorbed introspective introverts who view the world from a different point of perception. Usually at a distance. A comfortable distance. A safe distance.

Its is easy to sit down and begin writing and lose myself for the day. Duties, responsibilities and yes even people fall by the way side. In the same way I can pick up a paint brush and begin a project and loose preservative completely.

Please observe that I never said that I was a good artist, that is a writer or for that matter a painter. I am just explaining an artistic sensibility. Knowing this I built into my life parameters so that I don’t lose myself completely. I am never so consumed with sensibilities that I can not find my way back. There are always bread crumbs to follow.

Yet I fell. Not as a result of self-absorbed endeavors. I fell to the hypnotic road that stretched out  before me. I fell to the mundane world around me. I became  a lotus eater.

Cooking which is something I have a passion for learning fell by the wayside. I was busy. Fast food was easier. At first it was cheap fast food. Then trying to justify this poor diet  I modified it.  I consumed pub crawlers dripping with cheese and bacon-e goodness.

Funny how we do that. Rather than admitting we are eating bad we try to make things right by eating the best of the bad. Some how the more expensive pub crawler seems better than something a clown might offer. But it just wasn’t burgers or fast food. It was frozen pizzas and chili dogs and baked mostaccioli..

Not to mention the bags of cookies. Do you ever sit in the car in the grocery store parking lot and eat the cookies? Not a cookie I’m talking the entire bag. I do that with Nutter Butter cookies. Can’t help myself. Kryptonite for real.

I then began setting aside things that needed my attention. See the urgency of my professional life over shadowed the things that needed doing. Both the mental and physical strain of long hours left me drained. A pizza, television and bed became my norm.

Now the work schedule returned to normal. Yet I lingered in the land of the lotus-eaters. I continued eating greasy fast food, powering myself on energy drinks and candy bars. My fast burning was ending with the worst crashes. When I  got home I could do nothing more than watch television. More of the hypnotic road.

You see I was no longer striving to do my best in all areas of my life instead I was doing the minimum simply to get by. The worst part was I did not care. Like Odysseus’s men I lost all desire to do anything more than continue to eat Lotus.

The world makes it easy for us to forget ourselves. Our desires and goals can easily be left on the side of the road. To often the easy simple and mundane takes over. We lose all sense of ourselves.

We employ quick fixes rather than actual solutions. We buy new clothing rather than going to the gym to lose the weight. We avoid the work it takes to prepare a decent meal because of the effort involved. It is so much easier to speak directly into the clowns head.

In fact this life style is so intoxicating that it self perpetuates. Once you eat of the lotus you only desire the lotus. Nothing more.

The crew members had Odysseus to pull them back to the ship. I believe the voice that called me back is God’s. In fact to return to where I was it will take applying all the lessons in experiential experimentation that I have shared with you on this site and then some.

The worst part of this experience is like the man who reaches his exit I to have no memory of the road I traveled to get here.


May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper



Cinephile: Equilibrium

Our film this month is Equilibrium released in 2002. The film was written and directed by Kurt Wimmer and stars Christian Bale, Sean Bean and Emily Watson.

In this futuristic society emotion is seen to be the enemy of the human race. It is mans inability to control himself that leads us to war and the edge of self-destruction. Only by self medicating can we suppress our emotions. Those who go off their medication and are found FEELING are hunted down and destroyed.

This movie is one of my favorite discoveries on DVD. Make it a point to see it this month.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper



Nineteen Eighty-Four

Biblophile:Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four


Maybe you have heard the phrases “that’s Orwellian” or “Big Brother is watching” well this comes from a novel written by George Orwell entitled Nineteen Eighty-Four or sometimes published as 1984.

Chances are you might have known the source of these phrases. So I think we should follow with the next question…

Have you read it?

I find that a lot of times people know of books. They have never really  read the book. They simply know about the book.

Sometimes they have seen a Hallmark presentation or film adaptation of the book. But have never really sat and read the book for themselves.

I can not tell you enough about how important it is for you to read. The reason we post a new book each month is to help inspire and motivate you to read. So read something new each month.

This month our book of the month is 1984.

So what if you read it…read it again!

That’s right you heard me. Read eight to ten pages a night before bed. In a month you just read a book.  So what if you read it in high school. Your reading one book each month.This month it’s 1984 or Nineteen Eighty-Four. A book a month is good for you.

No… you will not become Henry Bemis!


Look if it makes you feel better this book like Fahrenheit 451 has been banned, burned, challenged as subversive and has been called ideologically corrupting.

So here is a good reason to read it…

because they don’t want you too…



May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper


sling short

Operation Sling-Shot

sling short

STAR DATE 1409.01

We have arrived home. Earth. Our mission can now be revealed. We are going to sling-shot around the sun. The effect of the suns enormous gravitational pull will propel the ship faster than can be imagined. We will be able to achieve speeds faster than any warp engine  can achieve.

If  Mr. Spock’s calculations are correct as we attempt to break away from the Suns pull we will actually be traveling backwards in time. That is if the ship can withstand the stresses of such speeds.

Mr. Scott has expressed his concerns and fears.

Mr. Sulu asked another question, can we pull away?  The gravitational pull maybe to strong for the ship to break free. We could just be pulled in and burned up on the sun. Mr.Spock is counting on the momentum. If we fire our engines at just the right time we should be able to sling-shot free.

From there we will be traveling backwards in time. Our goal is to arrive in the early part of the 21st century.

Why the early part of the 21st century?

The equation for warp drive has been developed. As our records have been lost regarding this part of Earths history our mission is to observe this period in history and record our findings.

The shuttle craft Galileo 7 will be launched to take a closer look at Earth during this period. Comm. Mark Petrie will Podcast his findings, questions and concerns. He will also lead a landing party which will be visually recorded and up loaded as Landing Party Vlogs.

If we survive Uhura will open a subspace frequency in order for you to receive our transmissions.

Until then …


May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper




William Shatner

william Shatner

I would like to personally thank William Shatner for appearing at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago this last weekend. I was able to get a photo with him along with a personalized autograph. As you know I am a huge TOS fan. So for me this was an opportunity of a life time.

After all there is only one James T. Kirk.


william Shatner

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So yes I am 50 years old and I am wearing a vintage command shirt from Ruby costumes. Yes I am Geekus Extremus. If you don’t know what that means see MacReady on the bridge.

I am a Trekkie.

To understand what I mean please read 47years.

The original pilot for Star Trek failed. The entire crew was changed except for Leonard Nimoy (Mr.Spock). A second pilot was shot ” Where no man has gone before.”

This is when William Shatner was introduced to the world as Captain James T. Kirk. Handsome dashing and heroic Kirk defined for a generation the qualities that a leader should possess.

If the actor William Shatner had not deliver the performances that created this iconic character the Trek franchise would never have happened. Since the official crew was developed over time the series hung solely on Shatner’s performances.

Shatner’s ability to make us believe that Kirk’s ship The USS Enterprise and his crew where in danger and his willingness to do anything to save them is why I watched the reruns my entire life. If you don’t understand heroes click here HEROES.

So thanks again  Wizard World Comic Con Chicago for giving me this opportunity.

and thanks again William Shatner…Captain


From now on the picture of Kirk for our Captain’s Log will be my autographed copy. How cool is that…

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper


star date

Star date 1408.01

star date 1408.01

Star date 1408.01

At impulse power Mr Sulu pulled us from space dock for the first time in months.  I granted the helm indulgence as we have not been underway for some time. I then instructed Mr Chekov to plot a course for our Earth. However we are not going home.  The full  details of our next mission  is known only by a few of my senior staff members. The nature of which we can not yet reveal.

Mr Spock is working out the calculations along with Scotty who has out done himself with the latest improvements and up grades. Uhura reports that our latest transmission ” The Light of The World” has reached more people than we have ever dreamed possible.

Bones feels that we have all gotten soft in space dock and prescribed a new daily diet and exercise regiment. As well as a vitamin and protein supplements.

With our blog-ship under construction we had a lot of free time. So like most people we enjoyed our time off. So what did we do on our summer vacation?

We saw some movies…


Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

So I really didn’t think they could bring the real Cap to the screen but they did in a big way. Many people enjoyed this more than The Avengers. I have to admit for me they are equally matched. Great movie.



Godzilla 2014

Well we saw Godzilla which was awesome! Now I have encountered  people who did not like this film. Here is the real issue. This is a Godzilla film for Godzilla fans. If you did not like Godzilla movies when you were a kid this is not for you. If you are like us and loved Godzilla your going to love this film.

Dawn of the planet of the apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

There are remakes and sequels of classic movies. Most fail. Rather than attempting to remake The classic Planet of the Apes films these have been approached with a new vision. This is a great film and well worth seeing. Hail Caesar!

I read a new book…


Doc savage

Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life

This book is a biography by Philip José Farmer about our  hero Doc Savage. What makes this book different is that it is approached as though Doc was a real person. The book also links Doc to other fictional characters in the Wold Newton family.  This was expanded into what is now called the Wold Family Universe. Now available for Kindle this book is awesome!

We built a new website to support our Hobbies…


Waylow's Workshop

Waylow’s Workshop

I enjoy painting Miniatures, Figures and building models. When done well this is Art. However these art forms are dying. Like the comic shops the hobby shops are disappearing. How will the next generation learn to love these art forms the way we did? Click the image about to go to the site…

 Learning film making…


So that we can make fun YouTube videos we are learning film making with windows movie maker. We have already shot 2 films for Waylow’s Workshop. We also improved the quality of Our Story for GeekusExtremuscom. This is version 2.0. We are working on a new project now.

Finishing our Podcast…

Galileo 7 Podcast

If you hang in there it’s coming. This delay is related to our next mission. Once we reveal the mission you will understand the reason for the delay. The nice thing is that if you subscribe you can listen to our Podcasts. If you don’t you will still be able to listen right off of our site. Engineering has out done themselves.

Trek with Me…

Trek with me

Since a new director has been announced for Star Trek 3 (Roberto Orci) we thought it would be fun to review one episode a month from the TOS/TAS series as they originally aired. In order to do this I had to watch all episodes and make notes regarding each episode. This new series will start in August. The things I do for you people!


the whale

Since we are celebrating Herman Melville’s birthday this month our book of the month is Moby Dick. Considered one of the Great American Novels as well as one of the best book about the sea it is a must read. Get your copy today.



alfred hitchcock

Our featured artist is Alfred Hitchcock who is also sharing a birthday this month.  Hitchcock who is the master of suspense created a style for drawing the audience into the film.


dr. Strangelove's war room

Our film of the month is Dr. Strangelove or how I learned to love the Bomb directed by Stanley Kubrick. We have chosen this  since August marks the month the United States dropped 2 atomic bombs on Japan killing over 250,000 civilians and ending the second world war. The use of these bombs ushered in the cold war and the atomic age. This film makes fun of the fear we grew up with.


King James Bible

I am also excited to share this amazing King James Bible that I recently purchased from Barnes and Nobles. This gorgeous edition contains over two hundred beautiful, rarely collected full-page illustrations by Gustave Dore. If you remember we are reading the Bible in a year. Coffee with the Lord as inspired by my Aunt Rose.  The current Bible image on our site will be replaced with this new addition.

However…our commitment to read daily is still the same.


May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper








the light of the world

The Light of the world

14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt 5:14-16

The great commission calls us to ministry. This is the ministry of the Word. To a demoniacal world bound to fleshly desires, a  world which is filled with darkness, we are to be the lights of the world. By the Holy Spirit we are to offer spiritual restoration through the Gospel of Christ.

However to often we see this spiritual ministry abandon by church leaders.  Out of the desire to be the Gods moral authority and gain temporal power on earth they leave the love of Christ for political and social power and worldly gain.

Time and again we see in history Christ being used as a way for men to gain control of the masses. As a result the foot print the Church  has left on  world history is horrifying.

I challenge you now to consider what you know and have seen of Jesus Christ and his teachings.  Imagine the great city of Alexandria less than 400 years after the ascension of Christ. A  city that values knowledge, education. philosophy and enlightenment above everything. The place where the Bible was translated into  Greek for the first time.  Now imagine Christians running through the streets, pulling a woman from her chariot, stripping her naked and dragging her through the city back to the church where they filet her with pieces of tile and sharp stones until she is dead. They then cut her body to pieces and burn them outside the city walls.

The woman’s name is Hypatia.

The church leader at the time was Cyril.

I offer this for your discernment.

Now imagine if people you knew, who you went to church with committed these same acts. That the woman had been killed in your place of worship. The horror this idea brings to your mind is the same horror experienced by Alexandrians in 370AD.

Personal journals that survived from this period attest to this.

The organization of the churches was never to gain sociological and political influence. The purpose was to have places that safe guarded the teachings of Christ, that continued spreading the Gospel message and to worship and fellowship with each other. The gifts of the spirit are given for this very purpose.

Even now we see church leaders driven to fill pews organizing social and political actions against would be threats to Christendom.

Does any of these sound familiar?

Abortion, home schooling, school prayer, gay marriage are a few that come to mind. leaders quote scripture in order to condemn the actions of groups and politicians that support them. In doing this quite often they have parted from the spirit of God and the message of Christ.

Lets use gay marriage as an example.


We have two completely different issues here.

One issue is the  marriage ceremony as preformed by the church. This is a sacrament of the church. This is marriage in the eyes of God.

The second issue is the marriage contract. This is the document that legally binds you to another. This is marriage in the eyes of the law.

Our constitution is very clear with regards to the separation of church and state. If the government allows gay marriage it makes no difference to the sacrament of the church. However if the government passes a law which states that all churches must perform gay marriage ceremonies then there is an issue.

Thanks to our Constitution this will never happen. The government can never determine what is sacred. So why then is gay marriage a christian issue or a church issue?

Gay marriage has nothing to do with what Christ did for us. It is a witch hunt like Hypatia.

Most people have read John 3:16. Have you ever read what follows?

16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” JOHN 3:16-21

We are called to the ministry of the Word. To share the gospel of Christ. To be light in a world of darkness. We are not called to establish a government that binds people to Gods law. Nor are we called to be sheriffs and enforce Gods laws in society. Nor our we called by God to seats of judgement over society.

We are called to the ministry of the Word. Through the spiritual renewal we receive from the Holy Spirit we are empowered to share the love of Christ with others.

It is easy to use Gods word to condemn others.

Who is without sin?

Hypatia is  a horrifying  example of what happens when Gods Word is ministered in a wrong way. But how can we as Christians know the right way?

First we are to love everyone unconditionally as Christ did. Telling a sinner he is sinful is like telling a terminally ill man in  a hospital bed that he is going to die. We are not to announce death but bring the message of life. Christ did not come saying you are dead he came saying you are forgiven. His message was one of hope not condemnation.

Second we must believe in Gods plan for salvation. We bring the non-believer to Christ and Christ through the Holy Spirit will do the rest. What man can save himself or justify himself in the eyes of God? The only salvation is Christ. Quit trying to eliminate sin. Instead share the Gospel of salvation.

Third… always remember- no matter who tries to move you… or compel you… or co-worse you to act… no matter what their education… or what knowledge they claim… or credentials they claim- or how others in church or society received them-that you alone are accountable to God.

You alone are accountable for your own soul.

When you stand before God, you can not say, “well the elders of my church said” or “my Paster told me to do thus and so” or “that  everyone else was doing it” or “that was how I was raised.” You will not be able to say, “well Lord virtue was not convenient at the time.”

 32“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33“But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.  34“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35“For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law 36 and a man’s enemies will be members of his own household.  37“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39“He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. MATT10:32-39

Do not be afraid to stand on the side of what is right even if you are the only one on that side. Even if it means you loose family or friends. Be Berean. Seek the truth of Christ in all things.

Remember -You are the Light of the World


May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper





Take the Bullet


As your Quartermaster I will share the gizmos, gadgets and Apps that I have found really useful and that I have made essential in my daily living. All are field tested and Quartermaster approved.



 The Pen

In the article about EDC entitled What has it got in its pocketses, eh? I covered what I carried in my pockets when I left the house. If you would like to read that articles click the picture above. But you don’t need to read it to understand this article.

If you look in this picture from the article in the lower left you hand corner will see a moleskin note book with a pen on top. The pen is a disposable pen that served me well for years. I have thought many times about getting a refillable pen that would become part of me, that I could carry everyday and that I could rely on. My father carried a Parker pen this way  his entire life.

His ball point click style pen was always in his shirt pocket ready for use. If he was signing a check at the grocery store or working the TV guide crossword puzzle he was using his pen. That pen was his pen. It was part of him. When we buried him one of the things that went with him was his pen.

The last time my trusty disposable pen ran out I went to get another and was unable to find one. The stores at least in my area no longer carried that style. Funny how we grow attached to things isn’t it?

So my pen quest began…again.

Now there are more pens on the market than I could ever cover in this article. So I will not cover any of them.

What I will talk about is the direction I went in. Since there are pens that are very expensive I picked what I thought was a reasonable price for a pen. I then decided I wanted something small and easy to carry. Oddly I started seeing custom made pens in all different places.

Funny how you suddenly see things when you look isn’t it?

Engineers offering their pens through kick starter programs, machinists offering unusual designs and independent on line markers. All of their pens appear to be wonderful.

But in the end I didn’t buy any of them.

The odd thing about all these custom designers and fabricators is what they all had in common. It was the  insert… you know the ink cartridge. They were all the same. They all came from the Fisher space pen.

Yes the pen of the astronauts.

I know that the Fisher Space pen is like the obvious Geek choice for a writing implement. However let me explain why it was not mine. If you remember my uncle who lived in Washington D.C. if you don’t you can read the article where I mention him here:

DSC00758My uncle actually carried an original AG7 space pen. Like my fathers Parker pen it was a long style click pen that clipped on your pocket. Below is an image of the original that my uncle carried.

AG79AG7 original Astronaut pen

This pen without a doubt is awesome but I was looking for something small and sleek that I could carry even when I’m wearing shorts. Honestly I also got lost in the idea of having something different from everyone else. Something unique that is part of me.

The problem with being unique is that it usually costs a lot of money.This ruled out a lot of different but wonderful pens that I looked at. They just cost to much. Unique was to expensive. I guess I was more a disposable style kind of a guy. So the idea of a pen simply fell by the wayside.

Then it happened. I got a discount offer from an on line store. If you THINK like a GEEK you can figure out which one it was. They were offering a discount on a Fisher space pen. But it was not the one I was familiar with.

400_Closed_9400 Chrome Bullet Pen

Until I saw the ad for this pen I did not know that Fisher made more than one style of pen. I thought that the AG7 was the one and only pen that Fisher offered. However as I have since learned they offer a wide range of styles. This is the 400 Chrome Bullet Pen. Closed it measures only 3.75 inches. This pen is small enough for me to be able to carry all the time.

Needless to say the pen is awesome.

I recommend it to everyone.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper



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