Friday, November 28, 2008


Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?

~ Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, November 27, 2008

worldwidewords Gander


[Q] From Don Wilkins, Australia: “What is the origin of take a gander, meaning to have a look at something?”
[A] In the parody of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four that Spike Milligan wrote for the Goon Show in 1955, he has Harry Secombe entering an antique shop: “Good evening. Do you mind if I take a gander around the shop?” to which shopkeeper Crun replies, “No, as long as it’s housetrained.”
Sometimes my personal enthusiasm for old BBC radio comedy shows bursts out uncontrollably ... but that Goonish joke does make the point that to take a gander is as weird a formation as one might encounter anywhere. What can a male goose possibly have to do with looking at something?
A quick, er, gander at the word’s history is illuminating. It seems the verb to gander in this sense is actually American in origin, something I find more than a little surprising, because it sounds English to me. A little more delving, however, shows that the roots of the expression are indeed from this side of the pond. A work of 1887, The Folk-Speech of South Cheshire, says, “Gonder, to stretch the neck like a gander, to stand at gaze”. The next known example is from the Cincinnati Enquirer of 9 May 1903: “Gander, to stretch or rubber your neck”. It is claimed that it comes from thieves’ slang.
There’s your source. Think of a gaggle of farmyard geese, wandering about in their typically aimless and stupid way, poking their noses in everywhere and twisting their necks to stare at anything that might be interesting. Geese are the archetypal rubberneckers. No doubt to gander became the term because to goose had already been borrowed; this was taken from the way that the birds were known to put their beaks embarrassingly — and sometimes painfully — into one’s more private places.
The form you quote, to take a gander, is recorded from the USA around 1914; here, gander is a noun in the sense of a inquisitive look. In the century since, that form has become much more common while the verb has lost ground.

girly post alert ...caution... but really this is so true

He's Just Not That Into You trailer in HD

Monday, November 24, 2008

we are not amused

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Instrumental music fills Twist

from the Tennessean...

Instrumental music fills Twist


Headlining a heady double bill at Twist Art Gallery on Saturday is Raleigh, N.C.'s, Savage Knights, an instrumental ensemble known for its deep grooves, tight writing and improv skills. The group's influences include everything from krautrock, free jazz and metal to punk, 20th century classical music and Ethiopian pop.

Rounding out the bill is the Hudson-Maddox Complex, a local duo steeped in free jazz and prog-rock. The group features Joseph Hudson on electric piano and accordion and Dave Maddox on saxophone.

Twist is at 73 Arcade, between Fourth and Fifth Avenue North downtown. The suggested donation for the event, which takes place from noon to 3 p.m., is $5. For more information, contact David Maddox at For gallery directions, call Twist Art Gallery at 1-888-535-5286.

Friday, November 21, 2008


good words

Quotes of the Day on Saturday November 22, 2008

A well cultivated mind is made up of all the minds of preceding ages;
it is only the one single mind educated by all previous time.
Fontenelle, Bernard Le Bovier -

Patience and the passage of time do more than strength and fury.
La Fontaine, Jean De -

Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind
Cowper, William -

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap
in the dark to our success.
Thoreau, Henry David -

No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
Churchill, Winston -

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man.
Bible -

Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult
as that.
Leunig, Michael -

A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred -

Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but
opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every
opportunity of service.
Collier, Robert -

Goals help you channel your energy into action.
Brown, Les -

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

tech test

Tech testing...

Monday, November 17, 2008

toile de jouy

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Savage Knights w/Hudson-Maddox Complex at Twist Art Gallery

from the Nashville Scene...

Savage Knights w/Hudson-Maddox Complex
Date/Time:Sat., November 22, 12:00pm

Arcade Fire
Jack Silverman

Instead of tormenting your mind watching the battle for Biggest SEC Embarrassment that is Saturday afternoon’s Vandy/Tennessee game, why not expand it with some truly mind-bending sounds? Raleigh, N.C.’s Savage Knights create compelling instrumental music that blends the noirish intensity of a Tarantino soundtrack with Ethiopiques-style harmonies, splashes of Moog, droning horns and dissonant explosions. (And they have a band member named “Crowmeat Bob”—need I say more?) The bill also features kindred (if somewhat spacier) spirits Hudson-Maddox Complex, featuring keyboardist Joseph Hudson and saxophonist (and Scene art critic) Dave Maddox. The duo’s unhurried, ambient excursions converge and weave apart like a strand of DNA. And better yet, it all takes place in Nashville’s coolest building, The Arcade.

Twist Art Gallery
73 Arcade
Nashville, TN

Thursday, November 13, 2008

this explains alot

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet
is the mental institution of the universe.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von -

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Armistice Day ...its been 90 years since then

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae (1872 - 1918)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

wilco on Colbert

wilco on Colbert