Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017

The new battle to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act has some unusual quotes: “Burn the ships,” one Republican shouted to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), invoking the command that Hernan Cortes, the Spanish conquistador, gave his men upon landing in Mexico in 1519.

The phrase and pictures of burning ships has become a meme for coaches and salespeople. No retreat, conquer !

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017

My old bag has too many rips in it. This one looks cool. It collapses into a ball when not filled.

Getting old has some benefits: half-price train rides.

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017

Spring Equinox at 6:28 a.m.

At Machu Picchu this rock is called the “hitching post of the sun”—Intihuatana, to the ancient Incas, who celebrated the equinox at this site. Some bright mind among them determined that this day was a special one, and so he—or she—carved the 26-inch-tall stone so that it faces at a very particular northward angle—about 13 degrees, the latitude of Machu Picchu. The effect is that at noon on both the spring and fall equinoxes, for just an instant, the stone’s shadow disappears. The sun, so it seemed to the ancients, was at those moments “hitched” to the end of the stone.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 19, 2017

Chuck Berry R.I.P. :

Hail, hail rock and roll
Deliver me from the days of old
Long live rock and roll
The beat of the drums, loud and bold
Rock, rock, rock and roll
The feelin' is there, body and soul.

Just realized I had none of his songs on my I-Pod, just added 30. Above is his Cadillac El Dorado at The National Museum of African American History and Culture.

TCM on demand, Gene Hackman in a 1975 noir. I recently watched The Drowning Pool which had in a similar role.

The title reminds me of a favorite Bob Seger song:

I awoke last night to the sound of thunder
How far off I sat and wondered
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain't it funny how the night moves
When you just don't seem to have as much to lose
Strange how the night moves
With autumn closing in

Down, ambiguous ending, floating aimlessly in a boat named "Point of View."

"Penn has several times said that the mood of the film was a consequence of the Kennedy assassinations in 1963 and 1968 (he worked for both John and Robert) and the killing of the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics (which he witnessed) . “This was a period,” he said in 1994, “when we’d had all those assassinations in America. It was a terrible period, and I felt we were wandering around in a kind of blindness unaware of what we were doing to ourselves. It was a crazy period, and I thought we should tell this detective story in a way that could only be understood by what we see, not by what we are told. That’s the way the film ends. We learn who has been doing these things at the exact same moment Harry Moseby learns it: by looking through the glass–bottomed boat.”
Loose Ends in Night Moves.

Movie features Twilight Zone vet

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 18, 2017

From yesterday.

My main bracket is at 86%. The ones I didn't pick look to lose their next games, looking good unless a big upset throws things off. **** Update, My 97% bracket with Villanova winning is now dead. Villanover, Nova no longer a lox.

Sometimes I don't pay attention to things because they work, although not up to standards. I pay extra for faster internet and I only started seeing if I get what am paying for, like running a speed-test. Yikes, 10mbps download, 5mbps upload. I did a spectrum chat and the technician on the other end did some jiggling to my modem off-site and then I was 50mbps download and 25mbps upload, better but not what I am paying for monthly. I was told to connect via ethernet which for some reason I had not, probably due to my move two years ago.I did have a technician doing the install, but no ethernet connection. Don't know how I missed it. I was more interested in connecting the apartment via WiFi.Everything was off of WiFi. Now 95 mbps and 23mbps.

Big Apple BBQ is back in Madison Square Park: June 10 - 11, 2017.

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017

Early morning Irish coffee with soda bread and cheese. Sláinte !

A friend is taking a Panama Canal cruise. So this is a bon voyage gift.

BUILLE 'Dog a l'Orange'

Irish channels are: 27,28,30,33 and 41.

Today's Google Doodle is Skellig Michael, a World Heritage–listed remote island off the Irish coast near County Kerry. Also, where Rey meets Luke at end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017

Again the forecasts were way off. The NY Post has a story that the final forecast was held back. I took the train into work and it was a ghost town. Those who were there were making waffles.

Perfect score !