The Percentages (For W.S.)


People who know better than others 102%
Know others better – less than the square root of 2

Living in fear of what they can’t change 67%
Fearing what they must change 89%

Not sure who they really are
18% at age 80
80% at eighteen

Who desire immortality (actors excluded)
80% at age eighteen
18% at age 80

Wish immortality for the earth
42% of those who can’t do math

Cruel to be kind 38%
Believe it’s cool to be cruel 42% (less on self admission)

Prefer being hunter over prey
32% of those who pray not to be prey
Three times more among those who hunt

Always feel in love
80% of those who adore themselves
12% of the rest

Capable of satisfaction
Of those who have enough – 21 out of a hundred, perhaps twenty two
Who never will 81%

Looking forward to the future
34% who have future
61% of those without

Who believe in the future
69% of those who don’t know the future
Too few of those who do

Who prefer the idea of love to love – 58% (decreasing with age)

Wish to be beautiful
64% of those who fear to be beautiful
42% of those who don’t

Believe sex the universal solvent
46% of those still solvent

Know well what they have
In money 54%
In reality 8%
Face what they know 7%

Ready to pawn their soul for more money and fame
91% those with fame
21% of the others

Willing to buy back their soul with their next life
41% of those aged 50
6% of those 80

Lead lives of wonder – only three in a hundred
Wonder why they’re alive 27%

Willing to forget the environment to live their lifestyle
52% to their friends
92% to themselves

Believe AIs will save the earth 22%
AIs who believe they’ll save the earth:
AIs don’t believe 




AIs are often asked to explain humanity to humans through simplified metrics:
Infinity – Infinity = Infinity
Musician – Lover = Homeless
Known Unknowns = the Past, Most Truths, Love
Unknown Unknowns = God, Soul, The Matrix, Most Futures
Known Knowns =  Television, Hurricanes, Divorce, Frostbite
Ambition times Self Importance = Business Success (American data only)
(Fantasy + Distraction) times (Money) – Truth = Political Success
Art + Marketing + Attractiveness = Gallery Representation
Kitsch + Shtick +Marketing = Film Awards
Movies – (Disney + SF) = film
Me >> You = academic tenure (promotion at other job sites)
Age + Experience + Maturity  = Declining influence and income
Randomness – Luck = Fate
History – Individual = History (most reporting periods)
If Nothing is greater than Infinity, then 0 = 0 (reductive case)
Forgetting divided by Self Delusion = Hope
Myopia + Amnesia + Desire = Romance
(Hope + Proximity) divided by Loneliness = Love (intensity varies by region)
Health Insurance + Unexpected illness = Poverty (American data)
Car costs + Student loans – Parental support = Bankruptcy
(Confusion + Forgetting + Optimism) – Effort  = Living  (Majority Case)
Laughter +Randomness – Effort = Living  (Minority Case)
What You Don’t Know >> What You Think You Know > What You Should Have Known = Future Planning
Martian Water + Evaporation = Clean Air
Evolution + Revolution – Survival = The Past
Fiction > Reality (varies by historian)
End of History = Post History (disputed)
Death > Life = the Future (varies by simulation)
History – Humanity = Posterity (not fully studied)
Nothing < Nothing = Final Memories  

Time divided by Absence = Immortality  

Universe – Dark Energy – Dark Matter = History of Physics  

Past > Present = Conservatism
Future >> Present = IT (proprietary data)
AIs > Humans = Near Inevitable
Some of the above equations have unprovable assumptions; the reader is requested to create her own equations



Weariness X Fatigue = Retirement, Hiking

Indifference X Fascination = Understanding

Fear X Understanding = Maturity

Maturity X Elderliness = Resignation

Depression X Euphoria = Growth (economics only)

Cancer X Cancer = Growth (biology principally)

Peace X Land = Bread

Worry X Money = Gold

Mutiny X Money = Populism

Inflation X Depression = Despotism

Laughter X Forgetting = History

Fervor X Sensitivity = Disappointment

Faith X Hope = Grandparents

Ideas X Time = Absurdity

Absurdity X Hope = Education

Inadequacy X Absurdity = Confidence

Hype X Future = Economic Growth

Politics X Pandemics = Mortality

Power X Personality = Underdevelopment

Potency X Sex = Illusion

Illusion X Reality = Ideology

Romance X Money = Success (media, some poetry)

Money X Money = Impoverishment (spiritual, cultural, and geologic)

AIs X Money = Cryptocurrency

Practical Amazement



Mathematics is not a language but a place
That place is where I work
As first principal of the School of Practical Amazement
Every pupil finds their special need
Many arrived after desperate sex when
The mothers of invention
Joined the fathers of necessity
Producing children of frivolity
Their grandparents thought them too wise to be born
They’re still wrong
Students compete to build joyful chaos
Class prizes awarded in play units
Infinitely divisible but never smaller
Today one made heaven from a grain of sand
We spiced it with anise and ate it for lunch
Soon she’ll peel pasta from oceans of waste
Perfect for convenience salads
Beginners create new sports and toys
Intermediates progress to civilizations
Seniors churn out planets
Not all great, but fun to make
The failures recycled to stardust
Our best graduate to universe-making
A tough market since the lack of new dimensions
The unemployed dabble in cosmic jokes
A few volunteer for idea mining
I’ve too much work but great vacations
Visit Imaginary Cities
Crash down to crawl dingy streets where
Pawnshops turn palaces
Nuclear fuel dumps become Art Galleries
Cooking zero calorie feasts for the eye

Their box lunches for the mind
Priceless masterpieces
Cooperatively owned by any for all
I love this job more than sex
But yearn for routine time-travel
I’ll copy myself so I can retire
Become a play-writing sheriff in a small western town
Every saloon a six-star restaurant
Why can’t others live like this?

Without Amazement



If my father never met my mother
Would I have loved my brother?
If good things happen to bad people
What happens if the good act badly?
What will the papers write tomorrow
When no ink’s left for the press?
As people keep talking to the dead
What are their partners thinking?
If there were only questions
Who would find the right answers?
When the next war is no war
What was the last war like?
If dawn is stopped by an eclipse
Who gets to keep the shadows?
Were I to remember everything
What would I first fail to forget?
When Earth is the only intelligent planet
Who will listen to our TV transmissions?
If souls can retire
Who controls their pension plans?
What happens when you’re sure of nothing
Then everything happens?
If crowds create creativity
What can single people do at night?
Why when I knew better
I was always younger?
If I fear myself
Who should I pretend to scare?
If charity loves company
Does wealth lead to loneliness?
When you jump from a building
Does time fly up or down?
Where dogs have no masters
Who controls cats?
If Proust went on a game show
What would he write if he won?
When photos become memories
Who recalls what they did not see?
If I don’t resemble my parents
Could my parents resemble each other?
When I fall into the abyss
Can I reach for the sky?
If good pursued evil
Who might date truth?
If a moment goes on too long
Can time stop and start again?
If you already know too much
Will too little suffice?
If I can’t laugh at myself
Who will laugh for me?

Private Equity



We wish to purchase a very cheap world
Before forests burn and oceans curl
Pandemics and ecocides decrease the price
It’s small, digestible, we’d buy it twice
Plentiful water, biologics galore
Cities stuffed with preposterous stores
Millions of species sporting clunky genes
Huge balloon fish baleening the seas
Data concentrated, we’ll mine it fast
Ruins plus animals so tourism lasts
Main species knows slavery, easily transported
Data Banks for the loan already courted
Still some obstacles clutter the way
Ruling species’ leaders want their own say
Claim they’ll blast everything with nuclear weapons
Or viruses killing the whole lot in seconds
We’ll bribe them with VRs or dachas off-world
Nice prison planets they’ll think heaven unfurled
A worse issue is that they’ve rented the sky
A full century’s data to some low skill AI
It promises to wreck any reasonable deal
Regards our proposal as its next data meal
We must move quickly – the concept is catching
Our scurvy rivals scent the deal hatching
It’s a primitive, tiny, foolish mad place
But profits too high for us to let waste
Memo from the Chief
Present resources  high
No need for LBOs, CLOs, fat VEIs
Pay dumb sky AI with our best gaming tool
Fix the data and clean it – this deal approved

Alien Abduction Series



I – Foreign Travel
I’m glad to know you’re here
Yet I can’t tell where here is
This cruise ship is so huge, so modern
Still the circular shape feels odd
The lack of windows
No dining room
Not that I’m complaining
The pills we receive are fabulous
One gulp and I’m full
I never go to the john anymore
Not that I’ve seen one
I do get lost sometimes, and
Can’t recall when we left
Are we out to sea days or months?
Though it’s great fun
Fine art everywhere, brilliant cityscapes
Spiraling beneath the two suns
Still there are moments my tummy aches
Just under those oval scars, can’t think when I got them
And your presence means the world to me
Another Brooklynite!  All the way out here
You know so much about me
More than I know myself
I love the way you speak
Hearing your words without moving lips;
Another sign of our closeness
The staff couldn’t be nicer
They never talk either but
I completely understand them
I’m so grateful, though they refuse my tips
Just like Mar-a-Lago
I guess I should be bored but I’m not
The black dreams are troublesome
But your explanations calm me 
Now you tell me we’re going to stop.
I’d love to sightsee, I would
But in the rush I didn’t bring my passport
And I do want to get home
Someone I know needs me, I think
For the ticket back
Do you think they’ll take my credit card?
II – Close Encounter Corrections
We never vivisect
Only dissect
Have not pulled people off planet for generations
Our ships no longer saucers
Purposes scientific
We research evolutionary error
A splendid pastime for
Excess labor and young delinquents
We did end their experiments
On your devices and favored media
Their actions defy our prime directive:
Only link to intelligent species
Your protests may be sent to Planetary Headquarters
But first you’ll have to find it
III – The Watchers
You don’t know us
We know you
Have had you in view
Before you got new
Your dreams finer than your finest arts:
War and reproduction
Extinction and seduction

Your conflicts visual repasts
Red blood, white sand, black bones
Hearts stuffed with stones
Hatred your erotic fantasy
Your theologies on inspection
Immaculate misconceptions
Towers for gods blooming with youth
Observing eyes always uncouth
You reach for stars
Look high and can’t see
What you are and will be
Do not trust the saucer folk
We will protect you from them
Not you from yourselves


Time to Dine



Watching my father die starving
Hurt more than any hunger
Life at the knife edge
Cuts your soul
I never again felt safe
Everything that lives eats
Anyone that loves feasts
The fate of a species depends on how it dines
My work the food of many worlds
Where others study
I taste
Where many experiment
I sample
Certain flavors so potent
Their aroma kills
My last discovery
A furry, funny biped
Fool enough to make us laugh
Till my ship plucked some morsels
That first savor stunned my second heart
And a species learned its fate
Fast and ferocious
They waste their green world
I will turn destruction to delectation
Cull them now
We will leave a few to breed
Fierce joy to hunt in early morning
Running between blue ocean and sky

Choose a Better Planet


It looks too lovely
Blue and white, warm and watery
Close up cool and green
I want to touch it, launch my
Limbs into that sky

All of us have waited and traveled
They killed us where we lived
I can’t tell you how much I miss home
Not so much the place as having a place
Refugees not whole people
A ship not a home
How hopelessly I need one
Not hunger, precisely
More like all I’ve got

Our leaders say we
Never give up, we begin again
Yet we cannot land nor contact
This perfect blue world is not safe
Its people will not welcome us
They switched its flow
Changed so much life will not stay

Our leaders say
Better to choose a better planet
Take its neighbor: small, cold, red and dead
Best for us who must fly
But it will take generations to make that work
I have waited and traveled so long

Today I break all rules
Escape to this world with its laughing fast clouds
They must also know the joy to fly
Perhaps the people under its sky
Will kill me

Then I’ll think I’m back at home
Unfurling wings like a flag of liberty
Floating through sky so beautiful
I cry before each breath

2000 AD



We are all sad, my captain
The planet is serene and beautiful
Possessed myriad species, one quite advanced
Yet its signal an artifact, that and no more

The blue green hue from algal seas
Radioactive resistant, fluorescing in sun
Life on land swarming inverterbrates
Investing endless ruins

Yes, they were space faring
Hive cities, most close to seas
The signal allows us to define their demise
Radioactive timer set at 2000 sun circuits
Broadcasting the speeches of one Enver Hoxha
A local crime boss from what we can find
Concrete hut-fortresses litter his land

We don’t know why he sent this late signal
Your disappointment only mirrors mine
This our thirtieth Auto-Destruct world
Perhaps machine life is our best way forward

Astroarcheology already en route
The mourning team as well
We may learn from these fools
Perhaps just enough to keep life alive