HAIKUS: August 2013

By Peter Y. Chou

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.)
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Thursday, August 1, 2013, 11:57 am-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
George Saunders's Advice to Graduates (Hayden Carruth at end of his life: "mostly Love, now".)
(By Joel Lovell, NY Times, 7-31-2013)

George Saunders: "What I
regret most in my life are
failures of kindness."
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 11:57 am-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
OP-ED: Moore Foundation: $90 million for
research should inspire Silicon Valley funders

(Steve McCormick, SJ Mercury News, 7-31-2013)

Serendipity is a reward
to those linking unrelated facts
to reach a valuable conclusion.
Friday, August 2, 2013, 5:50-7:20 pm, 9:10-10:53 pm
Palo Alto, Stanford Theatre: Lloyd Bacon directs
"Footlight Parade" (1933) with James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Frank McHugh, Ruth Donnelly, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert, Claire Dodd; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4); (Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4)

James Cagney & Ruby Keeler
in dramatic tap dance
number of "Shanghai Lil".
Friday, August 2, 2013, 7:30-9:00 pm
Stanford Theatre: Thornton Freeland directs
"Flying Down to Rio" (1933) with Dolores del Río, Gene Raymond, Raul Roulien, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Etta Moten Barnett, Eric Blore, Franklin Pangborn; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4); (Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Fred & Ginger's first film
together— huge success
dancing the Carioca.
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 1:20-2:05 pm
Mountain View: Friend takes me shopping at
CVS (1798 Miramonte Ave) for Bottle of 365
tablets Spectravite multi-vitamins ($18.99)
and Safeway (1750 Miramonte Ave); Drops me
off at Los Altos Library after grocery shopping

Strawberry yogurts, carrots,
salmon fillets, orange juice,
broccoli, garlic, tomatoes.
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 3:00-5:30 pm
Los Altos Library: Opinionator: Writers as Architects
(In architecture, once you remove the skin—
"language" of walls, ceilings and slabs—
all that remains is sheer space.)
(By Matteo Pericoli, NY Times, 8-3-2013)

How does one design and build using
emptiness as a construction material?
How do we perceive space?
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 2:50-5:50 pm
Los Altos Library: BITS: Computer-Brain Interfaces Making Big Leaps (Nick Bilton, NY Times, 8-4-2013)
Scientists can't find a way to mend a broken heart...

but they're edging closer
to manipulating memory and
downloading instructions from
a computer right into a brain.
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 6:15-7:20 pm
Mountain View: Sprouts (630 San Antonio Road)
99 Ranch Market (1350 Grant Road) (8:55 pm)
(Bean curd, eggs, 10 pack seaweed, lemon puff)

Toffee almond granola,
Parsley, tarragon leaves,
basil, ginger & onion powder,
green grapes, red bell peppers,
Monday, August 5, 2013, 1:18-5:10 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
WISDOM RETURN : (5+9+1+4+6+4) + (9+5+2+3+9+5) = 29 + 33 = 62
MIND-IN-ITSELF: (4+9+5+4) + (9+5) + (9+2+1+5+3+6) = 22 + 14 + 26 =62
LOVE BEAUTY TRUTH: (3+6+4+5) + (2+5+1+3+2+7) + (2+9+3+2+8) = 18 + 20 + 24 = 62
Woodblock Print #62 from "100 Views of Edo":
"The Eight View Bridge" by Ando Hiroshige

While fishing in the lake,
swallows fly by willows,
and Ah— Mount Fuji!
Monday, August 5, 2013, 7:00-10:00 pm
Stanford University: Annenberg Auditorium
Summer Theater Film Series: Apocalyptic Comedy
"The Great Dictator" (1940) directed by Charlie Chaplin with Charlie Chaplin (as Jewish barber & Adenoid Hynkel, parody of Adolf Hitler), Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3); (Reviews:
1, 2, 3, 4); Film Photos; Professor Adrian Daub critiqued film and led audience discussions

Chaplin parodied Hitler,
Oakie parodied Mussolini,
Daniell parodied Goebbels.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 11:26 am-5:10 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Checked out from Foothill Library: Léo Bronstein's
"Kabbalah and Art" (1980) (Google Books); Amazed at Paul Klee's "Heron" and poem (pp. 66-68)— "Open thyself, thou gate in the depths, / Cell underground, release me / who senses light. / And bright hands come and seize me, / and friendly words are spoken joyously: Forth, you beautiful pictures, wild beasts, / spring forth from thy cage / that fingers may glide lovingly / on flaming hide. / And all is one as once in God's garden: / day and night, / and sun and splendor of stars. / (In the paradise of those trembling with poetry.) The Dairies of Paul Klee (Munich 1909), p. 239, #863 ("Heron" not on web)

Klee drew this in 1924—
Heron springs forth from
the sun's splendor of light.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 6:00-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
Composing Dance Report on "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954)— Jane Powell danced in Royal Wedding (1951) with Fred Astaire. Julie Newmar danced in Slaves of Babylon (1953) as Dancer-Assassin, and in Serpent of the Nile (1953) as Gilded Girl. Virginia Gibson & Ruta Lee danced in Funny Face (1957). Betty Carr danced in Damn Yankees (1958). Nancy Kilgas and Marc Platt danced in Oklahoma! (1955). Jacques d'Amboise danced in Carousel (1956). Tommy Rall danced in Kiss Me Kate (1953) & Invitation to the Dance (1956). Matt Mattox danced in Yolanda and the Thief (1945), Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), & The Band Wagon (1953).

Russ Tamblyn danced in movie musical
West Side Story (1961) as Riff Lorton,
leader of the Jets, best friend of Tony.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 10:03 am-5:10 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Completed Dance Report for Donna Frankel's
Intermediate Ballroom Dance Class (DANC 4B)
on 1954 film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers";
YouTube: Jane Powell teaches brothers to dance; Docementary on Film: 1, 2, 3 (Stanley Donen
on choreography of 15 professional dancers)

Of the fifteen dancers
& choreographers in film,
twelve are still living.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 10:00 pm-12:15 am
Mountain View: 1500 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Free Red Baron Pizza tickets to Century Cinema 16:
Shane Black directs "Iron Man 3" (2013) starring
Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale,
Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, Stephanie Szostak;
(YouTube: 1, 2); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Terroists tear world apart
for Iron Man to rebuild
it and seek retribution.
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 10:30 am-5:10 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
SPACE & COSMOS: Stars, Gold, Dung Beetles
and Us
(By Dennis Overbye, NY Times, 8-6-2013)
"Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way for Orientation"

Scarabs were sacred to
ancient Egyptians for they
can create life from waste.
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 6:00-10:00 pm
Palo Alto: Foothill Middlefield Computer Lab
SCIENCE: Internet Study Finds the Persuasive Power of 'Like' (By Kenneth Chang, NY Times, 8-9-2013)
(A positive nudge sets off bandwagon of approval)

Is something popular
because it is actually good
or just because it is popular?

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