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Looking up Molly O'Day stuff I came across this video of the 78 playing, always worth a listen

posted by D.S. Monoclonius 2:10 PM


Posting will be light today, as I'm tied up in meetings.
posted by eEZD 12:06 PM




Talk about water tight. All comes back, directly and without errancy, to you. Coincidence? Hardly. Forethought is the cornerstone of the properly, perfectly closed system. And who is more forethoughtful than D.S., King of the Bees?


Bees Learning Smell of Bombs With Backing From Pentagon

May 13, 2002

Scientists working for the Pentagon have trained ordinary
honeybees to ignore flowers and home in on minute traces of

posted by D.S. Monoclonius 11:48 PM


Never having heard of Water Tightness, and no doubt a bit dismayed by the turn to the subject, this evening Todd noted that he had no idea just what it might mean. However, pressed on the subject of what "Be Water Tight" brought to mind, his answer was, simply: "skin."
posted by D.S. Monoclonius 12:35 AM



posted by eEZD 11:44 AM


the following can neither add nor subtract to the thing that is water-tight:

Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

In the following example the dream-work follows rather a different course.
The dream contains a recollection of an excursion to the Hilmteich, near
Graz: There is a terrible storm outside; a miserable hotel- the water is
dripping from the walls, and the beds are damp. (The latter part of the
content was less directly expressed than I give it.) The dream signifies
superfluous. The abstract idea occurring in the dream-thoughts is first
made equivocal by a certain abuse of language; it has perhaps been replaced
by overflowing, or by fluid and super-fluid (-fluous), and has then been
brought to representation by an accumulation of like impressions. Water
within, water without, water in the beds in the form of dampness- everything
fluid and super fluid. That for the purposes of dream-representation the
spelling is much less considered than the sound of words ought not to
us when we remember that rhyme exercises a similar privilege.

* * * * * * * * * *

Dated 14th October, 1926.
The Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, by virtue
and in exercise of the powers vested in them under the Agriculture and
Instruction (Ireland) Act, 1899, the Diseases of Animals Acts, 1894 to 1914,
and of every other power enabling them in this behalf, do, with the
of the Minister for Lands and Agriculture, hereby order:?
Requirements in Regard to Pigs' Heads and Feet.

3.?(a) Pigs' heads and feet sought to be imported under the provisions of
Article 1 (c) of this Order shall be imported only in water-tight barrels,
the outside of which shall have been disinfected by being thoroughly washed
with a 5 per cent. solution of standard phenol or a disinfectant of equal
disinfective efficiency.

Eleatic Stranger: And we have subtracted the
manufacture of all articles made of flax and cords, and all that we just now
metaphorically termed the sinews of plants, and we have also separated off the process
of felting and the putting together of materials by stitching and sewing,
of which the most important part is the cobbler's art.

Younger Socrates: Precisely.

Eleatic Stranger: Then we separated off the currier's art, which prepared
coverings in entire pieces, and the art of sheltering, and subtracted the
various arts of making water-tight which are employed in building, and in
general in carpentering, and in other crafts, and all such arts as furnish
impediments to thieving and acts of violence, and are concerned with making
the lids of boxes and the fixing of doors, being divisions of the art of
joining; and we also cut off the manufacture of arms, which is a section
of the great and manifold art of making defences; and we originally began
by parting off the whole of the magic art which is concerned with antidoter,
and have left, as would appear, the very art of which we were in search,
the art of protection against winter cold, which fabricates woollen
defences, and has the name of weaving.

Younger Socrates: Very true.

Eleatic Stranger: Yes, my boy, but that is not all; for the first process
to which the material is subjected is the opposite of weaving.

Younger Socrates: How so?
posted by power 11:34 AM


"They make them perfectly watertight."

* Near each ranch is generally a village of Indians.* --These are for the most part perfectly naked at all seasons of the year, the women having only a small tuft of grass before them, though those employed about the house are dressed " a la Americain ," but I have seen scores of men lounging around a ranch as naked as they were born, where were several women of the household. A more filthy and disgusting class of human beings you cannot well conceive. They are dark-skinned, nearly as dark as a negro, covered with dust, living upon acorns, wild fruit and fish. They have nothing of the noble bearing of the Indians east of the Rocky Mountains, and they seem to be only a few degrees removed from brutes. Their dwellings resemble almost exactly large coal pits where wood is charred; a hole is dug in the ground, a circular framework is built, and this is covered with dirt six or eight feet high, with a small hole at the base to creep in and out of, and another at the top to let out the smoke. You will always see numbers of men sitting on the tops of their hives sunning themselves, while the squaws are generally engaged in preparing their acorn flour or in weaving baskets and pans, in which they are very ingenious. They make them perfectly watertight. Their acorns are dried, then pounded fine and mixed with some kind of berries, making a kind of bread which is by no means unpalatable, but it requires a man who has the courage to eat a rattlesnake to taste it. In fact, a man must cross the plains before he can summon resolution to eat it, especially after seeing them prepare it. The men are very expert in spearing salmon, of which there is the finest here I ever saw, and very abundant. They are now frequently employed in the mines for a mere trifle, and such generally contrive to get a shirt, and a few get rich enough to buy a coat and pantaloons, but since the rains have set in I have seen hundreds of them wading the streams for fish or traveling on the plain naked, and paying no more regard to the wet chilly storm than dumb beasts. In the Valley they are now inoffensive, as the number of whites overawe them, but in the mountains they sometimes give the miners trouble and some collisions have taken place.

Alonzo Delano's California correspondence: being letters hitherto uncollected from the Ottawa (Illinois) Free Trader and the New Orleans True Delta, 1849-1952.

p. 28
posted by D.S. Monoclonius 10:45 PM
At the behest of the Eziest, this section has been eliminated. To say anything further is to mitigate the watertight mission.

posted by D.S. Monoclonius 10:38 PM


What of R.W. Emerson? Was R.W. Emerson Water Tight?

(First in a series).

Emerson advises us that, to turn to his words, "He that watereth shall be watered himself." Functionally, it is now clear, this is one of the earliest American appearances of the Water Tight conception of life, if not actually of the Water Tight life itself. Exploring the earlier Antebellum conception of the Water Tight is clearly a lifelong project. Let us commence now, at this moment.

I do not find it surprising -- and nor should you, friend-- that Emerson focused his wide and unblinking gaze on this quandary of the Water Tightness in changeable societies and as a central factor in the human condition. It was, indeed, exactly the sort of existential dilemma that others seemed unburdened by, if not precisely unconnected from. As he would have it: "As certainly as water falls in rain on the tops of mountains and runs down into valleys, plains and pits, so does thought fall first on the best minds, and run down." Elusive beast, the Water Tight. I am happy at this moment just to let these thoughts of Water Tightness descend. {Another line (and this, alas, not from Emerson): "I am a cesspool/For all the shit/to run down in."}

Emerson then did not seem to exercise a notion of Water Tightness, but this could be the very evidence of his own internal intellectual and spiritual Water Tightness. I fear even to point this out verges on a tone of looseness. I forge on, undaunted and Water Tight.

I ask you (and most especially AP Farm), as part of this project, to consider the following striking Emersonian notion: "We cannot eat the granite nor drink hydrogen. They must be decompounded and recompounded into corn and water before they can enter our flesh." I am sure that Farm will fondly recall many hours discussing these concepts, and he will most assuredly be struck if not momentarily paralyzed by the Water Tight connection of these concepts, the Water Tight loop linking Corn, Flesh, and of course Water itself. Again: "Immortal water, alive even to the superficies."

So we agree then, Emerson and myself. It is in this meeting of our shared Vision that we become Water Tight across these centuries. As he would have it, "Whilst I stand in simple relations to my fellow-man, I have no displeasure in meeting him. We meet as water meets water..." This is perhaps the clearest statement of the Philosophy that I have come across. Certainly the purest of heart, of intent, and of effect.

May we all meet again, as water meets water, Water Tight.
posted by D.S. Monoclonius 12:47 AM



posted by eEZD 2:36 PM


Water tight. I be water tight, and have been water tight for a time now with the uncertainties and awe in which I swim. I be water tight with a man I don't know but can feel, I be water tight with a light just beginning to glimmer brightly from within, and I acknowledge the light of water tightness that surrounds life--however idealistic this sounds to you cynics and however obvious this sounds to the dreamers. I honor both tendencies and I be water tight with both realities.

The water tightness I feel coming at me warms me like a bath of chocolate cream that is not sticky nor too sugary but smooth as silk almost to the skimming surface of orgasmic sherbet. Orange sherbet of course, not too tangy---just at the fringe for contrasted delight. I slide around in water tightness hoping not to fall to the ground and unsure of when the ecstasy will end. The ecstasy won't end as long as I keep my mouth open to being water tight.

I trust.

I trust in the water tightness that I give, that this water tightness is pure and ripe like an organic strawberry in the farmer's market pulsating with the sweet energy of the life force that reproduces its beauty in all of us---that is the seed, the fruit, and the demise of my water tightness. I trust because I can't give water tightness other than this if I believe in being water tight. Otherwise I fear I give an idea, and that's what I am here to figure out, to clear out, to throw out. The water tightness that I imagine is pulsating but is also sour with some fertilized past---I don't want this water tightness, I don't want to be this water tight. My water tightness is juicy, colored and rich, and not understood by all. Perhaps my water tightness is not pulsating all the time. Maybe my water tightness is the small, average looking tangerine that one assumes has too many seeds. One is afraid of its pungency so overlooks this tangerine for the riper looking orange. I tell you my flavor is with sweet intentions, but only the experienced would be curious enough to pick me up and risk learning whether or not I be water tight.

I be water tight with all of you!

You are all different flavors of my water tightness. Believe me when I say that I know the unique blend of colors that make your fruit worth picking.

At least I tried not to pick cheese for this analogy, to share my thoughts today in this polluted city. Cheese also has its distinctive flavors but not everyone can tolerate cheese.

I love being water tight, I love the magic and craziness of being water tight, infinite gratifying inspirited pace and peace that awaits me, that teases me after a somber sleep, and inspires my meditations.

If you haven't received one yet, I send a water tight hug to all of you, full of chocolate if you like (obviously my preference---I am off to purchase a cake for the ashram) or fruit if you prefer, but definitely a pinch of sweetness of your choice. On this water tight day let us remember that being water tight is an opportunity every day, whether we resist being water tight or not. We are here to learn from each other, heal each other, and be water tight with each other.

To be or not to be water tight: I encourage you to explode the polarity of being and not being water tight for watertightness' sake.

posted by arnu 9:46 PM
I don't feel the tightness? I'm dripping wet. Need help, ASAP.
posted by Andrew 8:34 PM
Dear Experts,
I am new to this forum. It's cool!! But I'm unsure as to the benefits of Water Tightness. This is not to say that I am promoting the porous and permeable. However and nonetheless, I could use some basic education.
Thank you.
posted by gary 10:41 AM
One of the failings of the Web to date has been the lack of information/historical perspective on the Water Tight philosophy. Leave it up to D.S. Monoclonius to fill that void — a void that made the Net itself in danger of not being (continuing to not be?) Water Tight. I look forward to spirited, well-informed debates. Kudos!
posted by eEZD 10:05 AM


Si, yes, this site is Water Tight. It is the very Tightness of this site which makes it the perfect venue to explore Being Water Tight.
posted by D.S. Monoclonius 11:02 PM
Glad to be aboard.
posted by Ulysses S. 11:01 PM
Is this site water tight? Please advise.

posted by Ulysses S. 10:58 PM


This site is dedicated to an understanding of Being Water Tight and is driven forward by the desire to Be Water Tight.

Many of you know, and some may be interested to learn, that over the past several months I have been developing a General Theory of Water Tightness, a philosophy of the Water Tight. I have had several breakthroughs and no little insight into the intricate issues involved with Water Tightness, but no final determination. It is in a spirit of hope then, of anticipation, and of desire to understand, that I turn to you for assistance. Let us together understand Being Water Tight. Let us strive toward Water Tightness. Let us Be Water Tight.

There was a period of time in the fall when I fell far short of Water Tightness. Woefully short in fact. Frustrating and diverting as this time was, I would wish that sort of ongoing, low simmering crisis on no one. However, it has given me an appreciation of how important it is to Be Water Tight. This realization, which might seem immediately evident to you, came to my notice only piecemeal and after much struggle. Since that time I have been creating and recreating Water Tight networks in most every aspect of my life. This can, I believe strongly, be accomplished on an individual as well as a more comprehensive level. We can and should seek to achieve Water Tightness domestically, in conversation, at leisure, rest, and work, and no doubt in all of our respective and multivariate pursuits. But understanding Being Water Tight, and learning to recognize moments of Water Tightness, is the task to which I dedicate this site.

I encourage you to contribute to this site frequently and at great length. Please share your understanding of Being Water Tight. Are you currently or have you been Water Tight? Was it fleeting or sustainable? What is it like? Share your Water Tight moments with us, no matter how insignificant they might seem at the time. It is only from the cumulative weight of these moments, these Water Tight networks, that a General Theory will emerge.

If you would like to create new, alternative Water Tight networks with others, in order to strengthen our collective understanding of the Water Tight, please let me know who should be included (with email address) and I will add the person onto the list. We should and must expand and yet we must maintain Water Tight integrity of the project at all times.

[This site itself, incidentally, is the result of a Water Tight moment that stretched over several days and involved The Eziest of Ds, AP Farm, and myself. To detail the precision of this Water Tight moment might equate to piercing it, so I will leave it at that.]

Some questions to consider, perhaps: What does it mean to Be Water Tight? Is this a condition, a stricture, a requirement, a promise, a salutation, or a goal? Is it individual, interpersonal, systemic, national, psychic, emotional? Is it a mindset, an attitude, a stance, or an ideology? Can one be Water Tight, or only strive toward it? Are there gradations of Water Tightness, or is it a solitary state? What is Water Tightness and how does it relate to Being Water Tight? What are the means of getting Water Tight? What is the result? What are the advantages of Being Water Tight, and the consequences of falling short of Being Water Tight?

Are you Water Tight?

posted by D.S. Monoclonius 2:22 PM