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Today — April 23, 2014

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a scarecrow in its natural habitat, from Sing Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book by Christina Georgina Rossetti (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.]
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
An illustration from an 1858 issue of Punch magazine.


*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1903 issue of The Lady's Realm magazine.  The caption reads: "She thought that soft voices spoke to her from the shadows."


[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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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
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April 2014

“Today is the day for ... ideas to flourish.”

—Mitchell Gwayne Vann, Let It Go, 2005

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 #12 - movement 2 (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 — April 22, 2014

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Shafts from an Eastern Quiver (1894).  The caption reads: "It again emerged."


[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 1873 issue of The Quiver magazine.  The caption reads: "The haunt of rook and raven, bat and owl. Drawn by A. H. Wall."


[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 . . .


Book of Whispers (permalink)
An illustration from Young Israel (1874).  The caption reads: "Here, take the key."


* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.

No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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April 21, 2014

Strange Dreams (permalink)
An illustration from The Jorrocks Edition by Robert Smith Surtees (1892).  The caption reads: "All sorts of dreams."


If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from an 1860 issue of Cornhill 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 Lady's Realm magazine.  The caption reads: "The mysterious something was dancing slyly in her eyes.  His own fired suddenly."


[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 . . .

April 20, 2014

Precursors (permalink)

Here's a precursor to episode 29 of Twin Peaks, in which Agent Cooper's cup of the coffee in the Otherworld turns out to be viscid.  In a scene cut from Olsen & Johnson's Crazy House, "They find [Hans Conried] reclining on a divan, sniffing a rose, and painting blindfolded.  Roco explains that he is endeavoring to paint the scent of the rose—its very essence.  Another scene has Roco offering the boys a cup of coffee, then pulling it out of a painting on the wall depicting the same.  To their disgust, the liquid turns out to be paint.  An unfazed Roco says, 'I'm an artist, not a magician!'" (Hans Conried: A Biography by Suzanne Gargiulo).  [Thanks, Jonathan!]



Agent Cooper in the Black Lodge with a solid cup of coffee.  From Twin Peaks, episode 29.
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