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“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but…”

I’ve never been able to figure out completely what will or will not appear on the Facebook badge that I use on aftermath’s sidebar. I do know that if I manually enter something very specifically in the “status” field on my Facebook page, that something does show up on the badge. But other updates that make it to my Facebook page by other means – via Twitter, via various apps I use on my iPhone, or through other actions that get reflected on Facebook – seem rather random about whether or not they make it to the badge.

“…once to die” – So only just now noticing the piece from back on April 8 that Facebook has decided to carry through to today catches me a bit oddly. A verse from my reading in the Bible app I have on my iPhone, and as I recall I was focusing on Eastertime thoughts at the time I recorded the reading for my Facebook timeline. But the Facebook badge only has sufficient room for that opening clause. Which, given my own recent personal history, sparks a certain quirky smile.

Like, no sacrilege intended, except it’s a bit humorous. Try this. Forget it’s scripture and take it only as the opening line in a creative writing exercise in a college lit class, season it with some of the details from my own experience, and complete the sentence. For instance –

  • “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but” as some of us don’t bother checking our appointment books before setting up duplicate entries, we have an appointment book app that will fix things for you.
  • “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but” as there be some among us who always seem bent on pushing the edge of the envelope, we must be more specific when we set a standard that’s supposed to be absolute and final.
  • “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but” as Kurt Gödel has proved the number system to be either inconsistent or incomplete (we can’t know which), some of us don’t believe “one” means the same as the rest of us accept as obvious truth.
  • “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but” as certain of us are actuarially inclined, were we to ask how many times “once” is supposed to be, we’d only be charged those inflated professional fees to get the response “How many times do you want ‘once’ to be?
  • “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but” as the actuary thinks himself equal to a god when it comes to determining matters of life and death, he thinks he’s the one who gets to decide exactly when that particular “once” actually occurs.
  • “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but” as far as counting each individual’s one and only “once,” certain individuals you simply can’t count on to get it right the first time.
  • “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but” as some of us are almost heretic enough to deserve being struck by lightning for even thinking of drafting a post such as this, you never know quite what to believe when it comes to how many times he’s really died, but you do know you’ll curse him every time you hear this scripture ever again.
  • “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but” as whoever will not die at least once each day will never live a single day, must not we all die once again and once again and once all over again?
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15 April 2012 at 3:39 pm

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That was what Twitter says was tweet #1025 for macheide. Not counting a batch of very early tweets that I deleted when I had good strong reason to suspect Twitter to be intentionally blocking certain politically inclined tweets.

Since Twitter makes it extremely difficult to retrieve any tweets earlier than the most recent hundred or so, I’ve begun collecting deep tweets in my own personal tweet archive. There is absolutely no way I will ever complete or keep up with that archive, so let’s make that effort one of the charter members of a project I’ve been working on for well over two decades and will now give to RTM – projects I will never have the time complete. Details on that separate project to follow . . . if that itself is not on its own list.

Beef and blue sandwich by Chef Meg (link to follow). With carmalized onions by macheide (ditto). As tweeted by Twitter (et cetera). Let’s do that again sometime soon!

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