Monday, February 05, 2007


ARCHITECT, n. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.

2007 Update: An artist with two patrons, the industrialist seeking immortality and the archeologist seeking relics.


quilldancer said...


the amoeba said...

By the skin of a Blogger word verifier, Quilly. Blogger must have been designed by an architect.

ARCHITECT, n. One who works to paint pretty pictures in space that don't work. One whose designs win prizes from other architects and curses from their occupants.

Frank Lloyd Wright is a divinity among architects. And on all his houses, the roofs leaked.

quilldancer said...

architech blog writer, crafting with words that which other folks build with match sticks and plywood -- a place to belong.

Tom & Icy said...

The smart architect is the one who designed igloos that melt in the Spring. He still had his job next fall.

Omnipotent Poobah said...

architect - One who creates something not there before and often making it worse than missing in the process.

Actually, I love architects. I don't know why I said that. I need more mornning coffee.

puppybrose said...

the word architect always makes me think of Ayn Rand's book, "The Fountainhead", which is about a young architect. rumor has it she wrote the story with Gary Cooper in mind -- who then did star in the movie, for which she wrote the screenplay. rumor also has it that Rand created this vehicle in order to find out if Cooper's own, um, architecture was deserving of the legendary status it had recieved, thanks to a number of his oh-so-admiring-and/or-grateful leading ladies:

"I wish I had never seen your building. It's the things that we admire or want that enslave us, I'm not easy to bring into submission." ~ Dominique Francon (played by Patricia Neal)


al said...

Architect: Professional descendents of DaVinci, crackers of building codes.

pia said...

I like your definition

architect: somebody who changes the landscape in the name of preservation

Mutha said...

Puppy I love that one -- LOVE Patricia Neal.

But back to the word.

Architect: mortals attempting to imitate the majesty of nature (See: bird's nests, bee hives, beaver's lodge, prairie dog complex).

a4g said...

Architect, n. One who dreams like Le Corbusier, but draws like Escher.

Joel said...

Architect: One whose vision and drawings typically represent a somewhat "reasonable facsimile thereof" of the finished product.

goldennib said...

Architect: Someone who designs the cage around your throne.

Logophile said...

Icy is such a clever pup.
I've got nothing, its a monday after all.
Just thought I'd stop by to sip my coffee and say good morning.

Doug said...

Quily, yes.

OC, that's no problem with the right houseplants.

Quill, my edifice was made without stone. Actually, not.

Haha, Icy. Good girl!

Poobah, yours is a strange sort of genius.

Puppybrose, I won't ask why she wrote The Fountainhead.

Al, so they're defense attorneys whose courtroom is a wall and whose brief is a drainage pipe? That's authentic.

Thanks, Pia. I like yours. You build ironic frames well.

Mutha, the bird, bee and beaver are eternal? I wish I'd been born a Brad.

a4g, school is back in session, I believe. I've always wanted to live in one of Escher's drawings and some days I think I might.

Joel, agreed but my main point is the wifi's working. You guys are way more entertaining than what I'm here for.

Nessa, google Temple Grandin. My favorite architect and proof of your point.

Logo, Icy's brilliant. And so are you around 2, probably.

Mutha said...

Ahhh to be a Brad. You're over my head dear Doug. PLay fair ... it is Monday after all.

puppybrose said...

Mutha: he meant to say "too bad I was born a brat". i'm just sure of it.

Brat: why she wrote it? or why she called it "The Fountainhead"? (never mind)

Architect: the ant at the front of the line (actually, i was gonna say "head ant", but then strains of the theme for "The Pink Panther" popped into my own sorry head, and well, one thing led to another, and, um... i decided not to. the structure within my skull is fragile enough, as it it is. sigh.)

Karen said...

Architect~ designer footprint of one's life.

SquareGirl said...

Architect: Creator of the Matrix

Sar said...

Architect: Karl Rove a.k.a Bush's Brain

*wonders why I'm the first to mention this, especially following since Poobah, Pia & Karen*

Jamie Dawn said...

Bierce is SO right on the money that I can barely think. Darn those money sucking architects and builders and developers and loan officers and mortgage companies and title companies!

I can't top his, and yours was a good second, so I will take my toys and leave.

Karen said...

sar *snicker*

I thought about it but I do so much of that, I'm thinking Doug might toss me off the island!!

dddragon said...

TLP is the architect of good times.

actonbell said...

Good one, dddragon!

I'm glad the puppy set me straight, because I almost got my Rand novels mixed up--almost asked you who John Galt was. It's been awhile:)

I liked both yours and Ambrose's definitions today!

Mutha said...

Thanks Puppy -- it all makes sense now.

Indeterminacy said...

Architect: An artist who doesn't sign the finished work for fear that it might fall apart later.

cooper said...


Architect: My Daddy - and I don't mean Karl Rove although funny how that turned out.

tsduff said...

ARCHITECT: an artist who wanted to make money.

Icy - see ICE HOTEL

Doug said...

Mutha, you listed things not mortal like us and they all started with b. So I figure if I were Brad, I'd live forever.

Not at all, Puppy. I truly enjoy being a brat. I practically got an award for it today. I'll step softly.

Karen, that's just pretty.

Square, that's just nerdy.

Sar, I agree. It's mysterious that you could follow those three and be first to that. The mind control rays must have kicked in.

Jamie Dawn, I thought of you when I posted.

Karen, no one has ever been tossed off this island. We're not that discriminating and there's no prize.

Dddragon, good to hear. You were due that. I suspect you added a lot to the fun, too.

Thanks, Actonbell. I was confused my own self.

Right, Indie. That little mark can drop the whole structure.

Alice, I remembered both your architect daddies.

Terry, that's a great link! I want to go!

Minka said...

Miss me? I really had nothing to build on with this word for today though.

Any fancy buildings in San Diego???

Cheesemeister said...

Architect: Someone who designs what they perceive as attractive (though not always particularly functional) buildings. Sometimes they are right. Other times they are delusional.

Enlightenment said...

Architect: Someone who knows that it's impossible for 10-story buildings to "collapse" like an accordian at freefall rate with the uppermost floors passing THROUGH the remainder of the building as effortlessly as falling through air, but is too paid off/threatened with Guantanamo/a little bit of both to actually SAY it out loud.

One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying "We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]". Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I've ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four "pilots" among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake "pilot" of the bunch, with someone who was there when he was attempting to fly a small airplane saying that Hanjour was so clumsy that he was unsure if he had driven a car before. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports after Mohammed Atta supposedly leaves two rental cars at two impossibly far-removed locations. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn't work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn't work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won't let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you "aren't supposed to think about". Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name ("Hi mom, this is Mark Bingham"), more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn't respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn't happen, not even close. Somehow these "hijackers" must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that doesn't look like a jumbo jet, but didn't have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were "supposed to see". Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these "hijackers" wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces most no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn't even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying "We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down" attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers' magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be "Muslim hijackers" the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don't laugh) one of their passports was "found" a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously "surviving" the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also "survived" the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be "indestructable" like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn't bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the "official story" being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only "testifying" together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their "testimonies" not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the "nineteen hijackers" is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

Debunking Popular Mechanics lies:
someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap:
still more debunking Popular Mechanics:
and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:

Popular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written:
another neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted:
Professor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission "report":
N.I.S.T. scientist interviewed:
F.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11:
Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:

Twin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it:
USA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball:
Janitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission:
Janitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen:
Firefighters tell of multiple explosions:
Eyewitnesses tell of explosions:
Interview with another firefighter telling of explosions:
Firefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”:
Other eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions:
Surviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there:
Cutter charge explosions clearly visible:
The pyroclastic cloud (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives:
Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers:
Freefall rate of “collapses” math:
More about their freefall rate “collapses”:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building:
More of WTC # 7 controlled demolition:
Naudet brothers' video footage of the North Tower crash:
Photos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):!.htm
More photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:!%20(9-11).htm
Very unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape:
More about the fake “Osama” tape:
Fake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter:
Commercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth:
More commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible:
Impossibility of cell phone calls from United 93:
More about the impossible cell phone calls:
Experiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at:
Fake Barbara Olson phone call:
Where the hell was the Air Force?
More about the Air Force impotence question:
Sept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news):
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan:
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned:
More on Unocal Afghan pipeline:
The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11:
Pentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission:
Evidence destruction by authorities and cover-up:
9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day:
The incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined:
Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism:
Steel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence:
Over two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media:
Tracking the “hijackers”:
“Hijacker” patsies:
“Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station:
Several accused "hijackers" still alive and well, wondering why they are accused:
Yet the F.B.I. insists that the people it claims were the "hijackers" really were the "hijackers":
No Arabs on Flight 77:
Thirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible:
“Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland:
Al Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website:
Operation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:

Enlightenment said...

CORRECTION: for 110-story buildings*