Wanderings

Anything you dream is fiction,
and anything you accomplish is science,
the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
- Ray Bradbury
June 14th, 2010

Hugo Voter Packets

I had been looking forward to receiving copies of the Hugo Award nominees. This year the powers-that-be decided to distribute the books in electronic form. Since there is no way I am going to read anything as long as a novel on my computer I will not be voting for anything longer than a short story.

I am very disappointed about this and one of the things that helped me decide to sign up for WorldCon was that I might get a couple of free books to read. I don’t know who can sit at their computer for the time it takes to read a novel. I know that I would get a crick in my neck after about an hour. Maybe a few people have kindles or other ebook readers that make it easier. I can’t afford every new toy that comes out and I have to rely on my Sister-in-law’s technology hand-me-downs for anything cool. So far she is keeping her Kindle.






June 14th, 2010

That 60s Style

Someone on FaceBook uploaded this image of some people I knew about 1969. I am struck with their style. They exude coolness. The kids that I see on the streets now seem to lack the sense of style that these guys had.

That’s Tony Ziegler 2nd from right he (married my cousin). They other guys I had met, but didn’t know that well. They were from Blauvelt and I was from Nyack.






June 14th, 2010

70 years ago – Germans in Paris

From the George Orwell Diaries – 70 years ago today.

June 14, 1940

The Germans are definitely in Paris, one day ahead of schedule. It can be taken as a certainty that Hitler will go to Versailles. Why don’t they mine it and blow it up while he is there? Spanish troops have occupied Tangier, obviously with a view to letting the Italians use it as a base. To conquer Spanish Morocco from French Morocco would probably be easy at this date, and to do so, ditto the other Spanish colonies, and set up Negrin or someone of his kind as an alternative government, would be a severe blow at Franco. But even the present British government would never think of doing such a thing. One has almost lost the power of imagining that the Allied governments can ever take the initiative.

Always, as I walk through the Underground stations, sickened by the advertisements, the silly staring faces and strident colours, the general frantic struggle to induce people to waste labour and material by consuming useless luxuries or harmful drugs. How much rubbish this war will sweep away, if only we can hang on throughout the summer. War is simply a reversal of civilised life, its motto is “Evil be thou my good”, and so much of the good of modern life is actually evil that it is questionable whether on balance war does harm.

via THE ORWELL PRIZE.






June 13th, 2010

Javascript Songwriter

I wrote a visual Songwriting page at my http://www.harptab.com site: Visual Harmonica Tab Songwriter.

I wrote one for guitar tab, too: Visual Guitar Tab Songwriter






June 11th, 2010

Last Night at BB King’s

Larry McCray and Lance Lopez played 4 hours at high intensity. Lots of dense rocking blues.






June 11th, 2010

Roddenberry answers fan letter – 1973

STAR TREK had no ‘magic formula’ unless you consider respect for the audience and hard work a formula. It has been my opinion for years that science fiction, like any other story, should be mainly about people with hardware being secondary. It seems to me the networks and stations have wasted a lot of money seeking some mysterious formula in STAR TREK when really you make your science fiction the same way you make any other good story and there are no shortcuts.

via Letters of Note: Science fiction should be mainly about people.






June 10th, 2010

Lance Lopez, Larry McCray and Tyrone Cotton

My brother Larry and I are going down to BB Kings to see Lance Lopez, Larry McCray and Tyrone Cotton. No blues harp, but there’ll be some blazing guitars. It is just about 30 miles to Time’s Square from my house, but I can’t remember the last time I road down to NYC. Larry and I used to go down to see blues legends like Otis Rush and Albert King, but not so much any more. Staying out until 2AM on a school night is tough these days.

If you live near the city drop by and buy me a drink.

Lance Lopez Myspace Larry McCray website Tyrone Cotton website






June 9th, 2010

NASA Face in Space

NASA is collecting digital images to send on the last two space shuttle missions. You can send a picture of yourself into outer space.

Send you mug to the great beyond.

Maybe aliens will find your picture and come looking for you.

NASA Face in Space.

By the way, I am planning to be in Florida with a friend during the last shuttle launch. He is planning to buy a house and needs someone to ride down with him and share the driving. I want to hang out in Canaveral and watch it go up, and so far it looks like this may happen. (There’s room for one more in the car!)






June 9th, 2010

Sir Patrick

I had not realized that Queen Elizabeth used a special sword when knighting Patrick Stewart.






June 8th, 2010

Freak Memories

I came of age in the 1960s and I miss the music. I always considered myself a freak as we called ourselves (hippies was term used on the TV news). My tastes in music, fashion, girls, and what is cool stem from this time. I had long hair and listened to acid music and wore bell bottom jeans. I miss those days. Way deep down I am still a freak.

Here is Grace Potter and the Nocturnals doing Airplane’s “White Rabbit”. I find it better than Grace Slick’s version. I hope this is a trend.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – White Rabbit






June 7th, 2010

Honey

I finally got around to cleaning the pics out of the camera and found this one of me when I was harvesting honey. That’s a medium frame packed on both sides with packed honey.






June 6th, 2010

A Programming Language for Genetic Engineering of Living Cells – Microsoft Research

I have spent the large part of my life learning and using programming languages. Programming is not just what I do, it is who I am. When I read something like this research project at Microsoft I want to get involved. I have been thinking about DNA sequences as programming elements for 30 years and I have looked into it from time to time. I once downloaded a virus DNA sequence and ran a program on it (similar to ZIP) which identify commonly occurring strings of various lengths in an attempt to identify MACRO elements that could be arranged as part of a language.

I hope that this project results in lots of documentation and perhaps a way for the public to participate. I would really enjoy hacking DNA.


A Programming Language Genetic Engineering of Living Cells – Microsoft Research
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June 4th, 2010

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Successful

I just watched the live broadcast of the SpaceX Falcon 9 test launch. I was on a conference call at the time about a crisis having to do with the network, and I wasn’t my usual outspoken self. I was too engrossed with the live pictures from the spacecraft as it shot into space.

This is great stuff. I believe that the next phase of the exploration of space will be by private companies who think of innovative ways to profit off of space exploration.

Heinlein wrote “The Man Who Sold The Moon” about 60 years ago. It is finally coming true.

I’ve got to get a job programming for these people.

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation – SpaceX.






June 4th, 2010

2,000 posts

This is post number 2,000. I started doing this in August of 2003. Before that I just used to change the index page every week or so. I sort-of had a blog, but wasn’t using any blogging software. Since then I’ve used Blogger for a few years and I’ve been using WordPress software for almost a year.

2,000 posts is quite a few. Some are dumb, some are fun, some were pretty interesting. I figure there’s maybe half a million words here. It seems like a lot of work, but it is a good outlet for my thoughts. I do it for my self and a few loyal readers. It helps me write and keeps my old friends updated on my news and ideas. I’ve never tried to target any audience or slant my posts towards any particular subject. You can read anything here – anything that interests me.

I’ve had as many as 5,000 readers when I’ve had posts hit the big blogs, but mostly I hover around 500 people a day. Some of those people read the blog posts and others are just surfing the pages on the site.