“Your Jewel” / Memorable Fancies #1729

[A name is like a piece of jewelry hung around his neck at birth.” – Wittgenstein] Yes, around your neck where others can see that name you wouldn’t have chosen for yourself, a name, perhaps, now shared with a newly disreputable politician or crazed serial killer who’s no relation to you, a name that could be taken as male or female, a name that no one can pronounce - including you - ... [FYI, the German here is "ein Schmuckstück"]   … [Read more...]

“Dammit Johnny” / Memorable Fancies #1720

[“Why shouldn’t it be possible for a person to regard his name as sacred?” – Wittgenstein] If your name is sacred, then it can be taken in vain, a swear-word. Yes, that’s what happens, like when my Dad used to say “Damn it, Johnny, I don’t ever want you to ...” whatever it was that time. And so my name became ‘Dammitjohnny,’ at least I remembered it that way while Dad was still alive, and even now, even now,...   … [Read more...]

“Mistakes” / Memorable Fancies #1615

[“...as a result a mistake becomes something forbidden.” – Wittgenstein] What if mistakes were punishable crimes? If you’re mistakenly sentenced for a mistake you didn’t make, is the judge punished in your place? Or would that be a mistake? [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Metadreaming” / Memorable Fancies #1169

[“Someone says ‘I believe I am now dreaming’” – Wittgenstein] I dreamed I was dreaming, and then I woke – or was I still dreaming even then? And even now, while I’m telling you this,... [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Counting” / Memorable Fancies #829

[“No one but a philosopher would say ‘I know that I have two hands.’” – Wittgenstein] “One hand,” he says. “But you have two hands,” she says. “I have one hand, two times,” he says. “And just one foot, too?” she says, sarcastically. “Possibly,” he says, “but that’s for next semester.” <END> THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites. AVAILABLE NOW on … [Read more...]

Five Briefs / Memorable Fancies #752

[“...liberates things from the bondage of utility.” – Walter Benjamin] The blender retires from its career of making frozen margaritas. Idly, it wonders whatever happened to the salt shaker. # Without clocks there is no smallest unit of time; everything is continuous. Now that we have clocks, time is. chopped. up. and consumed like a bad cut of meat, one grim bite at a time. # [“...‘thinking of him’ is as it were nailing him with my thought. – Wittgenstein] Yes, I have him now. … [Read more...]

“The Gods of Yes and No – II” / Memorable Fancies #490

[“It is no less astounding that man should have conceived of a deity of time than it would be to conceive of a deity of negation or disjunction.” – Wittgenstein]       In a far country, there are two religions: Some people worship the god of Yes, and others the god of No. Each has its temples, its priesthood, its ritual in which the heads of worshippers move up and down for the god of Yes, or sideways for the god of No.      As a child matures, its character is carefully observed, analyzed … [Read more...]