Apollo Mission Photos

•June 20, 2016 • 2 Comments

NASA has a Project Apollo photo archive with amazing photos from all the Apollo Program.

Here are some shots from Apollo 9.

Emerging Apollo 9 space walk


Hatch exit Apollo 9 space walk


Viewing earth Apollo 9 space walk



Viewing earth 2 Apollo 9 space walk


June Food

•June 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Copper River sockeye salmon and fresh cherries. It must be June.


You Must Remember This: The Hollywood Blacklist

•May 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I’ve recently discovered You Must Remember This, a podcast devoted to the history of the Hollywood film industry’s first 100 years.

This episode on Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn is from her series on the Hollywood blacklist, which is quite thorough and interesting. I hadn’t realized, for instance, how outspoken some actors were against the House Un-American Activities Committee, as in this radio broadcast, Hollywood Fights Back, featuring a very persuasive call to sanity from Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and a slew of other stars:

From Kelly’s comments:

“Did you happen to see The Best Years of Our Lives? The picture that won 7 Academy Awards? Did you enjoy it? Well, the producer of that film, Samuel Goldwyn, has been subpoenaed. I understand supporters of the Un-American Committee didn’t like that film. Did you like it? Were you ‘subverted’ by it? Did it make you ‘un-American’? Did you come out of the movie with a desire to overthrow the government?”

More interesting material on the subject at the episode blog post.

A Visit to Baltimore

•May 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Baltimore is a lovely, friendly town.


There are scads of charming little brick row houses, some of them a couple hundred years old.


Fells Point




Black Penny Bar


Lexington Market


Faidley’s Seafood


Delicious crab cakes


There was really fun band playing in the market.


Penn Station


The stained glass station skylight


The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theater: Star Wars

•May 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

A classic from the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theater.

More puppets

Bits and Pieces, by Nils Völker

•May 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment

More art by Nils Völker.

Found on Nag on the Lake.

William Shakespeare: Sonnet 98 (From you I have been absent in the spring)

•May 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment



From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April dress’d in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seem’d it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.

Billy Paul: Me and Mrs. Jones

•April 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The great Billy Paul.

May he rest in glory.

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