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Found 12 posts tagged ‘sundial’


October 10, 2020 (permalink)

"Pleasure and action make the hours seem short."  From Susquehanna's 1947 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #sundial #shakespeare #time #vintage yearbook
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October 1, 2020 (permalink)

It is the capturing of time's by-products, the "odd moments," that lies at the heart of our experiments with temporality.  From Susquehanna's 1947 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #sundial #time #vintage yearbook #odd moments
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September 24, 2020 (permalink)

"The years seem but a day."  From Susquehanna's 1947 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #sundial #shakespeare #time #vintage yearbook
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August 16, 2020 (permalink)

"If you take a flashlight and shine it on a sundial at night, you can make the sundial tell any time you want" (Joshua Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye).  From Pfeiffer's 1961 yearbook.
> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .
#sundial #time #vintage yearbook #night photography
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March 5, 2020 (permalink)

We encountered and determined the cause of a temporal anomaly in the quaint Victorian downtown of Van Buren, Arkansas.  The courthouse clock tower displays two times, only one of which is correct.  As constant investigators of such phenomena, we traced the source of the problem almost immediately.  Directly below the clock face that announced the wrong time, and next to the 1820 schoolhouse where the prominent Freemason Albert Pike first taught, there is a sundial with a broken pointer.  That is the cause of the clock tower's divergence, magnified by the sundial's proximity to one of the oldest standing buildings in Arkansas.  Though the cause is simple enough, great mysteries yet abound, for the nature of time itself is shrouded.  And what, perchance, do the Freemasons have to do with this particular enigma?

> read more from Temporal Anomalies . . .
#sundial #time #clock tower #temporal anomaly
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April 29, 2019 (permalink)

Sundials are easier to read when a peacock is watching you -- it's a phenomenon you can prove for yourself.  From Barnard's 1925 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #sundial #vintage yearbook #peacock
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July 16, 2017 (permalink)

This "handsome sundial which gives standard time" is a disaster with daylight savings time.  From Popular Mechanics, 1910.
[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 . . .
#vintage illustration #sphere #sundial #timepiece #art
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September 24, 2016 (permalink)

From Christian Similitudes by John Warner Barber, 1866.
[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 . . .
#vintage illustration #sundial #art #perpetual motion
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May 15, 2015 (permalink)

From The Dance of the Hours by Charlotte Louisa Hawkins Dempster, 1893.
[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 . . .
#vintage illustration #sundial #art #dance of the hours #time
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April 12, 2015 (permalink)

"Oh, gee, will you look at the time!" [we imagine her saying] in As We Sweep through the Deep by Gordon Stables, 1894.

[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 . . .
#vintage illustration #sundial #art
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June 8, 2013 (permalink)

An illustration from a 1903 issue of Punch magazine.  The caption reads: "Confound it, the beastly thing's stopped!"
[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 . . .
#vintage illustration #sundial #art #time stopped #stopped time
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August 23, 2011 (permalink)

Prof. Oddfellow shares his secrets to longevity:

Delay your mid-life crisis.  As per Zeno, if you never reach your mid-point, you'll never reach your end.

Abhor setting your clocks to atomic time.

Learn to take long-exposure photographs at night.  Long exposures open a hole in the fabric of Time.  The click of the camera extends from a moment into minutes.  Try it and you'll instantly feel how you stop aging.  (If not, ask a doctor to accompany you on your night walk to monitor your eleven medical symptoms and signs of aging as you take long-exposure photographs.)

To mark off days on a calendar is to ensure that your days are numbered.  Never ever cross off a day, no matter how loathsome.

Eschew wearing a wristwatch; a wristwatch leaves a mark — the mark of Time.

Investigate adjusting your circadian rhythm to a 25-hour day.  Make every day count that little bit extra.  Indeed, have "two Saturday nights in a Friday night, if you know what I mean" (as John Michael Higgins says in Best in Show).

Spend more time at the beach.  It's a fallacy that the ocean makes one feel insignificant; on the contrary, one small step over tiny shells (each a life story) and ancient grains of sand (each an entire world, as per the immortal William Blake) is one giant leap for mankind.


Prof. Oddfellow reads his sundials at night.
> read more from Forgotten Wisdom . . .
#sundial #long exposure #cathedral #longevity #oddfellow #night photography #st. augustine
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