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From Wikipedia on R.L. Stevenson
Much like his father, Stevenson remained a staunch Tory
for most of his life. His cousin and biographer, Sir Graham
Balfour, said that "he probably throughout life would, if
compelled to vote, have always supported the Conservative
candidate". During his
college years, he briefly identified as a "red-hot Socialist."
However, by the year 1877, at only twenty-seven years of age
and before having written most of his major fictional works,
Stevenson reflected: "For my part, I look back to the time
when I was a Socialist with something like regret. I have
convinced myself (for the moment) that we had better leave
these great changes to what we call great blind forces: their
blindness being so much more perspicacious than the little,
peering, partial eyesight of men [...] Now I know that in thus
turning Conservative with years, I am going through the normal
cycle of change and travelling in the common orbit of men's
opinions. I submit to this, as I would submit to gout or gray
hair, as a concomitant of growing age or else of failing
animal heat; but I do not acknowledge that it is necessarily a
change for the better—I dare say it is deplorably for the
review of H.L. Mencken's American
Mercury, found in the German magazine Querschnitt, 1924
(translation by me):
We in Europe and particularly in Germany, we know only the
bad, or to put it more mildly, the disappointing side of
America, not its aspirations and its striving for human worth
despite Ford and Wilson, despite world war and “business.” But
Mencken, this magician, successfully call forth the powers to
show us this other America, that is morally clean, without
becoming sour, that is intelligent without expressing simply a
trick of the advertising life and politics, and that, not
least of all, understands how to write.
Tips are considered
somewhat impolite in Australia. It's like giving strangers
The practice in America seems to date from late in the 19th
-- Judging from the number and earnestness of the letters that a
few remarks on the practice of tipping, recently printed in this
column, have moved our readers to write, the subject is
generally regarded as both interesting and important. For that
reason, and not from any hopes that the discussion will lead to
practical results, it is worthwhile to emphasize again the fact
that the wretched system was originated and is perpetuated, not
by its victims, the men who give and take tips, but by those who
profit by it every year to the extent of millions more than a
few. The real takers of tips are the hotel and restaurant
proprietors, the owners of steamships, the officers and
stockholders of railways, and a dozen other classes of
employers, all very dignified and all infinitely far above the
acceptance of a gratuity Â— directly. These are the people at
whom our correspondents should aim their arguments, their
denunciation and contempt, not at their almost helpless agents,
the waiters and porters. With exceptions so rare that they need
not be taken into the account, the tipping custom exists only
where the nominal employer is not the person served, and every
tip saves the payment of wages to an equal amount. In private
families and in clubs there is no tipping, and yet the service
is as good as or better than it is in hotels and on steamboats.
This shows the utter emptiness of the claim that tips go
naturally and properly with labor of a personal or "menial"
sort. As a matter of fact, they go naturally and meet improperly
with labor performed in such circumstances that two payments can
be exacted for the same service. One payment goes to the
employee, the other to the house or the company or the
individual under the control of whom or which he exercises his
trade. It may not be commonly known that the hotel waiter
detailed to serve the proprietor's family gets, in some cases,
at least, appreciably higher pay than his companions. Of course
he receives no tips. This throws a flood of light on the
frequent assertions that the abolition of the tipping system is
impossible. -- from The New
York Times, November 21, 1899.
Treasures are what
people bring to Antiques Roadshow; who would sell an heirloom
worth $50? Here from Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, Adventures of the Ingenious
-- People think that a treasure is something worth a lot of
money, but a real treasure is something you cannot sell. A
treasure is something that is worth so much it is worth nothing.
Of course, he could sell his treasure as ivory, but then it
would lose its status as a treasure, and all he would be selling
was the ivory. A real treasure is worth more than life, because
you will die without selling it. It will never save your life. A
treasure is worth a lot and is worth nothing. That is what a
treasure is, something that you cannot sell.
A translation of Om Mani Padme Hum from a small framed piece at
OM: I invoke the path and experience of universality so
MANI: the jeweline luminesity of my immortal
PADME: may be unfolded within the depths of the lotus
center of awakening consciousness
HUM: and I be wafted by the ecstasy of breaking through
all bonds and horizons.
source of trans.: W.E. Garett, "Mountaintop War in Remote
Geographic 123 (May 1963): 686 at . See also the Wikipedia
article on it
...The lesson of today's terrorism is that if God exists, then
everything, including blowing up thousands of innocent
bystanders, is permitted - at least to those who claim to act
directly on behalf of God...
...Fundamentalists do what they perceive as good deeds in order to
fulfill God's will and to earn salvation; atheists do them simply
because it is the right thing to do...
It's the present even if we don't yet know that it's the future.
Let's get down to brass tacks.
Do the Corporations want a Middle Class?
well then, a simple solution. (Otherwise, does everyone listed
below seems like a drag on income?)
who do they want to be in it?
Guys with guns. Cops, Prison Guards, Military.
People who look after us. Nurses, Teachers, Cops, Claims
Adjustors, Dental Hygenists.
Should they expect to be able to buy a house?
Those who serve us. Cash Register Clerks, Receptioniss,
Pre-School Teachers, Waiters.
They seem to get emergency room health care now.
The incapacitated. Homeless, Ill, Odd.
Tethered and sequestered.
Otherwise, how poxie will things be if the Corporates' kids
venture into public?
If only I could find the
recently reported note from an industrialist in the early days of
regulation saying any regulatory agency is fine because it will
soon be sufficiently weakened to be no threat and an illusion of
"While Warren's nomination was too-toxic-to-touch mere months ago,
the momentum of the past few weeks could be enough to convince the
White House to tap her for the job. Whomever Obama picks, he'll
need to do it soon: The deadline for having a permanent CFPB
director in place is July 21, according to the Dodd-Frank
financial reform law. But no matter who the nominee is, he or she
faces massive opposition in Congress, with Republicans maneuvering
to block not just Warren but any CFPB nominee if their demands to
weaken the bureau are not met."
--- Andy Kroll in Mother Jones
When she came back out her short hair was now spiked and dark
brown instead of tipped and flowing.
"Wow!" she said. "That's different, eh?"
Louis laughed. "I could open a salon!"
They are both dear and young.
Later that night her hair relaxed and fell against her
skull. It framed her face and set off her ears. The
natural color showed her eye brows and lashes.
Thomas noticed. "Wow, a haircut!" he said. "Quite a
disguise to make yourself look more like yourself."
But Louis was taken. All eyes and nods around the
room. He'd brought back a full lunch.
How do you know it's RagTag?
No person is physically harmed. The point it to harm
institutions which inflict personal harm, both physical and
emotional. Financially powerful institutions are not
Before I quit smoking I
worried that when I lit up I spent a moment in a contemplative
never-never land and insight came to me. Even once I quit, I
was sorry to have lost that capacity, however artificially
Now, 6 months without tobacco, I find that the insughtful moment
is not brought on by a smokey cigarette but comes from planting
your feet firmly and not moving for a few moments. The
window of insight, admittedly still innocuous, opens. Beer
All these things
happen. I could write them down. Who would read them?
The novel is to print as X is to the web. A website is about
size. It's an isolate giving ready access, like a video
game, to several series of pages filled with links to entertaining
sites with Google ads running down the right side.
For $10 a month you can have a place to type in the more
interesting bits of you day books. The website could be
called: Am I the Only Person on Earth Who Wants to Know About This
By-Laws Society of Bibliophiles
of the Law
Membership. Membership is by self-nomination.
Charter members. Charter Members are
expected to pay as much they feell is necessary to defray the
cost of the society's activities.
Regular members. Regular Members need
Officers. The Secretary is empowered to act in the best
interest of the Society.
Meetings. The Society will meet at the pleasure of the
Activities. The Society intends to publish and
distribute gratis in pamphlet form exemplary legal writing,
particularly writing that is otherwise difficult to find.
Board meeting minutes
Call to order
Minutes of 2007 meeting (see attached) approved as amended.
Financial Report 2007 - 2008 tabled (see attached)
Bibliophiles of the Law grant
approved. SA Jones's writ in Moore v Dempsey in pamphlet
form to honor NAACP centenary.
Invoice Pirate Pamphlets approved.
SA Jones pamphlets to Board members for
Board membership discussed.
G. Boeck continues as secretary/treasurer
Adjourn 9:50 am
How to Boil Water
Meat. Raw meat on the counter - the surface has to be
cleaned before it is used again. You have some leaway if you
are preparing vegies to be cooked. Believe me, clean knives
and counters are worth the effort.
It seems odd to me. A
significant part of a bee's biology deals with flight
late in life. They
are excuisitely desgined to take nectar and pollen
from flowers in daylight, yet
they spend almost all of their time in a pitch black
During most of her life she hangs around,
wanders here and there in the hive touching
friends and things. Sleeping, stopping to
clean something or fiddle with wax and
comb. Less than a third of the day is
spent working or sleeping. The comings and
goings of her sisters during the daylight sets
To put an image on your
website takes three steps: put the image on your desk top,
insert the image into your webpage, post the image and the
webpage to your site.
Open SeaMonkey's Composer which lives under the Window tab.
One way to insert an image is to click on Image in the
navagation bar. You will be asked to choose the image
and will have to give it a title in the alternative text
box. You then figure out the demensions of the photo on
the page, either in Pixels or in % of the page. If you
use Pixels, the computer will make sure that the ratio of
height to width stays constant. Then you can decide
where you want the illus. relative to its text by clicking on
the Appearance tab. For the amount of space around the
illus., I like 10 pixels left and right and top and
bottom. You can also align the text and
image. You can also drag the image to where you want it
in the text, then change the alignment to right left or above
Once you've got the image where you want it, you can post
it to the website.
First, save the file to the Index folder in the Website
folder. Save the illus. to the Images folder in the
Website folder. Then in Foxfire under the tools
tab, open FireFTP. The files on the left are those on
the computer, those on the right are those on the
website. When you first start FireFTP, you will have to
click on Connect (on the left below the Google box) and will
probably have to double click on the esauboeck.com folder to
open it. The images folder has all of the images on the
website. The index folder has all of the pages on the
website. To copy the image, click on the images folder
to open it. The right and left panes should look more or
less identical. Click once on the image name on the left
to select it then on the arrow to copy it to the web
page. Do the same for the edited page to copy it to the
index folder. You will have to tell the machine to
overwrite the file.
15 books quickly
Friends of Edie Coyle
Pride and Prejudice
BackRoads to Far Towns
Life on the Mississippi
Red Badge of Courage
RT Peterson's Birds of Western States
Propp Morphology of the Folktale
Score Beethoven's 5th Symphony
Fafird and the Gray Mouser
Where the Wild Things Are
What about those bees,
eh? Apis Meliflora.
Spring brings great things to the Pasadena yard.
The news is an article
I wrote about an early court record which got me my folklore
degree. Naturally I put it with Bibliophiles of the Law. It will
land me in hot water for naive understanding.
Debris left from
attempts to figure out how to do stuff.
Footnote: you can't link to go back and forth unless yhou
start a second page with footnotes on it. We have to use
the Back button.
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Watch it! check the source for the stuff.
Dorothy walks to the wedding.
cut from Guide Sydney:
Tourist information. The Sydney Visitor Centre, 106 George
Street, The Rocks, t 02 9255 1788/13 20 77 (throughout
Australia for cost of local call); Airport centre,
International Terminal, t 9667 6050. Open every day
09.00-18.00. Hotel bookings made on site and for single
nights only. Both centres include hotel phone board from
which main chain hotels can be reached for bookings and
Getting from the airport. Kingsford Smith Airport is located
in Mascot on Botany Bay, about 8km from the centre of
Sydney. The airport's two terminals, domestic and
international, are linked by free shuttle buses. These
Airport Express buses also travel into the city, running
every 20 minutes t 131 500. No. 300 runs to Circular Quay
via Central Station and King's Cross; no. 350 runs to
Central Station and King's Cross. Currently the cost is $5
single, $8 return. There is also a private bus line,
Kingsford Smith Transport, that will drop you at most places
in the city for the same price as the city bus; t 02 9667
3221. Taxi fare is about $20 into central Sydney.
Trains. All interstate and local trains arrive at Central
Railway Station, Eddy Avenue, immediately south of city
centre. All major bus and city train routes leave from here
as well. For information on state and interstate services, t
02 9217 8812 or in New South Wales freecall t 008 04 3126; a
Countrylink Travel Centre is also available at Circular Quay
Station, which is the other centre for rail information.
City rail information is open until 22.00; t 131 500.
Bus. The main coach terminal is at the side of Central
Station (t 02 9212 1500), although the Greyhound-Pioneer
buses most regularly arrive at the depot on Oxford and Riley
Streets, in Paddington-Darlinghurst; t 13 2323; website:
www.greyhound.com.au. From here, local buses nos 280 and 389
go down Oxford Street to Circular Quay; bus no. 378 arrives
at Central Station.
Local transport. Sydney has relatively good public
transportation, with an extensive and fairly efficient train
network from the Blue Mountains to Liverpool and along the
coast both north and south. Within the city, buses are the
most convenient and cheapest way to travel. Automobile
traffic in the entire Sydney region causes some of the worst
and most frustrating congestion in the world; travel by
public transportation is strongly recommended when at all
possible. Bus, train, and ferry information is available at
travel offices at Circular Quay and Central Station; t 02
9954 4422/131 500. Weekly Travelpasses are available, with
colour-coded zone fares; for the buses, a Metroten ticket
offers the biggest savings, if you are using the buses for
several trips. For tourists, the Sydney Explorer Pass allows
unlimited travel on the many Explorer buses to popular
destinations around the city; it is available through the
New South Wales Travel Centre, 19 Castlereagh Street, t 02
Ferries. Do not forget that the harbour's ferries are not
just tourist rides, but serve as the major, and certainly
the most enjoyable, form of public transportation from the
North Shore and to most venues around the harbour as far as
Parramatta. They travel frequently and conveniently.
The Ferries Information Centre is located opposite Jetty 4
at Circular Quay; information about ferry service is through
the State Transit Public Transport Information Line, t 131
Water taxis are also available 24 hours a day, a bit pricey,
but a truly exciting way to get to any place near the water.
Telephone Taxis Afloat, t 1300 300 925, website:
www.watertaxis.com.au. Harbour Taxi Boats, t 9555 1155; or
Beach Hooper Water Taxis, t 0412 400 990
Taxis. Taxi fares in Sydney are relatively expensive, and,
as in all major cities, the drivers have a reputation for
either verbosity or cantankerousness; they represent the
multicultural nature of contemporary Australia, and are for
the most part excellent drivers. Tipping is appreciated, but
certainly not mandatory and is usually only a rounding off
to the nearest dollar. Taxis can be located at taxi ranks
around the city; one can also try to hail a cab on the
street, although this is not as standard a practice as in
New York City. Book a cab from Legion, tel. 9289 9000;
Premier Radio Cabs, 02 13 10 17; RSL, 02 9581 1111.
Consulates: British Consulate General, Level 16, Gateway
Building, 1 Macquarie Street, t 02 9247 7521; US Consulate,
59th floor, MLC Centre, 19-29 Martin Place, t 02 9373 9200.
Police: Emergency, t 000; police switchboard, 151-241
Goulburn Street, Surry Hills, t 02 9281 0000; city stations:
192 Day Street, t 02 9265 6499; The Rocks, George and Argyle
Street, t 02 9265 6366.
Hospitals: Sydney Hospital Emergency, Macquarie Street, t 02
9228 2111; Royal North Shore Hospital, Pacific Highway, St
Leonards, t 02 9438 7111.
$$$$ Hotel Inter-Continental, 117 Macquarie Street, City, t
02 9230 0200/1800 221 828; fax 02 9240 1240. A truly grand
hotel, part of which is the old treasury building;
cultivated elegance, walking distance to Opera House and
Botanic Gardens. Superb restaurant.
$$$$ Park Hyatt, 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, t 02 9241
1234/131 234, fax 02 9256 1555. In USA: t 1800 233 1234;
London: t 0171 580 8197. Architecturally impressive,
blending beautifully with Rocks and Quay buildings; balcony
rooms directly on harbour.
$$$$ Ritz-Carlton, 93 Macquarie Street, City, t 02 9252
4600/1800 252 888, fax 02 9252 4286. Fine hotel near
Sydney's financial district and opposite Botanic Gardens, in
1899 sandstone building; thoughtful service.
$$$ Carlton Crest, 169-179 Thomas Street, City, t 02 9281
6888/1800 252 588; fax 02 9281 6888. A four-star hotel near
Darling Harbour, excellent location, rooftop pool. Has
special packages in combination with Sydney Festival, and on
$$$ Observatory Hotel, 89-113 Kent Street, The Rocks, t 02
9256 2222/1800 806 245, fax 02 9256 2233. Famed for its
'drawing room' atmosphereÂ—antiques, library, fireplace, as
well as canopied pool. On one of the most delightful and
calming streets in inner Sydney, across from Observatory
$$$ Ritz-Carlton Double Bay, 33 Cross Street, Double Bay, t
02 9362 4455/1800 252 888, fax 02 9362 4744. A popular
'celebrity hotel' in the 'village' of Double Bay, 10 minutes
from centre city. Impeccable service, famous buffet lunch in
the lobby restaurant.
$$$ The Sebel of Sydney, 25 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth
Bay, t 02 9358 3244. Â‘Boutique' hotel, where Princess Diana
and film stars stayed. Small and friendly, personalised
$$$ Woolloomooloo Waters Apartment Hotel, 88 Dowling Street,
Woolloomooloo Bay, t 02 9358 3100/1800 267 949; fax 02 9356
4839; e-mail: email@example.com. Self-contained
apartments (studio, one- and two-bedroom), flexible packages
for all levels of amenities, good for longer stays, ideal
$$ Hughenden Boutique Hotel, 14 Queen Street, Woollahra, t
9363 4863, fax 02 9362 0398. Small (36 rooms), in renovated
historic (1876) house and stables; stylish and popular
$$ McLaren Hotel, 25 McLaren Street, North Sydney, t 9954
4622, fax 02 9922 1868. Boutique hotel (25 rooms) in centre
of North Sydney; front building part of National Trust; room
cost includes breakfast.
$$ Periwinkle Guesthouse, 18-19 East Esplanade, Manly, t
9977 4668, fax 02 9977 6308. Great location, a 'fun'
guesthouse, with a variety of rooms, resulting from the
joining of two Victorian houses near the beach.
$$ Ravesi's, On the corner of Campbell Parade and Hall
Street, Bondi Beach, t 9365 4422, fax 02 9365 1481. The best
place to stay on Bondi Beach: new and comfortable, ocean
views, next to Hall Street and Jewish eateries.
$$ Sullivans, 21 Oxford Street, Paddington, t 02 9361 0211,
fax 02 9360 3735. Perfect inner-city location, off-street
parking, comfortable rooms; great breakfast cafe. Very homey
place, family-owned; bicycles available to guests.
$ The Grand Hotel, 30 Hunter Street, City, t 02 232 3755,
fax 02 9232 1073. One of Sydney's oldest hotels (only 19
rooms), built over the Tank Stream and opposite Wynyard
Station. Excellent value, central location, some shared
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