Thursday, April 16, 2009

An Autumn Poem in the Spring

I saw the poet Mark Strand read last night - really great! I hadn't been to a good poetry reading in a long time. One of the things he read was the first two sections of this "Five Dogs" poem - but it was the first section that really stuck with me, so I looked it up:

Five Dogs

I.

I, the dog they call Spot, was about to sing. Autumn
Had come, the walks were freckled with leaves, and a tarnished
Moonlit emptiness crept over the valley floor.
I wanted to clmb the poets' hill before the winter settled in;
I wanted to praise the soul. My neighbor told me
Not to waste my time. Already the frost had deepened
And the north wind, trailing the whip of its own scream,
Pressed against the house. "A dog's sublimity is never news,"
He said, "what's another poet in the end?"
And I stood in the midnight valley, watching the great starfields
Flash and flower in the wished-for reaches of heaven.
That's when I, the dog they call Spot, began to sing.

--Mark Strand, from Blizzard Of One



Thursday, April 09, 2009

Synchronicity

It was beautiful out today and I got to go out running at lunch. since this was the first time I've been out this Spring, I thought I'd take my phone along and snap pictures as I went. The path that connects the Bowdoin Campus with the Brunswick town commons goes past the old Bowdoin observatory -- I've always thought it was pretty cool looking, so I took a couple pictures of it. Back in my office, I was playing with our new Sony e-book reader, and experimenting with adding Google Book content. I did a search for 'Bowdoin' and starting browsing around in the results. One item was an old copy of the "Bowdoin College Library Bulletin" so I downloaded that and put it on the device. When I started paging through it, I was surprised to find a description of the new Bowdoin College Observatory:

Google Voice

I just got my e-mail to upgrade from Grandcentral to Google Voice -- it all seems to have gone well. I created a 'call widget and added it to this page, so if anyone actually reads this, try it out. The widget here goes straight to voicemail, so you don't actually have to worry about having a real voice conversation with me (Oh the horrors...).

Sunday, April 05, 2009

disqus commenting

I just installed the external disqus commenting system - seemed like a social thing to do. Lets see how it looks...