August 14, 2002

Its Clouds Illusions We


Its Clouds Illusions We Recall

Well, dedicated readers and hallucinating browsers who thought they were clicking on the Baba Ram Dass page and instead viewed the cloud picture: The deadline for entries has passed. I have compiled the answers of the 1 in 50 viewers who were brave enough, or in a sufficiently altered state of consciousness, to offer their visions for the Cloud Rorschach offered here a couple of days ago. .

Final judgement regarding the TRUE MEANING of the cloud image will be posted tomorrow.



I think it's the Apotheosis of the Michelin Man, painted on an 18th-century Viennese ceiling. The cherubs and pegasus-chariots and the Empress Maria Theresa (smiling, clutching a wreath of laurel to her bosom)are just outside of the frame to the left. Barbara of Pinniped

This is some kind of sneaky Rorschach, isn't it?! I see a crazed Michelin man, mouth open in an angry roar, leaning forward with his right arm extended... to do what? Who knows. susanna cornett of Cut on the Bias


I see a man drowning, trying to keep his head above water. (She wonders if it might not be O. Bin Laden, hiding up there). Michelle

It is a dalmation puppy on his back, in a vice. (The head is the roundish greyer part at the top.) Ol' buddy, Dennis Stamper

I see a large curly haired dog with a pronounced brow that shades its eyes, a large bulbous nose perched above an open mouth which holds an invisible regulator because it is certain this dog is scuba diving (tank at upper right)

I also see .. if you take the dog, it's nose becomes a young lad along with his sister to his right, on a magical journey on the open-mouthed flying clam they are lying upon. The sister has one leg kicked up and points at something below, or perhaps at the mouth of the clam. Maybe it had an itch.

If you want to make it sinister, the children are unaware of the beast whose bulky paws hover right behind them, and whose beaked head looms above.

The forementioned scuba tank/monster also looks like Gonzo the Great. Jen the Imaginative (who left no forwarding address but may be out grazing among the funny mushrooms somewhere in a Texas pasture, under high puffy clouds).

I see a big curmudgeon, but what I notice the most is how much the picture looks like an illustration by Howard Pyle or N.C. Wyeth. Possumblog Terry, The Esteemed and Philosophical, Pensive and Erudite Chief of the Pouched Mammals.

A roasted marshmallow ready to be eaten. Kevin McGehee


Without having read the comments from others, I took one look at this picture and saw the exact same thing as susanna...a malevolent cloud-god staring down and to the left with a look of fury and wrath. Yikes!!! Curt the Curteous from Hotlanta

I saw the figure of God reaching out to man from the Sistine Chapel. Kehaar/Sifllay Hraka

A de-horned Minotaur, sitting at a small circular table, conversing with an owl perched on an overturned napkin dispenser. Bigwig/Siflay Hraka

I see a herd of cats in Fez's.
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I have to say, I've looked at life from both sides now, from up and down, and still somehow, I really don't know clouds, at all. But I do know that, in spite of your deep meditative states while considering the message in the cloud image, no one got it exactly right. I am very sorry.

I was there. I saw the whole thing in context. I know The Truth! Of course there is always room for error. Consequently, I have handed the photo over to our forensics laboratory for substantiation of authenticity and confirmation of my conclusions regarding what is the REAL meaning of the creatures in the clouds. The judges decision will be posted tomorrow morning.

Thanks to all who participated. Your answers have totally warped my poor sheltered brain, and I will never be able to look at napkin dispenser, Michelin tires, clams or Gonzo the Great in the same way, ever, ever again.

Posted by fred1st at August 14, 2002 06:13 PM
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