The doors of perception

The’ hell is that? Jon Snow lopping the noggins off wights? The Night King riding Viserion to battle like Robert Duvall in a Huey? Melisandre lighting it up? Nope. Just Maester O’Grady taking a picture of his TV in the dark.

And now, for something completely different. …

If you thought Sunday’s epic battle between the dead and living seemed a little, well, dark, even for “Game of Thrones,” you’re not alone. But before you dash out to buy a new TV, attend ye to the wisdom of Maester Devin Coldewey at TechCrunch (h/t Jason Snell at Six Colors).

Speaking of the walking dead, Matthew Butterick (h/t John Gruber at Daring Fireballhas a few words to say over the lumbering carcasses of the typographical foot soldiers employed so far by the Democratic candidates for president. The lede? It kills:

“You cannot bore people into buying your product,” according to David Ogilvy. So true. Nevertheless, election season arrives, and radical boredom inevitably becomes the preferred strategy for most candidates. Let’s have a look at the typography anyhow.

And yes, today’s headline is drawn from William Blake via Aldous Huxley and Jim Morrison.

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9 Responses to “The doors of perception”

  1. Dale Says:

    My doors of perception were opened when in 1970 I put a blotter on my tongue that was intended to be cut in half ( I didn’t know). Now in my seventh decade, I still remember ashtrays moving around on tables and tiny foxes running around the floor. There was much more going on that I have forgotten.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      O, I loved that stuff. All the psychedelics, actually. I would give serious thought to trying the L-S-Dizzy again, if it were a fresh batch brewed by knowledgeable wizards.

      But it would have to be a very light dose. St. Joseph’s Baby Acid. The voices in my head are already talking about building a Wall to restrict immigration. “We’re full!” they shriek.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Did you say L5? No, you said LS. But, don’t you think a L5 would suit you better these days?

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Hoo-lawd. Smoove like butta.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          I knew you liked jazz, so I assumed Wes Montogemery probably found himself in your record collection. Those jazz guitars and amps just sound so damn good. And, no, I am not going to buy an archtop, although Godin makes a fine entry level 5th Avenue. I need to learn to play the ones I have.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Yeah, no more guitars for me. I’m thinking about taking lessons, see if I can quit reinventing the wheel and then using it to run over all 10 of my thumbs.

          A keyboard and new flute are on the wish list, but holy hell, even a student flute is a budget-buster. I may hit the local music shop when school lets out, see if I can find something used.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I thought cameras were designed to contol the light, not eliminate it. Somebody who thought they knew what they were doing got all artistic and screwed the pooch.
    Bullshit produces boredom. And pols got plenty of bullshit, but Barr is in a leaque of his own.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It was like ordering up a delicious meal at a five-star restaurant and having the chef sling the plate at you like a Frisbee from the kitchen.

      Barr needs a good impeachment to get his mind right. As with Ginger Hitler, the Senate would never convict. But at least we’d be able to see what the hell was happening.

  3. khal spencer Says:


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