Jul 252012

Link the names below with the riders above
  • Leo Tol­stoy, 1895 (Leo learned to ride at 67!)
  • Jef­frey Eugenides, 2007
  • Ernest Hem­ing­way, 1919
  • Hen­ry Miller, 1952
  • Pat­ti Smith, 1999
  • Sylvia Plath at 18, 1950
  • Thomas Hardy, 1888
  • Arthur Conan Doyle, 1892
  • Ten­nessee Williams, 1970
  • Ray Brad­bury, 1975
  • Philip Larkin, 1973
  • H.G. Wells, 1905
To check your identifications click on the montage.
 Posted by at 12:00 pm
Dec 282011

The bear and I fin­ished (and loved) “The Mar­riage Plot” then took the time to rig up this ver­sion two of our iPad hold­er.

One change is the stream­lin­ing of the pvc struc­ture. It seems less over­whelm­ing when lay­ing under than the ver­sion one design (click here to see ver­sion one).

By far the best mod­i­fi­ca­tion is to the RAM iPad mount itself. The piv­ot point is now in the cen­ter of the iPad. You can see this clear­ly in the low­er left shot above. The iPad mount as designed is to be used in either por­trait or land­scape so two mount points are pro­vid­ed, one for each ori­en­ta­tion. Using two small pieces of alu­minum angle I was able to move the mount­ing point to the cen­ter. This accom­mo­dates a quick and easy rota­tion with­out addi­tion­al adjust­ments up/down or right/left, very cool.

Click­ing on the bear or myself in the above mon­tage presents a larg­er view us.

 Posted by at 8:00 pm
Dec 102011

The bear and I are cur­rent­ly read­ing “The Mar­riage Plot” on the iPad hav­ing each fin­ished “1Q84″ last week. One under­stand­able com­plaint from the aging bear now that he’s need­ing read­ing glass­es is how to hold the iPad far enough from his eyes with his arms being so short.

So to help him and also to allow my not hav­ing to hold up the iPad through long read­ing or Net­flix ses­sions I put togeth­er ver­sion 01 of the iPad hold­er shown. It uses some PVC along with some parts (all the black ones) from RAM mounts. The iPad quick­ly snaps into and out of the hold­er and the six inch arm con­nect­ing the ‘Pad to the PVC brack­et has a one inch ball on each end. This allows the iPad to be rotat­ed land­scape to por­trait, raised or low­ered in height, and angled for direct view­ing by the using mam­mal.

This V‑01 is a lit­tle prim­i­tive but was con­struct­ed pri­mar­i­ly for proof of con­cept so a sim­pler and small­er V‑02 will hope­ful­ly be announced by the end of the year. For now V‑01 is work­ing great and we are both very much enjoy­ing it.

Click on the above mon­tage for a larg­er image of same.

 Posted by at 12:00 pm
Dec 012010

I have always been inter­est­ed in the great books and have read many of them, but Ulysses has always remained in my mind as the most chal­leng­ing so I had not attempt­ed read­ing it. I decid­ed to give it a try and obtained a copy of the left pic­tured edi­tion from the Cam­bria Library on Octo­ber 20th. Last night I fin­ished it. I had no idea how humor­ous, inter­est­ing, and approach­able it would be.

Here are quotes from the Wikipedia entry for the nov­el:

Ulysses’ stream-of-con­scious­ness tech­nique, care­ful struc­tur­ing, and exper­i­men­tal prose—full of puns, par­o­dies, and allu­sions, as well as its rich char­ac­ter­i­sa­tions and broad humour, made the book a high­ly regard­ed nov­el in the Mod­ernist pan­theon. In 1999, the Mod­ern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best Eng­lish-lan­guage nov­els of the 20th cen­tu­ry.”

Episode 17, Itha­ca
The episode is writ­ten in the form of a rigid­ly orga­nized cat­e­chism, and was report­ed­ly Joyce’s favourite episode in the nov­el. The style is that of a sci­en­tif­ic inquiry, with ques­tions fur­ther­ing the nar­ra­tive. The deep descrip­tions range from ques­tions of astron­o­my to the tra­jec­to­ry of uri­na­tion.”

The tech­nique he used in chap­ter 17 is cer­tain­ly a favorite of mine. Here is one fun sec­tion:

What rela­tion exist­ed between their ages?

16 years before in 1888 when Bloom was of Stephen’s present age Stephen was 6. 16 years after in 1920 when Stephen would be of Bloom’s present age Bloom would be 54. In 1936 when Bloom would be 70 and Stephen 54 their ages ini­tial­ly in the ratio of 16 to 0 would be as 17 1/2 to 13 1/2, the pro­por­tion increas­ing and the dis­par­i­ty dimin­ish­ing accord­ing as arbi­trary future years were added, for if the pro­por­tion exist­ing in 1883 had con­tin­ued immutable, con­ceiv­ing that to be pos­si­ble, till then 1904 when Stephen was 22 Bloom would be 374 and in 1920 when Stephen would be 38, as Bloom then was, Bloom would be 646 while in 1952 when Stephen would have attained the max­i­mum post­dilu­vian age of 70 Bloom, being 1190 years alive hav­ing been born in the year 714, would have sur­passed by 221 years the max­i­mum ante­dilu­vian age, that of Methusalah, 969 years, while, if Stephen would con­tin­ue to live until he would attain that age in the year 3072 A.D., Bloom would have been oblig­ed to have been alive 83,300 years, hav­ing been oblig­ed to have been born in the year 81,396 B.C.

What events might nul­li­fy these cal­cu­la­tions?

The ces­sa­tion of exis­tence of both or either, the inau­gu­ra­tion of a new era or cal­en­dar, the anni­hi­la­tion of the world and con­se­quent exter­mi­na­tion of the human species, inevitable but impre­dictable.”

I would love to take a class on the nov­el and reread it there­in.
Too fun and inter­est­ing — give it a try if you are at all curi­ous.

 Posted by at 9:21 pm
Apr 272010

Last fall at my sis­ter’s sug­ges­tion I watched and loved the 1972 BBC series of War and Peace. I then decid­ed to reread the nov­el. It was so won­der­ful I imme­di­ate­ly turned to Anna Karen­i­na which I found even more enjoy­able. In choos­ing the version/translation of Anna Karen­i­na I was led at Chaucer’s to the hus­band and wife trans­la­tor team of Richard Pevear and Laris­sa Volokhon­sky as pro­vid­ing the best and most inter­est­ing trans­la­tions of clas­sic Russ­ian lit­er­a­ture. I can now only agree and have moved on to their trans­la­tion of The Broth­ers Kara­ma­zov.

 Posted by at 6:00 pm

The Wonderful Jane Austen

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Apr 152010

Thanks to  friend Car­la I took the first of sev­er­al won­der­ful adult ed class­es on Jane Austen. In prepa­ra­tion for the cur­rent class, “The Austen Mys­tique: Why Jane Rules”,  I read the final two nov­els, Per­sua­sion and Emma. What amaz­ing writ­ing, obser­va­tion, wit, etc. Ongo­ing thanks to Car­la for the intro­duc­tion to a new and now favorite author.

And here is my caption

A won­der­ful rain­bow over the bird refuge

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 Posted by at 9:45 am