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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Football hype ...

... gets worse every year. Not sure how long I can keep watching games, except of small schools out of media attention. Shades of lions and gladiators sanitized by technology.

Last batch of 2015

Hilarious

Creationism evangelist: God put contradictions in the Bible to ‘weed out’ the atheists: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/XW3ffSSxdGw/

At last

2015

A tough year, adjusting to post-heart attack realities. But H made progress and, the bottom line, is still with us.

My personal highlight, a birthday gift from the gods, waking with an entire play in my head, which I wrote down (a secretary) in six days ... one of my better ones, I think. Entered it in a Big Contest. A Eugene director already interested, it will have a life, and eventually get published by TS at Round Bend Press.

Brooding about how to express Berman's monastic alternative as a story on stage.

Future security: I have a viable exit strategy if/when needed. In a culture with no support for individual integrity, where the medical establishment becomes an enemy, this is essential for peace of mind in old age.

Wishing for a better 2016!

Morris Berman

The conclusion of The Twilight of American Culture:

I leave it up to you to decide if the glass is half-full or half-empty, or whether that even matters. For the “monk”of the twenty-first century will not be pursuing his or her activity for grand, heroic outcomes, but for the sense of worth and meaning that the activity itself contains. The work may lead somewhere; it may not. Our job is only to give it our best shot. Lew Welch, a San Francisco Beat poet of years gone by, put it this way:

What strange pleasure do they get who’d wipe whole worlds out, ANYTHING, to end our lives, our wild idleness? But we have charms against their rage—must go on saying, “Look, if nobody tried to live this way, all the work of the world would be in vain.”And now and then a son, a daughter, hears it. Now and then a son, a daughter gets away

As an old Quaker saying puts it, “Let your life speak.”In the end, that’s the only thing that really matters.

Berman's future

..." the general outlook, it seems to me, is one of slow rather than sudden disintegration, for this country seems to be very good at crisis management. That is to say, it tends to deal with serious problems at the eleventh hour, thereby staving off disaster, although not accomplishing much else. We might call this the “muddle through” option, in which the basic goal is just staying afloat."

SF foreshadows Pdx?

From the Chronicle:

" Driven by the tech sector, rents in San Francisco have soared higher and faster than the Blue Angels during Fleet Week. Affordable housing isn't. It's nearly impossible to find a burrito on Valencia Street in the heart of the Mission District anymore, although you can find a $5.75 cup of designer hot chocolate. The response has been ballot initiatives, City Hall bellyaching, dirty looks, the occasional lawsuit and feverish honking at the double-decker buses that ferry the young six-figure set from San Francisco to their Peninsula ports of call."

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

R.I.P.

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Those we lost in 2015
http://wapo.st/1NNFeMC

Weather

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Freak storm has pushed North Pole to freezing point — 50 degrees above normal
http://wapo.st/1VpXwGK

Cartoon

How are you?

Outside looking in:

Old. Obsolete. Invisible.

Inside looking out:

Blessed. Thankful to have been raised before television and computers. In awe of great literary/artistic work, favorites with which I am reengaging. Satisfied with a possible exit strategy. Blessed!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Question of the day

By Morris Berman:

How is it that in the U.S. excellence in sports is celebrated while excellence in scholarship is considered elitist?

Cartoon

Renewal

Rereading my favorite cultural historian, Morris Berman, THE TWILIGHT OF AMERICAN CULTURE at the moment, and then going to some of his sources - all of which engages and challenges the mind, and gives my day renewed purpose.

Plus I feel good about deciding on what I'll call an emergency exit strategy, an existential insurance policy. 2016 may become a great year for me!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Sickness

NFL

Concussion: doctor who fought NFL says 'no equipment can prevent' such injuries

http://gu.com/p/4fazp?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

Women's BB

Oregon State v. Notre Dame, both ranked, today. Rooting for underdog Beavers.

Reality

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Fighting climate change requires more than soothing fantasies
http://wapo.st/1JDiMSi

Future possibilities

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
The A.I. anxiety
http://wapo.st/1mJlhOe

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Easy answer

There's A Way to Save Our Future. So Why Aren't More People Talking About It?: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/12/24/theres-way-save-our-future-so-why-arent-more-people-talking-about-it

Sunday afternoon



R.I.P.

The Internet's failed promise

http://wapo.st/1OsN8P2

"Taylor is a 21st-century digital dissenter. She’s one of the many technophiles unhappy about the way the tech revolution has played out. Political progressives once embraced the utopian promise of the Internet as a democratizing force, but they’ve been dismayed by the rise of the “surveillance state,” and the near-monopolization of digital platforms by huge corporations."

Police

Year of reckoning: Police kill nearly 1,000
http://wapo.st/1mbcHI0

Another use for biscuits

Progress

In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback
http://wapo.st/1JBy8Hc

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Project

I need a project, something to structure my time. Not hot for a writing project, however. Nor a music project.

The blanket

Universities

Building a better college athletic department is a never-ending task
http://wapo.st/1OriWnm

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The long journey

One family’s journey from Aleppo to Austria
http://wapo.st/1eQjrrd

The old year before the new year

Perspective

Would Syrian Refugee Baby Jesus Be Allowed to Immigrate to the U.S.?: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Truthdig/~3/H0FpWp8Fl6M/

Climate gets crazy

Forecast high temperature for NYC's Central Park today is 74F, just 1 degree below high temperature on July 4th - @NWSNewYorkNY https://twitter.com/NWSNewYorkNY/status/680041251220119552/photo/1

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Environment

US homes use more electricity on Christmas lights than some countries do in a year: researchers: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/JZzixDqAk4U/

Too late?

Santa needs to bring us some sanity before rage consumes our Christmas spirit.
http://wapo.st/1UZ4jqq

Booze

Americans are drinking themselves to death at record rates
http://wapo.st/1OJSorw

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Depressing

Missing the mark

Neither of my two old man fantasies has come close ... 1. to be a respected retired writer living in a hotel, holding court with younger writers during happy hour - a writer I met at the Daniel Boone Hotel in Columbia. 2. Lowkey habitual life, breakfast at same booth, same waitress, afternoon coffee, routine and reflection, my favorite teacher's life in Honolulu (passed some years ago).

Instead I never know what (manufactured) crisis is ahead. Not my idea of fun.

Christmas

Not doing it this year ... except for H gifts to family, esp grandkids. But no decorations, no meal. Xmas day a movie, probably Star Wars.

Whole wheat

How we are?

http://wapo.st/1S6puau

"In a country that has become not just polarized, but also atomized; in which we root unwaveringly for our own political “teams” composed of those who look, think, vote and raise children exactly as we do; and in which we treat opposing viewpoints as motivated by malice or stupidity rather than honest disagreement, perhaps it is not so surprising that so many Americans have come down with a serious case of dictator envy, a longing for a political strongman (such as, say, Donald Trump) who will put our neighbors in their place and skirt the pluralistic niceties and nonsense of democracy."

Sanity

Half of American voters in new national poll say they would d be embarrassed to have Donald Trump as president - @QuinnipiacPoll http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2311

Monday, December 21, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

The playing field

Media’s Near Blackout on Bernie Sanders Keeps Many Voters in the Dark: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Truthdig/~3/Ien63tRO1f4/

Projection

UN: World's Refugees And Displaced To Exceed 60 Million - http://huff.to/1NWIJS8

Fear rules

Arabic calligraphy assignment forces closure of schools in Virginia county

http://gu.com/p/4f8c4?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Legacy

40 Years On, the Vietnam War Continues for Victims of Agent Orange: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Truthdig/~3/S8qrqoqx3YM/

Life threatened?

Penn. cop shoots and kills lost cat after owner’s neighbor finds it in his yard: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/ZU1jbJ_zo_k/

Sketch's heritage

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
The East Asian origin story of man’s best friend
http://wapo.st/1OvY8oN


My God trumps your God

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? College suspends professor who said yes.
http://wapo.st/1MhbL9C

Ta da!

The UN Sent 3 Foreign Women To The U.S. To Assess Gender Equality. They Were Horrified. - http://huff.to/1NvFrSk

Holidays

This month’s full moon falls on Christmas for the first time in 27 years
http://wapo.st/1mmtM1u

Alas

This is what happens when the Arctic warms twice as fast as the rest of the planet
http://wapo.st/1TO32Bw

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Home sweet home

Feedback

... of six- day wonder from director I've worked with:

"I read the environment play and was very moved. It's tight, to the point, relevant."

Setting up new theater company, would like to do it down the road. She has considerable talent and experience, significant support.

Rye bread

Muslim boy scouts going strong

http://wapo.st/1J7OF5t

"Here’s what I found amazing. Although the Boy Scouts of America struggled with accepting gay members and leaders, the organization welcomed Muslim boys decades ago — and has never stopped including them."

Cold buttermilk ...

... is still ambrosia. Incredibly delicious, putting commercial version to shame.

Review

The unbearably brilliant ‘Son of Saul’ is a cinematic breakthrough
http://wapo.st/1QjTZud

Nature

Decline in over three-quarters of UK butterfly species is 'final warning', says Chris Packham

http://gu.com/p/4f2hh?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dissent

James Hansen, father of climate change awareness, calls Paris talks 'a fraud'

http://gu.com/p/4f2jq?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

“It’s a fraud really, a fake,” he says, rubbing his head. “It’s just bullshit for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just promises. As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned.”

Football tradition

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Navy holds off Army, 21-17, as Keenan Reynolds piles up more NCAA records
http://wapo.st/1TID56l

Friday, December 11, 2015

Luck

Water issues all over the area ... but so far we've missed them. Knock on my wooden head.

Rain rain rain

Damp damp damp chilly chilly chilly Portland Portland Portland

Germany leads refugee welcome

http://wapo.st/1Ua3k6y

"In any case, it is Germany taking leadership in the cause of human dignity, and taking the risks inherent to leadership. This was the way the United States once imagined itself, which seems like long ago."

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Binge

Spent most of the day watching favorite TV drama. Now baking bread to west coast jazz. What else is new?

A NW tornado today, that's what.

Dec. 30, hot damn!

A new season of Mozart In The Jungle begins!

Hear, hear! HEAR, HEAR!

Academics: forget about public engagement, stay in your ivory towers

"We must recognise the value of the esoteric knowledge, technical vocabulary and expert histories that academics produce."

http://gu.com/p/4eqk8?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

Tragic (a great place)

Climate change could leave Chesapeake Bay island uninhabitable in 50 years

http://gu.com/p/4fvq3?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

Oh?

Gun rights activists to hold ‘fake mass shooting’ at Univ. of Texas
http://wapo.st/1QgGvPC

Muslims in military

http://wapo.st/1Qx0lot

"“We used to be a balanced people. We used to be true to our values, but now we’re willing to betray our values because of a sense of fear? That’s not American,” said Hadzic. “What the hell happened to that America I immigrated to?”"

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Far out

Stunning full-court buzzer-beater lifts Minnesota high school to miracle win

http://gu.com/p/4fvzv?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

The story continues

Mudslide on U.S. 30 brings traffic on St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Ore., to standstill - @Oregonian http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/12/mudslide_on_us_30_brings_st_jo.html

Chairman of the board

Frank Sinatra – 10 of the best from the Capitol years

http://gu.com/p/4enkp?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

The last tradition

Making blackeyed peas for the Army-Navy game is something I've been doing for a long time. And even alone, I'll do it Saturday and shop for it today.

I used to make oyster dressing and shrimp aspic for the holidays but stopped some time ago (lost my appreciative audience). And I had booze rituals in my drinking days.

It's down to this, the last tradition.

Spared!

More than 16,000 PGE customers left without power in Portland, Ore., following night of intense rain - @fox12oregon https://twitter.com/fox12oregon/status/674573541870723072

Luck

The storm did its thing last night but drifted north of us. Good fortune here, knock on my wooden head.

High tech

BBC radio doc on what's ahead: not sure if celebration or depression is proper response. Life has become so layered. No clue here of planetary emergency. So much goes on as normal. Powerlessness breeds habit. Or diversion.

All I know is, No way do I want to be younger.

The future

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Climate change is going to make inequality even worse than it already is
http://wapo.st/1PVrMdc

Back to bed

So far, so good.

Chronicle fun to read during this

Golden State Warriors improve to 23-0 with 131-123 win over Indiana Pacers - @AP_Sports Golden State Warriors improve to 23-0 with 131-123 win over Indiana Pacers - @AP_Sports

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bernie

What I like a lot is that he doesn't wear the blinders of American Exceptionalism and looks to other countries for better ways to do things. But he also is too traditional a hawk in foreign matters.

I think Hillary is our next president. I think she is less slimy than Bill and can grow in the job. Wishful thinking?

Looking to the future

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Once again, California leads the way
http://wapo.st/1TyHHvD

The Age of Fear

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
France’s triumphant far-right and the echoes of Donald Trump
http://wapo.st/1lLMizE

Existential melancholy

Been reading some Mailer ... reminded that no one writes better about the darker moods than he does. He and Baldwin are the great American giants of prose during my lifetime, digging into the inner life.


Ah me

The suspense regarding fate of basement has me in a funk. Tired of jazz, try classical piano. Read? A movie? Go to bed? Cook something?

Miss my friends.

Off my butt

Shelf #4 downsized. I may leave #5 so H can see the difference.

A storm tonight, another tomorrow, then out if it. I've done all the prep I can do.

Danger ahead

Donald Trump shows hate speech is now out and proud in the mainstream

http://gu.com/p/4eqtk?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

Update

Light rain falling in drenched Portland and more rainstorms expected through Wednesday evening - @AP http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/dec/08/northwest-oregon-pummeled-by-rain-forecast-more-storms/

Mysteries of life

2 theaters in NYC will read FAMILY VALUES, wanted to mail scripts before arriving storm. Just made it. A mystery: post office a zoo, long holiday lines, so I drove a mile to Thriftway with p.o. inside ... no customers!

Checked basement. So far, so good.

Time for banana cream pie.

Perspective

How does Trump do it? Understanding the psychology of a demagogue’s rally: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/-t0VN_bMp04/

Lazy

Should downsize shelf #4 today but feeling an after breakfast crash. Listening to west coast jazz, existential melancholy.

More Bernie support

Washington Post

No, you don’t have an absolute right to own guns
http://wapo.st/1IQ2kxD

"Volunteers feed hungry migrants as winter sets in"

CNN headline and story.

The world is full of good people. Important to remember. But good people are powerless at the moment, compared to greedy people. Can this change with numbers and mass action?

Flood? What flood?

Staying dry!


Drama continues

Rescue crews in Portland, Ore., assisting with voluntary evacuation at apartment building due to flooding creek - @PDXFire https://twitter.com/PDXFire/status/674110583118008320/photo/1

Monday, December 7, 2015

Flooding

Photo: Firefighters use rafts to rescue residents in Milwaukie, Ore. - @KGWNews http://www.kgw.com/story/news/2015/12/07/firefighters-use-rafts-rescue-residents-milwaukie/76954884/

And the worst is coming?

Crews working to repair large sinkhole in Gresham, Ore., as heavy rains continue to hit area - @MikeBennerKGW http://www.breakingnews.com/item/2015/12/07/crews-working-to-repair-large-sinkhole-in-gresham

Pullling for the longshot

Heisman Trophy finalists announced: Alabama's Derrick Henry, Standford's Christian McCaffrey, Clemson's Deshaun Watson - @HeismanTrophy https://twitter.com/HeismanTrophy/status/674005733206335488/photo/1

Sanity in an insane world

Socrates

My mother believed that ignorance is bliss. I don't laugh at the notion the way I did when I was younger. Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living - but he never went on to say that the examined life is any better.

Calm before the storm

My sense of the day ... Baking bread, listening to 1930-40s music.

Unheralded heroes

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
‘I Got You:’ San Bernardino victim shielded female coworker during shooting, saving her life
http://wapo.st/1Qr2MsD

About time

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Less pomp, more art for 2015 Kennedy Center Honors
http://wapo.st/1IztKNw

Medicine

With the possibility of a flooded basement ahead, I need to exude positive energy ... hence, bake bread!

Our turn

Major flooding in area, worst yet to come ... Minor flooding in basement ... Getting ready for something worse.

I knew mellow days were too good to be true ha ha.

Something constructive

Downsized shelf #3 of 5.

What a cover! (Dec 14 issue)

The Guardian

With the Timbers' MLS Cup win Caleb Porter showed he is the real thing

http://gu.com/p/4ep28?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

Uphill battle

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Sanders’s focus on inequality drowned out as guns and terror grab headlines
http://wapo.st/1HPo0iD

So what?

The Chronicle gives the great Portland Timbers MLS Cup victory a scant two paragraphs in a kitchen sink sports story.

Bowls and bowls

The Pac-12's complete bowl lineup:

Rose (Jan. 1): Stanford vs. Iowa
Alamo (Jan. 2): Oregon vs. TCU
Holiday (Dec. 30): USC vs. Wisconsin
Foster Farms (Dec. 26): UCLA vs. Nebraska
Sun (Dec. 26): Washington State vs. Miami
Las Vegas (Dec. 19): Utah vs. BYU
Cactus (Jan. 2): Arizona State vs. West Virginia
New Mexico (Dec. 19): Arizona vs. New Mexico
Heart of Dallas (Dec. 26): Washington vs. Southern Miss
Armed Forces (Dec. 29): Cal vs. Air Force

Dec. 7

My mom lost her brother, to whom she was very close, at Pearl Harbor. Hence this was a major day of remembrance growing up.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Fans

http://www.oregonlive.com/timbers/index.ssf/2015/12/columbus_crew_supporters_throw.html#incart_big-photo

"Columbus Crew supporters hurled more than a dozen cans onto the field afterPortland Timbers winger Rodney Wallace scored in the seventh minute of Sunday's MLS Cup Final.

The poor sportsmanship by Crew fans came as the Timbers players were attempting to celebrate the goal near the corner flag. The players had to quickly run back to midfield to avoid getting hit by the cans."

The Guardian

Portland Timbers hit Columbus Crew SC early to capture their first MLS Cup

http://gu.com/p/4epxq?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

Portland wins!

Aha!

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
The kinds of people who confuse total nonsense for something really deep
http://wapo.st/1ImMkIP

I should bitch ...

... I'm warm and dry ... I made biscuits and gravy for breakfast ... I am drinking the best iced coffee in America ... I am listening to Gerry Mulligan, who feeds the soul ... I have a loving wife and a best buddy dog ... I have a literary work print that makes me proud ... I am old enough to have experienced a far better America ... I am old enough to likely pass before the food and water riots disrupt civilization ... I have no children to worry about ... I feel blessed each and every day ... in a zero sum universe, I try to focus on the positive counter balance to all the madness.

So I shouldn't bitch. However ...

West coast jazz

Keeping me sane today. Barely. May the gods bless cool jazz!

Boy are two recent works right on about America today: my novel SODOM, GOMORRAH & JONES and the 6-day wonder of late. Very similar themes.

Belching in the wilderness, I suppose.

And another thing ...

... New Year's Eve is a time honored tradition in good health ... so let's change the focus and have the playoff semis then!

Yak yak yak

A 30 minute selection show stretched to FOUR HOURS! Exactly what is wrong with college/all sports today. Bitch bitch bitch.

Pdx soccer

Playing for championship at 1 ... will avoid the city madness and watch here ... maybe while doing chores.

Also football playoff day ... only the Rose Bowl really interests me. Nerd nation v Iowa or Ohio St?

7 days of rain ...

Perspective

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
‘The world is becoming a safer place to live in.’
http://wapo.st/1leBYk4

America, the laughing stock

A BBC radio documentary on climate change skewered without mercy the substantial number of deniers here, enough to lead a major political party. This makes us more a part of the problem than of the solution.

But how do you backtrack and educate the uneducated? How do you make the likes of Trump and Palin, with large numbers of followers, historically and logically and scientifically literate?

I'm afraid you don't. I hope I'm wrong.

On a brighter note, NPR had a story about an alliance formed by former enemies about gun control. They found common ground in a passion to keep their children safe.

How do parents stay sane today?

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Nerd nation!

The Stanford Cardinal win the Pac12 Conference with a 41-22 win over USC - @CBSLA https://twitter.com/CBSLA/status/673354471540330496

Football players

Once upon a time, when a player made a good play, he kept cool as if to say, No big deal, I do this all the time. Old school.

Now a player prances around like God's gift to football. Modern hype.

I prefer old school.

What progress?

Once upon a time, a football game was a football game. What a concept!

Then football became a corporate business, an over-hyped, over-produced entertainment extravaganza. A!l this comes to mind waiting for the Mich St - Iowa kickoff, trying not to puke.

Cartoon

Wise words on writing

By Paul Schrader:

"Sooner or later, the kind of work I do will be acknowledged. It's nice to have it happen while you're still alive. But when you do this sort of thing, you have to believe in history and you have to believe in the ancestry of art. You have to believe that you're filing things in the archives. Maybe they will be appreciated in your lifetime and maybe they won't. It doesn't really matter."

Lunch: Paella



O man, this came out great! 3 servings for lunch, couldn't help myself.

A fan in New Mexico

"After reading many books on and about screenwriting I found yours [Practical Screenwriting] in a pile of free books after an abandoned yard sale and scooped it up.   I figured one more couldn't hurt and I was getting ready to embark on a rewrite of the love of my life project. What a find!  I now tell people to purchase the book.  


As a retired educator I appreciate how you address different styles of learning and performing.  Good screenwriters know good screenwriting.  Good educators know good education.  They are not one in the same.  One of my duties as a board member for New Mexico Women in Film is to keep stead on a screenwriters group in Albuquerque.  I find myself using your example of tree vs forest people often in the group."

The book, of course, is the linear "light" version of my digital tutorial, now free online: http://www.ibiblio.org/cdeemer/wright/00begin.html

Mellow day

Downsized a bit, got paella on, football, should be low key day. 2 of 5 kitchen shelves in order ... do another tomorrow.

Vacation! Man, do I need it.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Glory, glory

Man, I haven't felt this good since before H's heart attack. And when she called today, I heard joy in her voice for the first time in over a year: from enjoying grandkids. I hope she can bring that attitude home.

Knock on my wooden head ...

Cartoon

Paella tomorrow

Why the hell not?

Vacation

Finally in vacation mode. Watched a favorite film, CRASH, probably best film ever made on race in America. Admire artistry of it, top to bottom.

I'm not modest

My 6-day wonder is a fucking fine play! Who knows what if anything will come of it but I engaged my seasoned craft and personal sensibilities damn near to their limits. Truly a birthday gift from the gods! Never expected it.

Yes indeed

Our world can be bleak, but it’s crucial to find sources of joy every day

http://gu.com/p/4en54?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

I call it dancing on the Titanic.

Couplet of the day

King Christ, this world is all aleak
and life preservers there are none

==e. e. cummings

Good question!

What The Hell Is NBC Doing Inside Attackers' Apartment?: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/12/why-hell-nbc-doing-inside-attackers

Appearance and reality

More than a theory about literature ... at the very foundation of shared human experience. Read Shakespeare.

Of course, our culture learns nothing from literature. If the foundation surprises you, you're trapped in Plato's Cave.

7 days of rain

Indoor chores and amusement.

Spoiled

Nice to have my toys back! Easier to divert attention from the sinking ship.

I am not surprised by the recent terrorists. More cynical about humans, more direct experience with the hallucinations of daily life.

Duh

The Common Denominator in Mass Shootings: Guns: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Truthdig/~3/VeEWCw0dsrs/

Mulligan

SO NICE to have streaming music back. When I cut the cord, everything became wireless/internet based.

The error all week was minor but essential, of course. I was given wrong directions! Confirmed on net. Then tonight found contrary directions. Re what cab!e goes where.

An Amazon film, surprisingly enough

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Spike Lee takes on gun violence with passion and bold creativity in ‘Chi-Raq’
http://wapo.st/1NtImKa

Success

I got inspired and got everything working!!!!! Details later.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Strange doings

UCLA upsets No. 1 Kentucky, 87-77, snapping UK's 40-game win streak against unranked opponents - @SportsCenter https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/672630207182987264

Miracle in Westwood

A mediocre 4-3 UCLA beat #1 Kentucky by 10 pts!

I only saw closing mins after checking shocking score. I figured Ken. by 20 or more. No mood to watch the slaughter. Now I'll look for the replay.

Low tech

Week like this makes me want to go back to a manual typewriter ... almost.

Tech nightmare

Finally got our DSL working ... but no luck bringing network up, which most of our stuff uses ... burned out ... try to forget until next week, try again.

When in doubt ...

Yep

We should not rationalize the tragedy of San Bernardino but we will. Again

http://gu.com/p/4emf6?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Trends

Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say

http://gu.com/p/4eyc5?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Bloggeroid

Changes

Modem arrives Fri, not tomorrow. Ah me.

Problem in a nutshell

Head of Senate environment committee: If the climate is changing it’s because of God, not man: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheRawStory/~3/BZ1QjZBIIRA/

Sinking islands

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.
Obama vows to help island nations threatened by climate change
http://wapo.st/1QaQkNC

Among the threatened are the Marshalls, where my dad was stationed after WWII, running a Naval supply ship. Many stories, home movies, memories. How sad if they get sunk by rising ocean.

Warm!

At last ... I don't know how the homeless hang in ... I think I'd call it quits. Takes great character to survive.

Blessings!

These hassles are nothing in the larger picture.

Bad to worse

Lost power last night around midnight, out for hrs, got so cold Sketch and I went into car to use heater. Back on now.

New modem tomorrow, try again.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hiss boo

Rest of day became nightmare, starting with new modem being defective. Back to zero. And then ... but what's the point? The day sucked after a great start.

Done

Feel like I've already put in a day's work ... working on downsizing ... waiting for modem, get network back up.

Music

With the home network down, Prime music is down, Echo is down ... but with a one device temp connection, my Jazz radio app works ... salvation!

Students fight back

Early start