Back from a journey to the east, Inside the Beltway;
updates will resume soon. The return flight wasn't
non-stop but "direct," meaning a pause at
DIA -- neat
place. The scheduled 40 minute layover turned into a
couple hours, for weather and mechanical
reasons -- glad I "de-planed." Why do the flight
attendants have to begin each phrase in their
pre-flight announcements with the tiresome
mediaspeak expression "Once again"?
Googie Architecture Online is now a component of
(Looks like the only one, so far.)
In Portland I spotted a woman reading
America at the Tri-Met bus stop where I was
waiting, so I struck up a conversation. (Although
I haven't read the book, I've heard the author
interviewed on the radio, so I have a vague idea.)
Even though the words she was reading paint a grim
picture, she said she didn't think things were
that bad, that nobody was really evil.
This perspective surprised me; how can people
deny evil? This
essay, on Hitler As Cartoon, has some answers.
Laurie Anderson interview
which touches on Ken Nordine, Brian
Eno, life at home with Lou Reed, and her new job!?
...working as a cashier in a McDonald's in Manhattan's
I remember hanging out at that McDonald's, one evening in
early November '94, waiting for Susan B, who was late. Not
only was I using the restroom may have actually bought a soft
drink to while away the time, sitting & reading in the upper
dining area. Eventually we had Chinese food nearby;
after spending the night in her basement (with one of their
cats, a tabby named Rhetoric) I flew away to Switzerland
the next day. Haven't been back to the Apple since -- it's
been too long.
"I'm really scared about it. I had to have an interview and give
them my résumé, and I forgot even to ask how much I'm getting
paid. But there are a lot of similarities to making CDs and
making hamburgers, in the way they're both mass-produced,
and packaged to appear palatable."
"The Lord of the Rings" and Jewish traditions
intersect in the Golem of Prague, which
is supposedly still sealed up in the attic
of a synagogue there: now that we have a
we realize it's not exactly a
All about Bob
Crane (and his son cashing in).
Ahh, July -- sweet corn and peaches.
Friday 7-20 Moon Day
From Sheboygan, Wisconsin -- one link, two
(Courtesy the ever-excellent
who warrants a visit just now for his multitude of
'Afro Ken' links, with explanation of this latest
Japanese fad: a cartoon dog.)
A letter to the Washington Post details an
experience encountering a Presidential visit to the
The online journal community holds its breath, wondering --
entry in the Musings of
The Gus? Last
posting from SoCal, anyway. (Long time
readers of these pages will recall our
meetings two years ago, in San Diego.) Very
unlike him to go an entire week without an
Long, depressing, enlightening
from Tikkun magazine, about
"The Political Meaning of Bush v. Gore."
After a long intervl, a new
Anderson record is coming, only partially representing her
recent Moby Dick work. Unlike her last recording, seems
like Brian Eno won't be participating, although she appears on
his new collaboration with J. Peter Schwalm,
Life, which I rather like.
People who've been to my house may remember a little
framed picture, currently in the bathroom,
in snow (47K) -- it's a woodblock print by Hasui,
a 20th century ukiyo-e artist who made
lots of great blue and snowy images. I'd love to
have a book of his reproductions, but they're
expensive and rare -- however,
Hasui site has a multitude.
Was thinking about encryption and the key strings
they utilize, ridiculous examples... and I thought,
what would make a good key? Rather than a string of
random chars, why not something literary, like the
chapter of a novel... and then I thought, why
not a file of Beatles lyrics? How about one big
file of all their songs? Interesting thing to have,
regardless... so after some seeking, I did not find.
Oh, of course there's lyrics sites
a good one) but they always have an index with
links to individual song files-- nowhere could
I find an 'all in one' plain ASCII file -- so I
made my own. The initial source was a big
executable I found somewhere, which had the
lyrics embedded -- seems to be a transcription
made by some ESL-type -- had to make numerous
corrections, but the scrub was fun, getting
re-acquanted with all the tunes. I added release
dates, shuffled the "Past Masters" material
back in to the proper chronological order,
and created a compressed, Zipped version -- both
are available at this free
I set up for my XML class, but never used. Unoriginal
material is listed only by name, without lyrics; the
new "Anthology" stuff is included; and a project
like this usually omits "Revolution Number 9" but
not this one -- soutce: the excellent
by minute analysis David J. Coyle
posted to rec.music.beatles.
Finally back on-line -- it wasn't my settings or
the system, just a password confusion. Got this
great laptop in the interim, a Toshiba like my
Linux, but much more advanced.
Ninja High School
Humorous film with a weirdly sparse Flash site:
Tomorrow. The story inverts the usual
by John Shelton Reed about the South -- where is it, what is it.
Although a new ISP has been acquired, dialing in from
home is not yet working, hence no updates... this problem
could provoke a complete hardware upgrade. Also, I've been
out of town: just back from another exploratory weekend in
the Pacific NW, once more to Portland -- did you know Oregon's
is one of the very few whose back isn't merely a
mirror image of its front?
Reading Night Soldiers by Alan Furst -- great
stuff. There's a reason I can't find any of his books used,
not even at Powell's.
Because of this story, which concerns a Bulgarian-Soviet
secret agent pre- and during WWII, I'm finally getting
some comprehension of the Spanish Civil War. A key, confusing
concept about that conflict, should you ever get into
it (by reading
Robert Jordan, for example) is, their Republicans were
not like our own, politically -- the opposite, in fact.
from JPL to use a blimp to explore Titan.
NASA pictures from that neighborhood: the
the Ames "Astrogram" newsletter had an
article about how "Saturn's tilted rings reveal
color variations" -- it mentioned this
site which has composite images made with
the Hubble Space Telescope.
When I ride my bike into work I pass
guy's house -- the page describes
his conversion to solar power, I've
noticed the panels. Viewing it this
morning, I realized the site was familiar for
another reason -- this was the place I'd
observed being excavated a year or two
back -- basements around here being rare,
he dug out his own, and graded the
driveway down into the new space, creating
some under-house parking.
Of "Misused" Quotation Marks.
Child Star points me towards
McCormick's Home Page -- Marcia, Marcia,
Six-month Legal Experiment under way in Brixton --
London OKs marijuana smoking.
This posting was delayed because I haven't been able to dial
in -- service at my budget ISP grows ever more erratic, I'm
signing up with a new one, so there may be a longer-than-usual
interval between updates.
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