Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Marching In and Out

The house at 2052 N Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 6:42PM, March 31, 2010.

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I'm finally getting around to updating this blog. I am very tired and need to get some sleep. However, I have to be up quite early because I am participating in (enumerating at) a major Census enumeration at a large facility. Today I got to do some clerical work of stuffing envelopes -- putting the D-20's into the D-40's -- at the local census office here in D.C. in preparation for the enumeration at another large institution.

A fountain along M Street at the corner of either 24th or 23rd Street, NW (I can't recall), 6:35PM, March 31, 2010.

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The Census Bureau is strict on their confidentiality issues so I won't go into any more details.

The information collected is rather basic. If you've filled out your form -- most likely a residential D-1 "Individual Census Record" form -- you'll see how quickly it can be completed. The D-20 form is the group quarters enumeration version of the ICR and if anything it is even slightly shorter.

It took me about 90 seconds while I was riding the Metrorail Red Line between Dupont Circle and Woodley Park stations to fill in my (D-1) ICR.

By the way, tomorrow (April 1st, 2010) is officially Census Day 2010 when the forms are in theory to be completed and mailed in. I have heard about the teabagger / rightwing militia / black helicopter crowd and more general American Know-Nothing wingnut contingent have been urging people to not fill in their forms.

This picture of that religio-crazy Michigan militia, some of whose members were just arrested by the FBI for their plans to carry out domestic terrorist attacks, is a sample of what I'm talking about.

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Political Detour 1: Political Cartoons

Some related political cartoons ...

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Political Detour 2: Shadowy Rightwing Billionaires

Rachel Maddow tonight on her show -- talking about Pres. Obama's proposal to open up the Middle and South Atlantic continental shelf and Gulf Coast to offshore oil drilling posed the question (and I'm paraphrasing so I'm not using quotes):

How did the debate on climate get shifted so far to the right that we're talking about lifting the moratorium on offshore oil drilling? Usually there's a rightwing zillionaire behind it, and that's the case here.

She was referring to the Koch Industries Family Empire and its nearly $29 million in bankrolling the climate denying "echo chamber" industry as detailed in a report by Greenpeace.

Her subsequent segment was on the Koch Industries efforts and billionaire David Koch himself and included an interview with author and blogger James Hoggan who wrote about this topic.

A breakdown of the bogus organization expenditures is available in the above report link. And that dollar amount is just for a three-year period 2005 - 2008.

This is just a small part of the vastly larger corporate and rightwing foundation-funded "TOXIC SLUDGE IS GOOD FOR YOU" rightwing pseudo-intellectual think tank and Astro-turf network in D.C., not to mention larger corporate PR machine (which was more of the topic of the 1995 book of same title).

It was actually easier during the days of the Geo. W. Bush when things were so starkly clear.

If lifting the offshore drilling moratorium really helped get Republican votes for a filibuster-proof energy and climate change bill, I would be for it, but it probably won't, Sen. Lindsey Graham's efforts notwithstanding. As for the expanded nuclear power option, I'm actually quite in favor of that.

As for "Climategate" itself and the hacked East Anglia University emails, my guess is that the hacking was a highly sophisticated operation on the part of a specific foreign government. Take one guess, and no, not from Russia -- that's just whence all the nasty computer v1ruses come, with love.

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And just because I think this is funny ...

Click on this image for a larger and more readable version

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The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI and Christopher Hitchens

Speaking of things less than theologically inspiring, I haven't written about the Vatican cover up scandal involving its deviant priests and directly implicating Pope Benedict XVI -- or "Benny the Rat" as Bartcop calls him -- but it's bad.



I basically find myself agreeing with Christopher Hitchens on this matter these days.


Here was Christopher Hitchens on Morning Joe the other day. Remarkably, Pat Buchanan -- a hardright Catholic who was part of the show's panel discussion -- doesn't say a peep during the whole clip. I don't know what the weird background music is. Andrew Ross Sorkin's face and giggle at the end are priceless. As for Mika Brzezinski -- daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski -- she seems kind of clueless.

This AP article carried by HuffPo about the Vatican's legal defense -- including some weird 1962 document called "Crimen Sollicitationis" is a good one.

Speaking of Christopher Hitchens, this 2001 Onion parody article about him is one of the funniest things I've ever read.

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PICTURE PAGE!

What follows are some other pictures I took with my blurry cellphone camera.

The statue of Serenity -- badly damaged and broken with missing body parts -- in Meridian Hill Park, Washington, D.C., 6:25PM, March 30, 2010. This sculpture is over 85 years old. Here is a better picture of Serenity.

I was walking through (crummy) Meridian Hill Park returning from a service based enumeration at a church in Columbia Heights yesterday evening. Meridian Hill Park is very near where I live. It is sometimes called unofficially Malcolm X Park, but I will not call it that. Yes, Malcolm was in the end a very good man who did good, but the park's historical name is Meridian Hill for a specific and excellent geographical and related symbolic reason related to the original design and layout of the city involving the Washington Meridian.

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Yours Truly with Serenity, Meridian Hill Park, 6:25PM, March 30, 2010

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The view from Meridian Hill Park looking down on 16th Street and the Envoy, Washington, D.C., 6:26PM March 30, 2010. Even with my cellphone camera image you can see a Yoshino (Japanese) cherry tree at its floral peak.

I'm not sure I'll be getting down to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms -- not even for my middle-of-the-night walk as I have done in some years. I've only got a few days to do it before the blossoms fall off. Next up are my favorite blossoms: the double-flowering kwanzan.

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The southeast corner of Meridian Hill Park at W and 15th Streets and New Hampshire Avenue, NW, 6:35PM, Washington, D.C.

My apt. building is just out of view along New Hampshire Avenue.

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One last picture from this past Sunday ...

The scene outside on a gloomy gray rather cool early evening at Cosi along Connecticut Avenue at R Street, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 5:21PM March 28, 2010, shortly before it started to rain.

I went to Cosi with Chris T. and then we went to an early dinner at a Chinese restaurant. Unfortunately, I left my book bag underneath the table and by the time I remembered and went back, it was went bye bye and I need a new one now. I didn't have anything important in it at that point but I miss it.

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Weather Update

The above picture was taken just before it started raining as a big coastal storm system approach. That storm -- which brought gusty, blustery conditions and about 1 inch of rain to the D.C. area versus 12 to 16 inches of rain to parts of southern New England including the Boston and Providence areas -- is gone.

This was the Northeastern U.S. radar mosaic (composite mode) for 0048UTC (848PM EDT) March 31, 2010 (March 30, 2010) -- i.e. last night.

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I'm annoyed both because DCA has managed to be slightly BELOW normal on precip for the month and below for the year -- the latter partly because its snow storm liquid equivalent totals were so low, less than half the BWI and IAD ones. These liquid equivalent determinations are highly ambiguous with no set way to do it. (Am I right on that Chester??)

No, I didn't want flooding such as occurred in parts of New England but I still feel somewhat cheated and I'm not even sure I buy the DCA numbers.

Richmond and Charlottesville (which does not have a climatological normal data set yet), two locations south of here, are also significantly higher than DCA on precipitation and instead are on par with BWI and IAD. This suggests to me that the DCA numbers, esp. for the year, are not that accurate and certainly aren't reflective even of the immediate D.C. area.

Of note, the stalled out and even retrograde motion of this storm was like the sixth major one in the past four months to move as such including the snowstorms and was due once again to a blocked flow and negative North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) / Arctic Oscillation (AO), although not nearly as negative as earlier this year.

I'm also annoyed because a big frickin' ridge is moving in with very warm (mid 80s F) and dry conditions in the forecast for the next 5 to 7 days (until the end of the reliable forecast period).

Anyway, here are the final March / year-to-date numbers for the usual DCA, BWI, and IAD regional airport trio (with normals in parentheses) -- CORRECTED DCA figure.

DCA
Month: 3.55" -0.05" (3.50")
Year-to-date: 7.83" -1.61" (9.44")

BWI
Month: 5.53" +1.60" (3.93")
Year-to-date: 11.92" +1.50" (10.42")

IAD
Month: 3.36" -0.19" (3.55")
Year-to-date: 10.00" +0.63" (9.37")

For reference: Richmond is at 6.17" for March (+2.08") and 12.59" for year so far (+1.97") and Charlottesville is at 4.93" and 11.47", respectively.

Boston (Logan Aiport) is at 14.87" for March (+11.02") and 21.12" for year-to-date or +10.05". Providence (T.F. Green Int'l Airport) is at 16.34" for March (+11.91" and obviously a monthly record) and 24.18" for year-to-date or +11.93".

Remember: It's the implicit goal of the LWX - Sterling NWSFO at all times to have as little "sensible weather" as possible at all and most of the public just thinks "hotter and sunnier = better."

And DCA is the best location for recording no weather.


OK, I think I better wrap up this entry. I have a planned busy weekend -- my mother is supposed to visit D.C. on Saturday (not sure what we're doing) and on Sunday I'm going to Quill's parents' house in suburban Maryland (Silver Spring) for Easter dinner. I will still try to post an update this weekend.

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Sending You a Hippo-Gram!!

Oh, yes, my friend Eric was in San Diego and visited the big zoo there and took this picture of one of its two hippos:

It is a bit blurry, maybe because he was anxious to take this pic and send me a hippo-gram. The two hippos are Jabba and Funani.

If I had to guess, I'd say Eric's picture is of Jabba.

Here is another picture of Jabba from his Web page. He is doing that Hippo gaping mouth thing in both pictures.

As it says on the Web page, HOORAY FOR HIPPOS! (As long as they don't eat me.)

And with that, I shall end this entry.

--Regulus

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Making Census of It All OR Take the Long Way Home


Undated photo of a vibrant coral reef in the waters off St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands.

Here is a news story from two days ago about the dramatic global die off in tropical coral reefs in the past few decades and the implications for oceanic eco-systems (not to mention human food supply). The die off, of course, is a signature of pollution, overfishing and exploitation, and anthropogenic climate change -- that is, all due to humans.

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This was an exceptionally busy past two weeks as I wrote / put together about 110 pages worth of reports for that "independent consulting" job I have even as I had my Census training this past week. I have to produce another report up to 15 page by Monday morning -- my biweekly climate change news compendium.

Ideally, I'd be able to finish by Monday morning two parts of the energy efficiency report on electric heat pumps and heat pumps for hot water that I could submit as another writing sample for the full-time regular Federal contracting job I am trying to get.

A lady under her umbrella, 1700 block, New Hampshire Avenue, Washington, D.C., 9:35AM (yes, I was up and out at that hour), March 26, 2010.

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Last night, Joe and I went to Stetson's and then Nellies for drinks before he went to the 930 Club. We had a very good time. Gary is away in South Florida this weekend. As for my mom's visit tomorrow, it may not happen because she couldn't get tickets to the National Geograpahic Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit.

Tonight, I will go over to CT's place for a bit. He is giving me some dress shirts he no longer wants. I suppose I'll go to Cobalt and/or Windows later.

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Plush hippos at play.

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My temporary Census job starts in earnest on Monday following three days of training this past week over at the West End Library in West End / Faggy Foggy Bottom.

Upstairs storage room, West End Library, Washington, D.C., 2:41PM, March 25, 2010

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One of the more interesting / challenging parts of the job is that in the wee hours of this upcoming Wednesday morning, some of us are to go out in groups and actually count homeless people.

If I end up doing this, I am not sure about waking up any homeless person -- and I am certainly NOT touching anyone to rouse them from sleep. There are rules governing the number of answers needed for a complete ICR and what to do if the person refuses to answer.

Overall, I am part of the "group quarters" enumeration -- counting people who stay in homeless shelters or live in nursing homes, hospices, and college dorms (that would include all the main universities in D.C.). Apparently, the D.C. response rate in the 2000 Census was abysmal and triggered lawsuits and there is a big push to increase the response rate for this count.

I don't think we will have here in D.C. the political problems confronting the decennial Census in other parts of the country ...


...but there are still challenges for D.C. including its large homeless population and the worry that is nationwide that the information gathered is given to the IRS or law enforcement agencies, which it is not. The answer to that is: TITLE 13, UNITED STATES CODE.

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Musical Interlude ...

The British progressive rock band Supertramp were quite popular in the 1970s and 1980s although I believe they are still together in some form.


A big hit from their Breakfast in America album was Take the Long Way Home.

This was the somewhat creepy looking cover picture to that album.

Below is the YouTube link. It is a such a mournful song -- sort of like the Pat Metheny Group's haunting instrumental Last Train Home, except with actual vocals and less plaintive.



My favorite lines:

"Does it feel that your life’s become a catastrophe? / Oh, it has to be for your to grow, boy /
When you look through the years and see what could have been, oh, what might have been if /
You’d had more time /
So when the day comes to settle down, who’s to blame if you’re not around? /
You took the long way home, you took the long way home, you took the long way home ..."

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News Tidbits ...

TIME WARP: RUSSIA TO CUT NUMBER OF TIME ZONES FROM 11 TO 9!
Story here.

Technically at the geographic North and South Poles one is in all 24 time zones at once, although that's not how it is actually divided.

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Sent to me by Joe:

NASA spends (hundreds of) millions; hobbyist spends $750

March 26: Pictures of Earth, taken aboard space shuttle missions, can cost NASA about $400 million. For a fraction of the cost, one amateur photographer in Britain has proved all you need is a weather balloon. Mike Taibbi explains. (Is this reporter related to Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi?)

Here is one of Robert Harrison's pictures taken with a digital camera lofted into the stratosphere on a weather balloon. I'm not sure where it is flying over. (This is a screen capture of the MSNBC report. I finally figured out how to do screen captures on this computer.)

Story here. (There is a commercial before the story.)

Oh, yes, the worry that sending these up will interfere with passenger jets is way probably unfounded -- hundreds of weather balloons are lofted each week by the NWS across the United States.

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Bush's Helping Hand: Ex-President wipes hand on Clinton's shirt after greeting Haitian earthquake victims




This is a 39 second clip with limited audio. The hand wiping occurs at 14 seconds. Story here.

Bush looks as clueless as ever.

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While spending those three days at the West End Library, I renewed my library card ... the one with the picture of a little frog on it that says "Hop into your library." And I took out Jules Vernes' A Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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I think that's all for now. My next planned update may not be until around Wednesday.

Oh, yes, a belated happy birthday to you, Kristof!

--Regulus

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Busy, Tiring First Week of Spring 2010 ...


Early spring day, 1700 block New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 12:34PM, March 25, 2010

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Well, hippo, this has to be a very short entry. I am exhausted and need to sleep.

I have been exceptionally busy the past few days and it shows no sign of letting up. The Bethesda contracting company is giving me too much work -- I've produced multiple lengthy reports in the past week and my supervisor wants another difficult project by Friday morning (this one involving an analysis and overview of U.S. media coverage of the Toyota braking problem, and thus way outside my usual climate/energy topic).

I actually emailed her to say that I don't think I can do it by Friday, esp. as I have my Census training this week. I'm always worried about upsetting her and losing all my "consulting" work.

The building at 2400 M Street -- at the corner of M and 24th Streets, NW -- Washington, D.C., 12:53PM, March 24,2010

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Oh, yes, I got paid on Tuesday and deposited the check.

As for the Census training over at the West End library in an upstairs room, it was a chaotic and highly bureaucratic affair -- the 7 hours could have been compressed into basically 1 hour -- in a cramped upstairs room at the West End library. But I still am supposed to get paid for it. I will refrain from discussing what was talked about at the session at least for now.

As for the full-time contracting job at a Federal agency, well, basically the hiring manager is trying to find me a position. She emailed me tonight to say she had just emailed five different people at DOE in order to determine if there is enough work for me to do that she would be "comfortable" hiring me. She said she would let me know in a week to 10 days.

I am sooooooooooo close and I soooooooooooo want to get this position. I may even know something by the end of this week.

This job would cause me to change my life in a number of very positive ways.

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GG Quote:

Uncle Angelo (who was flat broke and homeless, upon hearing that his niece Dorothy will let him stay in an apt. building she inherited with her ex-husband Stan) (in his Italian accent):

"Here, I will begin again. Here, I will start a new life. Ah, Dorothy, my new life, how close am I going to start it to the beach??"

IF the job I seek comes through quickly, it would cut short the temporary Census one.

I am also exhausted, having had a sleep schedule that is about 10 to 12 hours off the rest of the world the past week, only 3 hours of sleep last night and then getting up at 830AM. Now it is true that I have enjoyed in some ways my all-night report writing while watching my "comfort TV" of old sitcoms: The Golden Girls, Cheers, Three's Company.

I'm becoming so fat and I look so frumpy. I have purchased very few clothes in the past year. My hoodie is severely threadbare -- as are all my shirt sleeve ends. It's my depression-wear.

Dupont Circle looking toward the Sun Trust Building in a chilly rain shower, Washington, D.C., 7:10PM, March 23, 2010

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My mom is supposed to come into D.C. on Sunday and we are going to try to see the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit on its final day at the National Geographic museum near here. I'm also going to help Chris T. clean up one of his rooms and maybe I'll see LP, too. Oh, and I may meet up with Joe and Ana on Friday evening but that's not set yet. Gary is away in South Florida until Tuesday.

--Regulus

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Night Walk-on-Watergate and Reposting of Wild/South Pacific Clip

The Watergate Shops sunken promenade half-wrapped by the Watergate East, Washington, D.C., 8:27PM, March 22, 2010.

This is a digital camera pic of much better quality of the same spot that I have photographed with my old cellphone camera in the past few weeks.

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Late Monday night ...

Usually, I would wait until the next calendar day to start a new entry but I think I'll post this one as a late Monday night, March 22nd one.

The garishly fluorescent lit interior produce section of said wee tiny Watergate Safeway at 9:24PM, March 22, 2010.

Earlier tonight I took one of my once or two a week 3-mile round trip walk (1.5 miles each way) down to the Watergate Complex to the Safeway and back rather than going to my 17th Street gayborhood one. The pics in this entry are from that walk.

Embassy Suites Hotel, entrance, 22nd St., NW, Washington, D.C., 8:11PM, March 22, 2010

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I'm going to be up again all tonight finishing that darn RIC 2010 report but I'm already about 3/4 finished. I have finished the previous two reports although I have to do some edits on the second one -- involving financial reform proposals and efforts to regulate OTC derivatives and how this could affect proposed carbon markets.

The Watergate East as seen from the corner of New Hampshire and Virginia Avenues and 24th St., NW, Washington, D.C., 8:25PM, March 22, 2010.

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My dad sent me $60, which I was able to deposit and immediately withdraw. I've spent just under $11 the past two days. I SHOULD be getting $540 in the next few days for my contracting work ... As for the work I've done in the past 5 days, this should total at least $1240 -- and thus cover my April rent.

My part-time Census job begins soon. The training actually begins on Wednesday and that is paid ($20/hr). I am a bit concerned about the sections of the city where I might be sent as an enumerator. My mom got me worried about this.

The lobby of the Watergate East / Watergate Complex, Washington, D.C., 8:26PM, March 22, 2010

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Concerning the Census and doing it here in Washington, D.C. ...

What the city lacks in rightwing fundie religio-craziness, it makes up for in ghetto thuggery and section 8 scariness, at least in parts of Anacostia, Benning Road, Minnesota Ave., NE, Trinidad/Ivy City and the Sursum Corda Cooperative.

I don't think I will be enumerating in those areas.

The bigger news is that there has been another very hopeful sign in the permanent Federal contracting job that I am seeking, but still nothing definitive.

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A Hispanic family -- young father and mother and a very little girl holding their hands -- waiting to cross the street at the intersection of U and 16th Streets and New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 8:35PM, March 22, 2010.

This was a cellphone camera pic. My cellphone turns 2 years old on Thursday.

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The weather today featured some thundery rain showers and approximately 1/2" rain at all three airports -- 0.51" at DCA, 0.49" at BWI, and 0.32" at IAD, respectively, according to the daily climo summaries.

The weather has been warm this week. On the 21st (Sunday), temps. climbed to 76F, 75F, and 78F, respectively, at DCA, BWI, and IAD. (The IAD temp. was a daily record.)

The flowering trees have begun blossoming.

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Meiwah restaurant at the corner of M Street (where it does a slight dogleg jog in its position between downtown and Georgetown) and New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 8:10PM, March 22, 2010.

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On the Discovery Channel is a reairing of the program Wild Pacific -- which was actually a British series called South Pacific that was rechristened and with a new American narrator, Mike Rowe, who is best known as the host of the program Dirty Jobs.

The images here are screen captures from the YouTube clip below. I've also written about this and posted some of the same images in my July 13, 2009 entry.


The British version was narrated by a more appealing sounding English actor with the complicated name of Benedict (Timothy Carlton) Cumberbatch. My all time favorite scene is in the series "Endless Blue" -- called "Eat or Be Eaten" in the U.S. version.

It features hyper-acrobatic Dusky Dolphins in super pods numbering in the hundreds to thousand strong frolicking, leaping and cork-screwing jumping in the cold, stormy, teeming Pacific surf off Kaikoura in New Zealand's South Island on a bright sunny day with the snow-capped Southern Alps towering in the distance.

It is set to what is one of the most beautiful pieces of music -- at once haunting and lilting and then sped up and joyful -- I have ever heard. The music is actually the theme for the whole series played at different times.

I asked my friend A. who works at Discovery Channel if he could find out what is that tune / theme.

He told me the series music was arranged by British composer / conductor / instrumentalist David Mitcham and on his Web site he says the music includes the "unique voices of Ola Onabule, Norma Winstone and Rachel Nicholls; the ukulele and ronroco playing of John Parricelli; an ensemble of eight of London´s foremost cello players; and the male voices of the Joyful Company of Singers."

Being an American, none of that explanation helps me very much, but that's the answer. I didn't even know that a ronroco was a type of wooden guitar.

The samples on his site don't quite sound like the music in the scene I am describing.

Below is that scene. Move the little button to where it begins at 7:45. The scene runs the remaining 2 minutes and 16 seconds until the end. I apologize that the volume is so low and if there are any issues with the size of the embedded clip.



Oh, by the way, Discovery Channel is airing a new multi-part series in the spirit of Planet Earth and South Pacific called Life. This too is a BBC series that was written and narrated by Sir David Attenborough but the U.S. version is narrated by none other than Oprah Winfrey.

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That's all for now. My next planned update will be later this week. I really hope I get paid on time.

--Regulus

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Swirling Passage of Seasons OR Spring and Summer Places

A two-hour time lapse photograph of the night sky above an abandoned church near Cape Sounion in Greece. The streaking orange clouds and the ground are actually illuminated by the Moon. The star nearest the Celestial North Pole is, of course, Polaris. This was the March 15, 2010 Astronomy Picture of the Day, link here.

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The first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It arrived at 1:32PM EDT today.

No, this is not the view from my apt. here in D.C. This is on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

It was 73F at National Airport at the 3PM hour, which is just too warm for mid/late March. I don't like how we went from deep and unusually snowy winter to May in, like, a week's time.

The good news is there is rain and cooler weather coming in the form of a nice cut-off upper level low and then another storm system by the Thur-Fri time frame.

Changing subjects ...

More good news on the health care front: the Dems are apparently not going to use the "deem and pass" procedure and thus avoid a blizzard of right wing lawsuits from every fundie whack job in America up to and including a bunch of state attorneys general.

You know the Supreme Court -- the Scalia 5 -- would love to vote on that and knock down the whole thing if given a chance.



And the corporate whore media couldn't stop blathering 24/7 about it while the Fox Nazi Propagandists were busy trying to whip up the teabaggers into a Second Civil War frenzy to make American safe for corporate fascist theocracy -- and put those same nutty libertarian know-nothing teabaggers into a gas chamber as soon as they are safely in permanent power and the very same Constitution they are always going on about is suspended due to some staged Muslim terrorist attack under "President - in - Christ" Palin.

Think Margaret Atwood's The Handmaiden's Tale scenario.


The bigger and more relevant question is: Why are Dems such wussies?

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Check out Jon Stewart's hysterically funny parody of the psychotic Glenn Beck, who is the 2010 version of Rush Limbaugh circa 1994. Watch the full 13 minute version (second video link in the article) if you have a chance.


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I have to get ready to go to Chris T's place. We are having one of our Saturday night dinner parties but I am going over early to do a bit of work for him for money. I'm AGAIN flat broke until I get paid -- hopefully it should be by Wed/Thur next week.

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I start my Census temporary job training next Wednesday. As for the main job I was so hoping to get, no word on it and I am increasingly pessimistic on it. I will email the hiring manager on Monday or Tuesday. I might have known it wouldn't work out. Of course ...

Yes, I finished that 30-page "outline" but I still have to finish what will be a nearly 60-page report on the RIC 2010 event (see earlier entries). I also have to write a report on the Dodd financial reform regulatory bill, esp. as it relates to any potential future carbon trading markets under a national or sector-based cap-and-trade system.

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Kristof -- why aren't you talking to me? I hear you email Gary all the time.

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Lest I end on a bad note, please watch / listen to this lovely 2m 46s YouTube clip of Percy Faith and his orchestra playing the instrumental tune of the "Theme From a Summer Place" way back in 1960 on The Ed Sullivan Show.



This is one of my favorite light instrumental tunes of all time. It was written for the 1959 movie A Summer Place, which I've never actually seen.

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I think that's all for now.

--Regulus