|April 16 - Happy Easter!|
- According to The Telegraph,
coolest passports are apparently issued in Scandinavia and Canada. Also shows some
interesting entry stamps, like Easter Island's.
- Concerning two million-dollar 'face' gold coins -- a 221-pound Canadian Maple Leaf, and
One Tonne Gold Coin. One of the Canadians (apparently, about twenty were minted) was
stolen from a museum in Berlin.
- Ah, 'Fantasia' -- "a new form of musical entertainment," according to our host, Deems Taylor.
Saw it in the theater at least three times in the 70s (once, at Radio City Music Hall), and I'm
now in possesion of the original 'Disney Classics' restored version, with its aggresively stereo
soundtrack. My favorite sequences are the abstract Bach at the beginning, and the mythological
Beethoven. Also wondering about what was cut in the latter, this side-by-side
comparison with & w/o Sunflower
shows all. Plus another, related YouTube, the movie's original
Claire de Lune,
initially cut but surfacing a little later with some version of
'Blue Bayou' for the music; don't care to know which.
|December 19, 2016|
Christmas is here and at night the neighborhood's all aglow with twinkly lights. Something new this season, solid-state LED lasers projected through rotating multi-image lenses which create a galaxy of moving dots on garage doors and suburban façades. They're usually red and green, apparently a price war among big box retailers has them selling the 'Star Shower' for $40. That company also markets a Patriot version, in red and blue; but I was intrigued when I spotted a nearby house projecting the most desireable blue and green combo. Further research indicates its source probably the much more expensive
Bliss Lights or the sold-out-this-season Laser Christmas Lights. Who were the 1970s pioneers of these laser displays?
Ivan Dryer, the 'Laserium' guy; and especially Rockne Krebs.
|December 4, 2016|
- Here's a company, Supernova,
which sells a blue taillight for bicycles. Since this isn't legal in many jurisdictions,
they've posted a handy state-by-state
list of blue light laws.
I'm now wondering about green, and purple -- the latter may be too close to law enforcement's
special blue wavelengths. Speaking of green, there's
a new Wal*Mart-supported initiative which
surfaced around Veteran's Day -- replace one of your porch-lights to "support the troops."
There's several in my neighborhood (one house even has four) but at first I guessed these
were simply devout Muslims, green being the color of Islam and emerald lights, a common
night-time indicator of mosques.
- Someone is stealing
sunken WWII battleships
(possibly for their low
|October 29, 2016|
Halloween and The Holidays are here, so it's
time to talk about Chocolate. In Vox,
Halloween candy (worth reading just for the anti-raisin rant of #23);
plus a couple opinion pieces,
Milk Chocolate is Better Than Dark Chocolate and Megan Garber won't brook any discussion,
in the Atlantic --
Chocolate is Better Than Dark Chocolate The End.|
to the latter, in reaction to its comments.)
|August 28, 2016|
Back from the travels, a very successful voyage to far Cathay: more flags
added. Also, a list of personal flags.
|February 27, 2016|
The Four Brothers, last month
|December 26, 2015|
Happy New Year!
Commercial Zen of Muji by Silvia Killingsworth, in the New Yorker:
- The colors, patterns, and materials are generic, but everything, from toothbrush holders to storage boxes, comes in pleasing shapes.
- [Their] compact all-white appliances are described by a display sign as having "a square shape tinged with mellow roundness."
- Its advertising conveys the sense that life without logos, loud colors, and sharp edges is peaceful and free of distraction and excess.
|May 17, 2015|
|April 5, 2015|
- Always enjoy Old Time Radio; have recently discovered
Airchecks, audio archives of several minutes to hours of some
radio station, now a broadcast from the past. First I came
whole day from 1939 of WTOP at archive.org, then more recently
an hour from Top 40 KVIL in '67 at soundcloud which is gone now,
probably because it hadn't been 'scoped', where most of the songs'
middles are removed. Seeking the sounds of my youth led to
WPGC tribute site which has both triva and airchecks,
but unlike there,
DJ's blog posting has links to some unscoped MP3s from
that station 1963-1972.
provides access to a fun fact about your favorite
aerodrome via an attractive interface.
- This looks tasty -- The
|August 30, 2014|
- Fascinating -- Campanologomania -- why
is the dumb-bell, change ringing and more
Records on Sunset in 1971 (10-minute video)
- Also in Slate, in one of their blogs,
Does ISIS Have So Many Names?
the New York Times,
LA Times; ABC, CBS and NBC all use 'ISIS'. However,
the US government uses 'ISIL', for Islamic State
of Iraq and the Levant.
Initially I attributed the difference to an assumed ignorance
of the Levant
Also contrast Obama's neutral rendering of "ISIL" (almost
rhyming with "pencil") with the sinister, hissing "ISIS."
And FYI that second "S" actually stands for "al-Sham"
(Arabic for the Levant).
|August 10, 2014|
- Amazing JT Singh travel promotion videos by Rob Whitworth --
This Is Shanghai,
Barcelona GO! and especially
the USPS, he doesn't like
Harry Potter stamps. Wish my post offices had the
Jimi Hendrix, but they hardly received any, sorry, sold out.
- Say, what was that about
And what type does that pertain to? There's six
kinds but to most, mango = Tommy Atkins but I don't
like those -- to me, they've a chemical taste... however, those
little yellow ataulfos from Mexico or the Philippines,
|July 29, 2014|
Almost looks like Red State, Blue State, doesn't it?
|June 24, 2014|
|May 25, 2014|
- From Detroit,
Fordite -- 'gemstone' laminates
formed from layers of enamal paint.
|February 17, 2014|
The configuration of the top-center of my
new dual-flush toilet has an
athropomorphic, mournful expression.
- Brian Eno released a secret, to-the-trade only CD
of ambient sounds in 1989, called
now available on YouTube. Interesting, but I listen to the older
Evening Star more
- A new day trip, when you go to Venice (and
everybody should go to Venezia at
least once) -- the technicolor town of
The name reminds me of the Soviet space shuttle
and the neighboring glass island of Murano.