Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Your Own Private Iowa

Where is Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and Leslie King ?


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2012 Iowa GOP Caucus Polling

One of the polls cited by major news organizations, PPP, reports that their methodology calls only land lines. I have not had a land line in many years. I wonder how that effects their polling results....?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Expeditionary Service Award

Expeditionary Service Award
Presented to
Douglas Teper
Kirkuk, Iraq
In grateful recognition of your committed service in extraordinary and arduous conditions during your field assignment in Iraq. In spite of constant danger and difficulty your contributions to reconstruction, stability, and peace reflect great credit on yourself and on the Department of State.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, D.C.

Friday, July 01, 2005

The Byzantine Generals Problem

Computers And Man Second Edition by Richard C. Dorf 1974/1977 Boyd & Fraser
In the Preface to The Second Edition "There are about 170,000 computers in operation in the US, while there were just 5,000 a decade ago." Davis, CA June, 1977

Algorithms should be studied. They were writen about in the 800s A.D. by a Persian.

Every July 4th week-end, I try to learn the names of the Presidents of the United States and the year that they either were elected or took office. (There is a difference between learning and memorizing)
The trick is to find a knowable historical event and attach it to the President at the time.
The Louisiana Purchase, the build up to the Civil War, World War I, etc. are examples of historical events which we should all be familiar. The problem for me seems to be Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore or Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland.

I have Presidential flash cards.

Thursday, April 28, 2005


PATHFINDER John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire by Tom Chafin 2002 Hill and Wang A division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Tom and Meta are part of the literatci that have become part of the Manuel's Tavern Myth. This book does what I most enjoy about non-fiction biography and history which is tell the human face about the characters who make our world. The pains, loves, failures, triumphs, talent and luck which make up life need to be included when one tries to tell a complete story about a person. Tom is a gifted scholar and a good story teller. He chose a character who is both important in the American story and someone whose complete story needed to be told.

Last night I went to hear Elvis Costello play in Athens, Georgia for the first time. Great 2 hour set at the Athens Classic Center.

The night before I went to hear Michael Penn at the Red Light Cafe in Atlanta and then the BooHoo Ramblers at Blind Willies.

President W. Bush had what was described as the fourth prime time news conference of his Presidency tonight. I received an e-mail during the 1 hour asking why the networks were televising him. I had hoped to watch ABC television's showing of Sweet Home Alabama starring Reese Witherspoon. I had been paid to be an extra one cold night in Atlanta several years ago to reshoot some scenes of that movie. I never saw it to see if they used any of my cameo appearance. I did meet and chat with Reese that night.

Monday, April 04, 2005

The Next Pope should be Ringo

A Decent, Orderly Lynching The Montana Vigilantes by Frederick Allen 2004University of Oklahoma Press was hung out to dry early this morning. (I finished reading it.)

Attended a reading for Dr. Hunter S. Thompson at Push Push Theater last night. "When the going gets wierd, the wierd turn Pro."

This Friday, Chrystal, a movie directed by Georgia native Ray McKinnon and starring his wife and Arkansas native Lisa Blount opens across the country. Billy Bob Thorton and Harry Dean Stanton appear in this Southern Dramatic tale.

The Masters Golf Tournament starts this week.

Spring Break in some form or function is happening here and there. Be Afraid!

Monday, February 21, 2005

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is Dead

I met Dr. Hunter S. Thompson over twenty years ago in the Memorial Hall ballroom at the University of Georgia. We compared notes and decided it would be a good idea that we should not adventure together. We honored our pact until that faithful night at the Woody Creek Tavern outside of Aspen Colorado when intoxicants resulted in gunplay.

I had agreed to remain silent until his big sleep.

A week from Tuesday, March 1, 2005 I will contact the agent and start the book.

The working title ......"Oversleeping for the Dalai Lama"