I wake up in the morning and start my day the same way. I first tell my wife good morning beautiful, then I have a cup of coffee and some eggs and
toast and bacon or sausage with a small glass of juice. Then I turn on my computer and begin my ritual of checking various websites for updates on
Worldly news, sports, weather, earthquakes, etc. Eventually, I may venture to the bathroom for relief, might even check out some adult material, then
I proceed to ATS.
Like many of you I seem to be addicted to certain behaviors and coming to ATS is currently one of my obsessions in life. Up until recently I have
been an observer, have been dealing with neuropathy for the better part of 3 years, so I have avoided doing much typing or writing, it's been very
difficult to write or type. But, I finally came to the realization, since I am going to feel this pain anyway, I might as well just say screw it and
do the best I can. It might take me a little longer than most and I might have to pause a few times, but eventually I will get it done.
So, you say this doesn't sound like much of a rant, ah ....................I spend most of my day doing this..........GATHERING, I gather here,
there and everywhere, occasionally I do some of this, BLATHERING.....and for some reason, every once in a while, I am forced to do some
Gathering, blathering and smathering. They may be words you are familiar with, at least 2 of them. The 3rd one may have a different meaning than the
one I have in mind. Semantics,
Semantics (from Greek: sēmantiká, neuter plural of sēmantikós) is the study of meaning. It focuses on
the relation between signifiers, such as words, phrases, signs, and symbols, and what they stand for, their denotata. Linguistic semantics is the
study of meaning that is used to understand human expression through language. Other forms of semantics include the semantics of programming
languages, formal logics, and semiotics. The word semantics itself denotes a range of ideas, from the popular to the highly technical. It is often
used in ordinary language to denote a problem of understanding that comes down to word selection or connotation. This problem of understanding has
been the subject of many formal inquiries, over a long period of time, most notably in the field of formal semantics. In linguistics, it is the study
of interpretation of signs or symbols as used by agents or communities within particular circumstances and contexts. Within this view, sounds,
facial expressions, body language, and proxemics have semantic (meaningful) content, and each has several branches of study. In written language, such
things as paragraph structure and punctuation have semantic content; in other forms of language, there is other semantic content. The formal study
of semantics intersects with many other fields of inquiry, including lexicology, syntax, pragmatics, etymology and others, although semantics is a
well-defined field in its own right, often with synthetic properties. In philosophy of language, semantics and reference are closely connected.
Further related fields include philology, communication, and semiotics. The formal study of semantics is therefore complex. Semantics contrasts with
syntax, the study of the combinatorics of units of a language (without reference to their meaning), and pragmatics, the study of the relationships
between the symbols of a language, their meaning, and the users of the language. In international scientific vocabulary semantics is also called
So, when I am reading different post, I am GATHERING, when I am responding to different posts I am BLATHERING and when I am forced to deal with jerks
I am SMATHERING!
The gathering and blathering are fun, the smathering is not. I have to admit that I become rather enraged by the hatred and idiotic responses to the
poster, who most times has made an effort to share something and instead of making helpful suggestions certain replies are just mean spirited. I
found myself responding to a few of these last night, I regret my responses But, I can not undo what I said, just try to learn from my mistake.
From now on, when I decide to gather and blather it will be without the smather. My advice to any of you that manage to gather my post, is if you
decide to respond to any post, treat others the way you would want to be treated if you take the the time to create a post. There is no place for
hatred. And while I did respond to those last nite, it was not in hatred that I did so, it was in disbelief of the audacity certain people have when
they do respond. I have to remind myself not to take it personal, but that is hard to do when it is my post they are doing it on.
There are different levels of intelligence and age that come in here, different levels of spiritual enlightenment, and all are anonymous and faceless
without any reason to worry about consequences, however, I am of the belief that KARMA can be a bitch when she has to be. I will let her deal with