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The Public Ineffectual

For entertainment purposes only.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Originally uploaded by Oblivia.

Talking and bowling have two things in common. They should not be over-considered and go well with beer. Talking gets my juices flowing, as it were, and makes me realize that I need to be not afraid to engage myself in more conversation. (try “writing”, Oblivia). I’m inexorably attracted to people who give good voice - like a moth to the proverbial flame. I find lisps endearing though I’m not partial to any accent as a turn on. I tend to use accents and cadence to read ethnic and class cues (which can be the result of careful stage managing, of course) and often complicated by the content of speech. The trade of the con artist is to orchestrate the parts into a convincing, harmonious whole. The most vulgarian members of this guild are called “phonies” because you can hear the dissonance (or it might just be the faint hiss of your skepticism).

Vocabulary is the lipstick on your collar. The people who seduce you leave their traces in your choice of words be they Homer or Kafka or your first love. I have recently become more aware of what I like to call verbal burrs – hurtful habits of the mind that manifest on the tongue - and would love to find a way to purge them. I think I would include many types of speech in this category including (but not confined to) the language of prejudice, over-reliance on received knowledge, unacknowledged verbal jabs from others that creep their way into your speech and negative self-talk.

These things form underneath the radar and then - pow! - they hit someone who has done nothing to deserve it.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Hysterical Result of Online Collaboration

Kevin Steele originally took a beautiful, well framed photo of his cats and posted it to flickr. Nothing unusual there - cats, dogs and food probably represent no less than 45% of flickr's contents. But through the obsessive-compulsive commenting of his contacts, it took on a life of its own and culminated in this:

I think its hilariously funny and I suspect its not over. I hope we have a new photoshop meme for the Catblogging Fridays set. Click above to read the entire comment thread, I mean *ahem*, creative process that ended in this gem. ("I Got Your Tongue" is my contribution!)

Thanks Kevin! FUN!!!

Update: This is the final result. Kevin calls it a "portfolio piece".

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Why are you blushing?

Originally uploaded by Oblivia.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Sydney, As Seen by Iso G

Metropolitan Water, Sewage and Drainage Board, Sydney
Originally uploaded by Iso G.

Iso G is in Sydney right now flickr-ing up a storm. The photos are great G, keep 'em coming.

Friday, August 05, 2005

My Girl Likes to Party All the Time

Bean Likes to Party
Originally uploaded by Oblivia.

This photo made me think of the long forgotten hit by one Eddie "AxelFBowfingerDr.DoolittleDonkey" Murphy.