Old Folks

12/30/02 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Just sitting about wasting time on the internet up at the Treehouse.

It was a standard day. Get up around 8 -- check email, check website, check chat, read the nytimes about 200 times. It amazes me how i can spend an entire day doing this. Does anything get done?

Last night on WESS, the Sunday Announcer, whose name I forget played a few songs by Wee Bonnie Baker -- what a wonderful singer.

Back to today. Around 10am, it's time for hanging out in the hot tub. Then to a shower, and then to spending the rest of the morning and afternoon at the computer.

Around 2, it's off to the grocery store -- listening to Teri Gross interview Gene Simmons -- what an interview -- the most remarkable thing is that it appears that Teri got way defensive way fast. I remember when she interviewed Hurrican Carter -- and he got testy -- she was incredibly good at deflecting that. Did Gene cut too close to the bone, or did she feel the need to stand up and hand it back to him?

On this, the second listening of this interview, it did appear that she wasn't as testy as the first time I heard her, yet, things get very defensive very quickly.

Home again Home again, Jiggety Jig.

Load the groceries up -- put some stew on the heat -- and keep surfing -- Bob Perkins played "old folks" which, it turns out was written by Willard Robison and sung by Jack Teagarden. Wonderful song. I'm thinking of a recording of it -- by the meltones perhaps ? Not sure. Beautiful Harmonies.

Now it's 7:30 pm. Time maybe to eat -- I was going to buy a video tape over at the local drugstore, but none were for sale that I wanted to watch -- so it'll be Eugen Weber talking about the absolutism of the 17th century -- when Monarchs were absolute and everybody else was not.

This is bold

a pic

12/29/02 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
here's a pic

Christmas 2002

12/29/02 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Christmas was different this year. Dad is sick. We know it. Dad knows it. Mom knows it.

Our family is weird in that there has always been a very large significance attached to family get togethers. I always remarked at how, when growing up, the entirety of our family consisted of Grand Parents, Parents, and their kids. Now that the kids have had kids, the get togethers consist of cousins, and second cousins, and all of the original cast. What are the trends in America? In olden days, big extended families were not uncommon -- everybody lived very close to one another, or in the same house. Big families made sense in that everyone looked after one another. When America happened, and people started dispersing, the big family became a thing of the past: travel was too expensive and time consuming. Now the plane, train, and automobile have made the big family possible once again. Is this happening across america, or just in the Graves family?

At Echo Valley the gatherings always seemed to have a certain air of compulsion about them -- people were supposed to show up, so they dutifully did. Protocol demanded attendence until perhaps 8pm when it was ok to make excuses and head home.

Now the same thing happens, but there seems to be more compulsion, or perhaps less compulsion but more desire to hang about. One thing that's changed is that people bring food now, where before, Mom would bake and cook everything.

Back to Christmas. I did mucho shopping online this year. Took gifts to the treehouse, and wrapped them there. Trying to remember when i drove up to the treehouse -- being without a schedule makes everything blend these days. I know that the huge storm started on Tuesday night, the 24th, and by the 25th, it was a full blown blizzard. I was sad to have to leave that day. The drive home was fun -- it was snowing furiously. There were at least 6 cars in one-car crashes along the side of the road -- continuing operations into deteriorating conditions, I believe they call that.

Arrived home at about noon, not much longer than it would have taken without the snow -- a little surprised at that. Christmas with snow was fun.

10pm rolled around soon enough -- most everyone had already gone. The ride home was spent driving slowly, listening to 103.3 -- princeton's station? Playing some mighty weird stuff.

More later.


12/03/02 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Seen in a recent Personals Ad:

more about who I'm looking for

a total prick control-freak alpha male.

make sure none of my friends like u and my family is very upset.

be so great in the sack that i'd do anything u say.

be crazy too.

All the Good Things

11/18/02 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
All the Good things you want to do in your life have to be started in the next few hours, days or weeks.


11/18/02 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: song of the day
When Shadows Fall
And trees whisper day is ending
My thoughts are forever wending home

When Crickets Call
My heart is forever yearning
Once more to be returning home

And when the hills conceal the setting sun
Stars begin to peep in one by one

Night covers all
And though fortune may forsake me
Sweet dreams will ever take me home

Written by: Van Steeden, Harry & Jeff Clarkson

Listen to Home

On My Persian Rug

11/17/02 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
On my Persian Rug
I can stray far away
Up to the land of my dreams

On my Persian rug
Wishes too all come true
And i'm Aladdin so it seems

Robots bring to me
Gifts of wealth and treasure
Slave girls sing to me
Love songs tender

On my Persian rug
Cares today drift away
Leaving the gold of my dreams


11/17/02 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Geek
SV:123456:respawn:/command/svscanboot < /dev/null

You want to do this so that when the shell that inittab opens to run svscanboot (it's a shell script) opens the svscanboot script, it doesn't give it descriptor 0 -- because in svscanboot, that descriptor is redirected -- and the shell can't read any more of the script.

Redirecting descriptor 0 in the beginning means that the script gets another descriptor when opened, and it won't get lost on line 6 of the script when descriptor 0 is redirected.


WESS - A Feeling of Jazz

11/16/02 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Bill Hopkins simply has one of the best radio shows on in existence.

Dave Frishberg
Al Haig
Eddie Jefferson

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