December 1, 2019

7:02 this morning.

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1. Actual sunrise time was 7:10, which did not look that different. It was another one of those days when nature seemed to present me with the "subtle nuance" challenge.

2. The light of the state capitol dome predominated, and I thought about the balance between the government and nature — order and chaos. But which one is order and which one is chaos? You could take either side of that debate.

3. In the comments to yesterday's dawn-run post, Susan in Seattle said: "I visit here every day but am mostly under the radar ('lurking' sounds a little creepy). This post in particular, I really enjoyed; it's been rolling around in my head since I read it in the early morning hours today." I said: "Thanks, Susan in Seattle. It’s my favorite kind of post to write." So I'm doing it again.

4. I love repetition. The run to see the sunrise is a daily repetition, and the 9-point (will it be 9?) list could be a repetition as well. But this is only day 2 of that repetition, and 2 times is no kind of pattern. Got to have at least 3.

5. In yesterday's comment thread, Mr. Forward said: "I was training for the Birkenbeiner and I had a playlist where 'Cannonball' by the Breeders would kick in at the top of the hill and with the right snow would synchronize with the topography of the downhill plunge. Transcendent or close enough." Today, I asked Siri to play a running playlist that I've used a lot over the past 3 months and — just by chance — I got hit with "Cannonball." Click image to enlarge and clarify:



6. I had my AirPods in so I thought Meade was howling because he heard a coyote. I ask him now, and it turns out he wasn't howling, he was hooting. He heard an owl.

7. Was he trying to convey the message to me that the sounds of nature are superior to the podded-in music? I ask him, and he says, "No, no, it's not all about you. Get over yourself." You have to imagine the tone, which is humorous and a denial of what would be ever so slightly oppressive: hooting as a way to disparage listening to music.

8. The owl a Great Horned Owl. Sounds like this.

9. Why write lists that go to 9? William said yesterday, "A list that stops at nine leaves a vague sense of not being quite complete." I said, "I stopped at 9 because I was writing within John Lennon’s universe." Point #4 had something to do with the song "Across the Universe," and "Revolution Number 9" is another John Lennon song: "Revolution 9 was an unconscious picture of what I actually think will happen when it happens; just like a drawing of a revolution. All the thing was made with loops. I had about 30 loops going, fed them onto one basic track. I was getting classical tapes, going upstairs and chopping them up, making it backwards and things like that, to get the sound effects. One thing was an engineer's testing voice saying, 'This is EMI test series number nine.' I just cut up whatever he said and I'd number nine it. Nine turned out to be my birthday and my lucky number and everything. I didn't realise it: it was just so funny the voice saying, 'number nine'; it was like a joke, bringing number nine into it all the time, that's all it was." Order and chaos! Owls and coyotes!

34 comments:

AllenS said...

Only 21 more days, and the daylight hours will be getting longer. Something to cheer about.

tcrosse said...

The number nine has a special significance in Sudoku. Also in baseball.

David Begley said...

Dawn at the home of the true victors: The Mighty Badgers.

I like the list of 9. It is contrarian and it differentiates the Althouse blog. This could be another Althouse trademark. Part of her brand.

tcrosse said...

What's with the Edgewater being lit up like a Christmas tree all night?

Limited blogger said...

Before the Breeders, Kim Deal played bass for the Pixies.

Watch this short music video of the tune 'Gigantic', it's great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJncHEZ3URs

Paco Wové said...

I hear Great Horned Owls at night around our neighborhood. Moreso as time goes by, presumably as the tree cover increases in our suburban tract. Never see them, though.

rehajm said...

Number nine, number nine, number nine...

rehajm said...

I like the cool blue and yellow of this one. The oranges are too much for me to take early in the morning...

rehajm said...

When I run inside I but the earbuds in. Outside I tune in to the rhythms of nature. I get eagles, gators, songbirds, coyotes and yes, owls...

Phidippus said...

The magazine that used to be Newsweek fired Jessica Kwong because of that fake article that she wrote about Trump did over the weekend.

Let me be the first to say that I love a story with a happy ending.

Guildofcannonballs said...

You may like repetition, unlike fernandistanndedpan, but repetition doesn't like you.

You are the only you who yous.

Beasts of England said...

‘Fool in the Rain’ came up on my playlist this morning as I was trying to sweat off a mild Iron Bowl hangover. It’s a fine tune, although the Samba segment messed with my groove a bit. And then I wanted to stop to play the air drums during the outro, but I persisted.

Phidippus said...

Sometimes of foggy nights around here a owl sits in one of the trees at night and calls hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo. I've never seen it so I have no idea what species it was.

Ann Althouse said...

"Only 21 more days, and the daylight hours will be getting longer. Something to cheer about."

Yes, but sunrise won't get earlier for 41 more days.

Sunset will start getting later in 14 days.

Breezy said...

Love this photo. Branches identifying as roots being fed from a blue-tiful sky.

Howard said...

I appreciate when Althouse works blue

Ken B said...

Ice storm here. Things cancelled.

Ann Althouse said...

"Sometimes of foggy nights around here a owl sits in one of the trees at night and calls hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo. I've never seen it so I have no idea what species it was."

Look up which owls are in your area, then get the sound recordings on line. That's how I figured out it was a Great Horned Owl.

stevew said...

Beautiful.

As for the proper number of items on a list I say that's determined by what is being listed, there is no correct number. Though less than two items probably doesn't fit the definition of a list.

Owls are amazing. They are present here but hardly ever seen. I had one fly over my head early one morning when walking the dog. Just heard a deep whoosh noise. Looked up to see it land on the branch of a tree about 15 feet in the air. The only one I've ever seen in the wild. Checking my Audubon guide I identified it as a Bard Owl. Guessing it was about 18 inches tall.

Ann Althouse said...

"a Bard Owl"

Is that really a thing... in addition to a barn owl and a barred owl?

Phidippus said...

Good idea, AA. I'll do that.

traditionalguy said...

There are Rice Owls, Temple Owls and many more.

Narr said...

If youlda got up earlier you might have seen Mercury and Mars.

Narr
Am I late?

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, is there a point where you realize that chaos is life? Is there anything more orderly than a corpse in a coffin? The problem is not that Trump equals chaos or that capitalism is chaotic. The problem is that your choice is between chaos and death.

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Char Char Binks said...

A list ought to contain as many items as is useful; a listicle needs to be written to fill the space allotted, but need not be read.

daskol said...

Watch this short music video of the tune 'Gigantic', it's great

Somewhere, I hope Paul is blushing. What a terrific tribute.

Howard said...

Big Mike, my overeducated brain thinks that civilians like Althouse confuse chaos with disorder. It's a frequent mistake.

Howard said...

I got two big, hairy listicles right here

stevew said...

Ugh, typo, Barred Owl.

BudBrown said...

That could get the tourists comin.... Wisconsin - The Subtle Nuance State.

gilbar said...

i was going to put this on the Midwestern Nice thread from yesterday,
But i was ta busy warshin deeze walleyes in da sink

Midwestern Voice Translator

Susan in Seattle said...

True, 2 isn't a pattern. But 3 or 4 could be when blogging. In a similar vein, I'm amused when our local sportscasters refer to 2 games won in a row by our hapless Mariners as 'a winning streak.' It seems as if it should be at least 5 games in a row to be a streak.

gbarto said...

I was so disappointed when I clicked play, the realized it was Revolution #9, not #9 Dream. Another 9!