today marks the 4th anniversary of our quitting smoking. How marvelous to be free of such a nasty and insidious affliction and addiction! Not to mention that I can breathe again. And I have more money. Not to mention.


Blaine's Days at San Francisco City College

 Thursday, May 27, 2010

city college student in 1977
I received this mail from this guy, Ross Hopeman, wanting me to talk about my time at City College of San Francisco. I was only too happy to oblige, since I consider the time I spent at this venerable institution to be some of the most productive and creative of my life. San Francisco City College was/is a school in the South of San Francisco which was free, or very cheap to attend and offered many facilities for its students, regardless of their income. I, for instance, availed myself of a loaner violin, to replace my stolen one, super 8 film equipment, computer time, use of an 8 track synthesizer recording studio, occasional use of a Les Paul or Fender Precision Bass, video equipment and much more.

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Saint Blane's Day

August 10, 2009

Today is the first time I have marked the existence of a name day for me. When I was a devout catholic boy, the apparent lack of a saint’s day was a source of unease for me. Also, everyone in greece has a name day, which is more important to them than their own birthday. Everyone, that is, except me, until today!

This from wikipedia
Saint Blane (Old Irish Bláán) was a Bishop and Confessor in Scotland, born on the island of Bute, date unknown; died 590. His feast is kept on 10 August. He was a nephew of St. Cathan, and was educated in Ireland under Sts. Comgall and Kenneth; he became a monk, went to Scotland, and eventually was bishop among the Picts. Several miracles are related of him, among them the restoration of a dead boy to life.
The Aberdeen Breviary gives these and other details of the saint’s life, which are rejected however, by the Bollandists. There can be no doubt that devotion to St. Blane was, from early times, popular in Scotland. His monastery became the site of the Cathedral of Dunblane. There was a church of St. Blane in Dumfries and another at Kilblane. His name is recorded on the Scottish landscape at Strathblane in the central lowlands from Loch Lomond to Dunblane. The year of the saint’s death is variously given as 446, 590, and 1000: 446 (Alban Butler, Lives of the Saints) is evidently incorrect; the date 1000, found in Adam King, Kalendar of Scottish Saints (Paris, 1588), in Dempster, Menologium Scotorum (Bonn, 1622), and in the “Acta SS.”, seems to have crept in by confusing St. Kenneth, whose disciple Blane was, with Kenneth the King of Scotland about 1000. The highest authorities say the saint died 590. The ruins of his church at Kingarth, Bute, where his remains were buried, are still standing and form an object of great interest to antiquarians; the bell of his monastery is preserved at Dunblane.