Saturday, April 13

Worth Noting, However Briefly -

The London Book Fair
begins on Monday . . .

What kind of publishing environment do today's
young novelists encounter, asks Alex Clark.

# Heather Mac Donald writes about the dangers
represented by loiterers. Recommended. [CityJ]

# Emily Rhodes reviews The Exiles Return
by Elisabeth de Waal. It's about post-WWII Vienna.


Thursday, April 11

Browsing Around -

Cuban writer Jose Latour, now based in Canada, has a new mystery thriller novel out called Riders of Land and Tide. John Barber writes about him at the G&M.

# Shocked by Patricia Volk is a coming of age story about the author's complicated relationship with an elegant but highly critical mother; reviewed here by Heller McAlpin.

# "The Slow Death of the American Author"
by Scott Turow, an Op-Ed piece at the NY Times.

# Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, a novel by Susanna Clarke, will be coming to the BBC and BBCAmerica in 2014.

# Mike Ripley's latest
Getting Away With Murder column.

# BBC TV Centre in London demolished.

# In the mood to listen to some old-fashioned Noir?

Jake Hinkson writes about the Night Beat radio
series and leaves a link to it in the comments.

# Controversy about the song Accidental Racist.


Tuesday, April 9

After The Kissoff II -

Then, we come to the issue of Geo Locating Cues. In the transcript of Zimmerman's conversation with the dispatcher, Zimmerman appears to have difficulty giving his location over the telephone.

First, some system needs to be selected for orienteering, such as North East Quadrant or something else; then, more signs are needed.

A good, but not expensive, beginning for this process could be: planting some distinctive trees and shrubs, as in "I'll meet you under the big oak tree."

The Geo Locating issue goes beyond Law Enforcement. It is crucial to the Health and Safety of residents. What if a resident has a heart attack and a family member calls 911 for Fire and Rescue with Cardiac Resuscitation equipment?

You can't have the Rescue Unit driving round and round the ring road endlessly, trying to figure out where their heart attack patient awaits them, because time is of the essence. The Condo Commandos need to start thinking about making better provisions for Geo Locating Cues within their campus.

Since the teenager Trayvon Martin is presumed to have died intestate, we will be interested to see whether any inter-family disputes arise over the settlement, with regard to the youth's estate. Trayvon, it appears, had numerous half-brothers from diverse babymamas with even weirder names than his.

I would only be guessing, partly on the basis of those weirdish names, that the father is a member of a syncretic cult which may be an offshoot of the Moorish Science Movement. At some point in the future I expect them all to hold a very public reunion with each of the weirdly named half-brothers wearing a fez, taking turns in eulogizing their fallen brother.

The next issue on the agenda for this case is expected to be: the disputation about whether or not Zimmerman Defense can depose Benjamin Crump.

Will Benjamin Crump Esq be deposed?


After The Kissoff -

Trayvon Martin - George Zimmerman

The recent disclosure of a settlement reached between the HOA of The Retreat at Twin Lakes (or their insurance company) and the estate or birth parents of the itinerant teenager Trayvon Martin does not come as a surprising event in cases like this or "Slip and Fall" or other kinds of Death by Misadventure.

In my experience, typically, the organization admits no guilt or blame and the decedent's representatives agree to refrain from further litigation with some (secret) sum of "go-away" money paid to them in exchange for their relinquishing any further claims.

Thus, we almost take it for granted as a expected given in this kind of situation. This settlement, including any nondisclosure provision, is pretty standard stuff, I believe.

OK, "Slip and Fall" it isn't this time, but now that this landmark has been established, I want to address a couple of the issues raised post-kissoff: first, the insecure and porous enclosure of the multi-residential campus; and, second, the Geo Locating Cues.

An architect wrote an Op-Ed piece about this case in which he opined that the campus of this development is poorly designed. I happen to agree with him. The townhouses or villas look lovely, but the environment is sterile and disorienting, among other things.

How could the developers have left the enclosure so porous and insecure? Other condo complexes have high concrete walls around them. These developers may have had to trim costs to keep their offerings within the preplanned price points. Then, they may have claimed that they expected to complete the enclosure at some future date. It should be clear by now that the estate's boundaries security needs more attention sooner rather than later.

Somewhat related to this issue is the protocol for guests. Aren't residents expected to notify Security that they are housing guests and provide their identities? Aren't guests supposed to get signed security passes? Are guests allowed to roam the campus after dark without being accompanied by their resident hosts? How do unit owners know whether someone is a legitimate guest or a trespasser?

Continued in Part II which follows . . .