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Today — November 18, 2019

Temporal Anomalies (permalink)

We noted an air of timlessness at Aldridge Gardens in Birmingham, Alabama.  As chronologicians, we investigated the area for the cause, and (as per usual) it was virtually staring us in the face — a giant frozen pendulum.  Say what you will about modern art, this piece sure does the trick in terms of manifesting and maintining a temporal anomaly.



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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
All memes predate the coinage.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1929.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From From Nowhere to the North Pole by Tom Hood, 1875.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Tormented by the Crying Cats" by Elizabeth Wilkes in The Tangent, 1933.  (Via Nemfrog.)
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Wake Forest's 1926 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pan's Garden by Algernon Blackwood, 1919.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Barnard's yearbook of 1910.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1884.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Considering what had been yesterday and what he had before him for the day."  From Cosmopolitan (1898).
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"It is never safe to be wiser than one's friends."  From Tales of the Punjab Told by the People by Flora Annie Steel and illustrated by J. Lockwood Kipling, 1894.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1911.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1913.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
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November 2019

“Today is the day to take a rest.”

—Charles Cobb, Process and Pattern, 1984

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 #16 - 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 — November 17, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
How we dine out for free every single day and why it's a David Lynchian experience: all secrets are revealed in our new article over at Medium.
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