Sunday, July 31, 2016

My Cooking Skills

    This is quite accurate.  The wise ones in the family know better than to allow me anywhere near the kitchen and/or barbecue grill when meals are being prepared.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Wine To The Rescue

    And just in time, too.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Wile E. Coyote

    Genius.  Sheer genius.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

CD profits

    Just sayin'.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Happy Birthday, Aldous Huxley!

    Born on 07/26/1894, Aldous Huxley is without a doubt, my favorite highbrow author.

    Bonus Trivia Question : On what day did Aldous Huxley die, and why does nobody remember that?  (Answer in comments)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Nailed It!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Book Excerpt for the Day

        “If I have a ticket waiting at the Tucson airport, can you fly to Austin?  Is this thing important enough that you would go and see Kivu?  Does he know you?  Would he trust you?”

    “I think so, yes.  Wait a minute!  Just fly off to Austin?”

    “Do you want to be part of how this story develops?  Or do you want to leave it to press hounds like me, who might get it wrong?”

    “You always were a bitch, Val.”

    “Yeah, I know.”

    “I’ll do it.”


    (from Dark Inheritance by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear)

    6½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Saturday, July 23, 2016


    You're welcome.

Friday, July 22, 2016

You Matter

    Or Science Friday.  Whichever.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Old Books, Old Friends

    I have to admit it - this is me whenever the subject of getting rid of old (already read) books comes up.  True confession:  I'm looking over at one of my bookshelves right now, and there's a "Photoshop 7" book on it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


    True dat.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Rolling Stone Magazine

    My favorite Rolling Stone Magazine cover of all time!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Art Appreciation Sunday

    Actually, when we were there for a week last July, the skies were for the most part blue, and the high temperatures were in the 90's.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pot In A Cone

    File this under "Things I Never Thought I'd See When I Was In My 20's".

Friday, July 15, 2016

Oh, look! A doggy!

    Well, this is Liz actually.  Not me.  But I'm a silent co-conspirator.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Philosophy Thursday!

    This kinda describes me right now, as I convalesce from heart issues last week.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New Meat Loaf album!

    Meat Loaf has a new album coming out!  Titled Braver Than We Are, with all songs written by Jim Steinman, it is due to be released September 16th.

    I am stoked!!  I've seen Mr. Loaf twice in concert - the first at the (second) peak of his popularity, and the second many years later, at a venue so small I was literally about 10 feet from the stage.  I was not disappointed either time.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mentally Unstable?

    One year in college (a long time ago), I lived in a four-plex, with a next-door neighbor who had 20+ cats.  Needless to say, we called him "Catman".

Monday, July 11, 2016

Black Lives Matter

    Taken during the Baton Rouge Black Lives Matter demonstrations yesterday.  There are no words to describe the confrontation between the forces of elegance, resolve, and the demand for justice versus brute force, racial killings, and the white status quo.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

     Born 160 years ago today.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Home from the Hospital

    I've been in the hospital since Monday, being poked, probed, tested, sedated, purged, and deprived of Sodium and fluids.

    Which is to say that everyone at Banner Heart Hospital was professional, committed to keeping me alive, finding out what was wrong with me, monitoring my vitals, and changing my lifestyle to a healthier one.

    I was able to come home tonight. in as good of shape as could be expected, and I have only one thing to add...

    Lasix, you and I will never be friends.  

Sunday, July 03, 2016

English Is Fun

    I'm not sure why the plural, "homeowners", isn't included, since "meows" is there.  But I pick at nits.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Official Notice

    Gawd, as we sit here in monsoon storms and 116°F weather, is Halloween really creeping towards us on the horizon?

Friday, July 01, 2016

Buddhist Evangelists

    It was bound to happen sooner or later.  It seems Buddhist Evangelists have come up with a hand signal to push their "Be One With The Universe" dogma.