Archive for May 2004
Erik Satie, May 17th 1866 – July 1st 1925.
“Né très jeune dans un monde très vieux”.
See also Flabby Preludes for A Dog: An Erik Satie Primer, part of Kenny G’s Popular Guide to Unpopular Music, for a good introduction to Satie’s music and influence – and today’s post from wood s lot has a section in honour of the great man’s birthday, with a photograph showing him wearing one of his famous velvet suits.
…in raw cotton, and housed in a cedarwood box, 6 CDs featuring 135 songs and 25 sermons, as well as a 200-page book with over 200 illustrations, “Goodbye, Babylon” from Dust-to-Digital is as thorough a celebration of the American Gospel tradition as a non-believing Limey could wish for. And it would only cost me $135. I can afford that. Sure I can.
I collect heavy little things.
Tools, parts, toys, instruments, tchotchkes – the weight of some new thing in my hand, often small, metallic and well machined, compels me to add it to my life.
It’s instinct by now. I can’t say why these things are important, or why I haven’t bothered cataloguing them until this day – they almost litter my office, my pockets, my car, my home. But this is as good a place to start as any.
That they or any of them do not presume from and after the Tenth Day of January next ensuing, to keep any Publick Coffee-house, or to Utter or sell by retail, in his, her or their house or houses (to be spent or consumed within the same) any Coffee, Chocolet, Sherbett or Tea, as they will answer the contrary at their utmost perils.
The cheek of the man – and it was even his fault we started drinking the stuff in the first place. The proclamation never made the statute books, and was repealed six days later.
All this is by way of preamble to The Era of the Clipper Ships, a romantically sprawling site, blown hither and yon by the tradewinds of its enthusiasm, but full of the pull of the sea and the lure of the tall ships. And it’s full of images like this:
Moth found trapped between points at Relay # 70, Panel F, of the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator while it was being tested at Harvard University, 9 September 1945. The operators affixed the moth to the computer log, with the entry: “First actual case of bug being found”. They put out the word that they had “debugged” the machine, thus introducing the term “debugging a computer program”.
From an online library of images at the US Naval Historical Center.