Disastrous Edmonton Roads

750 accidents between Friday and Tuesday.
Welcome to Crash City, Alberta.
Running on ice.

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Bloody Cold Out!

again today in Katzville. Needed a hot chocolate when we came in after groceries. Since getting in and out of baths has become a life-and-death situation at 70, the old method from childhood of a hot bath no longer takes off the chill. We use an electric blanket in the family room which warms you up fairly fast. Nothing like that chill that lingers otherwise. Even turning up the heat only works so far and doesn’t heat your inner core when you get a chill. Yeah, an electric blanket is what I’d swear by, especially for a cold lower body.

When you’re young, I think you’ve got more resistance; I can remember playing hockey or skating in sub-minus 20 F temps. But sooner or later you’d just want to get home asap. In our old WW1 house, we originally had a chain ‘thermostat’ furnace. You had to be careful pulling it to start, and there were times when it didn’t start or we were out of coal. I can remember us freezing on arctic days, waiting for a coal delivery just to get heat in the house. The relief of hearing the coal roll down the shute.

I delivered newspapers after school for 5 years (grade 5-9) and these kinds of winter days were common in ’60s Winnipeg. Plus you’d have to collect every week, having to go out evenings to basically get paid. Standing around outside waiting for the Saturday papers to come necessitated waits in the grocery store nearby just to get out of the cold. After that, you’d generate your own heat when your legs started moving to deliver two streets of papers. No wonder there was always a high turnover of carriers!

Well, there you go–poverty and trying to make some spending spare change when you received no allowance like many kids in my working-class neighborhood. And, at the end of the deliveries, rushing home to then sit in front of the big wall vent waiting for the blessed heat to come on again. Something I didn’t miss when we sold our house in grade 9 and moved into a nice warm apartment block. It was far saner and more civilized with less of the old inconveniences in the frozen North.

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Words to That Affect

Some famous quotes from great literature:

“He who does not follow love’s command errs greatly.”
–Chretien de Troyes, Lancelot, The Knight of the Cart

“I found myself within a shadowed forest.”
–Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy: Inferno

“Laughter’s the property of man. Live joyfully.”
–Francois Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel

“He that loves pleasure must for pleasure fall.”
–Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

“One man in his time plays many parts.”
–William Shakespeare, As You Like It

“But at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near.”
–Andrew Marvell, Miscellaneous Poems

“If this is the best of all possible worlds, what are the others?”
–Voltaire, Candide

“Poetry is the breath and the finer spirit of all knowledge.”
–William Wordsworth, Preface to the Lyrical Ballads

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”
–Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“All partings foreshadow the great final one.”
–Charles Dickens, Bleak House

“A poet is a kinsman in the clouds.”
–Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.”
–Feodor Dostoevski, Crime and Punishment

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”
–George Eliot, Middlemarch

“”The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”
–Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it.”
–George Orwell, 1984

“He was Beat–the root, the soul of beatific.”
–Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Three Excellent Quotations Books:

(the best source of classic English author/lit quotes)


(the best source of thematic quotations on various subjects and topics)

(the best source of quotes by women on various themes)

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Simian Moments

Like those when guys can make fists while sitting on the floor then use them to raise themselves when getting up. Our chimp ancestry showing through the ages.

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Dana Milbank of “The Washington Post”

remains the top political satirist writing in America today. Check out his piece today on Trump’s schedule. Priceless and masterfully written.

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Pet and Child Abuse TV News Coverage

There are some human depravities that are too sickening to watch or hear about. These are two of them for me, personally. (Everyone has their limits.)

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Extraordinary, Magnificent Nahanni Park Reserve

Many beautiful impressive stills in the Nahanni segment on the Frame Channel, channel 222, Shaw cable, taken by Jackie Zinger. Featured seasons: fall and winter.

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Google News: Air Quality Alert in Washington!

No kidding. Especially with today’s (Tuesday’) SOTU.

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Default by Techno

No bot could ever
replace a sky.
No phone will ever
stop the tides.
Nor any hack nullify
our limitless love.
No avatar could
supplant you
in any case.
Nor any cloud
clone Monet
nor any bug
take down Beethoven.

The variables in the
Internet of Things
are this limited.
Touchscreens will never
supercede skin,
mind or soul.
All the brave new whims
are merely greyscale
and deletable.
And a user world is just that.
Egoic diminishments
in virtual domains.
More or less.

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The Completely Deaf Years: Beethoven’s Last Works

(The only Beethoven you need ever purchase; it has everything)

The usual dates given for the onset of his complete deafness are typically 1814-1815.

So, for his last 13ish years until his death in 1827, he was likely no longer (audibly)hearing the following great works which he wrote in that period:

Piano sonata in E minor (Op.90)

Cello sonatas (Op. 102)

Piano sonata in A (Op. 101)

Piano sonata in Bb “Hammerklavier” (Op. 106)

Piano sonata in E (Op. 109)

Piano sonata in Ab (Op. 110)

Piano sonata in C minor (Op. 111)

33 variations in C on waltz by Diabelli (Op. 120)

“Missa Solemnis” in D (Op. 123)

Symphony no. 9 in D minor (Op. 125)

String quartet in Eb (Op. 127)

String quartet in A minor (Op. 132)

String quartet in Bb (Op. 130)

“Grosse fugue” for string quartet (Op. 133)

String quartet in C# minor (Op. 131)

String quartet in F (Op. 135)

Amazing output; incredible, unique pieces!
This certainly gives a different spin, understanding, and appreciation when hearing the above works. We can safely say that Beethoven was writing purely, then, from his oral imagination, memory, and past experience. I believe he was deeply, intuitively, and instinctually writing Keats’ “ditties of no [audible] tone”–the music of his soul and spirit. He was writing that music that remained deep inside him. And he was writing the music that he really wanted to compose as in the case of his mass. In that, I believe he wrote both the misery and suffering of the human condition in the opening two sections and later concluded with the hopeful possibilities typically interpreted in and by the positive ending. Despite his previous suicide attempts and pessimism, Beethoven hoped for a higher state and salvation for humans. Unlike no other genius-composer, his work, attitudes, and approaches are a perfect balance of positive and negative, hope and pessimism, the ideal and the real.

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