Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mind Absorbed

vanderpoelsam
Close reading session
leads to faraway expression.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Support Your Local Planet

It was Earth day today. 

I didn't observe it... except that I did stay on Earth all day.

I'd like to take a trip
in a soaring rocket ship
but I look at the current price
and think: "No dice."

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boston Marathon

They ran the Boston Marathon again today. And a lot of people ran it - many more than last year, when it was bombed by those horrid brothers. And it went without a hitch.

Why were there more running this year?
It was a case, crystal clear,
of the refusal to live in fear.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Forgotten Though Recently Gone

We went to a CSO concert last night. The same program played on Thursday and the Trib critic relayed some commentary the conductor provided to the audience:

'There is an entire "lost generation" of American symphonists who are shamefully neglected by their nation's orchestras, their works cast aside in favor of trendier, more recent music.'

But, you know, that's the way it works in the arts. Trends are important. And people who are considered immortals in their time are often forgotten shortly afterward.

There's a joke about it in Rostand's Cyrano. A character lists off members of the French Academy from the period, and gushes that they are all names that will never be forgotten. The joke is that no one today knows the names, but that Cyrano, who was not in the Academy, is nonetheless remembered.

Due to shifting artistic trends
immortal fame often ends.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Misleading But True

I was talking to a friend, a very well traveled man, so well traveled that he visited North Korea as a tourist about nine years ago.

I said to him, "A lot of Americans have been to North Korea."

He started to disagree, explaining that the North Korean government only lets a handful of Americans visit per year.

I explained that the Americans I was referring to had been to North Korea as part of a MacArthur's invading forces in the 1950s.

That made him laugh.

Just now I was looking around the internet and it's surprisingly hard to see details of the fact that the "U.N. forces" were stomping around North Korea until the Chinese counterattack came pouring over the Yalu River. But here's a nice photo of MacArthur in Pyongyang:


Join the army, see foreign lands,
especially when things get out of hand.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Giant French Puppets

Well, did you ever:

"Chicago has come up with a really big idea to boost tourism: giant puppets roaming the city's streets for days in an elaborate theatrical presentation."

There's a photo at the link, of a 30-foot deep-sea-diver puppet being operated from a big old crane.

It's a French thing, but they are willing to lend out their giant puppets to other countries. The story says that Liverpool attracted a lot of tourists with these things.

This is the part of the story that I actually like best:

"If a performance on the scale of Royal de Luxe were to be presented here in Chicago, the city would request the project and all associated city costs be covered by private donations,"

Since we've been told we're sort of broke,
I fear taxpayers would simply choke
to have to fork out dough
for a giant puppet show.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Constitutional by Default

Heard Clark Neily, of the Institute for Justice, make the case that judges, on most issues, bend over backwards to rule that laws are constitutional. 

I agree it's a flaw in the way they see law.