Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cannibal Corpse Comics

    We are committed to posting all comics we come across that feature Cannibal Corpse.  To be honest, there aren't that many of them.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Weather of Future Past

    This is accurate!  I will have been time-traveling there!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Just Enough To Pass

    This was pretty much my Grade-Point Average strategy throughout High School and college.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Pumpkin Poaching

    For some reason, I keep thinking of "Dune" when I see this.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Poets have tried to describe Ankh-Morpork.  They have failed.  Perhaps it’s the sheer zestful vitality of the place, or maybe it’s just that a city with a million inhabitants and no sewers is rather robust for poets, who prefer daffodils and no wonder.  So let’s just say that Ankh-Morpork is as full of life as an old cheese on a hot day, as loud as a curse in a cathedral, as bright as an oil slick, as colorful as a bruise and as full of activity, industry, bustle and sheer exuberant busyness as a dead dog on a termite mound.

    (from Mort by Terry Pratchett)

     8½*/10.  The full review is here.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Art Appreciation Friday

   The choices were Pollock or Escher, and I went with the former.  It won't be long before I post the Escher one.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Haiku Wednesday

    I'm a poet,
    I know it,
    Hope I don't blow it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Let the Pumpkin Memes Begin!

    It's not too early, is it?

Monday, October 22, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    It could have been a storybook romance, if the authors were the brothers Grimm, or maybe Stephen King.  When Princess Sophia Dorothea was told she was to be married to Prince George Louis of Hanover, she fainted dead away.  She collapsed again when she was expected to greet him as her fiancĂ©.  And when she was given a diamond-studded miniature portrait of her betrothed, she dashed it against the wall, screaming, “I will not marry the pig snout!”  But on November 21, 1682, marry the pig snout she did.  It was probably the worst mistake of her life.

    (from Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodrigues McRobbie)

  9*/10.  The complete review is here.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Book Not Written

    You should be writing.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Science Saturday

    This is actually scientifically valid.  The concept of Potential Energy used to drive me nuts in High School Physics.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Netflix for Books

    We got out of the habit of going to the library every third Saturday when the main branch of the Phoenix Library system suffered major damage from a monsoon storm in the summer of 2017 and was closed for a year.

    We really need to get back into the habit again.  I miss borrowing 10 CD's each time, as well as being able to read recent book releases for free.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Chamois - Shammy

    It's not all fun and games being a grammar-Nazi.

    And I can relate to the comic strip.  When I'm reading, and come across either "discreet" and "discrete", I just instinctively assume the author chose the wrong one.  And 90% of the time, I'm right.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “To adjust the course of a battle here, to assassinate some tin-pot figure there … If you have such a tool as a Chronic-Displacement Vehicle, and if you know that History can be changed, as we do, then would you, should you, restrict yourself to such footling goals as that?  Why restrict yourself to a few decades, and to fiddling with the boyhood of Bismarck or the Kaiser, when you can go back millions of years – as we have?  Now, our children have fifty million years to remake the world … We’re even going to rebuild the human species – aren’t we?”

    (from The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter)

    7½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Movie Mash-Ups

    If they hired me to write the next installment in Winnie The Pooh.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Quantum Lotteries

    Why Quantum Mechanics and the Lottery don't mix/

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Flat Earth vs. Science

    It's called Science.  And you can't argue with Science.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


    It's official!  The proper spelling is K-E-W-L when the word means "awesome", and C-O-O-L when it means "halfway between mild and frickin' cold".  It appears I'm no longer the only person committed to this.

    "Deets", OTOH, is still quite iffy.

    Utter kewlness!!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    She looked down at the man, who was already snoring and drooling, and saw the bright needle stuck in the back of his neck.  Bettina glanced up at her husband.  “Not that I don’t appreciate your saving my life, my love, but this does mean that our prisoner will be unconscious for more than six hours, which is six hours more than I’d care to wait before interrogating him about why he and his friend were here in Ranulf Kaiser’s house.”
    “You’re welcome.”

    (from The Kaiser Affair by Joseph Robert Lewis)

  8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


    I've driven from Amarillo to Borger (in the Texas panhandle) lots of times.  I swear I've seen this silo along the way.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Modern Classical Music

    I've listened to some "modern classical music".  (Is that an oxymoron?)  Wikipedia has a list of "20th Century Classical Music Composers", and I'd select a name from it and then go out to YouTube and search for it.

    For the most part, modern classical music sucks.  All the great classical music was written by the time the year 1900 rolled around. 

Monday, October 08, 2018

Science Monday!

    This is true!  Trust me, I'm a scientist.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Stupid Joke Sunday

   Yeah, it's stupid.  But also quite funny.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

My Hero

    Incredibly, if you go to Wikipedia and do a search for "marquis de Favras", it confirms this story. 

Friday, October 05, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    I’m a really good liar – accomplished, some of my detractors might say – but for all my apparent bravado and disdain for rules, some authoritative types can bully me pretty good.  Preachers, cops and the IRS, in that order.  Having been raised by an eclectic mixture of hard-shell Baptists, Baha’is, and redneck backsliders, I harbor a host of divinely inspired phobias. (…)  So I don’t lie, I fib.  I prevaricate.  I equivocate.

    (from Just Add Water’ by Jinx Schwartz)

    7½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Fitbit Steps

    Yep.  That's me on the right.  When I'm close to my daily Fitbit goal of 10,000 steps, every pace counts.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Books vs. TV

    This is why I read books instead of watching TV.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Monday, October 01, 2018

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Today we take it for granted that all of science is founded upon the notion that there is a lawlike mathematical order in nature and that this order can be discerned through sufficiently clever and sometimes arcane procedures such as devising experiments where you isolate certain things, making certain careful observations and then doing a whole lot of squiggles on the blackboard. That is the way we do science now.

    (from On Giants' Shoulders  by Melvyn Bragg)

  9*/10.  The complete review is here.