Thursday, May 31, 2018

Gas Prices

    I paid $3.50/gallon for gas this afternoon.  I sure am glad we have a "friend of the working man" in the White House.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Our Dogz

    Our dogz from a long, long time ago.  Huxley (on the left) passed away about 4 years ago.  Mr. Jynx (on the right) is still with us, but he's getting long in the tooth.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “This is the thermo-carrier we use to travel swiftly between bases.”

    “How does it work?” asked Talbot, intrigued.

    “It’s very basic science actually,” the controller explained, flicking a few more switches above his head.  “Throughout the Earth there is a constant stream of heat which, when in a controlled environment such as this thermo-tube in combination with normal gravitational energy manipulated by the hull of the carrier, can be harnessed to propel a large transport at incredible speeds underground.”

    “I’m glad you said it was basic; I’d hate for every single thing you just said to have gone completely over my head.”

    (from Beyond Hades by Luke Romyn)

  5*/10.  The complete review is here.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018

RIF Saturday

    Reading Is Fun Saturday!  I made good progress on a 1,000-page epic sci-fi book this morning, and will hopefully will do the same with a shorter, but less lowbrow, book this evening. 

Friday, May 25, 2018


    IMNSHO, Dune was a fantastic movie.  And the book, at least Book One, was even better.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Crossword Puzzle Books

    Do not, under any circumstances, ask me to give up my crossword puzzle book.  Just don't.  It's better for both of us.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    It was a curious moment in the history of naval warfare.  Room 40 knew a U-boat was heading south to Liverpool – knew the boat’s history; knew that it was now somewhere in the North Atlantic under orders to sink troop transports and any other British vessel it encountered; and knew as well that the submarine was armed with enough shells and torpedoes to sink a dozen ships.  It was like knowing a particular killer was loose on the streets of London, armed with a particular weapon, and certain to strike in a particular neighborhood within the next few days, the only unknown being exactly when.

    (from Dead Wake by Erik Larson)

  9½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Turtles All The Way Down

   If it's in Dilbert, it has to be factual.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Flying Carpets

   You say you don't believe in flying carpets, eh?  Well, here's photographic proof!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday School

    All right, I admit it.  As a kid, I used to put a nickel in the collection plate when they passed it around in Sunday School, and take a quarter as change.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “He doesn’t have a tail,” he said.

    “Neither do you,” I said, “but I wasn’t going to mention it.  He’s a Manx.”

    “I’ve heard of them,” he said.  “They don’t have tails, do they?”

    “They’ve outgrown them,” I said, “even as you and I.  When you come right down to it, what does a cat in this day and age need with a tail?”

    I’d offered this by way of small talk, but he took it seriously, creasing his high forehead in thought.  “I wonder,” he said.  “Doesn’t it play a role in keeping the animal balanced?”

    “He sees a therapist once a week,” I said, “and when he has a problem we talk about it.”

    (from The Burglar In The Rye,  by Lawrence Block)

    8½*/10.  The full review is here.

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Message from God

   I completely agree.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Palestinian Violence

    I'm amazed at how the Western view - both the liberals and the conservatives - of Palestinians is basically one of dehumanization.  The predominant attitude is that they're just a bunch of dirty Arabs, and there's no reason to get upset about 50 or 60 Palestinian kids getting shot and killed by Israeli forces.

    I am not taking sides in the latest conflict.  Neither side is "totally right" or "totally wrong".  But what I do deplore is that each Israeli death is seen as a tragedy, while each Palestinian death is seen as just some animal being slaughtered.

    They are all humans.  Their lives are all equally important.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018


    Colonial American History in a nutshell.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Do not let this queen business go to your head.  I don’t plan for it to last.”

    “What are you talking about?” Robie said.  You are the queen.  There’s not much you can do about that.”

    “You’d be surprised,” she said.  “After all, I am queen.  If I say things are going to change, you’d better take it seriously.”

    “Whatever do you mean?” I said.  “Will you step down from the throne?”

    Robie snorted.  “Is that even allowed?”

    “Not exactly,” Analyn said, filling our teacups.  “I have something else in mind, a system where every citizen will vote to choose their leaders.”

    Robie laughed aloud.  “You want to put the peasants in control of the government?” he said.

    (from Tinker’s War by Jamie Sedgwick)

    7½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Sunday, May 13, 2018


   Bizarre mathematics, eh?  I think it has something to do with Quantum Physics, or Anti-Matter.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Quadruple Pun

    Forced or not, a quadruple pun is a thing of beauty!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Are you really a magistrate?”
    “Yes, I really am.”
    “From where?”  Her eyes narrowed, like those of a suspicious cat.
    “Charles Town.  But I originally served the bench in London for many years.”
    “You have experience in witch trials?”
    “No, I do not.  I do, however, have much experience in murder trials.”  He offered a faint smile.  “All the jurists I know who have experience in witchcraft trials are either writing books or selling lectures.”

    (from Speaks The Nightbird, Volume 1 : Judgment of the Witch by Robert McCammon)

     9*/10.  The full review is here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018


    This was posted on Facebook at a site called Empty and Meaningless, who generally stick to goofy and ...well... meaningless pictures.  Personally, I think it is a powerful photograph.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Greeting The New Morning

    Happy Tuesday!  Or Saturday!  Or whatever!

Monday, May 07, 2018

Sing-Along Monday

     This'll be stuck in my head for the rest of the evening.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Facebook Likes

        Please help.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    What does a Riddler do?” she asked, breaking the long silence.
    Twardy Zarost grinned and jutted his beard into the air.  “A Riddler’s work is a simple thing.  I must hide the truth without lying.”

    “Do you ever speak straight?”

    Zarost laughed.  “You mean to say am I ever not a Riddler?”

    “When do you say exactly what you mean?”

    “Always will I tell the truth, always near the Ring, forsooth.”

    “But you’re always confusing me.  All your answers have two meanings, or more.”

    “If some people do not understand the Riddler it is because they are not hearing properly.”  He waggled a finger at her.  “If some people listened more dearly, they may be able to hear things clearly.”

    (from The Riddler’s Gift, by Greg Hamerton)

     8½*/10.  The full review is here.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Just Desserts

    And for the record, the phrase is "Just deserts"One 's' only.  Taken from the French word meaning "to deserve".  So sez Bill Bryson, and he should know.

    Except in the particular scenario shown above, of course.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Go Pittsburgh Penguins!

    To tell the truth, I did indeed misread that the first time.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018


    Must.  Find.  This.