Warp and Woof

Overnight two bright threads were added to the tapestry of electronic communications that illuminates my life. Dean Landsman, whose Manila site has gone mysteriously white with no intention on his part, was kind enough to copy me on a message to Golby pointing to a literary criticism of Dylan (Bob not Thomas) appearing in this weeks NYT Sunday Book Review. Dean talked about driving up the FDR Drive on the way to the George Washington Bridge when these lyrics popped into his mind…

She’s got everything she needs
She’s an artist
She don’t look back
She can take the dark out of nighttime
And paint the daytime black.

Last time those lyrics appeared unbidden in my mind I was thinking of Janis and how I’d swiped the Victorian lampshade for her out of the landlord’s garage out there in the avenues between Balboa and Cabrillo where we shared a little cottage between the rows of Richmond District houses. Of course she never belonged to me.

Then, in one of those not too amazing synchronous events, appearing mysteriously out of the night, came this post by Locke. Credit to Mike Golby for keeping our consciences and ropmantic sensibilities alive through the allusive use of Dylan lyrics.

Thanks Dean, for the link to the review. Thanks Chris, for the sweet posting. Oh… and watch your parking meters, both of you.

Mike, what the fuck are we going to do about the Sudan?

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2 comments on “Warp and Woof
  1. Frank,

    Glad to have passed that info on to you! Just knew you’d want to see it.

    Well, with the exception of Doc’s blog, it seems that all the blogs hosted at weblogs.com are now out of commission. This was a sudden move, came as a complete shock….and now there are posts appearing on those former “____@weblogs.com” pages alerting the bloggers that they can receive their blog content, and then host it as they please. The note, from Dave Winer, concludes with this paragraph:
    If you want a copy of your weblogs.com-hosted website, post a comment here, include the URL of the site. Sometime after July 1, 2004, I will export all the requested sites, without their membership groups. You can then download them and do with them as you wish. I won’t export them before July 1, and this is a one-time offer.
    After so many years of receiving free hosting and support services from the team at Userland, and all that free space at weblogs.com, all I can do is thank them for it, and await the delivery of my data, and then move on to another hosting solution.

    For the moment, until I determine what exactly to do (there are a ton of options!), I am going to use http://billableours.com for blogging.

    We have pMachine’s blog software over there. WordPress is also available, via the hosting service I use for that domain.

    I’d been considering moving to blosxom or some other open source blogging agent. This may just be the catalyst I needed.

    Of course, I might just make a deal with webloggers.com, keep the Manila site, and see how that works out. If I do that, the only real job will be to send out an alert of URL change to all the people who have been nice enough to blogroll me.

    In the meantime, I will be commenting more and blogging less.

    This is like cold turkey, of sorts.


  2. Mike Golby says:

    Hey, Dean, it’s good to find you. Funnily enough, I’ve just come from the dead Manila site (strange having a link to a Dave Winer page on my blog after so long), so picking up your URL on the turn is fortuitous.

    I enjoyed the Times article on the new Dylan title–mostly that which says “Make of it what you will” because that’s basically all we ever do.

    I’d like to compliment Chris here (for much of his recent stuff) but, hell, I really don’t know how to. I guess I just enjoy his writing in much the same way I do old Bob.

    The Sudan, Frank, is genocide in progress. Two million have already died. I’ve a feeling the boys running global wars are running scared of outflanking themselves in Africa’s largest country (the U.S. army is on a business trip to the east) and are taking an Albright approach to this, i.e. it’ll be worth it in the long run; for now, Bashir may might be useful, etc.

    The U.S. has a huge presence on the Horn and to the south and intends expanding its influence but is leaving Bashir alone (why is this guy’s name never mentioned?).

    Bashir controls the Chadian Janjaweed as his ‘Eastern Alliance’ and the people of Darfur are taking a beating on behalf of non-Muslim southerners where ‘peace keeping’ will do more to aid Bashir’s murderous campaign (by pinning his targets down) than it will do to hinder it.

    (The divide between north and south is also the world’s largest slave-trafficking area, mostly south-to-north by abduction but also between feuding southern factions.)

    As long as Bashir’s further destabilising the region (it’s been going on for ten years now), the Pentagon and its European proxies now selling the Iraqis down the Tigris and Euphrates at the UN are probably happy to let him go ahead. They can always plead ignorance and nobody will hold them to account come the final solution in Darfur.

    There was always more of a case for U.N.-sanctioned intervention in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, etc. than there was for forming a beachhead in Iraq. But, give the strategists their due. They’re thinking and planning long term.

    Again, this is merely my view. I don’t agree with the ‘international community’s’ motives or its actions. Its aim is this ugly thing called ‘globalisation’ and it costs too many lives.

    Meanwhile, the aid agencies are doing the piecemeal, humanitarian stuff and, for them, there is little protection. They’re the ones with the tough job around the African war zones and, for that, they deserve credit and support.

    PS: I’ll get back to the blog shortly… until then, I’m on the road with Dean.



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