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Etiquette in 18th Century London

February 9th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Casanova gives us a glimpse into etiquette in 18th century London, as only he can. Here it is, in my translation, from Volume 9, Chapter 10 of his memoirs. Going toward Buckingham House, I see in the bushes, some twelve or fifteen steps to my left, an indecency which surprises me. Four or five men […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Books

Beware the Bull

December 22nd, 2013 · 2 Comments

The holidays are upon us.  Be careful. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Animals · Belief Systems

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments

I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.  Stuffing oneself on dead bird to gloat over the genocide of the Indians, while muttering to an Imaginary Gaseous Vertebrate, doesn’t appeal to me.  I don’t enjoy overeating, and dinners in my family were not happy gatherings: mostly my father would become drunk and belligerent, while I wanted to be elsewhere.  […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Hoaxes

Happy Halloween

November 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Well, Happy Halloween.  If, that is, Halloween is supposed to be happy.  It’s a mysterious holiday.  At any rate, here’s an old Galician proverb to contemplate: I don’t believe in witches, but they still exist. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Happy Solstice!

June 21st, 2013 · 1 Comment

(Posted by Doug Skinner.  Picture by Ray Gleason.)

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Children’s Card Games (186)

December 7th, 2012 · 5 Comments

The “New Testament Game,” published in 1899 by The Fireside Game Company, was a variation on the popular game of “Quartets.”  The deck contained 52 scenes from the life of Jesus, divided into groups of four, which the player then collected. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Belief Systems · Card Games · Ephemera

Théophile Gautier on Ideology

December 15th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Théophile Gautier’s 1865 novel, La Belle-Jenny, is a boisterous, Romantic tale of conspiracy and intrigue, all of which fails.  Couples are parted; lives are ruined.  Near the end, Arthur Sidney, the character most to blame for all of this, sums up what he’s learned: Aimez quelqu’un ou quelque chose, un homme, un enfant, un chien, […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Education · Literature

The Spot an Angel Deigned to Grace

September 3rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

The title of this stereoscopic card is “The Spot an Angel Deigned to Grace.”  It’s part of the Keystone Eye-Skill Training Series, and shows Loch Katrine, in Scotland.  Please click on it to see it full-size. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Belief Systems · Misconceptions · Stereoscopy

Cacio e Pepe and Homo Sapiens

April 22nd, 2010 · 6 Comments

Cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) is the simplest of dishes: boil and drain pasta; mix in grated cheese, ground pepper, and a bit of the cooking water; and serve.  It’s a standard dish in Rome; traditionally, it’s made with pasta secca (usually spaghetti) and pecorino romano. It’s not the most nutritious supper (I suggest […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Dietary Mores · Places

Debriefing: Straight Talk About Hoaxes

October 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments

A holiday weekend marred by beautiful autumn weather and massive transit disruptions didn’t keep the curious from turning out for the Ullage Group’s presentation, “Straight Talk About Hoaxes.” Anthony Matt’s multimedia exegesis of the 1969 “Paul is Dead” hoax was a rousing success. Original tapes of radio shows and phone calls, furnished by the DJ […]

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