April 30th, 2006


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Sunday 'toons:

4 Block World reminds us of why we were told to "clean our plates".

A good Day By Day. The Sunday Extra is a good one, too.

Dilbert studies the relationship that Wally has with the PHB.

You have to wonder if what happens in today's Big Nate goes on at spring training camps.

Drabble reminds me of the duck and goose pond at the Trappist monastery in Conyers, GA. I spent a week there once on a silent retreat.

Bucky watches the ballgame in today's Get Fuzzy. I saw a doubleheader last night: the Braves lost to the Mets in the first game, and the White Sox beat the Angels in the nightcap.

Luann reminds us all not to try to be so perfect.

Pearls Before Swine reminds us not to be so literal.

Unfit is just funny.

Have a good Sunday.

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I note with a certain amount of sadness the passing of economist John Kenneth Galbraith at the age of 97. I am the way I am today because, as a junior in college, I had to read his The New Industrial State, which was only about ten years old at the time, but which already sounded dated and pessimistic, particularly when compared with Milton Friedman's Capitalism And Freedom, which had been written much earlier.

Rest in peace, professor.

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Had some good relaxation time today. We went to Mass, out to lunch, then out for coffee. I spent coffee time continuing this story that refuses to die, listening to the Beatles' White Album (which I just got on CD, and which I haven't listened to since college), and reading a wonderful book called The World In A Phrase: A Brief History Of The Aphorism, by James Geary. You'd enjoy this book if you enjoy aphorisms, which the author calls "literature's hand luggage". An example, from the dust jacket:

Knowledge may have its purposes, but guessing is always more fun than knowing - W. H. Auden

I enjoyed the brief histories of the aphorists, many of whom I wasn't even familiar with, as much as the aphorisms themselves. I was familiar with Heraclitus, to whom I was introduced by Roger von Oech, the author of A Whack On The Side Of The Head, and with Ben Franklin (of course), Ambrose Bierce, Emerson and Thoreau, but wasn't familiar with many of the more obscure ones, such as Stanislaw Jerzy Lec.

As for the White Album...wow. I forgot how much I had enjoyed it. I listened to it straight through, from "Back in the USSR" to "Good Night", and didn't even skip past "Revolution #9" as I did when I was younger. That track made no more sense to me now than it did 40 years ago, but it was a much different experience with headphones. I noticed that they did a lot of shifting from channel to channel, or that the channels would be discrete (e.g. "Martha My Dear", where Paul's voice and piano were in the left channel and the rest of the music was in the right, with little or no bleed through), which makes me wonder if they were recorded separately from one another. That was a difficult period in their history (the beginnings of Apple Corps, Yoko, other internal tensions), so it wouldn't surprise me.

Anyway, good day today. A full week of work ahead of me this week. Think I'll make a point of relaxing. Hope everyone's well.