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An Ullage Dozen (16): Bubbles Before They Burst

June 28th, 2010 · 3 Comments


Just do your work and don’t be lazy,
Like Giambattista Piranesi.

The only drawback of vegetarianism is always being preached at by ghouls.

All human speech is monkey chatter;
It makes no sense; it doesn’t matter.

A woman recently upbraided me for writing a song that didn’t rhyme. I tried to explain that not all verse needed to rhyme, but she didn’t listen. “It could have rhymed,” she snapped, “if you’d spent more time on it.”

The swan looks graceful on the lake;
Don’t drink the water in her wake.

Why are you taking a shower? That won’t pay your rent. What do you really do?

Although Filippo Marinetti
Wrote diatribes against spaghetti,
He still was known to fill his belly
With great amounts of vermicelli.
For strict consistency eludes
Those men containing multitudes.

Project: a phenakistascope made with bas-relief clay modeling, so it looks like claymation when spun. Or: simple basswood carvings (maybe painted).

My family kept feral cats in the yard. My mother refused to spay or worm them, since she believed they wouldn’t hunt mice if she did. Sometimes they hid under the car, and were killed when she pulled out of the driveway. She once told me brightly, “I’m surprised I don’t run over more of them.”

colliding calliopes

For all philosophy’s palaver,
We still end up as some cadaver.

(Posted by Doug Skinner.  The sketch is by Thackeray.) 

Tags: Dietary Mores · Education

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Angela // Jun 28, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Nice. I’m particularly fond of monkey chatter and cadaver. I don’t think I get the take a shower bit, but like the woman who berated you for not rhyming your song…it’s all monkey chatter.

    The Thackeray is delightful.

  • 2 Doug // Jun 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I’m always getting pushback from some asshat for doing something, anything, which is not primarily meant to make money: playing music, writing music, reading, learning languages, you name it. I haven’t yet been insulted for engaging in the non-monetized activity of showering, but I’m sure I will. Time is money, and time spent showering is time not making money.

  • 3 mamie // Jul 13, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    That’s why I don’t bathe anymore.

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