Monday, November 15, 2010

getting lost in florence, we stumbled across the synagogue

florence, river arno

door to cosimo medici's place


venice, window of a marionette shop

venice high fashion shop display on the canal

signs direct the tourists to the campo s marco. but to get there, you must pass under a building, through an unadorned dark subterranean passage hundreds of years old

Saturday, March 13, 2010

~~~Indecipherable Herbarium ~~~ ~~~~~~~~The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is a mysterious handwritten illuminated manuscript with pictures of unidentified plants, fanciful drawings of naked women lounging in a hallucinatory universe of tubes, and bizarre and wonderful cosmological mandalas. The writing is in an unknown alphabet or cipher, and despite the attentions of the top cryptologists over the decades, nobody has ever made a dent in figuring out what it means.

Scientific tests and internal evidence seem to verify the manuscript as a genuine production of the early 16th century rather than a more recent hoax. My personal opinion, though, is that the "writing" is nonsense, and that the book was created by somebody who wanted people to think that he or she had a book of secret magic that only they could understand.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Lost Hexagrams Of The I Ching

Hexagram number indeterminate - Fog

up and down need to be relative to something fixed. bumping into people is not the same as going somewhere. wandering around can lead you back to the same place. or not

the superior man checks his compass before spinning.

good fortune!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Lost Hexagrams Of The I Ching

hexagram number 'who cares' - Weather Report

Pissing, with frequent stupidity. Chance of shitstorms.

The superior man stocks up on tuna fish and peanut butter.

Good fortune...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

~~~~ Mon mai longe liues wene, ~~~~

Ac ofte him lieth the wrench.
Feir weder turneth ofte into reine

And wunderliche hit maketh his blench.

Tharuore mon, thu the bi-thench,

Al schal falewi thi grene,

Weilawei, nis king ne quene,

That ne schal drinche of deathes drench.

Mon, er thu falle of thi bench,

Thine sunne thu aquench.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Lillian Roth

Lillian Roth (December 13, 1910 - May 12, 1980) was a singer and comedienne who appeared in the movies in the early 30s

Intelligent and very cute, and a talented physical comedian as well as an excellent singer, she was featured in the Marx Brothers' Animal Crackers in 1930, where she reprised the skit which is shown below in the form of a short:

Meet The Boy Friend, 1930

(extra jazz aficionado points to whoever can identify the violinist in the opening minute of this short!)

The Story Conference, 1934

The thing that takes Lillian's story from that of a bright bauble of the jazz age to real pathos was her struggle with alcoholism. From about 1935 to the early 50s (except for a couple of appearances in 1939), she disappeared from show business while she went through this dark passage in her life. She joined AA in 1946, and in 1954 she published her autobiography, I'll Cry Tomorrow, which became a bestseller and was made into a movie starring Susan Hayward.

She returned to performing, appearing in a successful nightclub act in the 50s, and broadway musicals in the 60s and 70s.

No matter how much alchohol, bad husbands, and financial difficulties plagued Lillian throughout her life, she never lost her unique sparkling charm and intelligence that shines so brightly in the clips that preserve her for us. Here she is at 47, after having survived her biggest ordeal, looking like a million dollars:

What's My Line appearance, 1957

Friday, January 1, 2010


then unclasp all, and let your compass be the windrose
eyes starlight blind infinity refresh, oh spin my axis spin!
truth revolves too fast, daylight burns too clean,
there is no end of doors, and our gods are mobius and ourobouros!