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Well-Respected Beards, No. 092: Ken Burns


Hey, guys — he’s a witness and storyteller, not a historian. Come back and let’s talk about it once you’ve figured out the difference. Until then, he’s really damn good at what he does, and enough about the Ken Burns effect already.


By Popular Request: The Non-Vegetarian Cocktails


  • Turkiela Sunrise
  • Porktini
  • Mutton Julep
  • Steer Beer
  • Chickenwine
  • The Whitefin (vodka + tuna)
  • Sloe Shrimp Fizz
  • Sausage Colada
  • Sex on the Beef
  • Sweetbread Sour
  • Harvey Wallbangers & Mash (thx Jay!)
  • Meadt
  • Cape Cod
  • Irish Carp Bomb
  • Chum and Coke
  • Blood Mary
  • Grey Goose and Red Bull
  • Spamojito
  • Pina Vealada
  • Hamikaze
  • Caipiranha

(Can you think of more? Bring it.)

Initial writing credits: Monkey Island Restoration Team, (c)2007

10cm on The Unifying Force of Memory


“It seems, then, that we owe to memory almost all that we either have or are; that our ideas and conceptions are its work, and that our every perception, thought, and movement is derived from this source. Memory collects the countless phenomena of our existence into a single whole; and as our bodies would be scattered into the dust of their component atoms if they were not held together by the attraction of matter, so our consciousness would be broken up into as many framents as we had lived seconds but for the binding and unifying force of memory.”

–Ewald Hering 1870

(Remember one thing)

Freud Analyzes Your Magic Slate


No, not the “Spirit Slate” (above, from eBay), though that looks like a pretty awesome magic trick. Freud knew it as “Wunderblock” back in 1925, but the children of the 70s and 80s will remember this venerable toy, advertising gimmick, and top-secret communication device* as the one-and-only Magic Slate. Known overseas as the Printator, it was patented in the U.S. by a fellow named Watkins, who (so the story goes) got the prototype in exchange for bailing its inventor out of jail. Freud must have had a total geek-out explosion when he saw this thing:

“It claims to be nothing more than a writing tablet from which notes can be erased by an easy movement of the hand. But if it is examined more closely it will be found that its construction shows a remarkable agreement with my hypothetical structure of our perceptual apparatus …”

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New Feature! Quotes From the Ten-Centimeter Notebook


10cm on The Double Entendre:

“Just ‘cause it means two things doesn’t mean it’s funny.”

– Christina

Developmental Psycholinguistics

“Baby doesn’t know what I just said
Baby doesn’t know the words that I just used
Babies haven’t learned any words yet
Babies haven’t been used by any words yet
People only think, people only talk
People only think in words they already know
The babies haven’t learned any words yet (no)
They only know what the people feel
They don’t really care what the people think
They only care what the people feel
Music only knows what the people feel
Babies only care and hear what the people feel, feel”

Barstools and Dreamers
Widespread Panic 1991

Seven, Eleven, All Good Children Go to Heaven


“Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head.

Arithmetic tells you how many you lose or win if you know how many you had before you lost or won.

Arithmetic is seven eleven all good children go to heaven – or five six bundle of sticks.

Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.

Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky – or the answer is wrong and you have to start all over and try again and see how it comes out this time.

If you take a number and double it and double it again and double it a few more times, the number gets bigger and bigger and goes higher and higher and only arithmetic can tell you what the number is when you decide to quit doubling.

Arithmetic is where you have to multiply – and you carry the multiplication table in your head and hope you won’t lose it.

If you have two animal crackers, one good and one bad, and you eat one and a striped zebra with streaks all over him eats the other, how many animal crackers will you have if somebody offers you five six seven and you say No no no and you say Nay nay nay and you say Nix nix nix?

If you ask your mother for one fried egg for breakfast and she gives you two fried eggs and you eat both of them, who is better in arithmetic, you or your mother?”

— Carl Sandburg (, yo.)



This morning, after reading the very kind sympathy card my vet sent me in the mail yesterday, I saw a single wind turbine propeller being hauled northbound up the 183. It was so big it was hanging off the back of a flatbed and had one of those “oversize load” entourages. I wanted to drop it from the sky to see if it would spin like the samara from a maple tree.

Well-Respected Beards, No. 014: Konrad Lorenz


“Ever viewing the world like some alert schoolboy about to catch a frog …”

Vygotsky on Art


“It is asserted that the psychological processes of the perception and creation of a work of art coincide with the identical processes of perception and creation of a word. “The same elemental forces,” says Potebnia, “are also found in a work of art, and we can recognize them if we reason the following way: ‘There is a marble statue (outer form) of a woman with sword and scales (inner form) representing justice (content).’ We will find that in a work of art the image refers to the content, as in a word the concept refers to the sensory image or idea. Instead of the ‘content’ of a work of art we may use a more common term, the ‘idea”. Continue reading