Friday, June 30, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    In this universe there is no such thing as “faster-than-light” travel.  The speed of light is not only a good idea, it’s the law.  You can’t get to it; the closer you accelerate toward it, the more energy you need to keep going toward, and it’s a horrible idea to go that fast anyway, since space is only mostly empty, and anything you collide with at an appreciable percentage of the speed of light is going to turn your fragile spaceship into explody chunks of metal.

    (from The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi)

  8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Food For Thought

    Helder Camara was a Roman Catholic archbishop in Brazil, and an activist for the poor.  Wiki him for more details.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How do I convert to...

    I'm a Pastafarian. Which can almost be scrunched into the acronym "PDF".

Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Rachel had recognized the edge of wildness about him in the last few hours.  It both thrilled her and scared her.  She had spent enough time with him.  Gray did not think like other people.  He operated at the fringes of common sense, trusting his quick thinking and reflexes to pull him out of tight scrapes.  But the sharpest mind and fastest reflexes would not help you if a wall of rock dropped on top of your head.

    (from Map Of Bones by James Rollins)

  8½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Life Choices

    Hmm.  I'm gonna have to think about this.  So many ways to choose.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stress Relief

    True dis.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    There were such things as dwarf gods.  Dwarfs were not a naturally religious species, but in a world where pit props could crack without warning and pockets of fire damp could suddenly explode, they’d seen the need for gods as the sort of supernatural equivalent of a hard hat.  Besides, when you hit your thumb with an eight-pound hammer, it’s nice to be able to blaspheme.  It takes a very special and strong-minded kind of atheist to jump up and down with their hand clasped under their other armpit and shout, “Oh, random fluctuations-in-the-space-time-continuum!” or “Aaargh, primitive-and-outmoded-concept-on-a-crutch!”

    (from Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett)

  9½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


    Public Service Announcement Thursday!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


    Baloney.  Bella and Blackjack snuggle up against me in a tag-team attempt to push me off the bed.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

But It's a Dry Heat

    I admit, it was a bit balmy today here in Phoenix.  But it never hit the projected 121°F.  My phone says it topped out at a mere 118°F.  And it's a dry heat.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sing Along Monday

   C'mon now.  I know you sang that whole verse in your head with those modified words.  And we might even forgive the misspelling of "lightening" EVEN THOUGH it was right there in plain sight on the can in the picture.  Sheesh.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Punny Sunday

   And BTW, Kurt Vonnegut just happens to be my favorite contemporary American author.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    People can survive, even if one brain hemisphere is destroyed.  True, they will usually be paralysed down one side – and if the left hemisphere is destroyed they typically lack speech – but so long as one hemisphere is undamaged, they continue as themselves, albeit with extreme paralysis and related losses.  Assuming that is indeed true, let us deploy a further thought experiment.  You are placed under anaesthetic and your brain is divided, the left hemisphere being popped inside and appropriately connected to a new previously brainless body, Lefty, and the right hemisphere similarly into a different new body, Righty.  Lefty and Righty awake, with partial but different paralyses.  Where are you?

    (from Philosophy: A Beginner’s Guide by Peter Cave)

  7*/10.  The complete review is here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Or else

    Another comic that took me just a tad too long to "get".

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


    As a part-time editor, this is tearing me up inside.  And no, I didn't catch the extra "the" in the first balloon.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Inquisitive Kid

    Hey now.  That's me!  I just finished reading a book on Philosophy.  Review to follow, probably this weekend.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “A fine kettle of soup you’ve dropped into, schlemiel.  I should leave you simmering till you’re fit to eat, except that wouldn’t be fair to this poor little shiksa you’ve conned into holding the hand you haven’t got.”

    “Huh!” snorted Guthrie.  You keep quiet about seduction of the young.  Beware this old witch, you two.  She’s evil and depraved.  I’ve seen her put ice cream in her beer.”

    (from Harvest Of Stars by Poul Anderson)

  7*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Dress Code

    They issued a dress code where I work earlier this week.  Eerily, it is remarkably similar to what the Pointy-Haired Boss is reading to Dilbert.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The Coso Artifact

    Look, I was tuning up my Time Machine whilst visiting the Eocene Epoch and I mislaid a spark plug.  I SCREWED UP, OKAY?!  Sheesh, I accidentally drop one lousy artifact, and I'm grounded for life!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Happy Birthday, Willie Nile!

    70 years old today, and still rocking!  IMNSHO, one of the best, straight-up Rock & Roll musicians around today.  Sadly, he never seems to make it here to Arizona on the concert tours.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Thought for the Day

    I have thought such thoughts.  I have been that high.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Punctuation Matters

    I remember this stuff from my childhood.  Apparently I wasn't a grammar nazi back in those days.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Punny Sunday

    Sunday, Pun Day, Mythology Edition. 

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    They crossed a cleared court they had not noticed before.  At one end was a pole supporting a metal rim.  Below it was a big ball.  Ease picked up the ball and bounced it on the ground.
    Suddenly a huge dog ran out on the court, growling.  He was the size of a small horse.  Surprised, Ease hurled the ball at him.  The dog caught the ball on his nose, flipped his head, and sent it sailing up in high arc.  It passed through the hoop with a swish.  Satisfied, the dog departed.

    “Big puppy,” Glenna said, pleased.

    Mitch grimaced.  “The Hound of the Basketballs,” he said.

    (from Board Stiff by Piers Anthony)

  6*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, June 02, 2017

What scares you the most?

    I kinda like Dylan's answer.

Thursday, June 01, 2017


    This doesn't apply to me cuz I have my own little office.  Hmm.  Now wait a minute...