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NY Times:

Harp music heals the heart.

08/29/06 • 11:20 AM • HealthMusic • No Comments


Dance: Split pants and other tales of quick thinking.  Critics must be careful in judgment. Some should actually try the art they critique ...

08/29/06 • 11:18 AM • ArtsMusicScholarly • No Comments

NY Times Travel:

In Paris, a Feast of Art and History, in Bite-Size Pieces.  “... there are dozens of smaller Parisian museums that won’t require a whole day nor a battle plan to ‘do’ them.”  Ah, yes, the ‘do’ syndrome.  I assume Paris has experienced the American “walking” tourist, as we in Santa Fe have.  “I’m going to ‘do’ Canyon Road.”  They come, with walking shorts and brand new ‘walking sneakers’ [New Balance, usually, because balance is so important at that age], socks pulled up to the knees, and proceed to briskly walk through every gallery at speed, never pausing to appreciate a single piece of artwork; the goal is to walk through every gallery to the end of Canyon, and return, within a day. 

“Which artists did you like the best?” 
“I don’t know; they all look the same after a while.”

How many times I’ve heard that ... Paris probably gets it even more.  Better to visit the less-travelled museums, and immerse yourself at a leisurely pace, as they recommend here.

08/29/06 • 11:15 AM • HistoryTravel • No Comments

NY Times Magazine:

How Do You Take a Gun Away?  How about we stop selling themHmmm?  The photo in the Times article shows only AK-47’s, but haven’t we seen American-design AR-15s in Hezbollah’s hands, too?  I could swear I saw them on BBC’s nightly newscast, back a few weeks ago.  British night-vision technology’s been captured with the guerrillas.  Russian anti-tank weaponry. Chinese missiles.  Rumors of Iran donating American-made TOW missiles, too [both America and Israel sold the Shah a ton of weaponry, pre-Khomeini, and to Iran again during Iran/Contra].  Syria may also be donating.  Hezbollah is a flea market of sophisticated weaponry, that has clearly surprised Israel (and the US).

We may have ‘shut down’ terrorist financial networks ... but now we need to expose to the light of day weapons sales and transfers across the globe, and shut them down also. Today’s ally is tomorrow’s enemy. Will we ever learn?  We’re still sending gobs of stuff over to Pakistan ...

08/29/06 • 11:06 AM • Human RightsPolitics • No Comments

NY Times:

Blistering Drought Ravages Farmland on Plains.  The interactive map doesn’t tell anywhere near the whole story, if you look at the Santa Fe area of New Mexico.  “No drought.”  Hah.  In spite of all the water we’ve had (and we’ve had a generous amount), it will take a couple of years of this to bring us back to ‘normal.’

08/29/06 • 09:15 AM • EnvironmentalFoodSanta Fe LocalScience • No Comments

NY Times:

Renovating a Sacred Place, Where the 9/11 Remains Wait.

08/29/06 • 09:06 AM • History • No Comments

NY Times:

Like Packards? Ask the Man Who Owns 33 of Them.  “My pet peeve is that the ’57 Chevy convertible, the ultimate ’50’s symbol, can hit $100,000, while a ’56 Packard convertible goes for less than half that.”

08/29/06 • 09:04 AM • ConsumptionGeneralHistory • No Comments

NY Times Business:

The only way to compete with iTunes, is to offer free music?

08/29/06 • 09:01 AM • ConsumptionEntertainmentMusic • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Presbyterian publisher’s book blames the U.S. government for Sept. 11 attacks.  This might actually cause more furor than “The Da Vinci Code.”

08/29/06 • 08:42 AM • HistoryPoliticsReligion • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Council passes tax bill.  Good news, for Santa Fe city.  Police officers are getting lured away by the high salaries in private security companies.  Now, annex the Airport Road area into the city so the county can allow more officers out my way ...

08/29/06 • 08:38 AM • LawSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Fossils of new dinosaur species found in Brazil.

08/28/06 • 10:05 PM • HistoryScience • No Comments

A strange

yet wonderful photo.  I’d love this as a poster.

08/28/06 • 06:44 PM • Photography • No Comments


Finding Leonardo.  “... most Dan Brownish.”  Ugh.  Can I call ‘overload’ now?

08/28/06 • 10:52 AM • ArtsHistory • No Comments

NY Times Editorial Observer:

What Is the Latest Thing to Be Discouraged About? The Rise of Pessimism.

08/28/06 • 10:44 AM • PoliticsPsychology • No Comments

NY Times Editorial:

I’d tell you the title of this editorial, but it’s been classified.

08/28/06 • 10:43 AM • HistoryLawPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Teen airlifted to El Paso after skate-park beating.  Read the comments.

08/28/06 • 09:55 AM • ChildhoodHealthLawSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Questions hang over why crashed jet used short runway.  People, even professionals, make mistakes.  The pilot is backed up by her/his first officer, and then ATC (tower) is supposed to also keep an eye on pilots ... so there’s a triple failure manifest here.  In this case, if you look at the overview of the airport, you can see that the pilot taxied to the first runway, not the second (taxiway is parallel to ‘Terminal Drive’).  The runway numbers are plainly painted on the runways themselves in the Google Map photo, but the article mentions ‘reconstruction work’ ... perhaps the identification of the runways is no longer clear.  Usually you have small signs along the taxiway to identify runways, as well as the painted numbers on the runway itself.  The repair patches are at the far end of the runway, so I’d imagine they weren’t visible to the pilot(s).  It is very difficult to judge ‘length of runway’ from a cockpit under differing light conditions.

My immediate thought is, this sounds like a ‘habit’ of turning off at the first runway available. The article mentions coming off an extended ‘legal rest’ period.  No excuse for not going through the checklist, and the airport specs, however.  Perhaps both pilots and ATC should be required to verify runway # before official takeoff clearance.

The CRJ 100 has lately been updated with more powerful engines as the CRJ200.  The manufacturer’s site gives the shortest runway distance for takeoff as 4,850 feet (better 5,800) for the CRJ200 with more powerful engines.  This could never have gotten off the ground completely from a 3500 foot runway.  The minute they spooled up to speed, they were doomed.

Later: Sounds like my ‘habit’ guess is wrong, and the reconstruction issues are a major factor.

08/28/06 • 09:05 AM • CorrectionsGeneralTravel • No Comments

Faces of Indian Market.


Click the pic, this takes you to my Flickr slideshow:

best in show, ladies.


101 images, be warned.

08/27/06 • 09:01 PM • PhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

If you ever wondered

who the Sharona in “My Sharona” is.

08/25/06 • 02:43 PM • HistoryMusic • No Comments


Giant Ramses statue gets new home.  “Tens of thousands of people came out to watch it go by.”

King of Kings am I, Osymandias. If anyone would know how great I am and where I lie, let him surpass one of my works.

08/25/06 • 02:39 PM • ArtsHistory • No Comments


“Nuclear energy produces no greenhouse gases, but it has many drawbacks. Now a radical new technology based on thorium promises what uranium never delivered: abundant, safe and clean energy - and a way to burn up old radioactive waste.

08/25/06 • 10:10 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalScience1 Comment

NY Times Art & Design:

Walker Evans. Or Is It?  I pondered [also see Reid’s entry], the other day, having a modern digital enhance-and-print of Ansel Adams’ work.  Seems they’ve done so, for Walker Evans, and the Times doesn’t particularly admire it.

Evans apparently liked to avoid or minimize his darkroom work, letting others do so without supervision, so interpretations of his original vision would seem perfectly kosher.  Mr Evans was considered the most objective of the FSA photographers, the most documentary, and would likely have welcomed more detail ... he wished to create “pure record not propaganda,” during this period.  Another apropos quote: “The term should be documentary style ... [snip] ... You see, a document has use, whereas art is really useless. Therefore art is never a document, although it can adopt that style.”

Each print made is a different interpretation of the scene, each change in contrast or brightness changes subtle emphases in the tableau.  Play with contrast, shadow/highlight, you’ll see the meaning of an image change significantly.  What’s ‘true’, versus what is your ‘vision’?  What was Evans’ vision?  We know the goal of the FSA images ... to accurately record a period in American history.

Which comes down to the nitty gritty.  Judged as ‘art’, these are a departure from Evans’ work.  As ‘documentary’, they are an enhancement.  Which is ‘better’?  Read the quotes above, and decide.  Or just make up your own mind ... we have the freedom to choose.

08/25/06 • 10:00 AM • ArtsHistoryPhotography • No Comments

NY Times Business:

Promoting Alternative Energy Without Being Too Green.

08/25/06 • 09:32 AM • ConsumptionEconomicsEnvironmental • No Comments

NY Times Thursday Styles:

Laptop Slides Into Bed in Love Triangle.  Gack. The bedroom’s off limits for tech, television in this casita.

08/25/06 • 09:31 AM • ComputingHome & LivingWeblogs • No Comments

NY Times Op-Ed:

A (terror) fish story.

08/25/06 • 09:25 AM • Human RightsLawPolitics • No Comments
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