Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. (Slogan of the NRA)
Bats don’t hit home runs. People hit home runs.
But if you take away the bats, you can’t hit a home run. (Anonymous)
(from The Grouchy Historian by Ed Asner)
Friday, February 23, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
Mockey Jones was one of the one percenters – actually one of the one-tenth of one-tenth percenters – and, while he hadn’t actually earned a dime of his money, it didn’t matter because money was money and it was better to have it and not have it, and better to have a lot of it than only some. And Mockey Jones had a lot of it.
Mockey Jones was forty-nine and had left three wives and as many children scattered in his wake – he gave a little bow as he proceeded down the street in homage to them – but now he was unattached and totally irresponsible, with nothing to do but ski, eat, drink, screw, and yell at his investment advisors.
(from White Fire by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child)
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Mr. Dingledine won a seat in the Utah State Senate on a program of rigorous law enforcement, expansion of the state prison system, Federal subsidies for the mining industry, completion of the Utah wilderness freeway system, tax relief for large families and fiscal responsibility in government. He was elected by an overwhelming plurality over his sole opponent, a retired Paiute whose entire political platform consisted of one plank: free peyote.
(from The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
“Harry,” said Lockhart, his large white teeth gleaming in the sunlight as he shook his head. “Harry, Harry, Harry.”
Completely nonplussed, Harry said nothing.
“When I heard – well, of course, it was my fault. Could have kicked myself.”
Harry had no idea what he was talking about. He was about to say so when Lockhart went on. “Don’t know when I’ve been more shocked. Flying a car to Hogwarts! Well, of course, I knew at once why you’d done it. Stood out a mile. Harry, Harry, Harry.”
It was remarkable how he could show every one of those brilliant teeth even when he wasn’t talking.
(from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, February 09, 2018
Thursday, February 08, 2018
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Happy Birthday to Patrick Macnee, who portrayed the incomparable John Steed (alongside the most sexy Diana Rigg) in the 1960's British adventure/spoof TV show The Avengers.
Yeah, I know I'm showing my age by thinking of the two heroes shown above when someone starts talking about "The Avengers", and not the freakish superheroes from the more-modern movie with the same name.
But dammit, you young whippersnappers, the 1960's show was better! 😎
Monday, February 05, 2018
When filling out the paperwork for his first passport, my son listed Revolutionary as his occupation. I got on to him for this, noting that the US Government has no sense of humor, and would probably run at least a cursory investigation.
Nope. They sent him his passport with no questions whatsoever. Your Homeland Security Department at work.
And I had to wiki "Emma Goldman". She was quite the lady.
Sunday, February 04, 2018
It was cold, and a harsh, constant wind tore at us from the east. The ground was cracked, brown, and featureless as far as I could see.
“It’s probably nicer at the equator,” said Rex.
“This is the equator,” I replied.
“I’m sure it warms up during the summer.”
“This is summer.”
“Well, it probably snows in the winter. I bet that’s nice.”
“This planet has zero axial tilt. This is winter too.”
(from Starship Grifters, by Robert Kroese)
8*/10. The full review is here.