Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

The archive for March, 2008

The following lettres were posted during this month:

Behind The Red Door

Posted upon the 31st of March, 2008

Neat-o! Red Door Burlesque is coming for another season! I just got a note-ette in my mail – season 2 starts April 6th. The Order of Melbourne, every Sunday – homepage here.

Listen to This

Posted upon the 29th of March, 2008

Yet another in the ‘Thomas Edison’s fame was roundly undeserved’ basket: the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has succeeded in playing back recordings of the human voice made by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville in Paris, 1860. Check it: Au Claire de la Lune. It’s not much to listen to, true, but consider that it was recorded […]

New Tea Shirt Designs!

Posted upon the 23rd of March, 2008

There are some new designs in the Unfrilled FrillyShirt Tea Shirt shop! Joining all the old favourites – Slaughter the Patriarchs, Make The Public Stare, the Three Swell Chaps and so on – we have a tribute to obnoxious marketing campaigns by Père and Mère Ubu, a hoodie for consumptives (the first of its kind) […]

We’ll All Be The Commissioners Of Lunacy

Posted upon the 21st of March, 2008

My old chum Theridion Grallator, not too long ago, penned a piercingly true little piece called “Why I Loathe (And Adore) Steampunk” – a version without the pretty pictures but with some comments and commentary exists here. Steampunk, as all forms of punk literature, was born in reaction to the soul-destroying effects of decades of […]

The Principles of Uncertainty

Posted upon the 14th of March, 2008

Today, Lady Tanah discovered Maira Kalman’s The Principles of Uncertainty. It is beautiful. It occurred to me: so often, we remember 19th century people emotionally – Rimbaud’s tenderness, Wilde’s tragic kindness, Yeats’s passion. Shelley, the lily-white child of poetry. 20th century people are rational. We talk of the brilliance of Sartre or Hitler – I’ve […]

Poems To Soothe The Mind

Posted upon the 12th of March, 2008

KOSMOS WALT WHITMAN Who includes diversity and is Nature, Who is the amplitude of the earth, and the coarseness and sexuality of the earth, and the great charity of the earth, and the equilibrium also, Who has not look’d forth from the windows the eyes for nothing, or whose brain held audience with messengers for […]

The Nature of Dogs

Posted upon the 11th of March, 2008

Something occurred to me this morning, while waiting for a tram. Dogs have been bred for certain uses for so long now that such behaviours are instinctive, without need for learning – schnauzers, for instance, are natural ratters, and so can’t be trusted as ratsitters, hamster minders or mouse after-school programme co-ordinators. Imagine the patience […]

Are you there, Sir Frederick?

Posted upon the 5th of March, 2008

All’s quiet on the Shirt front. Why? Because learning to teach is staggering work. Every day I have a few ideas to share with my lovely readers, but they inevitably disappear in a cloud of CURRICULUM POLICY EDUCATONAL PSYCHOLOGY I SLEEP NOW ZZZZZ. I have picked up Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism from the Education […]