Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Geography Lesson

    Actually, I'm surprised Scotland is (more or less) correctly located.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Taco Tuesdays!

    I frickin' love Taco Tuesdays!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Life is a series of unplanned accidents – largely because nobody asked my opinion.  Me, I’d rather it was a series of planned accidents, and I can think of a few people I’d very much like to plan some for.  (Walter Slovotsky).

    (from Not Quite Scaramouche by Joel Rosenberg)

    5*/10.  The complete review is here.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Monday Already?

    True dis.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Solipsism Saturday

    Solipsism does have some drawbacks, you know.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

TBR Thursday

    Bwah-hah-hah!  Liz didn't think I could fit all my TBR books into my man-cave.  But I showed her.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Why Vinyl Sounds Better

    Another secret revealed.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “If the Universe came to an end every time there was some uncertainty about what had happened in it, it would never have got beyond the first picosecond.  And many of course don’t.  It’s like a human body, you see.  A few cuts and bruises here and there don’t hurt it.  Not even major surgery if it’s done properly.  Paradoxes are just the scar tissue.  Time and space heal themselves up around them and people simply remember a version of events which makes as much sense as the require it to make.

    “That isn’t to say that if you get involved in a paradox a few things won’t strike you as being very odd, but if you’ve got through life without that already happening to you, then I don’t know which Universe you’ve been living in, but it isn’t this one.”

    (from Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams)

    8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday Math

    An exquisite example of thinking outside the box.  Alas, the kid's still gonna flunk the class.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Banned from the Barbecue Grill

    Well, this is overstated.  It's true that I am banned from the barbecue pit.  But that's only because I once magically turned hamburger patties into charcoal briquettes.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Poetry Saturday

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

    Give me Carl Sandburg over Robert Frost any day.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Pets and Beds

    We have three relatively small dogs and they all insist on sleeping in the bed with us, and taking up about 90% of the sleeping space.  I think the bed pictured above is a wonderful invention, although we'd need three puppy-holes.

    Alas, Liz has pointed out that they'd still want to sleep on the top.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Quantum Physics Thursday!

    Exquisitely excellent.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Book Excerpt for the Day

    He leapt the gap to the dock, dazzled a blindingly white grin, and snatched the remains of the sandwich out of the Emperor’s hand.  “Ah, Jah’s love on ye, Uncle, bringing de rippin’ grinds to I’n’I after so long at sea.”

    Bummer barked and growled.  The Rasta-blond had their sandwich.

    “Ah, me doggie, dreadies,” said the Rasta.  “Jah’s blessings on ye.”  He knelt and scratched Bummer behind the ears.

    The stranger smelled of coconut oil, weed, and the undead, and Bummer was going to bite him as soon as he was finished having his ears scratched.

    (from Bite Me by Christopher Moore)

    8½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Dancing With The Stars

    Tonight's the season premiere of the 2015 fall season of Dancing With The Stars.  And you know what that means.

   Two hours for me to play on the computer and/or read a book!!  Gawd, I love reality shows!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Book Excerpt for the Day

    There was a weight on his chest, and it was warm, comfortably so.  He instinctively cradled it and felt arms go around his hips and to his back.  For no reason, Joe felt the moment was framed in gold.  He had just enough time to see her dark tresses spread about his chest as he and this golden person fell.  A perfect moment.  A perfect meeting.

    The force of his body hitting the floor unmercifully interrupted all that.

    “Are you an imbecile?  Get up and run!  Go!”

    (from Average Joe & The Extraordinaires by Belart Wright)

    4½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

I Say Tomato...

    This is another cartoon that took me far too long to "get".  And I knew what punchline they were trying to achieve, to boot.  Pronouncing the "a" wrong was my undoing.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I know just how you feel...

    I know some people like this.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Book Excerpt for the Day

    The oldest surviving grocery list that I know of is from circa A.D. 80, found at the site of an old Roman fort in the northern U.K.  Someone needed pork, bread, wine and oil.  As of the moment I am writing this, the most recent found grocery list in my collection is from St. Louis, Missouri, circa A.D. 2006, found in the street in front of Jay’s International Foods store.  Someone needed lunchmeat, poultry, bread, olive oil and several other items.  Almost two thousand years passed between the crafting of those lists, yet they are nearly identical.

    (from Milk Eggs Vodka by Bill Keaggy)

    8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Monday, September 07, 2015


    And we won't even mention shilly-shallying

Sunday, September 06, 2015

RIF Sunday

    I really want one of these, but I'd have to add either a second floor, or a basement, to the house. 

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Seth’nerak felt the mental link sever.  Marcovius neither knew how to sever it, nor had the ability to even if he did.  It was of Seth’s making.  That only meant one thing.  He grinded his teeth together in anger as th darkness that seemed to envelop him only grew.  “It would seem someone has killed my General,” he said flatly.  He had almost said my only friend.  But he was evil, after all.  One must maintain some measure of appearance.

    (from The Crimson Blade by Corey Soreff)

    6*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Math Wednesday

    Heh.  I know some schmucks who are only in the top 10%.  Idjits.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015