Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Astronomy Wednesday

    The view is breathtaking!  

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Book Clubs

    Wait.  They serve wine at book clubs?  Why wasn't I told about this?

Monday, July 29, 2019

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “This would be a good time to apologize.”

    “I’m sorry,” Harry croaked, struggling to breathe.  “Maybe you’re not fat.  Maybe you’re just pregnant with a wildebeest.”

    Bernice, Herb’s better half, gently took her husband’s arm and led him away, probably saving Harry’s life.  Harry grinned up at me.

    “I’m glad his trainer stopped him before he ate us all.”

    I shook my head.  “You’re an idiot.”

    (from Fuzzy Navel by J.A. Konrath)

     8*/10.  The full review is here.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Science Saturday

    Ultra-geek edition.  I'm not sure that I fully understand Planck's Constant, but I grasp its importance.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Snack Cakes

    Go green! Eat Little Debby Snack Cakes and save a kale bush. Or kale plant. Or kale tree. Or whatever kale grows on.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Book Excerpt for the Day

    He bared his teeth, white against his dark skin.  “How long have you been a Wiccan?”

    “A what?”

    “A pagan.  A witch.”

    “I’m not a witch,” I said, glancing out the door.  “I’m a wizard.”

    Sanya frowned.  “What is the difference?”

    “Wizard has a Z.”  He looked at me blankly.

    (from Death Masks by Jim Butcher)

    9*/10.  The complete review is here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019


    Why editors have nightmares.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Escape Key

    I've tried this.  He's right.  It doesn't work.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Monty Python Monday

   An African or European swallow?

Saturday, July 20, 2019

RIP, Larry Spratling

    Goodbye, my friend.  I count it a blessing to have met you.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Miriam, would you come out please?  I need some help.”

    Miriam pulled the door open and stood there sullenly, her attitude more like thirteen than eleven.  “I’m busy, Mom.”

    Judith closed her eyes briefly, gathering herself, and then opened them again to gaze sternly at her eldest.  “I have a deadline on Friday.  I need you to help me find a game for your brother.”

    “And if I do, can I finally have a genmod or an exspec?”

    She had a brief image of a tuskless miniature mammoth or a glow-in-the-dark giant rabbit cavorting in the backyard.  Why didn’t kids these days just want cats or dogs?

    (from The Future, Imperfect by Ruth Nestvold)

     6*/10.  The full review is here.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Mind. Blown.

    Very clever.  And FWIW, both the book and the movie are awesome.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

How To Tell If You're Bi

    This has been a Public Service Announcement from your local chemistry association.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

RIP Johnny Clegg

    RIP, Johnny Clegg, (d. 07/16/19)Singer, Songwriter, and above all, Activist.  I had the privilege of seeing you perform here in Arizona a few years ago, and you were fantastic.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Crosswords are like (a) form of meditation, something you do when you’re alone.  You’re trying to recall everything you’ve learned, being flexible enough to fit your accumulated knowledge into the right amount of squares.  That’s what I love about puzzles.  They can alter us, stretch our thinking, expand our awareness, push us to become something more.”

    John prepared this quote years ago for when someone asked him about puzzles.  He thought it was an impressive line and had been waiting for the right time to use it.  Looking up at Rosa, he thought it worked.

    “I think people just like to fill in boxes,” Rosa said.

    (from The Enigmatologist, by Ben Adams)

     8½*/10.  The full review is here.

Sunday, July 14, 2019


   Sunday Pun Day.

Saturday, July 13, 2019


    I was astounded to learn "gullible" is a made-up word, and not in the dictionary.  Simply amazing.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Livy had had a Puritanical upbringing, but she had not been ruined by it.  On Earth she had learned to drink and to like beer, had even smoked a few times, and had become an infidel or, at least, a great doubter.  She had even tolerated his constant swearing and had let loose with a few blisterers herself if the girls were not around.  The accusations that she had censored his books and thus emasculated them were off the target.  He had done most of the censoring himself.

    Yes, Livy had always shown adaptability.

    Too much.

    (from The Fabulous Riverboat by Philip José Farmer)

    5½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Monday, July 08, 2019

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “And this is to be our reward for braving destitution, fire, sword, and pestilence, for fleshing our swords in the enemy’s blood and going ourselves starved into battle.  This, then, is the famous peace we dreamed of, when we tore the grass from the crannies in the walls to eat; when in our ignorance we often by mistake ate poisonous weeds, indiscriminately plucking them with livid hands of starvation, hardly less green than they.  For all these proofs of our devotion, it would seem we are to be made a sacrifice.
    If it be so, may you live to blush for a peace without either honour or advantage.”

    (from Patricians and Emperors by Ian Hughes)

    9*/10.  The complete review is here.

Sunday, July 07, 2019


    Sunday Pun Day.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Music Trivia Saturday!

    I never knew this, but it makes sense!

Friday, July 05, 2019

Pink Floyd Appreciation Friday!

    I love it when you actually have to be familiar with Pink Floyd album covers to understand a comic.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Perhaps there’s more to his death than meets the eye.  Something feels not quite right.”

    “What do you mean, more specifically?”

    “It’s still mostly a gut instinct.  I went to Uppsala and read all the witness statements, and there’s actually nothing inconsistent or odd about them except, well, precisely that there is nothing odd about them.  If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that the truth is generally a little unexpected, or even illogical, since we humans aren’t entirely rational.  Whereas lies, as a rule, tend to be consistent and comprehensive and often sound like a cliché – especially if the liars aren’t very good.”

    (from The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz)

     7*/10.  The full review is here.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

July 2nd

    Happy "Pedantic History Buffs" Independence Day!!

Monday, July 01, 2019

Fitted Sheets

The bad thing about fitted sheets is that there is absolutely no way to fold them nicely.
The good thing about fitted sheets is that since there is absolutely no way to fold them nicely, you can just scrunch them all together and no one can complain about your sheet-folding ability.