Monday, August 31, 2015

little sister


object lesson


First, make sure the object is an actual thing and not some damn picture of a thing. Or, worse yet, a three dimensional carving of the thing in soapstone or balsa wood.

Then, measure it. Top to bottom, side to side, fore and aft. It might be a good idea to make sure it’s not alive. It could bite.

Next, weigh it and take a guess as to where it comes from. Go ahead; it doesn’t matter if you’re wrong. It’ll still be here.

Finally, ignore it. Because, you know, it’s only an object. You should be trying to answer the deep, philosophical questions and not be wasting your time on such junk.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Jarilo


Lost son of thunder god Perun, 
raised by underworld god Veles, 
he returned each spring to bestow growth.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Smalvian


They're said to walk among us.
If you see one, call Homeland Security.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Notus


The warm south wind, as in 
auster, buster, khamsin and kona. 
Can jugo his way to sirocco proportions.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gustav Peritz


Although better known for his inventing the peritzscope,
he also knew how to handle a monocularscope.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

sit-sicker


the creeping crowfoot
- Century Dictionary & Encyclopedia, 1911 ed.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

bumblepuppist


(n.)  one who plays bumblepuppy "either in utter ignorance
of all its known principles, or in defiance of them, or both."
- Century Dictionary & Encyclopedia, 1911 ed.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tanawakan totem


A pocket totem in poplar believed to be 
Tanawakan in origin, Yukon Territory.

Monday, August 03, 2015