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Category: Arts and Aesthetics

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Contemplating my mortality

Oy. That sounds melodramatic. But there’s no way around it. For the last week I’ve been contemplating my mortality. I’m not quite well. I’m not quite sick, either, but I haven’t been quite well for nearly two years. It’s taken me this long to add all the little things up and start to speculate (and finally, to take up that dangerous instrument, the keyboard, to learn what I could learn). Damn, it pains and irritates me to say that. I’ve always had an iron immune system and robust health. But there comes a time … Anyhow, about 18 months ago…

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Fourth album from BipTunia

BipTunia — which bills itself both as “NoGov Music” and “music for the drive to Alpha-Centauri” — has released its fourth album. The album bears the intriguing title “Short Circuit at the Sheep Factory.” BipTunia is mostly Michael Werecat Dean of FreedomFeens.com. Sometimes with friends. Always with his cat Bippy, aka BipCat, aka BipTunia. Here’s a sample, with lyrics: “Statism Symptoms.”

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Yesterday: Out and about

Cold and windy. More winter than spring. But beautiful. Click to embiggenate. This one I “painted” lightly in the GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program). This one I painted more heavily, which may not be apparent until you enlarge it.

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Thursday links

  • “Blood unicorn” Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes are charged with fraud. Good article.
  • Somebody needs to take this video of Hillary and score it with “Hail to the Chief” to remind us how we lucked out.
  • United Airlines does the mean and stupid again. This time a dog dies. (If even I know the rules about carrying dogs in the passenger cabin, how come a United flight attendant doesn’t?) 14 Comments
  • Thursday links

  • Daylight saving time returns on Sunday. Be sure to &^%$#ing uselessly adjust your ^%*(_&%#ing clocks again. Sigh. But what if DST were in effect all year?
  • A teacher in (no surprise) New Jersey is suspended from his job for advocating arming school staff. One precious snowflake was so upset she had to be escorted from the classroom.
  • The DoJ is finally handing over those Fast & Furious documents after years of Obama-era stonewalling. 7 Comments
  • Reflections

    This morning on the estuary. It was 33 degrees but placid and sunny, turning the simple understructure of the pier into something complex and eye-bending. I would have loved to stay there enjoying the beauty and avoiding work. But we had a freezing rain last night. Everything that wasn’t madly drippy was still crunchy. No sitting and relaxing; just walking. I should remember to bring a sheet of plastic to town on days like this so I can sit on the waterfront benches. Then again, days like today are so rare I don’t think about that. —– Since the Parkland…

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    A room with a view — of snow!

    This is the view this morning from my bedroom door into the screen porch and beyond. It’s not unusual to get snow here. It’s also not unusual to get none. It’s been nearly two years since our last, so this was sweet. It’s supposed to snow all morning, then resume in the afternoon after an brief period of rain. (A snow day! The little boys next door are gonna have a blast.) I love this room. I love this spot on this planet. I love ferns bowed down with snow and snow clinging to screens and stone walls. I love…

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