Friday, June 30, 2006

the most

Jonathan Rosenbaum, critic, Chicago Reader
I'm very fortunate in being able to cite Jacques Tati's Playtime as both the film I've seen the greatest number of times and my favorite movie. I first saw it 38 years ago and suspect I've seen it somewhere between 30 and 40 times. I like to see it again and again because I find it inexhaustible, the way a favorite piece of music is, and something that never looks exactly the same when I see it again because I watch it differently; each time, my gaze dances in a somewhat different way to Tati's choreography
What movie have you seen the most? That's the question Slate asked a collection of filmmakers and critic

via cynical c

Thursday, June 29, 2006


I missed a photo opportunity out walking the dog last weekend possibly when World Cup Fever was at its peak. There in the creek, at the base of the rocks, what did I see but a soccer ball resting casuallly like everyday pond-life or some optical illusion brought on by round ball square eyes.

I had no camera. But naturally the caption would have been Soccer Rocks

As a substitute and to move Widdle downscreen, I've uploaded this pic from Google Images Soccer Rocks*

And does Soccer anymore?..Even though the school holidayed parks are full of social dribbling, I passed a pleasant half hour this afternoon playing kick-to-kick with a non-round football with my niece and nephews.
Not diving, kicking.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


I was lucky to add to my modest Blyton Collection recently with a 1963 anthology which includes the story:

I believe this is quite a rare title.

Friday, June 16, 2006

future artifacts

Is Your Smartphone Codependent and other Found Artifacts from the Future

Wired via As Above

musical proofs

Another curious piece with a pronounced syncopated effect is the Square Root Theorem.

In deeper proofs, a kind of tension sometimes builds up, with occasional partial relief but growing overall, until finally many subproofs come together. For example, you may want to sample the Axiom of Choice Equivalent, where a crescendo slowly builds up starting at around 2:20 minutes, reaching a dramatic climax at 3:11 minutes and then suddenly cascading down to the main theme.
Mathematical Proofs Set to Music (via grow a brain)


I just discovered HaloScan has restored comments at my old Blogspot site. On this slow connection there's a nice moment of watching (0)'s turn to (3) (for example) on each page, which gives the whole thing a feeling of awakening. A revival of frozen archives and lost voices.

It seems I first installed comments here, a post about (what else) my (late) dog, which is appropriate for today, bloomsday and dougsday.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

crowd pul

I got talkin' World Cup to Sternest Meanings
(My script came straight from the Channel Ten News)

webuser: What a magic start for Australia
sternest: I am a castigator as wrathful rat.
webuser: fans go wild as the world game
sternest: Old woman wriggles fatheads
webuser: the world game comes of age
sternest: Wotcha! Greedsome of gleam
webuser: biggest stage in world sport
sternest: Top-dog brattiness wriggles.
webuser: an excercise in keeping your cool
sternest: Loony, sick inexperience courage.
webuser: keeping your cool, literally
sternest: Croakily ugly, lonelier poet.

webuser: From Ten news
sternest: Now ferments.

Sternest Meanings via The Presurfer

Friday, June 09, 2006

physical expression

nobody's fault


The All Picture Book of General Knowledge Odhams

Cross posted at Sarsaparilla - a new group lit blog


Thursday, June 08, 2006


From a book I purchased today: The New Illustrated Medical and Health Encylopedia

This vast storehouse of comprehensive, authoratative and outspoken information will serve you well by helping you to understand yourself better

not me

That's not me at the piano