Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day

It is Earth Day... So some Happy Earth Day pictures....  (these are from Maine)



Monday, April 21, 2014

It's not famous, but it very cool

We were walking back from Central Park last Sunday and we saw this building at 1469 Lexington.
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It isn't anything famous, but it is a gorgeous building.  Or at least could be with some work.
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It is a rental property, owned by the 1469 Lexington property company.  It must be reasonably nice, as they have no vacancies right now.
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I like it.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter in Central Park

Eddie and I took a toodle around Central Park today.  It was glorious.
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I don't feel 55



A Sunny Day with my Honey

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring

my talisman for the week.
It is Spring - a time for renewal and love.  Eater and Passover.  The religious and the pagen joyous festivals of Spring.
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An for me, this year, a week of a positive spin on things.
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Look, it's easy to look for disagreements and anger.  I figure for a week I can find agreements amongst our arguments.  There is a common and communal joy in being alive and healthy and happy and in a community of friends and family.
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So for a week I will be positive.
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I start soon, but start you in the right mood with this picture of Lynn and Jane many years ago in the High Desert after a truly wet winter.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Good Friday

Happy Good Friday - Courtesy of Leah Harris (Laura's daughter)
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Ladies & Germs: Neil Patrick Harris Owned that show

I didn't see the original on off-Broadway.  But Neil Patrick Harris owned the revival of the show.  Given that the original Hedwig was the writer creator (and I saw the movie) - yeah,  it is a different experience.  But it was rich, full, funny and touching.
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Really Funny. And ultimately moving.
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And NPH is 90 minutes of amazing energy, voice and humor.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Rise of Gothic Fantasy

I am surprised by the fairly recent massive rise of vampire, angel, magician, shapeshifting fiction in books, TV and movies.
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Or was.
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I think about it and I remember a quote from Arthur C. Clarke that said (paraphrased of course) Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
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I am reminded of that because in many ways our world has progressed into sufficiently advanced to
Wolfman, Ghost and  Vampire from SyFy
seem magical.
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For instance, you could speak into a phone to make dinner reservations for tomorrow in Vienna and, depending if you phrased it correctly, it could do it.
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Now, I can explain how the internet message travels to a name server, how it parses and finds the server in Vienna.  How it is traded at a transport hub for the trip from New York to Vienna (assuming the restaurant's server is in Vienna) and gets to the server.
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But I have no idea how a voice command is parsed into code.  I have no idea how the reservation ap works in Vienna.  And I could take a healthy stab at how the Viennese Server is set up and loaded, but the smart phone construction might as well be Sumerian hieroglyphics.
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Through this prism of impossible things happening every moment, the possibility of Vampires and Werewolves seems less out there.
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I don't believe in them, but I get it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Go Pro Ad - You Could NOT Plan This Better

This is a Go Pro Camera ad that shows amazing footage of a giraffe waling from just in front and then underneath.
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So Cool!
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Dr. Kathrine Hayhoe; Climate Scientist, Evangelical Christian & My Hero

So we watched the first episode of "Years of Living Dangerously" last night (tivo'ed from Sunday).  It was, at first, a little squirm inducing, but then great.
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Here is the thing.  It follows what is happening to the planet with Climate Change.  And it followed 3 very interesting story lines, cut and merged so as to keep everyone's attention.  In the first, Harrison Ford is looking at Indonesia's Deforestation tragedy (and I did not realize how much of an carbon sink peat was).  Second Thomas Friedman was investigating the impact of a severe drought on the origins of the Syrian Civil War. Finally Don Cheadle was visiting a West Texas town, devastated by drought, and  denying climate warning and saying it was the work of God.
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The third story was - I was sure - going to be cringe-worthy, even though everyone was treated with respect.  The town's folk were portrayed as anti-scientist religious zealots and Don Cheadle was the black, LA atheist who knew better.  No one was going to come out of this well, I figured.
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I was so wrong.  The leading expert in climate change in North West Texas (Lubbock at Texas Tech) is Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a Climate Scientist and Evangelical Christian.  She explained, in simple terms, why climate change is man made.  And explained to Don Cheadle how easy that is to marry with her Christianity.
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I paraphrase but, in essence, it was that God gave man this fabulous mind and the ability to understand, to impact and to decide right from wrong.  And it is her mind, a gift from God, that allows her to see that much of what we have been doing to the environment lately is wrong.
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Don Cheadle's hope, expressed at the beginning of the show, was to find a way to get these two very different groups of people (LA Agnostics who believe in Climate Change, and West Texas Christians that don't) to talk.  Dr. Hayhoe defined a bridge of discussion.  She gave a speech to the city and spoke honestly and simply about what was happening, her background and how this affect the community.
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After a church talk, Cheadle was discussing climate change with a big white rancher (Monte Best) and the conversation went something like this:
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Monte Best - "It makes a lot more sense when someone who shares your background and your beliefs explains in a way that you understand.  It means that I can believe in Climate Change and want to do something about it and that doesn't mean ... (searching for words..)"
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Don Cheadle - "... doesn't mean you have to vote for Barack Obama."
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Monte Best - "Exactly."
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Exactly.  Who we vote for doesn't stop us all from being in this together.  The episode is online (not sure if it by the story or the entire episode) - but if you have a good connection and an hour - it is a great show.
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Don Chealde, Dr. Hayhoe and her husband, a Minister