Thursday, December 14, 2017

And Now the Poetry Flows




In 20,000 Years
By Obsidian c. 2017



Man!
I ain’t kiss like that in 20,000 years!

I saw you
You were glowing like a furnace
In the Latin Quarters of town
Your cheeks were flushed like Christmas time
Nervous, I checked my pocket watch
It had stopped at 12 midnight, just like my heart
But what the hell! Time is just an illusion
Am I dreaming? You are a dream
I don’t know how all this business happened
But we closed the distance between
Each other on the trolley car
The city of Old San Juan screamed out below us
And we kissed like we were hungry for something
Like we wanted to start a revolution

Your tongue felt like wet velvet
It was slippery and illusive
And I chased after it
I
Chased it as if it was an I.Q. test
I must admit I was flummoxed
Taking a step back I bore witness
To your statuesque face
And wondered who started this fire?
Was it us or The Carthaginians?
It had to have been the Persians
They worshipped Mithra

Forget about all that!

Our stop came too soon
We missed it
Sometimes it’s good to be lost
So we closed the distance between us once more
And kissed like we were trying to save the world
All the while I was thinking to myself

Man! 
I ain’t kissed like that in 20,000 years!  

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I Struck a Poetry Vein




KABALA
By Obsidian c.2017


When my ka reunites with the ba
Ooo lalala
Kabala

You said you were tired of this sacred tree
So you ate the forbidden fruit
Which set you free
Yet free from the torment of who?
Was it the torment of me?
Or was it the torment of you?

But what if the light at the end of the
Tunnel is just the waning light of the moon?
What if there is no light at the end
But a darkened ocean swoon?

For I Am light
And now you are shade
Under an ancient Bodhi Tree

So when my Ka reunited with the ba
Ooo lalala
Kabala

We play with death
Because getting high brings us
Closer to the light
But we pull back
Before we ejaculate
To embrace the herald of
Another dawn’s might

You took the game too far
Now you’re a distant shout
From a distant star
In a galaxy too afar

So when your ka reunites with the ba
Ooo lalala
Kabala


When my ka
Reunited with the ba
Ooo lalala
Kabala

And there we will be
Finally free for an eternity
Alone to roam the universe divine
Under the great sacred Bodhi tree
Reborn
To fall back into the land of shade
Through the tunnel of the womb
Once again into the world of tears

Once again I am please to announce that this month I will be offering a FREE download of my 2 books: The Shaitan and The Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York.
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Bon appetitto!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Back on the Poetry Scene

Just want to say I had a blast last Friday 12/8, listening to the great line -up of poets  reading at Cornelia Street Cafe, hosted by Peter & Kat. Thanks for inviting me to the event & the after party too!
-Daniel Canada aka Obsidian



Once again I am please to announce that this month I will be offering a FREE download of my 2 books: The Shaitan and The Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York.
Both ebooks are available online @ Smashword

With this announcement I am adding all the coupon information you will need to obtain your FREE copy of my books on the Smashword site in which this one month offering is being made available.


So get ready for this special treat and check it out as soon as you can! I also welcome any feedback from you the readers. You can contact me either via FaceBook or by email: lordlumiel@yahoo.com

Here are the instructions: Go to Smashword sites https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/573076 for The Shaitan and https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/655627 for The
Hobob Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York.

Click on the "Buy with Coupon" button on the right, which takes you to another page. Click "Apply with Coupon" button on the bottom right and you are home free!

[In case you need it, the code for The Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is: CD75W The code for The Shaitan is: BE23Z]

(If anyone has any trouble with this process, please notify me ASAP, either by FB or my email address: lordlumiel@yahoo.com)

Bon appetitto!

-Daniel Canada aka Obsidian

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Turning 53 is Great!

I had a blast celebrating my 53rd trip around the sun with some very good friends Sunday. Thank you all for helping me usher in another year of planet Earth!
-Daniel Canada aka Obsidian

ALSO I am please to announce that this month I will be offering a FREE download of my 2 books: The Shaitan and The Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York.
Both ebooks are available online @ Smashword

With this announcement I am adding all the coupon information you will need to obtain your FREE copy of my books on the Smashword site in which this one month offering is being made available.

So get ready for this special treat and check it out as soon as you can! I also welcome any feedback from you the readers. You can contact me either via FaceBook or by email: lordlumiel@yahoo.com

Here are the instructions: Go to Smashword sites https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/573076 for The Shaitan and https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/655627 for The
Hobob Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York.


Click on the "Buy with Coupon" button on the right, which takes you to another page. Click "Apply with Coupon" button on the bottom right and you are home free!

[In case you need it, the code for The Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is: CD75W The code for The Shaitan is: BE23Z]

(If anyone has any trouble with this process, please notify me ASAP, either by FB or my email address: lordlumiel@yahoo.com)

Bon appetitto!



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

MLK in Happier Times

It is rare that we see pictures of the late, great MLK in a more jovial mood. Truth of the matter is that he was sort of a Good-Time-Charley when he wasn't busy confronting the ugly beast of bigotry.








Once again I am please to announce that this month I will be offering a FREE download of my 2 books: The Shaitan and The Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York.
Both ebooks are available online @ Smashword

With this announcement I am adding all the coupon information you will need to obtain your FREE copy of my books on the Smashword site in which this one month offering is being made available.

So get ready for this special treat and check it out as soon as you can! I also welcome any feedback from you the readers. You can contact me either via FaceBook or by email: lordlumiel@yahoo.com

Here are the instructions: Go to Smashword sites https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/573076 for The Shaitan and https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/655627 for The
Hobob Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York.

Click on the "Buy with Coupon" button on the right, which takes you to another page. Click "Apply with Coupon" button on the bottom right and you are home free!

[In case you need it, the code for The Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York is: CD75W The code for The Shaitan is: BE23Z]

(If anyone has any trouble with this process, please notify me ASAP, either by FB or my email address: lordlumiel@yahoo.com)

Bon appetitto!

-Daniel Canada aka Obsidian


Friday, November 17, 2017

Is the Future of AI Safe?



Musk's Warning Sparks Call For Regulating Artificial Intelligence

July 19, 20177:01 AM ET

DAVE BLANCHARD



Artificial intelligence poses an existential risk to human civilization, Elon Musk (right) told the National Governors Association meeting Saturday in Providence, R.I.

Stephan Savoia/AP


Elon Musk is warning that artificial intelligence is a "fundamental existential risk for human civilization," and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is looking into how states can respond.


Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, made the remarks over the weekend at the National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island. He has long warned of the threats he believes artificial intelligence will pose, from automation to apocalypse. Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and others have also sounded warnings over AI.





"Of all the things that I heard over this weekend with the National Governors Association, this was the one that I've spent more time thinking about," says Hickenlooper, a Democrat.

Not everyone at the NGA meeting received Musk's comments as warmly as Hickenlooper. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona told Musk: "As someone who's spent a lot of time in [my] administration trying to reduce and eliminate regulations, I was surprised by your suggestion to bring regulations before we know exactly what we're dealing with."



Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper suggests that governors need to work together on possible solutions to problems like the potential threats posed by artificial intelligence.

Brennan Linsley/AP


Other Silicon Valley thinkers are skeptical of Musk's doomsday prophesying. Yann LeCun, the head of AI at Facebook, told NPR's Aarti Shahani that humans are projecting when we predict Terminator-style robot takeovers. He says the "desire to dominate socially is not correlated with intelligence"; it's correlated with testosterone, "which AI systems won't have."

Hickenlooper spoke to NPR on Tuesday evening. Here are highlights from that interview.

Interview Highlights

On the mood in the room while Musk was speaking

You could have heard a pin drop. A couple of times he paused and it was totally silent. I felt like — I think a lot of us felt like — we were in the presence of Alexander Graham Bell or Thomas Alva Edison ... because he looks at things in such a different perspective.



On the threat that AI could pose

Right now we worry about cybersecurity and issues like that, but when you really have artificial intelligence at a great level, the weaponry and the ability to shut down whole parts of our cities, the ability to create such damage by turning off the electricity, or making sure there's no water ... everyone was spellbound — I mean no one knew what to say.

On when government needs to step in

Usually what happens is something gets a little out of hand and then government begins to regulate. And [Musk] said, in this case, with artificial intelligence we need to get the regulations out well ahead of the problems appearing. Because it's going to happen so quickly that we need to have that anticipation and be working on it, because once you get to regulating something, everyone's got a self-interest, and it means taking away something from somebody who's already got it.



On how states can tackle such a big problem

Oftentimes, I think with the really difficult problems — and we're trying to do this with health care now — is to look at getting a number of state governors, both Republicans and Democrats, to come together around a specific issue and what the possible solutions are and have the governors work through possible solutions, because so often we're the ones where the solution gets implemented.

Dave Blanchard is an editor with Morning Edition. You can follow him @blanchardd.


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