Ex Libris. Lists

I seem to recall, from 1985, that Professor McClintock had a fascination with lists in books, because the printing press made the compilation of lists more feasible than in previous manuscript culture, where long lists (and such things as astronomical tables of ephemerides) were at best problematic for error-prone scribes to copy. I seem to remember he particularly cited one or more lists in Rabelais' "Gargantua and Pantagruel".

Herewith, some lists, from me (BMcC):

America's show stopper problems (2022)

Most destructive first. Political, financial and other material malefactors not included.

American Culture criminalsGod help America!

Most destructive first. Political, financial and other material malefactors not included.


"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works' (Matt 5:16)

The good....

Service mark of Pinkerton's National Detective Agency: "We never sleep."

The dubious....

The bad and the cynical and worse....

In a class by herself:

Famous people

"Don't look up to people, don't look down on people. Look at people: study them all, including oneself." (BMcC[18-11-46-503])

Lives I envy....

The good....

The irrelevant (Dep't of Boohoo!s)....

The dubious....

The bad and the worse....

Recent United States Presidents (Least worst first)

The bottom of the barrel

In a class by himself except maybe with Mafia Dons

Foods & beverages

"You are what you eat" (ref. lost; Alternatively: "Tell me what a person eats, and I'll tell you what they are." (BMcC[18-11-46-503])

Foods I like....

Beverages I like....

Foods and beverages I hate or despise....


KISS. Keep it simple, stupid. (U.S. Navy, 1960; Also: Kelly Johnson)

From epidemiology and nuclear power industry....

To see a lot of U.S. military acronyms: Click here


From Lockheed Martin, NYSE* LMT....

Names I'd like to have, seriously (Call me: ____!)[5]

God got it right in Exodus 3:14. I do not want to have any name: " I am who am". Are you also, my reader, or are you a nameable thing?

"Names are character strings." (BMcC)

Names I would like not to have

Things I'd like to have

"If wishes were horses then beggars would ride." (Jay Unger)



Totally unrealistic....

Things I'd like to have only so I could sell them for the $$$ (but that I would not want to have around)....

Things I would not want to have, no matter what....

Apocryphal automobile models

"America has taken the automobile into its heart, and the automobile has taken over America." (Eric Sevareid)



Some Marianne Moore suggestions for Ford Edsel marque name:

Folkways of American Life

"In the land of the blind, the one eyed man has his eye surgically removed so that he will be normal." (BMcC[18-11-46-503])

Some computer generated dada poems by Julia

"Start making sense!" (BMcC)

N.b.: I (BMcC) occasionally consult the: I Ching. Call me: Dada. People should: start making sense! Below are some computer generated dada poems based on Wilfred Owens' poem: "Dulce et decorum est pro patris mori". Enjoy:

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© a eyes such all our marched deaf old asleep. like on, clumsy smothering devil's

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© could lame; me, Quick, double, face, Behind cursed stumbling Gas! trudge. sea, cancer, rest

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© his hanging yelling my lungs, such est would et at misty green as flound'ring

© devil's fire blind; Drunk on, plunges lost you OWEN like the time, we Gas!

© stumbling BY could or his the as panes face, like the flares If friend,

© green such and And of cursed him helpless eyes The like My all dropping

© like green distant plunges sea, Men the for But green time, from gargling and

© stumbling flound'ring at his the as guttering, Knock-kneed, would sin; watch you beggars all

© watch ardent writhing hoots sores that for ecstasy friend, face, est Of He him

© you lame; through as est some My his old And desperate friend, on even

© His lame; et froth-corrupted Dim on blood-shod. If under asleep. every Knock-kneed, at to

© old And backs, Men double, the sin; blood choking, the fumbling from Behind hoots

© blood-shod. fire like friend, Come GAS! hear, someone In jolt, Till like hoots light,

© green clumsy guttering, someone of for began flares face, deaf had mori. under or

© the some Till we And the As et before sick friend, OWEN like me,

© ardent a If hear, softly helpless went you some I not to too hags,

© lame; out stumbling such to And desperate froth-corrupted incurable glory, hear, To the their

© you high lame; Dulce stumbling hear, the yelling time, ecstasy devil's you such the

© deaf hoots eyes tell writhing in, the Dim sacks, Many turned mori. a as

© limped all me, beggars et flares old sin; of stumbling the Dulce him you

© under My bitter hear, Dulce turned hoots towards blood-shod. friend, hags, Till devil's yelling

Source code for the program(s) is at: here.

Some of my favorite curse words and phrases

[Are you sure you really want to know? (BMcC)]

I will not list these here, out of consideration for Professor McClintock. I will happily provide them (actually, unhappily, for I wish the things that are done to me that trigger them never again happen), on request:

I will, however offer some clues: (1) There is one particular familiar obscenity that I try to avoid using because, understood literally, it may be a blessing. (2) I try to tailor my curses to be "spot on" to impingements I suffer from my social surround. (2a) Some of my curses concern important figures in the history of Christianity. (3) I claim to have PTSD, but not, I think, Tourette's syndrome, although I would not feel negatively about it to find out I did. (4) I propose that any person who can adroitly deploy polysyllabic words thereby earns the right also to use monosyllables. (5) Nobody should ever even suggest doing anything to me that would make me even think of a single curse word; everyone should always make me think and say genuinely felt (not sarcastic!): "Thank you for so graciously helping me so very much!" (6) As a pointed blessing, I etymologically invoke the name of the Islamic Prophet(PBUH): Ojala!

Open secret: My very worst maledictory epithet is something that's no George Carlin word or that any Bowdlerizer might notice. It's what's inside the following double-quote marks; I invite people to stew in their own juices. Bon appetit!

"[fill in the blank]"

And there are also punishments that would be far worse for white-collar creeps with doctoral degrees than a death sentence and apparently are not prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and would not cost the taxpayers anything, either: Can you imagine getting a state licensed Psy.D. educated psychologist's license revoked so they would have to spend the rest of the life flipping hamburgers in a McDonald's Fast Food restaurant, or some other you-waste-your-life low wage job instead of sitting their two self-satisfied couch potatoes in their cushy leather chair running their taxi meter on clueless patients, and consequently them having to default on their snooty big house mortgage and then maybe needing public housing but never making it off the waiting list? That would serve such a perp right, and "it would leave no marks".

Notice some Invisible Elephants in the Room. Stop by my office.

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  1. Joe Biden knows better. He says that at age 78 years he is in good health, but something can happen to anyone at any moment.
  2. "Where words fail, music speaks." (ref. lost)
  3. Is there any cocktail that is not kitsch? Maybe a Bloody Mary?
  4. Of course it is not true that all IBM managers are idiots. However, in the opinion of some employees, sometimes, some of them are. More to the point: Outside IBM Corporation, there are managers who are less than sagacious.
  5. Note that all names are gender neutral: All of them are just character strings.
  6. No need for a link here. Any ambulatory or automobilatory American should be able to find a McD restaurant with a little effort.
  7. Please note that a kamikaze pilot only had to make the trip once.
  8. Sublunary "stars" and non-HVAC "fans".

BMcC signature seal stamp. Modelled on 18th century messenger's letter box in collection of Suntory Museum, Tokyo. Japanese write poems and prayers on slips of paper which they tie into knots like this shape although with longer legs. Prayers are often tied to branches of trees which can look like they are covered with snow. "Symbol of a symbol, image of an image, emerging from the destiny that is sinking into darkness...." (H. Broch, "The Sleepwalkers", p.648) Always remember. Add value. (This image created not later than 21 May 2003)
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