From reader DC, I present...Dog:
And for those who were never children, "Ralph" is the mouse with the motorcycle.
Forty five years ago today, Simon and Garfunkel released Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," "The Dangling Conversation," "7 O'Clock News"—you can hear the '60s happening right on your iPod.
Which is, in fact, what I am about to do.
The women's leaders, Ethiopian Ejegayehu Dibaba, 29, and Russian Liliya Shobukhova, 33, run past the 9 km point during today's Chicago Marathon:
7:58 am CDT today, ISO-400, f/5 at 1/400, 55mm, here.
At this writing Shobukhova is in the lead on a 5:17 pace with Dibaba 56 seconds behind her at the 30 km timing pad.
And she has followers:
Owing to the unceasing rain over the weekend, we visited a couple of museums while in Montréal, including the Musée des Beaux Arts:
My friend particularly wanted to see the exhibit on Jean-Paul Gaultier, the clothing designer whose work I only knew from The Fifth Element. I confess, I did not understand much of the work. This, for example, completely eluded me, though it looks kind of cool:
(That one comes with webbed pumps.)
That's the point of a museum, though: to get exposure to things you wouldn't normally encounter. Still, next time I visit Montréal, I hope to see the sun at least once.
I just posted this on as a comment to an unfortunate friend's Facebook status. Forgive me; I'm at O'Hare, and kind of punchy:
I left my keys in Boston,
My phone at SFO,
My shoes and belt, I lost 'em too,
But where I just don't know.
I think I saw my keychain last
In Logan's Terminal B.
I only hope the TSA
Will get them back to me.
I'd call them now, those helpful guys
Who kept me from my gate,
But like I said, my phone's long gone,
And now's no time to wait.
At least I know my keys are safe
At Logan's Terminal B.
My belt, my shoes--it starts to chafe
But ain't the skies so free?
(I think the last quatrain needs a little work.)
From the Department of Nerd Studies comes a bit of research even I barely noticed: I'm 15,000 days old today.
Like I said, nerd studies.
Dar Williams performing tonight at Park West, just a few blocks from my house:
Canon 7D at ISO-6400, 1/50 at f/5.6, 250mm
As an added bonus, Joan Osborne opened for her:
Both of them:
Via Sullivan, a time-lapse of half an orbit from the ISS:
I stopped at Jiffy Lube today because I had a nagging sense that I hadn't gotten an oil change in a while. When I got the bill, I realized why. I really don't drive a lot.
Right on the Jiffy Lube receipt is shows that since my last oil change on November 23rd, I've driven 2,165 km. A quick glance through Quicken says I've filled up six times since then, most recently two weeks ago. That all means I drive about 7 km per day, on average. Wow. And most of the time I didn't have trouble like this.
On the other hand, in the past 12 months I've flown 95,000 km and (yay Quicken!) spent $750 on public transportation and more than that on cabs.
But really, I thought I drove more than that. I'm glad I got the oil change...