August 29, 2014
Stacey: It's when it hails that the crops get destroyed. They'll bounce back from the rain.
Such a casually normal Midwestern exchange, informed about how things grow. I don't think anything about farming is part of my New York world. People here (more…)
August 28, 2014
Man, doesn't so much today sound like it came from the Onion.
I have tried (maybe not that hard) to understand the pro-gun folks & I'm just not buying it. I don't have any better arguments than the sensible ones already out there: no reason guns can't be regulated, the way liquor & cars are; protect kids; don't sell armor-piercing ammo, & so on.Why doesn't this get fixed??
August 27, 2014
I was shy (shyer) in high school & Miss Norman took me under her wing. The responsibility of editing The Orange & Black has been useful & illuminating to this day, & I would not be surprised if hundreds of others say the same thing, and say as well that she was more influential than any teacher they had.
August 26, 2014
August 25, 2014
I have to go get the eye test where they dilate, so probably not more today, unless I ace the test, but I haven't aced anything since high school.
August 19, 2014
The text on the base reads:
This 1909 iconic street clock was designated a New York City landmark in 1981. Upon establishing its new headquarters at 200 Fifth Avenue in 2011, Tiffany & Co. restored the clock as a gift to the historic Flatiron district.
August 18, 2014
August 17, 2014
For a primitive, ancient instrument, it is remarkably evocative. People have heard its sound as a wake-up call ... a lamentation ... the cries of a woman in childbirth ... a way to confuse Satan ... a warning ... a call to war ... the sound of the human soul ....
The physical part of blowing a shofar is relatively easy. I run to ensure I have good wind, I practice a few minutes a day to build control and toughen my embouchure.
Studying the laws, getting my intentions in order is a little more challenging. There are as many ways to blow incorrectly as correctly.
The spiritual part is hardest. I find I need the help of everyone in the room to break through the roof & send our prayer to heaven.
August 15, 2014
Johnny & I sat here with the Man of Lawe's Tale.
August 14, 2014
August 13, 2014
His music, most of it recorded with guitarist Scrapper Blackwell, has been covered by (more…)
August 12, 2014
August 11, 2014
I know people do this routinely, so that's not actually my pet peeve. (If I don't want to subsidize other people's shindigs, I don't eat, just stop in to say hi.)
But if you invite me (more…)
August 10, 2014
Look how beautiful these critters are, & what great names: sea sparkle, ghost fungus, alarm jellyfish, sea feather, fire centipede, sea firefly, genji firefly.
There are interesting scientific aspects to bioluminescence, not just trippy ones. J. Woodland Hastings, a Harvard biochemist who died a few days ago, researched bioluminescence and was known for "recognizing overarching biological processes in the humblest of organisms. His discovery of how bacteria communicate became the foundation for groundbreaking research in the development of more effective antibiotics." (His NYT obit is at nytimes.com/2014/08/10/science/j-w-hastings-87-a-pioneer-in-bioluminescence-research-dies.html.)
I just ordered a book called The Winking, Blinking Sea. Why do publishers seem to think this is a subject of interest only or mainly to children?
August 7, 2014
All that from a Mets fan!
August 6, 2014
August 5, 2014
When you see millions of the mouthless dead
Across your dreams in pale battalions go,
Say not soft things as other men have said,
That you'll remember. For you need not so.
Give them not praise. For, deaf, how should they know
It is not curses heaped on each gashed head?
Nor tears. Their blind eyes see not your tears flow.
Nor honour. It is easy to be dead.
Say only this, "They are dead." Then add thereto,
"Yet many a better one has died before."
Then, scanning all the o'ercrowded mass, should you
Perceive one face that you loved heretofore,
It is a spook. None wears the face you knew.
Great death has made all his for evermore.
—Charles Hamilton Sorley, 1895-1915, killed at Loos
August 4, 2014
August 3, 2014
I could do a month of posts of cakes. It's an unacknowledged family tradition to take pictures posing with cakes.
And naming them.
August 1, 2014