Thursday, August 31, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    He’s a grand old guy with a spark in his eye
    And as bright as the Fourth of July!
    And they say that he’s
    Got both his knees
    And still takes his brandy with rye.
    Now he’s ninety-nine
    And he’s feeling fine,
    And he still takes the curves in high!
    We’ll all be here
    Again next year
    To cheer Homer the grand old guy!

    (from The Cat Who Brought Down The House by Lilian Jackson Braun)

  3½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


    I have this condition.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


    Jeez, but I sure do miss Calvin & Hobbes.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

"Huh?" Cartoon

    It took me an incredibly long time to "get" this cartoon.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Yep,” Chandler said.  “Not many dull moments finding these bond skippers.  It gives you a chance to exercise your wits.  Most of them don’t want to be found.”

   “I noticed that,” Plymale said.  “I noticed two cases here involving some shooting.”

    “Yeah,” Chandler said, confident now that this must have been what made him attractive to Plymale.  “They shoot and miss, and you shoot and hit,” he said.  “Otherwise the system isn’t efficient.”

    (from Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman)

    7*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Rodents of Unusual Size

    "Rodents Of Unusual Size?  I don't think they exist."

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hurricane Harvey

    To all my friends in Texas, and for some reason most of you live in the Houston-Beaumont corridor : STAY WARM AND DRY THIS WEEKEND.

    I can't say I know what it's like to snuggle up with a hurricane for a weekend, but it's got to be a nerve-racking experience.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


    A stunning photograph from last night's protest here in Phoenix of Trump's visit.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wine Mixes

    True dis.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “When the balance is destroyed, the only thing the Queens can do is to blow everything to flinders and let it settle out into a natural distribution again.”

    “What does that mean to me?” I asked.

    “Depends on who has the edge when everything is settled,” Bob said.  “A war could start the next ice age, or set off an era of rampant growth.”

    “That last one doesn’t sound so bad.”

    “No.  Not if you’re an Ebola virus.  You’ll have lots of friends.”

    (from Summer Knight by Jim Butcher)

    8½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Chalk Art Saturday

    Oh my, what a great piece of chalk art!  So realistic!  Hmmm.  Now waitaminnit...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Oshita Bridge

    My thoughts exactly.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


    No matter how the white supremacists try to rationalize their actions, it always comes down to one thing, and one thing only. HATE.  Pure and simple.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “So let me get this straight, and correct me if I’m wrong, but you want us to find somebody doing something wrong, and oh, I don’t know, do whatever it takes.  Such as things like wire-tapping, hacking, breaking and entering.”

    “Now, on the record, I never said such things, but we simply want private supportive investigatory services to independently research items in our investigation that we currently cannot allocate the manpower toward.”

    (from Flapjack by Daniel Ganninger)

    5½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Science Project

    Yes, I used to do science projects in Junior High and High School.  Yes, my final one did pretty good, making it to the county competition.

    But man, if I had thought of the one of above, I would've been tickled pink to enter it.  No matter what grade I'd end up getting on it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mahler vs. Opera

    Listen, I like classical music.  Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Wagner, Strauss.  They're all good.  But Mahler?  Meh.

    Still, the worst of Mahler is still a lot more enjoyable than the best Opera.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Art Appreciation Saturday

    Existential Dread Edition.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Some, like Helen’s family the Greens, had gone trekking out into the stepwise wilderness and had begun to build new communities: the story of colonial-era America, rerun across an infinite frontier.  And some just wandered off, helping themselves to the inexhaustible riches of the Long Earth: Thomas’s combers.

    All of which was fine, until the day you needed root-canal dentistry.  Or your e-book reader broke down.  Or you worried whether your kids were ever going to learn anything more than how to plough a field or trap a rabbit.  Or you got sick of the mosquitoes.  Or, damn it, you just wanted to go shopping.

    (from The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter)

    6½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


    A simply awesome piece of graffiti art.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

And Blind Faith begat...

    This is actually very accurate, and I would've been able to repeat all of this, except for the Spencer Davis Group tie-in.  But Freegal has lots of SDG albums available, so I think it's time to close that little gap in my musical repertoire.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

An Almost Full Flight

    Laugh if you want, but I work with a guy who pulls this routine when the flight he's on is almost, but not quite, full.  No, he doesn't carry those books, but as the plane fills up, he goes into a coughing, wheezing, shivering routine.

    And it works.  Nobody will sit next to him unless its the last available seat.  It is truly amazing to watch him perform.  The whole trick is to not overdo it, to where people know it's a put-on.

Monday, August 07, 2017


    Sometimes, when you're three days into your diet, even the snakes start to look like donuts.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Art Appreciation Sunday

    If I could do sculpture like that, I'd call myself an artist.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    When Dortmunder got back to the apartment, trailed by Kelp, May was still there.  “I thought,” Dortmunder said, “you had to work today.”
    “I called in semisick.”
    “I said if I felt better later I’d come in.  I wanted to know how things went – so how’d things go?”
    Dortmunder said, “Is it too early to drink bourbon?”
    “It isn’t even noon.”
    “Add a little water.”

    (from Why Me? by Donald E. Westlake)

    8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Lunar Eclipse

    It's science and it's a photograph.  You can't really argue with it, can you?

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Time-Saving Cooking Tip

    I don't want to brag, but my culinary skills are legendary.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Stool Sample

    Frankly, taking a stool sample is a bunch of crap.