For once, staff at the United States's only remaining particle physics laboratory have received some good news. An anonymous donor has given cash-strapped Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, a gift of $5 million. With the money, lab officials will be able to stop a rolling furlough program that since February has forced employees to take periodic unpaid leave and slashed their pay by 12.5%. The lab will still lay off roughly 140 workers, but officials also announced that those cuts would be restructured to give employees a chance to take voluntary layoffs before the involuntary ones begin.
"This is very unusual," Fermilab Director Piermaria Oddone said of the gift in an address to employees on Friday. "It's not a building that carries a name. It's really a commitment to science and the nation and in particular to particle physics as a long-range important undertaking for our nation."..
Since the gift leaves the lab still $17 million short of its 2007 appropriation, it just postpones the disaster.
Do we need it?
What is Fermilab?
Scientists at Fermilab carry out research in high-energy physics to answer the questions: What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from?
Letters -- only Emma's side -- from 1873 in which her husband John, in Georgia, accuses her of adultery because she visits a gynecologist while visiting relatives in Cleveland. Emma is suitably indignant.
Interestingly, a lot is known about the Bryants, including how their relationship turned out.
The link on the photo caption leads to a much larger selection, but the samples at Duke may be as long a glimpse as you need.
It looks like something from the Victorian era, and its name sounds like a device from 1950s science fiction. The Telectroscope is an extraordinary new device that allows people in London to see across the Atlantic.
The Telectroscope is a charming piece of artwork by Paul St. George. The installation that could have been part of a fantastic Jules Verne or H.G. Wells novel visually connects the cities of London and New York. Simulating a massive tunnel, people on both sides of the Atlantic gather in front of the device to wave at each other. St. George even developed a fun little story explaining how the tunnel had originally been conceived of by his great grandfather...
In London, you'll find it on the south side of the Thames river near Tower Bridge. The American end of the Telectroscope is in Brooklyn, at Fulton Ferry Landing near Brooklyn Bridge, below. You can visit and wave 24 hours a day until June 15.
"Dell has engaged in repeated misleading, deceptive and unlawful business conduct, including false and deceptive advertising of financing promotions and the terms of warranties, fraudulent, misleading and deceptive practices in credit financing and failure to provide warranty service and rebates."
Nearby, Yuka Yoneda tilted her head back as her boyfriend, Albert Yuen, drizzled Tabasco sauce onto her tongue. She swallowed and considered the flavor: “Doughnut glaze, hot doughnut glaze!”
They were among 40 or so people who were tasting under the influence of a small red berry called miracle fruit at a rooftop party in Long Island City, Queens, last Friday night. The berry rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so, rendering lemons as sweet as candy.
The host was Franz Aliquo, 32, a lawyer who styles himself Supreme Commander (Supreme for short) when he’s presiding over what he calls “flavor tripping parties.” Mr. Aliquo greeted new arrivals and took their $15 entrance fees. In return, he handed each one a single berry from his jacket pocket.
As sensation-seeking goes, it seems a bit underwhelming to me.
Self-inflating hype: Sure, I'm waiting for Firefox 3 to get out of beta. But no, I'm not going to "pledge" to download a browser. The Mozilla marketers have jumped the shark.
The Firefox community is always up to some cool, collaborative way to declare their passion for Firefox. What better way to do this than band together to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours?!
It’s a whole lot easier and safer than donning a beard of bees or underwater jump roping. All you have to do is download Firefox 3 when it goes live on Download Day — some time in June. In the meantime check out Download Day Headquarters and pledge to download Firefox 3. We’ll let you know when Firefox 3 goes out the door, kicking off our 24-hour attempt...
With your help the Firefox community can go down in history!
"We downloaded a browser, we downloaded!" Move over, Churchill.
I'll publish Interesting reads #2 Friday afternoon. It was too much together.
235 mpg: VW 1L
My first car was a college graduation gift from my parents, a VW Beetle. They were cheap to run, and, except for trouble starting in the rain, great transportation. Their air-cooled engines didn't overheat in the traffic jams to Woodstock.
It looks like "the people's car" is about to be back, but only for small people. The L1 is a two-seater with the passenger in the back. It's almost 12 feet long, 4 feet wide and 3.6 feet tall. Oneighturbo recently published the specs -- "all the details from exterior design/engineering to engine, lighting and cockpit details."
The car's moniker comes from its using one liter of gasoline to go 100 km. (.26 gallon or 33.792 oz to go 62.137 miles).
...The 1L is a lightweight two person vehicle made out of a magnesium frame covered by an unpainted carbon fiber skin. Every component of the vehicle is intended to reduce the vehicles weight. Aluminum brakes, carbon fiber wheels, titanium hubs, and ceramic bearings all contribute to the vehicle’s light weight of a mere 290 kg. To reduce the weight even further, and to increase the aerodynamics of the vehicle, there are no rear view mirrors. Instead, the car is equipped with cameras that display visual information to the driver via the internal LCD screen.
The car is extremely fuel efficient, each gallon of fuel will take you over 235 miles. The fuel tank holds just 1.7 gallons, making the entire travel distance capability about 400 miles per tank. It’s top speed is 120 km/h (75mph), which although isn’t too fast is a welcome trade off for the huge savings in gas consumption...
stressed that the 1-Liter “would not be a best seller” and thus will only be produced in limited numbers. Its body will be constructed from plastic and magnesium and its power source will be a one-cylinder engine displacing just 0.3L. Top speed will be 120km/h and consumption will fall around the 1L/100km mark (235mpg), reports AFX.
The roof is all glass, which should give the L1 that warm greenhouse feel. (?)
No price was mentioned. If you disagree that it won't be a best seller, you must be a commuter. Maybe the L1s should have their own narrow lanes on the interstates.
Still... can't we just skip all these workarounds and leap straight to the Star Trek transporter?
Intentional walk --
Each fan winding up
his own boo
above the baseball stadium
floats by the moon
A spring breeze
flutters the notice
for baseball tryouts
dog days of summer
out of first
Okay, despite the haiku in the title, if you've been counting you know these are not haiku. They're all senryu:
Senryū (川柳, literally 'river willow') is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku in construction: three lines with 17 or fewer "on" (not syllables) in total. However, senryū tend to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature, and senryū are often cynical or darkly humorous while haiku are serious. Senryū do not need to include a kigo, or season word, like haiku.
I can imagine the argument at the publisher's -- "We have to call them haiku, nobody in America knows what senryu means." You'll notice that word doesn't even appear on the cover image, despite the "official title."
But since a real haiku is 17 syllables, 5-7-5, here's mine:
Long ball approaches
the pole, where is Carlton Fisk --
We need him again
Now there's a haiku in the bunch. I figure Carlton Fisk is the telltale kigo.
Linux Journal editor and California proto-blogger Doc Searls and I met in comments on a blog almost six years ago, and since then we've emailed and blogged each other's posts but had never met. Until yesterday, when Doc came by for a casual meal and a few hours of conversation on our Providence porch.
We just skimmed the surface of all the things we wanted to talk about -- from online news to his Vendor Relationship Management project to "the bubble" to what will happen when TV goes digital, as well as who we are and where we've been -- but the groundwork has been laid for an unending conversation, now that we've finally sat down together in person and opened the spigot.
In honor of the three-day weekend --made for sleeping, planting and barbecuing -- a column in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times touting McQuire's I'll Have What The Gentleman On The Floor Is Having Barley Wine and other classics from the poets laureate of the beer brands.
He ran for president but never voted. Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Tom Waits and his friend Arlo Guthrie all sing Utah Phillips songs, but he refused to let Johnny Cash make an album of his standards, his eldest son said, because he didn't trust the record industry.
Born Bruce Duncan Phillips on May 15, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of labor organizers. Whether through this early influence or an early life that was not always tranquil or easy, by his twenties Phillips demonstrated a lifelong concern with the living conditions of working people. He was a proud member of the Industrial Workers of the World, popularly known as "the Wobblies," an organizational artifact of early twentieth-century labor struggles that has seen renewed interest and growth in membership in the last decade, not in small part due to his efforts to popularize it.
Phillips served as an Army private during the Korean War, an experience he would later refer to as the turning point of his life. Deeply affected by the devastation and human misery he had witnessed, upon his return to the United States he began drifting, riding freight trains around the country. His struggle would be familiar today, when the difficulties of returning combat veterans are more widely understood, but in the late fifties Phillips was left to work them out for himself. Destitute and drinking, Phillips got off a freight train in Salt Lake City and wound up at the Joe Hill House, a homeless shelter operated by the anarchist Ammon Hennacy, a member of the Catholic Worker movement and associate of Dorothy Day.
... Phillips began suffering from the effects of chronic heart disease in 2004, and as his illness kept him off the road at times, he started a nationally syndicated folk-music radio show, "Loafer's Glory," produced at KVMR-FM and started a homeless shelter in his rural home county, where down-on-their-luck men and women were sleeping under the manzanita brush at the edge of town. Hospitality House opened in 2005 and continues to house 25 to 30 guests a night. In this way, Phillips returned to the work of his mentor Hennacy in the last four years of his life....
... The family requests memorial donations to Hospitality House, P.O. Box 3223, Grass Valley, California 95945 (530) 271-7144
Just as the weight of passing facts and information (glioma, Celona, Madonna) threatens to dry us up, the holiday weekend that kicks off summer is just ahead. Barbecue! Plant tomatoes! Parade! Drink beer! Beaches! Oldies! Visit graves! Geraniums! Indiana Jones...!
To kickstart the feeling, a shift to vacation brain:
To accompany a 2006 exhibit titled Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris, the National Gallery of Art created a cool Shockwave toy: NGAkids JUNGLE. Starting with elements cast in the artist's instantly recognizable style, it's hard to make a bad "painting" here.
The instructions are clear and useful, sizes and positions of its elements can all be changed. A screenshot of my test drive is pictured above.
Alt-canon: Just in time for summer reading lists, 50 best cult books at the Telegraph (U.K.)
What is a cult book? We tried and failed to arrive at a definition: books often found in the pockets of murderers; books that you take very seriously when you are 17; books whose readers can be identified to all with the formula " whacko"; books our children just won’t get…
Some things crop up often: drugs, travel, philosophy, an implied two fingers to conventional wisdom, titanic self-absorption, a tendency to date fast and a paperback jacket everyone recognises with a faint wince. But these don’t begin to cover it.
Cult books include some of the most cringemaking collections of bilge ever collected between hard covers. But they also include many of the key texts of modern feminism; some of the best journalism and memoirs; some of the most entrancing and original novels in the canon.
Since the Telegraph published this list a few weeks ago, commenters have at least doubled it. Some are in high dudgeon over omissions, others immediately grasp that the list has found a spot in which to grow and simply list more titles.
I have read an embarrassing number of them, cultist that I am...
When I was 15 I cut out such a list from a guest column in Glamour magazine that sneered "read these or stay a bimbo" and carried it in my billfold for two years of library visits until I had read every one of them. Colin Wilson's The Outsider,The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Ayn Rand are on the Telegraph's list, too.
Miss Lonelyhearts and The Education of Hyman Kaplan are not.
Remember when...Cat Stevens: Hollywood 1973 .[no label, 1CD] Live at the Aquarius Theatre, Hollywood, CA, November 9, 1973. Upgrade of a radio broadcast
Strawberries are next up in the markets, and I want some of this. There's a grown-up version, too:
Best to eat it on the same day as you make it, as it will get icy if it stays in the freezer for more than 8 hours. If you want it to last longer and not get icy, add 2 tablespoons of vodka or kirsch to the mixture right before churning.
But I don't have an ice cream maker, and don't want to pop $50 on the one she recommends.
Chapter 5: Thermodynamics at Sci-Toys uses a baggie, a bag of ice and some salt. Copiously illustrated, it's more science project than culinary art. And the resulting ice cream is photgraphed slumping into a pool of unfrozen liquid which can't pretend it's custard sauce.
Now have each person squish the little bag around in the salt and ice, making sure that the ice contacts the little bag as much as possible, and that the little bag gets lots of kneading, to keep the ice crystals tiny, so the ice cream is very smooth.
...You will know the ice cream is done by feeling the mixture become a paste instead of a liquid. When you take the little bag out of the ice, wipe off the salt water, and then remove the outer bag carefully, so you don't get salt in the ice cream. The little bag will stand up in the bowl, because it is a frozen paste.
This recipe at Cooks.com substitutes a can, and seems to involve vigorous exercise, the better to help you burn off the ice cream:
Put all ingredients in a 1-pound coffee can with a tight-fitting plastic lid. Place lid on can. Place can with ingredients inside of #10 can with a tight- fitting plastic lid. Pack large can with crushed ice around smaller can. Pour at least 3/4 cup rock salt evenly over ice. Place lid on #10 can.
Roll back and forth on a table or cement slab, for 10 minutes. Open outer can. Remove inner can with ingredients. Remove lid. Use a rubber spatula to stir mixture; scrape sides of can. Replace lid. Drain ice water from larger can. Insert smaller can; pack with more ice and salt. Roll back and forth for 5 minutes more. Makes about 3 cups.
You can easily make Stracciatella ice cream with Italian-style chocolate chips:
Drizzle pure melted dark or milk chocolate (about 5 ounces, 140 g) over the almost-frozen mixture, then stir, breaking up the ribbons of chocolate as they start to freeze, to create little 'chips'. Transfer the ice cream to a covered storage container until ready to serve.
Yet another recipe from Cooks.com may be more my speed. It reads like real cooking instructions (yes, there was ice cream before machines devoted to the task). I remember my mother doing something like this when I was small, using metal ice trays without the dividers:
1 (13 oz.) can evaporated milk
3/4 c. Hershey's syrup
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. whipping cream
Pour milk into large bowl. Place bowl and beaters in freezer until ice crystals form around edge of milk. Whip until stiff peaks form. Fold in syrup, vanilla, sugar and cream. Freeze 4 to 6 hours. Yields 2 quarts.
I remember splintery shards of flavored ice, like a fudgsicle. After reading the thermodynamics post, I now know she didn't beat it often enough in the freezer to break up those crystals.
When I was in college, a new boyfriend sent flowers by telegram, and I thanked him by telegram. He replied, and a flurry of telegrams went back and forth over a couple of hours, each witty message delivered voice by Western Union operators.
Several days later, the yellow hard copies arrived.
Several weeks later, the bills came. We had no idea. We were young English majors flirting and just having fun.
When that old memory floated to mind today, I immediately realized we were trying to email each other, back in 1966.
The core concept of this art project was solid, but telegrams were a clunky technology.
Psychotronic is a film genre made up of horror films, spaghetti westerns, low-budget independent features, exploitation films) that was coined by author Michael J. Weldon, best known for his books, Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film and Psychotronic Video Guide....
The genre takes its name from the movie The Psychotronic Man. After seeing this movie, Michael J. Weldon created an extensive list of reviews of obscure quirky films that he felt were underappreciated by the mainstream and then marketed it as the “Psychotronic Encyclopedia.”
Eye of the Goof hunted down "every film in the archive that also makes an appearance in Michael Weldon's essential guide to midnight movies."
Doctors believe that Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts suffered a seizure at his home in Hyannis Port this morning, then a second seizure as he was being transported by helicopter from Cape Cod Hospital to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, according to an official briefed on the situation.
EDMONDS, MAURA M. (LARKIN), 88, passed away Monday at the Elmhurst Extended Care Facility. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Edmonds.
Born in Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland, a daughter of the late Patrick and Helena (Loughnane) Larkin. She was a resident of Providence for forty years.
Maura worked as a nurses' aide at the Jewish Home for the Aged where she was known for providing great care to the residents of the home and was an active member of the 1199 New England SEIU Healthcare Union for 12 years before retiring in 1989. She volunteered at RI Hospital Children's Ward for several years after retiring. As a teenager in Ireland, she was a Munster Champion of Irish Step Dancing. She trained as a nurse in Dublin and in London during WW II...
After Maura Edmonds' wake at Gallogly Funeral Home, an Irish wake followed at Patrick's Pub on Smith Street.
Photo / Sheila Lennon
The Gnomes -- one of several bands Phil makes music with -- played, joined by other musicians. That's Peter Breen and Cathy Clasper-Torch under the Guinness sign at Patrick's.
As a native of Killaloe, Co. Clare, Ireland, Phil learned to play the tin whistle in a place where he says, "The backyard was the fields." When he was 14 years old, Phil, along with his family, emigrated to America and settled in South Providence, where he still lives.
Phil presently plays whistles and button accordion in several Rhode Island ensembles including: The Lucky Band, The Katz' Meow, Killaloe, and The Providence Wholebellies.
He also performs with Triple-Decker which is a narrative by Marc Levitt accompanied by musicians from six different countries. Phil is listed as a traditional folk artist with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. To children he is known as "The Leprechaun".
Once upon a time,not very long ago, our mothers (sisters, aunts, cousins and ourselves) brought forth on this continent, a new notion, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that when it comes to earning a paycheck, all women were created equal to men...
...Okay, so maybe there have been some glitches along the way in pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Or not. Either way, we want to hear about it. Tell us what it’s like to be a woman working in America this election year, and we’ll pass what you have to say along to the people who claim they are the ones who can make it better.
The idea is great. I'd like to report my experience.
This may be a hitch for you, or may not:
P.S. If you are not one already, by taking this survey you become a member of Working America, a powerful voice for working people. As a member, you will receive updates and information about how you can make a difference for working families.
This is sponsored by Working America & AFL-CIO. (I think, as a member of The Newspaper Guild, I'm already on an AFL-CIO list.)
The artist discusses his 1959 work Monogram as video of its installation rolls:
White elephants online: I imagine two guys with a warehouse full of Job Lot stuff, wondering how to get rid of it. The lightbulb goes on over one's head:
SomethingStore is a fun new website that operates simply: We will send you something, an item selected randomly among many things from our inventory, for $10 (free shipping) and you will find out what your something is when you receive it. What will yours be?
Duct-tape wallet, red sand hourglass, Norelco shaver...
Your something will most likely be brand new, though it may also be refurbished or antique.
Jocelyn Kirsch's greedy pursuit of flowing auburn extensions is what finally led to the arrest of both her and her 25-year-old lover, Edward Anderton, thus ending the couple's intricately executed identity-theft scam, federal authorities said yesterday.
The tresses, valued at $2,274 at Center City hair salon Giovanni and Pileggi, were attached to Kirsch, 22, a former Drexel University senior, over 7 1/2 hours in late November. The duo also gave the hair stylist a $250 tip - and a bad check.
Before that, most of the crafty couple's fraud occurred over the Internet, where they purchased items by opening up credit cards, using personal information from friends, co-workers and neighbors in a condo development, the Belgravia, in Center City. But their in-person appearance at Giovanni and Pileggi showed they had become careless, federal authorities said.
"Captured by the hair, that's the joke. But it was the greed of the hair extensions," U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan said yesterday. "Once that check bounced, then there was an ability to go back, actually identify the victim and tie to that a name."
From there, Philadelphia police were able to get descriptions of the suspects and stake out the UPS store in West Philadelphia where one of the victims told cops the couple had opened a mailbox - in her name. One day later, on Nov. 30, the two were nabbed by University of Pennsylvania cops...
It tastes sweet, like a cross between lamb and duck. And it's selling as fast as butchers can get it.
That's in England, where the North American Eastern grey squirrel is overrunning their beloved red squirrels. So it's almost patriotic to eat them to help cull the species, at about $6.82 per cleaned squirrel at the butcher shops.
I'm thinking depression-era protein, if things get bad here. Lord knows we have enough grey squirrels eating our tulip bulbs and all the pears from our tree every year.
Texas A&M offers instructions for harvesting acorns, squirrel, opossum and raccoon "(for traditional community coon suppers)", "dressing" and cooking them,:
Squirrel is one of the most tender of all wild game meats. The rosy pink to red flesh of young squirrel is tender and has a pleasing flavor. The flesh of older animals is darker red in color and may require marinating or long cooking for tenderness.
There are recipes for squirrel, although I wouldn't expect much meat from these scrawny city critters.
During May there is a “squirrel and rook” season. When I visited only the squirrel element had kicked in - and the menu listed “Grey squirrel and rabbit terrine with piccalilli” – the terrine had a good texture, the sweet close-textured squirrel meat ends up pretty much indistinguishable from the rabbit – this would be a great dish for nervous squirrel sensation seekers. On the main course list there is “braised Grey squirrel and Guinness stew with carrots and horseradish dumplings” – very rich and discernibly squirrel, the meat falling from the bones of those long back legs – the dumplings need work, they are a little solid (which need not be a bad quality in a dumpling but can be taken too far) and they also need a bit more of the promised horseradish bite.
There are reports of prion disease -- Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease -- in five people from Kentucky who all ate the brains of diseased squirrels. (Hard to know how the squirrels might have acquired it on their diet of nuts and berries, though, so the link may be tentative.) Don't eat the brains if you're being fastidious. (Of course, if you're being fastidious you wouldn't be anywhere near a dead squirrel.) Rabies is rare among squirrels.
Without a Wall Street Journal paid subscription, this is all we can read:
Rapid increases in high-fructose corn syrup prices will encourage a return to sugar usage in U.S. soft drinks and foods -- a move that is already gathering steam among consumers -- sugar industry members predict.
Even before demand for ethanol lifted corn prices recently, the nation's smaller soda and food makers began to reject the syrup in favor of sugar as consumers shied away from heavily processed snacks and ingredients.
Dalton Yancey, executive vice president of the Florida Sugar Cane League, said more soda makers are shifting to sugar, with the move based on a trend toward perceived-natural products. Escalating ...
Maybe Coke will taste like it used to again, like kosher or Mexican Coke, made with sugar.
Donnie Darko sequel S. Darko starts shooting May 18, according to ScreenDaily.
Movies worth watching: 'A Simple Curve,' 'Mantis Parable'
Friday night we watched a couple of good movies on the Cox Free Zone.
A Simple Curve
A Simple Curve has gorgeous scenery of the Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia and a good story. An American woodworker who went to Canada rather than be drafted remains a dogged perfectionist. But it's really the story of his son and business partner Caleb, raised on carob and late to rebel.
The arrival of an ecotourism entrepreneur who once vied with Caleb's father for his late mother's affections, and Caleb's own budding love life, change all that.
Great scenery, a tale of generations, and one answer to the question, "What ever happened to those earnest young men in exile since the '70s?"
The Mantis Parable
The second is the eight-minute, beautifully animated The Mantis Parable, winner of 17 festival awards, including Best Children's Film at the Rhode Island Film Festival. It's stunning on the Free Zone big screen, or you can watch all eight minutes of it below.
Created by veteran computer game designer Josh Staub (the Myst series), now a Disney artist, in his spare time, it's a totally charming and visually beautiful story of a a caterpillar and a praying mantis in a bug collector's home.
YouTube tourist safari video gets an hour on National Geographic TV Sunday night
On safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park in 2004, tourist David Budzinski captures eight minutes of lions and an alligator attacking a baby cape buffalo, and its rescue by its tribe. A fellow traveler asks for a copy, urging him to sell it. Animal TV won't buy tourist video. David had never heard of YouTube until fellow traveler shared the video there, eventually with 30 million people.
Last summer, National Geographic Channel relents, buys the video and prepares a one-hour documentary about it. A version professionally processed for TV ends "Caught on Safari: Battle at Kruger" (Sunday night, 9 p.m.), which includes taking the Texas tourist back to the scene where his wife's Canon ZR50MC video camera seized the moment.
The link goes to "Battle at Kruger" on YouTube -- the original low-rez, fuzzy version, a high-quality one uploaded three days ago, a trailer for the show, remixes, and all sorts of video responses.
We'll never know for certain how many women were raped in 1984, but one of them was Plain Dealer reporter Joanna Connors, who was then our theater critic. She was attacked on a deserted stage at Eldred Theater, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.
Today, Joanna will tell you a story she kept quiet about for more than 20 years: her chance encounter with a dangerous felon on parole; the nightmare of the trial; her subsequent years of coping and denial; and, finally, her search to find the man who raped her so she could try, at last, to move on from an incident that changed and scarred her life.
With comments, sidebars and photos, including the mug shop of her rapist, who was arrested the next day, this one is headed for prize committees.
Jimmy Giuffre, the adventurous clarinetist, composer and arranger whose 50-year journey through jazz led him from writing the Woody Herman anthem “Four Brothers” through minimalist, drummerless trios to striking experimental orchestral works, died on Thursday in Pittsfield, Mass. He was 86 and lived in West Stockbridge, Mass.
Weekend gig: Ken Lyon & Tombstone unplugged Saturday
Tombstone today: From left, Justin Lyon, Joshua Lyon, Mark Taber, Adrienne West, Ken Lyon, Rick Bellaire, Gary "Guitar" Gramolini, Brenda Mosher Bennett, Don "D.C." Culp, Michael "Tunes" Antunes, Lori Lacaille Martin.
At the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland Saturday night, the usually hard-rocking R&B ensemble that is Ken Lyon & Tombstone plan two acoustic sets, including one of all-new material.
Here are some tunes recorded live at Chan's in Woonsocket last fall, part of an acoustic set devised to keep down the volume for the neighbors:
$1,000 house for do-it-yourselfers: The Art of Natural Building
$1000 house. How to build yourself one. Lots more photos at that link, as well as the budget:
$175 Home made tools (compass, stands, pounders, etc.)
$150 Plywood arch forms (reusable)
$120 Chicken wire
$150 Professional backhoe excavation (2ft. deep x 16ft. diam.)
$135 Straw for plaster/cob (20 bales)
$190 4-point barbed wire (2 rolls)
$150 40 tons reject sand (delivered)
$250 1000 bags (delivered)
In June 1997, more than one hundred natural building apostles and acolytes — professional builders, architects, academicians, and budding owner-builders — gathered at the Black Range Lodge in the tiny New Mexican hamlet of Kingston for the third annual "Natural Building Colloquium - Southwest." For one intense week, they traded ideas, learned new skills and fueled a nascent natural building movement.
In a 1927 interview with the magazine Nation’s Business, Secretary of Labor James J. Davis provided some numbers to illustrate a problem that the New York Times called “need saturation.” Davis noted that “the textile mills of this country can produce all the cloth needed in six months’ operation each year” and that 14 percent of the American shoe factories could produce a year’s supply of footwear. The magazine went on to suggest, “It may be that the world’s needs ultimately will be produced by three days’ work a week.”
Business leaders were less than enthusiastic about the prospect of a society no longer centered on the production of goods. For them, the new “labor-saving” machinery presented not a vision of liberation but a threat to their position at the center of power. John E. Edgerton, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, typified their response when he declared: “I am for everything that will make work happier but against everything that will further subordinate its importance. The emphasis should be put on work—more work and better work.” “Nothing,” he claimed, “breeds radicalism more than unhappiness unless it is leisure.”
By the late 1920s, America’s business and political elite had found a way to defuse the dual threat of stagnating economic growth and a radicalized working class in what one industrial consultant called “the gospel of consumption”—the notion that people could be convinced that however much they have, it isn’t enough.
It also explores a wonderful experiment at Kellogg in 1930 -- a six-hour workday:
Not only did Kellogg prosper, but journalists from magazines such as Forbes and BusinessWeek reported that the great majority of company employees embraced the shorter workday. One reporter described “a lot of gardening and community beautification, athletics and hobbies . . . libraries well patronized and the mental background of these fortunate workers . . . becoming richer.”
U2: Mountains And Deserts: Live at McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado, November 7, 1987. High quality stereo MP3s from the soundboard of the entire concert the day before the one that was recorded as the soundtrack for Rattle And Hum
Food profiling: Zeer, which launched yesterday, is a review site for food -- the prepackaged products you buy in the grocery store.
Now it needs members to write reviews that will make it more than an inventory list. pf groceries available in the early 21st century. The toolbox is ready: Members can rate and review, love, hate or want a product.
Six years ago the area around Samboja in Borneo was like much of the world's tropical rainforest: denuded. The trees had been cut for timber, the land burnt, and in place of what should be some of the richest biodiversity on the planet were thousands of acres of grass.
But from this ruined landscape a fresh forest has been grown, teeming with insects, birds and animals, and cooled by the return of moist clouds and rain. It is a feat that has been hailed by scientists and offers hope for disappearing and ruined rainforests around the world.
The secret was to use more than 1,300 species of local tree and a fertiliser made with cow urine, says Dr Willie Smits, the Indonesian forestry expert who led the replanting. 'The place became the scene of an ecological miracle, a fairytale come true,' says Smits, who has written a book (Thinkers of the Jungle: The Orangutan Report) about the project....
...Planting finishes this year, but already Smits and his team from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation charity claim the forest is 'mature', with trees up to 35 metres high. Cloud cover has increased by 12 per cent, rainfall by a quarter, and temperatures have dropped 3-5C, helping people and wildlife to thrive, says Smits. Nine species of primate have also returned, including the threatened orangutans. 'If you walk there now, 116 bird species have found a place to live, there are more than 30 types of mammal, insects are there. The whole system is coming to life. I knew what I was trying to do, but the force of nature has totally surprised me.'
The goal is to re-introduce orangutans into the wild.
One thing you notice after a lot of cross-country driving is how much there is out there that's mundane. We've grown to love the mundane in America — the beautifully melancholy, unnoticed, unloved landscapes across this great land of ours.
Gunnar has designed features section fronts for a couple of decades. His "attractions" are not commercial tourist traps. He has a fine eye for detail, and seems not to miss a single sign, shoe-shaped building or bit of local whimsy while tooling down the road:
This oasis is near Carhenge -- yup, what it sounds like -- in Alliance, Nebraska.
Linda's a photographer, so she doesn't shoot this the way a news photographer would -- details interest her, and forms; her images have giant watermarks on them, and she doesn't identify the volunteers in the photos, but it's a nice follow-up to a story that begs for one: They were seeking volunteers, they got them, here's what they did.
Recall of heart drug Digitek hits patients in the wallet
Journal photo / Sandor Bodo
Recalled heart drug Digitek is a generic form of digoxin, derived from the foxglove plant.
International pharmaceutical firm Avatis, based in Iceland, recalled Digitek, its generic form of heart drug digoxin, April 25
"due to the possibility that tablets with double the appropriate thickness may have been commercially released. These tablets may contain twice the approved level of active ingredient than is appropriate. The existence of double strength tablets poses a risk of digitalis toxicity in patients with renal failure. Digitalis toxicity can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, low blood pressure, cardiac instability, bradycardia, and possible fatality. Several reports of illness and injuries have been received...
Any customer inquiries related to this action should be addressed to Stericycle customer service at 1-888-276-6166 with representatives available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm EST. Additional information about the voluntary recall can also be found at www.actavis.us...
Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems should also be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
I called MEDCO who sold me a ninety day supply under the Federal Blue Cross Health Plan. I asked them what to do. I had already called my internal medicine doctor to get a 30 day prescription for lanoxin which is the brand drug. It will cost more at the checkout but the only pain will be in my wallet not my heart.
You find this is a worldwide company based in Iceland. The local US office can be found here.
Dialing the 800 number gets you to a voicemail that takes your name, and phone number and street address. You would think that MEDCO would be shelling out since they filled the script. But, NOOOOOOOO. The company that made it is. Or least that is what I hope will happen.
The pill is small and green in color.
Tracking how and when this will happen at this point is still up in the air. I did talk to a MEDCO pharmacist to find out where this drug was made. He only knew who the supplier was not where is was manufactured. Guess what country manufactured this pill of death. It's not going to surprise you when I tell you CHINA.
May Day; Nestcams; Local bloggers; Historic '78s as podcasts
May Day: May breakfasts seem to be the last fossilized vestige of a bawdy spring tradition. Maypoles and Mayhem - The Traditions of Mayday at Dark Dorset, "The Official Blog to Dorset's premier website devoted to local folklore,customs, mysteries and the unexplained." Dorset is in Olde Englande, of course.
The sexual symbolism of the maypole and all the immoral revelry that went along with it led the Puritans to out-law the maypole custom in 1644. However, this prohibition was soon repealed after the restoration of Charles II in 1660.
The bottom line (literally) about blogging, from Marc Comtois at the conservative group blog Anchor Rising:
“You have to do it because you love doing it for its own sake. Lots of blogs flame out. People get bored or realize how hard it is. But I think that so long as you are passionate about something — whether politics, music, food or whatever — you will be able to keep it going. Just don’t ever look at it as a way to make money or gain power.”
If you start a blog, don't expect to sleep as much as you used to. I feed this blog in my jammies at 3 a.m., when the world is finally quiet. Feeding the monster never stops.
Live then:The Sound of 78s. Roger Wilmut's podcasts of 22 (so far) old platters. The offbeat collection kicks off with 14 minutes of The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Dan Leno and Enrico Caruso and includes, in the September 2007 podcast (mp3), Henry Hall's famous recording of the Teddy Bear's Picnic. .
A monthly podcast featuring 78rpm records from my collection, including music-hall comedians, operatic vocals, spoken word, jazz, dance bands and unusual recordings: available both in a plain audio (MP3) version, and an enhanced (MP4) version with illustrations.
[The study] found that men and women get very different responses when they initiate negotiations. Although it may well be true that women often hurt themselves by not trying to negotiate, this study found that women's reluctance was based on an entirely reasonable and accurate view of how they were likely to be treated if they did. Both men and women were more likely to subtly penalize women who asked for more--the perception was that women who asked for more were "less nice."
There are so many ways to go with this - from work in general, to the current presidential campaign, to the gender disparity in salaries, and the dearth of female CEOs (and speakers at conferences).
None of this is to downplay the effects of actual discrimination: read Dalia Lithwick's enlightening discussion of the recent Supreme Court decision to bar women from filing for discriminatory pay if they complain more than 180 days after their first paycheck.
Dallas lawmakers originally estimated gross revenue of $15 million from their 62 cameras this fiscal year, which ends June 30. But City Manager Mary Suhm estimated last week that the city would fall short by more than $4 million.
So last week, the city turned off about a quarter of the least profitable cameras, saying it couldn’t justify the cost of running them...
...Nor is money the only reason cameras have been removed. In Lubbock, Texas, the City Council shut down all its cameras last month, citing a report that showed statistically significant increases in rear-end collisions at intersections, including those with cameras.
Because they'd rather get rear-ended than get a ticket.
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