Friday, May 4, 2018

May the 4th be with you, 2018

My friend, Flore Blancpain Filipovic, who is a chef, among other accomplishments, opened a restaurant, Bistronomie,  in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, today. If you're in that part of the world, please visit. 

Metaphors be with you. 

Aunt Judy's Attic, Olde Made, cool things for sale on her site, like Discontinued Perfumes

Cool web freebies:

Internet Arcade

The Internet Arcade is a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s 

Audio Archive

Download or listen to free music and audio This library contains recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows


Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain

The Count of Monte Cristo a masterful recitation -- 54 hours of recording, every character has their own voice and intonations -- all done by the same guy. Really a spectacular job. The volunteers on that site are incredible people.

One of my favorite books, Where Are You Going, Maniyoni by Catherine Stock. Reminds me of my early childhood in South Africa and Bechuanaland, now called Botswana.

Fun song.

THE CAT CAME BACK - Cisco Houston

Cats in a Parisian Restaurant, 1957 by Walter Silver, 1923-1998
Charming children's book, The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling. The cover makes me smile.
The brief book is online. Fun happy ending. 
The New York Public Library digital collections online are a feast of fun.


W.H.Auden and his cat, Pangur

I and Pangur Ban my cat,
'Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.

Better far than praise of men
'Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill-will,
He too plies his simple skill.

'Tis a merry task to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.

Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur's way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.

'Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.

When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!

So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.

Amusing vid of a rhino running down the road in India

Marvelous! Wouldn't It Be Nice, by the Beach Boys, acapella, without instrumentals. I didn't appreciate them enough when I was a kid

A marvelous illustration of the world map. Click here for the full size

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