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Posted 9/4/2011 8:50pm by Eugene Wyatt.

As an instance of the simile and the metaphor together, take the following from King Lear, iv. 3, where the Gentleman describes to Kent the behaviour of Cordelia on hearing of her father's condition:

                                     You have seen
Sunshine and rain at once; her smiles and tears
Were like: a better way,—those happy smilets
That play'd on her ripe lip seem'd not to know
What guests were in her eyes which parted thence
As pearls from diamonds dropp'd.

William Shakespeare

From Shakespeare: His Life, Art, and Characters, Volume I. Henry Norman Hudson, New York: Ginn and Co., 1872

Similes: 1.) Sunshine and rain like smiles and tears 2.) parted thence As pearls from diamonds dropp'd

Metaphors: 1.) —those happy smilets That play'd on her ripe lip 2.) What guests were in her eyes

Posted 9/4/2011 6:25pm by Eugene Wyatt.

...I ought to add that a simile is sometimes merely suggested or implied; as in these lines from Wordsworth:

What is glory?—in the socket
See how dying tapers fare!
What is pride?—a whizzing rocket
That would emulate a star.

What is friendship?—do not trust her,
Nor the vows which she has made;
Diamonds dart their brightest lustre
From a palsy-shaken head.

From Shakespeare: His Life, Art, and Characters, Volume I. Henry Norman Hudson, New York: Ginn and Co., 1872


In today's music:

The latest technique of rappers is the use of implied similes. Here is the way you can create your own.

1. Create a simile. A statement comparing two ideas similar to each other with the use of words "like" or "as."

2. Remove "like" or "as" from the simile.

3. Give a detail that conveys the idea more directly.

For example:
"I got you begging like a dog." This is a normal simile.

"I got you begging, come here Lassie."
This is an implied simile. The listener has to put the "like" in order to make the connection between the ideas. And "Lassie" is a more detailed image of dog than just saying dog.

From The Emcee Mind

Posted 9/1/2011 2:27pm by Eugene Wyatt.

Heather yarn is made when an undyed wool and a dyed-in-the-wool black wool are blended together in the card before spinning.  Heathers show a variation of blacks, whites and grays along the length of the fiber.

We can overdye the yarn such that the heathering shows through.

Back to Heather Yarn


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Posted 8/31/2011 7:16pm by Eugene Wyatt.

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Posted 8/30/2011 8:28am by Eugene Wyatt.

Now a simile, as the name imports, is a comparison of two or more things, more or less unlike in themselves, for the purpose of illustration. The thing illustrated and the thing that illustrates are, so to speak, laid alongside each other, that the less known may be made more intelligible by the light of that which is known better. Here the two parts are kept quite distinct, and a sort of parallel run between them. And the actions or the qualities of the two things stand apart, each on their own side of the parallel, those of neither being ascribed to the other.

In a metaphor, on the other hand, the two parts, instead of lying side by side, are drawn together and incorporated into one. The idea and the image, the thought and the illustration, are not kept distinct, but the idea is incarnated in the image, so that the image bears the same relation to the idea as the body does to the soul. In other words, the two parts are completely identified, their qualities interfused and interpenetrating, so that they become one. Thus a metaphor proceeds by ascribing to a given object certain actions or qualities which are not literally true of that object, and which have in reference to it only the truth of analogy.

Shakespeare: His Life, Art, and Characters, Volume I. Henry Norman Hudson, New York: Ginn and Co., 1872

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Posted 8/28/2011 5:27pm by Eugene Wyatt.


Attached please find some photos of the beautiful blanket I made with Catskill Merino yarn. I made it for my son to take with him to college, so he'd remember he has a mother. I used the Four Seasons Throw Book--the Fall pattern. I believe the patterns are written for Manos, but in my opinion your yarn is the perfect one for these patterns. (In fact, I'm making a second blanket with different colors for my jealous daughter.) The yarn is amazing to work with and the colors are--yum. 



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Posted 8/28/2011 11:02am by Eugene Wyatt.

I tried to adjust this photo in Adobe Lightroom but exposure and color temperature adjustments kept taking the image away from what originally attracted me to it—I post it here As Shot—it looked like a forgotten painting, an old master, possibly attributed to the Dutch school, but certainly of disputed provenance, hanging in a dimly lit corner of the Prado and seen through centuries of ambering varnish.

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Posted 8/22/2011 4:11am by Eugene Wyatt.

In today's excerpt - the homogenization of America, the phenomenon that works to turn suburbs and medium-sized cities (large cities are not immune) into placeless places, and comes currently, at least in part, from "new age chains."

"Main Street in our minds - the ideal that many of us grew up with or got from postcards, black-and-white movies, and trips to Disneyland - starts with a brick church at one end of town and a granite bank at the other end. In between, there is a string of two- and three-story buildings, each looking a little different from the other and selling something a little different. All the shops have window displays and half-opened doors. They sell hometown newspapers and Life, penny candy and fresh-cut meat, clothes for Easter and the new school year, and chocolate shakes and Cherry Cokes paired with thin burgers and shoestring fries. The owners know their customers' names, sizes, and fashion sensibilities. In the middle of all of this is a quirky Woolworth's or a J. J. Newberry's - that's it for national stores.

"Sure, there is a heavy dose of nostalgia in these memories, but the downtowns of the past were different from today's upper-end downtowns. From Madison, Wisconsin, to Charleston, South Carolina, to Pasadena, California, you've got chains - not, in these places, McDonald's or Burger King, but 'new age chains,' as the Canadian activist-writer Naomi Klein calls them, like Starbucks, the Body Shop, and Qdoba Mexican Grill - outlets with small yet still distinctive signs, that use natural-looking products and color designs, and talk about community and corporate social responsibility. Along branded Main Streets from Maine to California, Einstein Bros. Bagels stands next to a Barnes & Noble next to a Banana Republic next to a Ben & Jerry's next to a Chili's next to a Starbucks.  

"In the next town, there is a Gap (which owns Banana Republic), Cosi, Borders, the Body Shop, and Starbucks. Out on the highway, Applebee's saddles up next to Borders next to the mall with a Gap, Foot Locker, Children's Place, Sunglass Hut, and Build-a-Bear. Inside as well as in the parking lot, there is a Starbucks. Across the highway in another sea of parking spaces are The Home Depot, Petco, and Target with a Starbucks kiosk inside. The next town over has the same strip. It is not like there is one Main Street and then another anymore, or one commercial strip and then another. It is more like there is one single, low-slung, set-back Main Street of branded stores in America, and it gets repeated over and over again like a film trailer in a loop.

"There is a tipping point here, however. Too much sameness alarms, rather than reassures, many bobos (borgeois bohemians, a term coined by David Brooks to describe those who heirs to the yuppies want to be safely different and to be viewed as socially conscious) and creative class types; it cuts into their sense of individuality. '[C]hain stores,' Houston's Thomas L. Robinson lamented, 'have homogenized the landscape so that there are few remaining external clues [to] where you are.' Like others anxious about the most recent spread of 'generica,' Robinson blames Starbucks. This isn't entirely fair. Starbucks isn't the only chain out there, and the predictability it sells wouldn't work if people didn't want it. But Starbucks has grown so rapidly and spread so far, so fast, that is has replaced McDonald's and as the symbol for many of the newest and most troubling wave of homogenization."

Everything but the Coffee, Learning about America from Starbucks by Bryant Simon; University of California Press, 2009


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Posted 8/21/2011 7:42pm by Eugene Wyatt.

Marjorie Corbett, sign maker and painter, asked me to photograph the sign she painted from a photo I took of Ugh, sheep extraordinaire, and to email it to her so that she could reproduce the image on a banner for the stand I want.

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Posted 8/21/2011 1:32pm by Eugene Wyatt.

After learning that eating sainfoin, but not fescue, was followed by a stomachache, the lambs knew to pick cocksfoot over alfalfa when given the choice in the future. Have no idea what this means? In non-lamb terms, if a pasture legume caused indigestion (thanks to lithium chloride added by the researchers) but a grass found in pastures did not, the lambs, when facing a later choice between a different legume and a different grass, opted for the grass over the legume. In other words, the lambs demonstrated an ability to form a generalization about the relative digestibility of families of plants. (Lest sheep let these findings go to their heads, note that recent research found that some plants communicate with each other to raise defenses against herbivores.*)

Think You’re Smarter Than Animals? Maybe Not  Alexandra Horowitz and Ammon Shea, NYT August 20, 2011

*What self-respecting lettuce wants to end up splayed on a plate in a vegetarian restaurant being devoured by a talkative but well-intentioned herbivore.