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[6-16-2009 Update Insert: Most of what is in this space is now moot. I found out what I was doing wrong and have reinstated Archives and Labels searches. They do work. However, in certain cases you may prefer Labels to Archives. Example: 1976 Today begins in November of 2006 and concludes in December of 2006, but there are other related posts in other months. Note: Labels only shows 20 posts at a time. There are 21 hubs, making 21 (which is for 1976 Today) an older hub.] ********************************* to my online poems and song lyrics using Archives. Use hubs for finding archival locations but do not link through them. Originally an AOL Journal, where the archive system was nothing like the system here, this blog was migrated from there to here in October of 2008. Today (Memorial/Veteran's Day, May 25, 2009) I discovered a glitch when trying to use a Blogger archive. Now, it may be template-related, but I am unable to return to S M or to the dashboard once I am in the Archives. Therefore, I've decided on this approach: a month-by-month post guide. The sw you see in the codes here stood for Salchert's Weblog when I began it in November of 2006. It later became Sprintedon Hollow. AOL provided what were called entry numbers, but they weren't consistent, and they didn't begin at the first cardinal number. That is why the numbers after "sw" came to be part of a post's code. ************** Here then is the month-by-month post guide: *2006* November: 00001 through 00046 - December: 00047 through 00056 -- *2007* January: 00057 through 00137 - February: 00138 through 00241 - March: 00242 through 00295 - April: 00296 through 00356 - May: 00357 through 00437 - June: 00438 through 00527 - July: 00528 though 00550 - August: 00551 through 00610 - September: 00611 through 00625 - October: 00626 through 00657 - November: 00658 through 00729 - December: 00730 through 00762 -- *2008* January: 00763 through 00791 - February: 00792 through 00826 - March: 00827 through 00849 - April: 00850 through 00872 - May: 00873 through 00907 - June: 00908 through 00931 - July: 00932 through 00955 - August: 00956 through 00993 - September 00994 through 01005 - October: 01006 through 01007 - November: 01008 through 01011 - December: 01012 through 01014 -- *2009* January: 01015 through 01021 - February: 01022 through 01028 - March: 01029 through 01033 - April: 01034 through 01036 - May: 01037 through 01044 - ******************************************************* 1976 Today: 2006/11 and 2006/12 -- Rooted Sky 2007: 2007/01/00063rsc -- Postures 2007: 2007/01/sw00137pc -- Sets: 2007/02/sw00215sgc -- Venturings: 2007/03/00216vc -- The Undulant Trees: 2007/03/00266utc -- This Day's Poem: 2007/03/00267tdpc -- Autobio: 2007/04/sw00316ac -- Fond du Lac: 2007/04/00339fdl -- Justan Tamarind: 2007/05/sw00366jtc -- Prayers in December: 2007/05/sw00393pindc -- June 2007: 2007/06/sw00440junec -- Seminary: 2007/07/sw00533semc -- Scatterings: 2008/08/00958sc ** Song Lyrics: 2008/02/sw00797slc ********** 2009-06-02: Have set S M to show 200 posts per page. Unfortunately, you will need to scroll to nearly the bottom of a page to get to the next older/newer page.


Monday, January 28, 2008


Last night I began another major redesign of this journal (blog). This page will serve as an example of what I am doing, but here are some details. The number which had been in the upper left corner/ will now be in the lower right corner. That number aids me in that it is the necessary Entry number AOL assigns to each entry (post). Every URI/URL in this environment--as I made note of months ago--has a specific structure which must be adhered to. The last partition of that structure contains the Entry number for the URI/URL it pertains to. The second last partition is for the subject information. It is the only place where changes can easily be made. The words "Sprintedon Hollow" will only appear where needed. The link to the homepage is being moved from its top right location to the bottom center location. Entry-specific information will now be given immediate visibility. Example: when an entry deals with more than two topics, each topic will be revealed on that entry's first body-text line unless in the subject space I have provided a general identity for its topics. My "piks" entries are designed less strictly. What gets shown depends on the body text presented. Still, somewhere on each photo entry the number for that entry will be shown. On occasion a photo or a scanned object will be on a non-piks entry. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Saturday, January 26, 2008


Venturings [ the following is an exhortation, but always use your best judgment ] Remember This Unless one makes the most of each moment, opportunities, experiences, one later/ wishes and wishes one had had, will be lost in the bin of could-have-been; and that person who/ lived a life parallel to yours/ but not as yours/ will have had the joys you let pass. Stand. Be bold those times when not being bold does nothing more than confirm your impotence. What use is a silence that engenders nothing. Better an act, a voice, that engenders nothing since from the latter/ empowerings might rise. Often, often, an opportunity once only/ comes, and you must not only be there for it, but recognize it for what it is, and seize upon it. There is no accounting for those signal mysteries that occur/ as lightning occurs, but occur as blessings, watch-God-moments, gifts from the universe; yet I have witnessed them time after time, and have many times/ said yes to them, and too many other times/ said no. Right into winter, if positioned to, dandelions bloom. Likewise rise. 01-25/26-2008 - Brian A. J. Salchert

Friday, January 25, 2008


My father grew up on a small farm at the edge of the town I, years later, was born in. By that time, with help from some of his friends, he'd built a brick house on two lots he'd bought. It was a corner location less than a right-angled mile--along the sidewalks--from the place where he was raised. Behind his house he planted a garden, and from him I learned (among numerous other practical skills) how to construct a garden. Our garden, an Eden for us, seemed endlessly edible. At the back were raspberry bushes in front of which were rows of strawberries. Potatoes, tomatoes, string beans, heads of lettuce and cabbage, and peas, carrots, beets, celery and/ even asparagus: all were there. Why am I revealing this and revelling in it? Two poet sites I visit. This nation, and much of this planet, is too dependent on oil, a commodity which may have already peaked. Some are now saying oil is on its way to $200 a barrel for us, and capitalism--as we know it--is ashing itself in the face of it. Certain nations are already paying considerably more for a barrel than $200. Since so many of us live in cities where we do not have enough space for decent food gardens, my suggestion is: co-op gardens. Cities, counties, and states should set aside land for them. If a commodity upon which so much depends consistently rises in price, all those goods which depend on it will consistently rise in price. Getting beyond the need for oil appears to be the only happy-ending alternative. Our dependence upon fossil fuels is the main reason why this planet of conscious intelligent beings remains, in Michio Kaku terms, a Type 0 civilization. Civilizations which are Type 0 and--for whatever reasons--cannot pass to being Type 1 civilizations/ are candidates for extinction. Those of you out there who have food gardens appreciate the beauty of them. - Brian A. J. Salchert


Venturings [ The following may be a poem prose piece. ] Dead in Time Emptiness surrounds my heart. Emptiness pervades my mind. It's as if/ I've passed beyond. I feel as though I've ten times said all I care to say. Count me out. For even though I intend to ramble on, it will be about nothing. Several mornings ago/ under/ a clear sky frost clung in the grass, and on the roof of the building directly north/ sparkled as if studded with white gems. A passing passenger jet/ left only a/ brief trail. A lone icicle/ from that building's eaves trough stretched. This morning/ the sturdy bush's cardinal/ twice sang. Recently I read/ every choice a human makes is of no consequence because every human life is of no consequence. Emptiness, and not that kind some proclaim one ought to seek, haunts and haunts and haunts and haunts; for even though I cannot prove/ certain choices I have made/ markedly trashed my life, I feel they did. Therefore every move I make is just that: a move I make. My left thumb fiddling with the telephone cord. My right hand/ holding the pen that scratches upon the legal pad/ these nothing words. Follow me? What for? Do morbid ghosts intrigue you? My self- hatred ought to end me, but it won't. Change: Time and circumstances I know not of are what will end me. Until then I, by the force of my desires, will measure on. No dark night, no vacancy, will sunder me. Whate'er my errant choices, I/ will press ahead, adrift in the nothings I have spun. Accept, accept, accept, accept, this leftover shall. Peanut butter, a heaping/ tablespoon of, I just had/ with a Calcium / K / D pill. Earlier today, while flossing, part of/ another tooth may have broken off. Looking at the two pieces placed on a section of toilet tissue, I could not tell. Squeezing them, I could not tell. Perhaps they were part of an old filling, or a nut. The tooth is too far back to inspect. 01-24-2008 - Brian A. J. Salchert

Monday, January 21, 2008

Who Love [ On Saturday, 12 January, I went to bed early (10:30). Around 2 AM I woke up. An unfamiliar melody was coursing through my brain. Alas, I do not know how to write music or play an instrument. My voice is a weak voice, barely fit for speaking much less singing. I sang the melody to myself six or more times. Then words began to appear. Neither the melody nor the words are anything special; so I will explain how I think the melody goes for the words as they now are. Note: the one who is singing the words in this song and the one to whom the words are being sung are fictional. It is even possible no one is singing or being sung to. ] - The words: Oh love, there must be love, there must be love love love love, there must be love. Oh love, there must be love, there must be love love love love, there must be love. See how the birds are free, how the trees can be, how the seas are we. See how the birds are free, how the trees can be, how the seas are we Who love. There must be love, there must be love love love love, there must be love. Oh love, there must be love, there must be love love love love, there must be love. See how the birds are free, how the trees can be, how the seas are we. See how the birds are free, how the trees can be, how the seas are we Who love. There must be love, there must be love love love love, there must be love. Oh love, there must be love, there must be love love love love, there must be love. There must be love. There must be love. - The melody: Have been trying to learn a little about how music is written, and from what I have so far learned, it might be best to assume this song is in the key of C major. - The at-the-margin lines and the last two lines might be bass. The indented lines are definitely treble. Every word is a single syllable and a single note. My sense of this song is that it is supposed to be bland. - I'm guessing here, but I think the Oh love and Who love are whole notes with the whole notes for Oh and Who one note higher and the there must be love words are half notes (all the same note) Also/ it seems the be in the Who love lines is a higher note - the there must be words are eighth notes (all the same note) followed by a half note or longer pause the love love love love are quarter notes (all the same note) but seem to be one note lower than the eighth-note words - See is the highest note, but See and how in the 1st line are half-note words and all the other indented words are quarter-note words - The final two lines are shown are they are because it feels to me there should be at least a two quarter-beat pause before and after the second-last line. Brian A. J. Salchert

Saturday, January 19, 2008


Through my window/ may be discontinued, or be weekly or monthly or only occasionally; or become something different such as a series of poems. Topics in general - 1) This Sprintedon Hollow journal 2) Poetics and/or other poets 3) Non-literary realms 4) Autobio vignettes RTJ (Regarding This Journal) group - Most of the 18 RTJ entries were indentified by posting-date in their subject space. Today I replaced those dates with content-revealing words. For one the words are: st entries - Just finished adding the place-in-series number after each st in its subject space for the 2007 st entries/ and removing the st# information in the body of each 2007 st. Earlier I took out the dates in the January 2008 st entries and put somewhat vague but understandable information in. After today I will be limiting, if I can, a given st to one topic/ so that I can show that topic in the subject space. Surveys - Surveys annoy me. Too many confusing questions with allowed answers that exclude the answers I would give. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Friday, January 18, 2008

Not totally finished, but all the major updates have been completed and I've begun working on second-level updates. Have opted to let users know where to find certain entries in the archives, and reduce the number of internal links. Am also adding "whatz-there" info to st entries, and I may yet have to provide links in the new st directory. As you can see, I've kept the st #, but I'm in a quandary about it. If I decide in favor of the #, I will add a # to each of the older entries in the st group. If not, I will remove the numbers from January's st entries. Want to make this blog friendlier. So, unless somebody persuades me otherwise, tags and bold copyright notices on every entry are history. More descriptive Subject codes and what is at the bottom of this page are the new norm. It is 9:36 PM and I still am seeking places to improve this Sprintedon Hollow. May test all the available fonts. I like Verdana, but I wish there were a size between 2 and 3, or that 3 were smaller than it is. - Until I learn more about fonts, I will need to stay with Verdana 2 as the fonts available to me are Arial / Arial Black / Arial Narrow / Comic Sans MS / Courier New / New Times Roman / Verdana. Do not know why but true type fonts are weaker, i. e. they are lighter on an online page and therefore are lighter on a printout. The one advantage they have is that they allot an equal amount of space for each character, a fact which has its uses. I do use Courier New sometimes therefore. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Copyright Information - My project this week centers on replacing Copyright © 2007 Brian A. J. Salchert Thinking Lizard All rights reserved. (and the like) from each of this journal's entries with the statement at the bottom of this entry. Am presently about halfway through June 2007. Through my window - This apartment building is lengthwise parallel with the apartment building about 20 yards north, but this one (although the same size) does not extend as far west. The weed grass yard between the two is not level, and at this time of the year about 30% light tan. A walkway of spaced hexagonal blocks runs at an eastward angle from that building to this one, connecting two plank passthroughs between apartments in each building. That building is on lower ground, and a scant open culvert runs parallel to the buildings about 15 feet out from that building. This morning when I looked straight out a squirrel was moving along the walkway from there to here. That/ near/ 8:30 AM. Then 6 mourning doves/ closer to here were pecking in the grasses near the hex blocks. At 10:22, while I was seated on my computer stool, I noted dark things to my right. I went to the window and saw at least 50 starlings on or near the other building. At 12:51 PM in the sturdy bush the usual cardinal sat, and juncos flitted around. At 1 PM several starlings momently swooped in. Then I got seriously into re- doing my blog. More about the buildings another day. Much of today the sky was cloudy. It is cold, and a sprinkling of snow has remained on the grasses. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


[ last modified: 2008-03-25 ] 2008-02-07 Note: Am inserting a link to that st in a given month I conclude is of the greatest value. Where Sprintedon Tracker (st) entries can be found: In September of 2007 there are 5. poetics w/link to an essay by Richard Jackson about sound in poems In October of 2007 there are 23. read the poetry-related essays linked to In November of 2007 there are 22. hard words: from me, Jon Anderson, and David Bromige In December of 2007 there are 23. information about Jesus at site linked to is most interesting In January of 2008 there are 19. mostly information relating to this journal In February of 2008 there are 7. (93 through 99) In March of 2008 there is 1. After that entry I retired Sprintedon Tracker. - Note: this entry is an stc entry, meaning it would ordinarily provide links to all the st entries, but since there are likely to be so many, the simple system begun above should suffice. Just look for entries showing "st" in their codes. Though it may not be in each st, a little section now called Through my window is likely to be an st's first section. By the way, "st" could stand for many things, one being "Salchert's Trivia" even though there will be times when what is in one is not trivial. It is a journal/diary within S H. I've had similar ventures online in other places since 2000. - This is a new year, and st has already supplanted aih (As It Happens), and will probably supplant a (Autobio) and o (Opinions), and maybe the rtj (Regarding This Journal) series. I am still learning; so I can't be sure what routines I will settle into. More on that in the next st. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Monday, January 14, 2008


Through my window - at 8:36 AM it was frosty breezy with crows cawing near the top of a semi-distant tree / It is now 10:43 AM and frostless clear. - If my writing about what I see through my window, however unimportant, must be classed as spam, someone's algorithm needs to loosen up. This entry is one of many in a journal within a journal, and is supposed to be a "your thoughts / your blog" space. God bless Thoreau. Site Map - Have two months left to remove site map links from: February and June. After they are updated, I may make some further changes. At 2:08 PM June 2007 no longer contained links to the site map. Long 104- entry February is next, but am first going to make some changes in jlctr. Other than one page I have not been to get into to edit, February's site map links have been removed. It is PM 8:45. 9:12 PM - Got into that one page, though I had to wait a long while and give it a refresh. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Sunday, January 13, 2008


Through my window - overcast with a light chilly breeze at 9:44 AM 12:40 PM - Sky is becoming mostly cloudy. PM 3:39 - hazy clear 4:33 PM - chilly clear Site Map - On or near 11:33 AM I finished deleting August's site map links, but I also deleted another internal link which I'd placed on most of that month's entries. I then put in Homepage links. It wasn't until 10-09-2007 that I had a homepage. Made changes besides these on certain entries. Getting through the remaining 4 months is likely to take some time since I've been working from months with fewer entries toward those with the most entries in 2007. 5:58 PM - April of 2007 is done. 9 PM - finished May 2007. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Saturday, January 12, 2008


Site Map Poetry Through my window Site Map - Yesterday I began another tour through this blog to remove site map links. It is 1:22 PM and I just completed removing them from the 2007 October entries. It is 6:22 PM and March 2007 is done. 8:58 PM - November 2007 is done. So/ Feb Apr May June Aug of 2007 remain. Will start on them tomorrow. Poetry - Over the years poetics and the making of poems have been central to me, but not consistently so. For a period in the 1990's an interest in mathematics became central. Since I began this journal I have returned to poetry, and have been trying to catch up on all the changes. It may be too late, but I prefer to believe it is not. I am on a difficult learning curve, but I have been on such curves before, not that I successfully negotiated all of them. The one truth in my favor is that I am aesthetically more open than most writers. Therefore, I am willing to experiment with styles I would otherwise ignore. So I have become acquainted with some poet bloggers, and have been reading essays and books about poetics and other poets again. I've also been reading reviews and participating in comment streams. At the moment/ it appears that some of my thoughts are regarded more highly than any of my poems, but then I have no proof how many of those aware of me have read even ten of my poems, which would be easy to do. I know from early experience, my diversity is both a plus and a minus. Only several times have I read poems of mine in a public venue. Hard as it might be, I may need to try/ reading publically again. Through my window - 11:42 AM overcast and calm - Brian A. J. Salchert

Friday, January 11, 2008


Venturings [ Originally written in 1973, the following poem is an imaginary conversation I had with Walt Whitman. It begins hyperbolically but laugh at it if you are so moved. It appears I felt a need to bolster my courage. ] Words for Walt 1 Walt, I am thirty-two and am making my charge at your supremacy. I have passed through Eliot and Roethke and have troubled Auden, and have read a thousand more, and have learned and loved them all. They have been to me as the phases of the moon, the vagaries of sunlight, the challengings of caves. It is time again to sum things up, for transformation. We have turned another century, yet much much more; we have entered the country of Hope-- all your dreams, sweet Walt, all your dreams! They are past and ever present but can not be changed, and for all you felt and yearned, you could not feel as I can, you could not yearn as I. It is time again for seeing, and today, Walt, I am ready, and so, Walt, is today. If in the grasses of evil and good, you in your grey beard stand, sensible, attractive, gathering, giving, all the more must I, all the more our race. It is time for transformation to a life we can barely dream of, or death; it will not come again. If we touch the soil rightly, and the waters, the air, what passages, what births! what mastery of time! 2 Oh human ageless Walt, how much we are alike, words hanging on words, lists, parallel constructions; and yet how different, your rhythms not my rhythms, your thoughts not my thoughts: and yet again alike, in our hearts. Much that I have written, Walt, is dead; the best that I have written is but preamble. Sleep with me. This woods we are approaching, let us dance and greet it. How much we are alike! 3 'uckin' root! Thought I'd missed it! Lift me. Blast it, scraped my knee. You'd think I lost my coordination! Now why did I-- hey, Walt, do you think-- beetled elm! They're dying on us, you know. Look, maybe we should sit a while. There. Huh, an oriole! Where is it? Again. There! And its elms-- will we miss its swinging nest, its bright colors and bright song, its special grace? Walt--hmm, that breeze feels good-- I love the touch of your rough hand. 4 Inside, most of this day, this fifty-degree March 12th-- student union, office, library-- inside, writing these words. And now I am in my apartment. It doesn't seem right. For neither as I would want all buildingsdown, should I want them foolishly lived in. And I have done so. Today, I think, I have done so. The sun scattered its pleasures for my skin and I ignored them-- the poet and his paper and his pen; vain beyond the moment's need, I stayed inside. Is it no wonder I wonder, am surprised at myself, am a joker full of sour puns. Somewhere, on the proud stem of a rose, sucking aphids rock; somewhere, on the walkway to a mansion, gray and yellow snow. Inside-- the habits that block awareness, the truths one tries to forget, the images that enlighten. 5 And now I hear you asking me, "What are you doing, young man?" And again, "What do you seek so pensive and silent? What do you need, camerado? Dear son, do you think it is love? Listen, dear son. . . ." And so I do: to the early robin honoring his love and possessing his land, to the thawing grass as it struggles back to green, to the teenage girls giggling, to the teenage boys yelling, their leather oxfords rapidly beating the sidewalk, to the hummings of cars and the grumbles of buses and trucks, to the ticking ticking ticking of my wife's white plastic clock, to the whispered ticks of my too-fast Timex watch. But, nothing. Yes, yes, it is love: a falling away from one, or so it sometimes seems, and a possible falling, unevenly, into another, but always behind my primary love--what I am doing here, the love I have for words. That, Walt, is why, at this uncanny juncture, my body and my spirit speak to you. 6 An end. I have come too close. The clouds ride high, and thin, through the leaves; where the sun has rested long, the air shimmers. Sometimes, a butterfly passes; sometimes, a bee; sometimes--there's a--I-- oh hell, I am just . . . tired, pale tired. Here it is, 1973, and people's thoughts still haven't opened enough, haven't cleared enough. So many of us (though few by comparison), so many of us must hide, for fear of losing our jobs, for fear of losing respect, for fear of losing our lives. An end: in the flowers at my feet, in the stones of buildings, in rivers of every description, in the turning of every wheel, from the mouth: an end. If I have gone too far, I have gone too far, I will go farther still. It can not be helped. The deaths I have suffered, the deaths so many yet suffer-- John, Bill, Anne. . . . oh the warped communications of loved ones, the black ideas that have warped love, have provided answers where answers can not yet be had. An end. 7 A beginning: a movement toward self, toward community, where every man and woman can walk as is, possessed of a sensibility the equal of light, the power and softness of light. 8 The oriole? It is night, night, without orange. 9 Settle. The sounds of the woods invite us, but we must not move, not even toward each other, especially not toward each other; we must keep our energies pure; the time is not yet right to mingle them. I leave you. Star above me, constantly changing, in color, in brightness, in position, in strength, probably dead, a black space or a great dark cloud, what moments of what eon of your boiling spirit hold me? What warmth, what variousness, traveled their thousands of years through static cold? who else this new moon night enjoys you? who else considers the ultimate trip of riding the conquering edge of your revelation? encourages you to make a wish on him? Starlight, imperceptibly present on my palm, ghost, welcome. What you tell me, I rejoice in; what you keep from me, I rejoice in, Where there is mystery, there is wonder-- starlight, I have just stepped back from myself, and see me here, sitting, babbling like a fool, and realize I am often like this. Foolishness is such a pleasant vice: games for one, fantasies; renewed through them, I am given depth, am given breadth. The breeze awakens again; and an oak leaf becomes a fluttering eyelid, and you what I do not want, the eye of a come-on girl. What you tell me, I lament; what you keep from me, I lament as well. 10 Midnight, and after, and after. Knowing, and not knowing. Waiting. Sleep. Dreams. With the rubbing of my hands, the orange sky and the orange leaves separate, the waves on Mystic Lake blossom and cry; I touch the nearest tree. 11 Snow. Sleet. All day, all day, snow, sleet. I had lived inside my cocoon, my cottage, for nineteen years, but now no longer. The birds about are hardy ones. In the streets of my self I dance, in the streets of others I dance; in the streets of others I buckle in regret. Seasons next to seasons, poeple next to people, gods next to gods, I mix with what I am. If you, Walt, blessed this earth, I will bless it again. = 3-19-73 Brian Salchert [ Since that date some minor revisions of "Words for Walt" have been made. It was originally published on the 2 center pages of the May/June 1973 issue of Milwaukee's GPU News. ] - Brian A. J. Salchert


Through my window Health Tech Note Site Map Through my window - partly cloudy with rapidly eastward-moving cirrus and jet stream clouds / the apartment buildings' rooftops are lightly frosted. (9:33 AM) | 10:44 AM - The sky is clearing, the frost is gone, the air is calm. Health - an article of interest coutesy of Men's Health is available at If you choose to read a section of this article, read it fully and carefully. Tech Note - thanks to a suggestion from an AOL Live Help technician yesterday, I, after a lot of assurance checking, discovered that indeed my security had blocked (for my protection) a program I had recently downloaded and installed, a program AOL Journals uses, especially for those of us who construct HTML entries. So I unblocked it. What a mark├Ęd difference! Site Map - Have begun removing Journal Links Center (site map) links from all regular entries, leaving only a link to this journal's Homepage. For a long while I did not have a homepage, but now that I do and it is to me this journal's most important page, and there is a link to the site map on it, there no longer is a need to have a site map link on a regular page (entry). Have so far removed the one's I found in the 2006 entries, and have begun removing those in January of 2007. 5 PM is near, and I need to take a break. PM 7:31 - January's done. PM 8:31 - December 2007 was mostly okay. Made a few changes. PM 8:55 - September 2007 has only 15 entries. Besides the site map links, I deleted two other links. PM 10:13 - Got through July's 23. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Venturings End Around Endevion dockittour meteor ambit erst effluvia embryo san so it was where they were when they were where it was escrewviiay hahbramahsh ideo krahn the invalid crash the dollar-sign gong - Brian A. J. Salchert


Through my window - somewhat cloudy with a slight breeze at 10:07 AM A weather report indicates strengthening winds and a chance of light rain. Temperatures are in the mid to upper forties. During the next five nights they will be below freezing. 5:33 PM - Closed the drapes. The grass is wet. Much of this day has been all clouds and little sun. This Blog - I do not like belaboring the facts about Sprintedon Hollow, but I want them to be understood: 1. Nothing in this journal is for sale, but neither am I giving it away. Therefore, whatever you take from and/or do with an entry or entries here, reveal it or them (e.g., sw00776st82-10jan08) and sufficient copyright information (e.g., © 2008 Brian A. J. Salchert). Obviously, if you link to one of my entries, that entry's subject and copyright information will show. 2. Though the ultimate value of my thinking and imagining as they are manifested in this journal is not for me to say because it is not possible for me to be impartial, I do have a sense of that value. Still, this sense of mine must ever be overshadowed by the judgments of others. Whether something I have crafted is framed and hung on a wall or made a part of another creative work, or whether it is praised or ridiculed or ignored, until it is no more, it potentially has a use. 3. This blog's subject designations are not conventional; neither are they secret codes. If you go to the All About Me sidebar section, you will see links to the Homepage, the Journal Links Center, and the Journal Codes Center. Those three places, in the order given here, are Sprintedon Hollow's most important. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Sidebar Notes Internal Links External Links Through my window Sidebar Notes - This AOL/AIM journal's sidebar has four sections: All About Me, Recent Entries, Other Journals, Favorite Sites. The information in the first was once more extensive, but I have moved it to S H entries. Although the most recent 10 entries are kept out of archive space, and so can be scrolled to, AOL/AIM does provide hyperlinks to them in the second Sidebar section. Apparently a 50- hyperlink maximum is allowed in each of the remaining two sections. What is in mine is not stable. That is, I do delete & replace. Those in the first of these are nearly all poetry blogs. Those in the second zip mostly to general sites, one of which is a help site for/ any who use HTML and need to know the ASCII code for characters such as the section sign (§). Internal Links - Moments ago 53 of these were removed from the links page for my 1976: in 2006 sonnet opus, and replaced by an archive note. 3:57 PM External Links - It wasn't until near the end of May that I began in earnest to link to other sites, but most of them pertained to the topic of my post (entry). In all cases, as I've already said, I felt that what I found there was worth reading, and therefore worth sharing. But sharing with whom? From what I've been able to determine so far, most of those who have encountered my blog are not the kinds of visitors this blog is meant for. So there are a few who come here whose visits please me, and I do not see a day when there will be more than a few. That is okay. This is a blog of one person's ongoing, one person's investigations, one person's thoughts, one person's creations. Loneliness is my milieu. Reclusiveness is my penchant. I take online trips from here in order to learn and bring some joy into my life. In this blog are numerous autobiographical posts. Do not assume something about me from a few posts. I am quite diverse. If I am such a hermit, I hear you ask, why am I revealing myself as I am? My answer is: Whether or not what I reveal has a value beyond my passage, I believe every human passage has value. Love me or hate me, what is here and will yet be here is a partial record of who I am. Because I'm a writer I, yes, someways/ promote myself. There are very few writers who do not. Writers also/ promote other writers, other creators. The promoting I do is next to nothing compared to what some others do. Long ago I became dissatisfied with publishing in the traditional way. The Internet, for all its limitations, affords me the freedom to follow my muses. I am Brian A. J. Salchert, and Sprintedon Hollow is not/ a fake blog. Through my window - Generally hazy and calm with rising temperatures, but at AM 8:17 frost still covers the grasses of this complex's yards. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Weather Technorati tags Links Comments Entries Weather - From about 5 PM yesterday until about 5 AM today/ the weather in southwest Missouri was dangerous. Strong winds, lightning, thunder. There were numerous tornado warnings. The electricity here was briefly cut around a dozen times before and after 3 AM. As it nears 9:30, Springfield's temperature is 51. It is likely--since it will be getting colder--that later/ Kansas's snow will enter Missouri. Near 3:30 PM these apartments lost power. It was fixed and back on at 4. The weather report I go to says there's a 30% chance of rain. The temperature is 37 F. Technorati tags - Haven't double-checked all of this journal's entries, but hopefully no entry has any Technorati tags. Never did learn how to use them properly, and at this time see no reason (so far as this quiet blog is concerned) to use them. I am not selling anything. Links - I have already reverted to using fewer links, and may revert further. S H is essentially a poetry blog, and there are nearly fifty poetry blogs I visit, several of them frequently; and I visit various poetry-related organizations. I welcome visitors, but long ago ditched this journal's visitor counter. Most links in this journal relate to this journal. No one is forced to click on them. They are for the convenience of visitors. When I've linked to other places, I have done so because what I found there seemed worth reading. If my poems and prose do not seem to you worth reading, so be it. My First Verses are/ just that. I did not place them up for their value, but simply to add perspective. Everyone starts somewhere, whatever the endeavor. I was 12 (maybe 11) when I wrote the Milky Way verse. At the time I thought I wanted to be an astro- physicist. That's why a link to astropix.html is in the sidebar section: Favorite Sites. Comments - There are so few comments in this blog/ I may turn off the comments option. I know of two poetry blogs I visit regularly which do not allow comments. Entries - Just went to the 2006 ones to edit out information which is no longer relevant, and to make sure/ tags were gone. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Monday, January 7, 2008


8:25 AM - Have 3 months of Technorati tags to remove yet: February, May, and June of 2007. Will also be updating when I am informed or/ I may try to see if I can do so now. Not ready. Hope they are before the expected storms arrive. May's are gone. 10:55 - June's are gone. 1:31 PM - Amid 6 or so slow-to-respond entries, I finally got through erasing the tags in February's 104. If I did not error along the way, my journal is devoid of Technorati tags. Really, I do not need them. From this journal's site map, all but two or three entries/ can be found. The Sprintedon Tracker entries are not presently listed on a central page, and probably will not ever be; but they are numbered sequentially (variously), and I may add topic information on each one. May even change the URLs of last year's st's to match how I am doing them this year. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Sunday, January 6, 2008


scanning problems photo files MS updates Technorati tags What a day! Woke up after 7/ not feeling well. Apparently my computer wasn't feeling well either, and when it did get back to operating as it should/ I discovered changes in the Programs section of my security software. I started to make a few alterations, but then undid them, and ran a scan. It went well but threw over 400 alerts at me. The most interesting-to-me of those alerts was one which had to do with 4 files I had mistakenly placed into AOL 9.0 Security's folder last year. I had tried to find that folder but couldn't. So, since alerts came up when a scan encountered those files, I paid closer attention during today's scan. After the scan, I went to that folder and sent those files to the Recycle Bin. - Have been learning tech things so rapidly I am not even sure what it is I am learning. Dealing with photos, both offline and online was the 2-to-3- hour venture next up. The first photo I placed in my journal I mistakenly chose the animation option for, but I let it be. Yesterday, it died. I did not know what to do. Also, yesterday I placed a clouds photo up as a large photo. It was fine, but not in archives space. Today I edited out the codes for each of those, putting the first one up as an image, and the second one up as size medium image. Did some messing around with the related cloud file offline, and while I did learn some things about how to use Paint, I should not have done anything with that file. 2 PM - Found out yesterday from a message from one of ZA's guru guys/ that Microsoft will be making several important update patches available this Tuesday. 5:04 PM - Am seriously considering eliminating all my Technorati tags. The tags in January 2008 and October 2007 are gone. Those in July and September of 2007, and the Decembers of 2007 and 2006 are gone. Those in the Novembers of 2006 and 2007, and March of 2007 are gone. 9 PM - Won't finish tonight but am going to remove some more. Why? Because Technorati cares naught for me; so why should I pretend it does. Also, after what I read about tags at one site and after what I read about, seemingly, a few tags of mine in the notes Google provided from another site I could have gone to, I decided now is the time. Those in August, January, and April of 2007 are gone. It is 11:26 PM. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Saturday, January 5, 2008



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through my window Roman Catholic 10:55 AM - Sunlight's breaking through the clouds. Days here are getting warmer. Monday we may get storms. Heard a crow caw caw caw. Breezes are strengthening, so sayeth the pines. Might attend a Mass service this afternoon at the nearest Roman Catholic church. Has been over 5 years since last I did. That was in Gainesville, Florida. If I do, it will be for exploratory reasons, though there is some pull to return to being what is known as a practicing Catholic. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Friday, January 4, 2008


[ Note 1: Below is a sonnet I wrote in 1976. I am one-quarter British, and I now think it best/ to read it deliberately with an upper-crust British accent in a heavily-whispered supercilious tone. ] [ Note 2: Why? Andromeda is a galaxy which is in time/ expected to devour our Milky Way galaxy, and "Starships to Andromeda" depicts Earthlings as an evil Borg-like super-race. As such, its final two lines are its most difficult; and, if enunciated properly, its most acrid. ] [ Note 3: I copied and pasted it from sw00036usabys, which is from my 1976: in 2006; and can be found in the archives in November of 2006. ] [ Note 4: On this Saturday, August 2, 2008, I changed the title of my sonnet opus to 1976 Today. ] March: Year-day 74 Starships to Andromeda. Warps of time. Wherever there is emptiness, we fill and fill. Even black holes will learn the chill of our intrusions. Creatures/ so sublime, we suck a planet dead with such deft tongues, swarming through its airs, it's hardly awake by the hour we've swallowed enough to slake the top of our thirst, collapsing its lungs. "Bless us" we ask an eternalized God to bolster our mad insecurity, the fuel of our power, the reason no sensible reason is needed to prod our devastations of this deep orbed sea, this Eden of the fish of fiery snow. - Brian A. J. Salchert


nature computer technology From what I read somewhere, the juncos that winter here in Springfield, Missouri, are slant-eyed juncos. Could be. Flocks of them continue to flit about, flaunting the white shafts on their tails. They seem to like using the bush I call Sturdy Bush as a place to sit while they look about. Sturdy is back to being an empty thing, its many wands curving tall-man up, laddered with twigs for bird blossoms such as the lone cardinal one. Got an answer to one of my questions at the ZoneAlarm forum. Also, my AOL/AIM OpenID comment was allowed by the admin- istrator of the blog I entered it at. Glad I put my first name and the first letter of my surname in the text/ because the ID on my comment is my screenname. Google asserts using OpenID will end spoofing. There's a YouTube video I want to post. Know a little about how to. Guess I'll just have to ready a page, sign in at YT, locate that video, paste its code, and attempt to copy it on the page waiting for it. On the WWW/Internet there is just no end to learning for those who are willing to learn. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Thursday, January 3, 2008


jet exhaust clouds The Undulant Trees AOL/AIM OpenID Busy day yesterday, both on this computer and out in Springfield. Most of my online time was spent reading and watching. Still trying to figure out how to deal with several software programs. May try to learn about making and posting videos. Do have some photos of clouds I intend to share. Today the sky is clear// and all the clouds are jet exhaust ones. Took 4 photos of them through my bedroom window. Each of two of those caught a jet. Won't know for some while how they turned out. Went to archives to count what's in The Undulant Trees, a not yet complete book/ of mostly poems only incidentally about trees. In 34 entries are 88 objects: 1 ditty, 5 muttobs, and 82 poems. How many objects this book will contain when I sense it is complete is-- to me at least--an unknown. Given the variousness of what I am/ putting in it, its title is more metaphorical than descriptive. 9:15 PM - May have made my first AOL/AIM OpenID comment. Encountered the blog which is using Open ID last night. Tried to make a comment as I usually do, using my Blogger account. Did not seem to work, though the blog owner could have decided he did not want to allow it. Spent many minutes learning about yo Open ID, but never was quite able to understand it. That is why I went to give it another try. The process is fairly simple, but is more involved than the usual method. Anyway, the message stating that "your comment has been saved" did show tonight. - Brian A. J. Salchert

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Since Sprintedon Tracker (st)--the ongoing interior journal in Sprintedon Hollow--often addresses more than one topic, the subject format will be as it is here today. The "sw" once meant Salchert's Weblog (the original name for this journal), but it now refers to the first and final letters in its new name. The "00763" indicates this entry is the 763rd in this journal. The "st74" indicates this is the 74th Sprintedon Tracker entry. As to topics, I am undecided, but two ideas I'm considering are: 1) having section topics (e.g. Weather) 2) using topic tags (e.g. Weather) Thinking Lizard is the name of my viable but dormant publishing company. It had been the center of my copyright line. The word "Copyright" I deleted a while back. Am heading toward having no copyright information on individual entries, but keeping what I have in my All About Me section. I know I do not need to show any copyright information, but I probably won't get to that stage. The one constant in Sprintedon Hollow is change. In that it is a microcosm of nature in general. - Brian A. J. Salchert