Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


    The joke itself has been around for quite some time.  But what amazes me about this comic strip is that the cartoonist knows of, and gives a nod to, the band Phish.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018


    That's me!  I'm a Diagnostic!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    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)

  8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Sale Math

    I hate to quibble, but actually, there is a difference.  It crops up when you want to buy only two (or three) of the item.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Emily Dickinson is a Cucumber

   Really now.  Would you think that the sentence "Emily Dickinson is a cucumber" could ever be uttered and make sense? 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday Mantra

    This sums up the life philosophy of our three dogs rather well.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Thought for the Day

    You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    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)

    8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Let's Start a Cult

    Sounds like a great idea.  Let's.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Surreal Science Saturday

    I don't understand this comic, and yet I find it rather amusing.

Friday, February 16, 2018


    Something quick, cuz I'm tired.  At least it's a three-day weekend.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday Punnery

    Last Sunday's "Pearls Before Swine".  Stephan Pastis is a freaking genius when it comes to puns.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    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)

  8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


    This is why I'd make a lousy philosopher.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Smoke on the Water

    Yeah, that's pretty much all I know.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


    Those are all good suggestions, but IMHO, the finniest word is "brouhaha".

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “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

How Book Reviews Got Started

    ROFLMAO.  Yes, I review books.  Yes, the above applies to me.  And God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be posting one tomorrow.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Pick-Up Lines

    Yessirree.  All three of our dogs perform this valuable service for us while out on a walk.  Although usually they'll sniff it to point it out.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Wash Day

    True dis.  Every Wednesday and every Saturday.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Happy Birthday Patrick Macnee (John Steed)

    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

Book Excerpt for the Day

    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.

Saturday, February 03, 2018


    Yah.  Pretty much.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Greek Cows

    It made me laugh.

Thursday, February 01, 2018


    I've always been suspicious of those shifty Floridians!