Fenster writes:

  • I take the bus a lot since I have a weekly commute between New York and Boston.  The train is to be preferred and there’s the whole romance of the rails thing I know.  But dang as I wrote before the bus is efficient and cheap.  Maybe this neglected medium is the future, too, or more closely part of it than the railroad.
  • The first time I heard Diana Krall I fell for her sultry rendition of Garden in the Rain.  Evocative.  Erotic.  Erocative!  Now I dunno.  Her new album Wallflower is a look back to her favorites from the sixties and seventies.  And there are some interesting song choices there (I’m Not in Love, Alone Again Naturally).  But honestly it all kind of runs together.  In fact, here’s a 1’14” promo pastiche medley.  The short mash-up is rather nice . . . and all you really need.
  • The only real difference between me and this guy is that he is severely symptomatic.
  • It’s not enough that the posh have the money.  Now they are effing up the arts, culture and the city.
  • Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series of novels is finally getting some serious film/video treatment.  I am looking forward to this Amazon series.  From the first few minutes it looks like Titus Welliver might make a fine Bosch though for me the part is forever Len Cariou’s given how well Cariou read a number of the books on CD.  It will be interesting to see if the series can avoid the normal boom-bang-boom tripe and give Harry the no-nonsense treatment he deserves.
  • What do these 5 criteria describe?  1. “There must be a distinct class of affective stimuli…” 2. “There should be transduction mechanisms including receptors to change the chemical code of the stimuli to electrical signal…” 3. “There must be neurotransmission of the electrical signal to processing regions of the brain.” 4.  “There must be physiological effects after activation of . . . . cells.” 5. “There should be perceptual independence from other (similar) qualities…”   (tick, tick, tick . . . )  It’s whether something qualifies as a “taste”.  Fat appears to have made the cut.

About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.
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