Saturday, April 25, 2015

Swarm drone locus demo

Rouse the devil/Get the goons on the squawk box/cause I just woke up/the alarm rang/I had a dream /dream of pre-programmed military machines/autonomous swarms of drones across the world/putting people out of work/even in China/swooshing in on cue/and miming for the camera/shoot up like the chapstick i put on your boil/scissors to wings/like our rock paper days/like a dazzling gymnast/awing and looking for predestination/

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Galvanize me, momma

Sunday Morning Review of what the Friday Times told me

In an ongoing effort to contemplate my life of the mind I will mark here what the Friday Times told me as I drank beer and watched the Masters Saturday. The Civil War is over 150 years Tell the Men playing checkers in backyards talking in North Charleston. Parades of the obvious as experts say shooting of a fleeing unarmed man does not appear to be justified. There's corruption in the top family of Chile. We visit the winged bull of Gilgamesh back from the dead again in the Baghdad museum. Rubio and Bush have hissy fit. Looking at a map of Yemen wonder that if this was US it would have been annexed a long time ago. Intel will not buy Altera  it seems.Night Life aint the right life in New York tis dangerous for athletes John Barry has good advice for all time “shouldn't be anywhere at 4 am.Only bad things happen at 4 am.” All power is mine as I read the Times in the bar room." - Jack Vaughan

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SpaceShip Earth View

PDP and me

Long ago and far away I sat with my boss discussing the news. The news on that day in 1992 was the ouster of Digital Equipment Corp.'s co-founder Ken Olsen. His departure was an inflection point along a trail that saw DEC go from being a gutsy Maynard, Mass. mill town startup to being a serious threat to IBM's industry leadership to being a forlorn merger candidate. Read on....

Saturday, April 04, 2015

From the Radio Weblog Vault John Sinclair on Blues & Poetry

I came to know Sunnyland Slim through Harry Duncan and Paul DeMark. It was through Harry as well that I came to know John Sinclair. John was doing a radio show in New Orleans, and writing and performing what I called “Blues Poetry.” He heard of my book, “Sunnyland Blues” through Harry, and was very generous in compliments. Years later we were able to hook up, and to converse for magnetic media.

The idea I had was to take John’s commentary on the art of blues poetry, and scribe that into a screed or broadside that he might add to the folio he would peddle as he conveyed his messages in the States and the world beyond. We met up multiple times, but usually briefly, and never quite pulled that type of thing together. But I talked to him via email just before he moved to Europe, and he was cool with the idea of me posting whatever it was I’d compiled anytime anyplace anyhow.

Thinking way back - I described my work with Sunnyland as Blues Poetry. I thought, with John, there might be the better part of a school of Blues Poetry ready to brandish its saber. Schools are good for spreading things in the line of poesy, me thought.

When I met John for the first time at a coffee bar in New Orleans [Biff Rose, I think, joined us and sang the National Anthem backwards], I asked him pointedly: “Who else is doing this stuff.”

Was surprised by his response. He said: “Ed Sanders.”

It was Ed’s Investigative Poetry that influenced me to write Sunnyland Blues as a poem. I was glad but sad, too; because there didnt seem to be a school ready to assert itself. I still fell now that John should reside on an endowed chair. Then as now, there was no omnibus a’coming. I came to learn that John was influenced by Robert Palmer too. And that prose powerhouse in fact was the last straw that influenced me to write the Sunnyland story as a poem. Since Palmer hit it as prose, I’d better to take a different tact. - Jack Vaughan

For the full story, on Jack Vaughan's Radio Weblog.

You are there

You are there. So I got back to town and I bought the Boston Globe. Determined to enhance my attachment to the current. To be here now that I am no longer gone. Not for the front page mind you I head, with an Iran deal, and a Kenyan campus slaughter. But for the local. The MBTA’s cost of maintenance per vehicle is on the roof..way above other services. But the cost is not a result of our trains being older. Protest vthe head of RCC. The never ending saga. But the Aaron Hernandez trial is coming to an end. I got a sneaky feeling they should have done the murder trials in sequence of chronology. An off duty cop beat up an Uber driver. Did he expect a free ride? The Red Sox are sending one of their two new Cuban players to the minors ($88m!) - why did they get Hanley Ramierez, keep Victorino? This is all starting to make no sense. The Celtics are tied for last playoff spot. [I hope we get Fred Kaminsky.] Andris Nelson has an international program planned for BSO next season, including big recordings. He has sent no Cubans to the minors. Session American is described as an institution. Apt. Take Hokum, Add Starch and Lottsa Chloroform should be heir theme song. Meanwhile, the Mission Hill Gazette is much more targeted at what is happening: how tall the new buildings will be, for example. And that's the way it is. - Jack Vaughan

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