Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bits and Bobs (Odds and Ends)

Flotsam and Jetsam? Sorry for yesterday's "esoteric" post. I had some trouble posting images to blogger and was unable to come back to it until today. Here are the bits and bobs:

And here is an entirely unrelated quote from Harold Speed:

It is this perfect accuracy, this lack of play, of variety, that makes the machine-made article so lifeless. Wherever there is life there is variety, and the substitution of the machine-made for the hand-made article has impoverished the world to a greater extent than we are probably yet aware of. Whereas formerly, before the advent of machinery, the commonest article you could pick up had a life and warmth which gave it individual interest, now everything is turned out to such a perfection of deadness that one is driven to pick up and collect, in sheer desperation, the commonest rubbish still surviving from earlier periods.


Ry Guy said...

Ah ha! So "red chalk" must have been a reference to the red chalk drawing that Ben was planning to post yesterday!

And "bb" must be the initials for "Bits and Bobs," the title of today's post!

Well played, Ben! I always enjoy a good "mental puzzel," as you like to call them!

I feel just like Sherlock Holmes!

Would that make Ben Moriarty? :O

lj tanner said...

Ah, now that man has quite a way with words. I often have a similar sentiment related to our modern methods of communication. Quick emails with misspelled words and comments that say nothing, reaching out constantly via cell phone or landline so easily that again the conversations can lack substance, it all seems so fleeting and unfulfilling. What is really accomplished in such exchange other than further focus on the moment and lack of meaty dialogue about the big picture. Of course I suppose that has not kept me from posting here. I miss concrete written letters which carry a personal touch and usually more pensive consideration before pen is put to paper.

BTW, our paths crossed years ago (circa '95-'96) at Christendom, but you might not remember me as I was busy falling in love and not spending so much time meeting new students. My children and I thoroughly enjoy "Angel in the Waters," and of late I have enjoyed your reading and French/Italian movie suggestions.


j'aime said...

now that, i understand. and i love the quote.

Nick-dog said...

Ben, you best be speeding your way back to Front Royal, if you know what's good for you.

I liked the quote. I would like to propose, however, that the human spirit, even for many of us modern thugs, is far from dead in matters of craftsmanship and creativity.

It is my experience that certain items can be mass-produced and still be excellently made and unique, strong enough to take regular, thorough beatings, retain it's form, and last a lifetime.

I cite the example of my sweet, sweet 16 oz. Estwing Hammer, made in the USA.

Maybe it's the exception, not the rule. It's made in the USA after all, which is so not in vogue for many these days. But, when I grab my hammer out of my tool bag, I know that within there's quality I can count on, and it's gonna be with me for another 30-50 years.


steve said...

Love the quote, Ben.

And although I agree there are some fine durable goods to come out of the assembly line, I still subscribe to this quote:

"Some lace must be woven by hand."
-- Don Bluth

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WondrousPilgrim said...

love the quote. it reminds me of Ruskin's essay on the nature of the gothic, which is one of the best things i have ever read and any catholic artists ought to read it.