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"Manhattan" the TV Series on WGN

"Not by any god worth inventing, not by any democracy worth fighting for." is a great line rather late in this series. Regarding scientists who worked on the bomb "having a say in how it is used," is the context, but I'll have to go back to the recording to find out the rest of the meaning.....

My mother and her companion lived in New Mexico for 35 years, perhaps because she was a writer and the Roswell incident occurred there, but I had visited that state and Los Alamos over the decades of their "tenure," so the Manhattan Project has a special place in my heart, if only because the couches and the barracks are the same as my mother's house had.....

I am revisiting year two of this series, by the way (btw). This series on DVD plus other sci fi writers can be downloaded for uninflated prices at btw. I was appalled to find that our local used bookstore had no clue about sci fi, but now I see what is happening. The sci fi world is alive and prospering on Amazon Kindle.....

Plenty in Manhattan is fabrication, but Meeks's motive -- at least as he states it in this year two episode -- is not....

"Will" on TNT is "Spot On"


In so many ways I applaud this (now) late night series on TNTHD. Historical fiction can be quite tricky, especially when dealing with all the academics who care about Shakespeare. However, I feel we have the right mix of contemporary references (including contemporary language and social indicators) to keep the young adult audience engaged, while still informing us about the real (and important but neglected until now) historical environment in which Shakespeare lived.

A proviso is the series' starting Shakespeare out in London after having three kids. So much more about Shakespeare's plays can be imagined to be linked to Shakespeare's growing up years. I believe Shakespeare actually went to London much earlier due to the regular trips of the mail service to London and his family's glover business deliveries to London -- also on a regular basis for his family's income. Also, Shakespeare was exiled from Stratford, and he was a member of a traveling theatre troupe connected with his post secondary education which was secret because it was Catholic.

See Secret Shakespeare btw. I will be buying this series on DVD once it is available, especially since I missed one episode. It moved to later at night, I expect due to R-rated materials, but I haven't yet found a replay later in the week.

If you are missing this you are missing a lot! Look for it Monday nights at 11 p.m. and later (in our town).

Later Note (8/13/17):  Again, for its ambience it's the bees knees, but for some of its historical details, I'm sure plenty of historians and other academics would beg to differ on particulars. After finally viewing Episode 4, A Brave New World, I, for one, say that it was not Francis, but rather, Anthony Bacon who was the drug addict in the Bacon family. (Francis liked wine, rather, and is jokingly portrayed as Olivia's uncle in Twelfth Night, Or What You Will. Also referred to in Measure, For Measure as "A judge who takes bribes" -- or was that Volpone, The Fox by Ben Jonson?) Anthony was the older brother of Francis, according to The Queen's Rings by Anne Meeker of Indiana. From this book and his marriage while in his 40's to a teenager I would guess that Francis had been neutered by the queen -- but that's just my guess. How could I possibly know one way or the other? I am not an historian, btw.

8/14/17 Later Note: Damn! Now I have that flaming gay rag from episode 4 playing in my head: "Fame." Who knew we'd be getting what seems like a fairly accurate account of a small piece of Christopher Marlowe's life within a series about Will? I'm enjoying that. He did write Dr. Faustus, I believe it was called, and so would have likely been doing research into the black arts. (The Renaissance is a huge area to study. I thoroughly enjoyed it at Rice University Library in Houston.)

Eagerly awaiting Kiss Me Kate, though on "Will."

Trump - Jackson Debate

Now I hate Reaganomics (Voodoo Economics) that Republicans have inculcated into our illiterate population, and I hate that Trump won his Electoral College victory based on racism, sexism, and Republican "ideals" for letting the rich get richer, etc.

At first blush, the media are jumping on Trump's most recent Jackson comments, but I beg to differ. Sure, Jackson was president well before the Civil War and died before the Civil War; however, as I argued in a paper about Herman Melville's Moby Dick -- which was also written before the Civil War -- the whole topic of states' rights as impacted by the Northern states' hatred of slavery was discussed perhaps as early as 1824 as was secession in 1832 in a state legislature in the South.

Moby Dick had a ship named after an extinct tribe of Indians -- the Pequoid -- I think it was. My interpretation of that book included Melville's precognition of the coming Civil War. The Pequoid sank, and as such, I felt it represented "The Ship of State."

Jackson could have commented on the coming conflagration between the states before it occurred, therefore, just as Melville -- I believe -- had done.

LaterNote: Read Elizabeth Warren's new book, This Fight Is Our Fight. I got it for $14 off Amazon and it was delivered wirelessly to my Kindle Reader, btw. I am 40% of the way through it. I just came up to her section trashing NAFTA, but have not yet finished that section. Perhaps the big business that is agriculture in these United States should not overrule the individual factory workers' jobs that we have lost to NAFTA. I'm just sayin' -- not knowing, by any stretch of the imagination.

Piliated Pear Tree

So there I was lamenting how out of 40 grafts to our pear tree, none of them took, when along came a Piliated Woodpecker.

It started at the bottom of the tree, found an opening in the netting, and worked its way up to the top of the tree.

There it found itself trapped. What I usually do is wait until a trapped bird gets alarmed before I go to try to help it out.

As I was opening up the bottom of the netting -- as usual -- the bird figures out how to get out "when the going gets rough."

As I was cutting netting off the tree I discovered a few scions sprouting leaves! Hooray!

You can see a couple tomato cages I installed to hold the netting off the scions. These will be removed soon, I hope.     Happy Spring, Northern Hemisphere!


Taxes finished, now I can work on magnetics configurations, God willing. All those convoluted steps on the tax forms seem to have cleared my mind of several images that cluttered my mental drawing board. Now I have a new idea, which is exciting. However, it has its own possible flaws.

I am not as willing to share my ideas these days, as patent applications preclude previous publication.

One problem I was working on last week at least acknowledged, if not solving itself: The problem of a wind system set into a formerly useful chimney-flue has a precipitation foible. Either sheltering the system to ward off rainfall, or a drainage to direct the water to a drain, plus other protection for the magnetic-electrical components residing between top and bottom of the column....

Other news: pear tree grafting so far has a zero percent success rate. One scion shipper said the rate is normally 50%, so I'll wait a little longer before giving up. Is my tree actually a pear tree? Asian pears are round, but what if it is actually a crab apple tree? So ar the only leaves growing are on the root stock and on the scions that have yet to be grafted, which are sitting in water. Plus, I now have very sticky tape on the root stock, which I am at a quandary for how to remove it.

I think this website is not as productive as it used to be, so I am considering ending it. More on that later....

Also, comments to this website lately have been nonsense or random sets of characters. I do not approve these, and thus, they are not displayed. I won't let my website become a message board for gamers....

As I told one telemarketer a couple days ago, who was trying to sell me on employee services, I have no employees, not even myself. I have no product for sale. This is the design phase of my project. "It was a dream, some of us had." Nothing more.

But as "We are such stuff as dreams are made on" I'm not giving up. This project continues as my hobby -- hobby-horse, perhaps -- but still kicking. It keeps on ticking, even if off-line....

To Trump: Read This, Please.

The Week: The Best of the U.S. and International Media -- a fine weekly magazine -- printed the following one-page report on page 11 of its March 24, 2017 issue: "Briefing: Rescuing the Rust Belt: President Trump promised to reverse the decades-long decline of manufacturing jobs. Can it be done?"

Please, President Trump, read this page to find out about REALITY!

40 Pear Tree Grafts

Three major grafting days later, I have approximately 40 Bartlett and Spartlett Pear scions grafted onto our Asian Pear tree. I had cut off all the branches that had leaves and flowers last year, btw.

The scions kept in rainwater outside. These are the ones that I have left so far. I wonder if I could return them fruitfully? Or if I should save them until after I find out how many of the 40 grafts actually succeeded?

This is an experiment because most of these grafts take place in holes made where a smaller branch was cut off. All but one grafts are made NOT on the main trunk. A few are made as is recommended on websites, by cutting straight across the end of a full cut and placing the centers of the scions adjacent to the fiber just under the bark, where the sap flows.

I still have time to make more grafts -- especially if any of these fail, are knocked off, or lost to the winds, birds, etc.... WISH THIS TREE LUCK!

Spring Cleaning Ritual

I once took a correspondence course in great Greek Literature -- I think it was the course I'm thinking of. I took others, and the prof was from the English department, so I'm not sure. Anyway, he wanted an essay about some ritual in my life, describing the act of fulfilling the ritual. I assume the essay was meant to be full of feeling, viscerally connecting with the reader.

Since I am an atheist, and I assume he wanted something from my religious rituals, I had to write even harder. What an expression! "Write harder." OK. In other words, connect the reader's ability to imagine my feelings to the physical acts I was carrying out. Needless to say, it was difficult to connect a man to the joys of spring cleaning. I failed miserably to engage my one and only reader, I assume, because I did not receive an "A" grade.

Perhaps it was a technical writing course that I was trying to improve my "B" grade on. Someday I'll run into the paperwork somewhere and know the answer.

Anyway, what brings this topic up now is that I find myself drawn to Spring Cleaning. We have a week of 60 degree highs, and 70 on Friday. Besides grafting scions onto the Asian pear tree, finally re-connecting a toilet, and continuing my project of insulating our basement bathroom, I am drawn to washing windows, for example.

How do I convey the pleasure of feeling useful?

Dear Diary

The last two days I worked on grafting Bartlett pear scions onto our Asian pear tree. This is more difficult than you can imagine and I will try to spare you the details, but complications include birds and cats....

I've lost some weight lately, now that I've gotten hooked up with Metabolic Prime  and The Metabolic Factor. 5 lbs in two weeks. I took getting off carbs and sugar rather slowly, but that part of their program seems to be true. I only get inordinately hungry when I eat sugary things, and carb-laden stuff, so I'm on my way to losing mega pounds, eventually.

Before sleep, now that I've made my way through the two metabolic books, I'm reading what seems to be my favorite book. My favorite for decades was William Gibson's Neuromancer (1986), but I'm on my fourth reading of Tom Harper's The Lost Temple (2007, St Martin's Paperbacks). Neuromancer struck a chord with me because I'd been majoring in computer science 1980-83 and doing programming and research into artificial intelligence, epistemology, etc. The Lost Temple brings cultural history and pre-history into a fast-paced, visceral tale, pitting good and bad people against each other. I also enjoy it for its spelunking episodes, besides its history of early Western religion, myth, archaeology, and philology. Decoding is also in there. I guess my research into Shakespeare set me up to appreciate this book.

I have to go now.  Br-r-r-r. It's quite windy right now, and getting colder. We had 60 degrees for two days, but that's ending tonight.... Ta-Ta For Now, mes amies.


The Week magazine reports that there will be a vote in California on secession from these United States. Oh boy! Then we could kick out New York, where Trump has his principal domicile and declare him King of New York and invalid as President!

Just joking, folks. But think about it. If all the states were fiefdoms -- which they CERTAINLY are not now, lol -- Ohio could charge a border tax on all good shipped across itself. Heck. We could send up drones to record taxes from all the plane passengers and goods that fly over our fair state!

Toll booths on all our highways and bridges. The railroad trains would go bankrupt paying all the foreign duties levied by each state. Not sure how fees would be assessed on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, though.

Hell, let's be honest. We've already lost Michigan and Wisconsin to the oligarchs, and who ever thought the PEOPLE owned New York?.... Obamacare would become a  far distant legend, and so would any retirement plans, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, not to mention our armed services.....

It Keeps On Spinning

I was remembering how clunky my first whirligigs used to be, and decided to take a picture of my current experimental creation for you all. It spins silently and much more stably than my older creations did. Probably it is blurry due to its motion, plus this pic was cropped from a larger pic.

This is a long term test -- mostly of the swivel -- as the swivel has been used now for more than one year. You might remember the snowfall that destroyed the sun-weakened older blades by spring of 2016. That was the same swivel plus some grease -- mostly coconut oil.

Besides fewer blades cutting down on the sideways motions of the gig, the clunky older versions sometimes had a center pole plus additional layers of blades. When I add magnets into the mix, the sideways wind resistance will increase again, but hopefully not too much.

I am also considering how to curve the coils so they might still be cut by the magnetic flux lines when the gig goes off center due to sideways motions. But I'm also still toying with the center pole configuration, to have centered magnets rotating . . . .

Happy New Year!

Fifteen degrees is all we have here in southeast Ohio. Snow on the ground, too, that is the light and fluffy kind. No melting yet.

As I ponder this year's activities, I plan how I am going to trim what was supposed to be a Bartlett Pear tree. I can't wait to get started on that project, although, a good plan is actually a start.

I got the tree from Walmart and it was labelled Bartlett, but I don't think it was a Bartlett Pear. I had been wondering why the two Bartlett Pear trees I had previously had not leafed as red as this one in the Fall. We had tiny Asian pears this year. These were smaller than Crab Apples, so I'm calling it a proto-Asian Pear root. You see, all the limbs died off after I planted it under some Black Walnut trees. Bartlett doesn't mind the poisons that Black Walnuts produce constantly.

I let the root grow big -- as tall as the house -- but the fruit is only good for the squirrels and birds.

Now, the cats depend on that tree to get them away from the dogs, foxes, and coywolves that we have around here. So, instead of cutting the tree off at 30 inches high and grafting to its top, I will cut the branches off at the point the cats stop using them, and graft to the branches. I should be able to get 30 or 40 grafts onto this proto-Asian Pear, but this time they will be Bartlett grafts.

"Veentaire ees a'coomin een"

I don't know where my title's quote comes from and I spelled it like it sounds. I suppose it is German or Dutch, too, but it is apt, considering what our weather radar looks like right now. The freezing rain will start here in a couple hours, and it looks like snow is coming later, all across the Midwest.

Yesterday was glorious at 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Ah, there's another German word.

I was supposed to get our front ditch squared away yesterday, but I just couldn't do it. Lately I've been trying to get my sleep schedule back to normal, and this results in my being slower overall. Today I get another window on the ditch work before temperatures actually plummet tonight.

We had this water problem in our front yard this Fall, with the Water Dept. guys digging it up three times. One time they also took out the correct geometry of the road versus our ditch, so my landscaping job is even more difficult than making a clear shot for the runoff. We are at the bottom of two hills, with a creek that receives all the runoff.

When the Township built a new bridge they added big rocks where our runoff used to go, plus a guardrail pens in my efforts at ditch construction on that end. So anyway, I'll be busy this afternoon, after the rain stops. ...

Wishing For The Donald

As I was waking up this morning -- you know, the place between awake and sleep -- I found myself wishing that The Donald would freely deport himself back to the billionaire SHALLOWS from which he sprang. Oh -- that's right -- Number one, he will probably never leave There, and Two, I guess we'll have to rename our country, "America, The Shallow."

Reading and Movie Comments

The Accountant I found pleasantly and deliciously unpleasing, morally complicated; Dr. Strange less so, although its graphics were good.

The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements compares extremely favorably against A Universe From Nothing. After being reminded by David Berlinski of my many philosophical questions about Euclid's Elements, I was pleasantly surprised to be informed of several philosophers who had the same questions. I am not alone, after all.... I will continue my foray into elementary mathematics with Euclid. I am on a quest to see the pictoral/geometric, then the algebraic proof of the Pythagorian Theorem, btw.

On the other hand, I have a few questions of Berlinski as well. My margin notes say: "A point is not a thing. It is an abstract place." This reminds me of possibilities for sci fi stories within Euclidian and non-Euclidian spaces....

Trying to understand the quantum universe, I am trying to understand Lawrence M. Krauss's supposed explanations "for the layman" in A Universe from Nothing: Why there is something rather than nothing. However, his essays jump around and since they lack actual mathematics, perhaps, I cannot find a discernible sequence to his reportage of physics logic.

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