September 28, 2015

Previously In Flowering Plants

Fuchsias in Santa Cruz, 2011

Department of Categorical Announcements

Heidegger is the only world-famous philosopher of the 20th century about whom it can seriously be argued that he was a charlatan

—Bernard Williams, London Review of Books, June 4, 1981

September 27, 2015

Looking Down On The Pinnipeds

A Crowd of Seals, Santa Cruz Wharf, June 2009

Previous Azaleas

Edge of Entryway, Santa Cruz Home, April 2007

September 18, 2015

Passing Thoughts

In my neighborhood to be Irish-American was to be whiter than any Italian-American. Whether there was a hierarchy of whiter whites than Irish whites was really of no concern as long as it was recognized that Irish was essentially whiter than Italian, in this view.

I'm thinking in his time Will Rogers wasn't white at all except by general acclaim, and despite all appearances. But then it's always been defined by general acclaim, white being a slippery notion, the precise white being applied or denied in the instant a matter of exacting public judgements, which fell in favor of Rogers back then.

September 15, 2015

Mooring In Morning

Looking East Across Santa Cruz Harbor, September 2015

Monterey Bay Morning

Santa Cruz Harbor, September 2015

September 14, 2015

September 07, 2015

September 05, 2015

September 01, 2015

Today in Septembers

An Interruption of Sea Otters in Santa Cruz Harbor, September 2015

August 21, 2015

Summer Morning

Loma Prieta viewed from Schwan Lake, Santa Cruz, CA.

August 10, 2015

When Trump Is Too Mainstream

Illinois visits Santa Cruz, August 2015

July 12, 2015

July 09, 2015

July 04, 2015

Sweet Land of Liberty

America is the Budweiser Beer of nations: very big, very important in the scheme of things, not nearly as good as one might wish in the event. Another round, if it pleases?

June 27, 2015

Dead Dead at 50

The group that continues to think of itself as the Grateful Dead, now comprised after all these years of only Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, has vowed to stop calling itself that anymore after this one, last, 50th Anniversary tour, which begins tonight at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara before moving on to Chicago for some shows around the Fourth of July. May their 401K's increase.

June 24, 2015

Looking South South West Or So

From the Trail at Twin Lakes, Santa Cruz, CA 2014

June 22, 2015

Phil Austin, April 6, 1941 – June 19, 2015

Phil Austin and his confederates created, in Firesign Theatre, the most sublime aural comedy ever made. His is the voice of Nick Danger, Third Eye.

June 13, 2015

W.B. Yeats (June 13, 1865 – January 28, 1939)

The renowned Yeats originated a hundred and fifty years ago today. So, there's that. I'm fond of this setting of Yeats to music: