=:= Location : 33 degrees Celsius in Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR)
=:= Listening to : National Geographic Channel’s “Secrets of the King Cobra”, the narrator has a superb voice that pitches well with the King of snakes
=:= Contemplating : how I woke yesterday feeling comforted and energized and then over-did it during the day to leave me falling into bed over-stimulated at 3am and not sleeping well, which then leaves me feeling groggy in bed and having a late start today *tut* ‘Sort myself out!’
=:= Plans for the day : grab lunch and then bumble along at medium-pace
=:= Latest retail therapy disclosure : cream of tomato soup, followed by green Thai curry barbeque duck with rice and iced lemon tea
=:= One low-light and one high-light :
(1) Was watching the National Geographic Channel’s “Secrets of the King Cobra” where the King Cobra ‘pretended’ to want to court and mate with a pregnant Queen Cobra, but instead he grappled with her, bit her, injected her with venom and then struggled with her for about 10 minutes as she died fighting with every last ounce of her strength, then he spent 45 minutes eating his way down her body, head first… but the pregnant Queen with her swollen belly of eggs was too much for the King Cobra to swallow so he regurgitated her. He then slithered away from her regurgitated, mutilated, uneaten corpse, leaving her dead body for scavengers to deal with. Hmm… apparently we’ll never know the reason why, of course. The King Cobra is a snake-eater and thus any snake is game including potential mates… In fact, it is quite common for the King to kill pregnant Queens. One such dead female was carrying 17 eggs when a merciless King Cobra finished her off.
OK, it’s not a exactly a low-light, but it was a kinda moment. God, what the hell goes on inside the minds of animals? Anything is food. Anything. Anything can be killed. Anything. So long as the body isn’t yours, the young isn’t yours it’s game to be killed. Anything. Any other animal. What the hell, huh?
(2) Cancellation of my car insurance on my behalf… *phew* respite from driving
=:= Today’s chosen expression of emotion, sentiment or feeling :
:: The feeling of : novelty ::
A type of newness, freshness and uniqueness of feeling.
The novelty factor?
My new gel nails are fascinating me.
And my new eyelashes are providing a lovely new feeling too.
=:= Quotes about novelty:
1) “The novelty we want is always close to the familiar.”
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist.
City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).
2) “A zoologist who observed gorillas in their native habitat was amazed by the uniformity of their life and their vast idleness.
Hours and hours without doing anything. Was boredom unknown to them? This is indeed a question raised by a human, a busy ape.
Far from fleeing monotony, animals crave it, and what they most dread is to see it end. For it ends, only to be replaced by fear, the cause of all activity. Inaction is divine; yet it is against inaction that man has rebelled.
Man alone, in nature, is incapable of enduring monotony, man alone wants something to happen at all costs—something, anything…. Thereby he shows himself unworthy of his ancestor: the need for novelty is the characteristic of an alienated gorilla.”
E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian–born French philosopher.
The Trouble with Being Born, ch. 11, trans. by Richard Howard, Seaver Books (1976).