Wednesday, September 26, 2007

English to Spanish to English to German to English


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So thats, which seems. The heavy sheets is never
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English to German to English


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like Tremearne had guessed/advised and at the same time extend my nostrils.
As so thats, which they look. Never
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level. Remains of an optical Suchers there. Notice automatic four
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English to Spanish to English


Troublemakers. Hardly it obtains that it goes
since Tremearne were advisee, indicating by means of lights my nostrils in the same time.
So thats what seems. Leaves never
heavy Is underneath the trees. But no soldier appeared, as soon as the heavy
level. Rest of an optical finder there. The own one observes four automatic
they are
the most mere tap his tightened the fist freely. They moved respectfully

Monday, September 24, 2007

With the imminent closure of the Astor Place Barnes & Noble, New York loses one of its most strategically located public restroom facilities. The Strand, St. Mark's, Shakespeare & Co.—none of these have public restroom facilities. Unconscionable.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

When I was small, I was surprised to learn that old baseball cards in good condition are worth more than ones in bad condition. I had assumed the opposite to be true.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

This is the second time in seven months that I've woken up sick on a day I was supposed to meet somebody. That may not sound that significant, but it's not every day that I meet somebody.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

As you may have noticed, there is a quote at the bottom of this blog, which I have attributed to one Mr. Spock. I have just learned, from a link on the Poetry Foundation website, that this quote is actually from a poem called "Desiderata", by one Max Ehrmann (1872-1945), a poet and lawyer from, of all places—are you ready for this?—Terre Haute, Indiana. Yes, my own municipality of origin.

Turns out—according to Wikipedia, which is always right—the poem was written in 1927, but later recorded by Leonard Nimoy (in character as Spock) as a piece called "Spock Thoughts" on one of his early albums. And that, my friends, is where I first encountered it, naturally. (If you don't know why I say "naturally," that means you're probably a person who doesn't know me in real life. Which is fine. Your readership is more than welcome.) Where was I? Oh yeah.... Spock. Terre Haute. Poetry. Blog.


Friday, September 14, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Life goes on in the financial district. On my lunch hour today, people-watching on Wall St., I see a rotund, well-dressed and presumably well-to-do man stop to pick up a coin off the sidewalk. He crouches, fumbles with it, can't quite get a grip on it—that can be tricky, especially when the coin is small (I think it was a dime)—but he gets it after a few moments. As he stands, he turns and makes eye contact with me, then slinks away. Immediately, a second man, this one rather haggard and obviously not-so-well-to-do, walks past and says to me with a grin, "That's how he got rich."

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Nobody expects Michael Palin

Actually, a lot of people did, including me, but I still didn't get there in time to get a seat. So I stood. Anyway, the point of the story is, I got home too late to do my laundry.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Is this the most elaborate time-waster ever conceived? After about fifteen minutes of playing it myself, I'm prepared to say, um, yes. I like my mindless entertainment to be, well, mindless. If I wanted a narrative structure to my video games, I would ditch the video games and read a book instead. Which is what I do. I also play Minesweeper and Solitaire. Add Tetris, and you have the perfect video game trifecta.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

There's a new Axis of Evil in town, and this one could be really, really evil indeed.