Hello Cruel World
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Five Years

Dirge without Music

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.
Crowned with lilies and with laurel they go: but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains – but the best is lost.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,–
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Sunday, March 25, 2007
Six Months On ...

... In a Smaller, Darker World, we remember — earlier entry.

Update: Websnark's appreciation


Saturday, March 24, 2007
Election Day — NSW State Election 2007

Whatever happens, it's been nice to be able to (try and) say "Premier Iemma, the Member for Lakemba", simply from a tongue-twisting perspectivve

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Monday, March 19, 2007
Quick News, plus Harbour Bridge 75th Anniversary

Am working on a Family Photo DVD project, and trying to do some other non-computer-related things, so I haven't added stuff here.
Also got some more worrying medical news, there's a growth of some sort in one of my eyes. It might be a secondary cancer from the breast cancer, it could be a separate melanoma, or it may be a simple kind of mole. Having had this now diagnosed by one specialist, I am going to a more specialised specialist to try and sort that out. Desperately hoping that I won't have to get back onto the medical merry-go-round. See some links in a separate post.

Did do one nice thing — turned out even better than I'd hoped, and I enjoyed it a lot. Walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, timed to coincide with the Aboriginal smoking ceremony around sunset. It was beautifully done, and the lighting afterwards. The sunset hope didn't work out because it was a dull & overcast day, but the trip over & everything else worked well — in fact I'm wondering if I shouldn't have tried the ferry after all.

Here's a link to my gallery (set) of photos of my experience of the BridgeWalk75, as I'm trendily calling it, on the Flickr site:
www.flickr.com/ photos/ sketchesbymez/ sets/ 72157600008559908

Here's one of the newspaper photos:

Bridgewalk75 - crowd lights up

And some links about it:
All our love, Sydney by John Huxley, March 19, 2007 (www.smh.com.au/ articles/ 2007/ 03/ 18/ 1174152882293.html)

Photo galleries &mdash (green hats) daytime
www.smh.com.au/ photogallery/ 2007/ 03/ 18/ 1174152858574.html
— (orange hats) evening

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Sunday, March 18, 2007
Eye problem — some links

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute - Ocular Oncology
www.eyecancermd.org/ eye_cancers.html

Kellogg Institute, Uni Michigan - Intraocular Melanoma www.kellogg.umich.edu/ patientcare/ conditions/ intraocular.melanoma.html

National Retina Institute - Eye Health Library
Choroidal Nevus
www.bmgnri.com/ eyehealth/CN01.htm

Handbook of Ocular Disease Management
www.revoptom.com/ HANDBOOK/ sect5j.htm

www.cancer.gov/ cancertopics/ pdq/ treatment/ intraocularmelanoma/ healthprofessional
www.merck.com/ mmhe/ sec20/ ch234/ ch234j.html


Monday, March 12, 2007
Eternal Vigilance: Business Pushes Back Against Regulation
Business Pushes Back Against Regulation

Sunday March 11, 5:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The push by business interests to ease the laws and rules laid down in response to the 2002 corporate scandals is getting a serious hearing in Washington that is giving the idea heightened visibility.

An array of companies and business leaders have been making the case that the requirements born of the crisis of corporate malfeasance are overly onerous and costly.

A high-profile committee of business, legal and academic figures put forward proposals in November to clip back corporate governance rules, class-action lawsuits against companies and auditors, and criminal prosecution of companies by the government.

A second group, formed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is releasing its report and recommendations Wednesday.

The Chamber also has been waging a legal assault against what it views as excessive regulation from an overreaction to the scandals, suing the Securities and Exchange Commission over rules and scoring several victories in high courts.

"Business is putting a big push on in the final years of the Bush administration," said James Cox, a law professor at Duke University.

Some experts, including Lynn Turner, a former SEC chief accountant, have warned against a softening of the rules

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