Many myths have grown up around Matthew Walker, "the only man ever
to have a knot named for him." Dr. Frederic Lucas, of the American
Museum of Natural History, once told me the following story of the
Origin of the knot, which he had heard off the Chincha Islands
while loading guano in 1869. A sailor, having been sentenced to
death by a judge who in earlier life had been a sailor himself, was
reprieved by the judge because of their common fellowship of the
sea. The judge offered the sailor a full pardon if he could show
him a knot that he, the judge, could neither tie nor untie. The
sailor called for ten fathoms of rope and, having retired to the
privacy of his cell, unlaid the rope halfway, put in a MATTHEW
WALKER KNOT, and then laid up the rope again to the end. So Matthew
Walker secured his pardon, and the world gained an excellent knot.
What I’m doing with my life
Copying Wikipedia entries into my OkCupid profile.
I’m really good at
Walking around looking at things and people. Writing poetry.
Photography. Holding still for extended periods of time while
people paint and draw me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Recently in books: The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant, The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits, Reveille in Washington by Margaret Leech, Falling Man by Don DeLillo, Mislaid by Nell Zink, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (yes, the book that inspired the musical)
I also watch movies and listen to music. I've been known to eat food.
The six things I could never do without
The Cambridge Semicolon
The Harvard Em Dash
The Yale Ampersand
The University of Nebraska Open Parenthesis
The ITT Technical Institute Asterisk
The Ball State Interrobang
I spend a lot of time thinking about
things to write in order to justify the purchase of this GlorifiedTypewriter Air.
On a typical Friday night I am
wishing that libraries were open late on Friday nights.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I used to think the phrase "kit and caboodle" was "kitten caboodle."
You should message me if
you share my concern at the high number of OkC members who are
seeking a partner in crime. This is a disturbing trend for a site
dedicated to ideas of love and courtship. What I'm looking for is a
partner in crime prevention. Let's team up to seek out these
would-be criminals as they meet on their first dates and put a halt
to their illicit plans before they have a chance to carry them out.
From bars to restaurants, from theaters to parks, from beaches back
to bars we'll go, our every waking moment devoted to the swift
apprehension of these lawless hooligans. It's time to take a stand.
Join me, won't you? But don't do it for me. Do it for America.