Saturday, January 28, 2006

BBC NEWS Attack on urinal work brings fine
Du-chompin at the bit - WWMD? 'Urinal work' = art. Entertainment - Lifetime Achievement Award for The Pogues
Word is that Shane MacGowan will tour again with Pogues. Jake and I bought tickets at no small mark up. Pray to the Lord of the church of the Holy Spook that Sean paces hisself.

Compares stills to comics. Sin City is a very dark movie. But not without trace of redemptive elixir.

Beat Museum Doings -
Inside the Beat Museum infinity goes up on trial. I am going to San Francisco but I dont think I will make it to Beat Museum.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Deaths: Wilson Pickett, 64

When Otis Redding died [in Madison] I didnt know what was going on. When Wilson Pickett, died I cried. He was the first soul singer I heard, and the most direct, and the guy who got me into the thing. Wilson Pickett.

I died in front of 40 people 0nce trying to replicate Mustang Sally. It isnt possible. His is irreproducible art. Midnight Hour was an oldie. But it was totally different than any other. The time and the place become one with the feel. The scream of anticipation and fruition that anybody could get. Everybody Needs Somebody. Huzzah beyond Solomon! Acing Eddie Floyd: 634-5789! [A Racine Exchange!] Windows into depths was Wilson. Even with Sugar, Sugar, he could find the reality that was otherwise apparently completely dormant. It is he who could take Hey Jude and turn it into screaming pathos beyond the pale. In the dark limousine in The Commitments. Wilson Pickett!

Wilson Screaming Soul Pickett Poem
My room in the house on North Bay Drive
Waiting for Bob - gone now too - La France
to pick me up in the Long Red AMC Marlin
All anticipation in the night of Nitty Gritty
Playing Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits
Getting psyched
When Everybody Needs Somebody shook the radio
running to Soulville to get the 45
Just last summer groking on the doo-wap Detroit Falcon orginal
I Found a Love. Stopped and Mortified.
Wilson has been all that time by my side.
If you have ever heard If You Need Me wailing on little car speakers
then you know what I am talking about.
Rest, Wilson, rest in peace.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Hue Miscellany

Smoking links: How do we look to the rest of the world and what should that cost? What algorithm breakthrough will make machine men - and has Google already discovered it? The latest from the Edge of the Sea of Rains. All this and more I must ponder.

Victoria De Grazia, "The Selling of America, Bush Style," NYT, 2002
Quote of the day "When our neighbors call us vermin/We send out Woody Herman/That's what we call cultural exchange." - Dave Brubeck (on Cultural Exchange)

The Impact of Emerging Technologies: Newer Math?
My read on Brooks: Google algorithms in search of the best answers on an adaptive network are being seen as a template for the type of math that might improve dramatically machine learning.,1,p1.html

The Impact of Emerging Technologies: Nano Antenna

Gold nanospheres show a path to all-optical computing.,303,p1.html

The Impact of Emerging Technologies: CCD Developer, Learning Factory Recognized

Maybe it is outside of the realm of this award, and there is not an attempt here to make their efforts less than primary, but it might be worth noting the Gil Amelio had an important role in making CCDs manufacturable. CCDs were so different that they were used halfassedly for a lot of things before the imaging application stuck Ive heard.,323,p1.html

Web 2.0
The Impact of Emerging Technologies: Click "Oh yeah?"

Berners-Lee on Links circa 1996 - "You don't go down the street, after all, picking up every piece of paper blowing in the breeze." - Not unless you are Mike Dukakis.,258,p1.html

Nasa team sees explosion on Moon
News from the Edge of the Sea of Rains

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Headlines snake

Time Square thronged - confetti falls. Mariah Carey preens,
and she is the top preener in 50 years. It's the beginning of a New Age.
And the headlines snake on the marquee.

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