June 16, 2009
Someone must have been
telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one
morning, he was arrested. Every day at
eight in the morning he was brought his breakfast by Mrs. Grubach's cook - Mrs. Grubach was his
landlady - but today she didn't come.
That had never happened before.
K. waited a little while, looked from his pillow at the old woman who
lived opposite and who was watching him with an inquisitiveness quite unusual
for her, and finally, both hungry and disconcerted, rang the bell. There was immediately a knock at the door and
a man entered. He had never seen the man
in this house before. He was slim but firmly
built, his clothes were black and close-fitting, with many folds and pockets,
buckles and buttons and a belt, all of which gave the impression of being very
practical but without making it very clear what they were actually for. "Who are you?" asked K., sitting
half upright in his bed. The man,
however, ignored the question as if his arrival simply had to be accepted, and
merely replied, "You rang?"
"Anna should have brought me my breakfast," said K. He tried to work out who the man actually
was, first in silence, just through observation and by thinking about it, but
the man didn't stay still to be looked at for very long. Instead he went over to the door, opened it
slightly, and said to someone who was clearly standing immediately behind it.......
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...Instead he went over to the door, opened it slightly, and said to someone who was clearly standing immediately behind it, "He wants Anna to bring him his breakfast." There was a little laughter in the neighboring room, it was not clear from the sound of it whether there were several people laughing. The strange man could not have learned anything from it that he hadn't known already, but now he said to K., as if making his report "It is not possible." "It would be the first time that's happened," said K., as he jumped out of bed and quickly pulled on his trousers. "I want to see who that is in the next room, and why it is that Mrs. Grubach has let me be disturbed in this way." It immediately occurred to him that he needn't have said this out loud, and that he must to some extent have acknowledged their authority by doing so, but that didn't seem important to him at the time. That, at least, is how the stranger took it, as he said, "Don't you think you'd better stay where you are?" "I want neither to stay here nor to be spoken to by you until you've introduced yourself." "I meant it for your own good," said the stranger and opened the door, this time without being asked. The next room, which K. entered more slowly than he had intended, looked at first glance exactly the same as it had the previous evening. It was Mrs. Grubach's living room, over-filled with furniture, tablecloths, porcelain and photographs. Perhaps there was a little more space in there than usual today, but if so it was not immediately obvious, especially as the main difference was the presence of a man sitting by the open window with a book from which he now looked up. "You should have stayed in your room! Didn't Franz tell you?" "And what is it you want, then?" said K., looking back and forth between this new acquaintance and the one named Franz, who had remained in the doorway...
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 16, 2009 6:24:36 PM
Wild Turkey + Bacon = Wild Turbacon Sandwich (cures hangover!)
BLT, hold the lettuce and tomato -
The Gates of Malibu
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 16, 2009 6:26:24 PM
Candle Cannon Air Vortex
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World's Largest Ball of Stamps, Omaha, Nebraska
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 16, 2009 6:27:50 PM
1958 Zundapp Janus
Top 10 “Dramatic Animal” Videos of All Time
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 16, 2009 6:28:48 PM
“Years ago, my mother gave me a bullet...a bullet, and I put it in my breast pocket. Two years after that, I was walking down the street, when a berserk evangelist heaved a Gideon bible out a hotel room window, hitting me in the chest. Bible would have gone through my heart if it wasn't for the bullet.”
The Moose, an early Woody Allen stand-up shtick (1965) -
Sculpture of Woody Allen in Oviedo, Spain
Woody Allen Life Magazine cover, 21 March 1969
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 16, 2009 6:30:09 PM
The Original Human Tetris Performance by Guillaume Reymond
Other Human Games at “Game Over’
Data Center Overload
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 16, 2009 6:31:22 PM
Eleven Lessons from McNamara’s “Fog of War"
Also: Trailer for Errol Morris’ Standard Operating Procedure
Ghost army shoulder patches -
General George Patton fielded a historic-first phony army to fool the Germans in the 1944 Normandy Invasion. The deception was so elaborate it even included counterfeit insignia for the fake army units
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 16, 2009 6:45:18 PM
They have Jesus vans in Canada too
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 16, 2009 6:49:53 PM
A Slice o' Maine Life: Husseys, Guns, Wedding Gowns, and Cold Beer
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How to Show Telephone Numbers On Letterheads -
Around 1960, Ladislav Sutnar created a booklet for AT&T’s Bell System called How to Show Telephone Numbers On Letterheads, introducing the format for long-distance numbers we know today: (212) 222-2222. This booklet contains 15 example letterheads with Sutnaresque designs with a few different options for displaying 10-digit telephone numbers
Also: Radio letterheads of the '50s (Another flickr set)
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 16, 2009 8:11:43 PM
Share a memory of that special moment, especially during those Hard Times... with "HOLE"
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Previously: The iFingrU :: the free iphone application
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 17, 2009 7:35:11 PM
Mow our lawn for a date!
Hey boys… ‘tis the season for lawn mowing and new love. These are the only two things missing in my life.
First order of the business: the lawn. Our small front lawn, and largish back lawn have grown out of control after all the rain we have had as of late. It’s about 1.5 feet tall, and growing taller by the second. We are four lovely ladies lacking a lawn mower. This is where you come in.
Second order of business: you and me. I’m a sexy young 20 something lady offering a date (my treat) in exchange for a mowed lawn. We will also offer homemade baked goods to sweeten the deal.
However this lawn may be more than you can handle alone. For this reason, my sultry single roommate has graciously agreed to offer the same deal for your friend who helps you out with the task. Let’s go on a double date! You are also welcome to mow the lawn on your own, and pick a lucky friend to come on the date.
Who knows, maybe one date could turn into two (lawn mowing optional *wink wink*)
Serious inquiries only, we need this lawn mowed, BYOLawnMower!!!
No photos of your weedwhacker please.
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 17, 2009 7:38:21 PM
Venice, CA murals @ ‘Death befom below’
More Street Art in Los Angeles
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 19, 2009 8:26:56 AM
from 'Ugliest tattoos'
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Crazy leaders of the world
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 19, 2009 8:34:04 AM
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Fighting off, and feeding on, rodents that would gnaw away at masterpieces, dozens of "working" cats patrol the labyrinthine storerooms of Russia's Hermitage museum
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 19, 2009 8:36:30 AM
Warren Buffett, the world's second-richest man, has a love for the ukulele that spans decades
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 19, 2009 8:59:14 AM
Mathmatiks Turntable Ring
The 18 karat yellow gold turntable ring is paveed with 2.63 carats in yellow diamonds with all the hardware of a turntable represented in the highest detail. The articulated *Spinning* yellow gold record is locked-in using three separately cast pieces and paveed set with 0.42 carats of black diamonds.
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 19, 2009 9:03:36 AM
Tart cards are the means by which many London prostitutes advertise their services. Step into almost any central London phone box and you can contemplate up to 80 cards inviting you to be tied, teased, spanked or massaged
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 20, 2009 8:27:09 AM
For years, 63-year-old Renee Duncan has operated a successful horse rescue ranch in Perris, CA. Now, deputies are expected to shutter the ranch and evict the emergency room nurse
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 20, 2009 8:28:07 AM
Fun with toothpaste…
… and drunk friends.
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 20, 2009 8:46:46 AM
Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 20, 2009 8:51:24 AM
and other Designer Guns
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 20, 2009 12:17:59 PM
Dogs playing poker
£50,000 for dolls' house that took 15 years to build
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 20, 2009 2:11:07 PM
A man returns the photo of a man he shot and killed to the daughter -
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Elvis Trooper -
Posted by: Hanan at Jun 21, 2009 4:54:55 PM
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