March 5th, 2003

caillebotte_man at his window

Confused but More-or-less Happy

Re-inventing Scholarly Information Dissemination and Use is the suitably asinine slogan of this chaotic yet fascinating data base operated by U. C. Berkeley. Alas, that so much of the worlds information has fallen into the hands of bloated academic institutions which have so thoroughly mastered the art of obfuscation that one needs a doctoral degree to understand the means of retrieving any of it. Nevertheless, if you have a few hours, and a high tolerance for confusion, this is an interesting site in which to muck about. I ended up there because I was looking for pictures of flowers, and I found many, though not the particular ones I was seeking, thanks to the arcane search functions at the site. To enjoy the place, it is best to leave behind all expectations and simply wander about, taking pleasure in whatever comes up. It's rather like talking to a venerable, knowledgeable, but very absent minded professor-- when both of you are quite drunk. Ah, academe!
caillebotte_man at his window


After sunset, the smile of the crescent moon darkened above the deepening cobalt horizon. As it settled behind the pines, it was screened so that, while the entire smile was still visible, one part of it was much brighter than the rest, and that part looked like a gold-capped tooth. Madam Ruth!

This morning, a pair of birds kept me awake for some time, singing loudly in the leafless mulberry tree. I think they were robins, and they are mating. Blue jays kept flying by, screeching at them: Gack! Gack! Jays, apparently, are not romantic birds.

Though the morning was chilly, the afternoon warmed up enough that I was able to leave the windows open for a couple of hours. I probably let a lot of pollen into the house. I wonder if it will make me hallucinate tonight?