Tuesday, June 27, 2017

OTI:two poems and notes:6/27/17

Open To Interpretation
 Idioms And Such

An idiot's idiom.
Puns are punny.
One bat's roof
Is another owl's floor.
What can be done
Can be undone
If you start early.
Tender foot
Tender hearted.
One way or another
It's just a matter of time.
Different drum.
A blind man is wise
To walk slowly.
What one hears
They all hear.

Today Is Now

"Today is now
Borrowed from yesterday
To be lent tomorrow."
Said the Talking Plank
From the Oaks of Dodona
In the prow of Black Ship Argo.
Poe's favorite Raven
Turned its head this way and that,
Listened, thought long,
And flew off to whisper to a Seagull,
And the Seagull flew off
And came to rest on the waves
And whispered to a juvenile
Black Ship,
And the tiny Black Ship
Dove down deep into the
Deep blue sea
And found a Black Rose,
And Bumped to
Another when another where,
Found the Giant Black Squid
And displayed in
Pearlescent colors,
As Black Ships and Cephalopods do
When talking,
And the Giant Black Squid listened,
Thought long,
And swam away to the coast of Sierra Leon
To find the Indie Ship, Red Dragon,
This thenabout September 5, 1607.


Note: Idioms And Such...it's a can of worms!...all these short things...idioms, puns, sayings, adages, clichés, maxims, hackneyed phrases, stock responses, and so on...I was hopping about looking at each and trying to recall ones I've made, or make up one, or just state ones I've heard, and was branching out...sound bites, talking points, slogans...when I happened on 'slogans'...seeing wiki's take...I thought...oh oh...I just saw this in yesterday's Keats quotes...brb...


One of these is the idea that large theoretical concerns will only be comprehensible to people if they are rehearsed in very physical language. ‘Axioms in philosophy’ he says, using an image that refers back to his medical days, ‘are not axioms unless they are proved upon our pulses’

see yesterday's post


so, so, so immersed am I, are we, in advertising slogans, we hardly notice the effort to make them...or the cost...millions spent...which I find hard to imagine imagining geeky sorts about a table bantering and coming up with the likes of 'just do it'...hmmph...and getting paid...but, but, this is serious stuff...last night I finished up the ten episode documentary about WW1 available on amazon...brb...link...oh, it was desultory viewing, and certainly brought home what modern military strategists all know...battles are won with artillery, and ground is taken and held with troops...and that's about it...anyway, my attention perked up when it went on about how Lenin came to be in charge in Russia...for all appearances, he's a fug head, but, he had a gift for slogans, and could shout out to a crowd and rile them up...


The uprising has begun. Force against Force. Street fighting is raging, barricades are being thrown up, rifles are cracking, guns are booming. Rivers of blood are flowing, the civil war for freedom is blazing up. Moscow and the South, the Caucasus and Poland are ready to join the proletariat of St. Petersburg. The slogan of the workers has become: Death or Freedom!


hmmph...I didn't know 'Bolshevik' is Russian for simply 'majority'...and "Menshevik' for simply minority...and in reading wiki's take...brb...


Lenin's supporters were in the majority, and Lenin termed them the "majoritarians" (bol'sheviki in Russian; thus Bolsheviks); in response, Martov termed his followers the "minoritarians" (men'sheviki in Russian; thus Mensheviks).


and wiki has it these were characterized as:

The second RSDLP Congress was held in London in July 1903.[68] At the conference, a schism emerged between Lenin's supporters and those of Julius Martov. Martov argued that party members should be able to express themselves independently of the party leadership; Lenin disagreed, emphasising the need for a strong leadership with complete control over the party.[69] Lenin's supporters were in the majority, and Lenin termed them the "majoritarians" (bol'sheviki in Russian; thus Bolsheviks); in response, Martov termed his followers the "minoritarians" (men'sheviki in Russian; thus Mensheviks).[70] Arguments between Bolsheviks and Mensheviks continued after the conference; the Bolsheviks accused their rivals of being opportunists and reformists who lacked discipline, while the Mensheviks, accused Lenin of being a despot and autocrat.[71] Enraged at the Mensheviks, Lenin resigned from the Iskra editorial board and in May 1904 published the anti-Menshevik tract One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.[72] The stress made Lenin ill, and to recuperate he went on a hiking holiday in rural Switzerland.[73] The Bolshevik faction grew in strength; by the spring, the whole RSDLP Central Committee was Bolshevik,[74] and in December they founded the newspaper Vpered (Forward).


oh, I quoted out the context of the quote...sometimes things are in a 'nut shell' and what current context suggests is that Bolshevik is another term for Republican/conservative and Menshevik another term for Democrat/liberal...things 'shake out' pretty much all the same world over as 'people are people' everywhere...I wonder sometimes if these two sides are a manifestation of the two hemispheres of our brains!...which indeed look like the insides of a walnut!...anyway, nowadays we are all being bedeviled by short succinct things--TWEETS...I don't tweet, and I rued the day when I saw them started up...


Work on the project started on March 21, 2006, when Dorsey published the first Twitter message at 9:50 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST): "just setting up my twttr".[1] Dorsey has explained the origin of the "Twitter" title:
...we came across the word 'twitter', and it was just perfect. The definition was 'a short burst of inconsequential information,' and 'chirps from birds'. And that's exactly what the product was.


hmmph...I knew of these things from history of Japan...a form of haiku became so popular that 'no one could get enough of it'... " 'a short burst of inconsequential information,'"...'one can hope'...Today Is Now...all along in the Black Deck Tales, the Talking Plank from the Oaks of Dodona starts out messaging with a 'Tweet'...usually cryptic...this one is an adaption from yesterday's Today is Zero Minus Yesterday Plus Tomorrow...which I 'just can't get enough of'...hmmph...anyway, it's the beginning of a Black Deck Tale...I was studying out the East India Company, again, or maybe it was a Red Dragon search, and happened on the charming story of the play Hamlet being performed shipboard the Red Dragon in 1607, the first recorded mention of the play (first performance?)...seems the Red Dragon was becalmed, the crew scurvy ridden, and in need of distracting entertainment!...link...


But, again: Hamlet? It is long, awash in puns and philosophical speculation, even inappropriate: Why remind sailors facing an 85% mortality rate of graveyards? Why parade leaders who are smiling serpents (Claudius), blowhards (Polonius) and power-fools (Fortinbras)? Why, near the start of an unpredictable and interminable voyage into a real "undiscover'd country," even whisper the famous doubts:
    ...And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
    And enterprises of great pitch and moment
    With this regard their currents turn awry
    And lose the name of action.



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