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Friday, July 31, 2009

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Marc Bolan is the only thing keeping me going this week. I've been playing his records nonstop since a rancorous meeting of the International Society of Giant and Regular Size Sundial Admirers of the United States and Canada in Banff where my Norwegian temper flared. The arguments were so loud I thought we would break the windows of the Banff Springs Hotel. Some people call it the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, but to me it will always be the Banff Springs Hotel just as the "Sheraton Palace" in San Francisco will always be the Palace to me.

Sundial admirers are very sensitive people. The Society worked on its plans to put out a coffee table book called, naturally, Tempus Fugit, but believe me tempus didn't fugit that weekend of our junket, er I mean, conference. I think things will work out. When the movie is made of the conference called Banff Sundial Interoperability Capability Milestone it will star "Mr. Anger" John Malkovich and "Miss T-Mobile" Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Here are some famous sundial mottos. Can you guess which one is quoted in "Rushmore"?
A LUMINE MOTUS - Moved by light ABSQUE SOLE, ABSQUE USU - Without sun, without use AGE QUOD AGIS - Do what you are doing ALIIS INSERVIENDO CONSUMOR - By serving others, I am worn away ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS - Art lasts, life is short ASPICE ET ABI - Look (at me) and pass on ASPICE ME - Look upon me BULLA EST VITA HUMANA - Human life is a bubble DEO FAVENTE - With God's favour DEUS ADEST LABORANTIBUS - God favors the diligent DEUS EST LUMEN LUMINIS - God is the light of light DIES DIEM TRUDIT - Each day forces out another day DISCE BENE VIVERE & MORI - Learn to live well and to die well PAISLEY PUELLA REQUIRO REEF AMO HAUD ADEPTO SICCO - Paisley girl misses reef like no get out DISCE DIES NUMERARE TUOS - Learn to value your days DUM SPECTAS FUGIO - I flee even as you observe me EX HOC MOMENTO PENDET AETERNITAS - Eternity is hinged upon this moment FESTINA LENTE - Make haste slowly HINC VIVERE DISCE, HOMO QUASI UMBRA - A man is like a shadow HORA PARS VITAE - Every hour is a part of life ICH DIEN - I serve (German)I LLINC DISCE MORI - Learn to live on this side, learn to live on the other side (i.e. of the sundial)IN COELO QUIES - In heaven is restIO VADE E VEGNO OGNI GIORNO, MA TU ANDRAI SENZA RITORNO - I go and come every day, but thou shalt go without returning (Italian)ITA VITA - Thus (passes) lifeLABOR IPSE VOLUPTAS - Labor contains pleasure last one to shine upon you LEX DEI, LUX DEI - The law of God, the light of God MORA TRAHIT PERICULUM - Delay engenders perils MUNDI OCULUS - The eye of the worldNE QUID PEREAT - Let nothing be lostNEMO SINE CRIMINE VIVIT - Nobody lives sinlessly NIL SINE NOBIS - Nothing exists without us NON NOBIS NATI SUMUS - We are not born for ourselves NON REDIBO - I shall not return NON SINE LUMINE - Not without light NOSCE TEIPSUM - Know thyself OMNEM CREDE DIEM TIBI DILUXISSE SUPREMUM - Assume that every day is the OMNIA FALCE METIT TEMPUS - Time reaps everything with its sickle OMNIA FERT AETAS - Time brings all things OMNIBUS LUCET - It shines for all PER I FELICI ED I TRISTI SEGNO UGULAMENTE LE ORE - For the happy and the sad, I mark the hours alike (Itaian)POST TENEBRAS SPERO LUCEM - I hope for light after darkness POST VOLUPTATEM MISERICORDIA - After pleasure - pity QUALIS VITA, FINIS ITA - Each life has an end that suits it QUID CELERIUS TEMPORE? - What is swifter than time? SAPIENTIS EST NUMERARE - It is the wise who count SENZA PALAR DA TUTTI SON INTESO. SENZA PALESO FAR RUMOR L'ORA - Without speaking, I am understood by all, without a noise, I reveal the hour (Italian)SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI - Thus passes the glory of this world SILENS LOQUOR - THOUGH SILENT, I SPEAK SINE SOLE SILEO - Without sun, I am silent SINE UMBRA NIHIL - Without shadow nothing SOL DEUS VISIBILIS, DEUS SOL INVISIBILIS - The Sun is the visible god, God the invisible sunSOL REGIT OMNIA - The sun rules allSUB SOLE VANITAS - Vanity under the sunTEMPUS AD LUCEM DUCIT VERITATEM - Time brings truth to light ULTIMA DECIDET - The last one decidesUMBRA DEI - The shadow of God UMBRA! QUID ASPICIS? UMBRAM - Shadow! What seest thout? Shadow UNAM TIME - Fear one hour VENI, VIDE, VALE - Come, see, farewell VERITAS TEMPORIS FILIA - Truth is the daughter of time VIA VITAE - The road of life VIGILATE & ORATE, TEMPUS FUGIT - Be vigilant and pray, for the time hastes away VOICI VOTRE HEURE - Here is your hour (French)VOS ESTIS LUX MUNDI - You are the light of the world

4 comments:

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Does Tempus Fugit still perform at Kimo's? I always loved her version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". She talk-sang through the whole thing and used no hand gestures. No wonder she had the reputation of being the comatose drag queen.

Bryce Digdug said...

One night Tempus sang a melody of "I Will Survive" and "Gnomon In The Gloamin." That girl sure casts a shadow! Imagine lip-synching Bing in drag!

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Once when I was in Biloxi, I caught Bling Crosby doing "White Trash Christmas" and "Bennies from Heaven".

Salty Miss Jill said...

We have that in common. Marc Bolan also keeps (and gets) me going. swoon, sigh.