Wednesday, January 31, 2018

wednesday newstrip

Strava, a fitness-tracking app, is revealing potentially sensitive information about military bases & supply routes via its global heatmap website · Westerners accused of 'singing & dancing pornographically' could face a year in Cambodian prison · T®ump says he's not a feminist: 'I'm for women, I'm for men, I'm for everyone, especially myself.' Adds '& anyway, I'm too busy punching cones to worry about being politically correct' · China is building a laser 10 trillion times more intense than sunlight that could tear space apart · lost NASA satellite found after a decade by amateur astronomer · Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrested as thousands protest against Putin.

Friday, January 26, 2018

In 1920, W.C.W. to the Editor of Poetry

   Dear Miss Monroe:  Provided you will allow me to use small letters at the beginnings of my lines, I submit the following excellent American poem to you for publication in your paying magazine:

          SPIRIT OF '76

            Her father
            built a bridge
            the Chicago River
            but she
            built a bridge
            over the moon.

   This, as you will at once recognize, is an excellent poem and very American. I sincerely hope that no prehistoric prosodic rules will bar it from publication. Yours,

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

wednesday newstrip

Scientists find a 35-million-year-old "Mar-a-lago under the sea" near Australia · Republican strategists are plotting an election-year survival strategy to steer the midterms away from the dangerous terrain of T®ump’s tweets & Capitol Hill dysfunction · trust in US institutions, particularly the government, has plunged in Precedent DoNuts T®ump's first year in office. Legal drug overdoses rise · the world's only openly gay royal, Indian prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, has made it his personal mission to campaign for reform of India's anti-LGBT laws · a bizarre fossil worm from 508 million years ago has scientists excited.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

wednesday newstrip

The precedent, away for a golf weekend at Mar-a-Lago, made no public appearances · a truck carrying hundreds of chickens has toppled over near Geelong, spilling the birds onto a busy road. The precedent made no public appearance in response · two brothers die after inhaling fumes while cleaning tank at central Queensland business. The precedent was away for a golf weekend at Mar-a-Lago & was too busy to attend · false missile alert looms as a black eye for Hawaii & its governor · T®ump, speaking from Mar-a-Lago where he's attending an important golf weekend, says immigration deal 'probably dead' · taking a leaf from the DoNuts T®ump songbook, Facebook reminds the world that Facebook only cares about Facebook.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

wednesday newstrip

Australia's broadband is slower than Kazakhstan's · the bottom of the ocean has started sinking under the weight of Crown-of-thorns starfish eating their way through Great Barrier Reef coral in a major outbreak · 'The Wall' is Samsung's new 146-inch MicroLED TV, & will cost nearly $18 billion to buy · Byton's new electric car could replace your smartphone, could also help you hear better, & will improve physical strength as you lift it to your ear · Hensikten med boken er å få erklært T®ump utilregnelig · The Wheat House has announced the shut down of the voter fraud commission due to a plethora of melting glaciers.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Prelude to a ficcione

The name of Francis Roche does not appear in the list of musicians who took part in the Miles Davis / Gil Evans album Sketches of Spain. He was meant to have been there, was meant to have played the bass clarinet lines that lie like an echo under the melancholy of Miles at the beginning of the adagio of Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

a matter of basic autonomy

Many have followed Kant

in rejecting Leibniz's claim


avocados are mindlike & do

not interact with each other.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

wednesday newstrip

Iran bans Instagram & Telegram as man exposes himself & masturbates at a Richmond family day event · scientists use genetic barcoding to count larvae in New Year's Eve party in Civic Square · rough start to 2018. Miley Cyrus hits Kendall Jenner · all the wild stuff we're going to do in space & physics in 2018 — stay on the couch or go for a run · Apple says sorry for 'kill a police officer' gaffe · whatever happened to DoNuts T®ump this new year?