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October 11, 2007

To Carry the Child — by Stevie Smith

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Is good? I say it is not,
To carry the child into adult life
Is to be handicapped.

The child in adult life is defenceless
And if he is grown-up, knows it,
And the grown-up looks at the childish part
And despises it.

The child, too, despises the clever grown-up,
The man-of-the-world, the frozen,
For the child has the tears alive on his cheek
And the man has none of them.

As the child has colours, and the man sees no
Colours or anything,
Being easy only in things of the mind,
The child is easy in feeling.

Easy in feeling, easily excessive
And in excess powerful,
For instance, if you do not speak to the child
He will make trouble.

You would say a man had the upper hand
Of the child, if a child survive,
I say the child has fingers of strength
To strangle the man alive.

Oh it is not happy, it is never happy,
To carry the child into adulthood,
Let children lie down before full growth
And die in their infanthood
And be guilty of no man's blood.

But oh the poor child, the poor child, what can he do,
Trapped in a grown-up carapace,
But peer outside of his prison room
With the eye of an anarchist?
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October 11, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Socket Pocket — Episode 2: Charger Cradle


I guess a device that does this has to either rhyme or be alliteratively named, what?

The one featured in Episode 1 wasn't much to look at, true.

I can see how it would've sparked a frenzy of activity out back in the electrical accessory skunk works, resulting in the following iteration.

From the website:

Charger Cradle

This hammock for you charger is one of those things that should have been invented years ago.

Each cradle comes flat and can be easily folded into shape ready to be attached to the wall.


Instead of plugging your phone or Ipod into the wall and balancing it on the nearest piece of furniture with wires trailing all over the place, you can have it sit nice and neatly in this cradle.

You place the pins of your plug for the charger through the holes in the cradle and plug into the wall as you normally would.

It even has with a nice soft "velour" interior to ensure your device sits comfortably while charging.


$15 CAD (Click here, then click on "Personal Accessories": the item is the eleventh one down from the top).

October 11, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Countdown Timer


In a comment on yesterday's post about my dead burrito problem, Mark over at relentlesslyoptimistic.com referred me this virtual countdown timer.

It's extremely subtle and elegant: the instant the page appears on your computer screen, the timer at the very top, in the bar that usually contains a short description of what a site is about, starts a second-by-second countdown from 60 minutes.

From the countdown timer website:

    countdown and hangin' around

    a browser-based egg timer. counts down however many minutes YOU choose. diplays the running time in the browser title bar (or tab). does what it says it'll do. enjoy.


Very few things — or people — do what they say they'll do.


But wait, there's more!

Turns out that when the timer reaches 0, a box appears dead center on your screen to let you know.

Quite cool.

At the bottom of the timer page it says, "dumb simple javascript countdown timer by m larsen 2007."

Yo m larsen: Anything simple enough to be TechnoDolt©™®-understandable is — by definition — smart as heck.

m larsen reports that so far 4 people have donated via PayPal in response to her/his request for a little something to offset hosting expenses.

I shudder to think of what would result from a similar request from yours truly for a kopeck or three.

What is the sound of one hand laughing?


Note added at 8:44 p.m. the same day:

cashman just commented, "Here's where it originated: ask.metafilter.com

October 11, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Crosstown traffic at bookofjoe


Word's up, it would appear: nearly 10,000 visitors here yesterday, an all-time record.

In the past two weeks there's been a bit of a buzz around.

Maybe it's the unexpected, unsolicited offer from Rupert Murdoch.



Q. joe, are your eyes closed?

A. Why?

'Cause you must be dreaming.

October 11, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'Television is a medium that allows millions of people to laugh at the same joke and still be lonely' — T. S. Eliot

Fair enough — but since when was humor supposed to be an anodyne to loneliness?

All we ask of it is that it be funny.

Let's not make something out of nothing.

Of course, if we consistently followed that philosopy we'd never have emerged all these 13 billion years later from the Big Bang.

FunFact: James Joyce's pet name for Eliot was "Tears."

October 11, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here


this time tomorrow.

October 11, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Earworms


That's different.

But this is a virtual worm.

Daniel Levitin, an associate professor of psychology at McGill University and author of "This Is Your Brain on Music: Understanding a Human Obsession," was interviewed by Monica Hesse for a September 2, 2007 story from which the following is excerpted.

    On earworms:

    Scientists call songs that get stuck in your head "earworms" after the German Ohrwurm. We don't know a lot about how or why they happen — it's hard to get funding to study this type of thing — but we know a little. Like, it tends not to be a whole song that gets stuck in your head, just 15-20 seconds of one, and it tends to be a simple song that even non-singers can hum without effort.

    Some people get earworms so bad that it interferes with their ability to sleep or work. For those people, antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs can help. They relax the circuits. Then again, some people become musicians because they have earworms. Neil Young told me that he started writing songs because he couldn't get rid of the tunes in his head.


Andrew Lodge of EarwormsLearning.com has turned earworms around by putting them to good use — learning languages.

October 11, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

'Look-Alikes Around the World: An Album of Amazing Postcards' — 'The more you look, the more you see'


This is Joan Steiner's fourth book of double-take inducing drawings, in which she embeds familiar items in recognizable scenes spanning time and geography.

"Take an eye-opening trip around the world! Using everyday objects in ingenious ways, artist Joan Steiner has created 3-D scenes of more than 40 famous landmarks and familiar holiday locales — the chateaux of France, the Egyptian pyramids, the shores of Cape Cod, the majestic Taj Mahal. Complete with photographs of the actual sites, fascinating facts and more than 500 look-alikes to search for, this unique postcard album will challenge and captivate puzzlers of all ages."

"Where's Waldo?" crossed with "I Spy."

$10.87 at Amazon.

October 11, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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