Two articles have popped up about an exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco called “Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years.” The first link was from the intrepid New York Review of Books Daily blog; Zohar Studios’: An Invented Artist’s Lively Inventions by J. Hoberman and the second link is from … [Read more…]
In the Guardian, an essay on the goal of Chuck Feeney, who gave away around $8 billion during his life. Still with us at 89, Mr. Feeney lives in San Francisco in a rented apartment. Billionaire Chuck Feeney achieves goal of giving away his fortune Rupert Neate Sat 19 Sep 2020 Irish-American mogul’s philanthropic foundation … [Read more…]
Over at IEEE Spectrum, another in-depth article on problems at the Hanford Site in Eastern Washington state. This essay deals with problems found in the “nearly 2,000 capsules of highly radioactive cesium and strontium” kept in a facility known as “Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility (WESF).” “Built in 1973, the facility is well beyond its … [Read more…]
In the 1990’s, we got to know this winery up county off Dry Creek. Bob Stemmler produced Bellissimo, a marvelous rich, red claret. The winery is gone, but the fond memories of sending a bottle back to the kitchen at Chez Panisse lives on. We’d buy it by the case, it was a “reasonably” priced … [Read more…]
A gift from strangers left on the beach, September 26, 2017.
Ed Yong writes in the Atlantic about America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral and ends with this: 9. The Habituation of Horror The U.S. might stop treating the pandemic as the emergency that it is. Daily tragedy might become ambient noise. The desire for normality might render the unthinkable normal. Like poverty and racism, … [Read more…]
A federal lab found a way to modernize the grid, reduce reliance on coal, and save consumers billions. Then Trump appointees blocked it. The Atlantic Story by Peter Fairley
In an article at www.propublica.org on August 17, the author, Marshall Allen, shows some alarming data points concerning the spread of the pandemic from Las Vegas. ProPublica used cell phone data from a weekend of people who were in Las Vegas and then traced their travels afterwards. The web of their cross contagion is shown … [Read more…]
From the August 18, 2020 New York Times: Peter V. Tytell, a Typewriter Whisperer, Is Dead at 74 Raised in his parents’ typewriter repair shop, he became renowned for his ability to help resolve disputes over documents’ authenticity. Peter V. Tytell, whose knowledge of the intricacies of typewriters, shaped amid the Olivettis, Underwoods and Royals … [Read more…]
Over on the Atlantic, James Parker writes about The Funkadelic Album That Predicted the Future The legendary band could almost blend in with other acts during the counterculture of the ’70s. But today, the group looks like a pure phenomenon.