Secret Mojo Dumbs It Down for You

August 15, 2006

Well, since I read it seven times already…

Filed under: Humor,writing — secretmojo @ 5:25 am

… I might as well post Fencer’s comment in full. It was “ministrations” where I lost it, and started laughing like a fool.

This is a little off-topic but I really appreciate those two personages who are part of your title bar.

It seems that there is some kind of phrenology thing going on. Yesterday, there was a calmer aspect to the image. The seated (?) recipient of the phrenologist’s ministrations appeared to be sanely contemplating whatever consequences the bumps on his head were leading to.

Today we find the poor fellow’s head on fire! What means this? Or is it that the magisterial phrenologist’s fingers are aflame? With knowledge? With passion? With… knitting?

In any case I’m enjoying the expression on the face of the standing figure without being able to articulate what the expression is… but it looks like he knows what he’s doing, whatever it is.

UPDATE: how remiss of me. Here is fencer’s blog.



  1. I feel bad about the plural/singular mistake with “was” after “consequences”…

    Glad you enjoyed the comment! What’s that all about, if I may be so curious? I find it a true emblem of your entire site, by the way: enigmatic, funny and definitely a going concern.

    Comment by fencer — August 15, 2006 @ 9:48 am | Reply

  2. Hmmm… what subject/verb conflict are you talking about? 😉

    To be honest, it was an example of necessity being the mother of invention. I tried finding a nice brain I could do mean things to (“dumbing it down”), but couldn’t lay my hands on an interesting enough image. So I resorted to phrenology, which is in my opinion much more rigorous than neuroscience anyway. I cast myself in the Franz Gall role (standing), “impressing” contemplative nuggets of useless wisdom upon the reader.

    The fiery hands ignited due to giddy sleeplessness.

    Comment by secretmojo — August 16, 2006 @ 12:29 am | Reply

  3. Hey, thanks for the edit! (Little things that bother me…)

    Phrenology is actually quite an interesting subject… it was mainstream science for awhile, as you no doubt know since you mention Franz Gall. There’s quite a deep and involved article on it in my 1911 Encyclopedia Brittanica (the great, the august Eleventh Edition) complete I think with drawings and etchings of the same vintage as your guys above. Might be worth a post… hmmm…

    A field of endeavor probably just as efficacious as the work of economists and Freudian psychotherapists…

    And so your “impressing” leaves bumps on the head, yes? Leave out the word “useless” and I think you’re closer…

    Comment by fencer — August 16, 2006 @ 9:20 am | Reply

  4. That was my first comment edit, which I impishly enjoyed. Those little things. I shall leave my “roll” instead of “role” up there to prove I can countenance being wrong on occasion. Just don’t come back in a day or two, because I’m sure I’ll have succumbed by then.

    1911? Now that would be interesting. I’ve always had this dream of wearing a “culture helmet,” a sort of time-machine that allows you to breathe in the going perspectives of the day. I suspect that phrenology was highly regarded at the time. For sure, it was one of the first theories that postulated localized functions of the brain; pretty advanced stuff for back then. I’d be very interested in your take on it.

    I also appreciate your suggesting I should take “useless” out; I never miss a chance to demean my ego, which I think is bad behavior.

    Perhaps “alleged” might better serve both honesty and my need to retain zero responsibility for what I say. :-O

    Comment by secretmojo — August 16, 2006 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

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