November 03, 2019

A Look At The Santa Cruz Mountains From A Distance

The View Across Monterey Bay From Pacific Grove, September 6, 2009

November 01, 2019

Pitchers And Catchers Report In February

Elizabeth Nelson fashionably chronicles her advanced Washington Nationals fandom in a wonderful series of posts at Lawyers, Guns and Money:

It's Going To Take Chelada Love

Chelada People Believe In Miracles

Chelady In Red

Final Thoughts

I know exactly that elation, having experienced waves of it myself in 2010 when the Giants finally won a World Series in San Francisco. I waited considerably longer for that culmination than Ms. Nelson, but will acknowledge that there can hardly be a happier happiness for any fan of a ballclub than to see their own lads Champions at last.

October 25, 2019

I Wasn't There When It Went Missing

A filing cabinet broken into in 1972 as part of the Watergate burglary sits beside a computer server that Russian hackers breached during the 2016 presidential campaign, on display at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in Washington.— Justin T. Gellerson for The New York Times (Dec. 13, 2016)

It takes a kind of technological illiteracy, however fervent, to plead for a search for the supposedly missing DNC server which was sitting there in plain sight in 2016, illiterate in the sense that "server" does not mean, even if it were some other missing server not featured in the photograph, that its possession would advance in any way the parallel and equally mythical quest to find the missing 30,000 emails that have alway been accounted for: emails do not naturally adhere to servers. That's not what a server is. Examining the DNC server would catalog its mechanical and electronic components and find that it is indeed capable of connecting to the internet. The thing you want to find that might have something remotely like what you seek is another piece of equipment entirely. Not a server. The one not missing can never be found.

October 06, 2019

Crypto-Literary Puzzle Solved

Ulysses was angling for Ungvár when he set off with his oar.

October 04, 2019

On The Hiberno–Brexit Front

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he did not want to "comment on court cases that are happening in the UK. They'll play themselves out".

He told a press conference in Denmark the EU would consider a request for a further Brexit extension if Mr Johnson asked for one, adding: "Certainly an extension would be better than a no deal".

However, he said many other EU countries would need a "good reason" to approve a further delay to the UK's exit.

He said his preference was to reach a deal with the UK by the summit of European leaders on 17 October and said he believed this was still possible.

"Our focus is getting a deal at the EU Council and I believe that's possible," he added.

Here the renowned fellow Varadkar, high official of the Irish government itself, proposes a last possible exit to diplomacy debouching at the October 17 EU Council Meeting.

It's a gracious gesture, but also cautionary if many nations truly need convincing for further extensions. Any extension requires unanimous consent.

The longer the EU lets Brexit drag on, the more expensive the eventual booting of Britain becomes for the economies of the EU's member states, it says here.

Anyhow, I would say Taoiseach rather that Prime Minister, which is more of a Boris Johnson thing.

September 28, 2019


Except that of course trying to equate whatever it was that "September 27" indicated in the Julian Calendar of 1066 with what passes for September 27 in the current Gregorian one is an effort bound to fail. They can't help but mean different places.

William, having gathered his forces at the mouth of the Somme, set sail. This was all some time ago, and the rest is history.

September 27, 2019


No, in spite of previous assertions, this is the 953rd anniversary of the day on which William set sail to conquer the British Isles, September 27, 1066.

September 26, 2019


This is the 953rd anniversary of the day on which William set sail to conquer the British Isles, September 27, 1066.

I grudgingly applaud the move. Residual self-interest tips me.

September 24, 2019

Robert Hunter (June 23, 1941-Septermber 23, 2019)

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go, no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

Robert Hunter

September 12, 2019

Does He Seem Fit?

Candidate Castro made what proves to be a baseless charge against Joe Biden in tonight's debate. Clearly it served as a test of how capably Joe Biden might respond to baseless charges against him, the number of which can only increase, by an elemental law of politics, as the campaign continues.

September 08, 2019

August 25, 2019

August 22, 2019

It's Not Easy Being Green

The purpose of owning Greenland is to finally surround Canada with America at last, from Greenland in the Arctic East to Alaska in the Arctic West above and then all the way around to the contiguous 48 below, surrounded. Then let the Canucks try something. Just let them.

August 10, 2019

"In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite."

Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves “Elite,” but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!

Says Area Man

July 16, 2019

Musicological Note

Here's a recent conversation (accessible for the next few weeks) on Tom Mazzollini's long-running Blues By The Bay radio program about Paul Oliver and Mack McCormick and their great, unfinished project meant to document the rise and spread of African American vernacular musics in Texas. It is now available, for a price, in the recently published Blues Comes To Texas.

Hearing Chris Strachwitz (who has never been too far wrong about American vernacular music) enthuse about this book is all the convincing I need.

July 11, 2019

Did Epstein Ever Put The Make On Ivanka?

It would be irresponsible not to speculate. She was just the right age.

July 08, 2019

Critics Corner

World War II did not lead to a wave of great literature, especially given its overwhelming importance in the twentieth century. But it sure led to a wave of great film.

Eric Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money

Loomis is right. In spite of attempts by commenters to compile a list of great WWII literature, there was no wave of great literature conveying those events equivalent to the wave of great film produced over the course of the past sixty years.

A list, even a big list, is not a wave.

Nevertheless I searched in vain for a comment mentioning Gravity's Rainbow, which is great and literature and seems to be about WWII, more or less, as I recall. Strange that it doesn't immediately come to mind.