Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

National Sarcasm Day

     I completely agree.  Lord knows, there's not enough sarcasm in the world today.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

My Spirit Animal

    I think I just found my spirit animal.  Kinda.  Sorta.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Surreal Saturday

    Utterly awesome!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Three important revolutions shaped the course of history: the Cognitive Revolution kick-started history about 70,000 years ago.  The Agricultural Revolution sped it up about 12,000 years ago.  The Scientific Revolution, which got under way only 500 years ago, may well end history and start something completely different.  This book tells the story of how these three revolutions have affected humans and their fellow organisms.

    (from Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari)

  9*/10.  The complete review is here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Alternative Movies

    True dis.  I watch about one movie per year.  It isn't that movies aren't entertaining or good.  It's the fact that I could've gotten several quality hours of good reading in, instead of watching a movie.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


    It's called synesthesia, and I know several people who have it.  My former boss once rattled off the colors of each day of the week.  And seemed slightly embarrassed about it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TBR Shelf

    Okay, I admit it.  My TBR shelf has gotten just a bit out of hand.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Born To Be Wild

    Except for Friday nights, of course.  Then it's about 7:30 PM.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Because "Tragedies", you know

    You just can't ignore all the victims in both of these terrorist attacks.  We will never forget their names.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    You could get the hell out of here if you really wanted to, couldn’t you?” he said, peevishly.

    She nodded.  “I suppose I could.  But where?”

    The question made no sense to him.  There was an entire world outside the fences, and she surely didn’t lack the finances to explore it, not Joseph Whitehead’s daughter.  Did she really find the prospect so stale?  They made such a strange pair.  He with his experience so unnaturally abbreviated – years of his life wasted – and now anxious to make up for lost time.  She, so apathetic, fatigued by the very thought of escape from her self-defined prison.

    “You could go anywhere,” he said.

    “That’s as good as nowhere, she replied flatly.

    (from The Damnation Game by Clive Barker)

     8½*/10.  The full review is here.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Three. Day. Weekend.

   And yes, those are my plans.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Surreal Thursday

    Or RIF ("Reading Is Fun") Thursday.  Or even "Reading Is Freaky" Thursday.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

All I need

    Well, actually we have three dogs.  But still, what more is there to want in life than this?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Chalk Art Tuesday

    I like it when they also show the drawing from a "normal" perspective.

Monday, February 13, 2017

WebMD Diagnosis

    Really!  That's what WebMD said!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    I’d heard a deputy was killed yesterday,” said Buntline.  “I didn’t know you were there.”

    “I can’t spend all my time drinking in the hotel,” replied Holliday easily.

    “And the Kid gunned him down?”

    Holliday nodded.  “He’s got a temper, and the deputy was too stupid to realize it.”

    “You make it sound like the deputy’s fault,” noted Buntline.

    “If you taunt a mountain lion and the lion attacks, whose fault is it?” asked Holliday.

    “Does the lion know right from wrong?” interjected Edison.

    (from The Doctor and the Kid by Mike Resnick)

    7*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, February 10, 2017


    Commas make a difference!  So does proofreading.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Art Appreciation Thursday

    I'd call it "Graffiti Art Thursday", but it really isn't graffiti.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Super Bowl Advice

    Naturally, there's been a sh*tload of Super Bowl memes this week.  But this was by far my favorite one.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Snow in Seattle

    It snowed in Seattle yesterday.  The weatherman said it was 5 inches, but the snowdrifts are much higher.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “I could bury you headfirst in the sand so far you’d be standing on an upside-down mountaintop.”

    “I could use that pointy tail of yours to spin you around until you took off,” Aahz said.

    “You try it, you sawed-off excrescence.”

    “Overgrown faun,” Aahz leered.  “Where’s your panpipes?”

    “Heap of rotting scales.  Dung-eater!”

    “That’s no way to talk about your mother’s cooking!”

    (from Myth-Fits by Jody Lynn Nye)

  7½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Saturday, February 04, 2017


    Garmmar Nzai Staurady!

Friday, February 03, 2017

Religion in Schools

    My sentiments, precisely!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

The U-Haul Interview

    More than 4 decades ago, I applied for a management job with U-Haul, since they're headquartered here in Phoenix.  There were two parts to the process - a math part (these were in the days before pocket calculators), and an interview.

    The lady who interviewed me said they'd never had anyone score as high on the math section as I did.  Alas, then came the Part 2: The Interview.

    She asked me open-ended questions - what were my goals in life, where I wanted to be in 10 years, what was my idea of a good time, etc.

    And I stupidly answered them all truthfully.  Think hippie-dippie, flower child responses.

    At the end, she sighed and said (and I can quote this verbatim): "You realize you totally blew the interview, don't you?"  I was crushed since at the time I was working for slave wages in a gas station.  Needless to say, I didn't get the job.

    But all's well that ends well.  A month later, I interviewed for a job as a chemist (which is what I have a degree in), acted like an overjoyed puppy in the interview, exaggerated a lot, got the job, and have worked there now for 40+ years.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Astrophysics Wednesday!

    That explains it!