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March 29, 2024
  • A link for Easter from Present And Correct: a 1968 book of Ukranian Pysanky egg designs.

  • No, you're not an excellent driver: Motonormativity -‌- The bias that leads to dangerous driving.

March 26, 2024

March 22, 2024
  • It's a big problem, fewer people paying attention. In the Financial Times, No news is bad news and in Slate, Welcome to Me Mountain.

  • Esquire asks, Can You Go Sockless With a Suit? Should You? Now, the very idea of going sockless connotes a certain level of decade-old Millennialism that Gen Z-ers on TikTok would denounce as "cheugy". does one pronounce that? My second-language German has me instinctively saying choy-gee but the Urban Dictionary says it's chew-gee. Note that I consider going sockless a juvenile affectation, and IMO those short-short socks (which simulate this look) are feminine, I would never.

  • For some reason I'd like to have a femur similar to my own in scale, and an artificial reproduction would be adequate; but I've just learned the real thing is available for a few hundred dollars at Jons Bones. They have skulls on offer as well. Naturally I'd want to know who these bones belonged to originally; I'm guessing Jon ain't telling.

  • Directory of Cat Cafes in the USA.

March 18, 2024

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March 13, 2024
  • Occupying a mansion above Beverly Hills: the Battle Over California Squatters Rights, where I learn of Mercedes G-Wagons (which I've no doubt seen, but thought were Hummers); Step-and-Repeats, what those backdrops are called, arrays of logos (which remind me of Louis Vuitton) behind posing celebrities; and the Squatter Squad, a 'same-day squatter-removal' service in Irvine.
    (archive link since original Curbed source is part of New York magazine.)

  • De Zeen: Ten recently completed skyscrapers in New York City. That Steinway Tower, the world's skinniest supertall skyscraper and the second-tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, looks like it would snap off given strong enouugh winds.

  • Please Listen Closely, as Our Menu Options Have Changed. Rather than Customer Service Menu Hell, this is actually about daily menu recordings at a dwindling number of institutions and restaurants across the country. Reminds me of Tel-Med, a library of recorded health messages I'd listen to while killing time on-the-job in the early 1980s. IMO it's weird to label these 'hotlines' as this article does; aren't those for crisis situations, where operators are actually standing by?

March 10, 2024
Space Family Robinson #2
from 'Lost In Space' Space Family Robinson #2 (1963)

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February 21, 2024
from The Beats, edited by Paul Buhle, 2009
From the Philip Lamantia story in The Beats, edited by Paul Buhle, one of Harvey Pekar's last productions.
  • The Towers is a short film about Rodia and his creations, available in the Internet Archive, made just before he walked away from them forever. Note the anachronistic 'Twilight Zone-y' soundtrack; this is dated a couple years before Rod Serling's show premiered.

  • Intricate pen and watercolor drawings of Mattias Adolfsson.

  • Astute analysis, 'Falling Down' is Propaganda. If you get tired of the clips from the preview, the whole film can be found deep inside the Archive.

  • True glow-in-the-Dark flowers are coming! Firefly Petunias.

February 17, 2024
  • Lost chapter from The Martian by Andy Weir.

  • Such an in-depth site, Los Angeles Theatres. Here's the entry for the long-gone Hawaii on Hollywood Blvd, with its wonderfully tubular blue neon façade: Enjoy the Unusual Photography Under the Hawaii's Famous 'Black Light' Auditorium Illumination which I imagine was used to light up those tropical murals inside. It was a church for a while; now it's a big thrift store. More black light (with photos) in the Old Town Music Hall of El Segundo, where I saw "Meet Me In St. Louis" in the late 1980s.

  • Bored Panda, when AI didn't [quite] understand and created Hilariously Weird Images. There' a lot of these examples floating around 'out there' now, this one exceptional for #4, the British Christmas (reminding me of Roger's mess on the cover of The Who Sell Out which my older brother once characterized as a camping trip nightmare).

  • According to the Washington Post, the best times to visit the world's most popular destinations. Months and seasons, actually; note the best time to have an adventure is whenever, go when you can.
    (gift link)

February 7, 2024
  • Earlier today the X-ray tech told me I have "Long Lungs" which sounds like a good user alias to me.

  • This is excellent -- Satan's Guide to the Bible. Seminary Secrets delivered in a flannel-board/felt-talk format all too familiar from Sunday School.

  • Paul McCartney in People magazine: Something Will Happen. The form of this I favor is, Something always happens (or comes along) that changes everything.

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January 24, 2024
    Know Your Meme on Ron DeSantis' White Boots, compares him to others but seems it's up to me to mention Russ Manning's Magnus Robot Fighter (whose boots were occasionally black, it's true). Magnus Robot Fighter #17 reprint

  • Colorado Public Radio report, CIA Chief Pushes For More Spies Abroad; Surveillance Makes That Harder. Quotes Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, on blending in with Europeans, who think that we are slouchy, a little sloppy... because they stand up straight, they don’t lean on things. They are on two feet and we're always on one foot with that other foot kind of stuck out. Reminding me of Laurie Anderson, about three minutes into The Cultural Ambassador, advice from the US embassy in Madrid on laying low in international airports, like, don't chew gum or wear a baseball cap, etc.

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January 14, 2024
Gliko running man Osaka

January 10, 2024

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January 3, 2024
  • Maurice Sendak's Emotional Last Interview with NPR's Terry Gross, from 2011, animated by Christoph Niemann.

  • Searching for an old This American Life, it was Wacky -‌- not quirky or kooky.

  • Far Out magazine answers the burning question of the day: Who was Mr. Jimmy? Note to Far Out, in 1964 a soda fountain wouldn't have had Cherry Coke (which wasn't bottled until 1985), but they could've been out of the necessary cherry syrup with which a cherry Coke would've been fashioned, at the time.

December 31, 2023
Watching this odd film located deep inside the Internet Archive, Hello Down There from 1969, concerning a typical American family living beneath the sea, for 30 days. Obviously inspired by Jacques Cousteau's Conshelf  2 -‌- watch his team doing it for real in the World Without Sun documentary from 1964. Note that unlike Tony Randall's standalone Green Onion the actual Starfish House required a support ship, on-station topside, for the duration.

December 27, 2023

December 25, 2023 - Merry Christmas!

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December 18, 2023
  • Back from the travels, so good to be out from behind the Great Chinese Firewall. Links resuming soon but as I couldn't access a lot of the usual I scraped up all the Lee Sandlin I could find there, and one last special recommendation would be his Road To Nowhere.


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Last cinema visits:
"The Boy and the Heron"
"Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms"
Current reading: Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr and Soldier's Heart by Carol Tyler

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