June 2006 — Monthly Archive
I have a bunch of books piling up unread (or read very slowly): Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander, Iain M Banks’ The Algebraist, Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Shadow Of The Wind, as well as Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and the first two volumes of Dan Simmon’s Hyperion, as well as several others.
On top of that, two recent reviews — of JPod and Farthing — have gotten me interested enough that I’ll probably end up buying them inspite of all the reading list congestion anyway. Ah, the delights of plenty.
The Tube in London is not as art-laden as the Paris MÃ©tro, but the Poems on the Underground project does get some good poems into the tube-cars from time to time. Frank O’Hara’s Animals was one of the best poems (that I was not familiar with) I’d come across on the Tube, and I was very pleased to be able to find it on the ‘net today. So without further ado, here it is:
Have you forgotten what we were like then
when we were still first rate
and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth
it’s no use worrying about Time
but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves
and turned some sharp corners
the whole pasture looked like our meal
we didn’t need speedometers
we could manage cocktails out of ice and water
i wouldn’t want to be faster
or greener than now if you were with me O you
were the best of all my days
I am not sure why this poem appealed to me so much, but the vivid imagery and uneven meter (…want to be faster / or greener than now if you were with me O you) probably played a part.
Google Earth has had overlays for a long time — they make it easy to annotate maps with all sort of information, from vacation photos to public transport pickup points. Now, overlays work with Google Maps too. You can type in a URL of a KML/KMZ file into Google Maps and it will show you the overlaid map — here’s an example showing Metrolink stations in Manchester. This just made Google Maps much more useful.