19 May 2019

special event

the atlanta chamber players at first presbyterian sounded interesting so we went -- good stuff --- hard pews --- i told robt that next time they should do it at a baptist church where there are bound to be nice thick cushions on the pews --- brahms trio for violin, horn, and piano --- and schubert's "trout" quintet for piano and strings --- the brahms wasn't all that, but schubert was good --- i had never spent so much time in the building (w t downing, 1919), which has some tiffany glass  [also too, downing got run over by a streetcar and killed in philadelphia before the building was done]

it was a nice little interlude after a semi-productive week --- typing and what not --- a little more time for the NPS, but not much, which is good --- thanks for the $$$ but it has all reminded me of why i left


11 May 2019

rocking on

it's been a fine week, if one can ignore the wretched political situation --- i spent the better part of the first decade of this century and then some digitizing stuff i've done and getting it posted to tomitronics, particularly old buildings -- now i am making sure that i have hard copies of it all --- acid-free paper and all --- you never know when we're gonna be hit with an electromagnetic pulse that destroys all our data --- nowhere near finished, but all god's chillen need a hobby

it is not godawful hot yet, so everybody is glad of that




05 May 2019

evil times

"It is hard to think of any president in the past 230 years, including Nixon, who has ever sabotaged the rule of law so flagrantly or so successfully to protect his own hide. And, sadly, it is hard to imagine that anything can be done about it before Nov. 3, 2020. . . . .So for the next 18 months, at a minimum, this nation is at the mercy of a criminal administration. I am in despair as I have never been before about the future of our experiment in self-rule. Before Mueller filed his report, it was possible to imagine the president being brought to justice. That fantasy is no longer tenable. Instead we are left with the dismaying likelihood that the president will now feel emboldened to commit ever greater transgressions to hold onto power — and thus delay a possible post-presidential indictment."
that's max boot, once a stalwart conservative voice — but i think a lot of us feel what he's writing these days — especially since we have some perfectly serviceable articles of impeachment already compiled —
That said Andrew Johnson. President of the United States, unmindful of the high duties of his office and the dignity and proprieties thereof . . . [in order] to excite the odium and resentment of all the good people of the United States against Congress and the laws by it duly and constitutionally enacted . . . [did] openly and publicly, and before divers assemblages of the citizens of the United States convened . . .to meet and receive said Andrew Johnson as the Chef Magistrate of the United States, did . . . on divers other days and times, as well before as afterward, make and deliver with a loud voice certain intemperate, inflammatory, and scandalous harangues, and did therein utter loud threats and bitter menaces as well against Congress amid the cries, jeers, and laughter of the multitudes then assembled and within hearing . . .

PITY THE NATION
(After Khalil Gibran)

Pity the nation whose people are sheep
And whose shepherds mislead them
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars
Whose sages are silenced
And whose bigots haunt the airwaves
Pity the nation that raises not its voice
Except to praise conquerers
And acclaim the bully as hero
And aims to rule the world
By force and by torture
Pity the nation that knows
No other language but its own
And no other culture but its own
Pity the nation whose breath is money
And sleeps the sleep of the too well fed
Pity the nation oh pity the people
who allow their rights to  erode
and their freedoms to be washed away
My country, tears of thee
Sweet land of liberty!

ferlinghetti wrote that in 2007

soul-crushing" is an over-used term, but applicable to these times—i am glad for the flowers and the guys to help me sorta keep things in perspective—i miss john a lot


The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  Ecclesiastes 1:9

28 April 2019

a great american

i dunno about this past week --- more databases and trying to make sense of the garbled mess that is a lot of project descriptions --- i may be doing a little good, but otherwise . . . . a morning with that and then i spend the afternoon reading and walking the dog

giving books to a bibliophile is always fraught, especially if it's a very thick book, like blight's biography of frederick douglass (1818-1895) which i finished today, but robt did it anyway, and it was a very worthwhile read even if it could've been cut by a third and still been purty great --- he was definitely a great american, which i knew, but now i know why he was that --- thanx robt

21 April 2019

atl utd and the stupid new stadium

first atl united match and first time inside the new stadium ---- ms kidd had more fun that i did maybe, and that was a lot --- 

the display of football helmets creeped me out a little, reminding me of the racks of skulls the aztecs liked to display


short and sweet

"The Mueller report lays out facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help. Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack." eliz. warren

 "The simple takeaway from the Mueller Report is the President betrayed his country and spent two years lying and breaking the law to try to hide that fact. He should resign and be tried for his crimes." josh marshall

now, on to impeachment ----

15 April 2019

"the world just became a little less wonderful today"

a friend of mine posted that thought today, and it's too terribly true --- losing a great building is not unlike the loss of a good friend --- but notre dame? one of the world's greatest buildings

i only went inside once, but i'll never forget the real awe i felt looking up at this window and just being in that wonderful light of the interior --- it was the soul of paris --- it'll get rebuilt, i'm betting, but the 800 year old cathedral is mostly gone

right now, i am sick



UPDATE: clearly all was not lost --- even the rose windows did not suffer catastrophic damage

11 April 2019

body maintenance

these people are awesome and dr soulimiotis is the best dentist i've ever had ---

i spent hundreds of dollars, but i didn't have to have a crown or a root canal, so i feel good about the outcome

you just never can tell, can you?

thas a lab-grown crystal that i got in texas --- it was probably grown from nuclear waste, but it's kinda purty anyway

i've ben a news junkie for a long time and think i understand the long arc of history --- but events of the last decade or so make me wonder exactly where we are on that arc --- even before the advent of trumpistan, i noticed the "illiberal state," as he calls it, that viktor orbán has created in hungary over the last ten or so years, by attacking hungary's free press, judiciary, and central bank --- all of it perfectly legal --- and i have imagined how easily it could all happen here ---

also too recep tayyip erdoğan, as he has begun to undo the genius of ataturk's secular democracy in turkey over the same period --- appealing to the ignorant religionists

and rodrigo duterte, who has killed thousands in his crusade against "drugs" and in general put a very thuggish face on the face of the phillipines --- and yet has an enthusiastic following who have somehow rationalized the immorality of it all

and i'm convinced that because of trump, brazil has jair bolsonaro, who has essentially declared war on the amazon and its indigenous people, and israel has netanyahu, who doesn't give one big shit about palestinians or israeli democracy

all of them love trump, and he loves them ---

omg, and nevermind how badly the UK is fkn itself

and don't get me started on the end-times evangelicals, who are not a lunatic fringe (well, they are actually) but are all over this administration, in more ways than one, doing their best to bring on their stupid "end times" ---

poor us --- i've read shirer's "rise and fall of the third reich," and am seeing firsthand how fascism comes to power --- "it can't happen here" was the title of sinclair lewis's book in 1935 --- sure it can --- and it is happening now --- all we need is a reichstag fire, and we are shit out of luck ---

i've read too much history to be comfortable with the present situation, and don't know what i can do about it at the present time other than deal with it



09 April 2019

timely reading update

the stupid radio-controlled clock (thanks, john!) finally reset itself for daylight time this morning ---

in between NPS databases and what not, i've managed some reading, most notably a bio of philip johnson (4.5 stars at least), a history of hispanic america (4 stars), and a history of this country since 1974 (meh)

affluently handicapped, semi-closeted and semi-whorish, and a serious fascist --- that aspect of him is really shocking --- also too, dickish on occasion --- a good read, all in all
better than this, which gives a decent synopsis of those years but not a lot else, although i don't know what i might have expected

trump's border wall and all of the other immigration nonsense looks a lot different if you know this history

08 April 2019

streets alive peachtree!

we did all of the route except the blocks below five points yesterday --- got in some steps

and watched a large number of people milling around


see robt for additional images
























an hour-long conference call and another half hour on the phone otherwise this morning ---- eek --- i'm reminded of why i didn't like working for a living --- at least i washed the blinds in front of my desk yesterday, so i didn't have to look at the coffee stains

06 April 2019

flowers, dogs, and casserole

i waste a lot of film take pictures of flowers and dogs, but they are my favorite items in the universe

and rocks

this is the third season for this geranium --- 
the thirteenth season for this animal
and robt made  me a delicious broccoli casserole --- there will be nothing left by the time i crash

03 April 2019

omg, 70?

i was born at old crawford long hospital on linden ave, which, miraculously, remains intact, and at least from the outside, with few changes --- designed by eugene wachendorff (1880 - 1957), built in 1911, with a six-story addition on the west side added ten years later

dexter and i felt the same way about waking up this morning, but we coped

as i'm coping with another round birthday --- 70? for realz?

 perfect weather, perfect time of year for the river



and i had a very cordial call from my brother this afternoon, no yelling or anything

31 March 2019

the first of the maxillaria bloom, with six or eight more buds in process --- last year it had a single blossom, i think, but i must have taken better care of it this year --- on the other hand the smaller one that i hived off a couple of years ago, still hasn't seen fit to bloom

the blossoms are barely the diameter of a quarter, but for the next two months, the bedroom will be filled with the fragrance of coconut

29 March 2019

inflorescences

ms troy and i had an excellent morning at the atl bot gdn this morning --- got there early and missed the school buses full of chillen all over --- i'm glad somebody took them there and also glad we kinda missed them









a lotta great shades of blue there