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June 30, 2012

The Only Certainty (permalink)
"The only certainty is that you cannot run a business without cash."
Project Management Accounting: Budgeting, Tracking, and Reporting Costs and Profitability
> read more from The Only Certainty . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1921 issue of Harper's magazine.  The caption reads: "The guardian ghost of the treasure."


[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 . . .

June 29, 2012

Not Rocket Science (permalink)
"You drop the anchor, the boat stops.  It's not rocket science."
Cindy Dees, Her Hero After Dark (2012)


* Inspired by Martha Brockenbrough, our puzzle book Not Rocket Science is available from Amazon.com.
> read more from Not Rocket Science . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from an 1895 issue of The Strand magazine.  The caption reads: "He called some strange, weird-sounding name three times."


[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 . . .

June 28, 2012

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A ghostly illustration from a 1901 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.  The caption reads: "I knew him to be behind me."


[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 . . .


Call it a Hunch (permalink)
"Call it a hunch, but it's based on some of the oldest saws in the book."
Linda Barnes, Deep Pockets (2004), as if referring to two scenes from Young Frankenstein




Two stills from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.
> read more from Call it a Hunch . . .

June 27, 2012

Don't Take This the Wrong Way (permalink)
"Don't take this the wrong way, but you don't seem so upset."
Zoraida Cordova, Vicious Deep
> read more from Don't Take This the Wrong Way . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1902 issue of The Strand magazine.  The caption reads: "The overhead table shot."


[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 . . .

June 26, 2012

This May Surprise You (permalink)
"This might surprise you, but I don't want to be here, either.  Just show me where the privy is, give me my hat and I'll be gone."
Pamela Bauer, Mail Order Cowboy
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .


Staring Into the Depths (permalink)
An illustration from an 1888 issue of Harper's magazine.


[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Staring Into the Depths . . .

June 25, 2012

Apropos of Nothing (permalink)

photo by Cobalt 123
"The pictures were apropos of nothing; they had been suggested by nothing I had been reading or talking of; they simply came as if I had been able to look through a glass at what was occurring somewhere else in the world."
Swami Panchadasi's Clairvoyance & Occult Powers: A Lost Classic (2011)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from an 1893 issue of Pall Mall magazine. 


[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 . . .

June 24, 2012

The Right Word (permalink)

We had the pleasure and honor of illustrating the hysterical wordplay in the chapter titles of famed magician Jeff McBride's new book, The Show Doctor.
> read more from The Right Word . . .


It Bears Repeating (permalink)
"It bears repeating yet again that the keyboard is not merely constructed of white and black keys, but that the rows of each are positioned in their respective horizontal planes."
Jon Verbalis, Natural Fingering: A Topographical Approach to Pianism


> read more from It Bears Repeating . . .


Staring Into the Depths (permalink)
An illustration from an 1887 issue of Harper's magazine.


[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Staring Into the Depths . . .

June 23, 2012

Staring Into the Depths (permalink)
An illustration from an 1873 issue of Harper's magazine.


[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Staring Into the Depths . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1909 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.


[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 . . .

June 22, 2012

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1902 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.  The caption reads: "'Monsters!  Monsters!' he cried."


[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 . . .


This May Surprise You (permalink)
"This revelation is so counterintuitive that it bears repeating: adding lanes makes traffic worse."
—Andrés Duany, et al., Suburban Nation
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .

June 21, 2012

The Right Word (permalink)
The acronym "CAPTCHA" ("Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart") was coined in 2000, but we've traced the concept all the back to the late 1800s.  Our evidence comes from Wide World Magazine, Sept. 1898.


Is this a CAPTCHA test or the signature of the Zulu chief Cetywayo?
> read more from The Right Word . . .


Don't Take This the Wrong Way (permalink)
"Now, don't take this the wrong way, but I think most women like cuddling."
Helenkay Dimon, When She Wasn't Looking
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1900 issue of The Strand magazine.  The caption reads: "She let all the twigs fly back in his face."

Dedicated to Teresa Burritt.


[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 . . .

June 20, 2012

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Endure or escape!" —John Cowper Powys, Wolf Solent
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1912 issue of Everybody's magazine.  The caption reads: "'That is not I,' she said.  'That is the spirit of the woodland.'"


[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 . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1902 issue of Harper's magazine.  The caption reads: "The sick woman's mother sat with her apron over her head."


[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 . . .

June 19, 2012

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1919 issue of Munsey's magazine.


[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 . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from an 1894 issue of Scribner's magazine.  The caption reads: "A submarine ghost."


[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 . . .

June 18, 2012

Precursors (permalink)
While poring through old magazines, we discovered two precursors to famous films.  First, you might recall the tentacled Davy Jones playing the organ in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.  Here he is in Metropolitan Magazine, way back in 1906.




And you'll recognize the illustration below as a precursor to Home Alone.  The caption reads, "He fell all the rest of the way, accompanied by the rifle, the camphor bottle, the carving-knife and the axe."  It's from Metropolitan Magazine, 1914.


> read more from Precursors . . .


It Bears Repeating (permalink)
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June 17, 2012

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This illustration accompanies an article about Charlie Andress' first adventure as a traveling magician at the mature age of twelve.  The illustration depicts Andress performing under the protection of a "big-hearted, heavy-fisted" tavern-keeper who had learned that the boy's act had been ill-received by the rowdy lumberjacks and mill-hands of Otisville, Michigan.  The man drove Andress back to Otisville in his buggy, "told its citizens the vileness of their manners, and made that audience reassemble—and pay double, to boot.  And he stood beside the child while he went tremblingly through his 'business.'"  Such was Andress' launch into the profession.  Would that we all had such a champion!

From a 1903 issue of Saturday Evening Post.


[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 . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from an 1894 issue of Harper's magazine.  The caption reads: "The fairy tree."


[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 . . .

June 16, 2012

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1921 issue of Munsey's magazine.  The caption reads: "You aren't in a land of illusion.  You have left the land of illusion behind for all time."


[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 . . .


Phosphenes (permalink)
[Newly updated]

The artist Aaron Ross has a great definition of phosphenes: "phantom images seen only in the mind's eye."

Phosphenes (literally "light that shines forth") are luminous, ephemeral signposts marking the landscape of innerspace. Several scientists have found that phosphenes have common features across cultural boundaries. Such findings point to a universal library of symbols.

A phosphene is a multicolored shape or pattern seen in the darkness, without external visual stimulation. Phosphenes can be seen with closed eyes or in a completely dark room with open eyes. Phosphenes may appear as:
  • spirals
  • exploding stars
  • wispy clouds
  • wheels
  • tunnels
  • parallel lines
  • wavy lines
  • dotted lines
  • zigzags
  • checkerboards
  • honeycombs
  • spider webs
  • dot patterns
  • circles within circles
  • crosses
  • thin meandering lines, like lightning
  • geometric shapes, like triangles, squares, pentagons
  • and so on.
They may swirl, pulse, superimpose, fragment, or morph into other images.

If you have ever bumped your head and seen stars, those were phosphenes. You can, however, stimulate the appearance of phosphenes without hurting your head in the process. Hold your fingers over your closed eyelids and make very slow and gentle circular motions or apply very gentle pressure. When images begin appearing, remove your fingers, keep your eyes closed, and watch the visions. Having a tape recorder handy will allow you to describe out loud the colors, shapes, and other phenomena you witness. This information will be helpful later as you study the symbolic meaning of your visions.

Why does pressure on the eyeballs create phosphenes? Mathematician G. Bard Ermentrout explains that the pressure inhibits signals from the retina, thereby encouraging the brain's cortex to fill the void. The brain begins firing spontaneously and creates hallucinatory patterns.

Phosphenes can also be seen under such conditions as:
  • hypnosis
  • reverie
  • fever delirium
  • fatigue
  • sensory deprivation
  • sweat lodges
  • profound concentration
  • hyperventilation
  • medicinal herbs
  • psychoactive drugs (such as LSD)
  • food and water deprivation
  • electrical and magnetic stimulation of the visual cortex
  • strobe lights
  • rhythmic movement
  • migraine headaches
  • meditation
  • trance states
  • intense emotion
  • stress
  • crystal gazing
The behaviour of phosphenes seems to be uncontrollable by scientists. In 1994, vision researcher William H. Dobelle discovered that the phosphene lights flicker at a rate which seems unrelated to the cardiac pulse, breathing rate, or other physiologic functions.

Phosphene researcher and artist Lorena Babcock Moore says that under the influence of drugs and other intense forms of stimulation, phosphenes become "more pronounced and the patterns (called entoptics) increase in complexity and may include flashes, spirals, circles, or zigzags that move in concentric circling, horizontal streaking, vertical falling, or scattering fragments. Motifs may overlap and transform into one another." However, Moore does not use intense methods for her own phosphene work. She prefers outdoor solitary drumming.

Distinct shapes are commonly seen in phosphenes. Phosphenes are said to be generated by the nervous system's intrinsic geometry.

Vivid, morphing colors are typical. Phosphenes typically change color in phases:

1. Yellow
2. Bright green with a red halo expanding toward the center
3. Red with a blue halo expanding toward the center
4. Blue
5. Grey, faint afterimage

These inner visions have inspired artistic works throughout human history. In 1989, researcher Richard Bradley applied the concept of phosphenes to European megalithic art. He attributed many mysterious cave drawings with the phosphene visions of the ancient artists. Art historian A. E. Iribas has traced the influence of phosphenes on such art as:
  • the "childlike" art of Miro
  • the psychedelic art of Michaux
  • the surrealist art of Dali
  • the mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism
  • the architecture of temples
  • alchemical imagery
  • Hildegard von Bingen's illuminations
  • the work of contemporary painters such as Onslow-Ford, Kupka, Kandinsky, av Klint, and others
In 1983, Qabala expert Philo Stone suggested that phosphenes are actually "sparks of pure energy, light perceived at the moment of its conversion into nervous-system information between the cornea and the brain. Thus, phosphenes may be the behavior of atomic particles as observed by the naked eye: the interface of two worlds, the normal and the nuclear -- the fourth dimension."

The French physician Francis Lefebure (1916-1988) experimented with a technique of combining a thought with a phosphene in order to transform the energy of light into mental energy. He believed that conscious phosphene work would stimulate memory, attention, intelligence, imagination, intuition, creativity, decision making, patience, perseverance, self confidence, dreaming, and the discovery of new dimensions. His technique involved stimulating phosphenes with a light source:

1. Sit in a darkened room.
2. Look at the bulb of a small pocket flashlight (non-halogen) for thirty seconds.
3. Turn off the light and, with open eyes, see the phosphene.
4. Place a thought inside the phosphene: "A thought of love, goodness, peace, wisdom, a thought dedicated to unhappy and unlucky people of the planet."
5. Keep both the phosphene and the thought for at least one minute, smiling throughout.

Let's close with our favorite appearance of phosphenes in literature, in which the colored lights are each worlds of their own: "[He] pressed his knuckles against his closed eyeballs. How they throbbed ... those eyeballs ... and what surprising shapes and colours those were, that appeared before his inner vision! ¶ With a sort of sullen curiosity he watched those floating geometric shapes — green and purple and violet. 'Each of these,' he thought, 'might be a world. Perhaps it is ... and from the point of view of the Absolute just as important a world as this of ours!'" (John Cowper Powys, Wolf Solent, 1929).

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Steven writes:

My name is Steven Roy, I live in Medford Oregon. This stuff rocks. I am 31 now when I was 27 I was in my uncles house, and quite manic. I was rubbing my eyes for about 2 hours straight. I loved the lights. I saw all phases of the phosphenes, and then everything went white. The white turned to clouds that seperated to reveal stars, space, christ, comets, earth, pyreamids, mermaids, tridents, and hyperspeed tracers, like star trek. I knew something was up, but then my phosphenes wouldn't go away, I started realising I was communicating witht them through my thoughts. I have been working as a succesfull psychic ever since. Not only that, I had to pass tests, and tasks, and rewire my brain, and my body started moving on its own as well. I am convinced that Francis Lefebure, was correct when believing that concious phosphene work, stimulates memory,intelligence, imagination, intuition, creativity, etc. I believe this because I went through it just like scool. Others think its cool, I am not your average psychic worker. I am not a religious person and do believe that the symbols I saw where in fact caused by phosphenes, and somehow were a bridge to establish my own belief system as an individual. If anyone else has had this experience, please let me know. I think this might be a way of completely opening up someones memory bank, because it happened to me. I went from a average Joe who was not happy with life, to a smart person with a new passion for life and learning in 3 months. I had to remember eveything that I could or I couldnt move onto the next phase. Just like the phosphenes, in phases. Anyway take care.

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William Keckler writes:

I learned about these early. I used to get on a swing at recess in elementary school and press on my eyes (my arms wrapped around the chains) to "see visions." I used that as a method of divination. Something about flying high on the swing and the sense of rushing through space in darkness made the images more dramatic. I got some of the other kids to do it. And then I had to see the school psychologist. So much for the spirit of inquisitiveness in the American educational system in the 1970s. I suppose I was the Timothy Leary of the playground set. Just, like, without any good drugs.


"At times," writes Vladimir Nabokov in his autobiography, "my photisms take on a rather soothing flou quality, and then I see—projected, as it were, upon the inside of the eyelid—gray figures walking between beehives, or small black parrots gradually vanishing among mountain snows, or a mauve remoteness melting beyond moving masts" (Speak Memory, revised edition, 1967, p. 21).  Nabokov's words are captured by Theophilos Papadopoulos.
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June 15, 2012

Forgotten Wisdom (permalink)
From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook, in honor of our friends at Sincerely Yours.  When two hearts beat together, light bends into wondrous colors [including the color of magic, octarine].


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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1920 issue of Munsey's magazine.  The caption reads: "Much as I feared old man Fate, he exerted a peculiar fascination over me.  Like many another fool, I longed to look into the eyes of the future."


[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 . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1903 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Dedicated to Gary Barwin.

J notes:

I think, actually, it only goes "thus" (upward from lower left to upper right) if we *don't* follow the speaker. If we *do* follow the speaker, I foresee(saw) a fulcrum effect, ultimately leading us downward instead of upward, leaving the excitement of the exclamation point outside our grasp.



[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 . . .

June 14, 2012

Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
"To answer your rhetorical question, 'Does it matter?': It most definitely does matter."
U.S. News & World Report, Vol. 124 (1998), p. 13

[For Jonathan Caws-Elwitt.]
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Staring Into the Depths (permalink)
An illustration from an 1896 issue of Harper's magazine.  The caption reads: "Oh, yes, she had known it!  She was ugly now."


[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Staring Into the Depths . . .

June 13, 2012

Simple Answers (permalink)
Difficult Question? Here's a simple answer

"The answer is simple: vinyl.”

Mark Katz, Groove Music (2012)

If this is not the answer you’re looking for,
click here for a different answer.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Who are you?":  an illustration from a 1913 issue of Munsey's magazine.

J writes: "Well, the answer that jumps to mind is 'Bob Hope.' Anachronistic, yes (I believe Leslie Hope would still have been, literally, in short pants in that decade, except when donning baggy pants for his award-winning Charlie Chaplin imitation); but if a ghost can't be exempt from strict chronological considerations, who can? I also, of course, love the fact that it's the *apparition* asking the *mortal* who the hell he is."


[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 . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from an 1894 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.  The caption reads: "No real intellectual interest."

Dedicated to Teresa Burritt.


[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 . . .

June 12, 2012

Don't Take This the Wrong Way (permalink)
"Look, don't take this the wrong way or anything, but you're my last resort."
Jennifer LaBrecque, Northern Fires
> read more from Don't Take This the Wrong Way . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from an 1896 issue of Harper's magazine.  The caption reads: "Goo-goo—goo-goo."


[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 . . .

June 11, 2012

Semicolon's Dream Journal (permalink)
I dreamed I got a dog.


A detail of a political cartoon from Cartoons magazine, 1916.

Doubly dedicated to Jonathan Caws[hyphen]Elwitt and Gordon Meyer, both of whom know why.
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"This may surprise you, but . . . artwork . . . adds life and style to a room without using up valuable square footage."
Libby Langdon's Small Space Solutions (2009)
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .

June 10, 2012

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1914 issue of Everybody's magazine.  The caption reads: "It had draped arms extended, with some cloth or band that looped and tightened at each stride."


[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 . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Watch": an illustration from a 1919 issue of Life magazine.


[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 . . .

June 9, 2012

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
A ready-made collage courtesy of Google Books:  from an 1898 issue of Munsey's magazine.


> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .


Staring Into the Depths (permalink)
An illustration from an 1873 issue of Harper's magazine.


[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Staring Into the Depths . . .

June 8, 2012

Yesterday's Weather (permalink)

A pairing of quotations:

"You are the sky.  Everything else—it's just the weather."
—Pema Chödrön

"This world is made of clouds and of the shadows of clouds.  It is made of mental landscapes, porous as air, where men and women are as trees walking, and as reeds shaken by the wind."
John Cowper Powys, Wolf Solent
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
> read more from Yesterday's Weather . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1903 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.  The caption reads: "Everything had been made as sane as a lunatic's dream."


[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 . . .

June 7, 2012

This May Surprise You (permalink)
"This may surprise you, but chances are you will do a lot of the same things after retiring as you did before."
Tina Di Vito, 52 Ways to Wreck Your Retirement (2012)
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1915 issue of Harper's magazine.  The caption reads: "I don't need other people's thoughts; I've got my own."


[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 . . .

June 6, 2012

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Runaway Doll": an illustration from an 1872 issue of Our Boys and Girls magazine.


[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 . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1901 issue of The Strand magazine.  The caption reads: "The straw hat was the lodestar."


[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 . . .

June 5, 2012

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from an 1871 issue of Our Boys and Girls magazine.


[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 . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from an 1899 issue of McClure's magazine.  The caption reads: "'It's extraordinary,' Ackerly thought, as he ... listened to the spirits in the violin calling to the king cobra."


[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 . . .

June 4, 2012

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1902 edition of Vaught's Practical Character Reader.  The caption reads: "The above illustration shows that two Roman noses are surely too many in one family, especially in husband and wife."

[Thanks, Gordon!]


[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 . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from an 1891 issue of The Strand magazine.  The caption reads: "The Queen of Spades denotes ill-luck."


[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 . . .

June 3, 2012

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"How I've Changed!": an illustration from a 1912 issue of Saturday Evening Post.


[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 . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"What a beautiful dream!": an illustration from a 1902 issue of Harper's magazine.


[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 . . .

June 2, 2012

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from an 1875 issue of Harper's magazine.  The caption reads: "Time smoking a picture: as Statues moulder into Worth."


[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 . . .


It Bears Repeating (permalink)
"This point bears repeating. Women are notorious for denying their own needs even when symptoms of stress are obvious."
Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running
> read more from It Bears Repeating . . .

June 1, 2012

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"The downfall of the believer is finding his Church."
Enrique Vila-Matas, Never Any End to Paris


> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .


Staring Into the Depths (permalink)
Staring into the depths: an illustration from an 1893 issue of Pall Mall magazine.  The caption reads: "Here she paused a moment."


[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Staring Into the Depths . . .



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