Saturday, December 16, 2017

In the neighborhood

Talked to a couple of the neighbors today. Not from inside my building this time. A little ways up the street. Well, one's from the building next door. She's a security guard and used to work at the library I go to until they had to lay off their guards due to budget cuts. She asked me to tell them she said hi, which I did. The other one used to work at Staples, which is where I first met him. We just chatted a little.

I'm an introvert, but I am glad to have the chance to talk to someone. Although when nestled into a group I'm likely to be known as "the quiet one."

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Let there be...

An update on the lighting situation. The super came by last week and fixed it. Part of this, though, was installing a new bulb, a small incandescent bulb without a lot of lighting power. This was just temporary, though. This one's an LED. Nice and bright, lighting the room evenly without using too much power. I did prefer the clear halogen bulbs I was using before, but they did have a tendency to short. So overall, a B+.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


A song to congratulate Roy Moore on his richly deserved new status as historical footnote.

But it being R. Crumb is reason enough.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Plant life

ZOOTROPO from Pablo Kondratas on Vimeo.

Pine cones. Thistles. Acorns. Things that in my part of the world and quite possibly in yours are easy enough to ignore. But brought to life - well, a different kind of life - here. Of course there was a reason Whitman called his landmark collection Leaves of Grass as well.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Don't judge

So, Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Darer Littman. This is a YA novel I bought at a library sale some time ago. Pretty much on impulse. The jacket art by Maria Carluccio was appealing. So anyway, I had this novel written for teen or preteen girls in my possession for a while, and tonight I started reading it. It's about a Jewish girl who's curious about religion and starts living as...well, you read the title. It's from 2005, post-Harry Potter, but while a lot of YA and older children's literature was about global threats and deep personal trauma, this is a small scale character piece, and Littman keeps it light.

So the proximate reason I started reading this was because I had gotten Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives from the library, after a couple of chapters I was positive I'd already read it. And while I don't think I hated it, I didn't love it to the "hey, let's reread this a year from now" extent either.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A little of this, a little of that

It's a little amusing that when - very recently - paleontologists found this fossil they were so unsure what to do with it some thought it could be a Piltdown-style hoax. And you can't really blame them. A prehistoric creature combining aspects of swan, penguin, and alligator does sound too good to be true. Reconstructed, it looks to have been awkward, all arms and legs. But it must have had some success, enough at least to leave evidence behind.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Moving wallpaper

I've always liked Stuart Davis, who really does seem to have foreseen Pop Art decades ahead of time. One of these days I'll have to do a post on him. For now there's this video, which I realized after a couple of minutes just repeats the same images over and over. I still put it up because, hey, "Bolero."