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Today — December 19, 2014

Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Q: If the card game Pokemon has its own theme tune, why not Go Fish?
A: Why not, indeed!  And here's our solution, with mp3 and libretto:



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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From the Dept. of Life Lessons in David Lynch Films:

While fever-dreaming down your own Lost Highway, if you encounter a Mr. Eddy/Dick Laurent equivalent who offers you pornographic material, don't politely decline, because then you might learn that the Alice Wakefield in your life doubles as a Renee Madison, and you'll save yourself a headache of epic proportions.


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Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)
You've heard of the optional Oxford comma, but do you know about the permissive Ottoman comma?  It can be removed with surgical precision.  For example, the caption below seemingly refers to "Turkish boy women," and we must say that the blue pencil is flattering.  From Turkey and the Turks; being the present state of the Ottoman Empire by John Reid, 1840.


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Nonsense Dept. (permalink)

"Brown, our one earnest member, begged us to be reasonable, and reminded us, not for the first time, and not, perhaps, altogether unnecessarily, that these meetings were for the purpose of discussing business, not of talking nonsense."
Jerome K. Jerome, Novel Notes

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"At the banquet the guests in amazement were lost," from The Lion's Masquerade, 1807.


[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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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the tacky tourist postcard culture of Florida, from Camping and Cruising in Florida by James Alexander Henshall, 1884.


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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
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December 2014

“Today is the day for men whose dreams have not yet come true, whose plans have not worked, whose hands have not created.”

—Don Kimball, Driftwood Prayers, 1978

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:
Six Waltzes #4 (Brahms)
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 — December 18, 2014

This May Surprise You (permalink)
You've heard it said that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, but—as we see in this plan of the original Glass House, they can safely throw lumps of coal.  (Note the "Coal Hole" door facing the river.)  From Local Collections; or Records of Remarkable Events Connected with the Borough of Gateshead, 1837-1839.


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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:

This anagram is in honor of recording artist extraordinaire Ken Clinger's Bovine Productions.  Ken is profiled here as "one of the most distinctive and identifiable" underground musicians ever.


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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"We have sealed the doom of the King of Spades," from The Trail of the Serpent by M. E. Braddon, 1861.  [For Gordon Meyer.]


[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 Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Hugh Trebarwith, A Cornish Romance by Edward Foskett, 1900.


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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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