Wednesday, August 22, 2007 11:00 PM
Serious Numbers, continued:
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 10:31 AM
Concrete Universal, continued:
GENEVA: British-born author Magdalen Nabb, whose crime novels about a quirky Italian investigator were acclaimed by her idol Georges Simenon, has died, her Swiss publishing house said Tuesday. She was 60.
Nabb, who also wrote stories for children and young adults, died of a stroke on Saturday [August 18, 2007] in Florence, Italy, where she had lived and worked since 1975, said Diogenes Verlag AG of Zurich....Nabb published 13 books for children and young adults, including "The Enchanted Horse," "Twilight Ghost" and the "Josie Smith" series about a "girl who always has plenty of ideas."
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 3:29 PM
On the Holy Trinity:
Last revision August 2, 2004
"The Unix operating environment is organized into three layers. The innermost level of Unix is the kernel. This is the actual operating system, a single large program that always resides in memory. Sections of the code in this program are executed on behalf of users to do needed tasks, like access files or terminals. Strictly speaking, the kernel is Unix.
The next level of the Unix environment is composed of programs, commands, and utilities. In Unix, the basic commands like copying or removing files are implemented not as part of the kernel, but as individual programs, no different really from any program you could write. What we think of as the commands and utilities of Unix are simply a set of programs that have become standardized and distributed. There are hundreds of these, plus many additional utilities in the public domain that can be installed.
The final level of the Unix environment, which stands
like an umbrella over the others, is the shell.
The shell processes your terminal input and starts up the programs that
you request. It also allows you to manipulate the environment in which
those programs will execute in a way that is transparent to the
program. The program can be written to handle standard cases, and then
made to handle unusual cases simply by manipulating its environment,
without having to have a special version of the program." (My
From my paper journal
on the date
"Good Will Hunting"
Friday, December 5, 1997
To: The executive editor, The New York Times
Re: The Front Page/His Girl Friday
Match the speaker with the speech--
|The Speaker||Frame of Reference|
|1.||rosebud||A.||J. Paul Getty||The front page, N.Y. Times, Monday, 12/1/97|
|2.||clock||B.||Joel Silver||Page 126, The New Yorker, 3/21/94|
|3.||act||C.||Blanche DuBois||The Elysian Fields|
|4.||waltz||D.||Bob Geldof||People Weekly 12/8/97|
|5.||temple||E.||St. Michael||Heaven's Gate|
|6.||watch||F.||Susanna Moore||In the Cut (pbk., Dec. '96) p. 261|
|7.||line||G.||Joseph Lelyveld||Page A21, The New York Times, 12/1/97|
|8.||chair||H.||Kylie Minogue||Page 69, People Weekly, 12/8/97|
|9.||religion||I.||Carol Gilligan||The Garden of Good and Evil|
|10.||wife||J.||John Travolta||"Michael," the movie|
|11.||harp||K.||Shylock||Page 40, N.Y. Review of Books, 12/4/97|
|12.||Oscar||L.||Stephen King||The Shining (pbk., 1997), pp. 316, 317|
"...while the scientist sees
everything that happens
in one point of space,
the poet feels
everything that happens
in one point of time...
all forming an
instantaneous and transparent
organism of events...."
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 8:14 AM
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 8:00 AM
ART WARS, continued:
Monday, August 20, 2007 8:01 AM
Annals of Journalism:
Sunday, August 19, 2007 8:19 AM
Logos and Epiphany:
"Two New York fire fighters were killed while trying to douse a blaze in the former Deutsche Bank building in the city.
fire broke out on 14th and 15th floors yesterday afternoon and spread
to several floors before it was brought under control about five hours
The building had been heavily damaged during the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks.
building, which was damaged by falling debris of the twin towers that
had collapsed in 2001 when terrorists flew hijacked planes into them,
was being 'deconstructed' to make way for construction of a new Freedom
|SPORTS OF THE TIMES
Restoring the Faith
After Hitting the Bottom
By SELENA ROBERTS
The New York Times
Published: August 1, 2007
What good is a nadir if it's denied or ignored? What's the value of reaching the lowest of the low if it can't buy a cheap epiphany?
Saturday, August 18, 2007 7:20 PM
Happy Birthday, Robert Redford