Even destroyed, even annihilated, organically pulverized and consumed to his very mar.row, he knows we do not die in our dreams, that our will operates even in absurdity, even in the negation of possibility, even in the transmutation of the lies from which truth can be remade.

Not thinking.

No ideas.

Not really reading.

Insistent dreams. Last night, space. Insistent part, referring back to an old blog post written in the last couple of months.

I suspect it does not exist and my notes will absorbed are somewhat disordered. Streaming thought, not myself, or memory of ideas here, not the same as other forms of ideas and writing.

Sketch out where a sudden interest in snails and limpets occurred.

Leave the idea of sense for the future.

Note: A Taste For Things (For Every A a B)

A a B

Simple formulas

As above so below

All things being equal

= for every A a B

Classification of Things

I know these are very old relationship drawn between sea and land.

Limpet gathering is an interesting social ritual in this respect, virtual unchanged over- time.

For a belief or idea to remain in mind it needs a location in which it can be found and be expressed.

Simple minded rule.

It simply has to work.

Helpful if the pattern is widely reinforced and constantly comes to mind.

This pattern has a significant distrubition across both time and space.


Acting on Belief (ab:ba)



                       (o·o) I =         ↑↓          = I (o·o)



The Wall Fish

Discusses a snail theory but illuminated snail art is still open to interpretation.

Wall fish (Northern English) = snail

Sea Bacon (Irish)  = limpet/ barnacle

I don’t know what older reproductive theories are in regard to the snail, although spontaneous reproduction is strongly associated with shellfish.

Snail along with the barnacle goose was eaten at Lent in parts of France.

Consumption in the U.K. was strongly associated with illness, use is medical, both as ingredient in medicine or consumed by the sick for certain conditions.

Also turned to as a food source at times of famine.

Other aspects of its consumption in Britain I need to check.



Then & Now

The edge of the knife was applied always on one side, and never on top of the shell; a little sharp tap was given either with the hammer or stone, and the fish fell at once


M. S. Lovell, The Edible Mollusks of Great Britain and Ireland: With Recipes for Cooking Them.


Note: Vegetarian Options ( Is Snail Eating Native To Ireland?)



Limpets are a group of aquatic snails the exhibit a conical shell shape (patelliform) and a strong muscular foot.

I have some past history here, on wither the frog is a native of Ireland, which involved a brief excursion into the consumption of frogs and snails in Ireland ( or its absence).

To be associated with the politics of empire, nationalism, tradition, the nature of being reasonable and unreasonable.

I think.

Also still not fully recovered from discovering that a swastika on food packaging in Tapie, indicates the food is suitable for vegetarians.

Hence the random Nazi gag.

So a brief excursion, into early 20th century cultural perspectives and differences in regard to the consumption of frogs and snails.

Note ( A mess)

My Dog May be A Cat

Barnacle goose.

Before it was found to be a species thought to be a kind of thing, which spontaneously generated in the sea, then transformed into a bird.

If look at the name in English, you could infer that it starts of life as a shellfish= a barnacle, before turning into a bird = goose.

Could also make the further claim that the origin of this observation and the naming convention (barnacle) is Irish.

Standard generalization.

The issue

Description is just not that consistent and the idea of the barnacle goose is subject to dispute, its life cycle is also described in a number of different ways.

The claim the name is Irish.

True, a match exists

It means limpet. But limpet here is a kind of thing. Naming convention may in modern biological indicate a ‘true’ or ‘false’ limpet.

Although in an older sense a true or false limpet = a real thing.

A kind of thing, rather than a biological species

Whats the difference between a limpet and a barnacle in Gaelic culture?

No idea if the claim that barnacle aspect of geese (it may also be considered a duck) is Irish in origin.

So secondary subject, taste and stimulus.

Barnacle goose is edible and can be associated with food taboos?

Limpet is also edible, can it be firmly associated with food taboos?

I think what I am interested is the degree to which taboo may contain both strong negative associations/ strong positive association.

Regulation of consumption, allowed at particular times/ proscribed at others.

Really I have no idea.

Subject is not easy to determine, sources have a tendency to develop a descriptive sense and interest in food consumption later in the historical record.

Older sources are terse and fragmentary.

Note: The Barbarian Potato Speaks (signified and signifier)

Older post, covering hungry food. Now got to work out if the limpet is an example. Which may prove an issue as the historical record is fragmentary  and it may be subject to considerable local difference + the issue of my imagination and tendency to entangle other things. 

The Vegetarian Option

Screenshot_2020-06-15 A Culinary History of Taipei


Taboo and Food Poverty (State dependent Memory)

My on going fascination with the culinary history of Taipie. Fascinating anthropological investigation of the region, its food.

Its a ‘hungry food’, I wonder if it has the same connotations, where I was brought up many shellfish that are highly sought after were not eaten by the locals.

Associative memory, its what was eaten when the population was starving.

To eat crab, shellfish, mackerel ( a filth eater), its a sign.

A social marker.

Food taboos are found in number of coastal communities in Scotland, from Skye, to the North East.

An example of starvation ( a state dependent memory) inscribed in the landscape and in the local cultural tradition.



Steven Crook, Katy Hui-wen Hung, A Culinary History of Taipie: Beyond Pork and Ponlai