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Sunday, November 27th, 2016
12:00 pm - My tweets
  • Sat, 13:36: I just saw lightning over Castro Valley. Not unprecedented, but rare and special.

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
12:00 pm - My tweets
  • Tue, 21:02: OH in San Francisco: I want to think in multicursal fashion, but I was warped by a pre-Internet childhood.

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Saturday, November 12th, 2016
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Friday, November 11th, 2016
10:17 pm - SF Bay Area Peeps
Local friends: I have a ticket to the 8pm performance of Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem -- tomorrow night (Saturday, Nov. 12) in San Francisco. I can't go. Anyone interested?

I have other things to say and no words to say them.
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Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
12:00 pm - My tweets
  • Tue, 20:59: OH while watching the Cubs/Giants game: What better way to end a curse than to break someone else's streak? #baseball

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Thursday, July 7th, 2016
12:00 pm - My tweets
  • Thu, 09:02: How to tell I'm not in California any more: I'm getting gas for $1.99 a gallon, and an attendant is pumping it for me.

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Friday, June 10th, 2016
10:37 am - My tweets
  • Fri, 08:59: Dear @kcbsnews and Jan Wahl, The movie GENIUS is about editor Max Perkins and writer Thomas Wolfe, not Thomas Mann. Big difference.

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Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
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Monday, March 21st, 2016
12:01 pm - My tweets

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3:48 am - AKICOLJ/DW: Tell Me About Open-Mic Poetry Readings
[personal profile] gramina has a birthday coming up. and she has asked me to research open-mic poetry readings as part of my gift for her. She's a good poet and an expressive reader, but she's more comfortable with a more traditional venue, rather than the competitive atmosphere of a poetry slam. Basically, the words are what matter to her, if that makes any sense.

So, here are my questions.
  • What experiences (good, bad, or unclassifiable) have you had at open-mic readings?
  • What should we expect of the sign-up process?
  • Is it first come, first reader, or are the readings structured in a different way?
  • Are there auditions?
  • What else should we know about poetry open-mic nights?
  • If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, can you recommend a relatively sedate open-mic night? We're in the East Bay.
Thanks so much for your help.
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Friday, March 18th, 2016
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Friday, February 19th, 2016
4:51 pm - IN MEMORIAM: Umberto Eco
Umberto Eco has died at the age of 84.

It's ironic; I've just added a book of his to my to-read pile: The Search for the Perfect Language.

I've read his literary criticism as well as his fiction, but it's a misreading that most sticks with me. I'm no Latinist, and there was no Internet in the days when I first read The Name of the Rose. The final Latin quotation, “stat rosa pristina nomine, nomina nuda tenemus," means "the original rose remains [only] in its name, we hold [only] bare names." But I puzzled it out as "when the rose is gone, only the name of the rose remains." A slight but significant shift in meaning.

Dr. Eco, your name remains. Your work remains, and the influence you had on a generation of readers and thinkers.

ETA: I know Harper Lee also died today, but it's going to take me a while longer to express my very complicated feelings about her death. Much closer to home.

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Thursday, February 11th, 2016
12:03 pm - My tweets

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
5:08 pm - MEME: Ask Me a Question
Meme snagged from [personal profile] recessional : There are people on my reading list that I don't know very well. Want to trade information? You can ask me anything you want, as long as I get to ask you a question in return. (My questions are likely to be very, very random; my answers are always honest.)

Actually, no matter how well I know you, feel free to ask a question.
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Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
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4:52 am - How's Your Weather?
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we're having rainstorms that are supposed to bring us up to 4 inches of rain over the weekend. A blessing, because we're in a severe drought, but also an issue, because the ground is saturated.

Many friends back east are dealing with a snowpocalypse or as the Washington Post calls it, Snowzilla.

How's your weather? How many inches of snow do you have?

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Friday, January 15th, 2016
12:02 pm - My tweets
  • Thu, 15:34: Thunder over Hayward and Castro Valley.

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016
2:30 pm - My tweets

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5:19 am - IN MEMORIAM: Alan Rickman
Dead aged 69 of cancer.

He was a brilliant actor, and not just as Professor Snape. He played a betrayed husband in Close My Eyes, a ghost returning to his grieving girlfriend in Truly Madly Deeply, an embittered actor in Galaxy Quest, a wine connoisseur in Bottle Shock, a Yorkshire hairdresser in Blow Dry, an eerily convincing Ronald Reagan in The Butler, and so many other roles. Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility. The Metatron -- the Voice of God -- in Dogma.

I am so sorry he's gone.

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Friday, December 25th, 2015
1:27 pm - The Annual Christmas Poem

The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.

--Howard Thurman

Whatever holidays you celebrate, I wish you a time of joy, peace, and caring.



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Monday, December 21st, 2015
8:40 pm - The Solstice
In honor of the change of seasons, "Winter Solstice, Camelot Station," by John M. Ford.

May your line go on.

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
12:01 pm - My tweets

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Friday, November 13th, 2015
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3:41 am - Final Top Fives
From:
[personal profile] owlmoose: top five books for a rainy day.
I love the cozy feeling of reading on a rainy day -- preferably with a cat on my lap and a cup of tea at hand. Because I'm a fast reader and a frequent re-reader, it's easier to name five types of books I like on a rainy day than to choose a mere five titles.

  1. A good ghost story, perhaps by Barbara Michaels (Ammie Come Home, The Sea King's Daughter, The Crying Child, Houses of Stone) or Peter Straub (Ghost Story, The Throat). Shorter classic ghost stories by Edith Wharton, M.R. James, or a Benson brother are also welcome.
  2. An old favorite mystery novel. Almost any Dorothy L. Sayers is good. So are the classic P.D. James novels from the 1970s or early 1980s. I've come to love Dick Francis, too, although the recent ones by his son have sadly fallen off the former high standard. I'm hoping Nicola Upson's novels will join them; they feature Josephine Tey as a character, and they're well-written, lyrical, and emotionally generous. Last year I read all the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache novels, but I doubt that they will make the cut. I enjoyed them, but they don't feel as rereadable to me, I'm not sure why.
  3. Something by Georgette Heyer. My favorites are Venetia, The Talisman Ring, and The Foundling, but almost any of her books will do it for me -- except the ones, like Arabella and April Lady, where there's a lot of financial stress.
  4. Terry Pratchett. The Discworld novels are not uniformly good, but there are so many superb ones, and I love them so much that I could get through a whole rainy season just on Pratchett.
  5. Unexpected nonfiction: Nigel Slater on food, Judith Flanders on Victorian houses or Victorian murders, John Keegan's The Face of Battle, Priscilla Robertson's An Experience of Women. Or something new and fresh from the library.

[personal profile] mamagotcha: Top five music albums? (Not songs or artists, but entire albums.)
This one changes a lot. These have all been in heavy rotation recently.
  1. Janis Ian, God and the FBI
  2. Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life
  3. The Modern Jazz Quarter, Blues on Bach
  4. Richard Shindell, South of Delia
  5. Indigo Girls, Retrospective
juliansinger Also, top 5 ways to relax.
I'll answer both your questions, because my ways to relax may be the most conventional thing about me.
  1. Read
  2. Pet a cat
  3. Have a cup of tea
  4. Listen to music
  5. Take a walk
Or, top 5 things you like to bake.

I don't know if roasted vegetables would count.
  1. Oatmeal bread
  2. Any kind of pie
  3. Rye bread
  4. Cookies
  5. Cheese bread

rightkindofme: What are your top 5 favorite dishes that other people cook for you?
  1. My mother's oatmeal raisin cookies
  2. Winter panzarella with butternut squash by [personal profile] wild_irises  and [personal profile] pokershaman 
  3. Grilled cheese sandwich as made by </a></b></a>pokershaman or </a></b></a>gramina
  4. Mrs. Korszen's farmer cheese pierogies
  5. My family's homemade ice cream

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
3:50 am - My tweets

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Sunday, November 1st, 2015
11:01 am - My tweets

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Saturday, October 31st, 2015
11:33 pm - My Top Fives: Melons and Crime

I wanted to get all these answered at once, but it makes more sense to me now to post what's finished.

From </a></a>amaebi: Top five melons?
This is a great question. I wish I could answer it.

  1. Cantaloupe. Just as it comes or in a salad made of cantaloupe melon balls mixed with blueberries – serve with the option of vanilla yogurt. It’s beautiful as well as tasty.
  2. Whatever melon it is that </a></a>wild_irises sometimes gets in her CSA box.
  3. A truly ripe honeydew.
  4. Not watermelon. Even the best watermelon doesn't do much for me.
  5. A cucumber, I guess. Are there even five melons? I know for sure I haven’t tasted that many.

</a></a>wild_irises: Top five true crime stories?

I'm interpreting the question as top five stories about true crimes, as opposed to top five true crimes. That list would have to include the Lizzie Borden case, but there is no single book on it that's accurate and unbiased enough to recommend. These stories are fascinating partly because of the crimes themselves, but also for the way each story is told.

  1. Evidence of Love, John Bloom and Jim Alkinson. Adulterous, ax-murdering Sunday School teachers. No, really. And it's not sensationalized. The authors offer a nuanced look at the factors -- personal and societal -- that brought together two women in a violent confrontation.
  2. Echoes in the Darkness, Joseph Wambaugh. An inside look at the Karen Reinert murder case. The case itself was complex and is still mysterious (her children's bodies were never found), and the story is told with verve and black humor. Wambaugh, a former cop, may have influenced the case itself with his research into the book, and his tone is enlightening about how cops deal with violence.
  3. Savage Grace, Steven M.L Aronson and Natalie Robins. A great example of the screwed-up family murder case. Moral of the story: Money doesn't make people happy, or even keep them close to sane.
  4. Strange Piece of Paradise, Terri Jentz. The story of an attempted double murder, written by one victim. Long, detailed, beautifully written story not just of what happened but of her years-long search for who tried to kill her and why.
  5. Erased, Marilee Strong. Examines not just a single case, but a whole type of murder: when men kill their wives or girlfriends. Sometimes several different wives or girlfriends.

 

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
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Thursday, October 1st, 2015
12:01 pm - My tweets
  • Wed, 17:55: We've had gentle rain off and on all day. May winter be the same.

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Saturday, September 26th, 2015
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