Monday, July 6, 2015

The Forgotten Man Behind William Carlos Williams’s ‘Red Wheelbarrow’ - The New York Times

William Carlos Williams was a physician, a caring man, who examined patients the old fashioned way: listening, touching.  His plain and powerful poetry demonstrates those virtues and talents.  The three poems below, old favorites of mine, show his empathy.   William Logan, a Florida English professor who cared, has tracked down the owner of the red wheelbarrow of which Dr. Williams wrote.

 On July 18, in a moment of belated poetic justice, a stone will be laid on the otherwise unmarked grave of Thaddeus Marshall, an African-American street vendor from Rutherford, N.J., noting his unsung contribution to American literature.

The Forgotten Man Behind William Carlos Williams’s ‘Red Wheelbarrow’ - The New York Times by Jennifer Schleussler

William Carlos Williams, 1883 - 1963

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

munching a plum on
the street a paper bag 
of them in her hand 

They taste good to her
They taste good
to her. They taste
good to her

You can see it by 
the way she gives herself 
to the one half 
sucked out in her hand 

a solace of ripe plums 
seeming to fill the air 
They taste good to her

An Exercise 

Sick as I am
confused in the head
I mean I have

endured this April
so far
visiting friends

returning home
late at night
I saw
a huge negro
a dirty collar
about his

enormous neck
appeared to be

I did not know
whether or not

he saw me though
he was sitting

before me how
shall we 
escape this modern

and learn
to breathe again

William Carlos Williams
William Carlos Williams

Conviction of Former Goldman Sachs Programmer Is Overturned - The New York Times

When the Rules of Professional Conduct talk about zeal, diligence, loyalty, competence it is abstract.  To see what it means in practice look at  one time Assistant U.S. Attorney now well regarded defense lawyer Kevin Marino's representation of Sergei Aleynikov against the United States, the State of New York, and Goldman Sachs.  - gwc

Conviction of Former Goldman Sachs Programmer Is Overturned - The New York Times

by Matthew Goldstein

Kevin H. Marino pumped his fist in the air in celebration. Then Mr. Marino, a New Jersey lawyer with a linebacker’s build, turned to his longtime client, Sergey Aleynikov, and gave Mr. Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs programmer, a bear hug and a hearty pat on the back.
Just moments earlier, a clerk in State Supreme Court in Manhattan had given Mr. Marino a copy of the judicial ruling that overturned Mr. Aleynikov’s conviction on a charge that he stole confidential computer code for Goldman Sachs’s high-speed trading business.
The clerk, saving Mr. Marino from having to thumb through the 72 pages to learn what Justice Daniel P. Conviser had ruled, simply whispered congratulations to the lawyer. For Mr. Aleynikov, 45, and Mr. Marino, it appeared to be the end of a six-year legal odyssey through the federal and state court systems in New York.
But the celebration may not last long. State prosecutors in Manhattan have already indicated they may appeal the decision issued Monday, which threw out a jury’s verdict.
Continue reading the main story

Document: Ruling on Ex-Goldman Programmer

Once before, Mr. Aleynikov had believed he was in the clear, when a federal appeals court overturned his convictionunder a federal corporate espionage law in 2012. The appellate court ruled that federal prosecutors in Manhattan had misapplied the law, and it ordered Mr. Aleynikov to be immediately released from a federal prison.
Less than a year later, however, Mr. Aleynikov was back in court defending himself, after state prosecutors in Manhattan charged him with violating state computer-theft-related laws.

Attics of My Life - Grateful Dead - Soldiers Field, July 5, 2015

CHICAGO — The last song the Grateful Dead performed here on Sunday night at Soldier Field — the band’s farewell, 50 years after it was founded — was “Attics of My Life.” It’s a close-harmony song of thankfulness to a soul, a muse, perhaps an audience. It professes, “I have spent my life/ Seeking all that’s still unsung” and concludes, “When there was no dream of mine/ You dreamed of me.”

History of Navigation - the story of Harrison and the chronometer

Joshua Slocum- Sailing Alone Around the World

If you haven't read Sailing Alone Around the World, or Geoffrey Wolff's Hard Way Around, and especially if you have, watch this documentary video history of the great mariner Joshua Slocum.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dorade Sets All-Time Speed Records

Dorade Sets All-Time Speed Records

Rod and Olin Stephens’ fastest recorded speed on Dorade in the 1931 Transatlantic Race was 11.4 knots, set when their father, Rod Stephens, Sr., was driving. In the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race, Ben Galloway set what we think was the all-time speed record aboard Dorade of 15.9 knots (unless one of our followers knows better — please let us know when and where that was topped!).
In the 2015 Transatlantic Race, navigator Shaun Pammenter reports that the crew is already smashing every speed and distance record for Dorade.
So far the top drivers are:
Ben “Hollywood” Galloway: 
Boat Speed: 17.1 knots* (Honorable Mention)
Sail Plan: A4, all the trimmings, no reefs for me thanks
Wind Speed: 22-26 knots
Terry “Lets Just Keep This Boat In One Piece” Halpin:Boat Speed: 18.7* knots
Sail Plan: J4, one reef and full mizzen
Wind Speed: 24-32 knots
*Speed Over Water

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dorade (1929) back in the "Transat"

Photos from July 2, 2015historic
Dorade - the 1929 Sparkman & Stephens designed 52 foot yawl - built at Minnieford on City Island -is back in the race.  That is the NYYC Transatlantic Race from Newport to Cowes that she won three times back in the day.  They are trying to match the Stephens brothers' record - 17 days.  It will be tough though because they can't do the great circle route: race planners have defined an iceberg exclusion zone reaching down to 42 N, forcing them due east until turning NNE   at 52 W - east of Newfoundland.  But Dorade did peak at 17.8 kts two days ago in a wet Gulf Stream run.  
At the moment - day five - they are 4th overall in a fleet of forty boats!  The lead boat?  Mariette of 1915 - a Herreshoff-built 42 meter LOA schooner.
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