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Limberlog

What are we looking for? Nameless objects with paths

– from The World Cannot Be Overcome By The Analogue “I”, by the Australian poet John Anderson.

Tearing off the cardboard and singing to the crockery / A limber spot in the limberlost

The Shadow’s Keep, Black Pepper, 1997.

More writing by John Anderson here, and here.

Meanwile, overheard, in passing:

Laminaria digitata, a kelp: “…the blade is undivided and has regular, small depressions. Habitat: very common in the lower intertidal and shallow subtidal growing on rock. May form extensive meadows at low water…”

Interlocutor: “You know, for a seaweed, you have a pretty good grasp on the lingo…”

LD: “I do have a claw-like holdfast, yes…”

Then, an insight into the Buddhist significance of numbers, including the 21 wrong Livelihoods for Bhikkhus; and Numbers from 1 to 10 in Over 5000 Languages,
indigenous Australian ones, for example.

More: The fascinating Australian Aboriginal Language page at Wikipedia, and a map (“useful, but not without its problems”, apparently).

Lastly, may I present Batmemes, an extremely limber text-permutation thingy, which you can download and play with for a couple of weeks for nothing, after which it’s only $15 to keep. And, by way of Batmemes’ extraordinarily extensive vocabulary, Ninhursag, a lady whose existence I had, temporarily, forgotten.

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Written by Dave Lovely

October 30, 2005 at 1:29 pm

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For all your driving needs

Written by Dave Lovely

October 26, 2005 at 1:00 am

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Lord’s Cricket Ground Considered as a Goose Farm

With only five
geese visible on the cricket ‘square’, it seems likely that the
majority of the fowl were kept at the Nursery end of the ground.

Again, from the ILN Picture Library, as below. A great deal of the things to be found there are delightfully quirky.


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Written by Dave Lovely

October 23, 2005 at 3:16 pm

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Super surfer

Written by Dave Lovely

October 23, 2005 at 11:46 am

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The virgin sturgeon

Via languagehat.

In the 1950s, in Adelaide, reading about “black bread” sounded not tasty at all, but peasant-poor, positively wretched; in a Russian novel it coloured the domestic scene – made it extra-foreign. Where else in literature do you find a languid landowner pondering a pleasantly wasted life, while at the same time reaching out, as if for another slice of sturgeon, for some essential, life-saving truth?

The Australian novelist Murray Bail, writing in The Guardian.

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Written by Dave Lovely

October 20, 2005 at 8:51 pm

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Voyages and excursions

Via a post by languagehat at metafilter, I am pleased to present Explorion, where you can find complete texts of such travel and exploration classics as Hakluyt’s Voyages, W. H. Hudson’s The Naturalist in La Plata, and Lafcadio Hearn’s Glimpses of an Unfamiliar Japan, and many more besides.

This from Hudson:

In Buenos Ayres, the land of my nativity, earth teems with these interesting little creatures. They abound in and on the water, they swarm in the grass and herbage, which everywhere glistens with the silvery veil they spin over it. Indeed it is scarcely an exaggeration to say that there is an atmosphere of spiders, for they are always floating about invisible in the air; their filmy threads are unfelt when they fly against you; and often enough you are not even aware of the little arrested aeronaut hurrying over your face with feet lighter than the lightest thistledown.

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Written by Dave Lovely

October 17, 2005 at 7:59 pm

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More on Avast!

Thanks to Charles of six different ways, I learn that the man in the eyepatch was, in fact, dreamed up for Maine-based shirt manufacturer Hathaway by adman David Ogilvy:

“I have always been mildly obsessed with the things,”

The campaign began in 1951, ran for 25 years, and obviously, in its later stages, burned its way deeply into my impressionable, childish mind…

Hathawayman

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Written by Dave Lovely

October 2, 2005 at 9:04 am

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