Friday, April 29, 2005

Tromp l'oeil sidewalks

This is incredible.

Malaysian Woman Breastfeeds Tiger Cubs

breastfedcubs, originally uploaded by Jill.y.

Awwww. If this warms your cockles, one must wonder at your cockles.

Rumi, the Sufi mystical poet, wrote of spiritual joy enrapturing women and filling them to bursting, so much so that they invited neighborhood puppies to nurse. I thought that was a metaphor, made profound by its ridiculosity (It's my blog and I'll make up words if I want to).

But I ask you. Does this woman look filled with exuberant joy? Or does she look rather put upon and weary from nursing her own child and kittens as well? Good night.

High Fashion Scrubbing Pad Headwear

Phillip Treacle Brillo Hat, originally uploaded by Jill.y.

Clever Marketing Ploy.

How much do you suppose the Brillo company paid Phillip Treacle to feature their product so prominently on one of his haute couture hats? Phillip Treacle is much-loved by the upper crust in England for his flights of fancy that perch atop one's skull. In fact, he designed Camilla's chapeau for her recent wedding to that wacky chap Chas.

As an ugly American who recently visited Britain, I noted how uniformly conservative most people dressed. Albeit, we were in rural Yorkshire for the most part, but even in York, you didn't see as much personal expression as is fairly common here, even in the Midwest.

That said, explain to me these fantasmagoric hats Englishwomen are so fond of? They are independent of gravity, reminding one of a flock of seaguls taking flight as they are chased by a pack of rabid sheepdogs.

Does it make you want to scrub pots with your head? Me too.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk

I did say this site was going to be about advertising and marketing, writing, etc. This falls under the writing category, but not the advertising and marketing variety. This is a very high brow sports article from one of the better collections of literary essays I've seen in oh, at least three to six months. They may make a Norton Anthology of it one of these days.

From: "Lisa"
Subject: Hi Dr.!

Hi, I am medical and I am wondering why the stomach secretes acid. Can you help?

My dear Lisa,

I am sorry to report that stomachs do not secrete acid, rather they secret (no "e") it. Stomachs are very shy, and they secret away many, many things. Explore the hidden folds and cul de sacs of any stomach, and you'll be surprised at what it's been hiding from you. Acid, yes, but also tinfoil balls and shopping lists, romantic candles and remote controls.

I suggest you try typing more carefully next time. And check your teeth ... what is that, a poppyseed?

With insurmountable fondness,

As reported in Haggis-On-Whey. I kid you not.

Introducing Cambium Creative

Weird name, isn't it? When Jonathan and I decided to do this thing together, we thought up all kinds of names, and shot them all down. We're a marketing/advertising/pr/etc. company, and cambium is that thin layer of cells between the bark and wood that creates new growth. Aha, we thought. That's our business, growing things: sales, awareness, better things for everyone. So there. That's Cambium Creative in a nutshell. More to come.