Why invoke God in the senseless mass murder in Connecticut? Why invoke the Creator in past wars, genocides, and future massacres. According to some commentators, after all, He was making a cosmic point about prayer in school with syncopated head taps, kind of like a pathologically vindictive mall cop who decides not to intervene in a crime in the parking lot  because he was just fired from his job.

An anthropomorphic deity had no role in Newtown. A human did this. It is our nature, as much as a birds fly and fish swim. Humans kill other humans like tigers have spots. I think it is because of our higher faculties that we do this. It is well known that certain groups of chimpanzee engage in territorial winner take all warfare where the losers are driven away or eaten, but not all groups behave this way. This seems to be a learned behavior, passed on through the generations. Rather than instinct, we have culture, and this is our programming. And the solution is clear -unless we choose to reprogram ourselves, to enlighten ourselves, we are trapped in a cycle of wanting, dominating, taking, killing, and revenge. 

That is what I pray for. 

Bow Ties

  • No longer just for overweight, angry men. 
  • Should be hand tied
  • Should be worn without irony.
  • Should be worn from the get-go, meaning from the time you start wearing ties. A late start brings on questions about mid-life crises, neo-retro hip-to-be-squareness, and excessive fanciness.
  • No longer just for skinny, old, popcorn selling men. 
  • More hygienic than neckties, especially when inspecting gangrenous feet. 
  • There can only be one. Too many bow tie wearers in a group makes people uneasy. 
  • Avoid wearing with floppy hat, green wax cotton coats, and wellies because then you look like Paddington bear. 
  • Worn properly, you’ll get taken very, very seriously. Very few people can pull it off properly.

Installing Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) to Virtual Box

I have a great love of Virtual Box, the free virtualization software that allows you to run other operating systems on top of a host operating system -in my case OS X Mountain Lion on a souped up Mac Mini from 2010 -RAM has been maxed to 8GB and the hard drive replaced from a pokey 160GB spinning at 5000 rpm to 750GB spinning at 7200 rpm. The only problem is since Snow Leopard was phased out to Lion, Rosetta -a feature of Snow Leopard, was dropped.

Rosetta was a critical piece of Apple’s migration from PowerPC chips to Intel chips, allowing for PowerPC programs to run on Intel based Macs. When Lion was introduced, Rosetta was killed off, and my favorite game from 1994, Spaceward Ho, was killed off with it. Spaceward Ho has been laying dormant awaiting a iOS upgrade but for some reason, Joe at Delta Tao has been sitting on it.

After putting it off for a while, I decided to give running Snow Leopard 10.6.0 out of the box without updates (to prevent killing Rosetta) a try. Here is a snapshot of it loading successfully -it required a little bit of tweaking and appears to be loading well!

A Haiku Deck For You

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Sent from my one of my gadgets.

Original Hipster’s Automatic Camera


Pictured above is a Minolta fixed lens camera from the sixties. It was a very hopeful time in Japan and it was reflected in the solid manufacture of this camera which was meant to compete and undercut traditional German cameras like Rollei and Leica. This particular camera had an interesting provenance. When I was living in Washington Heights, I lived next door to an elderly lady, a Holocaust survivor, one of many who settled in Washington Heights after the war, including Henry Kissinger and many other German Jews. She was moving to Florida and was throwing out everything and this was her gift to me. She stopped using it after she first got it because she could never figure out how to use it and her husband used it only sparingly. It has its original box and manual and a handsome leather cover.

Jennifer had a box of old film which I’m sure has gone bad but may still take pictures -I am going to shoot it all and see what I get!


Typewriter, tip tip tip…



Being someone who likes to write, I can tell you that writing on a manual typewriter is different. The typed words have the quality of memories that you keep in shoe boxes compared to the ones you keep on your smartphone. When you make a nice page of prose, you keep it in that shoebox which soon becomes a chest. These thoughts then are like friends that you keep in touch with a once a decade trip to Prince Edward Island, Patagonia, or the strip at Myrtle Beach where you can ride a cheap roller coaster shoulder to shoulder. 

I should plan a trip.