Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Chess By Mail

    Not only do I not 'get' this comic at all, but I'm also a bit miffed that Arlo is dissing those (like me) who play chess by mail.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mathematics In Line

    There's a story behind the posting of this sign, I'm sure.  I have no idea what it is, but I'd dearly love to hear it.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Corporate Teamwork

    There is no "I" in "Team".  But I'm pretty sure I can find a "Me" in there.  And I'm pretty sure Scott Adams is a co-worker of mine.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “What do you want now?  I don’t know any bombers or anarchists.  My ignorance of such things is precious to me, and I intend to keep it until I die peacefully of old age, sitting in the sun on some park bench.  I can’t help you – but I suppose I can try, if you insist.”

    “Lieutenant Edwin Lovat,” Pitt replied.  He liked McDade and he had nothing pleasanter or more useful to do than extract information from him a piece at a time.

    “Dead,” McDade said simply.  “Shot through the chest – heart, actually.  Small handgun, close range.  Very neat.”

    “Great skill required?” Pitt asked.

    “Only for a blind man with a moving target.”

    (from Seven Dials by Anne Perry)

  8½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

In gratitude

    I am truly grateful for its support.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday Night Puzzler

    It took me far too long to figure out the middle image in this puzzle.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Science Thursday

    There are some advantages in being a chemist.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “You must forgive Uzzret,” he said.  “At times he is … overzealous.”

    Ellonlef raised her bound hands and wiped the blood from her split lips.  “I cannot forgive a man who would have killed me, bound or not.  As to his zeal, I say his devotion has become madness.”

    Varis shrugged.  “Fanaticism is, at times, useful.”

    (from The God King by James A. West)

  5½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Required Readng for 2018

     This is an actual book.  Unfortunately, it costs $14.99 for the hardcover, $15.74 for the paperback (WTF??), and $12.99 for the Kindle version.  So I guess the author really does give a f**k.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

My Club

    I am a member in good standing of this club.  Our secret 'sign' is wearing one of each other's shoes.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    They were in one of those double rooms with a sliding accordion divider in case a large group needed the extra space.  Another meeting was under way on the other side.  Someone kept opening and closing the divider.  Serge caught glimpses of glazed adults in a variety of robes and talismans.  The Lower Keys Chapter of People Susceptible to Joining Cults.  The members attended religiously.  The moderator was trying to get them to stop coming.  The divider closed.

    (from Torpedo Juice by Tim Dorsey)

  7½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Page Turner

    For the record, there really is an author named Page Turner listed at Amazon.  But she doesn't look anything the lady in this picture, and has written two books on polyamory.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018


   This is a must-see.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


    Well, I've heard of the word, and I've probably used it a time or two in conversation.  But I never knew how to spell it.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Star Wars Spoiler Alert

    I've seen the movie and this is the key turning point in the plot.  I don't feel guilty about posting this spoiler here, because surely everyone has seen the movie by now.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Singer Janis Joplin, who in 1968 was screeching out her voice with a California group called Big Brother and the Holding Company, said that she was not a hippie, because hippies believed in trying to make the world better.  Instead she said she was a beatnik: “Beatniks believe things aren’t going to get better and say, ‘The hell with it’, stay stoned, and have a good time.”

    (from 1968 – The Year That Rocked The World by Mark Kurlansky)

  9*/10.  The complete review is here.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Please Pass This Along...

    True dis.  And 50 years ago, chain letters came to me to die.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

RIP, Lionell Humphrey

    RIP, brother.  Too soon gone.  You always had a smile for everyone, and that's what I'll never forget about you.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

You're Welcome

    There are worse choices.  Such as "Muskrat Love" by The Captain and Tennille.  Or Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life".  Or "They're Coming To Take Me Away", Ha Ha!"

Monday, January 08, 2018

Walking the Walk

   True indeed.  I do the treadmill at 2.9 mph, and go for 2 miles.  That's fast enough and long enough for me.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    ”What exactly are you wanting from me?”

    “This is the time which the Starflyer has worked for.  The time for good men to draw a line in the sand and say: No more.”

    “No further,” Adam muttered.

    Bradley sipped his tea and smiled.  “In the past, maybe.  But in the here and now, I know what must be done.  Little of it will be pleasant.”

    “Revolution never is for those who live through it.”

    (from Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton)

    The complete review is here.

Friday, January 05, 2018


    A repeat, but a good one.

Thursday, January 04, 2018


    This is quite true at our house in the winter, even though we live in Phoenix.  I like things pleasantly warm  as I walk around barefoot and in cutoffs.  Liz prefers things to be arctic frigid.

    She wins every time.  Something about "dressing for the season".

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Existential Wednesday!

    For the record, I hated reading Waiting For Godot as a freshman in college, and loved reading it 40 years later.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018


    The holidays are over.  I gained a couple pounds.  Time to get back on the treadmill again.  It's all about those Fitbit steps.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Canada Dry

    True dis.  Whenever I got sick as a kid, the only thing I was given to drink was Ginger Ale and/or Grapefruit Juice.  And in either case, it had to be Canada Dry.

    I doubt there's any medical justification for that.  But it beat being limited to water.  And hey, I always got better after a couple days of it.