Saturday, February 13, 2016


In the Getty Villa
They have a golden Scylla. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gravitational Waves

They found gravitational waves, at least they think they did, with an insane experiment involving lasers underground. What they think they found is a gravitational wave caused by a collision of 2 black holes. So the astrophysicists regard it as a huge event.

Deep in underground caves
they detected gravity waves
from black holes crashing, don't you know,
far away and long ago.

Nomenclature Continued

Rename Montana now! I'll give a hint as to how: if New Mexico is a good name for a state, wouldn't a New Canada be first rate?

Tuesday, February 09, 2016


Why is New Hamster the name of a state?
I think Old Gerbil would be great. 

Monday, February 08, 2016

Kinds of Hard

A friend posted something about writing being hard. And it is, of course it is, but I don't think it's like steel - consistently hard. I think it's a discipline with hard parts and fluid parts.

Or maybe steel is a better metaphor than I think it is. In the steel mill it certainly has hot fluid parts and cold hard parts.

Of course, writing is mostly "first-world-problem" hard. Unless you're writing in the third world and you've been condemned to death for writing heresy. Which still happens.

"Hundreds of writers around the world have joined human rights groups in urging Saudi Arabia to release a poet who faces a death sentence on charges of apostasy for his poetry."

People who write Broadway plays live in fear
of a bad review in the New York Times.

But at least they don't fear beheading
for literary crimes.

Friday, February 05, 2016

His Girl Friday

Watching this movie from 1940. The mayor sends "the rifle squad" after the escaped prisoner. 

Before there was SWAT
The rifle squad was hot. 

Thursday, February 04, 2016


Jonathan Haidt interviewed:

'Something like 70 or 75 percent of America is now in a protected group... And now you have to try to explain social problems without saying anything that casts any blame on any member of a protected group.'

It's a disaster to tell people in these groups that they need a lot of special protection. It sets them on the wrong path - the path of complaint rather than the path of performance.

They tell you you're under duress,
and lead you away from success.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Comedy's Mother

There's an old medieval outline which some think is a summary of Aristotle's lost second book of his Poetics.

This is the second modern book I'm reading about this lost second book, but this time I am struck by an odd lack of symmetry in the outline itself. It states:

Tragedy... has pain as its mother.
Comedy... has laughter as its mother .

If you want to have laughter for the mother of comedy, mightn't you pick weeping for the mother of tragedy, especially if you're going for a theory of catharsis, since laughter and weeping are both shakers of your bodily self?

Although, it's true, for almost everyone, weeping is a less frequent experience than laughter. So maybe they are less parallel than I first thought.

Am I talking myself out of my critique?
Was my logic deplorably weak?