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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.

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!

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.....

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.

Some Movie-Talk

The Hollars is great, especially if you'd like to take a break from action flicks. Family values, sure, especially if you'd like to be immersed in how people should be treating other members of their own families, no matter how fractured they become through divorce and/or mental instabilities.... Also, you get a preview or review of possible scenarios regarding personal experiences with the healthcare system and financial difficulties. Planning ahead, doing your homework on healthcare facilities, etc. -- all that, it still made me feel good, this movie.

I opted out of Sully because I have a fear of flying, but a young man told me the movie is good. It probably is, but I think I'll wait til it hits TV, in order to save money for retirement years....

Deepwater Horizon strikes me as a disaster flick I'd rather not have writ large, as it were. I avoided The Titanic for the same reason. I'm sure it's good and all, but eleven men died there....

Why do I keep watching the twin towers fall when a recording is on TV? I prefer made-up disasters such as 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow. There I know the deaths are fiction....

Harvest Season

As summer is winding down, so are our tomato plants, although, some of them are 10-foot long vines, crawling over our 7-foot fencing and beyond.... Frost does not look to be coming anytime soon, though.

I recently changed our slideshow pix on our screensaver, from my husband's fishing adventures to a group from three years ago when our cats were new to us. One cat had been relatively recently born. I am very much enjoying watching and imagining his new brain and body trying to figure out what he was. It is as though consciousness is planted into bodies and we find out what we've become -- whether fish, fowl, cat, porpose, or human....

Btw, some fantastic sales at from Daedalus Books, Music & DVDs have kept me hopping lately. How's $4.98 vs $27 sound? Check it out. If you have their catalog, then when you search on their item number, they list other books on nearly the same topic.

My Amazon has stopped selling my books, it seems. Nothing sold since April. I guess this is because I rejected Amazon's requirement that we use Microsoft's Internet Explorer. I just got off Microsoft's program because it crashed too darn many times, plus Microsoft was guilty of unfair competition in the past. I wanted also to give other companies a chance to develop their web browsers, too. I might have to end my relationship with Amazon Seller Central if they don't relent....

Voting day is slowly approaching. Oct. 12th here in Ohio is the first day of early voting. I could not be surer of whom I am voting for: it's Hillary and the Dems all the way!

CNN Pre-empts Fareed Zakaria GPS

OK. So war, acts of terrorism, and other "push-your-buttons" events are the lifeblood of CNN, but miles and miles of interviews with officials with any jurisdiction over areas/states near blast zones, that preempt informative and eminently thoughtful programs such as Fareed Zakaria GPS -- that preemption by CNN is suspicious.


Dollar General has stocked the good gallon bottles of distilled water again! The plastic is much tougher than yer average gallon jug. The only problem is that this is not the season for us to actually use the distilled water, so now I have 10 bottles waiting for the winter dryness of central heating.

In the meantime I dream of building whirligigs....

My current designs include 2 to 4 short gigs, hung from poles attached to the sidebars of our swing-set. I think I could hang four of them. Preventing grass from fouling everything up, or cats from rubbing themselves on the apparati are two problems to overcome. Not to mention the extreme angle of the ground in relation to providing a horizontal base on which to place coils....

I am also double-checking previous design plans. Apparently I did not take into consideration that a magnet pivoting on a pole would only contact a coil placed at its center pivot at two places -- places which would have extremely limited numbers of flux lines crossing the coils....

So, in several ways, I am back to the drawing board.

Btw, I finished the psychiatry book and am now working on a book from 1993 that our local Little Professor finally released for pittance: Herblock: A Cartoonist's Life by Herbert Block. I am enjoying it. The psychiatry book also contained some helpful information about the relationship between Jung and Freud's works/attitudes. Let me see now, what was that book's name? Churchill's Black Dog, Kafka's Mice & Other Phenomena of the Human Mind. I always liked Jung better than Freud, not that I knew much beyond popular scuttlebutt about either one....

I also enjoyed Now You See Me 2 and Central Intelligence. Actually, I enjoyed Central Intelligence better than Independence Day Resurgence because the former was less work -- no comparisons to previous characters and plotlines to distract from enjoyment. Unless you started to get the idea that Central Intelligence slightly resembles the set-up of the Jackie Chan movies.....

"Wreck-It Ralph" Viewing

On the "FREEFORM" channel in a couple minutes the 3 1/2 Star animated Disney film starts. From the IMDB description I wonder if it is the fantasy behind people thinking that Trump and Bush (the younger) were good ideas. Unfortunately, the title of the movie makes me worry that ISIS and the Taliban also draw fantastical strength from an idea that "wrecking things" somehow might possibly make a "better world"?

Shudder.... I will try to watch the movie now and get back to you on these first impressions.

Later Notes (5/15/16 3 PM): Sorry, but I fell asleep during this movie because it is, after all, made for juveniles, and because I am chronically short on sleep. I struggle with sleep deprivation every day, btw. This is why I unplug two of five phones during the day -- the ones for which the "Do Not Call" regime has no noticeable effect. By grabbing cat naps throughout the day I cobble together some set of 1/2 hour naps to equal perhaps 7 hours within 24 hours.

Now, back to the movie. It came out in 2012, so perhaps it speaks to Kim jung on's juvenile behaviors, for which no one can blame him since his is actually a young person. He needs guidance as to the ways of the world regarding socialization. Opting for destructive force as one's first response to imagined or perceived threats nets equally destructive reactions from the environment which one is trying to guard against, causing rather than preventing the outside boogeymen, so as to speak. This reminds me of the book Memory's Voice -- which I highly recommend. In it, the dysfunctional behaviors were caused by an expectation that the world was made of threatening, destructive, violent individuals and the dysfunctional individual did not feel comfortable with the world unless she actually caused such scenarios where she had not found them around herself.....

I am sorry that I fell asleep in the movie, but I also noticed the lessons for and about female behaviors as well as attitudes toward females, which is something Trump might have remembered before insulting females in his rhetorical rantings. Of course, he rails against the idea of having to be politically correct, but many of us cannot see how his worldview could be large enough to be able to handle the job he is seeking. We cringe to think of him being successful in his bid for the Presidency of the United States....

Spring Chores

This is perhaps one of the busiest times of the year for me. Harvest time is also busy, but Spring Cleaning plus getting back into shape for yard work, plus Spring planting season all crowd together nowadays.

I still wistfully gaze at possible designs for generating electrons via friction from sand, with noise reduction ever in mind; plus ever keeping vibrations to a minimum on our hillside which could slide anytime it feels like it, helped along by wet clay during rainstorms....

Mother's Day was mildly amusing, which sometimes "is just what the doctor ordered," compared to end-of-the-world sci fi or cartoon characters, for a change.

Don Quixote by Cervantes Continues

72% into this e-book now on Kindle, getting up to "duennas" whose faces have been "turned into forests" I find I have been wondering for a few days now about sources for some of the elements Cervantes' work has in common with Shakespeare's work.

The treatment of a person considered to be a "lowlife" by an upperclass family as though they were royalty, as in Shakespeare's perhaps earliest play, containing "Kiss Me Kate." This brings to mind the conspiracies to have fun at others' expense of Twelfth Night Or What You Will -- both the bilking of the French transvestite D'Anjue (Andrew) by the Queen's avuncular crowd, and their teasing of Giordano Bruno (Malvoleo). Since Queen Elizabeth (Caesario) is also a transvestite, and Francis Bacon (Sir Toby) marries a very young female "beneath his station" the latter play has plenty of background to recommend it; but it is the earlier vignette of Shakespeare's drunkard who gets wined and dined by rich people that makes me wonder what earlier source both authors drew on, if not each other, since they were contemporaries. Actually this part of Cervantes is dated 1614.

Oh yes. Sancho Panza is promised to become governor of an island, and of course, exploration in the New World could have inspired that as well as the setting for The Tempest, but the slap stick performances of lower class individuals has too much in common. I guess that European culture did travel -- no doubt through Italy, which is closer to Spain than to England. It is the French, though, whom I believe Cervantes was teasing the most, through his never-ending criticism of chivalric knighthood.

Every 2 percent or so I swear that this book is never-ending, and wish that it had never been written, but I still marvel at what it tells me about shared culture across European vistas.

Preliminary Don Quixote

17% into my Penguin Kindle edition of Don Quixote de La Mancha I offer a preliminary theory of review or literary criticism that is not yer average literary critic fare.

So, given the time frame of the writing -- contemporary to Shakespeare -- and the prison environment -- Cervantes was in jail for being an incompetent tax collector -- my theory is in its first stages. Cervantes was Spanish, of course, and I am reading the Penguin translation.

The defeat of the Spanish Armada by England was in 1588, so the slapstick comedy of the book can be seen as a way of dealing with the defeat. Trying to laugh it off by laughing at chivalric worldviews -- the righting of wrongs "for the honor" as aliens put it in The Fifth Element.

I feel that movies are a public dreaming, and this book is a social dreaming. Dreaming as it was described on TV the other day is the attempt of the mind to understanding the events of the day. I should really figure out what program that was because I am plagiarizing right now, I fear. The program was about memory, I think. The impression I gathered was that the brain tries to put memories into storage and has to figure out how to link the bits and pieces of memories to other memories or constructed memory conglomerates.

So anyway, this book is a social dreaming, trying to help the Spanish society figure out how to view the defeat of the armada, and the events leading up to its demise in terms of worldviews that probably need to be revised.

Later note: 26% into the book now. Thinking more about the time period. The revision of worldview was not accomplished everywhere at the same rate of speed. Revising value of monarchy and church edicts, laws, punishments, duties owed -- both monetary and service duties, honor, respect due, etc.

The Reformation happened in Britain after the Renaissance in Italy. The Dark Ages happened before 1066 when French nobles took over England, with their French ways and European tales of chivalry, etc. The knights, says Cervantes are linked to the Church. This brings up the whole Church doctrine of supporting kings so that Christianity could thrive, flourish, spread. The Crusades ostensibly were devised so that countries would go to the Holy Land instead of fighting among European nations. But the Reformation and other Church squabbles -- I know I'm glossing here -- possibly caused cracks in the whole chivalry creed.

Of course, "for the honor", or rather, for the spread of Christianity was used by Spanish conquerors as justification for plundering native peoples in the Americas, but gold for the monarchs came right along with this alliance between Church and king.

Cervantes was going back to the moral justifications for the knights errant as fighters for underdogs and women, but not so much for the king. Cervantes as incompetent tax collector is also examining how successful he was not in his idealism, protecting the unprotected from being taken advantage of. Don Quixote fights anyone, including clergy, whom he thinks is being unfair to some underdog.

So here I am trying to build mini windmills for the masses, trying to undermine the large companies who insist on building the giant windmills....
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