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Today — July 7, 2015

Unicorns (permalink)

Over the past four years, British recording artist Benjamin Berry (of Fear of Tigers fame) has been working on a musical companion to our Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.  As we simply can't wait for that release, we've been recording some tracks of our own, in conjunction with voice artists Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, Hilary Caws-Elwitt, Robert Parker, and Karen Kahler.  We've even worked in some fantastical unicorn facts not previously revealed in the field guide.  Our first recordings are available for free listening over at Soundcloud.  Remember that for every heart icon you click, a baby unicorn takes its first steps.

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Puzzles and Games (permalink)

What do we like about this crossword-like design from The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, translated by R. F. Burton, 1894?  Those squares for one-letter words!



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Precursors (permalink)

In the days before the "Big Pharma" conspiracy, it was the pharmacologists (and their pill buckets) that were big.  The caption reads: "His doctor (crossing the line)."  From A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' by Annie Brassey, 1878.



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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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Puzzles and Games :: Which is Funnier (permalink)
Which is funnier for stuffing a bra for a fancy dress party: a couple of oranges or ... what?  We find the answer in the "Up Captain Peacock" episode of Are You Being Served:



 
And so we learn that tangerines are funnier than oranges.
(Thanks to Jonathan Caws-Elwitt for inspiration!)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"To escape the misery of my mad act, I resorted to spirits," from Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.


[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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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
Here's a "preacher kick" from Blasts from The Ram's Horn, 1902.


Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
7
July 2015

“Today is the day for rabbits!”

—Ben M. Baglio, Bunnies in the Bathroom, 2000

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 #6 - 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.
> view a larger version of your signpost . . .
Yesterday — July 6, 2015

The Right Word (permalink)

We're delighted by these words from three-time Guinness Book of World Records holder Jeff McBride:



The text reads: "Hexopedia promotes a deliberately positive, universal message about empowering one’s communication skills for beneficial results.  The Hexopedia is expressly designed to foster treasured youthful experiences, inspiring a love of literacy and learning as it promotes intellectual growth through enchantment and entertainment."

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Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)

That's right—none of those is his actual hand.  This old trick is so tricky that to this day the phrase "clandestine macramé" delivers no Google results.  From My Years at the Austrian Court by Nellie Ryan, 1915.



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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales by George Brisbane Douglas, 1900.



[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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