Friday, January 13, 2006

January 13th through history

January 13th was the day James Joyce died and the day GI Gurdjieff was born. King Crimson was also born on January 13. So was Anonymoses. It is also the day George W. Bush fainted allegedly after choking on a pretzel. January 13th is the Ace of Spade.

1334 - King Henry II of Castile (d. 1379)
1832 - Horatio Alger, Jr., American minister and author (d. 1899)
1925 - Gwen Verdon, American actress and dancer (d. 2000)
1948 - Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur
1949 - Brandon Tartikoff, American television executive (d. 1997)
1954 - Trevor Rabin, South African musician (Yes)
1955 - Jay McInerney, American writer
1961 - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress
1964 - Penelope Ann Miller, American actress
1966 - Patrick Dempsey, American actor
1977 - Orlando Bloom, English actor
1983 - William Hung, Hong Kong-born singer

858 - King Ethelwulf of Wessex
1330 - Duke Frederick I of Austria (b. 1286)
1766 - King Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1723)
1864 - Stephen Foster, American composer (b. 1826)
1941 - James Joyce, Irish writer (b. 1882)
1962 - Ernie Kovacs, American actor and comedian (b. 1919)

888 - Odo, Count of Paris becomes King of the Franks.
1328 - Edward III of England marries Philippa, daughter of the Count of Hainault.
1559 - Elizabeth I crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey.
1625 - John Milton, 16, is admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge.
1733 - James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina.
1830 - Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins.
1854 - The accordion is patented by Anthony Faas.
1869 - National convention of black leaders meets in Washington D.C..
1898 - Emile Zola's J'accuse exposes the Dreyfus affair.
1990 - L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.

"I was driving at sunrise this morning in southern South Carolina. It was foggy, the light was incredible. I had to stop and take some photos. The first one may be the most beautiful picture I've ever taken." - Dave Winer (January 13, 2005)

A beautiful shot indeed!

Seals Removed From Iran Nukes. Walruses get to stay.

Seals evicted from their nucular home.

We at Anonymoses hope that the Persians did not resort to the use of seal bats when removing the seals, as this would be most impolite.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Harvard Square in Motion

Roof Collapses at Ky. Mine, Killing One AP United States:
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Part of the roof collapsed Tuesday at a coal mine in eastern Kentucky, killing one miner, a state official said.
The rock fall occurred about 900 feet inside the Maverick Mining Co. LLC mine in Pikeville, near the Virginia line, said Chuck Wolfe, spokesman for the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.

Symphony of Failure: A Metaphor for the Bush Administration

Demolitionists refer to the trifectae sequentialis of explosions as a "symphony of failure". It is this symphony of failure that allows a building to fall into its own footprint. It can be argued that Bush and his Mediocrities have allowed, or created, another symphony of failure that has caused America to fall into its own footprint... and is fast fossilizing into a mere shell of what it once was. And that this shell, like some tar-heeled and staythecourse-stuck mastadons and donnas, may well drown in the bathtub of its own footprint, the fingerprints of whose architection would lead to the likes of the villainous egoboy, Grover Norquist.

Perhaps it is Bush vs Gorecki after all! -- with Bush fast creating the sadder symphony...

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Million Little Lies - The Man who Dubbed Oprah

The Smoking Gun

So I'm thinking...why bury the signature in a place where no one can see it?

Sixth Annual Weblog Awards

Don't forget to vote TODAY for The Bloggies/Sixth Annual Weblog Awards

Should you want to include me, try the writing section, even though there are better folks in every category.

( I voted for a dozen or so blogs, so don't be shy!)


The 11 hads

had had "had", had had "had had". "Had had" had had


Jack and Jill were in English class, when the teacher posed a question the answer of which was either "had" or "had had", as in "I had had a good time but it came to an end when I puked on myself."

Jack, while Jill had had "had", had had "had had". "Had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Bush's War on Privacy Goes Into High Gear

Sirotablog on Big Cookie.

"Republicans don't yet appreciate the trouble they're in." - Wall Street Journal

(Hat tip to Semidi )

Tragedy in Richmond

Va. Murder Spree Ends With Philly Arrests
PHILADELPHIA Two men arrested by Philadelphia police Saturday are accused of carrying out the brutal murders of two Richmond, Va., families – slaughters that included slitting the throats of women and children.

All seven victims were found bound with tape in their homes, authorities said. On New Year's Day, a well-known Richmond musician, his wife and their two young daughters were slit and their home set ablaze. In a similar incident on Friday, a couple and their daughter were killed and their home ransaked.


Bryan Harvey, 49, had been a fixture on the Richmond rock music scene since the mid-'80s -- most notably as guitarist and singer for the critically acclaimed duo House of Freaks, which released five albums on three labels from 1987 to 1995.

His wife, Kathryn Harvey, 39, was the half-sister of actor Steven Culp, who played Rex Van De Kamp on "Desperate Housewives." She co-owned World of Mirth, a quirky toy and novelty store in Carytown, a 12-block stretch of trendy boutiques, cafes and coffee shops just west of downtown.

The couple and their daughters, Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4, were found in their basement, bound with tape and with their throats cut, authorities said.

The Harveys had invited friends for a chili party on New Year's Day. Bandmate Johnny Hott, the first to arrive, entered the unlocked front door and was engulfed in smoke. He shouted for a neighbor to call 911, and authorities discovered a fire and the bodies in the basement.

Less than a week later, in another Richmond neighborhood, the bodies of Percyell Tucker, 55; Mary Baskerville, 47; and her 21-year-old daughter, Ashley Baskerville, were found Friday, also bound with duct tape. Monroe did not say how the three were killed.


The future of Futurist Tools

Club of Amsterdam is hosting the seminar on January 25th in Amsterdam.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Martian Winter

Asheville 3001

GOP must be relieved Pat Robertson never became president

Daft utterances from Phat Robertson in the bright autumn of his senility.

Including these whoppers:

* Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for "dividing God's land" -- giving Gaza to the Palestinians.
* Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Methodists are not true Christians. They represent the "spirit of the Antichrist."
* Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a persistent Bush administration critic, should be assassinated by U.S. forces. "Take him out," Robertson said on his "700 Club" television program.
* The people of Dover, Pa., who voted against teaching intelligent design in their schools, will pay the price. "If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God. You just rejected Him from your city."