Sunday, July 24, 2016

Alone with Our Madness and Favorite Flower We See That There Really Is Nothing Left to Write About

  • Windows tells me I have that much time to upgrade to Windows 10 or - what? Would I regret forever upgrading? My assumption is Windows will support 7 until there is an 11, and by the time there is an 11 I will be in motherfucking MacLand.
  • Today is the only practical day for me to do the upgrade before the deadline, so, if you never hear from me again.....
  • America Again: a Long Rant. A righteous one at that.
  • Wait, said my Hillaryite Friend, you're saying you approve of the Kaine pick? I said, as a political strategy, yes. Lordy, the Liberal pundits are SQUEALING IN GLEE at being Kained. He's not just the anti-Trump, he's the anti-Hillary, standing before cameras and talking-wise. He will be the good Democratic dad of the campaign. HF said, laughing, so Kaine thinks he's Gore 1992 or Biden 2008? I said, Chelsea will let him know in 2022, and HF will buy me a pint next time we pint.
  • Could Hillary Clinton become the champion of the 99%? the New York Times breathlessly asks! No.
  • Reminder: Hillary Clinton supports Israel's apartheid and ethnic cleansing.
  • Tim Kaine, and other faith-based politics.
  • Reminder: you, you fucking hippie, while Democrats mock Trump at convention, they hate you more.
  • Hillaryian Loyalty
  • UPDATE! Wasserman out, not for what she did but because she got caught and it went public.
  • UPDATE! Hillary would behead Chelsea on live TV if she thought it would help her politically.
  • This is the sublede on a front page Washington Post story by Karen Tumulty: Her startling decision to run for the highest office in America set Clinton — who had already been first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state — on a path no woman has ever walked. Startling decision? Startling decision? Startling decision?
  • I didn't read the story - Washington Post wants me to pay for it, and sheeyit.
  • So yes, it's a lame pun, but the word Left in this post's title why today this poem.
  • On the Trump/KGB connection.
  • Invalidating Darwish's identity card.
  • Maggie's weekly links.
  • { feuilleton }'s weekly links. 
  • ROKY ERICKSON DOCUMENTARY! Saw this after posting the Shostakovich or there would have been Erickson songs today. Tomorrow.
  • Julian Barnes has written a novel about Shostakovich? Shostakovich starred in Vollmann's Central Europe, so I've already done one novel with him. Barnes has never sung to me, but Dmitri?


John Ashbery

Alone with our madness and favorite flower
We see that there really is nothing left to write about.
Or rather, it is necessary to write about the same old things
In the same way, repeating the same things over and over
For love to continue and be gradually different.

Beehives and ants have to be re-examined eternally
And the color of the day put in
Hundreds of times and varied from summer to winter
For it to get slowed down to the pace of an authentic
Saraband and huddle there, alive and resting.

Only then can the chronic inattention
Of our lives drape itself around us, conciliatory
And with one eye on those long tan plush shadows
That speak so deeply into our unprepared knowledge
Of ourselves, the talking engines of our day.


  1. Countdown to having to pay for the upgrade.

    You could run Linux.

    1. Yeah, I did the minimum amount of research necessary and found out it's the free upgrade. Research also indicated that I should stay the fuck as far from upgrading as possible because Windows. I'm gonna run this laptop into the ground then go deal with the -.06% less-shittiness that is apple. Fine metaphors abound.

  2. Well, for less shitty (security/privacy concerns), you couldn't go wrong with Linux. Of course all of them fail as soon as you plug into Verizon, Comcast, random ISP. Even if your OS isn't reporting back to the mothership, the providers are.

    As far as being stuck in Windows land, I prefer Windows 10 for one big personal use case... it lets me set different screen resolutions on my laptop and external monitor. With 7, one was always too big or too small.

  3. Clarification--meant different screen scaling, not resolution.

    1. i upgraded to windows 10 and have found it an improvement with a few useful features and no serious problems - if you're already using windows i would say go ahead - this free advice is offered on an as-is basis with no warranty blahblahblah

  4. Excellent use of exclamation point in Bullet Point #5 supra!

  5. Reminder: you, you fucking hippie, while Democrats mock Trump at convention, they hate you more.

    They never let us forget. I'm off to the patchouli store.

  6. They also use "hoots of derision" as an adjunct to their mockery, I've noticed.