spray paint on concrete (recent) at the dump east of town.
By county: new COVID cases per 100,000 people in the past week (the darker the color, the more new cases) and votes to recall Governor Newsom (mustard means more voted for recall).
For the final exam in a high school math course I took in 1975, each student was allowed to have notes on a green 5"×8" index card. You handed in the card in advance and it was waiting for you at your seat when you took the exam.
The somewhat cryptic note here is from a friend's card. His notes also included e to 147 decimal places. (Mine had π to 84 decimal places.) He's a lawyer now.
The first deer I've seen in my yard in over 20 years living here.
Andy Grote, a state senator in Hamburg, Germany, celebrated his 2020 reëlection with a private party (prohibited during the pandemic). He at first said it was a "stupid mistake" and claimed he didn't break any rules. He was fined €1000. His name entered the language: groten became a verb for partying during the pandemic.
More recently, Grote tweeted in support of the Hamburg police breaking up a mass gathering in the streets that was deemed a threat to public health. Among the responses was one from @pauli_zoo saying "Du bist so 1 Pimmel." (You are such a dick.)
Insulting someone is illegal in Germany. @pauli_zoo tweeted yesterday that six police officers had come to his/her house at 6:00 in the morning with a search warrant to confiscate electronic devices associated with posting the insulting tweet. German media (e.g., Welt, Spiegel) are calling the affair "Pimmelgate".
Hamburg police say this isn't an isolated case and they've conducted dozens of similar searches. They said Grote's prominence played no role in this case. According to Die Welt, the insult was first discovered by police who then went to Grote to see if he wanted to press charges.
(also: this cartoon)
A tree on my lot is doing the fall‑colors thing in August.
I wonder if the smoke is getting to it.
Spencer Elden, whose photo appears on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind, was in the news this week after he filed suit claiming the cover was pornographic and caused him harm. Not every photo of a naked minor is pornographic and Mr. Elden's complaint reviews the guidelines that courts use in determining whether an image qualifies. From the complaint:
Cobain chose the image depicting Spencer—like a sex worker—grabbing for a dollar bill that is positioned dangling from a fishhook in front of his nude body with his penis explicitly displayed.I have no idea whether the court will buy this argument. Even though there's a dollar bill in the image I never saw it as suggestive of sex work. But that's just me.
The earliest album I can think of that showed a minor's junk on the cover is Woodstock Two.
Horrible smoke in the air today but went climbing anyway.
We've had smoke in the air for the past few weeks. It's not as bad as it was last year, at least not during my waking hours. I had a dream last night where visible wisps of smoke were coming in through windows and were seeping out of walls.