Really brief this time – I have to get to bed; I’m supposed to be on a 5:30am flight from BOS to PHL tomorrow morning. (Customer visit.) I’m an “early Stones” kind of guy: I’m afraid that I lost interest after Sticky Fingers. The great thing about this live-in-the-studio album Stripped is that they get…Read More CD of the week: "Stripped" by the Rolling Stones
It’s always dangerous to let me loose in a bookshop. Today I think I went a little over the top. Let me share the list of my acquisitions with you, in the “full disclosure” style of some self-help groups. Perhaps it will help. (But what would success look like?) In no particular order: Doom 3…Read More Confessions of a biblioholic
Just when you think things couldn’t get any more absurd… The Memory Hole is reporting a truly Orwellian attempt at censorship by the Justice Department. The ACLU had filed some documents as part of its ongoing case against the Patriot Act, and the Justice Department – as is their right, apparently – chose to black…Read More The subversive writings of the Supreme Court
For the last few weeks I’ve been trying to figure out how to write up an idea that’s been bugging me. I think it’s an interesting idea, but until I can actually write it up I won’t be sure. So today I just decided to blurt it out into the blog, relatively unformed, certainly unfinished,…Read More Interrelated aspects of interaction
Terry just posted a pointer to a piece by akiru: Waking up to NPR, as you do, I heard an analyst use a golden phrase to describe half of the Congressional inactivity on fixing Social Security. Free Lunch Republicans. Gosh that’s beautiful. It’s got such wide applicability. Everytime they trot out the old chestnut about…Read More "Free Lunch Republicans"
Well, Marshall McLuhan’s quotation may be accurate, but sometimes the car feels like Heracles’ tunic steeped in the blood of Nessus. All of which is an absurdly pretentious way of saying that I took my car in to the dealers this morning, “unwontedly” as it were. I carefully described the shudders from the transmission that…Read More "The car has become an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad and incomplete in the urban compound."
As I mentioned, I’m in the middle of a project to read the first six of Stephen King’s Dark Tower books in time to be ready when the seventh and final volume is published in mid-September. I’m pleased to report that it’s going well: I finished the fifth volume, Wolves of the Calla, late last…Read More Update on The Project
Doug (who needs to get his own blog!) just sent me a link to a page which captures the strangeness of the blogosphere to a T. It’s a celebration of last place finishers in the Athens Olympics.Read More "And in last place we have…."
We just got back from the Boston MFA (Musem of Fine Arts) where a new Art Deco exhibit has just opened. It’s organized into three sections, roughly 30-50-20 percent respectively. The first presents various ideas and styles that influenced art deco – everything from Classical Greek and Egyptian, through African and Meso-american patterns and colours,…Read More Art Deco at the MFA
I just picked up a copy of Doom 3. My investment in an ATI Radeon 9600 when I bought this PC is about to pay off. (Of course I could always step up to an x800 XT Platinum and crank up my pixel fillrate from 1.3Gpixels/sec to 8.3Gpixels/sec. A snip at $499… which is almost…Read More I may be distracted for a few days weeks….