Designers are now recasting fashions for the augmented ...
SF New Mexican:
SF New Mexican:
An Air Force helicopter crashes near Angel Fire, NM. It crashed very near the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, but didn’t damage it.
Meditation study shows life gains. “People who practiced Transcendental Meditation lived longer than people who didn’t, experiencing a 23 percent reduction in death rates.” When the Beatles first started talking about their meditation, I couldn’t quite pronounce their guru’s name. I called him the “Mahesh Hoagie Yogurt.” A long time ago; and Mel Brooks wouldn’t do “Spaceballs” for decades yet. Via Follow Me Here.
Be careful when generalizing about NASCAR fans ...
Rebecca reflects on her own ‘weblog idealism.’ Many of you know my own beliefs about ‘echo chambers.’ Poor Jish had to listen to me minutely discuss this over dinner at Harry’s Roadhouse here in Santa Fe, last time he was here. They’re feudal systems, not democracies. Instead of land, loyalty is won and bound by linkage and hits. All the originality and risk is often by the supplicant ‘peons’, not the self-interested ‘barons.’
I hope there are enough of us Saxons around, who could care less about hits, to keep the Normans at bay ...
“There was a rich man from Nottingham who tried to cross a river. What a dope, he tripped on a rope. Now look at him shiver. Beg for mercy rich boy!”
Aircraft prompts brief White House evacuation. Curious. A Cessna 152 can barely take off with full fuel and two occupants (depending on their weight). Unless the passenger is carrying a very small amount of plastic explosive, all it will do is spray <37 gallons of 100 octane low lead gas all over a stone building and leave about a hay bale’s worth of aluminum. The engine, where most of the weight is concentrated, might make a dent in stone. The fuel is in the wings; most 152 crashes don’t explode or dissolve in flames. It certainly won’t collapse a building; this is no airliner. Biologicals? With two people in the plane, not enough to do more than kill a few birds. I feel this was a bit of an overreaction ...
[Written at 2:00; I forgot to hit “publish” before I left for a doctor’s appointment.]
I guess we’ll find out who’s been more thoroughly reviled in history, Nixon or Clinton.
Public TV and Radio to Receive Big Grants. “No doubt this will be seen by conservatives as an ideological initiative ... [snip] ... It seems to be taking public broadcasting and tilting it away from the viewpoint of a lot of taxpayers ...” Or maybe just maintaining consistency and ignoring ideological fads.
In the eternal boomerang of art pricing, Warhol is on the rise again.
Cities: Places Sacred, Safe, and Busy. And here I thought humankind’s greatest invention was peanut butter. I have a hard time considering urbanity as being ‘sacred.’ Give me an urban area, I’ll give you vast stretches of resources required to support it. Weren’t the first ‘cities’ really just day-occupied commerce areas? Sustainability comes to mind. I prefer ‘towns.’ Another subject for my weekend library list.
Hitch your wagon to Estonia? Book review, ‘The Flight of the Creative Class.’ Even in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, in the video production world we found Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis had more purely creative video productions than NY. In both NY and CA, there’s a superstructure of style and style history one must support. In the middle-sized urban areas, there was none of this tyranny. Just an unbounded joy of experimentation.
Even in Santa Fe, wear all black to a gallery opening sometime, and you’ll get asked “So when did you leave Manhattan?” The badge of the conforming nonconformist.
Rumsfeld Seeks Leaner Army and Full Term as Defense Secretary. His goals for the armed forces have always seemed more anti-Republican: a leaner, more efficient military ... and weapons systems development that isn’t hogtied to pork barrel politics, but rather aimed at timely real-world solutions.
[Read the history of the B-1 Bomber sometime, the progenitor of today’s pork barrel weapons. Parts were purposely set up in different Congressional districts, to guarantee approval of the airplane.]
For all his mistakes with Iraq, dumping him now would probably gift us with a stereotypical “Big Military” DS.
Pentagon Is Asking Congress to Loosen Environmental Laws. No way, Jose; not for the nation’s most heinous polluter.
SF New Mexican:
The road to the Jack’s Creek campground, north of Pecos, slid down the mountain. No ETA on rebuilding. And this makes it even worse: “Adding to the anxiety about the Jack’s Creek closure is the possibility that the road to Iron Gate Campground and trail head - one of the only other public-access points to the Pecos Wilderness - might also be closed for all or part of the summer by a private landowner, Sandoval said.”
This area is a prime starting point for many, many trails in the Pecos Wilderness. You might want to add a day to your backpacking schedule, if you’re heading for that section of the Pecos Wilderness.
I would post one of my pictures of Jack’s Creek, but Flickr’s search is not working at the moment, and I haven’t time to dig.
Later: Ah, I found it, without search.
SF New Mexican:
For years, De Vargas Park has been a connection place, where anyone can find cheap labor for day work. The location just happens to be next to the NM Department of Labor, who have now made their parking lots off-limits.
When I posted this,
I had complete confidence I could own this search term. The only kicker was, what kind of negative results might it have? So far, very few. Thank goodness.
NY Review of Books:
Humanitarianism Is Not Enough. Book review, ‘The Turbulent Decade’. “In particular it illustrates how wide the gap is between the sonorous resolutions of the Security Council and the situations that hard-pressed humanitarian workers and others often have to deal with in the field. It highlights the consequences of the Security Council’s periodic inability to act decisively in a critical situation, usually because of the opposition of one or another of its permanent members. Ms. Ogata’s book also reveals the understandable reluctance of governments to commit adequate forces to engage in violent and unpredictable situations that have little or no strategic interest for them. It demonstrates dramatically how much the UN’s performance in emergencies suffers from the absence of a highly trained, versatile, truly international, rapid deployment force that would be responsible to the Security Council itself and would therefore be instantly available when really needed, as it was, desperately, on several occasions ...”
Post mildly rewritten on further reflection, 5:11 PM.
Particularly hard questions at the end of the article.
If the Security Council gets tied in knots, what guarantees are there that this UN multinational force will ever be allowed to be efficacious in humanitarian or other crises? Would sovereign nations ever even get involved with a multinational force? Unless the UN can find a means to break the stultifying sovereign-nation self-interest inertia in the Security Council over humanitarian and other crises, I would hesitate to allow them sole validation of use of force. Yet there needs to be a system in place to prevent and answer wild-card sovereign actions. And one must appease the lunatic fringe who spend nights wetting the bed over fears of UN imperialism.
This is the Gordian knot that perhaps Mr Bush hopes Mr Bolton would slice through, rather than untie.
Given his record (and I think specifically of his behavior at the North Korean table), I know he’ll slice, but I fear the rope could never be gathered together again.
Or, to leave you with a pun on the subject of Mr Bolton cleanly slicing the Gordian knot of the United Nations ... “I’m a frayed knot.”
Picasso on painting:
“Painting isn’t an aesthetic operation; it’s a form of magic designed as a mediator between this strange hostile world and us, a way of seizing the power by giving form to our terrors as well as our desires.” Picasso’s site. Available in French and Spanish, too.
Michael Kinsley, Remember: You Can’t Swat a Fly With a Computer. I post this just to be able to hook two reminiscences to it: One, newspaper allows you to clean windows without streaks. Two, an elderly Austrian gentleman of my acquaintance once told me that wrapping newspaper inside your clothes, when it is cold out, not only wonderfully keeps out wind but holds heat in as well. He had survived the Hapsburg breakup, the failure of the central Austrian bank, and other economic disasters. One of the few people to buy IBM when it was first offered on the exchange - and hold onto it through thick and thin - he has survived those early experiences very well. I’ve always supposed it was the financial pages that rubbed off ...
Renaissance artists didn’t need Photoshop. They used paint, of course. I hope they charged by the hour.
Energy boom is crowding ranchers. “The trend, causing tension across the American West, stems from the policy of “split estates” - where the owners of at least 50 million acres of private land have surface rights, while energy developers can own the mineral rights beneath or lease them from the federal government. That means scores of ranchers here in the Powder River basin may have little say over thousands wellheads that could soon proliferate.” Used to be, you owned the water, you owned the adjacent lands. The government is turning the tables; you own the mineral rights, you own the land. Could we see the rise of another Billy the Kid [Lincoln County War]? Like a burgeoning boeuf, I’m jess ruminatin’ ...
DP Review forums:
From an individual named “Flower”, post pictures of your bunnies. As someone in the thread mentions, let’s not split hares ...