Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “What are you looking at, friend Willow?”

    “Just small things, Henu.  The little lives that reside in the hollows and burrows of the river.  When I was little and on vacation, I liked to think they were my friends but I thought how they must be scared of me as well because I’m so big and they’re so small.  Still, I like watching them live their lives down there in the water, soil and sand.  I wonder what it must be like to live out of sight, so quietly, and always hidden away.  I think sometimes I’d like to be one of the small, unseen things in the world.”

    “I think we all feel this way at times, my friend.  Life is too big and we are so small.  I think we live in fear that it might tread on us when it is not looking.”

    (from The Door of Dreams by Greg James)

    7½*/10.  The complete review is here.

In remembrance...

    I'm never sure what greeting to use on this holiday.  Somehow, "Happy Memorial Day" doesn't seem quite right.  The alternative is "Thank You", but really this day is about honoring those who lost their lives serving in the armed forces, and they won't hear anything we say.  Veteran's Day in November is more for honoring those who survived.

    So I figure "In Remembrance" is the best.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Religious Luck

    I know a statistically incredibly huge number of people for whom this is true.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sadistic Bears

    Once it is seen, it cannot be unseen.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Kafka Backwards

    We are committed to posting any and all comics that have to do with Franz Kafka.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pinewood Derby

    I wasn't the most avid Cub Scout in the den, but I did enjoy the annual Pinewood Derby contest.  I generally did good, thanks mostly to my father's carpentry skills and understanding of how to make a block of wood accelerate faster down a ramp.

    Aesthetically, my cars were usually just one solid color and a number on the side in black magic marker.  The above car, however, is a work of art.  And in enlarging the picture and examining the car's body and wheels, I can attest that this is indeed made from a pinewood derby kit.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Book Excerpt for the Day

        Esmun blanched. He looked sorrowfully around the room.  “This has ever been my project – to free mankind from these evil patterns.  Unfortunately, I have found few who are motivated much by the hope of a wonderful future.  Many more I’ve found who act only once the threat of a miserable future seems certain.  But my first rule has always been that the existence of mankind as a whole cannot be put at risk by the actions of a few.”

    “I’m beginning to think,” Alysa said quietly, “that even within the most penetrating levels of human altruism, there are few who actually aspire to be different from what they are.”

    (from The Beginning of This, The End of That; Part 1: The End by James Matteson)

    4*/10.  The complete review is here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dinosaur Jr.

    Oh my!  These guys are coming to Phoenix in September!  Just announced.  After eschewing them for 15 years because of their kitschy name, I finally picked up obe of their albums, and kicked myself for avoiding them for so long.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stick Shifts

    There's a lot of truth in this.  Two years ago, when I wanted a stick shift in the truck I was buying, I was told that only 2% of the vehicles come that way anymore.  So I acquiesced and got an automatic.

    Now, after driving it for 2 years, I am a total mess when I try to drive Liz's stick-shift Rav-4.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Serge lunged at the counter with an open wallet.  “Two tickets to the sixties, please.  I need my wonder years.  Only three channels and no remote control, sitting in a box with Tang till two a.m., national anthem, prayer, fade to static.  Today, YouTube has shifted the collective consciousness from moon landings to elevator beat-downs.  But the sixties ruled in every way except musicians choking on their own vomit.  The squares always bring that up, but the fifties had separate drinking fountains, which more than outweighs spit-up.”  He checked his watch.  “What time is the Age of Aquarius?  I’ve never actually seen love steer the stars!”

    (from Coconut Cowboy by Tim Dorsey)

    8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, May 20, 2016

I've Been Kidnapped

    I felt so stupid when this happened.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Quantum Physics Thursday

    Don't believe this?  Try timing your next "1-hour" meeting,

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Darling, My Hamburger

   This is not photoshopped; you can buy this book at Amazon.  But sadly, it is not available in Kindle format.

    Paul Zindel has written a number of strangely-titled books, and my Phoenix Public Library carries several of them.  Our every-third-Saturday library visit isn't for another two weeks (Memorial Day weekend), but I'm going to try to remember to look for one of these.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Soylent Green meets SMBC

   Soylent Green was a great film.  Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is one of my favorite comic strips.  So when they met...

Sunday, May 15, 2016

In The Year 2525

   Listen, I can understand why Rhinestone Cowboy and Yummy Yummy Yummy made it into this cartoon.  But In The Year 2525 is a downright fabulous song.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “You missed your court date,” I said to Stuart.

    His face brightened as the lightbulb suddenly snapped on.  “Right!  My court date.  I’m sorry about that, but I had to work.  My boss, Eddie Rosenberg, couldn’t find anybody to sub for me.”

    “Did you inform the court of this fact and ask to have your date rescheduled?”

    His face returned to nobody home.  “Should I have done that?”

    “Oh boy,” Lula said.  “Stupid alert.”

    (from Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich)

    8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Philosophy Thursday

    I think I going to embrace Anti-Solipsism.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Happy Birthday, Salvador Dali

    Salvador Dali is without a doubt my favorite artist of all time.  He was born on May 11, 1904.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My neighbors' musical tastes

    This is especially true whenever Liz throws a pool party.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Springsteen Monday

    Nebraska is actually a great album.  But definitely not party music.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Are you one of the Red Guard?”

    This man was informed.  “I served my country until the day my country dissolved.”

    “And then you ended up here – in the middle of nowhere.”

    “I came on my own, with others who believed as I did.  We founded this place, and have lived here peacefully for a long time.  We have bothered no one, yet the government feels a need to spy on us.”

    “I imagine millions of dead, innocent people would have said the same thing about the USSR.”

    “I suppose they might.  We did have a tendency to overdo things.”

    (from The 14th Colony by Steve Berry)

  5*/10.  The complete review is here.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Work Posture

   Left-to-Right :  Monday's posture, Wednesday's, and Friday's.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Let's Invade Russia

    Generally speaking, you do NOT want to ever invade Russia.  Especially if you're invading from the west.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Dream Theater Concert

    Gonna go see these guys tonight.  I am sooooo much looking forward to this. 

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


    Something to think about.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Philosophy Monday

   This is quite true.  I did a lot of stuff that should've gotten me thrown in jail, and a couple things that should've gotten me killed.

Sunday, May 01, 2016