HAIKUS: October 2012

By Peter Y. Chou
WisdomPortal.com



These haikus were written as exercises in mindfulness—
an attempt to catch the fleeting moment in my daily walks,
while reading, listening to music, and pondering about life.
(Underlined words are not for emphasis but to web links.)
This web page best viewed with Times font size 14.

Monday, October 1, 2012, 10:46-11:00 am
KDFC 104.9 FM: André Previn conducts
Paul Dukas, Sorcerer's Apprentice (1897)
Listen, CD, YouTube: Mickey Mouse;
Λ-Cap: Sorcerer Mickey; Mickey & Broom


Sorcerer's Apprentice
Goethe's poem made famous
by Paul Dukas and Walt Disney.
Monday, October 1, 2012, 11:14-11:19 am
KDFC 104.9 FM: Valentina Lisitsa plays
Ludwig van Beethoven, "Für Elise"
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 (1808),
(Listen), CD, (YouTube: 1, 2, 3), Commentaries


Recall Elisa playing
"Für Elise" for me
when she was eight.
Monday, October 1, 2012, 11:45-12:18 am
Mountain View: Went grocery shopping
at 99 Ranch Market (1350 Grant Road);
Caught 1:33 pm Bus #35 to Foothill College


Sesame and custard buns,
broccoli crowns, bean curd,
lychee in syrup and eggs.
Monday, October 1, 2012, 2:05-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"Spiritually Enlightened Path"
(By Leapy Lee, Euro Weekly News, 10-1-2012)


Better to love all beings
since they are yourself
than to convert others.
Monday, October 1, 2012, 11:00 pm-3:00 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coast-am.com, George Noory interviews Sir Charles Shults III (Bio, Web); "Science Updates"; (Quantum computing video games to compete with reality) BOOKS: "The Living Galaxy"; "A Fossil Hunter's Guide to Mars"; Nick Bostrom: "Why Make a Matrix? Why You Might Be In One"; YouTube: Matrix Revolution; Matrix Reloaded


We may be living
in a computer simulation
like The Matrix.
Monday, October 1, 2012, 11:00 pm-3:00 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coast-am.com
George Noory interviews Dr. Brian Weiss (Bio, Web); "Past Lives & Healing"; BOOKS: "Miracles Happen: Transformational Healing Power of Past-Life Memories"; "Same Soul, Many Bodies: Discover the Healing Power of Future Lives Progression Therapy"
Remembrances of Lives Past, (NY Times, 8-29-2010)


Recalling past-life
traumas healed current
physical & emotional problems.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 12:35-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"Venus and Bright Star Shine Together at Dawn Wednesday" (By Joe Rao, SPACE.com, 10-2-2012)
Sky & Telescope: Venus-Regulus (10-1-12, 10-3-12)


Venus and Regulus
from Leo will pair together
and dazzle before dawn tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 12:35-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"PREOCCUPATIONS: Follow a Career Passion? Let It Follow You" (Cal Newport, NY Times, 9-30-2012)
Cal's now computer science professor at Georgetown


Microsoft, MIT grad school,
or full-time writer?— Work hard
and passion will follow you.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 12:35-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"Rare century-old $5 Alaska bill to be auctioned"
(By Rachel D'Oro, Yahoo! News, 10-3-2012)
Estimated price $300,000 (Heritage Auctions)


1905 Alaska $5 bill
shows Benjamin Harrison
and Pilgrim's landing on reverse.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 12:35-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Bob Thaves, Frank & Ernest (10-2-2012)
"How about that? Geese playing chicken!" (Λ-flight);
Professor Dupuy would love this!; Chicken Game


When world souls collide—
do they destroy each other
or merge in love as one?
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 11:14-11:43 am
KDFC 104.9 FM: Antal Dorati
conducts Franz Joseph Haydn,
Symphony #101 in G major "The Clock" (1787)
(Listen), CD, (YouTube: 1, 2, 3)


Haydn's "Clock Symphony"
ticks away while I walk
in a timeless garden.
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 2:35-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"Warp-Speed Travel Moves Closer to Reality"
(By Belinda McCallum, Epoch Times, 10-3-2012)
Warp Drive is faster-than-light propulsion system


Warp-speed travel can
reach Alpha Centauri in
two weeks instead of 50 years.
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 2:35-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Notes to Poem: "Nature's Miracles: Most Massive to the Minute" (Pondering on whether our universe was created effortlessly or with great toil; Solar System); Walt Whitman's "Miracles (Leaves of Grass, 1856)—


Every hour of light & dark,
every cubic inch of space
is a miracle.
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 11:00 pm-2:30 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coastam.com
George Noory interviews Jeffrey Mishlove (Bio, Web: 1, 2); "Parapsychology & Psychokinesis"; BOOKS: "The PK Man: A True Story of Mind Over Matter"; Thinking Allowed; Roots of Consciousness (YouTube)


Studied Ted Owens with
telekinetic powers and liked
Daryl Bem's precognition work.
Friday, October 5, 2012, 10:43-10:55 am
KDFC 104.9 FM: Stefan Ruha
plays Ciprian Porumbescu,
Ballade for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 29 (1880),
(Listen), CD, (YouTube: 1, 2); Notes


Fiddler plays this
sad tune to couple dining
about to say farewell.
Friday, October 5, 2012, 12:41-12:52 pm
KDFC 104.9 FM: Carles Trepat
plays Luigi Boccherini, Listen, CD,
Guitar Quintet #4 in D, "Fandango" (1788)
(YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4)


Matador stomps feet
dancing with his red cape
while the big bull charges.
Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:11-6:35 pm
Los Altos Hills: Surprised that Krause Center closed at 5 pm today; Got there late as plumber Jason took longer to fix apartment's sink, installing new faucet.


Lucky to hitchhike ride with
musician Dave to Los Altos Library
& Dave Pfeiffer to Showers Drive.
Friday, October 5, 2012, 7:40-9:30 pm
Palo Alto: Friends' House, 957 Colorado Ave,
Waverley Writers Monthly Poetry Reading
Featured Reader: Tinker Green


Read my poem "Nature's Miracles"
showing Elephant's "Self-portrait"
and puffer fish's "Sand Circle".
Saturday, October 6, 2012, 1:00-1:20 pm
Mountain View: Friend takes me grocery
shopping at Safeway (1750 Miramonte Ave)
and to Showers Drive on time to catch
2:20 pm Bus #40 to Foothill College


Dairy creamers, salad dressings,
garlic, baby carrots, tomatoes,
popcorn shrimps, green beans.
Saturday, October 6, 2012, 2:40-5:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center of Innovation
"SHORTCUTS: Experts' Advice to the Goal-Oriented: Don't Overdo It" (By Alina Tugend, NY Times, 10-6-2012); Roz Warren, "I'm Not Getting Any Better"


It's not true that having
goals is the best way to get
us to where we want to be.
Sunday, October 7, 2012, 2:00-6:00 pm
San Jose: Calero County Park Hike: Access Trail, Los Cerritos Trail, and Pena Trail; Refreshing views: Horseback riders, Snowy egret, Serpentine rocks, Cirrus clouds, Calero reservoir, Mistletoes on oaks, Trident tree (Hikes: 5/27; 5/28); Late to join Al, Dave, Rudy at Sweet Tomatoes; Ride with Al to Stanford


Lovely hike with clouds
above and lake below
around Calero Park.
Sunday, October 7, 2012, 8:00-10:30 pm
Stanford Flicks: Cubberley Auditorium
Joss Weldon directs The Avengers (2012); (Comics)
with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg;
(You Tube: Trailer Movie); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3)


Superheroes need to put
aside ego to fight Loki
who wants to destroy Earth.
Monday, October 8, 2012, 3:40-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
THE STONE: Reasons Matter (When Intuitions Don't Object) (By Jonathan Haidt, NY Times, 10-7-2012)
"Righteous Mind"; Gary Gutting; Michael P. Lynch


Rider (conscious mind)
can't control elephant
(unconscious mind) by force.
Monday, October 8, 2012, 3:40-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"GRAY MATTER: It's Not Me, It's You"
(By Annie Murphy Paul, NY Times, 10-7-2012)
New book: "Brilliant: The New Science of Smart"


Negative stereotyping
make blacks and Latinos
perform poorly in tests.
Monday, October 8, 2012, 3:40-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Searched for Moroccan dish "Goose-Goose" on web:
Found none, only Goose Risotto, Goose with Apples, Goose in Jelly, and Goose à la Flammande recipes


When I told friend about
Moroccan dish goose-goose,
she tells me "it's cous-cous!"
Monday, October 8, 2012, 3:40-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Our neighbor Andromeda Galaxy will collide with Milky Way in 3.75 billion years to form a giant elliptical galaxy (NASA's Hubble Space Telescope)


Andromeda & Milky Way
Galaxy will collide
and merge as one.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 1:35-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"Tim Taylor's Note Found 40 Years Later
by Larry Wright, Hiking In Sequoia National Park"
(Huffington Post, 10-9-2012); La Cañada Valley Sun


13-year old Tim Taylor
now San Diego Superior Judge
has note on mountaintop found.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 1:35-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"French and U.S. Scientists Win Nobel Physics Prize"
(Dennis Overbye, NY Times, 10-10-2012); Nobel;
"A Nobel prize for being in two places at once"


David Wineland & Serge Haroche
produced Beryllium ions
to be in two states at once.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 11:00 pm-3:00 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coastam.com
George Noory interviews Thomas O. Mills (Bio, Web); "Hopi Wisdom"; BOOKS: "Book Of Truth: A New Perspective on the Hopi Creation Story"; Stonehenge: If This Was East; Images (Hopi Notes)


Hopi's creation myth
Earth's wobble was stablized
with building of pyramids.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 2:10-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Wisdomportal.com began on October 12, 1998;
Domain name renewed for 9 years @ $135 (2003);
Network Solutions now charges $314.91 for 9 years;
Wrote $184.95 check to Rudy for 5 years renewal


May the wisdom of sages
continue to flow through
WisdomPortal.com
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 11:00 pm-3:00 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coastam.com
George Noory interviews Frank DeMarco (Bio, Web); "Afterlife Conversations"; BOOKS: "Afterlife Conversations with Hemingway"; The Cosmic Internet: Explanations from the Other Side; (Blog)


Soul remains as individual
on Other Side while
one's spirit has rebirth.
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 3:00-3:50 am
Mountain View: Writing Poem "Silence Is Golden"
Cosmic background radiation (CMB) is afterglow of the Big Bang 14 billion years ago; Arno Penzias & Robert Wilson won 1978 Physics Nobel for discovery
"The Big Bang's Echo" (NPR); Cyclic Universe


Silence is not absence
of sound but presence
of waking, dream, and sleep.
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 1:45-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"A diamond bigger than Earth?" (Planet in Cancer costellation, 40 light years or 230 trillion miles away);
(By Chris Wickham, Yahoo! News, 10-11-12)


Planet 55 Cancri e,
twice the width of Earth,
is largely made of diamond.
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 1:45-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"Giants beat Reds 6-4, win NLDS on Posey's slam" (By Joe Kay, Yahoo! News, 10-11-2012); (Boxscore); (Down 2 games, Giants win 3 straight to beat Reds)


Buster Posey hits grand slam
as Giants sweeps Reds in
three games to win playoffs.
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 1:45-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"Fact Check: What a 9,000-Year-Old Earth Really Looked Like" (Paul Broun believes in 9000-year-old Earth) (Stephanie Pappas, Yahoo! News, 10-10-12)


46% of Americans believe in
Biblical creation, 15% in Darwin,
and 32% in God-guided evolution.
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 1:45-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Notes to Poem: "Geese Playing Chicken" (When World Souls collide, will they annihilate each other?) Use collision of Andromeda & Milky Way as model.


Since our souls return
to the stars
, will they die
in a galactical collision?
Friday, October 12, 2012, 4:20-6:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"Bizarre-looking oarfish washes ashore on Cabo San Lucas" (By Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com, 10-12-2012)


Deep-water Oarfish
can reach 50-plus feet
and are called sea-serpents.
Friday, October 12, 2012, 4:20-6:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"Can you spot the cleverly camouflaged critters?"
(By Shannon Dybvig, GrindTV.com, 10-11-2012)


Amazing how creatures
camouflage themselves to blend
in with their surroundings.
Friday, October 12, 2012, 4:20-6:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"After Fury Over 2010 Peace Prize, China Embraces Nobel Selection" (By Andrew Jacobs & Sarah Lyall, NY Times, 10-12-2012); Mo Yan wins 2012 Nobel in Literature; China opposed 2010 Laureate Liu Xiaobo


China celebrated award
to Literature Nobel Laureate
instead of opposing it.
Friday, October 12, 2012, 7:30-9:45 pm
Palo Alto, Stanford Theatre; Erich von Stroheim directs "Foolish Wives" (1922); with Erich von Stroheim, Miss DuPont, Maude George, Mae Busch;
featuring Dennis James on the Wurlitzer;
(YouTube); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4)


Count Karamzin sets up
shop in Monte Carlo to
seduce wealthy women.
Friday, October 12, 2012, 11:00 pm-3:00 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coastam.com
George Noory interviews Stephen Schochet (Bio, Web); "Hollywood Stories"; BOOK: "Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars & Legends of the Movies!"; Stories; Interview; When told she was a bad housekeeper, Zsa Zsa Gabor said:


I'm the best housekeeper—
kept the houses after each
of my eight divorces.
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 3:00-5:00 am
Mountain View: Reading Jeremy Joan Hewes'
"Redwoods: World's Largest Trees" (1981); Yosemite's Bachelor (photo) & Grizzly Giant (photo) both have goosepen at base. Mono Indians say Sequoia is sacred, the spirit of owls protect these trees with their call woho-woh-nau (1) or wawona; John Muir's quote


Trees travel with us around
the sun two million miles a day
through space fast and far!
Sunday, October 14, 2012, 3:25-5:20 pm
Stanford Theatre; John M. Stahl directs "Magnificent Obsession" (1935); with Irene Dunne, Robert Taylor, Charles Butterworth, Betty Furness, Ralph Morgan; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3);
1954 film (Rock Hudson & Jane Wyman); (Video)


Playboy loves widow
after blinding her and
wants to redeem himself.
Sunday, October 14, 2012, 5:30-7:20 pm
Palo Alto, Stanford Theatre; John M. Stahl directs "Imitation of Life" (1934); with Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Louise Beavers, Ned Sparks, Fredi Washington; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4); 1959 film (Lana Turner)


Light-skinned daughter
rejects black mother wanting
to live as a white woman.
Sunday, October 14, 2012, 8:00-9:45 pm
Stanford Flicks: Cubberley Auditorium
Lorene Scafaria directs Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012); Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, William Petersen, Connie Britton, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Martin Sheen; (You Tube: Trailer Movie); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3)


Find those you love to be
with at end of the world
when asteroid hits Earth.
Sunday, October 14, 2012, 11:00 pm-3:00 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coast-am.com (10-10-2010
Rebroadcast): "From Skeptic to Believer / Haunted Baseball"; Ian Punnett interviews Gary Jansen (Bio, Web); Mickey Bradley & Dan Gordon (Web: 1, 2); BOOKS: "Holy Ghost"; "Haunted Baseball: Ghosts, Curses, Legends & Eerie Events"; "Field of Screams"


Spirits of former
New York Yankee greats
help home team to victories.
Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:30-9:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"Review: Delfeayo Marsalis tackles 'Such Sweet Thunder' by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, inspired by Shakespeare" (By Richard Scheinin,
SJ Mercury News, 10-15-2012, B2); YouTube


Musical sonnets
built around 10-note themes
repeated fourteen times.
Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:30-9:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"Santa Cruz welcomes monarchs back to town" (celebrates butterfly' annual migration) (By Cathy Kelly, SJ Mercury News, 10-15-2012, B1, 5); Slideshow; Monarch butterfly; In Pacific Grove


Monarch butterflies drink
milkweed in eucalyptus grove
at Nature Bridges State Beach.
Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:30-9:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"Pinterest emerges as unlikely fount of quotations" (Alex Williams, SJ Mercury News, 10-14-2012, D4); Reprint from "The Gospel According to Pinterest" (NY Times, 10-4-2012); Pinterest; Quote Section


Image-sharing Pinterest
has 10% traffic based
on popular quotations.
Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:30-9:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"My Kid Can Do That" (By Daniel A. Siedell, Patheos.com, 10-15-2012); Modern artists from Klee, Gauguin, and Picasso loved children's drawings; "Good and Bad Art" (John Canaday, What is Art?)


Picasso's Guernica
is a child's lament at
the cruelty of war.
Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:30-9:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"OPINION: Cracking the Quantum Safe"
(By Adam Frank, NY Times, 10-14-2012); Book


When quantum world unlocks,
it will be far richer than
anything we can imagine.
Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:30-9:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"24 Miles, 4 Minutes and 834 M.P.H., All in One Jump" (By John Tierney, NY Times, 10-15-2012)


Felix Baumgartner made
23.5 miles jump from
capsule to the ground.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 1:20-5:00 pm
Mountain View: Friend takes me shopping at
Safeway (1750 Miramonte), Lucky (East El Camino),
Fry's (Portage Rd), Sprouts (630 San Antonio Rd)


Swiss cheese, almond milk,
yogurt, crab meat, broccoli,
red grapes, cinnamon, tumeric.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6:10-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"A Chemist Comes Very Close to a Midas Touch"
(By Hillary Rosner, NY Times, 10-16-2012)


Chemist Paul Chirik made
iron function like platinum
in alchemical transmutation.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6:10-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"ME, MYSELF AND MATH: Visualizing Vastness"
(By Steven Strogatz, NY Times, 10-15-2012) (Map)


Sagan Planet Walk from Sun
to Pluto is 3/4 mile long
and takes 15 minutes.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6:10-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"Opiniontor: The Hilbert Hotel"
(By Steven Strogatz, NY Times, 5-9-2010)


Infinity is neither
even nor odd— if it's odd,
2 times infinity would be even.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 11:00 pm-3:00 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coastam.com
George Noory interviews Willie Wilkerson III
(Bio, Web); "Wilkerson & Las Vegas";
BOOK: "The Man Who Invented Las Vegas"


Wilkerson founded Hollywood Reporter
and created Las Vegas strip
with the Flamingo Hotel.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 11:00 pm-3:00 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coastam.com
George Noory interviews Jim Elvidge
(Bio, Web); "Simulations, Science, & Reality";
BOOK: "The Universe - Solved!"; YouTube: 1; 2


We may be in a computer
simulation
and when we die
this life is but a dream.
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 4:30-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"Animal whisperer: Dr. Laurie Moore connects patients with pets in therapy" (By Bonnie Horgos,
SJ Mercury News, 10-18-2012)


Moore sits with pets and
waits for them to divulge
information via images.
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 4:30-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
Web page for Professor Scheraga's 91st birthday
1 + 5 + 10 + 25 + 50 = 91; 91 disks Abacus;
Ando Hiroshige's Woodblock #91 inspired—


Akiba Shrine monks
looks across the river
where orange trees blossom.
Friday, October 19, 2012, 1:00-4:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Gym Building 2507
Donna Frankel's Ballroom & Social Dance class
where she taught merengue, waltz, and cha cha; Her "World Dance" (Tu-Th 10-11:15 am) is too early for me. She liked my poem "How I Learned to Dance";


Dance Studio Sign— Peace *
Compassion * Balance * Connection *
Strength * Flexibility *.
Friday, October 19, 2012, 4:20-5:45 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Office 4104
Professor Mimi Will welcomed me to her office;
I had not read her email thanking for my poems
"Nature's Miracles: Most Massive to the Minute" &
"Geese Playing Chicken: V-Formation Collision"


Are we in a computer
simulation and find our
life but a dream when we die?
Friday, October 19, 2012, 7:30-8:45 pm
Stanford Theatre; James Whale directs "The Invisible Man" (1933); with Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers, Una O'Connor, (YouTube: 1, 2); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3)


Invisible man used
power to wreak havoc
and killing for fun.
Friday, October 19, 2012, 8:55-10:20 pm
Palo Alto, Stanford Theatre; Stuart Walker directs "Mystery of Edwin Drood" (1935); with Claude Rains, Douglass Montgomery, Heather Angel, David Manners, (YouTube); (Reviews: 1, 2, 3); Dicken's


Uncle killed nephew
as he was madly in love
with his fiancée.
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 2:00-5:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
The Wisdom Portal on Facebook shares
"Wisdom, Inspirations and Guidance" with
images & quotes (1710 Likes); Idlehearts.com


To be kind is more
important than to be right.
We need a patient heart that listens.
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 2:00-5:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"Diabetes Study Ends Early With a Surprising Result"
(By Gina Kolata, NY Times, 10-20-2012)
25 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes


Diet and weight loss
did not prevent strokes
with Type 2 diabetics.
Sunday, October 21, 2012, 2:30-3:05 pm
Mountain View: Friend takes me shopping at
Safeway (1750 Miramonte Ave); Did laundry at
apartment ($2 wash & $1.75 dry) 3:30-5:30 pm;
Took Bus #40 and Stanford Shopping Express
(6:45 pm) to meet Rudy for Stanford Flicks


Cucumber, garlic,
mustard potato salad,
almond milk, ice cream.
Sunday, October 21, 2012, 8:00-9:45 pm
Stanford Flicks: Cubberley Auditorium
Wes Anderson directs "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012)
with
Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton; YouTube; (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3)


12-year old scout Sam
escapes camp to meet run-away
Suzy for adventure in the woods.
Monday, October 22, 2012, 2:15-4:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"Embracing Fear: Why we like to be scared"
(Angela Hill, SJ Mercury News, 10-21-2012, D1, 10)


We chase controlled chills
and horrors to experience
"liminal state" of near death.
Monday, October 22, 2012, 2:15-4:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"Orionid Meteor Shower Wows Weekend Stargazers"
(Tariq, Yahoo! News, 10-21-2012) Photos (Orionid)


Orionid meteor streaks
through Northern Lights and
Milky Way from camp in Norway.
Monday, October 22, 2012, 6:00-7:45 pm
Stanford University: CEMEX Auditorium
"An Evening with J. M. Coetzee": Ian Watt Lecture
on History & Theory of the Novel; (Watt at Stanford); Reading by 2003 Literature Nobelist, J. M. Coetzee
& conversation with Professor Nancy Ruttenburg


Saul Bellow's Herzog
aspired to Russian novels
of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
Monday, October 22, 2012, 11:00 pm-3:00 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coastam.com
George Noory interviews Eldon Taylor (Bio, Web); "Hypnosis & Subliminals"; BOOKS: "Self-Hypnosis And Subliminal Technology"; "Mind Programming"; YouTube: Flower Pot; Good Luck; Life's Insights


Hypnosis and subliminals
can rid one's subconscious
of bad habits and attitudes.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 3:20-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"True Blue Stands Out in an Earthy Crowd"
(By Natalie Angier, NY Times, 10-23-2012)


Raoul Dufy— "Blue can
be brightened or dimmed,
and it will always stay blue."
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 3:20-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"Talking whale? Captive beluga had learned to mimic human voices" (Pete Thomas, GrindTV, 10-23-2012)


Captured beluga whale's
mimicry sounds like human
speech better than parrots.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 3:20-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"Finding Zen in a Patch of Nature" (James Gorman, NY Times, 10-23-2012); David Haskell's book
"The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature"; Amazon Reviews & Video; Mesomphix Snail


Like Thoreau and Muir,
he writes with a Zen eye
bringing the forest to life.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 3:20-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"MIND: If Smart Is the Norm, Stupidity Gets More Interesting" (By David Dobbs, NY Times, 10-23-2012)
Brain Researchers: Robert Plomin; Kevin Mitchell; Leonid Kruglyak; Janet Kwasniak; Jay Giedd


More mutations among
our 23,000 genes may
make us more stupid.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 1:30-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"Paul Kurtz, 86, Humanist Publisher, Dies"
(By Bruce Weber, NY Times, 10-24-2012); Founder
of Center for Inquiry; CSICOP; Prometheus Books


Humanist declaration—
"No deity will save us;
we must save ourselves."
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 1:30-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
"Scratching the Surface, Two Picassos Revealed"
(By Carol Vogel, NY Times, 10-25-2012);
"Woman Ironing" (1904); Picasso's Ghost Subject


Beneath Picasso's
Woman Ironing is portrait
of man with mustache.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 1:30-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
Steve Gould's 10/7 email of words from mythology— A.Word.A.Day: aesculapian, protean, terpsichorean,
bacchanal, morphean (AWADmail #536); Proteus


Proteins are protean
assuming many forms
depending on their sequence.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 1:30-8:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
Steve Gould's 10/21 email of old Sufi story—
"And this too shall pass" (by Farid Al Din Attar);
"Links of Rings" poem at Squaw Valley (7-10-1990)


Sages presented the King
with gold ring inscribed
"And this too shall pass."
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 10:00 pm-2:00 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coastam.com
George Noory interviews Joe Taylor (Bio, Web); "Ancient Giants"; BOOKS: "Giants Against Evolution"; "Fossil Facts & Fantasies" (Taylor is a creationist and contends that Earth is 6000 years old)


Man & dinosaurs lived
at same time. Some giants
were over 15 feet tall.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 10:00 pm-2:00 am
KKSF 910 AM: Coast-to-Coastam.com
George Noory interviews James Wasserman (Bio, Web); "Occult Quest"; BOOKS: "In the Center
of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989"
;
"The Secrets of Masonic Washington"


Christ at Calvary
demonstrated courage.
Christ force is the Logos.
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:30-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"Jeff Blatnick, 55, Dies; Won Olympic Gold in Wrestling" (By Margalit Fox, NY Times, 10-25-2012)


Two years after beating
cancer, he became first American
to win Olympic Gold in wrestling.
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:30-10:00 pm
Foothill Middlefield Lab: "ON BASEBALL: With Three Mighty Swings, a Slugger Announces His Presence" (By Tyler Kepner, NY Times, 10-25-2012)


Pablo Sandoval joined Babe Ruth,
Reggie Jackson, & Albert Pujols
to hit 3 homers in a World Series game.
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:30-10:00 pm
Foothill Middlefield Lab: "ON BASEBALL: United
by Friendship, Failure and Those Old Cy Youngs"
(By Tyler Kepner, NY Times, 10-25-2012); Cy Young Award: Barry Zito (2002); Tim Lincecum (2008-09)


Lincecum looks up
to Zito: "I look up to
him like a big brother."
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:30-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
NOAA to East: Beware of coming 'Frankenstorm'
(By Seth Borenstein, Yahoo! News, 10-25-2012);
$1 billion damage for New York City & New Jersey


Hurricane Sandy
from Carribean to collide
with Tropical Storm Tony.
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:30-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"9-Year-Old Boy Finds Message in a Bottle"
(By Lylah M. Alphonse, Yahoo! Shine, 10-25-2012)


Boy finds message in bottle
tossed in the sea 8 years ago
that travelled 2500 miles.
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:30-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
"a time to be silent and a time to speak"
(Ecclesiastes 3:7); Patrick Henry's 1775 speech:


I know not what course
others may take; but as for me,
Give me Liberty, or give me Death!.
Friday, October 26, 2012, 1:00-1:40 pm
Mountain View: Parktown Dental Care (990 Bay St.);
Jennifer A. Espejo not here to put crown on tooth #20; Dr. Mary Robinos from San Jose will perform it

She removed temporary
crown, and found they had
sent the wrong permanent crown.
Friday, October 26, 2012, 4:11-6:00 pm
Foothill Krause Center: "Jacques Barzun Dies at 104; Cultural Critic Saw the Sun Setting on the West"
(By Edward Rothstein, NY Times, 10-26-2012)

Barzun said Western
civilization is in decline
in From Dawn to Decadence.
Friday, October 26, 2012, 7:30-8:45 pm
Stanford Theatre; James Whale directs "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935); Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Una O'Connor, Ernest Thesiger, Dwight Frye, O.P. Heggie; (YouTube: 1, 2); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3); Creation of Bride

Two men creating
a woman just like that
scene from Metropolis.
Friday, October 26, 2012, 8:55-10:05 pm
Palo Alto, Stanford Theatre; James Whale directs "Frankenstein" (1931); with Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye, Frederick Kerr, Marilyn Harris;
(YouTube: 1, 2); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Mary Shelley wrote
Frankenstein that made
Boris Karloff a star!
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 2:45-5:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Krause Center
Ronald B. Tobias, "20 Master Plots and How to Build Them"; Google Books: Content; 20 Master Plots

Plot is organic— it takes
hold of writer and the work
from the beginning.
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 2:45-5:00 pm
Foothill Krause Center: "The Island Where People Forget to Die" (Dan Buettner, NY Times Sunday Magazine, 10-28-2012); Greek Island of Ikaria (slides)

Given 9 months to live
with cancer at age 65,
he moved to Ikaria and is now 97.
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 1:30-4:00 pm
San Mateo County: Open Space Preserve Hike
"Big Sky Beauty" at Russian Ridge: Docent Kandis Scott leads stroll along Ancient Oaks, Ridge, & Borel Hills Trails as hikers read their nature poetry; Read latest poem "Coast Redwoods" at giant Douglas Fir


Nice to share poetry
while hiking on nature trails
at Russian Ridge Preserve.
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 8:00-10:16 pm
Stanford Flicks: Cubberley Auditorium (Rudy came);
Marc Webb directs "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012)
with
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, Sally Field; (YouTube: 1, 2); (Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4)


Garfield studied movements
of athletes and spiders
to play flexible Spider-Man.
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 1:30-4:00 pm
San Mateo County: Open Space Preserve Hike
"Big Sky Beauty"— Docent Kandis Scott hands out nature poems for hikers to read; Marilyn read Emily Dickinson's Poem 668: "Nature" is what we see—


The Hill— the Afternoon—
Squirrel— the Bumble bee—
Bobolink— the Sea—
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 1:30-4:00 pm
San Mateo County: Open Space Preserve Hike
"Big Sky Beauty"— Docent Kandis Scott hands out nature poems for hikers to read; On Ridge Trail
I read Louise Bogan's "Last Hill in a Vista"


We come to this boundary
of hills where firm oaks
and light poplars grow.
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 1:30-4:00 pm
San Mateo County: Open Space Preserve Hike
"Big Sky Beauty"— Hiker Margaret Harvey read and gave me a copy of Howard Nemerov's "Trees":
"To be a giant and keep quiet about it"—


To stay in one's own place;
And always to seem the same;
steady as a rock and always trembling...
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 1:30-4:00 pm
San Mateo County: Open Space Preserve Hike
"Big Sky Beauty"— Docent Kandis Scott told hikers to bring nature poems from PoemHunter; Found later Francis Duggan's "The More I Learn About Nature"


The less I know about how
flowers close in the evening
and open to the morning light
Monday, October 29, 2012, 1:30-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Phone call from UK Sunday (Rose Wilde's emails
on Wei Wu Wei to WisdomPortal got bounced back);
Found my web site searching "1 Palais de la Mer"


Wonder of wonders—
email from WING who has met
my hero— Wei Wu Wei.
Monday, October 29, 2012, 1:30-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Wonderful email from WING on meeting Wei Wu Wei;
Paul Cornwell's Only By Failure (Google Books);
Recommend Alfred Aiken's writings ("That Which Is")


Look at the Self I Am!—
The Alone One who
can know no other.
Monday, October 29, 2012, 1:30-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Galen Sharp's book "What Am I? based on
Wei Wu Wei's Non-Volitional Living


You are not the mind.
The mind goes its own way.
You are not the doer.
Monday, October 29, 2012, 1:30-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Joel S. Goldsmith's "The Infinite Way"; Prayers;
The Unofficial Infinite Way; 4'33" by John Cage


I have nothing to say
and I am saying it
and that is poetry...
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 11:50 am-12:07 pm
Mountain View: Mailed November rent check to Remi
at Nob Hill Market Mail Box (collection time 1 pm);
Shopped at 99 Ranch Market (1350 Grant Road)


Kimbo baked firm bean curd,
Golden Gate firm tofu,
cauliflower and eggs.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 1:30-10:00 pm
Foothill Middlefield Lab: Don informed me that no emails came to WisdomPortal.com since Oct. 24 as my InBox of 1280 emails dating back to 2004 is FULL.


Composed new web page
with 16 articles at
Interesting News.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 12:30-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Michael Price replies to my email yesterday
which I sent 8 years too late responding to his
2004 query when is Dalai Lama's Stanford Talk


Michael's wedding photos
are quite romantic. Sends
art photo "Path of the Sun".
Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 12:30-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
San Francisco Giants World Series Victory Parade
(71 Slides Show of SF Giants who swept Tigers)—
Cheerful Marco Scutaro; Exuberant Tim Lincecum


Market Street confetti,
Sergio Romo with "Illegal" T-shirt,
Jim Harbaugh chauffers Brandon Belt.



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