Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pandora's Box (er ... jar).

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Wood & Stock:
Wood!? / Wake up there man! / Wood?!
Hello? Who is it? / It's Stock. What year is it today?
Whatever man, I think it's August.
Kalil Bendib.

Check out my latest-generation smartphone.
It comes with an exclusive function: Imbecile Zapper!
And doesn't it work too!
Weyant: Earth Day.

Anecdote of the Jar

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.

It took dominion every where.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.

                     (Wallace Stevens, 1919.)
Epimetheus & Pandora, Paolo Farinati, ~1600.Pandora's box ... well, it wasn't a box it was a jar; Pandora was the Greeks' 'first woman' and the object of Hesiod's ancient misogyny; Prometheus (forward thinker & smart guy) tells his brother Epimetheus (afterwards thinker & doofus) not to take any presents from the gods but of course he takes Pandora (and with her comes the jar) and the rest is history.

Hope stays in the jar: Why do the Greeks put it in there in the first place? How exactly is Hope an 'evil'?

Good questions (possibly) for a humanity lookin' straight up the double- and triple- and quadruple-barrelled environmental shotgun - on which the triggers have already been pulled.
Epimetheus & Pandora, El Greco, 1605.Epimetheus & Pandora, El Greco, 1605.
(Thanks to Peter Sale.)

Hector Salas.

See, hear, speak no evil.
See Google corporate motto (Not!): Don't be evil.

Three cute lesbians (thanks to Miss Jodie):
Miss Jodie: three cute lesbians.
A-and three more (Aglaea, Euphrosyne, & Thalia - thanks to Miss Numa):
Three Graces.

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