Sunday, December 21, 2014

Now is the solstice of the year


They demolished a building.


Cloud bowl.




Springfield patterns.





The day after the first day of winter is one of my favorite days of the year. It's the day when the days start gaining sunlight. Tomorrow, it's only one second. But it gets better with each day thereafter.

* I think we watched every show: December 1964: Bob Hope in Vietnam.

* Why Stephen Colbert’s “We’ll Meet Again” Singalong Was the Greatest Send-Off in TV History:

Even his choice of song, Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again,” couldn’t have been more perfect. It worked on several levels that made The Colbert Report so successful. Its association with the World War II generation evokes both the “simpler time” that the conservative pundits he skewered like to say once existed, and also Colbert’s numerous fundraising efforts for veterans-based charities. But there’s a third layer in the song’s history — its use at the end of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb — that also draws upon the tradition of the absurdist political satire at which Colbert excelled.

Beautiful, man. Just beautiful. I can't wait to see him on The Late Show, especially since I missed every single Colbert Report (except for a few clips on the web.)

* The Potsdam Gravity Potato.

* Winter is the glad song that you hear.... (Jethro)

Posted by: Marie at 8:18 PM |

Friday, December 19, 2014

To us the path of knowledge show


Santa in a room.




Statehouse lit up over the Fourth District Appellate Court of Illinois.


Statehouse Christmas lights reflected in the Willard Ice Building at night.

* And teach us in her ways to go. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. (The Fray; lyrics.)

Posted by: Marie at 10:22 PM |

Monday, December 15, 2014

The police in New York City


* #ShutItDownNYC.

* They chased a boy right through the park. In a case of mistaken identity, they put a bullet through his heart....

Posted by: Marie at 9:30 PM |

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Me sailed the ship all alone


Foggy night.



* Book trailer: "The HAIGHT: Love, Rock, and Revolution":

Grammy Trustees Award-Winning photographer Jim Marshall is renowned for his powerful portraits of some of the greatest musicians in the world. Marshall’s new book “The Haight: Love Rock and Revolution” is a one-of-a-kind chronicle of mostly unpublished photos he shot between1965-1968 during the apex of the counter culture revolution. The book features hundreds of images from Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, to Bill Graham, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary and Jefferson Airplane. Written by bestselling San Francisco music journalist Joel Selvin, the story behind each of these stunning images is incomparable.

* Top 100 Songs of 1964 - Billboard Year End Charts.

* 1964 in photos.

* Me never think I'll make it home... (The Kingsmen; lyrics annotated.)

Posted by: Marie at 8:04 PM |

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Half past dead



The sun came out for a few minutes today. Then it went down.

* The City of Springfield has struck a deal with the owner of the Bel-Aire whereby all the residents will be evicted and the vintage Route 66 motel will be demolished: Remaining Bel-Aire residents wonder where they’ll go next. Photos of some of the residents.

* How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty.

* Photos: Gun violence in Chicago.

* This is all kinds of messed up: Fort Bragg postpones discharge hearing for Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer.

* Here's a web site you can get totally lost in: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields. Here's a great place to start: Northern Chicago area. (Found here: Naval Air Station Glenview, buried in plain sight.)

* Hey, mister, can you tell me where a girl might find a bed? He just grinned and shook my hand, and "No," was all he said.......... (Aretha.)

Posted by: Marie at 7:54 PM |