Friday, December 12, 2008 25 Comments


Today I dropped the Sibyl on her head.
(Critical consensus in the household
Has assigned her the definite article.)
To be exact: put her in the exact

Dead center of our king bed, called
Space Bed for its sticky future-foam,
Stood up for, I swear, two seconds
To pick up a pair of socks, looked

Back around and there she was:
Nosediving at the bone-hard floor.
Poster now cut, in optical inverse,
Across the inside of my forehead.

Result: she has a green robin's egg,
Bud for some half-horned unicorn,
On the outside of hers; and cried
For two whole minutes, yielding only

To the seductions of "Brown Bear";
And her mother was very annoyed.
This is the catechism of folly,
Known to every motorcyclist:

Church and gospel of the close call.
The head without a built-in helmet
Is plum for any stick, but skull
That traded ridges for its brow,

Light and arched and high and thin,
No Fuehrerbunker but a Reims,
Improves the lightest of blows.
Is the warm anchor that wraps us,

Each comfort and open door, more
Than yesterday's dreamer dreamed,
Real? Or is there no weight, holy
Or mundane - but drift, movement

Of excitement framed in unreason,
As the republic crawls and slides,
Rolling in laughter and smiles,
Two feet to the floor, nine meters

To the Roman judgment of concrete?
Had we one last book, to tell us.
Since patient fire took the ninth,
Tomorrow throws not even an echo.

What would Cato make of Majorian?
Accident is silent. Rug your floors,
Rake up and guard your gold, strap
Hard helmets on your children:

Gravity is great, winter is here.


Blogger Botogol said...


December 13, 2008 at 2:17 AM  
Blogger nazgulnarsil said...

now when she doesn't get into the cathedral you can thank yourself.

December 13, 2008 at 3:08 AM  
Blogger Neil said...

I know that feeling.

If she's crying, she's not dying.

December 13, 2008 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

This is my favorite UR post.

December 13, 2008 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger G. M. Palmer said...

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December 13, 2008 at 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've managed to do this to all three of my kids at various points in their infancies.

It seems that once is not enough to figure it out.

But the babies are harder to kill than they appear to be.

--Dumb Blonde Mom

December 14, 2008 at 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Benzo said...

Moldbug Helmet Corporation: "Prolonging the Inevitable"

December 16, 2008 at 1:15 AM  
Anonymous mobile said...

If I had a nickel for every time I dropped one of the rugrats on the noggin, I'd be good for at least one, and maybe two, Diet Pepsis.

December 16, 2008 at 6:38 PM  
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December 17, 2008 at 6:52 PM  
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December 18, 2008 at 4:59 PM  
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December 18, 2008 at 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And her mother was very annoyed"

Why? Did you intend to injure your child? Should you accept this? So it starts, in the war between the sexes the birth of a child moves the line in favor of the mother. There is not one of my male friends or relatives who emerged from the blessing of a child without diminishment. Leading eventually to marital distress. Watch yourself, you may end up in places you did not forsee.

Oh, I was there with the unmitigated joy at one time also.

December 18, 2008 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger G. M. Palmer said...

Unmitigated Anonymous

has "issues."

December 19, 2008 at 5:19 AM  
Anonymous Randy said...

Been there, done that. In the end it just makes for a great story at family get togethers - and on blogs it seems...

December 19, 2008 at 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Frank said...

In truth, this was ..... rubbish.

December 24, 2008 at 7:33 AM  
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December 25, 2008 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous nazgulnarsil said...

An aside, I have to thank moldbug for his positive mention of Yes Minister. Easily one of the best written things I have ever watched.

December 26, 2008 at 5:02 PM  
Anonymous PA said...

Perhaps "Nosedive" is a fine coda to this blog, which appears to have run its course.

That's certainly no slight to Mencius. UR was better than first-rate.

But maybe it's for the best. Moldbugs great contribution was to elucidate the mechanics behind the class warfare in today's West. The Calvin-to-Obama arc is credibly argued. His downplaying of the Jewish role as engine of the Left is also convincing. Mencius' rendering of the power-drunk, Universalist, fanatical Brahmin class paints a realistic and horrifying portrait of our masters.

That stuff was worth every minute spent reading his 100,000-word essays.

He said what needed to be said.

As for the rest, the proscriptive Formalist pieces were nerd porn. Gay ass jerk-off-to-crytolock-weapons-my tenth-level human fighter can beat your fifth-level elf Magic User nerd porn. So nerd-porn, Rainman would have found it too dry and abstract for his sensibilities.

The financial/economics stuff was over my head, which I admit says nothing of their worthiness. But it was in line with my sense that it made robot-brained Libertarian tards very warm in their pants, so that too is filed under Nerd Porn.

The poems were pretty good. Their pathos was too subtle for me but nevertheless they are better than anything else out there. "The Pigeon" was awesome.

That's really just my way of saying "Thanks, Mencius, good stuff!"

And now, some more Chinese spam. Wow Gold. A billion more times. Sic transit gloria mundi.

December 29, 2008 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger TGGP said...

Mencius said he was going on break until January 8. That's next Thursday. So the blog isn't over.

January 3, 2009 at 6:45 PM  
Anonymous n/a said...

The Calvin-to-Obama arc is credibly argued.

No, it's not.

His downplaying of the Jewish role as engine of the Left is also convincing.

Only for those who need no convincing.

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Apt description for the whole enterprise, after you subtract the ethnic angle.

January 4, 2009 at 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

Someone mentioned a while ago on this blog to read the website metafilter for an insight into the delusional progressive mindset. Anyway, I thought it funny that today I found a comment by one of them stating that south africa is "mostly at peace" and the white minority "lives peaceably." Hilarious. I think I've seen that same commentator Orthogonality peddling his delusional wares over at Reddit as well.

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