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Today — August 2, 2015

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the pushpin marker in Google Maps, from Millsaps College's Bobashela yearbook, 1905.  (For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.)


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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Don't look inside," from Nearly Three Hundred Ways to Dress Show Windows, 1889.



[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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Something, Defined (permalink)


 

From Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith.

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Strange Dreams (permalink)

From Phosphor by Friedrich Freksa, 1912.



If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)

The Siren of Warmington by John Collett and illustrated by Lancelot Speed, 1889.



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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"This gradually condensed and took at length a human shape."  From The Conquest of the Moon by André Laurie, 1889.



[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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Staring Into the Depths (permalink)
"With a terrified cry, she sprang out through the door and along the gruesome corridor," from Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.


[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
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August 2015

“Today is the day for [y]our trip to the amusement park.”

—Alex Macario, A Sabbatical in Madrid, 2003

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:
String Quartet #7 - movement #2 (Haydn)
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 1, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Our Artist in Cuba by George Washington Carleton, 1865.



[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)

Snow White was only half the story: here are 14 drawfs, illustrated by Donn P. Crane (whose little-known history is profiled here).



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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)


[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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