Mock friends

A few words on each of our buddies in the blogroll:

  • Everyone should check out JohnnyO’s Burrito Justice blog and his excellent post on Mission District trees in particular. This blog shares a lot of the topical preoccupations of Mock Duck (San Francisco, lost urban artifacts, bacon, etc) but manages to cover these themes without falling back on the appalling generalizations, loose inferences and blatant contradictions that riddle this blog.
  • Mission Mission is another San Francisco Mission District-related blog (the authoritative one, I suppose), for those interested.
  • FWIS and NYTimes Book Design Review are both devoted to book cover design, my singular interest.
  • ModularLab is the site of my friends Mark and Kathrin and contains nice visual images.
  • Muzikifan is maintained by the inimitable Alastair Johnston: typographic authority, publisher, world music collector, and occasional Thelonious Monk masquerader.
  • Moonraking is written by Ivan K, professor of English lit and former music critic and Lemonheads poster boy.

Mock neighborhood

Through the platform that powers this blog, I’m able to view user statistics and see how many people visited on a given day and what (if any) search terms they used to get here. Through extensive analysis, I’ve determined that we’re now ranked #3 on Google for the phrase Sanders antique perm machine. To quote Harry Truman, prosperity is just around the corner!

Ranked just ahead of us at #2  for Sanders antique perm machine is the Antique Hair Museum In French Lick, Indiana (Larry Bird’s hometown, no less). The AHMIFLI is apparently the private collection of one Tony Kendall and features “an authenticated lock of Elvis Presley’s hair and a framed antique hair wreath” as the crown jewels of its exhibition.

Suggestion box

20090118063827!Marge_SimpsonThis is a proud week for the blog, as one loyal reader submitted the following comment to the What Is Mock Duck? page:

Hi Dan:
This is from YOUR MOM: I sure do enjoy your odd sense of humor! I think that you should give some detail on the other writers, tell us a little about them and why you selected them. Love, Mom.

So there you have it: my mom thinks my blog is cool. Take that, would-be detractors.

Anyway, to answer her point, I’ve prodded our guest blogger (we’re down to one currently) to provide some more info about himself for our hungry readership.

More ant facts

I seem to remember those ant fun facts coming from the printed side of a disposable Dixie drinking cup at the Bachrach for Congress headquarters where the young Krafy and I volunteered. But I could be mistaken.

In the spirit of ‘ants have psychiatrists’, here are other spurious ant fun facts that sound plausible but are made-up:

  1. Ants cannot move backwards.
  2. In order to perform certain tasks, one strong ant will throw a smaller ant, called a ‘jumper ant’, into the air.
  3. If you put all the ants in the world together end-to-end, they would reach the moon and back some arbitrary amount of times.


The expression ‘kudos’ has always made my hair stand on end. But, nothing else conveys the same idea of ‘I tip my cap to you’ with such grammatical efficiency.  So, much like the can’t-live-with-it/can’t-live-without-it emoticon smiley-face, I guess we’re stuck with it.

Anyway, kudos to Krafty for implicitly introducing a sorely-needed category to this blog, “Lost Urban Features”, via his first post.