Sunday, July 31, 2011

This Side of Paradise. Ostensibly.

Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;
If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,
Till she cry "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,
I must have you!"

Monday, July 25, 2011

Slippery Slope?

If a toy boat were in a bathtub half full of water, so the toy boat floated, and the bathtub were the kind with wheels, and the tub were being towed up an inclined surface by two locomotives, one on either side, would this experiment qualify, physics-wise, to have the same elements as a French "moving lock" with a watertight squeegee pushing a boat-carrying wedge of water?

This has been on my mind.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Irony isn't lying if you are Socrates

"Socrates' style of conversation involved his own denial of knowledge. In these conversations, Socrates became the student and made those he questioned the teacher. Since Socrates appeared to be much more knowledgeable about the ambiguities and pitfalls of the subjects under discussion, his claim to ignorance became known as Socratic Irony."

Maybe it was Socratic Irony in Athens, but in New Mexico, we call it "lying" and you could get your face bashed for putting people on like that who are just trying to talk with you and be nice.

Anyway, so if I tell a lie in a post, you can just assume I am not really that dumb and am only being sophisticated like the ancient Greeks. Relax Max Irony we'll call it.

Do you remember that movie where Keanu Reeves and that other guy went back in time and met Socrates? They were all stupid and goofy like Dumb and Dumber or Beavis and Butthead (it was really my kind of movie.) This was before Keanu got all grown up and became a real actor. Anyway, they called Socrates "So-crates." Like a crate of peaches or something. I guess you don't remember.

Served him right though. Only he couldn't do any of his Socratic Irony with them because they really were stupid. Like dull horses, to paraphrase Plato. Never mind.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

If you don't know where you're going, you might end up somewhere else...

Alice: Will you tell me which way I ought to go from here?
Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to go.
Alice: I don't much care...
Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't matter which way you go.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fed him only Viagara

Robber who broke into hair salon is beaten by its black-belt owner and kept as a sex slave for three days... fed only Viagra
By    Daily Mail ReporterLast updated at 3:53 PM on 12th July 2011  
A Russian man who tried to rob a hair salon ended up as the victim when the female shop owner overpowered him, tied him up naked and then used him as a sex slave for three days.  Viktor Jasinski, 32, admitted to police that he had gone to the salon in Meshchovsk, Russia, with the intention of robbing it.  Teaching a lesson: Olga Zajac, 28, allegedly held 32-year-old would-be robber Viktor Jasinski captive for three days in a back room of her hair salon, feeding him Viagra and having sex 'a couple of times'  But the tables were turned dramatically when he found himself overcome by owner Olga Zajac, 28, who happened to be a black belt in karate.  She allegedly floored the would-be robber with a single kick.  Then, in a scene reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, police say Zajac dragged the semi-conscious Jasinski to a back room of the salon and tied him up with a hair dryer cable.  She allegedly stripped him naked and, for the next three days, used him as a sex slave to 'teach him a lesson' - force feeding him Viagra to keep the lesson going.  The would-be robber was eventually released, with Zajak saying he had learned his lesson.  Jasinski went straight to the police and told them of his back-room ordeal, saying that he had been held hostage, handcuffed naked to a radiator, and fed nothing but Viagra.  Both have now been arrested.  When police arrived to question Zahjac, she said: 'What a bastard. Yes, we had sex a couple of times. But I bought him new jeans, gave him food and even gave him 1,000 roubles when he left."     Full article here :  

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Water slip

Here is a picture of a boat about to be pulled up a slope. There is water in this picture.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Please do come in...

and join us for Apple Blossom Tea...
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle has just washed
the nappykins and has set the table!
—Beatrix Potter

Friday, July 8, 2011

Trips for Soubriquet

So, if I understand you correctly, this is not done in Britain?

Boat being towed up a slope

How many vehicles here, in tow?

Now, if they would just get out of that gas guzzler and walk. Walking would be yet another sport. These people seem like they would be having a good time wherever they went.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Maker

Brother John
Have you seen the homeless daughters
Standing there with broken wings
I have seen the flaming swords
There over east of Eden
Burning in the eyes of the maker

—Daniel Lanois