Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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OK, Amba, for you I'll share (one of them):

Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, nevertheless they give up their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it, and then it's gone. But to surrender what you are, and live without belief--that's more terrible than dying--more terrible than dying young.

--Maxwell Anderson, Joan of Lorraine, act 2

Except that I would replace the second word of this excerpt with "person"--and, then, of course, correct for grammar and reference thereafter.

But THAT would not be the point,of course.


Good ones, amba...

Carlin is one my all-time favorite comedians, but he's much more than that. Having followed him from his beginnings, I've come to appreciate him as one of the shrewdest and most observant philosophers of our time. If you haven't got it, pick up a copy of his book "Brain Droppings" - one of those great little books you can pick up for a minute or an hour and always come away with a tidbit and a smile.

Richard Lawrence Cohen

What Carlin describes is called "jamais vu":

"There is another experience worth mentioning; jamais vu. Its the opposite of deja vu. Instead of feeling extra familiar, things seem totally unfamiliar. In this case there is too little connection between long-term memory and perceptions from the present. When a person is in this state, nothing they experience seems to have anything to do with the past. They might be talking to a person they know well and suddenly they person seems totally unfamiliar. Their sense of knowing the person, and knowing how to relate to them simply vanishes. A room in which they spend a lot of time suddenly becomes totally novel; everything seems new. Details they will have seen a thousand times suddenly become engaging."

There's also presque vu, the feeling of almost but not quite remembering something. Wikipedia's "deja vu" entry describes both and includes a reference to the "vuja de" joke without mentioning Carlin:

"#Jamais vu: From the French, meaning "never seen," the expression means explicitly not remembering having seen something before. The person knows it has happened before, but the experience feels unfamiliar. Often described as the opposite of déjà vu, jamais vu involves a sense of eeriness and the observer's impression of seeing the situation for the first time, despite rationally knowing that he or she has been in the situation before. Jamais vu is sometimes associated with certain types of amnesia and epilepsy. An old internet joke referred to this feeling as "vujà dé."
# Presque vu: From the French language, meaning "almost seen," the expression means almost, but not quite, remembering something. Often very disorienting and distracting, presque vu rarely leads to an actual breakthrough. Frequently, one experiencing presque vu will say that they have something "on the tip of their tongue". Presque vu is often cited by people who suffer from epilepsy or other seizure-related brain conditions, such as temporal lobe lability."

Richard Lawrence Cohen

That link to jamais vu was:


As a safety professional I have always liked this one, If I have it correct:

Why did Kamikze pilots wear helmets?
- George Carlin -



"'Get on the plane! Get on the plane!

'F*** you, I'm getting in the plane. In the plane. Let Eval Kneival get on the plane.' "

"When two planes almost collide, they call it a near miss. It's a near hit. A collision is a near miss."

I love Carlin on language. I swear that he taught me more about precision (not that I practice it, mind you) than most of public school English teachers ever did.

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