Monday, September 01, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Great Lakes

A well-known feature of North American geography is its Great Lakes, five in total, Superior, Huron, Ontario, Michigan and Erie, seen below during early winter.

There are other freshwater places in our world, worthy of the name 'Great Lakes'. In Mongolia, for example:

Friday, August 22, 2014


Paul's new LG 55" 'BrainSucker' Television had no trouble finding its first victim: me! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Yellow Cabs, Steam Venting, Vermillion Monsters

Mid-afternoon, Midtown Manhattan, East 52nd Street… 

Suddenly, chickens above my head. 

Other creatures, too…

…monstrous things,…


…serpents, and from the corner of my eye, I saw the Medusa! (Did you SEE what she was WEARING??)

These are the Greek Monsters, on display at the Onassis Foundation: 
The Greeks knew that they must face their monsters, look them in the eye (even with a mirrored shield, as Perseus does with Medusa), and destroy them. Because they were, in a way, externalized concepts of what lay within every human being, these ‘monsters’ must be first acknowledged, then vanquished.
The Greek Monsters may be seen in the atrium of the Olympic Tower, 645 Fifth Avenue, at East 52nd Street.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sic semper tyrannis!

This shocking photograph was taken in the small American city of Ferguson, Miss., a suburb of St Louis, Miss.: race riots continue after police shot and killed a black teenager; Ferguson city population: 22,000 people, 60% black; the police department: of 53 police officers, 50 are white. They need the same reformation in policing as we had in Northern Ireland… (not that it makes everyone happy…)…

Anyway, look at those hideous weapons carried by the goons on the right, whose forearms alone are almost as thick as the head of the retreating local on the left. What I want to say will relate to another post, which I haven't written yet.

Supporters of the Second Amendment say that gun ownership is necessary to prevent tyranny, that the government of the day will think twice about messing with you, if you have a gun. This is indeed, a compelling argument, almost touching...

"Gentlemen, do not deliver the severe weather advisory flyer to 345 Knickerbocker Avenue. Mr. Smith has a legally-held hunting rifle, and is known to be a libertarian." 

At times I feel like opening the window and simply roaring with laughter, but I don't want to get shot. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pity the Planet, All Joy Gone

This amused me, in a mirthless way: someone chose the white space to the right of a YouTube ad, "Is Climate Change Irreversible?" to harp on thusly:

Americans unite in support of Hamas freedom fighters, end the blockade, human rights for Palestine, stop Israeli genocide and other war crimes, teenage mutant ninja tortoises, call off US aid to fascist Israel now, Allah Akbar.

What! But I thought climate change was a Zionist plot, too!? 

Friday, August 08, 2014

116th and Broadway


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Sunday, August 03, 2014

By Any Other Name

I saw these blue flowers growing by the side of the road near Yankee Stadium, yesterday. Certainly not roses, but still beautiful... flax?

UPDATE: the wildflower above is in fact Common Chicory, Cichorium intybus.

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Time for some humor. This is said to be a true story. One day, a reporter asked Pope John XXIII a question...

Reporter: Your Holiness, how many people work in the Vatican?

John XXIII: About half.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Books of the Upper West Side

"Rescue Bunnies". "New Girl In Town". "City Baby"…


Strange Personal from a Stranger

I hope this was not someone playing a cruel joke. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

What's Wrong With the Whites?

A downtown 1 train approaching Dyckman Street. 
This morning, in a deli, a customer was ordering his breakfast ahead of me, and he noticed the arrival behind the counter of a big pot of still-steaming hard-boiled eggs. 

With my face registering some level of agreeableness, I watched as he asked for an egg, then proceeded to eat it, joking with the guy behind the counter — "can I get a little salt?… no, shake it right into my mouth, man!" — and then heard the deli guy say: "there is only one way to eat an egg like this". 

We're both now looking at him with curiosity, as he reaches for another hard-boiled egg, and… he raises it to his mouth… and…  he squeezed it just enough so that the hard round yolk popped out into his mouth. Then he tossed the white away. 

And in unison, we both cried: "What's wrong with the white?!" 

He just shrugged. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Botanica Window in East Elmhurst

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers"! From left: Death, Christ on the Cross, Aunt Jemima? Mary Magdalene?! And a laughing, stretching Buddha!