Thursday, October 24, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Which is no longer an island: Ostrów Tumski. The time when I was there, a flautist played Bach as I walked the Tumski Bridge. The notes faded into the bricks and stonework of the ancient fanes and houses.
The postcard looks to date from communist- era Poland, maybe 1950s or 60s. The language, not surprisingly, is Polish, and the sender appeared to have forgotten to bring the recipient's address.
Wyspa Tumska is an alternate form of Ostrów Tumski -- Dominsel in German, or Cathedral Island in English.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Bad breath, muddy complexion, dull eyes, nervous headache, nervous indigestion -- who wants that?
Concerning Dr. Miles and Dr. Miles Nervine (sic) : http://arnoldzwicky.org/2010/12/18/dr-miles-nervine/
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Another relic from the Alaskan project my father worked on in the late 1950s (see entry of 3 August 2012). I am pretty sure the White Alice network, or anything concerning it, no longer falls under the label of "classified" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Alice_Communications_System -- in fact, the government decommissioned the antenna array decades ago. White Alice -- wasn't that a Jefferson Airplane Song?
In Hodges' biography of Alan Turing, he indicates that American usage made "classified" a synonym for "top secret," rather than referring to levels of classification. Classification level: Top stupid. Then, the American habit of saying "hello" repeatedly through the day irritated Turing during one of his stints here.
The guy on the phone looks as if he's about to issue some kind of doomsday order. Serious business, no doubt.