Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Sometimes you think there’s more of you, though?  More survivors?”  She wished he would focus.

    “Yeah.”  He rubbed his beard, looked around the room like there was something he should have been doing for her, 
something you offered guests.  “I find things moved sometimes.  Find things left out.  The grow lights left on.  Then I remember I did them.”

    He laughed to himself.  It was the first natural thing she’d seen him do, and Jules figured he’d been doing a lot of it over the years.  You laughed either to keep yourself sane or because you’d given up on staying that way.  Either way, you laughed.

    (from Wool by Hugh Howey)

    7*/10.  The complete review is here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cat Skeet

    Our three dogs all thought this Dilbert cartoon was hilarious!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Eostre!

    Tis the reason for the season!

Saturday, March 26, 2016


    This is kinda my goal when it comes to LP's and books.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Gilligan's Island Color

   Had today off.  It was totally enjoyable.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Then and Now

    Well, it's not the Best Movie ever.  But it's in the Top 5.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Chalk Art Wednesday

    I think we've found the Higgs Boson particle.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Another far less common group is where Balder hoped that August belonged: the so-called prodigious savants, individuals whose talents are sensational whichever way one looks at them.  Kim Peek, for example, who was the basis for Rain Man, was severely mentally handicapped and could not get dressed by himself.  Yet he memorized twelve thousand books and could give a lightning-quick answer to almost any factual question.  He was known as Kimputer.

    Or Stephen Wiltshire, an autistic English boy who was extremely withdrawn as a child and uttered his first word when he was six – it happened to be “paper”.  By the age of seven Stephen was able to draw groups of buildings perfectly and in the minutest detail, having seen them for just one brief moment.  He was flown above London in a helicopter and when he landed he drew the entire city in a fantastic, dizzying panorama, and with a wonderfully individual touch.

    (from The Girl In The Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz)

     8*/10.  The full review is here.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Scrabble Variants

    Don't know what to get that bookaholic friend for Christmas?  Try either one of these.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

History Trivia Thursday!

   And it's absolutely true, you know.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wednesday Math Lesson

   It's a heckuva deal!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Gymnastics WTF

    Ouch.  Just ouch.

Monday, March 14, 2016

T-Shirts and OCD

    You can probably double all three of these values for my t-shirt wardrobe.  But 2 times zero is still zero.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Book Excerpt for the Day

    The Black Weasel stood up and drew his rapier; moving slowly and gracefully, he placed the tip of the sword on the messenger’s Adam’s apple and growled, “Shut up and tell me what you’re doing here.”

    The messenger blinked.

    “That’s rather a contradiction, sir,” he said.  “If I were, as you put it, to ‘shut up,’ then how …”

    The tip of the sword drew blood.  The Black Weasel adjusted his stance to prepare for a thrust.  “You’re new at this,” he said.  “If you ever want to be old…”

    He let the threat hang unfinished.

    (from Split Heirs by Lawrence Watt-Evans and Esther M. Friesner)

  8*/10.  The full review is here.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saturday Illusion

    For some reason, this image reminds me of China MiĆ©ville's The City and The City.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Movie Friday

    From the second-greatest movie ever, The Princess Bride.  Monty Python's Holy Grail remains the greatest.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Chalk Art Wednesday

    Looks like the photographer used a fish-eye lens to "widen" the pic and make it look even more epic.  And I do like the "acting" by the three people in the pic.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Vinyl Flooring

   Man, do I love vinyl flooring!

Monday, March 07, 2016


    Sometimes you just gotta let all the negativity flow out.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Book Excerpt for the Day

    LEP stopped singing.  “Yes?”
    “Tell me something about yourself,” she said.  “Talk to me for a bit.”
    “There’s nothing to tell,” said LEP with uncharacteristic modesty.
    “I’m sure there is.”
    “Well, you’re quite right.  There is.  And every bit of it is phenomenally interesting.”
    “Go on, then.”  She continued with her recharging.
    “I’m deeply flattered,” said LEP.  “I hadn’t realized you were so interested in me.”
    “I’m not.  But it’s got to be better than your singing.”

    (from The Ultimate Inferior Beings by Mark Roman)

    7*/10.  The complete review is here.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Number of Pillows

    True dis.  I sleep with two under my head, plus one "hug" pillow.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Doggy Park

   There's a doggy park about a mile south of our house.  We don't take our three mutts inside it, cuz frankly, they're aggressively rude.  However, the doggy park is part of a much larger park, with baseball diamonds, playgrounds, and acres and acres of bushes and doggy smells.

    Our mutts have learned the meaning of "Do you want to go to the park?". and go bonkers when they hear us ask it, just like the dog in these pics.  And no, they have no idea what the command "Sit" means, nor do they have any inclination to learn about it.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Book Vending Machine

    I really hope we get one of these sometime soon in my neighborhood.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016


    Ah, Kermit.  Such a philosopher you are!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Crossover Music

    Must.  Find.  This.