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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Homeward Bound – trainspottingChicago

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Good afternoon.

On the 3:18PM out of the City. I got a call today from my family. There was a change of plans and my Sister-In-Law and her family will need a ride to the airport. I wasn’t too busy, so I said yes.

Not my usual group of riders. Remember the shape shifter assassin from Star Wars Episode II that tried to off  Amydala, which instigated the early onset chase seen in Coruscant? Well, that woman is here. She has blonde hair and has not quite taken to her current form. She is stretching her mouth to the right side of her face. The current humanoid form is bothering her. She is more used to a longer snout like jaw and the eyes farther up and forward on her forehead. The central breathing and scent-sensor apparatus that is regionally called a “nose” is static and, to her, completely useless. Her hair is up on a high-mounted bun axial to the desired centerline of her mouth. She has now had to use an end appendage – finger – and is inserting this into the orifice to adjust the area and make it more stable. Damned humanoid forms. So structurally weak!

A male relative of the great Sam Donaldson is here. The fellow has taken on an early-60’s Sam D. look. For those of you who remember a less polarized time in journalism, where news producers and directors were more interest in presenting and analyzing facts than presenting pop culture unsubstantiated hypotheses as news, Sam was a conservative, but honest, broker of news on television. Our fellow is also well versed in the news both past and current, and would look wonderful on network news in the field as explosions, or better still summary executions, are occurring in the background. He would be a serious, handsome, and slightly older purveyor of happenings that can be presented and reacted to in thirty-second sound- and visual-bites.

Also here are Timothy Leary, Jimmy the Greek, Simon Figg, Angela Landsbury, and Mario Vitale. All are armed.

Happy Wednesday. Safe travels.

Friday, April 4, 2014 – Homeward Bound – trainspottingChicago

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Good afternoon.

On the blustery 3:55PM out of the City. The family crowd leaving the Opening Day game are here. Disgruntled. Wet. Drunk. My people. The NFI is five.

I am going to a family friends house for dinner. Family friend is a bit too dry. They have been confidants, counsellors, and at times coconspirators to many an academic and intellectual venture. We will be discussing some of my crazy ideas about science education and coming up with turning those ideas into something deployable. And meaningful. And … perhaps profitable? We’ll see.
Skills to pay the bills.

A good day. I got to hire someone today. I always feel happy when I get to hire or start a team member on something new. I also realized I have more AutoCAD savvy than for which I originally gave myself credit. I will, to the dismay of my wife, have to work late tonight and tomorrow to get the original “base files” set up and distributed for use.

My weekend will include work, science, mentoring, pronouncing at another Spelling Bee event, and talking to friends. I have a full rich life.

Well, enough about my gloating. Let’s see who is aboard and about the train car.

Dame Maggie Smith is seated in the jump seat across the way, along the window facing the movement of the train car. Dyed reddish-brown, thinning hair, in a bun located exactly 45° from the centerline of her mouth at the back of her head, Professor McGonnagall is on her newfangled muggle device, attempting to contact a fellow member of the Order about her whereabouts. She could just easily have disapperated from the station, but evidently she is on a super special secret mission to track a fellow wizard or witch who is disguising themselves as a muggle and is on this train. In this car.

Perhaps it is the Jake Gyllenhall looking fellow seated next to her. Jake, though a possible evil wizard, is not quite adept at detecting other wizards in a muggle-based scenario. His wand must be in his valise/attaché case. The dummy. He’s been around muggles so much that he’s forgotten his basic security protocols. McGonnagall is going to totally gobsmack this dumb Squibb. (Though, he is quite good looking.)

The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is on the train. This very large, probably beer-sodden fellow is in full Chicago Cubs regalia. The official cap, jersey and rain jacket must have cost him at least one weeks pay. His jawline is resting on a healthy cushion of internal gel comprised of chicken wing fat, unmetabolized glucose that’s been converted to glycogen, and undigested pectin from the seven pints of apple-cider-ale he drank at the Opening Day festivities. He’s so plastered that his wife is seated in front of McGonnagall in the jump seat. Stay-Puft is seated next to an asleep but constrained Bald Chintee Flea.

Also here are the Griswalds, Paul Sorvino, Timothy Leary, and John Cusack. All are armed.

Happy Friday. Happy Birthday, KN! Safe travels to all.

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Good morning.

On the comfy 7:30AM into the City. The NFI is 2.

I haven’t been sleeping well. I don’t know why. There are always multiple things on my mind and I have been able to sleep soundly before. There’s something else. If In figure it out, I’ll let you know.

The fellow that looks like Anil Kapoor is sitting across the aisle in the opposite jumpseat. Handsome, short, the middle aged Desi fellow is tapping away on his iCrackerBot. He has stylish glasses.

He is most likely a well paid IT/DB middle manager, expert in Oracle and SAS environments. His job is to see that other developer staff members are doing their jobs. He is the SME – the subject matter expert.

But all he really wants to do is to dance. You see, when our fellow was a young lad, he was guided to go into IT and programming, but unbeknownst to his parents and seven other siblings, he had this desire to play the lead role in an off-Mumbai, Disney funded, modern dance interpretation of Mississippi Masala. He was to play the role of the indignant father. But, instead, he got a full ride to the Indian Institute of Technology, and is now an IT middle manger for one of the Too Big to Fail banks.

There is another fellow seated three seats back that looks exactly like Issac Asimov. His bushy eyebrows and stark, silver, wispy hair barely covering an impressive skull. Now, I’m no phrenologist, but I am prepared to wager that our science fiction writer doppelganger has quite a story to tell about discovering the physics of peanut butter or divining the secrets of Chia Seeds. I would love to interview him.

Also here are Dr. Carl Sagan, Suze Orman, Timothy Leary, and Zoe Saldana. All are armed.

Happy Tuesday. Safe travels.

Friday, October 11, 2013 – Homeward Bound – #trainspotting#Chicago

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Good afternoon. On the 3:55PM out of the City. Day Eleven of the US Shutdown.

Americans survive, not because of a specific “American Spirit” or “rugged individualism”, but because we are human and have needs. Shelter, safe food, a stable economic environment, good health. Thing is, the current political environment has obviated those basic, Capitalistic, economic needs of some 800,000 Americans, and have jeopardized the integrity of our borders, our food distribution chain, and our employment verification system (to name a few).

Some on the right are using the argument “See? The sky hasn’t fallen! The sun still rises! Keep looking at the things we’re showing you! Nah, don’t worry about those people! They’re not real Americans. They are whiny welfare people. The other.”

God Bless Amerika.

Enough about those things. Timothy Leary and Jane Goodall are sitting in the opposite jump seat. They are a married older couple. Chatting up a storm – about friends, students (they are both professors), and newly met contemporaries. They are obviously visiting from somewhere else and have family (a son or daughter) in the Western Suburbs. I want to be this animated in twenty years. Perhaps they are tripping on acid?

Slats Grobnick, the recurring personality in Mike Royko’s columns back in the heyday of newspapers, is here. He’s reading from an iBlazeNebula device. Perhaps he is re-reading about his characterization made by the late, great Chicago journalist?

Also here are the Usual Suspects, three trolls, Bernie Madoff, Felicity Huffman and Winona Ryder. All are armed.

It’s the arrogance of the conservatives that bothers me. A misplaced Holier than Thou attitude that gets my goat. Governance, managing people, and business is never based mainly on messaging or advertising. You need to have product, which means you need to have products that EVOLVE! The Right doesn’t know how to evolve.

Happy Friday. Safe Travels.

Friday, October 11, 2013 – Homeward Bound – #trainspotting#Chicago

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Good afternoon. On the 3:55PM out of the City. Day Eleven of the US Shutdown.

Americans survive, not because of a specific “American Spirit” or “rugged individualism”, but because we are human and have needs. Shelter, safe food, a stable economic environment, good health. Thing is, the current political environment has obviated those basic, Capitalistic, economic needs of some 800,000 Americans, and have jeopardized the integrity of our borders, our food distribution chain, and our employment verification system (to name a few).

Some on the right are using the argument “See? The sky hasn’t fallen! The sun still rises! Keep looking at the things we’re showing you! Nah, don’t worry about those people! They’re not real Americans. They are whiny welfare people. The other.”

God Bless Amerika.

Enough about those things. Timothy Leary and Jane Goodall are sitting in the opposite jump seat. They are a married older couple. Chatting up a storm – about friends, students (they are both professors), and newly met contemporaries. They are obviously visiting from somewhere else and have family (a son or daughter) in the Western Suburbs. I want to be this animated in twenty years. Perhaps they are tripping on acid?

Slats Grobnick, the recurring personality in Mike Royko’s columns back in the heyday of newspapers, is here. He’s reading from an iBlazeNebula device. Perhaps he is re-reading about his characterization made by the late, great Chicago journalist?

Also here are the Usual Suspects, three trolls, Bernie Madoff, Felicity Huffman and Winona Ryder. All are armed.

It’s the arrogance of the conservatives that bothers me. A misplaced Holier than Thou attitude that gets my goat. Governance, managing people, and business is never based mainly on messaging or advertising. You need to have product, which means you need to have products that EVOLVE! The Right doesn’t know how to evolve.

Happy Friday. Safe Travels.

Friday, October 11, 2013 – Homeward Bound – #trainspotting#Chicago

Good afternoon. On the 3:55PM out of the City. Day Eleven of the US Shutdown.

Americans survive, not because of a specific “American Spirit” or “rugged individualism”, but because we are human and have needs. Shelter, safe food, a stable economic environment, good health. Thing is, the current political environment has obviated those basic, Capitalistic, economic needs of some 800,000 Americans, and have jeopardized the integrity of our borders, our food distribution chain, and our employment verification system (to name a few).

Some on the right are using the argument “See? The sky hasn’t fallen! The sun still rises! Keep looking at the things we’re showing you! Nah, don’t worry about those people! They’re not real Americans. They are whiny welfare people. The other.”

God Bless Amerika.

Enough about those things. Timothy Leary and Jane Goodall are sitting in the opposite jump seat. They are a married older couple. Chatting up a storm – about friends, students (they are both professors), and newly met contemporaries. They are obviously visiting from somewhere else and have family (a son or daughter) in the Western Suburbs. I want to be this animated in twenty years. Perhaps they are tripping on acid?

Slats Grobnick, the recurring personality in Mike Royko’s columns back in the heyday of newspapers, is here. He’s reading from an iBlazeNebula device. Perhaps he is re-reading about his characterization made by the late, great Chicago journalist?

Also here are the Usual Suspects, three trolls, Bernie Madoff, Felicity Huffman and Winona Ryder. All are armed.

It’s the arrogance of the conservatives that bothers me. A misplaced Holier than Thou attitude that gets my goat. Governance, managing people, and business is never based mainly on messaging or advertising. You need to have product, which means you need to have products that EVOLVE! The Right doesn’t know how to evolve.

Happy Friday. Safe Travels.

August 27, 2013 – Inbound – #trainspotting#Chicago

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Good morning. I’m on the 7:20AM into the City. A crowded platform availed me to the fifth car from the engine. In my continued attempt to understand my fellow passengers throughout the train, I have made it a point to sit in different cars.

Since this is a talking car, I am privy to a conversation between Lance Armstrong, Timothy Leary, and Joachim Phoenix. Lance and his wife are excited that their youngest is in middle school and that all of their kids are going to a private, religious school. He is a church elder, his wife is a Parent Volunteer and member of the laity. They were in the teacher contract negotiations. The three men are going into war stories of parent-teacher-admin conversations. Timothy becomes the old chestnut of “substitute got fired and banned because s/he had the children read from a secular book, “Of Mice and Men” or “Catcher in the Rye” or something. Joachim is talking about how school administrators force Parents to ask the questions about management of the school instead of being transparent. Riveting conversation.

Jimmy Durante is reading the Wall Street Journal. Today’s headline is about “Biggest Changes in a Decade Greet Students in Bathroom”. He is sitting next to an elvish woman, asleep, with academic looking glasses. She is wearing a white blouse and a corporate skirt-suit thing that was more fashionable during the Hillary as FLOTUS days.

Also here are FLOTUS Hillary Clinton (chewing gum), Ray Walston, a very handsome young Vietnamese gentleman, and Scott Caan. All are armed.

Happy Tuesday, safe travels.