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August 17, 2022
  • A big example of the news ticker was the 'Motograph' installed by the New York Times in 1928 to display headlines along the sides of Times Tower. Popularly known as the 'Zipper', the display was 388 feet long, 5 feet high, and used over 14,800 light bulbs until they were retired and replaced in 1994.

  • How to disable auto-correct on Android (since my new cell wouldn't let me curse, in a text).

  • All about guy wires.

August 16, 2022
  • DIY astrology-free horoscope for the digital age: look up your first name in the Urban Dictionary.

  • Make My Drive Fun -‌- enter departure and destination; get a map with points of interest marked along the way.

August 12, 2022

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August 1, 2022
  • CNN: Why you're going to hate traveling this summer. Count me among the haters after our flight home from Vegas was cancelled yesterday, three hours from departure. Southwest rebooked on flights 49 hours later; possibly acceptable but not since I had to be home this morning for Jury Duty (which I didn't have to attend, as it turned out).

July 27, 2022

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July 14, 2022
Just a bit of cowboy poetry for today:

They say with barbed wire came the fall of the West
I ain't denying it's true
'Cuz there's a few places left, in this once-empty West,
you can go and just buckaroo.

But you follow a fence and you'll find gate or hole,
and there you can wander on through.
But the days are gone, when you took horse and tack,
and could go and just buckaroo.

For the East runs this land, and they don't understand
about cows or our points of view
They don't even care if they're playin' square
or care 'bout some lost buckaroo.

But throw the gate wide, 'cuz I'm still full of pride,
and I'll fight 'em till my life is through.
And out in the West, when they lay me to rest,
I'll go and just buckaroo.

Note that I personalize that next-to-last line as "Out in the West, where I'm feeling my best," and that was 'Go and Just Buckaroo' by Leon Flick (1954-2013).

July 10, 2022
  • NASA 'strongly rebukes' pro-Russian separatist flag display on the ISS. Roscosmos shared two photos on social media channels showing cosmonauts holding flags used by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. I was unfamiliar with this flag -‌- like Russia's, but the white stripe is black, instead.

  • In the Atlantic, The Most Pathetic Men in America. The courage and character of Ukraine stands in perverse contrast to America's cowering Republican Party, whose resistance might as well have been led by the Uvalde police.
    (archive link)

July 8, 2022

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July 3, 2022
François Truffaut's Farenheit 451: Montag reading the funny papers

June 30, 2022
Josephine_Baker at the March on Washington, 8-28-1963
  • Recently learned how Josephine Baker was active in the Resistance, and was decorated for her war-time service. Seen here speaking at MLK Jr's March on Washington in 1963, wearing her Free French uniform. (Click the iconic photo for a transcript of her speech). I read of her Jazz Age performances but never heard her voice, until now -‌- a 'video' from the Internet Archive: Haiti, (1934).

  • Politico: What Republicans Know (and Democrats Don't) About the White Working Class. The settled vs "the hard-living."

  • π = 355/113 (or close enough)

June 28, 2022
  • TheHustle wonders, Can a corporation own a color?

  • Although you can find their stuff in yup-scale supermarkets stateside now, I first became aware of Bahlsen cookies during my 1984 tour of West Germany, Scandinavia, Belgium and France. These are my favorite, labeled Choco-Star then; but it's been a while, looks like they'e been renamed. The company's been around a long time, and there's a book about their pre-war biscuit tin and candy box design and the Present & Correct blog has posted some scans.

  • At Bored Panda, 27 photos Rich took in Southern California. #25: Even an Oil Rig can look Beautiful in SoCal.

June 24, 2022

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June 16, 2022
A traveler's development, as documented through his passport photos. The last two are scans of the originals, as it's become difficult to see through the overlayed, psychedelically swirly watermark, which is now made up of strings of identifying data.

June 15, 2022

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June 2, 2022
The San Francisco trolley painted in DC Transit livery
Everybody knows that San Francisco has cable cars but the City also operates trolley-cars/streetcars/trams, and on the Market Street "F" line these trains are vintage PCC. (Not getting into the nomenclature of cable car here, but those aren't funiculars like Angel's Flight in LA, nor the ski-lifts the Japanese call ropeways.) The site is all about these vintage streetcars, many of which came from Philly, St. Louis and the Twin Cities, in addition to San Francisco; and they've been painted in the livery of cities all over which used to have trolley systems of their own, including one for my hometown, which I've spotted a couple times (including last weekend) but never ridden. Pre-Metrobus, as a teenager, I'd ride buses which looked like this (when the fare was 15¢), but the trolley was terminated before my time. Lots of detail about DC Transit in the page for this car.


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