Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: November 22 @ 12:10pm
I ask not for the great, the remote, the romantic; what is doing in Italy or Arabia; what is Greek art, or Provencal minstrelsy; I embrace the common, I explore and sit at the feet of the familiar, the low. Give me insight into to-day, and you may have the antique and future worlds. What would we really know the meaning of? The meal in the firkin; the milk in the pan; the ballad in the street; the news of the boat; the glance of the eye; the form and the gait of the body; — show me the ultimate reason of these matters; show me the sublime presence of the highest spiritual cause lurking, as always it does lurk, in these suburbs and extremities of nature; let me see every trifle bristling with the polarity that ranges it instantly on an eternal law; and the shop, the plough, and the leger, referred to the like cause by which light undulates and poets sing; — and the world lies no longer a dull miscellany and lumber-room, but has form and order; there is no trifle; there is no puzzle; but one design unites and animates the farthest pinnacle and the lowest trench.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar" (1837)


flainez says:
Be careful on that tree. By the way, your hair reminds me Tim Burton!
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 12:18pm -
Scrivener says:
You're not kidding, @flainez. It's been raining, slowly but steadily, all day and that limb was wet. I did almost fall on my ass as I climbed down.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 12:20pm -
benfrank says:
he's right. total tim burton hair. that tree looks pretty awesome for climbing.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 12:26pm -
Scrivener says:
You know, I didn't really have a good sense of what Tim Burton looks like. So I googled "tim burton photos" and after what I saw, I gotta say that @flainez is totally right. Clame.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 12:39pm -
Beard Goggles says:
I just really like the blues in this shot.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 12:50pm -
gfmorris says:
Actually, I've always thought that you look like a taller John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame. Except, you know, far far less obnoxious.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 1:09pm -
Ace says:
Workin them angles. In them trees.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 1:49pm -
Grower&Shower says:
Great shot and love the caption!
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 2:52pm -
mc sauce says:
those look like comfortable climbing boots.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 2:53pm -
elldub says:
DW's gonna be pissed you're in his tree.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 3:28pm -
michaeljstraub says:
Anyone ever told you that you look a bit like Wayne Coyne? I would have also suggested Tim Burton. Tree climbing builds strong beards
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 4:11pm -
folliclejuju says:
that tree has a very interesting color to it. was it painted?
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 4:19pm -
wondermade says:
This has album cover written all over it.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 4:56pm -
ThatGuy says:
Tim Burton? Wayne Coyne? Album cover? Maybe. Ninja? Definitely.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 6:30pm -
Johnny Rebellious says:
Tree climbing in the rain?? That, sir, is dangerous. But I suppose the mystical powers of the beard will protect you from harm.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 6:39pm -
Poe says:
I had to read the Emerson quote a few times. good stuff.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 6:49pm -
Scrivener says:
Thanks @Beard Goggles.

@gfmorris, I don't know who that is and didn't find a picture of him after a really quick search. But I'll take your word for it.

Thanks @ace and @grower&shower
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 6:54pm -
Scrivener says:
@mcsauce they really are very comfortable, but the problem is they're really wearing out. Those boots are older than my kids, at least 10 years old now. I'm gonna have to break down and buy another pair soon.

@elldub You tell DW he can talk to me if he's got a problem with it.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 6:56pm -
Scrivener says:
@folliclejuju I don't think it was painted. I think it's just some lichen growing on the branches. And it was raining, but not very hard, so some areas on the undersides of the branches were still dry but with rivulets of water running down them.

@wondermade I guess I need to get my solo music career going then.

@ThatGuy I was just reading a whole comment thread debating whether the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are really ninjas or samurai. Some people seem to think it hinges on whether mutant turtles can be all that stealthy. So I wonder whether I could be a ninja wearing those boots.

@Poe Thanks. I'm a fan of Emerson's, but it's not uncommon to have to read it a few times.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 7:02pm -
Poe says:
@Scrivener o not at all... in fact one of the joys.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 7:10pm -
Gavin says:
Climbing trees is fun. It's one of those things I just stopped doing. Once I had kids, I've gotten up in a few. It's also not as easy as I remember it being.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 7:54pm -
Philly says:
very nice.
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 8:25pm -
revgoomba says:
Great quote.
Posted: Nov 23rd, 2009 - 5:37am -
jnonfiction says:
Hey Tarzan.
Posted: Nov 23rd, 2009 - 5:58am -
James A. Polk says:
I like your environment!
Posted: Nov 23rd, 2009 - 7:04am -
gfmorris says:
Hey @Scrivener, CLAME for a shot of John Gruber.
Posted: Nov 23rd, 2009 - 7:51am -
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