Saturday, April 30, 2022

International Jazz Day, 2022 -- April 30, 2022

Happy International Jazz Day.
Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli - Jattendrai Swing 1939 - LIVE! 

The first international jazz music that I was aware of was played by the Quintette of the Hot Club of Paris, with Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

COVID-19, Vaccine, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- April 30, 2022

There is a new rise in TrumpVirus infections, but most counties and many public transit agencies in California have lifted their mask mandates.

Good Shepherd Church in Pacifica is stopping mass in the gym, the radio broadcast and the livestream.

I subbed for two full days at Good Shepherd School in Pacifica.

The Giants are doing well even though they have lost a bunch of people to injuries and Covid.

Friday, April 29, 2022

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, 2022 -- April 29, 2022

Artist Terrance Osborne created this lovely poster for the 2022 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. It features local band leader and musician Jon Batiste. The Festival is scheduled to start today. I hope they make it. 

Toots Thielemans 100 -- April 29, 2022

Belgian harmonica player and composer Toots Thielemans was born 100 years ago today, on 29-April-1922. I don't think I have ever heard anyone say anything bad about him. He composed and played the theme for Sesame Street. He also whistled and played the guitar.

Toots Thielemans - Bluesette (1964)

Elis Regina com Toots Thielemans (1969)

Peggy Lee and Toots Thielemans: Makin'Whoopee.

Sesame Street Original Closing Theme (Full, HQ)

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Bierstadt -- Indian Canoe -- April 28, 2022

Blanton Museum of Art (

I have always enjoyed the paintings of Albert Bierstadt. He painted "Indian Canoe" in 1886. It is in the collection of the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Babe Ruth Day 75 -- April 27, 2022

Washington Evening Star, 28-April-1947

75 years ago today, on 27-April-1947, Major League Baseball celebrated Babe Ruth Day. The Babe appeared at Yankee Stadium, and the ceremony was broadcast in ballparks across the country.

Washington Evening Star, 27-April-1947

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Beautiful and Damned 100 -- April 26, 2022

New York Herald, 09-April-1922

F Scott Fitzgerald's second published novel, The Beautiful and Damned, made its debut 100 years ago this month. The is the Fitzgerald novel that I have probably read the fewest times.

Albuquerque Morning Journal, 10-April-1922

Reviewer P.G.H. enjoyed the book. I like his comment about "most unique." I do not know who Mark Sabre was. 

Produces His Second Good Novel

"The Beautiful and Damned." by F. Scott Fitzgerald. ($2.00.) Scribner's.

When I read Scott Fitzgerald's first novel I thought, In common with many others, that here was an author of fresh mind and amusing style whose talents would shortly be confined to the cheaply illustrated pages of a great national weekly; but when this same Mr. Fitzgerald wrote his second, and most recent book, "The Beautiful and Damned," I find, like Mr. Mencken, that "... Fitzgerald ceases to be a junkerkind (wonderkind? - JT) and begins to come into his maturity."

There is about the book that which takes all of the reader's intelligence for granted; no feeble strolling around giving gentle hints as to what it's all about. The author builds a very interesting story around Anthony Patch, a sensitive, lazy and charming young man who marries a creature of golden hair and silver intelligence. The story is essentially Anthony's, but the other characters respond quickly and naturally to their parts. It is very broad of Fitzgerald to have his hero a Harvard man this time. Amory Blaine was of Princeton, and more of an ape than Anthony Patch.

The war has a part in the book, but only that wretched part of the war which put men through camps here in America; thin-nosed lieutenants giving feeble orders and countermanding them; splendid generals eyeing captains with care; that sort of thing which is disgusting. Anthony is a private, and his itchy O. D. clothes probably made him look more like a Gotham barber than the grandson of $30,000,000 Adam Patch.

The married life of Anthony and Gloria is remarkably well reproduced. The first discoveries on the honeymoon, of mutual fancies and opposing traits of character; Gloria's carelessness and Anthony's nervous cowardice; Gloria's selfishness and Anthony's pride; all make the marriage not quite as perfect, thank God, as most seem to be in American fiction.

Fitzgerald still has the flapper monopoly In American letters. One meets Gloria as a flapper in chapter II, and she is still a flapper at the end of the book. Anthony, on the other hand, undergoes several stages of being. Through it all he remains more or less sensitive, even after he has drunk himself shabby.

The writing in the book is of rather uneven tenor. The bright spots are in the majority, but when the author descends to his one-act-play form of dialogue the result is not as good. He treads carefully in places, having become mired in words. There is far less grammatical carelessness in this later book. He says "most unique" on page 19, which is, at worst, a venial sin.

I am a little piqued at the last sentence in the book. It sounds horribly like "If winter comes:"

"I showed them," he was saying. "It was a hard fight, but I didn't give up and I came through!"

Perhaps the banality of the thing is deliberate. It may illustrate Anthony's feeble state of mind after his spell of madness. I hope Mr. Fitzgerald intended it thus. Otherwise, I should liken it to the mouthings or the almost senile Mark Sabre, a good-deed monster supposed to live In England. P. G. H.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Let the Children Kodak and Kodak Them -- April 24, 2022

St Joseph Catholic Tribune, 01-April-1922

I don't think I have ever seen "Kodak" used as a verb, and this ad does twice in one sentence.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Support the People of Ukraine -- April 23, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine continues. In the old days, I might have thought all this talk of Russian atrocities was propaganda, but we see so many photos and videos that I have to believe them.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Earth Day 2022 -- April 22, 2022

Carmichael sez: Happy Earth Day. Please stop melting the ice.

Charles Mingus 100 -- April 22, 2022

Great American composer, bass player and band leader Charles Mingus was born 100 years ago today, on 22-April-1922. He worked with everyone from Duke Ellington to Herbie Hancock. I remember when he died in 1979.

Charles Mingus - Moanin'


Charles Mingus - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat




Haitian Fight Song - Charles Mingus (1922-1979) arr. Martin Zenker performed by SU Jazz Gig Band

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Iggy Pop 75 -- April 21, 2022

Singer, songwriter and cultural icon Iggy Pop was born 75 years ago today, on 21-April-2022. He is famous for his smooth, laid-back vocals and his subtle performance style. He and his band the Stooges influenced many musicians. David Bowie covered many of his songs. 

Iggy Pop & Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) - Candy

I Wanna Be Your Dog

No Fun

The Passenger - Iggy Pop and David Bowie

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Get Hep to a Smooth Drink, Pepsi-Cola -- April 20, 2022

Washington Evening Star, 13-April-1947

"Pepsi" the Pepsi-Cola Cop and his partner raid a party of "jittery-bugs."

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

You'll Make it a Pleasure to Be Thirsty -- April 19, 2022

Americus Times-Recorder, 19-April-1922

A case of Coca-Cola delivered to the house. Works for me. 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Fire and Earthquake Anniversary, 2022 -- April 18, 2022

San Francisco Call-Chronicle-Examiner, 19-April-1906

Today is the 116th anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Happy Easter, 2022 -- April 17, 2022

Vintage Graphic Design and Poster Art

Happy Easter, everyone. Here is the cover of the 01-April-1961 New Yorker, with a cartoon by Pete Arno. 

KPO/KNBR 100 -- April 17, 2022

San Francisco radio station KPO began broadcasting 100 years ago today, on 17-April-1922. I remember reading about the 50th anniversary of successor KNBR in the Chronicle. The photos of the early studios caught my attention. 

The original KPO studios were in the Hale Brothers department store at Fifth and Market. Hale Brothers owned the station. In 1929, the station moved to the Hale Brothers annex, seen behind the corner store. In 1927, the station became an early affiliate of the NBC Red Network. NBC acquired KPO in the 1930s and changed the call letters to KNBC. Later, they wanted to use the call sign for a Los Angeles station and changed the San Francisco station to KNBR.

San Francisco Examiner, 15-April-1922

Notice that the article does not mention call letters. KPO's planned content sounds exciting. 

San Francisco Examiner, 18-April-1922

The radio schedule for the day after KPO went on the air. Notice that no call signs are used, just the names of the owners ("The Emporium") or the location of the station ("Rock Ridge, Oakland"). All stations shared a single frequency. KPO started out with a one-hour slice from 9am to 10am.

KNBR has carried radio broadcasts of San Francisco Giants games since 1979. 

Radio history from John Schneider's wonderful site Voices Out of the Fog:

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 75 -- April 16, 2022

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, athlete, activist and actor, was born 75 years ago today, on 16-April-1947. I vaguely remember watching basketball games on television with my dad and hearing the name Lew Alcindor. I had never heard the name "Alcindor" and wondered where it came from. I remember watching him when he played for the Bucks and the Lakers. He studied Jeet Kune Do with Bruce Lee. I remember when he converted to Islam. It was not as controversial as Muhammad Ali.

I loved the way he played the co-pilot in the Zucker Brothers' Airplane!.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Good Friday 2022 -- April 15, 2022

This is the first time I have had Good Friday off in more than twenty years. 

Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Line 75 Years -- April 15, 2022

Minneapolis Star, 14-April-1947

75 years ago today, Jackie Robinson played his first major league game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color bar that had excluded African-Americans from organized baseball since the late Nineteenth Century. He went 0 for 3, but no one cared that day. The next day he scored the winning run in a game against the Boston Braves. 

Jackson Advocate, 26-April-1947

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Lynching is Spreading -- April 14, 2022

Omaha Monitor, 28-April-1922

Representative Leonidas C Dyer, a Republican from Missouri, introduced a bill to control lynching and got it passed by the House on more than one occasion, but each time it was denied by the Southern Senators. Just this year, the House and Senate passed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. President Joe Biden signed it into law on 29-March-2022.

Omaha Monitor, 28-April-1922

The Omaha Monitor was an African-American owned newspaper.


The spread of the lynching evils especially where the colored peoples are the victims is especially illustrated by events within the past few days. Quite recently the dispatches told of the lynching of two Negroes in a southern state for the crime of assault. The headline reader would be misled into thinking that this was a crime against women. On the contrary a reading of the text of the story revealed the fact that the offense was an assault and battery committed against a white man.

Originally the lynching of Negroes was condoned on the ground that it was a protection for the women. This was not always true even in the beginning of this monstrous wrong. Often innocent Negroes were framed by scheming enemies, and charged with social crimes. Regardless of the fact that any colored woman was regarded as fair prey for any white man, the orgy of lynching was directed exclusively against the colored man. But like any other wrong, it grew with age and practice.

The rope and stake were next applied to alleged murderers, when the accused was a colored man, and now it seems that where a Negro licks a white man in the south, the Negro’s life is forfeit.

No wonder the colored man is moving heaven and earth to secure the passage of the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill. And it would seem that the white people should also be interested, for it is a short step from lynching colored people to applying the same treatment to white people. In fact, that step has already been taken, and lynching of whites are also becoming of frequent occurrence.

The remedy lies in making the laws worthy of respect, and then rigidly enforcing them. This is supposed to be a government of law. It must be made so in fact, if this nation is to endure. 

-- The Liberal Press.

Richmond, Indiana Palladium-Item, 02-December-1932

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Ross Smith, Noted Flier, Dies in Fall -- April 13, 2022

Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, 13-April-1922

100 years ago today, on 13-April-1922, Australian World War One ace Ross Smith and Lieutenant James Bennett died at the Brooklands Race Track in Great Britain while testing a Vickers Viking IV amphibian which they planned to fly around the world. Smith was the pilot and then-Sergeant Bennett was a crewman on the first flight from Great Britain to Australia in 1919.

Indiana Daily Times, 13-April-1922


Testing Airplane in
Which He Planned


BROOKLANDS RACE TRACK, England, April 13. -- Sir Keith Ross, brother Sir Ross Smith, who was killed with Lieutenant Bennett today in the crash of the giant plane in which they were to attempt a world flight, arrived here too late to fly with his brother, but in time to witness the disaster.

LONDON, April 13. -- Sir Ross Smith and J. M. Bennett were killed at the Brooklands flying field today while testing an airplane for a round-the-world flight. Sir Ross Smith was to have started on the globe encircling journey within three weeks. He is one of the best-known aviators in Great Britain.
Sir Ross with his brother Sir Keith Smith were the first aviators successfully to complete a trip to Australia from the British Isles, a feat for which they were knighted.

Sir Ross was flying for the first time the plane which had been built for his attempted flight around the world.

The machine whirled downward at terrific speed and crashed at Brooklands' aerodome. Both airmen were immediately killed.

Sir Ross Smith, who was decorated with the air cross and knighted by King George for his successful flight to Australia, was one of Britain’s best airmen.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Radio Ralf -- Combing Cat Whisker -- April 12, 2022

Early Evening-Wilmington Daily Commercial, 24-April-1922

Cartoonist Jack Wilson's Radio Ralf was an early radio-inspired comic strip.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Get Thick With Joy -- April 11, 2022

Richmond Times-Dispatch, 09-April-1922

Earl Fuller led one of the first jazz bands, Earl Fuller’s Famous Jazz Band, to play in New York City. The original band included Ted Lewis. Lewis left the band about 1919. Fuller made some interesting early jazz recordings.

Early Jazz, Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band "Jazbo Jazz" on Edison Blue Amberol cylinder record 3554

Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band "Jazz De Luxe" (NY, Mar, 1918) Emerson 952 (Mx 3182).

YAH-DE-DAH by Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band - 1st Recording Session -1917

LI'L LIZA JANE by Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band 1917

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Palm Sunday 2022 -- April 10, 2022

Renaissance painter Giotto painted Christ Entering Jerusalem in the 14th Century. 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Comic Book -- Howard the Duck -- April 9, 2022

Howard the Duck was probably the last comic book that I read as it came out. I always enjoyed it.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Opening Day -- April 8, 2022

At last, it is opening day for the Giants. The lockout hurt. 

The Giants beat the Marlins 6-5 in ten innings. Joey Bart hit his first Major League home run. 

Brave & Bold was a dime novel published by Street and Smith. 

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Collision of Planes Causes Many Deaths -- April 7, 2022

Tonopah Daily Bonanza, 07-April-1922

100 years ago today, on 07-April-1922, the first mid-air collision of two airliners happened when a single engine British DH-18A and a two-engine French Farman F.60 Goliath came together in a heavy fog over western France. All seven people aboard the two airplanes died. 

Aerial Expresses of London and
Paris Service Come Together With Great Force.

(By Associated Press)

PARIS, April 7. -- Two Paris and London aerial expresses collided today in midair over the village of Phieley, 70 miles north of Paris. The pilots of both airplanes, three passengers and one mechanic were killed in the wreckage that fell flaming to the ground.

The French airplane was piloted by Aviator Mire, aided by a mechanic, and was carrying three passengers. The British airplane, which left Croydon, London area, this morning, carried mail, and was manned only by a pilot.

The accident occurred during a fog, the pilots seeing each other too late to avoid collision. Five persons from the machines were dead when the inhabitants of Thieulley arrived on the scene shortly after the crash, and the sixth victim was dying.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

With the Baseball Fans on the Pacific Coast -- April 6, 2022

100 years ago, West Coast fans waited anxiously for the start of the various minor league seasons. I am waiting anxiously for the delayed 2022 season to start. 

Professional boxing matches in California were limited to four rounds. "The World's Champ" is Jack Dempsey. William Wrigley, Jr and his family owned the Cubs and bought the Pacific Coast League Los Angeles Angels in 1921. The Wrigley family also owned Catalina Island, where the Cubs went for spring training every year from 1922 to 1951. The Angels were the defending league champions. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Toonerville Trolley -- Does She Ever Jump the Track? -- April 5, 2022

Perth Amboy Evening News, 25-April-1922

I love Fontaine Fox's The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Monday, April 4, 2022

Krazy Kat -- A Very Absorbing Tale -- April 4, 2022

Washington Times, 17-April-1922

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat.

Minneapolis Star, 29-April-1922

Krazy Kat Art;
Comics in Ballet


Let those who rail at the comic strips beware. No less an organ of the intelligentsia than Vanity Fair has gone on record -- and solemnly, too -- that not only are the comics art, but that they are native American art at its best.

The article was inspired by the recent production of the "Krazy Kat Ballet" in New York. Gilbert Seldes, the write, in his analysis of the comic strips, says that "Krazy Kat" is the greatest of them all.

"Between 1910 and 1916 nearly all the good comics were made into bad burlesque shows," says Mr. Seldes. "In 1922 the greatest of them was made into a ballet, scenario and music by John Alden Carpenter choreography by Adolph Bohm; costumes and settings after designs by George Herriman."

Critics gave "Krazy Kat" unstinted praise when this quaint little figure appeared in the ballet, however, as he did in giving a psycho-analytic interpretation, so to speak, of the motives behind Mr. Kat and his friend, Ignatz Mouse, says Mr. Seldes.

"The plot, in general, is that Krazy Kat (androgynous, but, according to his creator, willing to be either sex) is in love with Ignatz Mouse, who is married and whose one object in life is to crown Krazy with a brick from Colin Kelly's brickyard. The fatuous Kat, for reasons presently to be explained, takes the brick to be a symbol of love and cannot therefore appreciate the efforts of Offiser Pupp to entrammel the activities of Ignatz Mouse. That is the framework of the action and it is important to know it, so that no confusion may arise; the brick of Ignatz Mouse has nothing on earth to do with the violence of other comic strips. Indeed it is often only the beginning, not the end of an action. Frequently it does not arrive. It is a symbol. I may say that it is the only symbol in modern art which I fully understand.

"Mr. Carpenter has pointed out, in his brilliant little foreword to his ballet, that Krazy Kat is a combination of Parsifal and Don Quixote; Igntaz is Sancho Panza and Cesar Borgia; he loathes the sentimental excursions of Krazy, he interrupts with his brick the romantic excesses of his companion; he is hard and sees things as they are. But Mr. Herriman, who is a great ironist, understands pity, and often at the end it is the sentimentalist, the victim of acute Bovaryisme, who triumphs, for Krazy dies daily in full possession of his illusion.

"It is Ignatz, stupidly hurling his brick, unable to withstand the destiny which orders that he shall not know Krazy's mind, who fosters the illusion and keeps Krazy happy. Not always, for Herriman is no slave to his formula. The brick, one has gathered from an ancient Sunday strip in the Hearst papers, was, when the pyramids were building a love letter -- among those very Egyptians who held the Kat sacred. And sometimes the letter fails to arrive.

"Last week one beheld Krazy smoking an elegant Havanna cigar and sighing for Ignatz; a smoke screen hid him from view when Ignatz passed and before the Mouse could turn back Krazy had given the cigar to Offiser Pupp and departed, saying, "Looking at 'Offisa Pupp' smoke himself up like a chimly is werra werra intrisking, but it is more wital that I find 'Ignatz.'" Wherefore Ignatz considering the smoke screen a ruse, hurls his brick and blacking Offiser Pupp's eyes, is promptly chased. Up to that point you have the usual technique of the comic strip, as old as Shakespeare.

"But note the final picture of Krazy, beholding the chase, himself disconsolate and alone, muttering, "Ah there him is -- playing tag with 'Offissa Pupp' -- just like the boom companions wot they is!" Or again the irony plays about the silly pup who disguises himself to outwit Ignatz and directs himself to outwit Ignatz and directs Ignatz, also disguised, directly to Krazy.

"Here the brick arrives, but again Mr. Herriman goes on to a cosmic conclusion. For Krazy, laid out by the brick, sleeps and dreams of Ignatz while the pup walks by saying, 'Slumber sweetly, proud creature, slumber sweetly, for I have made this day safe for you.' It is impossible to re-tell these pictures and it is not for their high humor that I repeat the words. I am trying to give the impression of Herriman's incredible irony, of his understanding of the tragedy, the santa simplicitas, the innocent loveliness in the heart of a creature more like Pan than any creation of our time."
Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Doris Day 100 -- April 3, 2022

Actress, singer and animal rights activist Doris Day was born 100 years ago today, on 03-April-2022.  She was a good actress, but I didn't like 
her movies from the early 1960s.  I thought her singing was annoying in Hitchcock's remake of The Man Who Knew too Much.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Emmylou Harris 75 -- April 2, 2022

Emmylou Harris was born 75 years ago today, on 02-April-1947. She did much work with Gram Parsons.

Friday, April 1, 2022

The Big V Riot Squad -- April 1, 2022

Some of my correspondents, including Dr Josiah S Carberry, esteemed professor of Psychoceramics at Brown University, have told me that some cheese brain calling himself Joe Thompson has created a blog in imitation of this one called "The Big V Riot Squad." I won't grace it with a link.

May, 2022 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- May 1, 2022

April, 2022 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- April 1, 2022

I just put the April 2022 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: A necktie from gentlemen's store Cable Car Clothiers. I have a red one and a navy blue one.
2. On the Kitsch page: More collectible detritus about cable cars, including: A Hard Rock Cafe pin; a Cable Car Clothiers necktie; a Warriors jersey; "2 Classic Streetcars".
3. Added News items about the passing of Charles Gertsbacher, conductor and about an outage
4. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to a "2 Classic Streetcars" set.

Ten years ago this month (April, 2012):
1. Picture of the Month: Charles B Fairchild's patent for his twin-cable system.
2. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the experimental cable car installation on Binghamton's Washington Street & State Asylum Railroad, including items from the Street Railway Journal and Popular Mechanics.
3. On the Miscellany page: More updates to my article about Non-Grip and Shallow Conduit Systems, with more about the Fairchild non-grip system, including Fairchild's Patent 300,236
4. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: Added a photo of a former Newark PCC now running in San Francisco
5. On the Kitsch page: A pin commemorating the Giants' 2010 World Series victory; a Disney Vinylmation figure; a program from the 1972 Cable Car Classic basketball tournament; a 1984 trade ad for San Francisco's KRON-TV, Channel 4; a cable car centennial coin; a medal issued by the Western Pacific Railroad to mark Powell Street car 524's visit to the 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair; a set of non-postal stamps issued for the Pacific 97 World Stamp Exposition
6. On the Horse Car Home Page, added an active horse car line in a park in Japan and a set of stamps with horse cars
7. Changed toy cable car picture on the main page to detail view of Number 512.
8. Added News item and photo about an exhibit featuring a replica of a California Street cable car

Twenty years ago this month (April, 2002):
1. Picture of the Month: Muni cable car transfer.
2. Add Binghamton's Washington Street & State Asylum Railroad to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.
3. Add more items, especially transfers and tokens to the Kitsch page.
4. Add Kaprun fire and more articles about Angels Flight to the Bibliography.
5. Add many links, including the North Jersey Electric Railway Historical Society and Randall's Lost New York City
6. Change toy cable car picture on the main page to front view of car 514.

Coming in May, 2022: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the experimental cable car installation of the Brooklyn Cable Company

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-April-2022)
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2020)
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-November-2021)
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)