joycean use of the word “googling” and other trivia



This is fun. I ran across the word, “googling,” in Finnegans Wake, this morning. Apparently “goog” (according to Roland McHugh in Annotations of Finnegans Wake) is slang for “egg.” Who knew?


Eileen got her “hairs” cut yesterday. She has been looking forward to shedding her locks. I like her hair long, but I also like it short. Here are the before and after pics I put up on Facebooger.





Speaking of Facebooger, I saw a link go by yesterday that I kept thinking about. I couldn’t remember the name of the author but knew it was posted by one of the pages I follow. After many minutes this morning, I found it.

Michael Faraday on Mental Discipline and How to Cure Our Propensity for Self-Deception

This is one of those silly aggregate type Facebook pages (Brain Picking) that goes by my in my feed. Usually they put stuff up that I’m familiar with or not that interested in. But self-deception is something I think about quite a bit and I haven’t heard of Faraday.

The link has some interesting quotes which might be tough to pull out of Faraday’s larger work (at least from the linked ebooks).

“Among those points of self-education which take up the form of mental discipline, there is one of great importance, and, moreover, difficult to deal with, because it involves an internal conflict, and equally touches our vanity and our ease. It consists in the tendency to deceive ourselves regarding all we wish for, and the necessity of resistance to these desires. It is impossible for any one who has not been constrained, by the course of his occupation and thoughts, to a habit of continual how to order valium from mexico self-correction, to be aware of the amount of error in relation to judgment arising from this tendency.” Michael Faraday

There’s more on the web page linked and of course you always run his stuff down.

My friend, Rhonda, just stopped by to return some music and we had a nice chat. I showed her some of the music I chose yesterday. I was planning on choosing piano music at least for the prelude for a week from Sunday and an easy postlude since we will be out of town Thursday through Saturday and I might not be able to get access to an organ for that time.

But I found two for organ settings that I think are attractive.

This one by Distler from his Opus 8/3 is one I have performed before. I find that Distler usually requires a lot of preparation, his quirkiness which I admire is not terribly intuitive.

Hugo Distler (1908-1942)

However, when I played through this piece yesterday, my fingers and ears remembered it well. It won’t take much to get it ready for a week from Sunday.

Then I found this unusual setting by Pepping from his Grosses Orgelbuch III. Most of Pepping is a bit on the tart/bristly side but this one is quite lyrical. And easy.

Ernst Pepping (1901-1981)

So I guess I’m playing organ in the prelude and postlude a week from Sunday. Maybe I’ll rattle some cages and see if there is an organ near my brother’s house I can practice on while visiting him next week.



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