Tuesday, March 31, 2015

http://www.xeno-canto.org/ has lots of bird songs.


Monday, March 30, 2015


ray charles, you are  my sunshine
                   move it on over

Sunday, March 29, 2015


the kid. bruce lee 1950. i've been looking for this for years.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Last night my roommate took me to our town's art museum. I got to see a couple of the Turner pieces that I couldn't find last time I was there.

and the internet is telling me the IMA has a bunch more Turners back in the vaults somewhere.
I didnt see this one that the ima owns, for example.

 The IMA also holds a large collection of works by J.M.W. Turner, containing highlights such as the 1820 watercolor, Rosslyn Castle.[6] The collection, which was formed by a substantial donation by philanthropist Kurt Pantzer in 1979, includes over fifty watercolors, as well as oil paintings, prints, and etchings.[41]

My interest in Turner was rekindled recently when i saw a BBC show about art detectives trying to authenticate 3 Turners in Wales that were thought to be fakes but they proved real. What I learned from the show is that while I know Turner for his seascapes, he also did indoor stuff, nudes and such, but these have been largely hidden away by Victorian prudes. I think there's a potential book there.
I'll try to find the show and add a link.
Found it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n39kg

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/9276940/Previously-unseen-Turner-painting-reveals-his-ambitions-as-portrait-artist.html his article explores what i'm talking about.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I already know this case. It's just nice to see such a concise url for it.

barrett brown interview.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

i just realized they have dozens of mr annis's films at the historical society.

Monday, March 23, 2015


grist for the constitution-in-exile crowd.
this is the second excerpt from this book i have read. i am mostly on the other side of the argument he makes here, but i think it is a useful discussion. i largely agree with his other article about voting rights.

i just missed steve buscemi's AMA today but he mentioned a new webseries he's doing.
http://on.aol.com/show/518173474.120-park-bench/518253370 so i'm watching a bit of that.
clever of him to host it on aol, very hipster.


Sunday, March 22, 2015


Thursday, March 19, 2015




The NYT has stolen Will Baude from the Washington Post.
(I once worked for the Times, but in a somewhat less exalted role: I was a paperboy, and not  very good one, as a teenager. I do thank the times for buying me my first glass of Tanqueray, which is still my drink of choice.)
Baude is apparently writing from exile somewhere. Not sure where, because I don't follow anyone on twitter.

more baudewatch:
This is topical for me for two reasons. I was in Colorado Tuesday for an interview at Independence Institute with Rob Nadelman, who writes about constitutional theory including the necessary and proper clause. His neighborhood, just off Colfax in Denver, often smells as though the residents consider marijuana both necessary and proper.

If the Justices grant cert., look for them to invoke the obscure Rule 69(q), which would permit respondent Amy Imburgia to render her name in all-capital letters to offset DIRECTV’s distinct typographical advantage.

sometimes i can't tell when he's kidding.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Baude: I won’t say “trust me, you’ll like it,” because not all of you will. But I will say that if you read and liked Ender’s Game, any of the Miles Vorkosigan books, or The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, I think you have a reasonably high likelihood of liking this too.
That's high praise for The Name of the Wind.

http://birbigs.com/spj mike berbiglia's secret public journal
hmm not much there.
http://www.hulu.com/watch/762573 his comedy special

http://academicearth.org/  175 free courses online.

Friday, March 13, 2015


pi day is soon.  is now.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

word for the day: "Lulungomeena lulungomena. i was trying to think of that word a month ago, couldn't, and couldn't find the right google seach to turn it up, but just ran across it in an amazon review. it's the punchline to a short story and means "home."


meanwhile stripcreator.com has been down for a few days.

http://www.officialsteakandblowjobday.com/ march 14

jagger and bette midler.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

this might only be funny if you know who billy brag and bill bailey are.

this one on the other hand works fine if you'v been to a  hare khrisna dinner or two.
it's some sort of dueling sitars.

aclu, rutherford institute sue nsa.



fever: the short life of willie john

FEVER: Little Willie John's Fast Life, Mysterious Death, & The Birth Of Soul

the song as done by willie on youtube

50 willie john songs including

Leave My Kitten Alone

Monday, March 09, 2015

bad boy, the beatles. i klike this and i've never heard it before.

twist and shout isely brothers.


boys, the shirelles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FetDW4aUdM boys, the beatles.



devil in her heart beatles


the donays original

i want a boy for my birthday, the cookies. (not  beatles cover, but they covered "chains" by teh cookies.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_f9lrXd_48&index=3&list=PL9CL3BkI6197if7-B0ftPNL_6PhJFXwxP chains, the cookies. written by carole king



smokey robinson really got a hold on me.

matchbox, beatles cover of carl perkins.

Friday, March 06, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yUXf7veUCY bat fink. a cartoon i liked when i was 6.

recommended by wil wheaton, who shows me all the places to go online.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

http://abovethelaw.com/, while i wasn't watching, has become a whole legal portal, and not just one guy's blog.

Thoughts on King v Burwell.
"states" has a plain meaning. there's discussion going on about federalism.
I think the burden on the states may be overstated.
If the court rules against Obamacare, there are several things than can happen.
Congress could act to fix it; this congress or a future one.
The states that had not set up their own exchanges could do so, or not, as they chose.
Some states might prefer to stay opted out. There is some pressure to opt in, but it remains a choice.
When ruling on legislation, where there is no constitutional obstacle, the court usually should go by what congress said, not what they meant, because such problems are fixable by congress, in theory.
The court need not be too troubled that -this- congress is unlikely to rush though a quick fix.
If the people don't like it, they can elect a new congress, particularly the house.
When congress chooses not to fix the problem, that suggests the court's reading was correct, or at least acceptable.

word for the day: outseam        http://infographic.city/jeans-fit/


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Barret Brown speaks.

Google/Blogger retreat in censorship fight.

The change to Blogger's Adult Content policy announced 

previously is not being implemented. Learn more here.

Google backs down.

An update on the Blogger porn content policy
This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s
porn policy stating that blogs that distributed sexually explicit images or graphic
nudity would be made private.
We’ve received lots of feedback about making a policy change that impacts longstanding blogs, and about the negative impact this could have on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.
We appreciate the feedback. Instead of making this change, we will be maintaining our existing policies.

moot speaks.


A related word is hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian, which refers to extremely long words, and is also, clearly, autological.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

attica! nyt, tom robbins. not sure if same tom robbins

placeholder for a post on patel v los angeles, also discussing my ancestor's tavern.


I learned this week that an inn owned by my ancestor jean bonnet is where the 1791 whiskey rebellion started and ended, when Washington showed up there with 12,000 troops. Bonnet's daughter married Captain Peter Ankeny. My grandmother was an Ankeny. 
The inn is still serving whiskey. http://www.Jeanbonnettavern.com.

23andme suggests I have an ancestor who was an Irish slave on Montserrat which is a British island south of Cuba. I wouldn't have guessed that one.

Monday, March 02, 2015

we're big in france:

Hi, my name is Nicholas and I work at Artsy.net. While researching Banksy I found your post - http://vark.blogspot.fr/2013_10_01_archive.html. Great post, by the way.

I had no idea there was a http://vark.blogspot.fr.



had a request to post this link.

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