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Saturday, July 21st, 2007
11:10 pm - chapter 2 done
At this rate, I might have a first draft in time to read to my grandchildren.

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Sunday, March 25th, 2007
8:38 pm - What's that "be-bop, be-bop" stuff you're playing?
Assuming there's anything to this "technology" stuff people have been on about lately, clicking on the links below will enable you to virtually attend the concert your correpondent gave at the Berkeley Jazzschool yesterday. "Scrapple from the Apple" is my favorite. (On a couple of these you will hear an additional tenor saxophonist who is not me; but as you, readers, are all persons of taste and discernment it will hardly be necessary to indicate who is who.)


Also some bonus a cappella tracks (the last of which was posted here before):


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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
1:25 pm - News
UCB Ling Dept has graciously offered me admission to their PhD program, which I have graciously accepted. The plan worked. Bye bye anthropophagy, hello linguipsticks.

current mood: none, or other

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Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
6:15 pm - Fame and fortune at last
I made the update bracket of a Language Log post.

current mood: film rights, anyone?

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Sunday, October 15th, 2006
11:53 pm - Some observations on prose technique

I was rereading one of my favorite action sequences in fantasy, the mantichore battle in E. R. Eddison’s The Worm Ouroboros, and was struck by some of the technical devices in it. Here’s the passage:long!Collapse )

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Saturday, October 14th, 2006
8:14 pm - Just overheard in a bookstore
Customer: Hi, I'm looking for Lacan.
Storekeeper: Sorry - Kubla Khan?
Customer: No, Jacques Lacan.

current mood: amused

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Saturday, August 5th, 2006
10:16 am - morning limerick
There once was an amateur dervish
Whom spinning made terribly nervish.
  He said, “When I whirl,
  I feel ready to hurl,
But the others all seem quite impervish.”

current mood: silly

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Monday, June 12th, 2006
11:24 pm
The characters wouldn't stop talking, so it weighs in at 11,400 words - much longer than I expected, even after I snipped off part of the last scene to start the next chapter with - but as of ten minutes ago, Chapter One of the nameless novel is now complete.


And now onward...

current mood: content

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Monday, March 20th, 2006
10:30 pm
A new LJ friendomine says,

I would so, so, so love to find "Erev Ba." It was one of the loveliest Israeli folk melodies I've ever heard, and there are a lot of them.

I must be the least folklore-savvy Israeli on the planet, but you lot know your own heritage, don't you, dammit? Has anyone heard of it?

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Sunday, March 19th, 2006
4:01 pm - Complete this quick poll for a free Metaphor Smoothie
Should your humble correspondent, who is still not sure what an Anthropologist is but is increasingly certain he does not intend to be one, (1) throw in the colors, (2) strike his uncle, or (3) cry, "Towel!"?

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Monday, February 20th, 2006
8:57 pm
Q. Which of the following fruits are botanically considered "berries"?

Blueberry, strawberry, avocado, boysenberry, persimmon, tomato, blackberry, grape, date, raspberry, eggplant, guava, chili pepper, cranberry, gooseberry.

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
8:09 am - The grandpa you always wish you'd had
Happy hundredth birthday, Albert Hoffman!

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Monday, December 26th, 2005
2:57 pm - Tomorrow night
Looks like I'll be in Tel Aviv tomorrow.
Anyone for a beer?

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Friday, December 16th, 2005
10:03 pm
Wikipedia has once again rendered me sterling service and eased my mind of a long-standing concern: there is an arithmetic test for divisibility by seven. It's not quite as quick-and-easy as the one for divisibility by three, but well, that's just what you'd expect from seven.

Now if anyone could shed any light on the uncanny properties of the decimal expansion of one-seventh, I'd be even happier.

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12:40 pm - Coming soon to a small Mediterranean country near you...

Playing nightly, Dec. 20 - Jan. 8. Give yourself a holiday present and get your FREE ticket to this several-times-in-a-lifetime event NOW!

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Sunday, November 27th, 2005
11:56 pm - Advice needed
My life needs a new coat of novelty, as the present one is starting to wear off. Where can I send it for relacquering?

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Friday, November 25th, 2005
10:36 pm - A soliloquy
As promised a while ago to cinamon.


(A bit noisy, I'm afraid; if any audio guru out there can suggest how to clean this file up, I'd be much obliged.)

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Sunday, October 9th, 2005
11:08 am - Cerebrating Textuality: a review of the literature
I’m sick of grad school (Freltzberg 1978).

Moreover, Postlethwaite et al. (1992) suggestively suggest that the sociosemiotic network which Habermas (1947; 1953a) describes as “the culturally contingent web of negotiated meanings … through which public artifacts are reified, deified, de-reified and re-deified” is better understood as an agentive structure/process, which and by which social gestures (“art-if-act”) are continuously transforming and being transformed (cf. Ballox 1982).

This ignores the seminal work of Jrckoff (1995).

I am heartily sick of grad school (Smegner and Smegner, in press).

Babaghanoushi (1974) posits as a dynamic axiom the position that the dialectic process is inherently embodied and engendered, following Boulmichev’s (1969) compelling critique of the postcritical theory of the “social sign” outlined by Moolenschot (1960). However, the hermeneutical assumptions latent in this view, namely that hierarchical power is implicitly co-construed through the interaction of pragmatic agents (but see Shabbuzi 1993), may ultimately subsume rather than problematize the interpretive processes concerned.

I am sick of grad school to my very soul. I want to be in a hut on the Ucayali River with a shaman who has a day job as a construction worker squatting next to me with a mug of ayahuasca (Gnitsky 1961; Leroy-Desculx 1970; F. Pearse-Pogonoff, pers. comm.; Schyteler and Mulck, unpublished article submitted to Journal of Pompous Gibberish, March 2004; et passim).

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Sunday, August 14th, 2005
12:50 pm
Pics, pics, pics.

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
5:47 pm - vol. LXVII, shamanism - Shambo
In Shambo all four of the village shamans were drunk. My guide Maurer and I, arriving after a gruelingly dusty three-hour colectivo ride, had got a rather lukewarm reception from the chief - a very young man, in his early twenties (village chiefs are often young men, as these tend to have a better acquaintance with mestizo culture and a greater command of Spanish). He seemed preoccupied, if not morose, and sat in his hammock hunching his shoulders and making occasional desultory attempts at conversation.
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