Saturday, August 16, 2003

Overlap: Drew Gardner's Blog: "On the was back we ran into Nao, the guitar player in Nao's Superfortress, a band I used to play drums with. Nao said that there was some kind of mini-burningman scene in Tomkins Sq. Park Thurs night, with bonfires, drumming, and people dancing naked and burning their clothes. "
gail wight: past projects
Kirk Varnedoe, 57, Curator Who Changed the Modern's Collection and Thinking, Dies. (His work on the Northern Light show most important for me.)
Compendium of Lost Words
The Blackout
Dalkey Archive Press: An Interview with Alasdair Gray: "The description of how he at last joins the Nature Circus of Arizona--the new deal which can employ all the homeless of America and Europe--was proof that even Kafka could write a good ending out of a world like mine--that human government was redeemable."
CONTEXT: Janice Galloway Reading Alasdair Gray: "Even within Scotland, a country you'd think would be keen to develop more democratic analytic discourse on account of its own marginalization within the British literary establishment, this persists. Due to the extent of internalized second-class nationhood in Scotland which presupposes Scottish artistic status and priorities as naturally lesser (as opposed to different) to those of the English canon, it can actually be worse. " Gee...sounds familiar, but where?
Books | Founding father of the Scottish renaissance
Happy Birthday Madonna!
oh and last but not least 4. Jacques Tati: His Life and Art by David Bellos. Bellos' wonderfully capacious biography of Perec (he also translated "Life A User's Manual" ) is one of my favorite books, this one though not as big seems similarly detailed and photo-filled. Now to see if a 70mm print of "Playtime" is showing locally....
Power Outage Traced To Dim Bulb In White House

Friday, August 15, 2003

: "'Do not let smart children handle this book. It will help them pass examinations without reading anything else'"
three. The Company by Robert Littell
two. Claudia Roden - Book of Jewish Food
Birthday Book one: Alasdair Gray - Book of Prefaces
New Jersey Churchscape
The Daily Bleed: A Calendar Better Than Boiled Coffee! Timeline, Chronology, Labor, Radical, Arts, Literature, Authors, Poets, Anarchists...
Also born today

1432 Luigi Pulci Italy, poet (Morgante)
1688 Frederick-William I king of Prussia (1713-1740)
1769 Napoleon Bonaparte resident of Elba (emperor 1804-13, 1814-15)
1771 Sir Walter Scott Scotland, novelist/poet (Lady of Lake)
1785 Thomas De Quincey Eng, writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater)
1803 Sir James Douglas father of British Columbia
1845 Walter Crane England, painter/illustrator (Beauty & Beast)
1856 J Keir Hardie 1st Labour representative in British Parliament
1860 Florence Kling DeWolfe Harding 1st lady
1875 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor London, composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast)
1879 Ethel Barrymore Phila, actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green)
1887 Ferber Edna, Mich, writer (Showboat, Cimarron, Giant)
1888 T.E. Lawrence Tremadoc Wales, soldier/writer (aka Lawrence of Arabia)
1890 Jacques Ibert Paris France, composer (Escales)
1892 Louis-Victor due de Broglie France, physicist (Nobel 1929)
1893 Harlow H Curtice pres of General Motors (1953-8)
1898 Lillian Carter Pres Carter's mom
19-- Jim Lange St Paul Mn, TV host (Dating Game, Name the Tune)
19-- Jonathan Daniel rocker (Electric Angels-I Believe, Whiplash)
19-- Matt Kramer rocker (Saigon Kick-New World)
19-- Tom Williams Chicago Ill, actor (Nobody's Perfect)
1901 Arias Arnulfo 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68)
1904 Bill Baird Grand Is Nebr, puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie, Muppet Show)
1912 Julia Child Pasadena Calif, chef (French Chef)
1912 Wendy Hiller actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield)
1915 Signe Hasso actress (Double Life)
1920 Huntz Hall actor (Cyclone, Gas Pump Girls, The Rating Game)
1922 Lukas Foss (Fuchs) Berlin Germany, composer (Prairie)
1923 Rose Marie NYC, actress (Sally Rogers-Dick Van Dyke Show)
1924 Phyllis Schlafly St Louis, right-winger/Eagle Forum president
1924 Robert Bolt playwright (Man for All Seasons, Dr Zhivago)
1925 Mike Connors Fresno Calif, actor (Joe Mannix-Mannix, Night Kill)
1926 Georgiann Johnson Decorah Iowa, actress (Marge-Mr Peepers)
1931 Janice Rule Norwood Ohio, actress (Alvarez Kelly, Doctor's Wife)
1933 Lori Nelson Santa Fe NM, actress (Greta-How to Marry a Millionaire)
1935 Abby Dalton Las Vegas NV, actress (Joey Bishop Show)
1935 Jim Dale Broadway entertainer (Barnum, My One & Only)
1935 Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr civil rights activist
1941 Don Rich Olympia Wash, guitarist/country singer (Hee Haw)
1943 Barbara Bouchet Reichenberg Czech, actress (Casino Royale)
1944 Linda Ellerbee Bryan Texas, newscaster (NBC News Overnight)
1945 Gene Upshaw NFL guard (Oakland), NFLPA leader
1946 Jimmy Webb Elk City Okla, songwriter (MacArthur Park, Up Up & Away)
1946 Kathryn Jean Whitmire Houston Texas, (4 time Mayor-Houston)
1947 Gerald Velez congas (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
1947 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr Macon Ga, USN/astro (STS 33)
1949 Ann Ryerson Wisc, actress (Pvt Carol Winter-Pvt Benjamin)
1950 Princess Anne England (daughter of Queen Elizabeth II)
1950 Tess Harper actress (Amityville 3D, Tender Mercies)
1955 Larry Mathews Burbank Calif, actor (Ritchie-Dick Van Dyke Show)
1957 Zeljko Ivanek Yugoslavia, actor (Mass Appeal)
1960 Maureen "Peanut" Louie Harper SF, tennis player (Denver-1985)
1960 Tommy Aldridge heavy metal rocker (Ozzy-Diary of a Mad Man)
1961 Matt Johnson rocker (The The-Infected Soul Mining)
1964 MCA (Adam Yauch) rocker (The Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight)
Compiler of this blog born 1958, exactly one day before Madonna.
Jordan: "Woke up when the motor of the fan started sputtering back up. "

Thursday, August 14, 2003

"Call of the Wild" centennial: "'When, on the still cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolflike, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him. And his cadences were their cadences, the cadences which voiced their woe and what to them was the meaning of the stillness, and the cold, and dark.' "
Clyde: "'I’m wiser than I’ve ever been,' he says with a smile. 'I always thought I was funky, I was built on funk. My goal was to be a machine, to be the John Henry of drums.'"
IAM Lyrics - L'Empire Du Cote Obscur: "I sweep away the little Ewoks like the wind sweeps away the dead
Ben Katchor's favorite records (scroll)
nice interview with Zombie Rod Argent
I have all my dad's Ham Radio QSL cards (rescued from the damp basement) and must figure out a way to scan and preserve them. Some of them (esp those from 60's Eastern Europe) as interesting as anything on show here.
Gallery :: QSL-cards
SWL Shortwave Radio Listeners QSL Card Museum
August Highland's "Encyclopoetica"
Can you read this? Don't you wish you couldn't?
Zevon’s The Wind
Mooning Amtrak Trains, Southern California USA

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

When the Brain Grabs a Tune and Won't Let Go: "If I wasn't in the business of songwriting, I'd probably be seeing a doctor,' Mr. Diamond said. 'I've tried everything from cold showers to listening to other people's music, but nothing helps.'
Most of his songs spring from a melodic swatch of six notes repeating in his mind. 'I'll be driving or watching TV or having lunch, and it just invades,' he said. 'It's a horrible obsession, but it seems to have paid off.' "
Baron Munchausen Trade Cards
Bailey and Culley on Eskdale farming, 1794
James Hogg: poet and shepherd
stay up late!! Perseids set for sky show
Yahoo! News - 'Iceman' was murdered, science sleuths say
Don Lanphere
Proper Fats: "There are three main pools of Navarro, the Savoy and Blue Note recordings made as a leader and with Tadd Dameron, and a 1948 live broadcast (some of his best work) from the Royal Roost, material owned by Fantasy. At no time in recent memory have all three of these oeuvres been in print at the same time. Proper not only has put them all in one spot , 'Our Delight,' 'Nostalgia,' 'Fats Blows,' 'Good Bait,' 'Bouncing With Bud,' in short, the lot, it's thrown in the early work with Billy Eckstine and Kenny Clarke, as well as the treasured 1949 recordings with Wenatchee, Wash., bebopper Don Lanphere and the 1950 jam session with Parker at Birdland. Fats lives! "
Nostalgia: A Tribute to the Great Fats Navarro
Embro, Embro - the hidden history of Edinburgh in its music
as usual via beloved Plep...
The Morgan Library Exhibitions | Past | Picturing Natural History
Francis Grose
Robert Burns: TAM O' SHANTER
Greg's Column: "The estimable 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica described Grose as 'a sort of antiquarian Falstaff - at least he possessed in a striking degree the knight's physical peculiarities; but he was a man of true honour and charity, a valuable friend.' After sharing a few bottles of port with Grose, Burns agreed, writing 'I have never seen a man of more original observation, anecdote and remark.' It was for Grose that Burns wrote his famous supernatural poem, 'Tam o'Shanter,' and in a poem about Grose he wrote 'But wad ye see him in his glee, For meikle glee and fun has he, Then set him down, and twa or three Gude fellows wi' him; And port, O port! Shine thou a wee, And THEN ye'll see him!'"
Epigram On Francis Grose The Antiquary:: "The Devil got notice that Grose was a-dying
So whip! at the summons, old Satan came flying;
But when he approached where poor Francis lay moaning,
And saw each bed-post with its burthen a-groaning,
Astonish'd, confounded, cries Satan-'By God,
I'll want him, ere I take such a damnable load!' "
Grose, Captain Francis (1731 � 91)
309. Verses on Captain Grose. Burns, Robert : "
KEN ye aught o' Captain Grose? Igo, and ago,
If he's amang his friends or foes? Iram, coram, dago.

Is he to Abra'm's bosom gane? Igo, and ago,
Or haudin Sarah by the wame? Iram, coram dago.

Is he south or is he north? Igo, and ago,
Or drowned in the river Forth? Iram, coram dago.

Is he slain by Hielan' bodies? Igo, and ago,
And eaten like a wether haggis? Iram, coram, dago.

Where'er he be, the Lord be near him! Igo, and ago,
As for the deil, he daur na steer him. Iram, coram, dago.

But please transmit th' enclosed letter, Igo, and ago,
Which will oblige your humble debtor. Iram, coram, dago.

So may ye hae auld stanes in store, Igo, and ago,
The very stanes that Adam bore. Iram, coram, dago,

So may ye get in glad possession, Igo, and ago,
The coins o' Satan's coronation! Iram coram dago."
grose's dictionary of the vulgar tongue (1811)