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Ron Cobb’s Philosophical Mandala

July 19th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Ron Cobb is known particularly for his crisp and trenchant political cartoons, which were once a staple of the underground press.  He also designed the ecology flag, contributed designs to a number of movies, and did many other things.  However, this enchanting diagram, buried in a copy of the East Village Other (August 27, 1969) […]

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Tags: Cartoons · Symbols · The Ineffable

The Computer Will Never Replace the Newspaper

April 16th, 2013 · 4 Comments

(Posted by Doug Skinner.  The illustration is from Safe Counsel, by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols, 1928.)

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Tags: Cartoons · Symbols

Bobby Edwards, the Troubadour of Greenwich Village (16)

September 21st, 2011 · 3 Comments

A sad and surprising piece of news was reported in the Kokomo Daily Tribune, October 21, 1926.  Bobby Edwards, the avatar of Bohemia, got a job.  I only hope it didn’t last. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Bobby Edwards · Symbols · Ukulele

“Marching to Utopia”

September 18th, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Ullage Group proudly, but earnestly, announces its ninth presentation, “Marching to Utopia.”  We will acquaint you with a few schemes for the betterment of mankind. Step out of your cold, mechanistic, and meaningless universe, and go back to school with Lisa Hirschfield, your tour guide at the University of Science and Philosophy.  Far more […]

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Tags: Bulletins · Clubs and Associations · Symbols

The Magic Door of Massimiliano Palombara

September 5th, 2009 · 4 Comments

You can find la Porta Magica in Rome, on the Piazza Vittorio.  It’s what remains of the villa of Massimiliano Palombara, a 17th century occultist. There are at least two competing stories about it.  One is that an archetypical mysterious stranger visited Palombara, and asked for funds and a room to test his alchemical know-how.  Palombara agreed; the stranger […]

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Tags: Mysteries · Places · Symbols · The Ineffable

Medicine and Methodology

May 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

[Here is, approximately, the outline Dr. Mamie Caton and I followed for our bit in our Medi-Vaudeville event.  I prepared it to allow interaction with Mamie (who was too busy to write anything herself) and with the audience.  And I’ll pursue it on another page, to keep the home page tidy.] (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Belief Systems · Education · Politics · Symbols

The U.G.N.D.P.

May 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

In May 1776, the Continental Congress proclaimed a day of “Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer.”  Since then, our presidents have occasionally marked off a special day for prayer; and in 1988 Reagan fixed the first Thursday in May as “The National Day of Prayer.”  Humiliation and fasting have apparently been cut. Not all presidents have hopped […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Politics · Symbols


January 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Happy New Year.  It’s cold here.  We offer you a round to sing as you shiver. Here is old man Janus, the double-faced gatekeeper, gazing in the mirror and realizing how much colder he’s grown.  Given the subject, I’ve set it as a crab canon (that is, palindromic) — except for that flickering between F […]

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Tags: Music · Symbols

Laws and Sausages (2)

December 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

To our earlier post (10/21/08), illustrating the classic axiom, we add this variant.  It’s from 1902, from Underwood & Underwood; the caption reads “Try our sausages!  Made while you wait!– you can see just what you’re getting!” (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Animals · Belief Systems · Politics · Stereoscopy · Symbols

Philosophy: A Shameful Sonnet

November 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The sonnet is a neglected form these days.  Verse of all stripes is unpopular — at least under that name, although it still defines popular music.  It’s all in the branding, I suppose. And current taste often brands the sonnet as precious, artificial, or old-fashioned.  Fair enough; although you could tar most American entertainment genres with […]

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