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Today — September 1, 2014

Nonsense Dept. (permalink)
Jack. Oh, that’s nonsense, Algy. You never talk anything but nonsense.
Algernon. Nobody ever does.
—Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (via Jonathan Caws-Elwitt)
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)


*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Lion Gate from Pen and Pencil Sketches, Being the Journal of a Tour in India by Godfrey Charles Mundy, 1858.


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This ornate capital S appears in The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1858.


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"A book is a myth we believe in when we're young.  We stop treating it seriously as we get older." —The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973, Poland)


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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He liked clocks": an illustration from A Tramp Abroad Etc. by Samuel Langorne Clemens (1897).


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
Chicken Road "Humor can be a great defuser, but be careful; it's only funny if everyone laughs."
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
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September 2014

“Today is the day to wallpaper a room or wall in your house to create the look that you want.”

—Jim Davis, 1,000 Marbles, 2001

From the outrageous to the inspirational to the hilarious, here’s a daily reminder to break out of the old grind and do something unexpected, for the fun, the challenge, or the heck of it.

If today simply isn’t your day, click here to have a different day.


Music Box Moment (permalink)
Do you deserve a nostalgic breather?  Through the delicate workings of the music box, even the most dramatic compositions seem to play only for you.  You’ll hear even a very familiar piece in a whole new way.  Courtesy of home recording pioneer Ken Clinger, here’s today’s music box selection.  It will sound surprisingly good even through built-in computer speakers, and it will cut through the ambient noise of the office without being distracting.

Featured in Today’s Music Box:
Piano Sonata #12 - movement 1 (Beethoven)
performed by Ken Clinger
If you could use another Music Box Moment, choose a piece:


There’s a Signpost Up Ahead (permalink)
One's life path is marked by crossroads and signposts.  If you are confronted with making a choice today, perhaps the signpost displayed here will help to characterize your situation and guide you to make a decision.  If you need more guidance, refresh this page for another symbol.  If both signs are the same, perhaps any choice will lead to the same outcome.

The signs are inspired by a system of symbols entitled "Spiritual Diagnosis," developed by Dr. Robert McNary of Montana.  Dr. McNary actually creates nine-faceted mandala charts for people and interprets the symbols with uncanny accuracy.  Dr. McNary's web site is RockyMountainAstrologer.com.
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Yesterday — August 31, 2014

Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Q: "Is there a problem if more words are generated?  Is there such a thing as a surfeit?  Is existence reductive?  Should humans have settled on the 'right words' by now for everything?" —William Keckler

A: "There can never be too many words out there, so it follows that there can't be too many wordswordswords, either." —Verla
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
"Innocent dreams" from Roughing It by Mark Twain.


If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Belial's Burdens by James Frank Sullivan (1896).  The caption reads: "Elzie Sings."


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
. . . read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .



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