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  • Uncle Tree 7:18 pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: April Fool's Day, joker, mistake, obnoxious, trick, victim   

    The Foolish Imbecile 


    Turn now to April

    The winds of March will subside

    May’s a page away


    I will fool myself

    Tricks performed every day

    Thought I could do that

    (More …)

    • me2watson 6:30 am on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Possibly related posts?

      I think the computer missed the boat with those…well, one of us did.

      Oh, gee whitakers! I heard this song on the way home last night,

      and that’s why this foolish little ditty is here. Def Leppard, “Foolin”

      “Is anybody out there?” Let us not go madly into this silly day.

    • ed 9:19 am on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Nah, nuffink out there as far as my fig meant of imagination cares to put you on tree.
      Def Leppard in tree never herd of me being one2 is aloud enough my years.

      What’s karma, Keith?

      • me2watson 5:39 pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        With friends like you, Ed…yo!

        This is a foolish herd, and my cat don’t corral.

        Yeah, we get a few silent strays here and there, but

        just as quickly they mooooove on. Giddy up, cowboy!

        Karma is the name of that black and white bull over yonder.

        So what color is your cape, and have you got the hips to whip it?

        • ed 3:28 am on Thursday, April 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Phew, glad we cleared that fence, Keith!
          That’ll teach us to go into a field of bullshit…black and white, too!
          Have you still got the baton?
          Y’know, the one Mum and Dad passed over.
          Clinging on for grim death, here.


    • me2watson 5:48 am on Thursday, April 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Popping buttons with batons from the past
      leaves me shirtless. Are my welts showing yet?

      Here’s a Klingon for you, Dr. Spock

    • heath 5:26 pm on Friday, April 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The Elegant Jester strikes again…
      love, h

  • heath 5:57 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: digital publishing, new edition,   

    The NYTimes.com has gone global… 

    The NYTimes.com has gone global:

  • heath 11:14 am on Sunday, March 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Deborah Solomon, Donald Trump, global finances, , , real estate, zillionaires   

    I’m laughing out loud at Donald Trump’… 

    I’m laughing out loud at Donald Trump’s unalloyed unabated arrogance (and his crowing at not being hit as hard as others by the real estate downturn) in this mini-interview by Deborah Solomon in the NY Times Sunday Magazine:


  • Dara 9:50 am on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Right Ed, Thats how it will be now on. … 

    Right Ed,

    Thats how it will be now on. My way is the only way!!!! And I haven’t even had a drink yet.


    • Hyd-Guy 2:50 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      As Ed said, you don’t have to change the OS! You just download Firefox (about 10mb in size, just type mozilla firefox in googe to download for free from the official site.)
      I use Internet Explorer like you do and hada simlar problem in replyig like you do but, you can still reply (like I am doing now via IE) to the mother post by cliking on the number of commnets you see beside the date of the post.

      for ex:

      Dara 9:50 am on March 26, 2009 | 0

      I clik on “0” (zero ) to post this comment.

      No this number should be 1 (one) after I hit the post comment.

    • Dara 12:11 pm on Friday, March 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hyd din’t I tell you earlier you’re a genius?
      Well I was right and you are.
      You too Heath, I remember you mentioned something like this earlier and I didnt pay attention. So whats new? I can hear you think 🙂

      Love and many thanks again to you both,

      • heath 5:28 pm on Friday, April 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, Dara, I’m slain! Me a too? Huh! Sniff, sniff! 🙂 (So he doesn’t listen to what I say, hmmm? …. )

        love, h

  • Dara 10:08 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    I just might show some courage and chang … 

    I just might show some courage and change my OS so I can comment too! Don’t bet on it though. 🙂

    You both seem almost on target Heath and Ed, on the waffling bit. Its just that maybe if you appreciated the miniscule shift in paradigm which is really an off centric parabolic type – once you factor that in the whole thing takes off. I think the secret of success for this whole gigantic overload on the brain is to get that one basic faultline retored to its original owners.



    • heath 11:37 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      😆 !!

      love, h

    • ed 8:27 am on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Well said, Dara 🙂
      Go on, you can download Firefox, (did H mail you??) alongside existing IE and choose to use it when YOU sit down at the screen, and quite independently of other powers that be 😉 Before you know where you are, everyone will be using it. Then, you can sneak the ‘default’ option :))

      Tell ’em Ed gets away with a split mind, why not you?

  • Dara 1:32 am on Sunday, March 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Have a waffle. An editorial in the Indi … 

    Have a waffle.

    An editorial in the Indian Express of 20 Mar. Its on the national rural employyment guarantee act which I have read, reread and then read some more and am none the wiser. Appropriately headlined:

    “Digging a hole.

    …..Yes, the core competence of the act is expanding rural employment (and acting as an automatic, counter-cyclical macro economic stabiliser in these diffcult times), and the fact that some of the assets being created aren’t quite as useful as they could be has been much discussed in the past and eventually dismissed as, in the end, not really the scheme’s main thrust.” There is more …..

    I know it makes sense, I’m just wondering to whom?

    • heath 8:24 am on Monday, March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Well, it’s like this… If you understand that the act itself is one thing and its core competence is something else,different and more important than the conscious intent of the act itself, then the rest is easy, hai na? It’s all about the physics of economics, ya? It has to do with granularity, in part. I must disagree, though, with the writer’s contention that the assets being created aren’t quite as useful, I mean either they are very useful or they are a complete con, eh? Of course it doesn’t matter much, except for purposes of theoretical discussion, because the assets that are a product of the act itself are in fact peripheral, as it’s the core competence that really matters. Thus the core competence is in fact the scheme’s main thrust, no? Yes. I think, anyway.

    • ed 3:35 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      All sounds very unwholesome to me, Dara 😉
      Is it the core competence of a cooking apple they are talking about? Honey and blackberries make a very tasty filler, I find. Physical exercise is always good for pen-pushers.

      My brain aches 🙂

    • Hyd-Guy 2:36 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It’s election season and the ruling Congress party (of the United Progressive Alliance) — like every other party — is promising heaven if voted in again.

      “national rural employyment guarantee act ”

      Come on! this is from the Congress party election manifesto. The party of the ‘Aam Admi'(common man) for the past 60 years…

      No one really follows up on the manifestos. Relasing a manifesto full of promises just before the elections is a ritual where they get free press coverage to air their propganda of promises and schemes and their attacks on the opposition. (the only excpetion to this rule among the major politcal parties is the BSP of Mayavati in the state of UP — they never have a ‘manifesto’. They claim that their actions speak…or something, helps them to keep their options open:) i think)

      The PM beleives in ‘inclusive growth’ – economic growth benefitting all cross sections of society. That’s well and good… The Congress party is supposed to be centre-left, whle the left is the communist parties (CPI and CPM, marxist, lennist, maoist etc etc..) and the right is supposed to be hindu nationalist BJP (of the National Democratic Alliance – the principal opposition to the congress alliance). As such BJP is only ‘right’/conservative in social issues (Hindutva, and their oppostion to special treatment to the Muslim minorities who are used as vote banks by the Congress party) but when it comes to economic policies all parties are faaaar left when compared to te left-right dichotomy of the Maerican political landscape. (The communits parties supported the Congress party for 4 and half years, they only retreated teir support based on the single issue of the US-America Nuclear deal that was reached a few months ago, and not on some economic policies.)

      To the readers in the US, here’s a small analogy which can help to make some sense of the Indian politics:

      The Congres party is like the Democratic party ; center-left
      The Bhartiya Janata party (BJP) is like the GOP; center-right
      The African Maericans are like the Muslims (about 15% of the population,
      who traditionally vote COngress and are aganist BJP, whichis defined by relgious politics, much like the the GOP is defined by race politics in the US.)

      (These are the two biggest parties and they have allaiances with other
      regional parties, The Unite dProgressive Alliance is led by COngress which is in power now, The National Democrtic Alliance (NDA) le dby NJP is the pricnpal oppostion. And there is a so called Third Front made of many regional parties and the Communist parties, who wish to create their own power block and perhaps even gain power by splitting the two big allainces and form a goverment after the elelctions if no one gets a majority . )

      Anyway… its going to be crazy in April and May…general and state assembly elections happen in phases over a 5 week period (unlike in one day as in the US.)

      In my state Andhra Pradesh (AP) there are three big parties – the ruling Congress (very strong) , the princpal opposton TDP which has now formed a grand allaince with comminust parties and TRS(a party created a few years ago fighting for a sperate statehood of a region in AP called Telangana – which includes the capital city of Hyderabad) Then tehre is the new politcal paty Praja Rajyam (People Kingdom) created a few months agao by the 50 year old Telugu superstar film actor (In India, film stars have huge poulariyy and many have succesful political careers, especially in the souther states where many have become chief ministers of tehir states by creating tehir own parties and politcal legacies.)

      The elections in my state are so complicated and diverse that you can only imagine what it would be on a national scale that has so many parties and regions with a billion voters.

      It’s going to be frentic with the elctions in April and May , which is alos when the Inian Premier League (Cricket) will happen in South Africa (due to security issues during elections) …

  • Dara 1:05 am on Sunday, March 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    One comment fits all. No.1. Heath, Im … 

    One comment fits all.

    No.1. Heath, Im sure its an IE problem but as I explained earlier, there are others using this comp. who are loathe to change. I don’t have the guts or authority to tell them to take a flying jump. There are some who simply must be obeyed. 🙂 I do, I do, I do.

    No.2. Dear Ed, don’t let an Indian politician in here. One was caught on video kissing a fistfull of notes (bribe) proclaiming ” Money sure isn’t God, but it isn’t lesser either.” This gentleman sees no difference between love, money or God. Isn’t that a happy state to be in? Incidentally that was the last we heard of him and thats about 4 years now.

    No. 3 Hey UT, did I ever tell you that your comments bring an instant smile 🙂

    No 4. Heath, Sabu’s blog is a fun place.


    • ed 4:45 am on Monday, March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yo, Dara, hopefully someone has called in the politician’s own debts 😉

  • heath 8:49 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blogging, parental pride, Sabu Quinn   

    The grin I’m wearing is so wide my face … 

    The grin I’m wearing is so wide my face just might split open. I just discovered my son’s blog. We’d talked about blogging a little, a couple of years ago. He didn’t want to. He recently redesigned his web site himself. But he didn’t tell me he had a blog. He’s a good writer, that I knew. But I’d never read a blog kind of thing from him. Boy, am I proud! Aiiii! Please forgive this post — this was a delightful surprise to find!

    His web site is here: http://www.sabuquinn.com
    and the blog is here: http://www.sabuquinn.com/blog

    • ed 5:01 am on Monday, March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You have every right to be proud of Sabu, Heath and no need for me to tell you. He pleases me no end, too, such honest, gifted and perceptive fun.

      I guess he’s darn proud of you, in return, for the launch and continuing loving gaze.


      • heath 8:17 am on Monday, March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Dara and Ed

        Thanks for visiting Sab’s blog. Ed, I don’t think he’s in love with my adulation of him 🙂 .

        love, h

  • heath 6:41 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Clay Shirky, journalism, Raghav,   

    Raghav’s song Humrahee and an essay ab … 

    Raghav’s song Humrahee and an essay about how the web is affecting journalism have one thing in common — uncommon beauty.

    Humrahee, written and performed by Raghav — tender, lyrical, gorgeous:

    Clay Shirky’s “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable”, a profound essay on how the web is affecting journalism (and by implication, other businesses and arts):

    God bless the Internet — that’s all of us — for what it allows us to experience and share.

  • ed 9:50 am on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Affluence, , Resentment, spirituality   

    Love nor money I feel that a Creator’s … 

    Love nor money

    I feel that a Creator’s Love is All-pervading, the very glue that holds our Universe and Us together.
    It bothers me, in general terms, that we should hitch a ride on Love to make a relative affluence of fame and fortune, whilst a huge proportion of our brothers and sisters are spiritually starved.

    May I suggest, we are here on Earth to make (fulfil) Love, not money. Money can ‘freeze’ Love, so that, like a glacier, it flows quite imperceptably. Only the warming of individual hearts towards each other can induce the thaw and set Love flowing among the collective whole. Money, if then a facilitating tool, can flow at Love’s own warm pace and be the true symbol of Love’s quickening.

    To each their warming hearts, never to forget, in our impatient judging, that it is not over until the fat lady SINGS!!

    What a Fat Lady Mother Earth is!

    • me2watson 6:57 pm on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Someday…Father Sun will swallow her whole.

      And however you perceive it be,

      won’t make any difference.

      He doesn’t sing with his mouth full.

      • ed 2:58 am on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Since when have you been a scientist, Keith?
        You often sing with a mouthful of creations.

    • derek 11:42 pm on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      and when Father Sun rips his last gasser
      new elements
      never seen before
      will zip through our galaxy
      and eventually fall back together
      to make to make
      humans 2.0


    • ed 3:03 am on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      As an artist, Derek, your brainwave is the Father’s command, zip-assisted or no 😉

    • derek 9:58 am on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Ed
      The creative energy of my father, the sun, flows through my brain and into my fingertips.
      From blank canvasses and empty paper come worlds that people get lost in their thoughts in.
      Sometimes I feel like a god myself, but then the electric bill comes and I realize I’m only a humble servant.

      When money is no longer in fashion the dynamics will change and I can be a full time god.


  • Uncle Tree 6:24 am on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: conversation, informal, open, peers, , strangers, torture   

    Springboarding: A Torture-Free Alternative 

    An informal, open discussion minus the peer pressure.

    It is a bit of a rush, isn’t it? Posting a comment to a group of strangers.

    “We mean you no harm. Just tell us the truth, and our words will spring into action.”

    The truth is, it’s okay to talk back. Never mind what your parents said.

    Talk front, and do it today. Speak for yourself, friend! UT

    • me2watson 6:48 am on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Our spirits may only move on the water,

      but we make quite a splash

      when our thoughts go underground.

    • Davis 8:35 am on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      you said it

      • me2watson 5:33 pm on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        So did you. You made my day. Welcome, Davis!

        I hope you bring the comic section with you

        the next time your in town. No fear.

        See folks? It’s easy! UT

    • me2watson 7:48 pm on Friday, March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      A springboard is where you stand
      take a deep breathe or two
      gather your wits before the altar
      prepare to sacrifice your limbs
      (only those who fell for this)
      call for a matchmaker
      pray to God for a spark
      hope like hell it don’t rain
      notice you’ve quit breathing again
      gaze into upcoming moments
      see it through to the finish
      yes! we’ve been here before
      confidence mounts to rival hbp
      adrenalin bequeaths a killer rush
      breathe, baby, breathe
      and a one, and a two, and a three…

    • me2watson 8:58 am on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      With conversations on my mind, I step outside the back door.
      With their own version of Morse code, two woodpecker’s seem to be
      greeting each other and eating breakfast at the same time. The robins
      have arrived in full swing, singing their ol’ familiar song with nary a pause.
      The female cardinal’s sweet little chirps chime in quietly, but distinctly.
      The male’s continue their battle cry, not yet being in the mood for romance.
      The squirrels are certainly frisky, playing tag from tree to pole to tree
      and on down the wire, as my cat watches jealously, but in a nonchalant way.

    • Bonnie 1:01 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      A delightfully strange bird came to my garden this morning.
      We exchanged greetings, and
      After a while I asked her
      “Who are you?”

      She told me that Eostre, the lunar goddess,
      who gave her name to Easter and the female hormone estrogen,
      had found her injured and laying on the ground one winter.

      To save her life, Eostra transformed her into a hare.
      But the transformation was not a complete one.
      The bird took the appearance of a hare but retained the
      ability to lay eggs……

      Eostre’s feast day is held on the full moon following the
      vernal equinox (which just happens to coincide with Easter)
      So the hare decorates these eggs and leaves them as
      gifts for Eostre…….

      Now you know the rest of the story 😀

    • me2watson 6:42 am on Monday, March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Drumming up business
      Knock! Knock! Knock! Nobody’s home~
      Comments left behind

      Uncommon greetings
      Coming unexpectedly
      Thought I’d surprise them

      Just posted, it says
      Figured they were on
      But still no reply

      Three people, maybe
      Twenty comments I made
      No comments for me

      Thinking Golden Rule
      Perhaps, I am the other
      Guess the game changed, too

      The simple Hello!’s
      Still await moderation
      No one minds the store

      If you are new here…
      See? Expectations–
      What was I thinking?

  • Dara 10:15 am on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Starting a topic is easy Heath. But I su … 

    Starting a topic is easy Heath. But I sure can’t make any comments yet. That is bugging me no end. If every comment of mine becomes a post, I am certainly going to be creating one big unholy mess. But don’t boot me just yet, a miracle may yet happen.

    • heath 1:32 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      At the top of this post, it says “Dara 10:15 am on March 19, 2009 | 0”.

      I clicked on the “0” and it brought me to this reply text box. I am typing this comment and will then click on the “Post Comment” button below the box.

      After I have clicked on the “Post Comment” button, the heading of your post will then read “Dara 10:15 am on March 19, 2009 | 1”.

      Your problems are entirely due to using IE 6, not to anything you’re doing. I did report the IE 6 bugs to WordPress.

      Try installing FireFox — download it from here: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ — or Chrome — download it from here: http://www.google.com/chrome

      Using either of these browsers will solve your problem until WordPress fixes the P2 template to make it work with IE 6. Since WordPress should have made it work from the get-go, I don’t have strong confidence that they will develop a solution anytime soon, unless they hire me (ha-ha).

      love, h

      • heath 1:34 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        A second benefit of using either FireFox or Chrome is WordPress’s Dashboard will work a little faster.

        love, h

    • me2watson 7:41 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I hear ya, Dara! So I will try this here reply button, too.

      I will use the dashboard, if I choose to start something unholy. UT

  • heath 7:58 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hawt, stupidity,   

    Ostrich action (head in ground, ass poin … 

    Ostrich action (head in ground, ass pointing heaven-ward), seen at WordPress’s Hawt Post:


  • heath 4:59 pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Clive Owen, Duplicity, film direction, PDAs and juries, screenwriting, Tony Gilroy,   

    Short sketches, reversals, and… the In … 

    Short sketches, reversals, and… the Internet, PDA’s and juries…

    Am trying to write short stories so I can tighten my story sensibility before I go back to work on the book. Wrote two rough ones on the morning commute. Inspired by what I read about Tony Gilroy two days ago, some conversations with my son, and the way a special guy I know and love does his creative work.

    If you’re into writing, film direction, screenwriting, check the New Yorker’s profile of Tony Gilroy, whose forthcoming film Duplicity should be really good, not the least because Clive Owen is the male lead. D.T. Max’s profile of Gilroy is here:
    Wiki page for Duplicity:

    Here’s a grim yet funny irony… did you ever think that what your kids are doing with their PDA’s could also be done by juries with their PDA’s? With resulting confusion in and subversion of the American judicial system?
    Here’s the story:

    love, h

  • Dara 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Ok Heath Dear,With my fingers crossed … 

    Ok Heath Dear,

    With my fingers crossed and eyes shut tight here goes. I hit the post it button, wheeeeeeeeeee

    • heath 4:45 pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      oh, yes! 😀

      did you like it? wasn’t it easy?? 🙂 🙂 🙂 — love, h

    • Hyd guy 4:58 am on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It would be user friendly to have the reply/comment feature more visible like say “# comment(s) ” / “# replys(s)” thanks just the number which can be very easy to be missed by a new reader, as was the case with me when I visited this blog a day or so ago and couldn’t find where to leave a comment as a guest. I alos see that there is no reply- to-a-reply feature, as in the Grafetti blog, which isn’t a big deal though.

      Great work with the Grafetti blogs. keep it up!

      • Grafetti Admin 6:24 am on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Hyd guy, you may be using IE 6 — this blog template doesn’t render right in it. If you try it in Firefox or Chrome, you’ll see a Reply link in pale gray to the right of each post or comment.

        On behalf of all of us, thank you for your encouragement.

  • heath 6:15 pm on Monday, March 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: City Room Blog, counterfeiting, hidden downsizing, morality, , tuna sandwich, unemployment   

    The NYTimes has a lot of interesting stu … 

    The NYTimes has a lot of interesting stuff going on. One of my fav’s is the City Room blog, here:

    Today there’s “Fired Over a Tuna Sandwich, and Fighting Back”, a sad story, where justice of a personal kind prevailed, but a larger social justice didn’t:

    and “The Moral Costs of Counterfeiting”, with some surprising thoughts:

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  • heath 8:17 am on Sunday, March 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: daylight map, equinox, light pollution, sleepless in nature,   

    The equinox… 

    The equinox is almost upon us… the curves of the dark and sunny places on the daylight map on my iGoogle page have their tops and bottoms cut off…

    Check out it here: http://www.daylightmap.com …at any time of your day or night. I love the necklaces of lights in the dark places… but that’s a sign of light pollution, too.. and we wonder why species are dying off? maybe they can’t get any sleep 😦

    • heath 8:29 am on Sunday, March 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Holy smokes, on the map right now it’s daylight in India, but there’s a big horizontal bright splotch northwest of Gujarat and southeast of Karachi. The satellite image shows a bit of blue water there and vast extents of whiteness — is it the sands and salt flats in the Rann of Kutch??

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