a fool in the forest


  • A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the
    A motley fool; a miserable world!
    As I do live by food, I met a fool
    Who laid him down and bask'd him
        in the sun,
    And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good
    In good set terms and yet a motley

    As You Like It,
    Act II, Scene 7

    L'homme y passe à travers des
        forêts de symboles
    Qui l'observent avec des regards

    Les Fleurs du Mal,

    [T]here is almost no subject-matter, and what little one can disentangle is foolish....
    One would call the style verbose, except that by definition verbosity is the use of words in excess of the occasion, and there seems to be no occasion.

    Yvor Winters,
    Forms of Discovery, Ch. 7

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    December 12, 2007


    Urso Chappell

    I'm happy to report that the Carousel of Progress is not quite defunct. It lives on at Walt Disney World in Orlando and was operating last month when I visited. Apparently, they'll sometimes close it down on days with slower traffic, however.

    The last update was in the early '90's, so the last act is once again dated.

    The line "Oh grandpa... You're not going to tell us about the days before you even had a car phone, are you?" seems very dated, for example.

    Thanks for the kind mention of my ExpoMuseum.com web site.

    M. Simon

    Fusion has gained some new life recently:

    Bussard Fusion Reactor
    Easy Low Cost No Radiation Fusion

    It has been funded:

    Bussard Reactor Funded

    The above reactor can burn Deuterium which is very abundant and produces lots of neutrons or it can burn a mixture of Hydrogen and abundant Boron 11 which does not.

    The implication of it is that we will know in 6 to 9 months if the small reactors of that design are feasible.

    If they are we could have fusion plants generating electricity in 10 years or less depending on how much we want to spend to compress the time frame. A much better investment than the CO2 sequestration.

    BTW Bussard is not the only thing going on in IEC. There are a few government programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, MIT, the University of Wisconsin and at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana among others.

    The Japanese and Australians also have programs.

    If you want to get deeper into the technology visit:

    IEC Fusion Technology blog

    Start with the sidebar which has links to tutorials and other stuff.

    Cowtown Pattie

    Count on the Fool to be the master of pop culture!

    But, sheez, I prefer the original version over that weird new composition.

    Makes for a great "what in tarnation was Good King Dylan thinking?"


    George Wallace

    Bobs will be Bobs, as they say.

    This style works really well on Modern Times, but doesn't really suit "Hard Rain."


    I attended a Bob concert several years ago on the Love and Theft tour. He is in the habit of reworking many of the old songs to the point that you won't recognize them until he is quite a ways into it. It took me a few stanzas to identify Masters of War.

    Your mileage will vary.

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