"It was my first bomb; I hope it will be the last." -- Capt. Vlatko Vodopivec, pilot of Daallo Airlines flight D3159, talking to the AP
Which of my DC/Baltimore/nearish friends are going to Flurry Festival this year? (Note the 'L' in the name -- it's been pointed out that a too-quick reading would interest a different (but not disjoint) set of my friends.)
I'd like to try to go. I can't afford a ticket, but I understand there'll be a lot for a musician to do even without going into the dances or workshops that require a wristband. I'm trying to figure out what I can afford for crash space and my spoons-budget for travel, and wondering whether I might be able to split either, and just how many familiar faces to look for at an unfamiliar event.
I'm thinking of bringing one each of guitar and banjo. I know I'm going to wind up wanting to play bass, but I can't see lugging the amplifier with me everywhere.
"We discovered the next day that the picture received at Jodrell Bank were elongated in one direction due to a gear change the Russian engineers had made in their fax machine. Yes, the fax machine that they landed on the moon. To this day I am amazed that Lunik 9 carried a piece of hardware that was widely available in the West. They basically threw it very hard from the earth and landed it cleverly and safely on the moon." -- Gerrit Verschuur, The Insisible Universe (2015), describing events following the 1966-02-03 landing of Luna 9 (first controlled landing on the moon)
"[...] O thou
Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed
The wingÃ¨d seeds, where they lie cold and low,
Each like a corpse within its grave, until
Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow
Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill
(Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air)
With living hues and odours plain and hill [...]"
-- from "Ode to the West Wind" (1820) by Percy Bysshe Shelley (b. 1792-08-04, d. 1822-07-08)
[I found this while seeking the context for "If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" which is the last line of this poem. Happy Groundhog Day!"]
"'The sweeping blast, the sky o'ercast,'
The joyless winter day
Let others fear, to me more dear
Than all the pride of May:
The tempest's howl, it soothes my soul,
My griefs it seems to join;
The leafless trees my fancy please,
Their fate resembles mine!"
-- from "Winter, A Dirge" by Robert Burns (b. 1759-01-25, d. 1796-07-21)
"After I got home, first words my wife said to me were, 'What's wrong, honey?' I said, 'Oh, nothing, honey. It was a great day. They're gonna launch tomorrow and kill the astronauts, but outside of that, it was a great day.'" -- former Morton Thiokol engineer and whistleblower Roger Boisjoly, interviewed in "Seconds from Disaster: Space Shuttle Explosion" (thanks to realinterrobang for sendiing me this)
"There will be risks, as there are in any experimental programme, and sooner or later, we're going to run head-on into the law of averages and lose somebody.
"I hope this never happens, and... perhaps it never will, but if it does, I hope the American people won't think it's too high a price to pay for our space programme."
-- Gus Grissom (b. 1926-04-03, d. 1967-01-27), "a few weeks" before his death in the Apollo I fire according to a BBC story (I used a very similar -- shorter -- quote from him in 2003, from a press conference probably around the same time as this quote)
"The measuring and mixing always smoothed out her thinking processes - nothing was as calming as creaming butter - and when the kitchen was warm from the oven overheating and the smell of baking chocolate, she took final stock of where she'd been and where she was going. Everything was fine." -- Jennifer Crusie
I'm getting sick of some modern web trends and techniques. And now my usual ways of coping are being subverted.
Which brings me to Buzzfeed. I opened
WTF, Buzzfeed?( And then there's Facebook )
And then there's scrolling on sites that have static portions of the page, but I want to post a poll about that one first. Meatime, gotta sleeo. Sleeep, yesssss... Probably ranty, crotchety sleep...
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-01-22:
"Every man identifies with Hamlet, it has been said, since every man imagines himself a disinherited monarch; every woman identifies with Alice, since every woman sees herself as the sole sane person in a world filled with lunatics who imagine themselves disinherited monarchs." -- Adam Gopnik
(submitted to the mailing list by Jean Rogers)
"Unless you're a plow driver or a parka-clad elected official trying to look essential, one doesn't pretend to do battle against a blizzard. You submit. Surrender. Hunker down. A snowstorm rewards indolence and punishes the go-getters, which is only one of the many reasons it's the best natural disaster there is.
"And, gloriously if briefly, it hides everything else -- the plastic grocery bags and mini-marts and dog poop and salt-grimed Toyotas and sundry disorder of modernity. Watching the quotidian American crudscape transform into a fairy-tale kingdom is a legitimate wonder. Name another disaster that leaves the afflicted region more attractive in its wake."
-- David Dudley, 2016-01-22
[Go read the whole thing -- it's short, and it's beautiful. Or you can wait for me to quote more pieces of it, I guess, but it flows better the way he wrote it.]
Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
Red sky at morning ... Welcome to Baltimore, hon!
I've noticed that mornings have started off pink or red every single morning I've been awake past sunrise -- a gradually widening band across the city skyline (downtown is east of me), so this morning starting red is not unusual. But I do note that it started out an unusually deep and vibrant red today, shifting to orangeish-pink as it expanded upward, shading to purple as it meets dark clouds.
Probably not actually related to the coming storm, but quite striking.
Whoah! It just suddenly all changed from redpinkorange to lavender! (And les bright.) Never seen it do that before!
"I used to love the trapping of a court in sesion. These days I see the robes and the rest for what they are ... theater. If 'security theater' makes people believe they're safe, then 'legal theater' makes them believe there is justice. We're better off if people can see actual justice, and then believe." -- Massey Reynstein, in Schlock Mercenary by Howard Tayler, 2015-12-07