Friday, May 31, 2002


i'm at jim c.'s typing this and the keyboard is doing strange things. jim says that taking typing is what makes going to high school worthwhile. this is about word wrapping or word rapping so it just keeps going.

Thursday, May 30, 2002


i'm at eli, melissa, and lily's. overcast heavy day. will visit with nicole this afternoon i hope.
meanwhile been looking at this site with ie/windows. definite problem with quictime (even after updating it. what's wierd is sometimes the midis play and sometimes they dont. and picture below (hill.jpg) doesn't show. will fix the latter, hum a little about the latter.

Wednesday, May 29, 2002


i'm off to chapel hill for the next 7 or so days. hope to visit a lot of friends. my 3 children, -in-laws and 2 grandchildren are all going thru a lot of changes and i hope to have some quiet time with them all.

here's a quickie i did early this morning. some mornings the quickest way for me to get going is to work with the muse:

done while groggy

and here's a midi file i just did. will switch to mp3's soon; this will take a lot of the guesswork out of what you hear.

now i gotta get outa here, i'm running late.

Monday, May 27, 2002


pleasant afternoon at the reilys. i don't have much to say these days so i'm dipping into my collection of random scribbles. here's one i found today.

"you cant have your question and answer it too.
i knew too far when i knew it was you.
three am madness weathers the storm.
already gladness is fading a form.
i walk without magic without a care.
because if im here you must be there."

Saturday, May 25, 2002


memorial day weekend - heading out to party at john r.'s. i've been dinking around with blog archive formatting all morning. still isn't making any sense. for such a "laid back" guy i must have a touch of compulsevness because simple curiousity could not drive a person to spend so long tapping at the keyboard with such a beautiful day waiting outside.

Friday, May 24, 2002


now here is a home page that is to be admired. check out the stuff on the working world.

"a platform for self-expression"
analyticalQ presents self-expression, world travel, flexibility


here's an item i stumbled across; something we all already know i guess. wonder why it's news? : Hippie Culture Just Keeps Truckin' On
"The truth of the matter is that there are literally millions of people in this country who still live with and are interested in the ideals of the counterculture."

maybe the interesting part about this item is how we as a culture recycle the past, usually turning it into a cartoon in the process. time keeps movin' on.

Wednesday, May 22, 2002


interesting item:

from Letters to the Editor, The New York Times, May 21, 2002:

To the Editor:

It was perceptive of President Bush to discover that "second-guessing"
the president is "second nature" in Washington (front page, May 18).
It's called presidential accountability.

The Constitution gives every member of the Senate and the House - not
merely the members of the toothless intelligence committees - the right,
even the responsibility, to question, censure and criticize an unduly
arrogant, incompetent or secretive president, to advise him, to investigate him, to subpoena, debate, denounce, impeach or even second-guess him.

After President Richard M. Nixon sought to be above all that, James
Mann, a South Carolina Democrat, warned his colleagues on the House
Judiciary Committee considering Nixon's impeachment, "If there is no
accountability, another president will feel free to do as he chooses."

If Congress fails to second-guess the president, the press will. That's
also in the Constitution.

New York, May 20, 2002

The writer was special counsel to President John F. Kennedy.



i got back from the Baba center last night. delightful, extrordinary visit, the first in over 30 years that i have made. i was asked repeatedly why it took me so long to come back and all i could say was "time". i finished the watercolor above while i was there - it is not of the center which is a very beautiful place; i hope some of the photos i took while wondering around i can turn into watercolor. i met a lot of new and old (sometimes both) friends there.

meanwhile i gotta do laundry.

Friday, May 17, 2002


leaving for a 6 hour drive to the Meher Baba Center in myrtle beach sc. i'll be back monday.

meanwhile here is an email fowarded to me by tucker clark. pay attention:
Dear Mr. Gephardt,

Today's news says you are about to convene inquiry into what the Bush
administration knew of possible terrorist plans before September 11.

To which I say, Finally! Thank goodness someone in Congress is waking up
enough, and summoning enough courage in the face of seriously slanted
polls, to start questioning.

While you're putting together your questions, you might consider these

1. the Bush family-Bin Laden family connections

2. the Bush family (father and son) and Carlyle Group connections

3. the Bin Laden support for Dubya's first job in the oil business

4. Bush hosting the Taliban in Texas in 1995 in an effort to gain
approval for a trans-Afghanistan pipeline

5. the Unocal connection, including Karzai

6. Bush's continued support of the Taliban right up until early

7. the recent announcement that Unocal is, after all, going to be able
to build a pipeline across Afghanistan, now that there is an amenable
government in Kabul

8. the real question: what deal went so wrong that Bin Laden wants to
kill a lot of people for it?

No, I am not a black-helicopter conspiracy theorist, but I do read the
news from sources other than the very narrow reporting of the Washington
press corps, and I put together the pieces, and I ask questions.

Millions of other Americans are asking these questions, too, worried
about where their government is headed and why their civil rights are
being abridged. If the Dems are going to be anything other than a lapdog
for Bush and Ashcroft, they'd better start asking tough questions, as


Mary Grace Butler

Tuesday, May 14, 2002


a look at the (possible) self-organizing principle that may happen in the weblog world. like so many things on the web today, this involves google:

"The bloggers have the potential to do something far more original than offer up packaged opinions on the news of the day; they can actually help organize the Web in ways tailored to your minute-by-minute needs." Technology | Use the blog, Luke

and another google wrinkle:
net art : adwords happening

Monday, May 13, 2002


drew in arizona

here's a pen and ink and watercolor i did recently while in arizona.

here's a huge and (to me) interesting site, lots of odds and ends, james hillman is highly visible, probably needs to be taken in small doses: Archetypal Psych Talk

Friday, May 10, 2002


had a great morning and a dark, moody afternoon. what's up? i got to thinking a little about jung's typology and the myers-briggs personality test. the personality types that jung posited are not set in concrete, and he was the first to say they represented just one useful way to look at personal temperments.

i have taken the Myers-Briggs test over a 30 year period, and the results are always the same: INFP. so what?

well "know thyself" seems to take all the time in a liftime, besides it can be kind of fun to decode this information; almost none of the attributes mean what you think they mean.

whole lot of stuff about this here: The Psychology of C.G. Jung Body and Temperament Types of W. H. Sheldon.


new search engine; a little buggy on my system, ithe idea is to present google search results (ranked by traffic) combined with statistics on the site, plus user reviews. if the reviews catch on, that is if users take the interest and time to review the site, it might turn out in time to be interesting and maybe even useful:
Alexa Web Search - In Association with Amazon.coms


speaking of swarms, check this out :BioMedNet News and Comment

Wednesday, May 8, 2002


i love this kind of headline; maybe it's the use of the ex-oxymoron "swarm intelligence". my swarm intelligence reminds me that the opening line of one of tom dellilo's books is: "the future belongs to the crowd".

Swarm Music is believed to be the first application of swarm intelligence to music.

Tuesday, May 7, 2002


still don't have much to say. installed new memory in G3. took a walk and some pictures of flowers. put the 10th wash down on a watercolor. if i weren't trying to slim down the number of books to read in my old age, i'd add a bunch of these:
The Professor's Bookshelf: Recommended Reading Charles T. Tart Home Page and Consciousness Library Online


added a new midi file to multimedia section. my latest theory: midi files and mov files play fine on macs (via quicktime). on windows, midi files play via MS media player (altho i'm not sure what voices it uses) or some other midi internet helper app. movies play only if QuickTime is loaded (80% of PCs last count).

so maybe you want to do something collabortive with your computer. (i do). link below might do the trick, altho i'd rather my digital machine be used to predict meme patterns (or something like that).

BBC News | SCI/TECH | Worldwide weather watchers wanted

Monday, May 6, 2002


i'm finding it hard to write about anything because it all just seems the same. an endless wind of sameness. so i'll guess i'll do the quote thing while i'm banging out the shape of this blog.

Quotes "Memory believes before knowing remembers."
-William Faulkner

Sunday, May 5, 2002


back home in the bunker.

thinking about how i avoid talking about the personal on this site. a virtual denmark. but maybe some sort of narritive will emerge.

this dicussed in general in interesting interview of blogger creator ev:

"And for day-to-day intelligence gathering and staying informed, amused, or even entertained, browsing a few blogs from well-informed, articulate, like-minded people who are out there finding things that may be interesting to you and commenting on them is way more efficient and rewarding than going from news site to news site."

..."Also, not being afraid to add your own personality is important. A big part of what attracts people to blogs is their personal nature, as opposed to corporate media, but some people aren't comfortable enough to let themselves show, so they tend to be less interesting than they could be."

on the other hand, there's this - seems like a joke now but might become...something new in a new world:BBC News | SCI/TECH | Here come the ratbots

Saturday, May 4, 2002


cool. someone told me today this site was reviewed. probably he forgot address, tried search engine, and found this review.

i think it's pretty fair.

[BTW i was suppossed to review "dramimine" which i did but never put it up because of mother's death and lack of time. will fix thix.]

"thinking outloud" is i believe mentioned, and that is what i guess i am doing. not only does this demonstrate the pointlessness of thinking, but also samuel butler's quip:"life is like learning to play the violin on stage in front of a packed audience" comes to mind.

cause i don't know what this site is for. never have. just some blips off the top of my head, don't know how to document minute-by-minute life with words, more twinkle and blinkle needed to comminicate mood, perplexity, muse beyond words, cold eye on passing scene. passing very fast. sprinkle with images that have arrived from somewhere special delivery.

in arizona i hope to record my father who in mid 80's is youngest of 4 living brothers and sisters. want to talk to them all together at rosie's (the eldest) 90th birthday this december. now that would be content, because the world we each live in is in the process of dissappearing fast. whether written text can preserve part of these worlds is an open question but i like the idea of doing it just for the doing of it. (BTW our turn to lose our world is next.)

daughter nicole phoned tonight, her testimony not required till june trial rather than next i'm not leaving monday for chapel hill and moral support which is a blessing. i need some free recovery minutes.

in order to keep off the streets the rest of the year my program is to 1) fix midis and quicktimes so they'll play under windows; 2) link image archive thumbnails to bigger images; and 3) watch my nails grow, watch my breath, learn some music; and 4) be ambivalant about death.

Thursday, May 2, 2002


Modern Peasant is Back

been in arizona since the 12th of april. mom's funeral and spent some time with my father who needs a little moral support but i think he is going to be all right, has clear priorties and knows what he will have to do, for example flying again, getting out a little. he knows it will all take time.

saw lots of relatives and friends. enjoyed meeting patrick and kathy and hannah in prescott. seeing cousin joe who i see once every 15 years, hope we can make it sooner next time. pleasant visit with sister jane, husband fred and children jon and anne in phoenix. thanks much to ann and janet for a very fiendly and peaceful bar b q send off.

jet lag is a lot like confusion; something is different but i'm not sure what. above watercolor painted on dad's front porch. cold turkey on computer time but did find out that midi and quicktime i have up is not playing well at all under windows. will fix.