Caveat: using the free wifi at Starbucks

I have in my life gone to Starbucks mostly to use the free wifi.

This was especially true before I went to Korea in 2007. Starbucks rolled out their free wifi quite early relative to other businesses, so I remember using the free wifi at Starbucks while on various trips in the mid 2000’s.

Apparently, using the free wifi at Starbucks is still a thing in 2019. And apparently the FBI does it, too.

This article (link) on the emptywheel blog describes how the FBI used the Starbucks free wifi to download leaked documents about CIA hacking. Interagency cyberwarfare conducted over the airwaves while enjoying a nice nonfat soy latte.
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Caveat: 마른 나무 좀먹듯

Here is an aphorism from my book of Korean aphorisms.

마른 나무 좀먹듯
ma.reun na.mu jom.meok.deut
be-dry-GER tree moth eat-AS-IF
[…] like a moth eating a dry tree.

Apparently this means to be consumed either by a physical ailment or by stress and anxiety. I’m not sure off the top of my head what an equivalent English language saying might be.
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Caveat: Tree #397

It’s difficult to see the depth of this photo. The snow-covered “tree” is a down-hanging branch of a tree above. The snowy stream is behind the branch, several meters back.

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Caveat: tras años-luz de insomnio

Ofertorio

(Número cero)

Sin ti. Sin ti. Hora inviolable.
Inescrutable sollozo.
Fuga sagrada de lo que invado y destruyo.
Mis piernas de tristeza golpean las estrellas.
Navíos secretos de habitantes desnucados
hunden odio amargo, sediento
de dislocadas primaveras ciegas,
donde se yergue el titán enano de la Vida
vencido inmenso mar
de donde surgen albas implacables
como una mano tierna.
Ciñéndome en la furiosa danza
de este sangriento olvido,
de este pozo espeso de agonía
en cuyo fondo muere amanecer
un despertar hermoso
en antigua sonrisa de las Madres.
Tu brisa dorada de muchachas
me explica la lección conmovida
Con el sublime ejemplo
del pequeño escarabajo de los cementerios.
¡Conducta que no admite discordias!
Pero yo rompo feroz todos tus espejos
y con mis navajas de fósforo
rasgo de punta a punta tu vientre de mentiras.
Los Cielos se me derraman podridos límites.
Hambrientos de corazón postrado
me interrogan -acuchillan- piden limosna a ratos amorosos,
tras años-luz de insomnio,
donde los termómetros azules
se convierten en sueño sin tormenta,
aglomero a todos los innumerables muertos humanos
ya galope tendido de tigres desbocados
los conduzco hacia el fin de los mapas solares
para pedirte cuentas
por nuestra inconsolable voz acuchillada.

- Miguel Labordeta (poeta español, 1921-1969)

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Caveat: Tree #396

The sun appeared.

This was unprecedented, so I decided to take a walk down the road. Arthur came along.

This tree has appeared before, here. But now it’s been winterized.

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Walking along the road, we ran into our neighbor Mike, out walking the dog. He’s a little bit hard to see: center of the road, a bit behind the dog.

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Caveat: The Superb Owl

Today is Superb Owl Sunday – when people throughout the US and all over the world contemplate the fine owls they’ve seen.

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I remember how weird it seemed to me, living in Mexico City in 1986, the way that the city seemed to grow so quiet and shut down because of the football game to the north. In fact, I learned that American football is shockingly popular in Mexico. I’ve always thought that Mexico City would be a smart place for an expansion team.


Unrelatedly…

Today’s date is a palindrome, regardless of your preferred format.

Do you like MM/DD/YYYY? Palindrome, check: 02022020

Do you instead prefer DD/MM/YYYY? Palindrome, check: 02022020

Or, like me, do you prefer YYYY/MM/DD? Palindrome, check: 20200202

When will this happen again? Far, far in the future.

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Caveat: Brexitology

Yesterday, the UK officially left the EU.

There’s an unattributed quote circulating online:

Only the British could colonize half the world, and then leave the EU because they don’t like immigrants.

Here is a cartoon I saw that I felt matched up some with my understanding of Brexit.

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The above cartoon is credited to the Chronicle Herald, a Canadian newspaper, but I couldn’t find it on their website.

Another pithy quote circulating online on the topic:

“Brexit means we are at last freed to obey whatever the Americans instruct us to do.”

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Caveat: sin hallar el plomo

UNIDAD

En esta noche mi reloj jadea
junto a la sien oscurecida, como
manzana de revólver que voltea
bajo el gatillo sin hallar el plomo.

La luna blanca, inmóvil, lagrimea,
y es un ojo que apunta... Y siento cómo
se acuña el gran Misterio en una idea
hostil y ovoidea, en un bermejo plomo.

Ah, mano que limita, que amenaza
tras de todas las puertas, y que alienta
en todos los relojes, cede y pasa!
Sobre la araña gris de tu armazón,
otra gran Mano hecha de luz sustenta
un plomo en forma azul de corazón.

- César Vallejo (poeta peruano, 1892-1938)

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Caveat: Heavy Metal

I took some time this morning to rearrange the sheet metal on the east side of Art’s driveway. This is the sheet metal that complicated my abortive attempt to exit the driveway after the last major snow (blogged previously).

I’m happier with it now.

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That sheet metal is heavy.

Heavy metal.

What I’m listening to right now.

Deep Purple, “Child In Time.”

Lyrics.

Sweet child in time
You'll see the line
The line that's drawn between
Good and bad
See the blind man
Shooting at the world
Bullets flying
Ohh taking toll
If you've been bad
Oh Lord I bet you have
And you've not been hit
Oh by flying lead
You'd better close your eyes
Ooohhhh bow your head
Wait for the ricochet
Oooooo ooooooo ooooooo
Oooooo ooooooo ooooooo
Ooo, ooo ooo
Ooo ooo ooo
Oooooo ooooooo ooooooo
Oooooo ooooooo ooooooo
Ooo, ooo ooo
Ooo ooo ooo
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aahh, aahh aahh
Aah I wanna hear you sing
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aahh, aahh aahh
Aaahhhh
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aahh, aahh aahh
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aahh, aahh aahh
Sweet child in time
You'll see the line
The line that's drawn between
Good and bad
See the blind man
Shooting at the world
Bullets flying
Mmmm taking toll
If you've been bad
Lord I bet you have
And you've not been hit
Oh by flying lead
You'd better close your eyes
Ooohhhhhhh bow your head
Wait for the ricochet
Oooooo ooooooo ooooooo
Oooooo ooooooo ooooooo
Ooo, ooo ooo
Ooo ooo ooo
Oooooo ooooooo ooooooo
Oooooo ooooooo ooooooo
Ooo, ooo ooo
Ooo ooo ooo
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aahh, aahh aahh
Aah I gotta hear you sing
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aahh, aahh aahh
Aah
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aahh, aahh aahh
Aah
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aahh, aahh aahh
Oh..God oh no..oh God no..oh..ah..no ah
AAh..oh..
Aawaah..ohh

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