July 17th, 2004

Out of the Past

Now I'm sending myself messages from my own past:
From: cbertsch@socrates.berkeley.edu
Subject: Hi! :-)
Date: June 17, 2003 3:24:26 AM MST
To: cbertsch@U.Arizona.EDU

I don't bite, weah!

password: 85610
Even the virus is retro!
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    Soft Rain Of April - a-Ha - Scoundrel Days

The Use of a Model

The other day after the disappointing Spider Man 2, we got Skylar another toy horse for her collection to take her mind off the should-have-given-the-picture-an-R-rating scene in the hospital.

This morning, she suddenly leapt up and said, "I need to draw," then brought her horse over to her desk to use as a model. She has drawn from life -- though dead things aren't really alive, are they? -- on a couple of occasions, but this was her most complex subject to date:

The rider, landscape, and rose are the product of her imagination. And the horse looks to be moving faster in her rendering than it does in plastic. But we're impressed with the representation. If you look closely, you can see Skylar's name -- she signs her work now -- bleeding through the back. She has decided that her signature needs to be in cursive. All I can say is, don't tell her that her "a" looks like an "e" unless you are willing to have a serious battle.

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    Between Man And Woman - Prefuse 73 - Extinguished: Outtakes

Gag Ne With a Dodger

Now this is a fact I had a hard time accepting:
San Francisco is 43-0 this season when leading after the eighth inning.
I guess Herges is working out better than my loosely formed impressions suggested. So what should we get? I vote for someone who gets on base a lot.
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    Scott Joplin's New Rag - Scott Joplin - Piano Rags played by Joshua Rifkin

Bohemian Rapsody

It's always nice to be reminded of the way the world really works. Take this story on San Francisco's exclusive private clubs. To me, it reads like a paraphrase of one of those over-the-top passages from Thomas Pynchon. But that's because I've never come close to the three-ring circus of power:
"The Bohemian Grove is woodsy," said Astrid Hoffman of Tiburon, whose husband belongs to the St. Francis Yacht Club. "They have these little houses or clubs. They're like Cub Scouts with their dens. They try to outdo each other in drinks and food, have private concerts and get-togethers."

There are 125 different camps -- Toyland, Dog House, Sons of Toil, etc. George H.W. Bush will be in Hill Billies, along with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

The bylaws say that at least 100 members must be connected professionally with literature, art, music or drama. Such "associate" members pay much less -- but must sing for their supper, in an arrangement worthy of a Medici.

"If you're a theatrical type, you shoot to the top of the list," Debenham said. "The Bohemian Grove is marvelously eclectic."

Every year at the Grove, a freshly written play with a cast of hundreds is performed the last Sunday of the retreat. "We know in advance that the hero will be a king or commander adored by his men, and that he will see his duty and do it," said Healdsburg author van der Zee of what he calls "these lumbering pageants."
I hate to say it, but John Kerry would fit right in. Unless, that is, someone raises questions about his Jewish heritage. . .
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