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September 23, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Open to interpretation

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More than just sky high thoughts ©

A fine airing.

The roof not pointedly raising fist. But what protest would it be if so?

Rage against oppressive heat?

Thoughtless drenching when it only wants it’s day in the sun?

Anger at being raised functional rather than frivolous as unpredictable art?

Frustration at being nailed when the other dances loose and free?

A more positive slant of it’s a shy, awkward “hello” with wishful thinking: “Take me with you when you go?”

A sharp slope and a reaching arch: of origins quite apart.

Neighbors of a strange sort.

Both smug with one commonality: they inhabit sky, not dirt like grass.

Can’t build more joy than that.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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And the sun sinks slowly in the west between two trees©


September 21, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Necessary hoopla

woman with Hula Hoop.1958 German Federal Archives. bundersarchiv b-145-bild-F006150-005 unterberg-rolf(Commons-wikimedia-org)

Hoop to do.(German Fed. Archives/

Plain and simple created a global frenzy: A plastic ring. A plastic plate.

A home without a hula hoop or a frisbee? Impossible.

No one does “buy this” better than the USA.

Ah, marketing is everything. Everything.

Believe what you are told? “Being told something is art automatically changes our response to it, both on a neural and behavioural level.”(Researchers at Erasmus University in Rotterdam)

Want a change? Carnival Corp does and launches TV shows on ABC, NBC, CW networks to lure new customers and to dull negative images of their industry.

Advertising skill brilliantly persuasive from years and years of practice.

Which is why I don’t believe it: That there’s no way to stop internet recruitment by extremists without:

  1. Censorship by governments of words and thoughts on social media, blogs, YouTube… To stop dangerous “hate speech” (And just who gets to decided what qualifies as that? Will it change with the winds of time?)
  2. Demanding companies create and hand government agencies the keys and back doors to their programs, operating systems, games, cell phones, and servers to allow authorities to gather informational data at will.

I don’t buy it.

Neither do others.

“Advertisers and agencies arguably know better than anyone how to target young people. One of the trends at Cannes this year is brands powering social good. That movement needs to be extended to actively fighting the hatred that is spreading online….” Read more here

People. This is America. No one does “buy this” better.

The land of slick cereal ads (guaranteed to cause fights in the grocery aisles), seductive perfume ads (to drain bank accounts for “when you care to give the very best – or else”), Big Pharma (“Don’t worry about the fine print. Just tell your doctor you want it”), weight loss programs, overpriced NFL team wear, Cinco de Mayo, and the must have “IT” Christmas toy (that is endlessly advertised although it’s been out of stock since August)

The land of “Truck Country” vehicles that never see a ranch or farm.

The land of Subaru’s dogs  and the Budweiser frogs.

The land of Gates, Jobs,  Zuckerberg, Doresy, Stone, Glass, innovative techies, and those wizards who create addictive, mesmerizing video games.

Not to mention the talented animators, movie producers, and comedians.

(Oh, OK. I have a dog that considers it her community service to vacuum up anything left on sidewalks or streets. Here’s the serious marketing “Ten Years of Apple iPods Commercials” PC Mag)

Brilliant. People.

So you’re telling me, Washington, DC, that there is no way to create an effective internet campaign to counteract ISIS? Seriously?

I know. You tried.

But not one viral moment. Lame-O is what I heard. (Sorry, GEC. Weak Tweets.)

It’s not like others aren’t trying to help you out:

While there’s always the chance of someone being unclear on the concept, high-powered ad agencies who know brand development could avoid missteps.

To Homeland Security and federal agencies, who want to simply react by restricting and policing the internet rather than being proactive to develop a strong counter campaign, Shakespeare’s quote seems more than applicable:

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks”

Book. with train on cover. Little engine that could (amazon-com)

Don’t you think that clown could turn things around if he wanted to? (

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. 

Yep, that Little Red Engine’s “I think I can, I think I can” goes a long way.

Net the real deal

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

(Clear the tracks: Electronic Frontier Foundation here.)

dog catching frisbee. (Lucie Schonova/

Need direction, a good byte to grab, and willingness to run with it. (L.Schonova/




September 19, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Fighting words. Flea or flight

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Perception is everything. Obviously one of those very expensive, heavy duty, all terrain baby buggies. Doubles as a stylish constructionist bassinet in any trendy loft. ©

Cloudy heading – with no logical thought to ground in context.

That’s freedom.

“It is what you want it to be.”

That’s risky.

Lil’ darlings once, words now hobbled. They huddle among their own kind in the back book rooms.

Confused with physical batterers.

Ever to be absolved of guilt? A committee might fine them, innocent.

They are bound to hope their banishment is only temporary. (Absence makes the human heart grow fonder, yes?)

elegantly woman from 1900-1918-ish Alber Sachs /Walter Scott-photographers. Bradford.Yorkshire. (USPD: pub-date/

Lady Language: all dressed up and nowhere to go. (USPD/

Words tried to adapt to the crippling of the their backbones. 

Dismissal of vocabulary study, root words, endings and prefix. (Sigh. A loss of their heritage)

Scorned for the rollicking games that independent letters are fond of : that mental hide an seek thrill with paronomasia, metaphors, those tricksters: the words often confused, tongue twisting alliterations, and oh, onomatopoeia!

Longing for the days of quick social cuts and social slams.

Language of intelligence.

When satire said you cared enough to slay the very best.

Persuasive discussions of grace and meaningful content.

No fun any more.

So much hyperbole around.

De-evolution to childish name calling without even a clever retort in response. (“I’m rubber and you’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you” doesn’t even come close.)

woman dressed as bride.Peggy Fish.1920s. (USPD: pub-date/

Language never thought civilized society would wander away from her. Maybe she didn’t realize that netting could snag, or that many dislike dangling modifiers. (USPD/

Who rules the lines? Words wonder.

Relentless scarlet pens pricking.

Words tormented out of a reason.

Totally unnoticed by fans of the emoji, that new genie.

How funny if you consider: old fire soot and clay colors on cave walls may last longer than electronic squiggles on screen.

Can’t call words back, they say.

But have to wonder if words, the bricks and mortar of civilization, are sticking together, compounding, becoming plurals, and diagramming their return.

What will the last word be?

And who will have it.


Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Assorted wordy stuff:

Man and two women. 1920 lobby card "Home rule". Hart Productions/ (USPD (

“Come on, cutie. Drop the lettering. Don’t you know actions speak louder than words?” (USPD/



September 14, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

What’s Driving Pittsburg

Man. 1973 Bill Bixby. NBC-tv. (USPD: pub-date, nocr/

It’s all in the twists wrists.(USPD/

Well, bust ma britches and call me Nancy. This is gonna thrill a lot of people.

Uber’s driverless cars are now available in Pittsburg.

Undeniably handy for bank robbers, drive-bys, mean girls with water balloons…

No more stress worrying that the get-away driver will chicken out and leave you holding the bag.

No need for the difficult decision whether to permanently silence a nervous driver to keep from being ratted for a Crime Stoppers reward or plea deal.

A little planning may be necessary. Nothing too complicated

The cars may have cameras. Nothing a little spray paint or Halloween mask can’t fix.

Uber payment process and records: Any stolen credit card can open an account or just watch for a summoned car, then jump in ahead of the intended passenger.

For a ghostly exit:  call a friend and have him/her jump out in front of the car after the occasion so it will jerk to an avoidance stop allowing the passenger to escape before driving on to the assigned prepaid location where authorities could be waiting.

Currently there’s a huge incentive to try out the Uber phantom cars:

Right now the rides are FREE. (Eventually, a trip will cost around $1.05 a mile)

Gosh darn.

Emerging technology seems to drive a whole new line of possibilities.

man in suit at desk. 1957 Lyle Bettger. NBC."Court of last resort". (USPD:

“Sorry, ma’m.One more time for the record. The Headless Horseman was driving the car? (USPD/

A brave new world. Are we brave enough to live it?

And then there’s this: “Google’s smart cars will be able to detect exactly where the police cars are”

If cars can be programmed to be aware and respond to certain types of vehicles and actively respond to their presence, is it too far out of the realm of possibility to imagine that one company’s car could be programmed to interfere or aggressively intimidate – even confront – a competing company’s driverless car? I’ll leave what methods could be used by the cars to your imagination.

Could be quite a clash.

Will cops be forced to create a “Bad Vehicle” compound for misbehaving driverless cars…and would that turn into something like Robot Wars arenas?

I can’t be the only one seeing this stuff…..

All I can say is buckle up: a rough ride ahead.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Serious police detective in suit.1957 Frank Lovejoy/ "Meet Mcgraw"(NBC/USPD:, no-cr/

Seeing what isn’t there doesn’t drive detectives.(USPD/



September 13, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Soundings. Truth in zoom

Boy and bike. 1908-messenger-boy. Mackay Telegraph Co. /Waco TX /Lewis Hine. 1874-1940-Lib of Congress (USPD:date of pub, LoC/

Tough enough. It’s a wheel thing.(USPD/

Faced with a lame (not even 3 speed) bike, the clever kids figured a way out: clothes pins and playing cards.

Despite the yells from the kitchen window “Clip those on, and you’ll loosen the spokes. Then the wheel will break. And you’re not getting a new bike if you break this one…”

Smugly, they rolled out hoping the rattle would be enough for the Brando of their minds.

None of that immature belting out “zoom-zoom, varooom” like a little kid with a new Christmas truck.

Talk about lame-o.

Image sounds like the game.

Blue show car. SLAB with pokes: gladiator-style wheel accessory. (image: the truthaboutcars/ primer on Houston Slab culture)

Ben-Hur style: Teach those bike riders to whine about “share the road”. Watch out car chasing dogs and small kids on curbs. (the truthaboutcars/ “Primer on Houston Slab Culture”)

The ppopular trend not unnoticed by auto manufacturers.

Importance of style over actually functioning.

Fake it until you make it.

Many new engines, electric vehicles, and hybrid cars are wimpy silent runners.

No more roar of muscle cars boosting drivers’ self esteem and telling the world how powerful they are.

No loud exotic rumble announcing the arrival of an expensive, leased ’cause no way this guy could afford a chick magnet like this super car like the Ferrari V8.

Car companies have a fix for that sad all I can afford car feeling:

Fake “zoom” piped in by stereo for that “reel car” feel.

Milli Vanilli and Marcel Marceau would sign the praises of these wheel ideas.

. Mime in San Diego, 2013 Christopher Brown/flickr/

Don’t judge. (C. Brown/

Sound response starts early: big noise, big joy.

Then there’s the current social facade.

Not music to gearhead ears.

More bolting on of deception permeating today’s society.

Driving home the idea that everyone deserves to be the flashy model or super powered even if clueless or haven’t earned it?

Auto be fine to only pretend instead of hitting the road with simplicity and honest, reliable transportation?

Always a worry if the spokes get too loose and the wheels fall off.

Only swoon to true zoom.

Sound advice

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge




September 9, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Bright sometimes. Shocking others.

You can’t in a roller skate in a buffalo herd.

You can’t use sarcasm around people any more.

Avoid trouble with inert smiles and nods.

But seriously, do you think whales, turtles, raptors, and babies don’t mind?

Ever shuffle uncomfortably seeing wildlife GPS collared or tagged?

Bound to mess with their flight dynamics or cause a vague lopsided feeling when tearing through the underbrush. Hang up potential.

If Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer was the laughing-stock among his peers about his nose, what about one with the weird alien lump?

Animals can have self-esteem issues, right?

Researchers say animals aren’t bothered by the monitors, but how do they know? (Ever had a pebble in your shoe and not be able to get rid of it?)

Animals aren’t talking, but a new invention may offer insight shortly. 

Designed for a tiny creature who can’t object – one pretty mush speechless for several years (then you cannot shut them up). In a few years data by those who can finally speak up will tell if monitors are darn annoying to those who get them stuck on.

Bird. Mexican spotted owlet. Zion Nat. Park. NPS Sarah Stio USPD by-fed-employee

Not this kind of owlet.(USPD/

The Owlet has arrived!

The Owlet is a smart sockie that monitors a sleeping infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels. If the child stops breathing, an alert is sent to your smart phone.

Honestly this is an important tool for premature infants or those at risk for SIDS.

But after talking recently with some soon mothers-to-be who are frantically worried about every little thing and totally panicked seeing dangers everywhere, I wonder if the giggling joy of a baby freely kicking those piggies in the air will become a thing of the past like feeling the wind in your hair while riding bikes or horses.

Let’s hope Owlet marketing is done with some restraint.

Babies have enough to cry about.

As if monitor tags aren’t bothersome enough, there’s a new way to be even more annoying to ocean inhabitants like sharks. Long distance even.

Saildrones: unmanned, wind and solar-powered ocean vessels that can to patrol the oceans to track movements, guard protected areas, gather research data, possibly carry cargo, and there’s the quietly muttered military uses.

There goes the neighborhood.

“Sea Drones Venture into Uncharted Waters” (Bloomberg article)

If you’re land locked, you can still get into the technology circle.

Ever get really bored and hunt up that YouTube video of cat on the rumba? (That one should be captioned “Perception is everything”. It is RC Cat approved. Sufficient warning.)

Park yourself and get energized. No more worries about getting tripped up in the garage!

“Wireless charging for the Leaf, Volt, and ELR? It’s here …and it’s ain’t cheap” (Autoweek)

Car in garage. Leaf charging wirelessly ( by PLUGLESS)

Leaf charging wirelessly. No, that is not green Leaf poop. ( by PLUGLESS)

Think wireless cell phone charger on steroids.

Once the car is carefully parked exactly over a pad on the floor, an induction coil on the underside of the car picks up the electric magnetic field and starts the charging process for the car battery.

Sounds very Jetson’s cool…but that electric magnetic field?

People used to worry about getting too close to those EMF things.

But car manufacturers wouldn’t create stuff that might be dangerous, would they?

Just to be sure, send the cat in on a rumba, coax it to hop on the charging pad by using a fishing pole dangling a mousie, then see if the cat starts glowing or get scary zombie-ish.

Advancing technology can create some unpredictable results.

Don’t let the cat get your tongue.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Kitten with wild hair. Tesla cat lectures on science of static electricity (

Shockingly, test idea is not RC Cat approved.(






September 7, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

A Möbius Sea

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But for a dream, what would life would be?©

They say some live their lives backwards.

Could have misunderstood.

His, a Twilight Zone version.

Twisted that old cliché of beginning, dependency, ignored wishes, controller only to reverse order to the end.

A truer Möbius bent.

At the beginning, his son’s wedding called them all back to their island home. 

Crowds of cousins, family, and long-lost friends gathered after so many years gone.

All the old childhood haunts visited and remembered:

The old house.

Over there, the school still stands.

And where they met for baseball.

Not far from where he learned to sail.

On the beach he walked as a kid, the sun and sand still felt the same.

One “last night out with the boys” at a bar – before the glittering wedding and new start.

Dancing. Singing. Laughter until late.

The morning after the ceremony, he was thrilled by an unexpected surprise:

A kayak by the back door.

A small sailboat trailered on the drive.

A note from his best childhood friend saying, “Enjoy them as long as you are here”.

He adored being out on the water. The perfect day hardly seemed long enough. 

Later, enjoying the balcony view with his wife, he happily relayed his day’s adventures as if he was a 5-year-old child returning from the “bestest birthday party ever”.

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Island’s sunset. Can’t touch that.©

He paused, waved at the horizon’s stained glass colors, and said, “A glorious sunset almost identical to this morning’s sunrise, yes?”

Smiled at his wife of many years. The children now off on their own.

Took one last drag on his cigarette.

And fell forward onto the ground.

He always loved his island. He always loved the sea.

Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie:
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you ‘grave for me;
“Here he lies where he long’d to be,
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.”

(Robert Louis Stevenson)

They say some live their lives backwards.

If so, may it be happily done.

Would you worry if people, places, or situations from earlier years suddenly start spinning in reverse?

Sailing on a Möbius sea

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

RIP, Arturo. Fine sailor, neighbor, and friend.

Woman on shore waving at a sailboat. 1916. Frank Pape-ill./

 “Just a dream and the wind to carry me. And soon I will be free…” song by Christopher Cross (USPD/






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