Friday, November 16, 2018

All Work and No Play - The Novel

When I researched our expression on all work and no play, the movie The Shining was retrieved - pages and pages of references.  There is extensive writing on this movie, considered in the top ten of greatest horror movies.

The book that Jack was writing contained the one sentence (“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”) repeated over and over.  There isn't any evidence of the original remaining. Kubrick had each page individually typed. 
"Kubrick realised the importance of the scene and how it would lack impact in foreign language versions of the film if explained via subtitles. He didn't just translate the original phrase however, but came up with different stacks of repeated sentences, many of which can be seen in the Stanley Kubrick Archive" These are at a site dedicated to the Shining that is run by the director of Toy Story 3 at this site HERE:
Il mattino ha l’oro in bocca
(The morning has gold in its mouth)

(“He who wakes up early meets a golden day”)

Was du heute kannst besorgen, das verschiebe nicht auf morgen
 (Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today)
No por mucho madrugar amanece más temprano
(No matter how early you get up, you can’t make the sun rise any sooner)

(“Rising early will not make dawn sooner.”)
Un Tiens vaut mieux que deux Tu l’auras
(What you have is worth much more than what you will have)

(“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”).
In 2009, an 80 page book  All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy by Jack Torrance was created and published.  The author is Phil Buehler, a  well-published photographer whose work focuses on modern ruins. This would make a 'novel' Christmas gift and has a purchase site HERE.  

About the Book
Jack Torrance's first novel, finally published after his untimely death at the Overlook Hotel. Dramatized in the Stephen King book, "The Shining," as well as the film by Stanley Kubrick. See the clip at " All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy is nothing short of a complete rethinking of what a novel can and should be. It's true that, taken on its own, All Work is plotless. But like the best of Beckett, the lack of forward momentum is precisely the point. If it's nearly impossible to read, let us take a moment to consider how difficult it must have been to write. One is forced to consider the author, heroically pitting himself against the Sisyphusean sentence. It's that metatextual struggle of Man vs. Typewriter that gives this book its spellbinding power. Some will dismiss it as simplistic; that's like dismissing a Pollock canvas as mere splatters of paint."

Matthew Belinkie
80 unique pages, the first lifted directly from the movie and then getting progressively crazier... (alternative plain text cover also available)
Features & Details
  • Category  Humor
  • Size 5×8 in, 13×20 cm
    80 Pages
  • Publish Date Dec 22, 2008
Here I am pondering a book on All Work and No Play, and outside is the largest snowfall of the season, with light rain and snow on the charts for Grimsby today.  It is so dark out that I can't tell, so we'll wait to see our mixed precipitation. There are autumn leaves on the trees and the lawn, along with lots of snow, so we'll see what there is for pictures today.  These two pictures come from 2008 in Toronto.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nov 13 - Serious Mistakes

Do you read the second page of the Globe and Mail for the corrections?  Here is a gathering of the funniest corrections in newspapers.  Our first reaches levels of the sublime:

Our second involves the mundane:

And another truly notable mistake:

It must be because this newspaper is located in our nation's capital:

I would expect that person might get a few phone calls before this correction was made:

After yesterday's story of atheist ministers, this headline doesn't seem so ridiculous now:

This Daily Mail correction must have been giving lessons to the current U.S. President:

The full article is at - each headline has a humorous commentary.  One of today's trending stories is a topic I covered yesterday.  I thought it was unusual that someone would own a cat cafe. I underestimated what is possible, particularly in Japan.  You can look at the 10 Most Unique Animal Cafes From Around The World HERE.

I find out there are racoon cafes, hedgehog cafes, a nature cafe with sheep, goat cafe, reptile cafe, alpaca petting cafe, rabbit cafe, bird cafe, owl cafe, baby chick cafe.

Here's one of my images that will be in an art show coming up in March 2019.  The show will open March 2nd 1:00pm at The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, 170 Dundurn St. S. Hamilton.  This is an informal meeting area in the church where art is displayed on a rotating cycle.  I'll keep you posted on the show.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Dog Hobbies or Atheist Clergy?

There's a little app on Facebook and you can have a poll - with people voting on two choices.  If we were on Facebook would you vote to find out about hobbies involving dogs or atheist clergy?

My bet is that you'd choose atheist clergy.  So very quickly, this is the list of hobbies involving dogs.  They are as strange as yesterday's post.
  • California's annual Surf City surf dog competition
  • Freestyle dog dancing
  • The world's ugliest dog competition
  • Cats and dogs as Downton Abbey characters
  • Skijoring
  • Dressing up as dogs
Don't stop there! Hobbies lead to jobs.  And it turns out that there are even stranger animal related professions - here are a few:
  • Pet Colorist
  • Goat Mowing Service
  • Goose Control
  • Cat Cafes
  • Pet Taxi Service
  • Pet Psychic or Communicator
  • Pet Prosthetics
  • Luxury Pet Hotels
  • Pet Bakery
Now on to the Atheist Clergy topic - a very intriguing one.  This became a national headline about Gretta Vosper of Toronto .  She made the papers because the United Church wanted to oust her in an ecclesiastical court hearing. The hearing was dubbed a 'heresy trial' with the intention of defrocking her.  They have come to a settlement so it won't happen.  You can find out more about Gretta Vosper by searching on her name or going to her website HERE

I am intrigued by the operational mechanics.  For example, how does a church service work when there is no reference to God or to Bible passages.  The Bible typically provides an over-reaching theme or guidance on a theme through scripture passages.  I found an answer in the Guardian article dated April 2016 HERE

"References to God and Jesus became talk of love and compassion and prayer was replaced with community sharing time. The removal of the Lord’s Prayer in 2008 proved to be a critical test, sending attendance plunging from 120 people to 40 and leaving the church’s financial strength in tatters. “The Lord’s Prayer was the last thing in the service that still held them to previous generations of church,” says Vosper. “So it became the lightning rod for all of that loss.”  

The loss recovered and attendance grew to over 100.  It turns out that there are hundreds to thousands of clergy who are atheists practicing their profession.  The Clergy Project is an online support group for current and previous ministers and they have 750 members.

Today we can contemplate all this while enjoying the lyrical shapes of Koi.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Hobby On!

A prelude to my post today is to ask you to contact me if you experienced a gap in receiving the Photo of the Day.  At the  beginning of October, the percentage of opens dropped significantly.  In the last day or two, I've received emails from recipients welcoming me back to Photo of the Day.  I have sent out posts every day, so I've concluded that some of the email systems such as sympatico had problems which have now been fixed.

If you find yourself in this situation in the future, the photo of the day is posted on my blogs - and

Today I decided to explore our interests and past-times.  I didn't need to do much work at all.  Did you know that the following are actually identified as hobbies:

Tatooing vehicles - self-evident but still strange

Mooing - competition in Wisconsin, recently won by a ten-year-old boy

Faking your own death  - known as pseudocide - variations exist and the most famous one is one man whose hobby is acting out murder scenes - calls himself Dead Body Guy

Competitive dog grooming - dogs dyed various colours and trimmed weirdly to look like flamingoes, clowns, leopards, parrots, etc making them look like freaks - particularly since the groomers dress the same

 Tape art - using old cassette tape, adhesive tape, duct tape, etc to make  to make pictures, particularly street art - has a society and website - this one is worth looking at

 Trainspotting - an ordinary hobby - but Train Surfing is extraordinary - jumping on the outside of a passenger train and hitching a ride

Navel fluff collecting -the yuk one in the list - again one strange man who has done this for more than 20 years so has evidence of his interest

 Extreme ironing - ironing things in strange places - mountains, rivers, skydiving...a yearly competition to prove it exists

Hikaru Dorodango - this is polishing dirt - take a ball of mud, draw the moisture out of it while coating it with finer and finer layers of soil after which you start to work the dirt by polishing it by hand into a sphere.  This is a Japanese art and the word means 'mud dumpling'. You can read about it at Wikipedia HERE

News-Bombing - there is only one person doing this - he is an ugly man in the UK who goes to live news broadcast locations to stand in the background behind the journalist - making a point about allowing ugly people on-screen

There are new and amazing things to discover about us humans that I could not have imagined possible. We are both funny and bizarre

I found these exposed tree roots with their complex swirling shapes and textures in Minneapolis.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Russia - A Nation of Humour!

Did you know there is a very long tradition of Russian Political jokes?  I find this out from Wikipedia.  The jokes start with Imperial Russia and conclude with Post-soviet Russia.  They are HERE.  A Bloomberg article with the best jokes is HERE.

Bloomberg's article, as with Wikipedia, demonstrates that Russian humour about the way the country is run is an unbroken tradition from the czarist era to the present day.  The article's author, like me, finds that many of them aren't funny.  But there are some great jokes in the article.  Here is Reagan's joke.
"The CIA-Reagan Soviet joke pipeline was no secret at the time. One from a list declassified in 2013 was a particular favorite — Reagan told it repeatedly, once adding he’d shared it with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and gotten a laugh from him. The CIA version goes like this:
An American tells a Russian that the United States is so free he can stand in front of the White House and yell, “To hell with Ronald Reagan.” The Russian replies: “That’s nothing. I can stand in front of the Kremlin and yell, ‘To hell with Ronald Reagan,” too.
Two more from Wikipedia:

A Gulag joke:
Three men are sitting in a cell in the (KGB headquarters) Dzerzhinsky Square. The first asks the second why he has been imprisoned, who replies, "Because I criticized Karl Radek." The first man responds, "But I am here because I spoke out in favor of Radek!" They turn to the third man who has been sitting quietly in the back, and ask him why he is in jail. He answers, "I'm Karl Radek."

A Stalin joke:
Stalin reads his report to the Party Congress. Suddenly someone sneezes. "Who sneezed?" Silence. "First row! On your feet! Shoot them!" They are shot, and he asks again, "Who sneezed, Comrades?" No answer. "Second row! On your feet! Shoot them!" They are shot too. "Well, who sneezed?" At last a sobbing cry resounds in the Congress Hall, "It was me! Me!" Stalin says, "Bless you, Comrade!" and resumes his speech.

Our pictures today come from Moyer Road - this is the road that Vineland Estates Winery is located on.  This silver barked bush along the side of the road is very photogenic as it is.  It becomes the texture for an abstract pattern created in photoshop.