Counting Cars 1
A New Year’s Question
January 1, 2005, 17:46:52

During the last 5 hours of Jan. 1st 2005, Finland time, I downloaded available stills from the Finnish Road Weather Camera at VT 8 HYVELÄ in a gesture receive a reading for the new year.

My condition was one of unease, especially given the late catastrophic Tsunami in South Asia and a worsening year of war in Iraq. What would the new year bring for these events, what guidance is there to be found? I too need my own guidance, what directives will begin to settle diverging and changing situations?


Finnish Road Weather Camera at VT 8 HYVELÄ
January 1, 2005, Series: 16:22 - 23:52
18 cars coming (from the past?)
11 cars going away (towards the future?)
7 cars difference

Time      Cars Coming   Cars Going
23:52               1                  0
23:22               1                  0
22:52               0                  0
22:22               1                  1
21:52               0                  0
21:22               1                  1
20:52               1                  0
20:22               0                  1
19:52               1                  2
19:22               3                  2
18:52               0                  0
18:22               2                  0
17:52               2                  0
17:22               1                  1
16:52               1                  1
16:22               3                  2

Totals:           18                11

Counting Crows” Rhyme:

One for sorrow,
two for joy,
three for a girl,
four for a boy,
five for silver,
six for gold,
seven for a secret,
never to be told,
eight for a wish,
nine for a kiss,
ten for a time
of joyous bliss

“The Body Artist”
Don De Lillo

Lauren Hartke spends hours watching Finnish Road cams to deal with a condition of trauma. She says it is “Something about past and future,” “What we can know and what we can’t…” to “Stop time, or stretch it out, or open it up…’ (p, 109)*


Not knowing what was meant by the various significations of the “Counting Crows” rhyme I decided to use Google’s “News Results” of the day to help understand the significance each quality. I took today’s list of news articles (1/9/2005), chose the number of crows down the list. (I should have thought of this idea on New Years when I consulted the automancy!)

One for sorrow: First, the Sorrow: USA Today
It's in the nature of political writers to turn disaster into cliche. Seismic shifts end electoral droughts. Windy politicians with volcanic tempers create surging oceans of debt and ignite firestorms of criticism.

two for joy: South Florida Joy Ride Kills Teens: By The Associated Press: A 16-year-old Plantation boy took his family's Jaguar on a joyride and hit a tree on a winding road.

three for a girl: Associated Press ST. LOUIS - Two-and-a-half years after his arrest, an ex-convict drifter goes on trial this week in the slaying of a 6-year-old girl he allegedly carried piggyback to her death near the ruins of a glass factory.

four for a boy: The Bulletin Online, Despite stopping on course to switch the order of his dogs, musher Joel Nelson of Clearwater, Minn., won the six-dog championship at the Atta Boy 300 World Championships Saturday, posting a combined time of 4 hours, 34 minutes and 51 seconds during the two-day competition at Mount Bachelor ski area.

five for silver: Selling Seven Precious Silver Cups Church Needs Money From Historic Pieces. An upcoming auction at Sotheby's in New York features dozens of pieces of coveted American silver: ornate candelabras, boxed antique silverware sets and pitchers with intricate designs.

six for gold: GOLD CUP MONEY FLOWING IN Strong Flow has was the subject of some considerable support for the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup yesterday, with the sponsors cutting him to 9-1 from 12-1.
Paul Nicholls' eight-year-old, who ran away with the 2003 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, has not been seen on a racecourse since he injured himself during that year's Feltham Novices' Chase at Kempton.

seven for a secret never to be told: New York Times
Entertainment: Secret to conversation is learning to listen
People think I make a living asking questions, which is true, but only half the story. The other half is listening to the answers.

eight for a wish: King County Journal, Bellevue, WA
A wish come true. Maybe you had to wait for Christmas to see a wish come true. Not so Kirkland's Daron Howley, who is battling brain cancer.
Last week, Daron had a surgical procedure in preparation for more chemo.
She's here. But her heart's in Ireland, where she left it last November on a trip arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

nine for a kiss: The Times On Line: Murderer's lover rushes into print with 'kiss and kill' tale. BEWARE men bearing champagne and strawberries. That is the message of a book published this week by Amber Frey, the Californian massage therapist who was seduced by America’s most notorious wife-killer.

ten for a time of joyous bliss:
New! Get the latest news on joyous bliss with Google Alerts
this category had only 10 entries so I decided to sign up for news alerts using these words and take the second entry.

Note: This search was very helpful. Since my Prudence/pig’s head position was at 7 cars, I’m signing up for weekly News Alerts for “secret” for the year.


On 1/9/05 5:59 PM, "Ron Kenley" <rk@WANADOO.FR> wrote:
> In Austrian New Year celebrations this is also to do with eating.
> Traditionally, everyone is waiting for the rolling in on a large tray
> or trolley, of a pig cooked in many ways (from saussages to chops
> spanning the entire ritual tradition) but with the particularity that
> the head of the pig is split in two halves with one looking forward,
> while the other is looking back. The pig's head is decorated lavishly
> and wears glasses often, a detail that seems to bring on a great deal
> of amusement among the guests.
> Ate it,
> ron.
>> On Mon, 3 Jan 2005, Greg Ulmer wrote:
>> the tradition of
>> Prudence, represented iconically as 2 profiled heads facing opposite
>> directions, one old (looking into the past) and one young (looking into
>> the future), with the full-face figure standing in the present--the
>> position of decision. Some readings of Nietzsche's willing the eternal
>> return of the same suggest it concerns this temporality of decision,
>> actually the renouncing of any Will to Power, to bring into alignment the
>> Will with what is, or rather what will have been.
>> other words
>> something to do with your Signature, Willy Nilly?*This work is inspired by the the thoughful work of Louis Kaplan, particularly a paper entitled: "The Body Artist’s Webcam," 2003