Archive for December 2004
Maybe it’s androgeny, the roles he has played are more androgenous? In that I mean a Jungian way a balance of anima/animus that Jung once thought might be involved in our psyche. Might explain why a very small correlation with “reinlistment” appears with being born in the Aries sign (none other, putting the “as” back in astrology) according to his research. Maybe people (mostly Americans?) want to his sign?
Happy Year of the Rooster…
Finally after reading neowin.net for many months decided to join and post when someone asked “What guitars do you have?” I posted this:
After lurking around, my first post. I have a Giannini acoustic Turuna Model No. 4 9/65 Tranquillo Ginnini, s.a. Sao Paolo, Made in Brazil Founded 1900. I used to work across the street from the “Fat Tuesdays” where Les Paul used to play (He, in his eighties, plays still at the Iridium in NYC every week, I haven’t seen him but Steve Tyler has) on Third Ave. near 16th Street. In the window was a hologram of Dizzie Gillespie who would blow his horn, lower it and smile as you went by. Writer O. Henry frequented the place after he got out of the “O H io penitENtiaRY” and Kiehl’s Pharmacy (William Syndey Porter was a frontier pharmacist in Texas) there a few blocks away since like 1854, is now owned by A Mr. Heidegger, a friend of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, climbed Mt. Everest without oxygen in the 1980’s, (Sherpa: “mother of us all”) and half the place was a motorcycle museum. They put the product on the chic in Beverly Hills and NYC. Still my guitar gently weeps…
I hope Bill Gates reads it, he loves “neowin.net – Where unprofessional journalism looks better.” http://www.neowin.net/
I was browsing online in Austin, Texas which is where the theory about O. Henry comes from. The Ohio Penitentiary was demolished recently and I think a piece of it is there at the O. Henry Museum in Austin, Texas I seem to remember. I liked their biography of him and started reading some again, he wrote a lot of western short stories too, besides the more recognized New York City ones. Author Kinky Friedman reminds me of him, though longer stories. Recently I read his “Blast From the Past” and “Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned” about NYC. I hope he becomes Governor of Texas I read he’s running for it!
I signed this petition today and passed it along:
In a message dated 12/21/2004 10:45:41 AM Eastern Standard Time, DrewMcVety@aol.com writes:
On NPR’s Morning Edition, Nina Tottenberg said that if the Supreme Court supports Congress, it is in effect the end of the National Public Radio (NPR), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). PBS, NPR and the arts are facing major cutbacks in funding. In spite of the efforts of each station to reduce spending costs and streamline their services, some government officials believe that the funding currently going to these programs is too large a portion of funding for something which is seen as not worthwhile.
This is for anyone who thinks NPR/PBS is a worthwhile expenditure of $1.12/year of their taxes. The only way that our representatives can be aware of the base of support for PBS and funding for these types of programs is by making our voices heard. Please add your name to this list and forward it to friends who believe in what this stands for. This list will be forwarded to the President and the Vice President of the United States. This petition is being passed around the Internet. Please add your name to it so that funding can be maintained for NPR, PBS, & the NEA.”
One wonderful new experience I had was attending classes at the “Media Center” in Buffalo, NY, that was partially funded through Gerald O’Grady’s efforts to obtain Federal funds for the “Media Center” (on Bailey Avenue) in 1973, there next door to Buffalo University. In it, were held community film showings and artists from the area were encouraged to show their work and others. Sometimes pilots for TV were shown too. At the time, around 1974, Kodak, was also promoting the use of Super 8mm (and other film) to be used in youth centers in towns in America, according to their freely available handbook. To help teach story telling skills and encourage self-confidence they printed an “Outline for Teaching a Course in Basic Movie-Making” (Kodak Publication No. AT-106, Rochester, NY). I remember being strangely enthralled by other descriptions of problems, for example, in Kodak “clean room” production about the time of the announcement of “compact disc” technology by Phillips, Inc. Without the “Media Center” funding I think Buffalo, NY might have been a much poorer place, as a large media festival was held with film-makers from as far away as Brazil, coming to town to visit and exhibit. Experiments in 3D projection were very interesting. One was “live” as the audience wore 3D glasses, while a child rode a tricycle in front of a red/green projector, behind a series of rear projection screens (part of a lecture hall at Buffalo College), part of a performance piece “Lost Doll Found” a tribute to American composer Charles Ives, by film-maker/professor, Ken Jacobs. I was in the piece to get credit in classes by Paul Sharits at the Media Center in film analysis and experimental film-making held jointly with the English Department. This was before Watergate and a Polish Pope.
Later I recall a film program, the “1/2 hour film lunch” in the main branch of the library downtown there. A short film (or two) was shown during the lunch hour. One, about careers was funny, a gentleman under a wide brim hat in the strong sunlight, referring to a career in archaeology, remarked that, “Archaeologists careers are in ruins”. I hope people in the arts, NPR and PBS don’t end up literally so.
My father, the youngest of eleven (11) was born today on the kitchen table at 660 Water St., in New York City. It’s said the doctor who attended was too inebriated from Christmas and forgot to file a birth certificate. My father had a baptismal certificate which he (and others) used instead. His oldest sister, Margaret, survives him, she 101. His father was a real estate reporter who gave tips to the coal companies when building’s owners changed hands. His wife my grandmother once worked as a nanny on Bedloe’s Island for the caretaker there where the Statue of Liberty is. Funny I was born nine months before his birthday, on March 26, when could it be? Jesus Christ was conceived? Ever notice how Easter moves around? It’s lunar.
Interesting info, StumbleUpon, an Internet journey led me to it. The “why” of 9/11/01 if you click on this link. You might see some embedded odd words however such as “eCross Countryhange” for “exchange” oddly. Exploding suicide “journalists”? Propane bombs? (Very horrible if true, suck the very oxygen out of a whole area). Very interesting travel writing on this site, really enjoyed the coastal Georgia travelogue.
Hello, a red ink and rewrites addendum,
Happy Holidays, even though we’ve lost more National Guardsmen (isn’t that too gender specific? I’m worried about 3 RPG’s [rocket propelled grenades] missing from the Bronx) in one year than in the 10 years of Vietnam. I had to go through some extensive searching at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn to dig a few holes there in the Parade Field they call it, across from where Commandant General Robert E. Lee once lived. He was once the Commandant of West Point way back in the 1840’s I think. Worked there too, on both sides of the Hudson River. They lost an American Indian “12 Feathers,” a cadet for a couple of weeks, he was right under their noses, dead, wish I knew more about it. They play football on “Buffalo Soldiers Field” now (after the black soldiers not the Bob Marley song!) I was at the Point for anthrax! Very paranoid place for awhile. Peace.
Halcyon: “A mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves.” WordWeb 3.02
I remember reading a NY Times op-ed piece “Our Man in Halcyon” back in 1992 or so in the Hudson House in Cold Spring, NY, (named for the water by former President George Washington) once the site of the West Point Foundry, where I was working on the EPA remediation of the Marathon Battery Site (made batteries for Nike missiles) which included the “Foundry Cove” next to Constitution Island across the Hudson River from the West Point Military Academy. We could see their ski trails lit at night and sometimes an echo from the parade field would drift over. Another time two F-14’s from the Navy mock attacked the Point in a snow squall, probably at an Army-Navy game. I wanted to call the FAA!
Anyway, the point of the article was that FBI agents on Halcyon, (as was then President George Bush, the previous Bush President, the current, others referred to as “Walker B.”) were walking through metal detectors forgetting they were armed, and since the President was also taking it, what about it? The idea, I think, was that we had been convinced by President George Bush that the world had been made safer, then, after “Desert Storm,” when actually, it had become a much more dangerous place.