Saturday, October 03, 2015



  1. .Gimme a D!
    Gimme an E!
    Gimme an A!
    Gimme an N!

  2. Good fun just now; reviewing a police report which alleges that a fellow drove onto the sidewalk--at a place where there is no sidewalk. Reminds me of the fellow years ago who was alleged to have failed to stop for a stop sign that wasn't there. The Google Car and satellite photos make gathering such information *very* easy nowadays.


    1. How could a police officer invent a sidewalk? How strange. I wonder what the officer thought s/he saw.

  3. I just returned from a concert featuring Flute, Viola and Harp. What an amazing concert!!! Brava! Brava! Brava!

    Hilary Goldbatt on Flute: music teacher and orchestra player, chamber music and ensemble, and mother of two.
    Elizabeth Reid on Viola: expressive!, philharmonic, symphony, quartet, chamber, and solo musician. Such a deep gift!
    Jennifer Hoult on Concert Harp. Ohhhh myyyy! Began harp at age 7, became professional at 12, Played Handel for Fiedler at 15, Boston Symphony Orchestra and her first solo performance at Carnegie Hall at 16. She has degrees in harp, computer science, religion, and law (magna cum laude), worked for a decade as an artificial intelligence software engineer, has served as a prosecutor and children's law guardian, and has written an internationally acclaimed article on Parental Alienation Syndrome. A true Renaissance woman!

    They played Debussy and (among other things) Toru Takemitsu's "Toward the Sea III" which was written by this Japanese composer to benefit Greenpeace. The three movements of the Concerto are The Night, Moby Dick, and Cape Cod. If you can ever hear that piece of music, do!

  4. Did I mention there were only 11 of us in attendance? It was like having a concert in your own living room!

  5. A true chamber concert, listener! I hope it was an appropriately-sized venue.

    I see that an estimated 6,000 people showed up for Bernie in Springfield, and 30,000 in Boston. On Wednesday we had some rain here, in places quite heavy, which cooled things off and cleared the air; very nice indeed.

    Our kitty had developed an eye infection that was getting worse, so Miyoko took her to a veterinarian and some antibiotic opthalmic ointment was prescribed. It is working well and quickly.

    I knocked out a couple of small consulting jobs today; I might be able to take care of another. The documents to review look to be about a ream and a half, but what I need from them is probably minimal--kind of like searching for the raisins in a cheap mail-order fruit cake.

    It will still be a while before the penmanship course book I ordered gets here, but I am working on my grip and other odds and ends every day. Friday I used an inexpensive fountain pen at work; it writes a fine line that doesn't bleed through the cheap copy paper we use (on both sides for some forms), so that's good. One must learn to use it at all kinds of odd angles and on non-planar surfaces, but I am getting the hang of it. When not in use, I realized I could put it nib up in a test tube rack at the back of my workbench, ready for the next use in a minute or so. And I took a couple of pens that seemed to have good seals when capped on the airplane flight to and from San Diego (on a regional jet), with no problems at all, even though neither was full of ink. One of them (the Platinum Preppy) has a sealing device inside the cap that is intended to keep the ink from drying out for long time--a year or more. It also is said to seal against air pressure changes in flight, and so it seems. My numerals are definitely improved, and I am happy with my (unique but recognizable) captial F's and T's. Can't teach an old dog new tricks, eh? HA! Oh-- and the reduced strain on my hands from using a fountain pen at work on Friday was obvious towards the end of the day.


    1. :-) I hope you found the info-raisins okay, Alan. And it's good to hear that with all the work you do you've found a way to have less strain when writing. I'll be interested to hear what you think of the book when it comes.

      Also, how does the Platinum Preppy compare to your other pens?