Friday, July 31, 2015

The Rapture

    This is my latest get-rich-quick scheme.  

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Excerpt for the Day

    The believers dismiss the evidence of (crop) circle makers’ as the “Doug and Dave effect”.  Television documentaries about manmade circles are known as ‘Doug and Dave-style programmes’, and so on.  So blinkered have some of them become that any suggestion of a circle being manmade is derided.  (Sceptical believers – now there’s a conundrum . . .)   In the meantime they have given their ‘science’ a special name.  Cereology, they call it and no, neither I nor Microsoft spellchecker have ever heard of that word either.

    (from Money For Old Rope – Part 2, by Albert Jack)

     6½*/10.  The full review is here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Betterton had spent a most entertaining couple of days looking into Pendergast’s background.  It hadn’t been easy, and he could just as well have spent a whole week on it.  Maybe even a month.  The man was in fact one of the New Orleans Pendergasts, a strange old family of French and English ancestry.  The word eccentric didn’t even begin to describe them – they were scientists, explorers, medical quacks, hucksters, magicians, con men . . . and killers.  Yes, killers.  A great-aunt had poisoned her entire family and been shut up in an insane asylum.

    (from Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child)

  8½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Old Cartoons

    I freakin' loved  Pinky and the Brain.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

E-Mail Warning!

    I don't normally post warnings such as this on the blog, but this one has me scared sh*tless.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “They put me under surveillance.”

    “You’re kidding.”

    “No,” Stern said.  “”It was just like the movies.  I had a tail.  There was a car outside my apartment sixteen hours a day, from six in the morning to ten at night, seven days a week.”

    “Sounds expensive,” Frank remarked.

    “I was flattered.  I joked about it with them when I passed the car.  Then they killed my dog.”

    (from The First Horseman by John Case)

  8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Movie Monday!

   Still the best movie ever made.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Inspiration

    There is no "I" in "Team".  But maybe there should be.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Surreal Saturday

    Or Art Appreciation Saturday.  Both work just fine.

Happy Freaking Saturday Morning!

    It's an early start to Saturday as the tiling project that I was assured would be a 3-day job now enters its sixth day.  Our house is without a stove (although we still have a microwave), washer-&-dryer, and one toilet.  And every horizontal surface has a quarter-inch of dust.

    But it's all for a good cause, and I have been assured (yet again) that today is the last day of the project.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Do you have an owner-granted name?”

    “Lucy calls me ‘Robot’”.

    “Are you serving Lucy Walker well?”

    Robot reflected.  “I am learning.  She seems to want me to stand and wait, most of the time.”

    Alpha responded, partly as if talking to himself.  “That seems to be very common in reports from others.  It would appear that humans are very different.  Our function is to do.  Humans often seem content just to be.  In fact, they designed us to do work for them, allowing them a great deal more time just to be.”

    (from Robots Like Blue, by Anthony J. Deeney)

     7*/10.  The full review is here.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Science Sunday

    Arguably the best Science Cat caption ever.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Absurdism Saturday!

    Camus would be laughing his a** off.

Thursday, July 09, 2015


    Truth be told, I've had this happen to me with my car keys, and with my sunglasses.  But never with a glass of red wine.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Two things, a wise old man had told him once, that you don’t ask about: what the meat is in a shop-bought meat and turnip pie, and where anything worth having comes from.  Wisdom indeed.  True, the same old man had then sold him a cow that died three days later, but there you go.  Life is really just a river; it moves on, and all sorts of stuff ends up in it.

    (from The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice by Tom Holt)

    9*/10.  The complete review is here.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Dali Tuesday

    Greatest.  Artist.  Evah.

Monday, July 06, 2015

The Worst Rock-n-Roll song Ever?

    Listen, I'll admit We Built This City is not the best song Jefferson Airplane/Starship ever put out.  But there are plenty of crappier rock-&-roll songs out there.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!

    May the Fourth be with you.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

E-Card Thursday

   Honestly, if I were invited to both, I'd choose the Hunger Games.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Record Stores

    Anytime I make t to two used-record stores in one day is a great day.  Finding two Johnny Cash albums I've been looking high and low for for quite some time is just icing on the cake.