This looks like an original Zoltar except the crystal ball has been replaced with a magic lantern. From my NYC trip a couple of years ago (don't recall posting previously, but...) The bit that caught my eye this time was the sign "We sell Polish magazines".
Don't know if the podcast ever happened but it still sounds like a great idea.
Philosophy of Mathematics (Hermann Weyl)
Quartz released its new free iPhone app on Thursday, and it has virtually none of the things that most news apps have. There’s no front-page style list of headlines and images, there isn’t even a time-sorted feed of stories. There’s just what looks like a friend texting you, asking you in speech bubbles (complete with emojis) what you are interested in reading about. As the application scrolls, it looks more and more like a conversation—except that Quartz suggests responses for you like “Tell me more,” and “What’s next?” so that you can tell it whether you want to find out more about the existing story or move on to the next one. If you want more information, it gives you a link to the Quartz piece about that topic. During the day, Quartz says, it will ping you with notifications like GIFs or charts, or even a haiku poem about the latest news.
- Not sure if this is relevant to our morning discussion but it might be. I'll give the app a spin.
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been trudging through About Time: Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution by Paul Davies (2005). In chapter three he mentions the work of physicist David Blair:
_“Blair has devoted his working life to honing the techniques for super accurate measurements of various sorts. His principal goal is to detect the collision of black holes and neutron stars in the
depths of space. This daunting task can be achieved, he believes, by measuring the passage of gravitational waves. Predicted by Einstein in 1916, these elusive ripples have yet to be detected on Earth. Theoretically, however, the clamor of stellar collisions should reverberate through the universe in the form of gravitational waves. By measuring the almost inconceivably small sound vibrations produced when such a wave passes through the lab, BIair hopes to be able to tune in to an event that would otherwise go completely undetected.”_
Well, the event has been detected. No idea if Mr. Blair was involved but hope he was pleased by the discovery. Would like to have been in the room when he got the news.
My friend John recently accompanied his granddaughter to an open casting call (in Memphis, TN) for the Voice. Hundreds of people sitting (for hours) on folding chairs, waiting for their chance to audition (for 30 seconds!). You could imagine this being an unpleasant experience but he said was anything but. Here's how a Memphis newspaper story described it:
One woman in the middle of a section pops up and starts singing Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" and another voice emerges five rows away to join her, and then a third rises in recognition. A young woman in the back stands to belt out Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and her call issues a response a section over. A man sitting in the middle of a row picks up the baton from one fading song and launches into Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," the row behind him, appropriately, morphing into backup singers. A Chris Stapleton look-a-like with an aisle seat is cajoled into standing for a rendition of the singer's "Tennessee Whiskey." The songs and camaraderie ricochet, across ages, genres and eras.
More at: http://www.commercialappeal.com/entertainment/music/have-song-will-travel-hopefuls-flock-to-memphis-for-voice-auditions-29dbe0bc-3b56-4deb-e053-0100007f-366303671.html
Just discovered the country version of Honky Tonk Women. By the Stones, no less.
Mom was a farm girl. Dad was a city boy. The war was over and they met in St. Louis. I was born in 1948 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and grew up in Kennett (about an hour to the south). Dad was a “radio announcer” and mom worked for the “welfare department.” Job titles that –like my youth–vanished years ago.
A little piece of shrapnel from the Baby Boom, I watched a lot of TV. In the early 50′s I sat two feet from the Motorola, staring at the Indian-head test pattern until the afternoon programming got underway. The spirit of Norman Rockwell hovered over me through a near-perfect childhood.
The Beatles released I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND in the US just after Christmas in 1963 and it a very big deal by February of ’64. Hard to imagine a better time to be a high school sophomore. We weren’t paying much attention to Viet Nam, yet.
By the time I started college in the fall of 1966, getting and keeping a draft deferment was top of mind. I quickly switched my major from Business to Theater. Guys were coming back from Viet Nam and bringing good drugs and great music and protesting was catching on, even in the Midwest.
I was part of the first draft lottery and drew number 210, just low enough to be dangerous. Following graduation in 1970, I goofed off all summer before –at my father’s suggestion– entering law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I attended classes and kept my deferment until Nixon froze the draft (in December of 1970) at lottery number 195. I quit law school the following week, just before finals.
In the spring of 1971, I went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a Postal Inspector. After three months of training in D.C. I was sent to Pendleton, Oregon, where I audited small post offices in Oregon and Washington. I counted stamps and money orders for almost a year and investigated exploded rural mail boxes (a federal crime). Like law school, not what I had in mind.
In early ’72 I returned to the Midwest and hung around Memphis for a few months before returning to Kennett in early summer. In July, I started working at KBOA on the overnight shift and found my true calling. For the next dozen years I spun records and MC’d the Little Miss Christmas Belle Pageant.
In March, 1973, I met Barb at Tommy’s North-End Cafe and fell in love. We dated for six years and married in 1978.
In June, 1984, we moved to Jefferson City, Missouri, to work for Learfield Communications, retiring in 2012 where I handled affiliate relations for the company’s various radio networks until the late '90s when I began annoying management and co-workers about "that Internet thing."
I retired from Learfield on December 31, 2012. What’s that? Twenty-eight years? Some would say I had “retired in place” a couple of years earlier and there’s more than a bit of truth in that. Always thought I’d die in harness but became intrigued with the idea of doing nothing. Despite what you might have heard, it can be done.
I’ve done a bit of traveling but don’t much care for it. I’ll do it if there’s someone(s) interesting on the other end. Getting there is not half the fun for me.
These days I spend my mornings online at a local coffee shop. After lunch it’s home to play Red Ball with Hattie and Lucy (Goldens); a long walk; a nap; meditation; a little ukulele practice; some reading and the day is shot. The current plan is to stay with this routine until perfected.
January 8, 2015
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