The Illusion of Control

There’s been talk of a sequel to the film “Groundhog Day” which would be simply the same movie, re-released. Good one. Today this image appeared on every other weblog I “visited:” tumblr_ni5fpzoX3H1qe0lqqo1_500

It’s a strong image by Thomas Vandenberghe, a dentist in Sandy, Utah (which seems to be an intense, but relatively tiny, hotbed of photography). One guy posted it, and at least two others re-posted before I did, so I guess it’s de rigeur–for today, anyway. More to the point, though, is the drama that unfurled over a couple of days earlier this week regarding  appropriating images from the inter webs. We all realize that whatever one posts on fbook or linked in technically becomes the property of those operations, and no one seems to care; but check out this calamity that existed for a few days. You thought that was lot? Now order in, and scroll through 4700 pages of and

Technology, Redefined.


I posted a post-dated post yesterday! somehow showed up as a November 14 entry; how did this happen? Who knows! Hoocares!? Just click on the link so you can watch the video.

“The Deer”


On this date in 1984, Dr. DeYoung interrupted 7th hour over the public address system to announce that Bobby Dernier had hit a home run in the first at-bat of the game.




Francis Bacon’s Bell Schedule


“There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”

Another PC: Introducing The Cube

“124 degrees of awesome.”





“Say hello to more adventures.”

A Masochist Proofreader’s Paradise

A case could be made that, in a public school, the release of this sort of a post raises a moral issue.

Click to access Homecoming%20Parade%202014%20Packet.pdf

After one clicks on the link, the title “Homecoming 2014” becomes 2014 Homecoming in the text; which do you prefer? Did the same person write both the link and the headline?

The sentences in the first paragraph seem to be in random order. Let’s try sentence #4, followed by sentence #2. Sentence #3 is negligible, as it likely won’t influence the behavior of participants, and sentence #1 should just… disappear. What follows is a substantial space, and two exclamatory statements in bold type, from which a distinction is made between “your pride” and “our parade.”

After another huge space the second paragraph is a third exclamatory statement that begins with “Once again, it’s time to get ready.” Most readers have never participated in this particular parade, and so this does not apply to us (perhaps the sponsors are reminding themselves?). This is followed by a fourth consecutive exclamatory statement, then an expression of the writers’ ongoing encouragement to join in on the fun: if you live or work in Barrington, you can enter a float. At the end of this second paragraph, we come to the only piece of advice for interpreting the theme, and that is to think of “fun, unique ways” to interpret the theme. The paragraph closes with yet another exclamation, this time a reminder to make a float that is also relevant to the community.


The theme for Homecoming is “Arabian Nights.” This is also the title of a collection of Arabic folk tales structured as stories told by Scheherezade (the only virgin left in the land) to her husband the king, who has murdered a series of his brides on the theory that women cannot be trusted much beyond their wedding night. Scheherazade thwarts her supposed fate by telling stories to her husband at bedtime but leaving each unfinished, “cliff-hanger” style, in order to spare her own life for one more night. Have you visualized any fun, unique ways to incorporate this into a parade float yet?


 There’s more proofing to be done, and it’s left to you. Read the “Homecoming Float and Vehicle Rules” (hint: #3 and #7, although we also enjoy #8 as a non sequitur).

One Never Knows, Do One?


Rolling Stone and the World Wide Intercom aren’t the only places where one can’t believe everything one reads. Ain’t that right, buddy? (Spoiler alert: Bolden died in 1931.)

Making (out with) Prince

“I saw things on paper that had been around for hundreds of years and a lightbulb went off in my head.”


Mr. Sypal Kills His Darlings

Can you believe it? Who among us has not considered something like this, but could you actually go through with it?


Let Us Be Perfectly Clear.


(But it was printed in the audience’s program!)

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