Speak, Peppery2010-10-19T01:33:30ZWordPresshttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?feed=atomKathrynhttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=10932010-09-14T04:37:22Z2010-09-14T04:37:22ZI had a baby on September 4! His name is Jesse Talus Martin Miles.
On the evening of September 3, Gray and I went to see Sam play at Il Motore here in Montreal. It was I think the first stop of his North American tour. I was a week past the date the baby was predicted to be born and I was sick of being pregnant. Plus, there was a heat wave going on. I was pretty uncomfortable and going to see Sam play seemed like an ideal way to distract me from the frustration.
So we sat in the venue listening to the opening act. Gray drank a Moosehead beer and I drank a cranberry juice with soda. Then my water broke. Before Sam went on! We had to leave in a hurry. I went into pretty full-on labor only a couple hours later and the baby was born just before 9 a.m. the following morning.
So, thanks Sam, for providing the venue for me to start labor. Also, the heat wave ended that night.
Jesse is doing great! I would post a photo but I’m kind of exhausted and actually I’m going to go to bed right now because the baby is sleeping and now’s my chance!
]]>2Dawnhttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=10912010-09-08T14:36:28Z2010-09-08T14:36:28ZThis is the subject line of an email I received today from a PR firm. Toronto must be feeling super-honored!
]]>0Gabehttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=10882010-06-22T14:46:09Z2010-06-22T14:46:09ZThis is my first live blogging of the south africa world cup. with one hand. long story. Right now south africa is playing france. huge game. this is sa’s third game– decides if they get into the finals. cards stacked heavily against them. last game was terrible. but right now sa is up 2-0. each goal you can hear people blowing vuvuvzelas all over town…. sa needs to win by 4 points to make it,,,
]]>1Gabehttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=10852010-05-21T14:02:02Z2010-05-21T14:02:02ZSome things that fly there be, –
Birds, hours, the bumble-bee:
Of these no elegy.
Some things that stay there be, –
Grief, hills, eternity:
Nor this behooveth me.
There are, that resting, rise.
Can I expound the skies?
How still the riddle lies!
]]>0Gabehttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=10782010-05-05T17:12:20Z2010-05-05T17:10:40ZHere is a sobering graph. It aims to describe the average direct influence of a twentieth century philosopher, over the course of their life. Direct influence is measured by number of mentions in a standard database of philosophy abstracts.
Things you can’t mail to the UK:
—Citizens Band Radios, walkie-talkies, microbugs, and radio microphones that are capable of transmitting on any frequency between 26.1 and 29.7 megacycles per second and 88 to 108 Mhz per second.
—Goods made in foreign prisons, except those imported for a non-commercial purpose or of a kind not manufactured in the UK.
—Horror comics and matrices.
For more: http://geography.about.com/library/weekly/aa112300a.htm
]]>2Kathrynhttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=10372009-10-08T13:47:07Z2009-10-08T13:47:07ZR. Kelly has revealed to the press that he “suffers from illiteracy.”
Here is his quote: “When I was trying to make it out here, I already knew, and I was stubborn about it,” he says. “I don’t even read really and I’m not afraid to say that. My cousins and brothers used to tease me ‘you can’t even read right. How you think you’re going to come up?’ The only reason I graduated from grammar school is because I had a great jump shot. I went to high school and [my teacher] told me ‘you will one of the greatest writers of all time.’ I believed. You [have to] believe it. You can’t believe [anything] if you’re hating. You can’t achieve [anything] if you’re hating.”
I bet, given R. Kelly’s schedule, there really isn’t time to practice reading. It’s probably way harder to learn how to read as an adult than as a kid. I guess he probably has people in his life who can read stuff for him, but still.
What I don’t understand, and maybe someone can explain, is what the difference is between suffering from illiteracy and being illiterate. Like, if you suffer from illiteracy, does that mean that learning to read is exceptionally hard?
Some haiku in honor of the season and Jewish New Year by my parents (mother then father):
reminding that abundance
slips into spareness.
half a world away the date
At night, Bard Owl
Hoots her startling love call
At dawn, Crow caws back
Going for the Paper
Cool mist licks my face
Wood smoke permeates the air
While dew wets my feet
]]>0Kathrynhttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=10292009-06-28T21:32:02Z2009-06-28T21:32:02ZNot too long ago, a new song from R. Kelly came out. A new R. Kelly song in early summer is a very auspicious thing, right? No. 1 by R. Kelly
The song’s okay, but it lacks the moments of insane clarity (lyrics-wise) that I so love about R. Kelly. Sort of like how Flannery O’Connor referred to the “luminous detail” in her writing. I think R. Kelly knows something about luminous details — the buttered rolls in “Sex In the Kitchen” come to mind. Anyway, this song doesn’t really have any of those, and it’s too bad.
]]>0Gabehttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=10272009-06-23T18:00:16Z2009-06-23T18:00:16Zyeah. right. yeah. yeah. what’s the business line, if you can tell me? okay. alright, [LAUGHS] alright. good. yeah, no, it’s, and you’re well suited for that. [LAUGHS] ah, no, that’s, i mean, the- you- i think you and i are pretty similar in that it’s always fun to start new projects and business, etc, and, and figure it out. ah… yeah. right, right right, yeah, no, i- i couldn’t agree more, so, so that’s good. how’s- how’s my friend heidi eggert doing? yeah - yeah. yeah, yeah, yeah. yeah. yeah. right, right, that’s always the case when you’re working with outside- yeah. holy cow! i have not, i- i want to do that. yeah. right. right. yeah, i ju- i just went to it now. great graphics. [LAUGHS] pleasantly shocked, not- not totaly surprised, because he- he sort of, sort of for the longest time saw it as, sort of ah, an outlier, but, but he’s certainly, whatever, whatever, whatever happened, boy, i was very pleased that he’s now taking this very seriously. he has not gotten back to me, he has seen it but he has not gotten back to me yet, um, and, i gave him a little while today to try and digest it, um, ah, i know that a lot of people have been firing emails at him so i do want to give him a little time to breathe. um, yeah. yeah, that’s, that’s fine, and i - and that’s, i’m, i’m more than happy with it all. but i’ll actually just start ah- just put his name on an email right now just to get started on it. i’ve minimized things on the computer, so- so what are you, i- i was really pleased that, that, to hear that, you know, if, if brownback goes to, it sounded like if brownback goes to bingham with specific language that gets him his vote, they’re going to give him the lineup. and, um, so i- what do you think we should do now? because i’m, and i still need to, to reach out to nancy and sara, and i’m going to do that today. um… yeah. [TYPES] [LONG PAUSE] [LAUGHS] right. right. right. right. and, right. and that- that makes sense, i- you know, right. yup. right. right. mm-hmm. mm-hmm. mm-hmm. yeah. yep, i agree, and- and i need to find out from sara first when his dad’s going to be in town because the schedule of that is going to drive all of our collective actions. yeah. yeah, yeah, [LAUGHS] yeah i will, and i’ll- i’ll use the meeting for- that works pretty well, so, ah, okay, so let me, let me get that done today, and, ah, i’m - i’m just going to actually send sara an email, and then we’ll go from there. um, becuase i- okay, yeah, that’s- that’s good. ah, because if climate’s not going to come out of the senate, you can bet your bottom dollar that [UNCLEAR] will, they just have to, so, okay. wait, go ahead. i, i certainly am, certainly am. you know that’s been discussed in terms of the, the, the, the, the chance for absolute chaos in the market and confusion, and the last thing in the world that people need is to have a confusing topic even more confusing, um, and- and- and the discussion has taken place, and i need to follow- and i’ve talked about it specifically with gabe and, and tom, but it didn’t strike us that that the feds can- it really is. perhaps, yeah, just as an administrative thing, and it may be something that can be done adiminstratively after th fact, as an aside. but that’s a fair point, le tm efolow up on that, we’re not going to spend a lot of time on that. but- right. right, right, right, yeah, let me, yeah, i know i know, and, and i admittedly am not involved in every little conversation that goes on so it may be happening with my blinders protecting me from knowledge, but let me, find out some answers on that. right, and, and that’s what i- it’s just easier that way. um, and it- and it’s intersting, i’m pretty good friends with the person who’s going to be, the deputy epa who’s going to be in charge of air quality, and that’s a conversation that i might be able to have with her, she gets confimred tomorrow. so, yeah, it’s very helpful always to have allies in different places, so, ah yeah, that’s- that’s something that’, yeah, let me - and, and also we know dan bonderman pretty well too, who’s just been appointed as a deputy at DOE, so… absolutey. ab- absolutley. right, they’re all trying- and, and they’re not going to want, actually you know, this is my guess, someone who should be intimately involved in this is someone like, APX, and, and rimer. ah, yn, they should be all about this. so, hey, um, those federal, those federal letters, we never circled on ‘em. what’s that? ee- ensley, and, who else did you have? endsley and, i gave you somebody else i think. okay, i, i can go back and lo, have you, have you done anything on those? i know we were supposed to talk, and we never did. okay. yeah, yeah, that- that- absolutely. um, and, and that letter probbly should be a good precurser, just back to, what i might add to that, letter, make it shorter, that letter is far too long. gabe- gabes great but he has a tendency to - he wants ot put everything into something and not realize that people are going to read a quarter of it. and that letter should go to that staffer- i’m hoping to keep you in the loop, i’m hoping to meet with local people in endsley’s office, so that loop is closed, but again it’s a- it’s a letter to that staffer, thanking that staffer from your perspective as a local company, from the time- so, shoot me a draft and i can take a look at it when you get done. okay? okay, and i’m going to send sara an email right now, and hopefully by the end fo the day i’ll get an email out to nancy, sara, you, and david. to get on top of that. oh, ah, i actually emailed cameron on that and i think cameron’s out of pocket.[PAUSE] i think it’s 11 o’clock your time. you are? ah- yeah, i’ll, cameron will take care of all that, when he- when he resurfaces. okay? okay. yeah, that’s great, i’m- you know, truth be told, i’m not par- particularly meeting- a fan of meetings, so, truth be told, the shorter the meeting the better, as long as we accomplish your tasks, i’m all for keeping it short and sweet and simple. yeah, that’s what you are reading, you are absolutely reading that correctly. exactly. right. and, and, right. yeah, no, it’s, i- i think it- i think it’s shortsighted. right. right. right. yeah, and, and let’s just get all that out on the table, and i think having obediah involved will be tremndously valuable as well. because i think Card Wilson’s to mud. obediah is from smud so that’s good too. he’ll be on the call as well. do you know obediah bartholemy? he’s a great guy, and he’ll be on the call as well. okay? thanks rob, see ya.
It is already too hot out. Here’s some good advice from Holger Czukay, a founding member of Can.
]]>0Dawnhttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=10142009-05-09T03:03:11Z2009-05-09T03:03:11ZHere are two statements culled from New York Times and reduced to their logical components.
“When A did X to B, A tortured B.”
“B did X to C.”
Can we rightly conclude that the New York Times believes that B tortured C? (Even though the Times consistently refrains from making that statement?)
Journalist Andrew Sullivan has a more detailed explanation with actual understandable words, instead of indecipherable variables that obfuscate the matter at hand. Thank you to Andrew Sullivan.
” I wrapped a movie called ‘Zombieland,’ in which I was constantly under assault by zombies, then flew to New York, still very much in character,” Harrelson said in a statement issued Friday by his publicist.
“With my daughter at the airport I was startled by a paparazzo, who I quite understandably mistook for a zombie,” he said.”
]]>0Dawnhttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=10102009-05-09T03:05:26Z2009-04-14T01:11:54ZIn preparation for tax-doing, here are some important thing’s I’ve done
– taken a train back from Boston
– started trying to create a crossword puzzle after watching “Wordplay”
– come up with three long puns that form the punch lines of the puzzle
– two of the puns go together and the third makes no sense
– decided that Will Shortz would find that unacceptable if I submitted it to the New York Times
– abandoned the puzzle
– gone to work and come back from work
– ordered scallion dumplings and pumpkin turnovers from Bamiyan, a delicious Afghan restaurant in Manhattan which Stephanie introduced me to
– discovered that their minimum for delivery is $20
– ordered an additional curry that I didn’t need
– felt regret and wondered if I had enough money
– emailed my friend Caolan a note of gratitude after she said she liked my blog post
– resolved to blog more (see above)
– almost emailed the boyfriend a question about what I should say to someone in a certain social context, and presented it as a moral conundrum so that he would pay more attention to constructing an answer
– decided that there was no way to frame the situation as a moral conundrum
– scrapped the email
– printed labels for my hanging folders so that I will never again have to look at handwritten labels
– tidied the room
]]>2Kathrynhttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=10072009-03-16T12:35:29Z2009-03-16T12:35:29ZI’m training to become a bee-keeper. By May I should have my own hive of bees.
The performer is Bill Shannon and watch the whole thing. It’s absurdly beautiful.
Think that snow is falling.
Think that snow is falling everwhere
all the time.
When you talk with a person, think
that snow is falling between you and
on the person.
Stop conversing when you think the
person is covered by snow
]]>0Dawnhttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=9932009-04-14T00:36:34Z2009-03-02T20:37:32ZI’m going to jump in here with an important film review: West Wing Season 1. No one’s seen it yet and it’s good. I just saw it recently.
Also, note that this is a tv series and not a moving picture.
In West Wing Season 1, the characters yell at each other constantly at the outset. You might think of it as a form of “mumblecore” except people are extremely articulate and project their voices. Then, all the characters turn out to have hearts. All the black characters so far have hearts of gold, and everyone else has hearts of darkness. Well, that’s not true. They’re competitive people who also want to engender the policies they believe will help the world.
The trials and tribulations of the executive branch make a good tv series, because you never know how anything works out. There is no “happily ever after.” There is no Turing machine end-state. In fact, only history can vindicate a president. But in the short term, it’s like an ongoing soap opera. If you want a story that lends itself to a feature film better than a tv series, you should think about an Olympic athlete going for the gold. Because, pretty soon, the main character either gets the gold, or they don’t.
]]>0Samhttp://www.samamidon.comhttp://www.speakpeppery.com/?p=9852009-02-27T23:01:13Z2009-02-27T23:01:13Zvalgeir’s son gabriel tells me about his past lives