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February 27, 2016
Four Brothers
Four Brothers, last month

February 7, 2016

January 22, 2016

January 11, 2016

December 26, 2015
Happy New Year!
    From The Commercial Zen of Muji by Silvia Killingsworth, in the New Yorker:
  • The colors, patterns, and materials are generic, but everything, from toothbrush holders to storage boxes, comes in pleasing shapes.
  • [Their] compact all-white appliances are described by a display sign as having "a square shape tinged with mellow roundness."
  • Its advertising conveys the sense that life without logos, loud colors, and sharp edges is peaceful and free of distraction and excess.

December 5, 2015
I Love New York!
In New York a year ago, on Broadway.

November 21, 2015
RIP Ed Walker, Big Broadcaster, Joy Boy, radio voice from my youth.

November 11, 2015

September 27, 2015

August 26, 2015

August 9, 2015

July 13, 2015

June 19, 2015

May 17, 2015

April 13, 2015

April 5, 2015
  • Always enjoy Old Time Radio; have recently discovered Airchecks, audio archives of several minutes to hours of some radio station, now a broadcast from the past. First I came across was this whole day from 1939 of WTOP at, then more recently an hour from Top 40 KVIL in '67 at soundcloud which is gone now, probably because it hadn't been 'scoped', where most of the songs' middles are removed. Seeking the sounds of my youth led to this WPGC tribute site which has both triva and airchecks, but unlike there, this DJ's blog posting has links to some unscoped MP3s from that station 1963-1972.

  • provides access to a fun fact about your favorite aerodrome via an attractive interface.

  • This looks tasty -- The Leviathan.

March 3 - Hinamatsuri

February 1, 2015
Population-proportional world map

January 18, 2015

November 25, 2014

November 6, 2014

October 28, 2014

October 11, 2014

September 6, 2014

August 30, 2014
  • Fascinating -- Campanologomania -- why is the dumb-bell, change ringing and more

  • Tower Records on Sunset in 1971 (10-minute video)

  • Also in Slate, in one of their blogs, Why Does ISIS Have So Many Names?
    the New York Times, LA Times; ABC, CBS and NBC all use 'ISIS'. However, the US government uses 'ISIL', for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
    Initially I attributed the difference to an assumed ignorance of the Levant Also contrast Obama's neutral rendering of "ISIL" (almost rhyming with "pencil") with the sinister, hissing "ISIS."
    And FYI that second "S" actually stands for "al-Sham" (Arabic for the Levant).

August 23, 2014

August 10, 2014

August 4, 2014

July 29, 2014
States with expanded Medicaid due to Obamacare
Almost looks like Red State, Blue State, doesn't it?

June 27, 2014

June 24, 2014
Global Map of Male Circumcision Prevalence at Country Level.png

May 25, 2014
  • From Detroit, Fordite -- 'gemstone' laminates formed from layers of enamal paint.

May 18, 2014

April 27, 2014

April 4, 2014

March 15, 2014

February 17, 2014
top of the new dual-flush toilet
The configuration of the top-center of my new dual-flush toilet has an athropomorphic, mournful expression.
  • Brian Eno released a secret, to-the-trade only CD of ambient sounds in 1989, called Textures, now available on YouTube. Interesting, but I listen to the older Evening Star more often.

  • A new day trip, when you go to Venice (and everybody should go to Venezia   at least once) -- the technicolor town of Burano. The name reminds me of the Soviet space shuttle and the neighboring glass island of Murano.

January 11, 2014


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Last films seen:
(in-flight or at-home videos don't count!)
"The Force Awakens"
"The Wizard of Oz"
"The Martian"
Current reading: The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey and A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier by Joseph Plumb Martin

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