The Joy of Thinking
I just spend what feels like seven thousand years, and should be counted as a full Swedish work day, making sure that the Fifth Edition of The Joy of Thinking, Part 1 : Beyond Bullshit, Ebook special published variant, is now (or soon) available for sale for like $4.**, so you can hope over and impulse-buy it form lulu now or other places later.
Putting aside the Fifth Edition….
However, you don’t come to my blog to buy with money, only with time and attention anything (but you should really check it out), so I’ll tell you a brief story (which has nothing to do with Sweden).
The Third Myth of Ninevah
A long time ago, before the common era was common (back then it didn’t exist, and in the early days it was the Christian Era, before the Crusades and a lot of stupid people gave the word “Christian” a really bad marketing energy), there was this awesome city called Ninevah. It had a combination of three (or more) major cultures all living in harmony.
They had this walled city, which was helpful if they were attacked, but most of the population traveled too and fro, so the actual internal space was rather small compared to the amount of people who benefited from the walls.
There was a bit of a conflict between them and these people than a reluctant diplomat, Jonah, represented. Seems they didn’t like how the city tended to treat outsiders. In the past, these people had reported two massive cities off-planet , to Venus, where iron sulfates at high temperature made short work of them, so the people of Ninevah took this message seriously, and paused, reflected, and changed their attitude.
A few centuries later, new leadership took over, and they started killing other people for sport. Thus, a trilateral alliance was formed, and Nineveh was sacked in short order, diplomacy and walls be damned.
The would-be diplomat, in this case, was Nahum, and he didn’t bother to visit Nineveh to negotiate a truce. They were “known to be bad” so the punishment was carried out before most people heard about it.
After successfully destroying a city, Nahum decided to make an anagram of his name, and have a lot of copulation. This lead to the race of humans which he called Ha-Num, but which we call Human.
Obviously, this is just one of those pointless myths.
- It was likely about six hours, including frequent breaks to relax, eat, and commune gently with nature, and its big ball of fire.
- Future generations would disbelieve in teleportation technology (which was always a highly restricted technology, and was eventually “lost”), and thus, change the story to say that part of the atmosphere of Venus was funneled into the Earth sphere, right above the cities. Since a giant space-straw is much more plausible, ne? *shrugg*
- **: US$3.99;
but I can’t figure out superscripts on WordPress yet so I used two asterix glyphs rather than a  which might seem like part of the price. Yeah, I totally fail at blogging, eh?
- The standard work day in Sweden is now 6 hours, rather than 8. There’s hope for humanity, eh? If you live in Sweden, anyhow.
- The new Swedish word, “Klittra” is another, interesting, but unrelated and irrelevant, story.
The weather here is nice. Intermittent rain, mostly overcast, but alas, here I am, indoors, working hard to bring you some good stuff to read. The things I do for love oh Ha-Num-men.
As for the title, I thought, at first, that I could release a new edition in a few minutes. After all, it was an “Ebook” (why not boke, as in book–electronic?), so it should only take like one click to upload, right? Nope… and that is why most people don’t do well at projects, but do great at being critics. It takes a long time to do simple-looking things.
And, technically, this isn’t done until the presence in other stores, keywords, and other little details are set (e.g. right now there is no preview).