August 29, 2003
In & Out
All of my In & Out experiences have been at this one location in San Buenaventura:
But I really want to point you to this amazing site which consists of many large images (slow for dialup connections). At In & Out you can really get it your way.
August 28, 2003
A Scientific American article about plans for GPS III. Did you know we're using GPS II now? Satellite launchings are expected to start in 2010.
I like this quote in the article: '"GPS broadcasts are extremely low power--equivalent to that of five lightbulbs," Enge explains.' Yessirree, it's a new variation on the "5000 songs on an iPod" standard of measurement. Because everybody knows all songs are 3.5 minutes long (or whatever) and Mr. Enge knows that all lightbulbs consume the same wattage, whatever that is. Those numbers written on the bulbs (15, 25, 40, 60, 75, 100, 150 watts, etc.) are just marketing nonsense like "New Improved" on a box of laundry detergent.
P.S. Rumors that GPS III will allow the U.S. government to track receivers will now be entertained...
Bush vs. America
Yes, your eyes do not fool you. That is your President of the U.S.A. happily desecrating an American flag. Now, I don't usually say anything about the chronic desecration of the flag, intentional or (much more frequently) simply thoughtless and careless, even though I think it's wrong. Everybody gets to have their private, personal relationship to the flag. (You know, like that twit who rubbed the American flag on Saddam's statue, thereby desecrating the flag). But this fuck-wad is pretending to be the President. What is going on with the serotonin in his broken brain that allows him to witlessly write on an American flag? I suppose the only reason those around him are not grabbing it out of his hands was the overwhelming presence of Secret Service agents.
August 27, 2003
On July 31 a helmetless motorcyclist was killed on a bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, so some of his Harley-lovin' buddies held a benefit ride to raise money for his family, during which benefit ride a helmetless motorcyclist crashed, landed on his head, was knocked unconscious and hauled off to the hospital.
NY Public Art
These weird (somewhat nightmarish) bits of sculpture are in a children's playground along the Hudson River, not far from Battery Park City. They're small enough for kids to climb on (smaller than the Boston Public Garden ducklings), but look like acid flashbacks to my adult eye.
August 26, 2003
The journal of Mike May who was blind from age 3 through 46, and then had some vision restored. In it he writes about his first visual experiences with skiing, flying, seeing snow flakes, seeing his twin nieces, looking into people's eyes, seeing dust in the air (nobody told him dust floats!).
Lord Of The Rings
Okay, they're doing some crazy ass new things with LOTR this fall, so here's a schedule to assist you:
Today: the home video release of the original theatrical version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (that is Part 2).
Late September/Early October: advance ticket sales for December extravaganza go on sale.
November 18: DVD release of the special extended version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (that is Part 2).
December 5: Theatrical release of the special extended version of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (that is, Part 1) for those poor, deprived people who lack DVDs or who just want to see it on the big screen. This is, as far as I know, completely unprecedented.
December 12: Theatrical release of the special extended version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (that is Part 2).
December 16: A special marathon theatrical showing of all three films back-to-back. Suggested show times: 3 PM, 7 PM and 11 PM.
December 17: Theatrical release of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (that is, Part 3)
Naturally, something like this will have to be repeated in 2004 when the special extended DVD version of the The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is released, but they're shooting for the Oscar here.
August 25, 2003
Conceived by former Kansas City Symphony executive Roland Valliere, the Concert Companion displays a sort of musical road map during a performance, cuing users' ears for, say, the oboes, muted cellos, or double basses.
Toyota will begin selling a car that can parallel park itself perfectly. Hits the market "next month."
I have heard some airy-fairy theorizing about what would motivate someone to kill a man like Geoghan. Pish-posh. The list of well-adjusted people who would like to have done this is very long. Put him in a spot where a gay-bashing murderer has access to him, and you've got a scene right out of Oz.
Defrocked priest John J. Geoghan was bound, gagged, strangled, and stomped by a fellow inmate who followed the notorious child molester into a cell Saturday afternoon while one prison guard was distracted with other prisoners and another officer was temporarily away from the area, according to correctional officer union officials.
six or seven guards, alerted by a commotion in the cell, rushed to the scene but were unable to immediately open Geoghan's cell because, he said, Druce had jammed it from inside, perhaps with a stick.
The details about the assault came as state officials struggled to explain how a serial pedophile could have been left alone with an inmate convicted of a "gay-bashing" murder.
Prisoner rights activists yesterday called for an independent probe into Geoghan's strangulation death inside Massachusetts' most modern and secure prison.
The state is investigating how officials could have allowed Geoghan, 68, to share the same prison space as his alleged killer -- the 37-year-old Druce, a convicted murderer with a white supremacist past and an apparent disdain for homosexuals.
In Druce's case, he was an admitted neo-Nazi who was in prison for a crime that mirrored the attack on Geoghan. He strangled a 51-year-old man in 1988, after driving him to a wooded area. Police said Druce apparently believed his victim was gay. A police officer who investigated the murder said Druce "viewed it as a gay bashing."
To fill in the blank for those who are not familiar with Massachusetts, the Commonwealth does not have capital punishment.
If you have never seen this challenging and fascinating film (9.5 hours) than you don't know jack about the holocaust. No archival footage at all. Just interviews with living people (in 1985). You will find (surprise, surprise!) that anti-Semitism was deeply rooted throughout Europe and didn't magically disappear in 1945.
Hungry Jack Casserole courtesy of PublicSerf.
Just back from a week camping and here's
a quick photo from camp. No rain all week. Warm temps, but not too hot.
Evert, our cabin mate from Amsterdam, had the incredible foresight to fly into NYC a few days early — Wednesday, to be precise. Had a 15th floor room at the Milford Plaza. He discovered that if you are expecting a blackout you should select a hotel with a broad sidewalk and a high curb for the greatest comfort when lounging outside.
August 15, 2003
August 14, 2003
Real time graphic of "Supply of and Demand for Electricity in New York" at 4:50 PM today: