Thursday, April 30, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Pirius said slowly, “I can’t come back.”

    Luru Parz laughed.  “But it doesn’t matter.  Sentient or not, it will only be a copy, like a Virtual.  And it won’t last long.  It has to be you, Ensign.” (…)

    Pirius looked at the frame.  He felt numbed, not even afraid; perhaps his imagination was exhausted.  He shrugged.  “There are already two copies of me running around the Galaxy.  I suppose I’m used to be being split in half.  When shall we do this?”

    (from Exultant by Stephen Baxter)

    7½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


    We have one of these on our street.  And at 3:00 AM too.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Fitbit Step Goal

    This really helps me meet my daily Fitbit 10,000-steps goal.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Even in the tropics, where the difference between winter and summer is minimal, temperatures can vary significantly between the rainy and the dry seasons.  Organisms have developed all sorts of ways of dealing with those variations.  They hibernate or estivate or migrate.  They dissipate heat through panting or conserve it by growing thicker coats of fur.  Honeybees warm themselves by contracting the muscles in their thorax.  Wood storks cool off by defecating on their own legs. (In very hot weather, wood storks may excrete on their legs as often as once a minute.)

    (from The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert)

    9*/10.  The complete review is here.

Friday, April 24, 2020


    Bet on the Drano, Barney,

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Food Science

    You can argue with me, but you can't argue with Science.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “You drunk?” Thomas said.

    “Drunk on the love of a good woman,” Pirmin said slapping Thomas on the arm with one of his huge hands.

    “Found out her name yet?  Perhaps she had time to shout it at your back while you were riding away in the dark.”

    (from Altdorf – The Forest Knights by J.K. Swift)

    8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

New Cologne

    I'm gonna get me a bottle of this.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “What’s going to happen to Winky?” said Hermione, the moment they had left the clearing.

    “I don’t know,” said Mr. Weasley.

    “The way they were treating her!” said Hermione furiously.  “Mr. Diggory, calling her ‘elf’ all the time … and Mr. Crouch!  He knows she didn’t do it and he’s still going to sack her!  He didn’t care how frightened she’d been, or how upset she was – it was like she wasn’t even human!”

    “Well, she’s not,” said Ron.

    Hermione rounded on him.

    (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling)

    9*/10.  The complete review is here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Art Appreciation Wednesday

   I can feel relaxation taking hold of my consciousness!  At least until someone opens the car door. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


    Say what you want, Wales has the kewlest national emblem in the world.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Mr. Barbecue-Smith arrived in time for tea on Saturday afternoon.  He was a short and corpulent man, with a very large head and no neck.  In his earlier middle age he had been distressed by this absence of neck, but was comforted by reading in Balzac’s “Louis Lambert” that all the world’s great men have been marked by the same peculiarity, and for a simple and obvious reason: Greatness is nothing more or less than the harmonious functioning of the faculties of the head and heart; the shorter the neck, the more closely these two organs approach one another; argal…  It was convincing.

    (from Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley)

    8*/10.  The complete review is here.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Science Sunday

    The Theory of Relativity has never been so clearly explained.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Social Vegan

    This is me!

Friday, April 10, 2020


    Something to ponder when it comes to our mortality.

Thursday, April 09, 2020

The Green of Black Metal

    It's heartening to see that something good is coming out of this pandemic.

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “OK, then,” I said, turning away, heading towards the stairs.

    The phone rang as I passed it.  Hoping it might be Violet, I lifted the receiver, my heart pounding.

    “Congratulations,” said a disembodied voice, “you have won a guaranteed major prize in the Lithuanian State Lottery.”

    I slammed the phone down, muttering a curse under my breath as I walked upstairs.  They’d got me once.  Never again.

    (from Inspector Hobbes and the Curse by Wilkie Martin)

    7½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

More Britishisms

    Moggy (n.)An ordinary cat.

Others, all from a book I just finished: doddle, jacket potato, pong, fly sheet, footwell, settles, bin liner, skint, bleeper, scarper, AGM, spotty herbert, dust-dancers, cutlery draw, shufti, picnic hamper, stodge, going to the Casualty, skip, ‘having me on’, pebble-dashed, top up, nutters, lay-by, slowcoach, selvedge, tosser, punters, dozy, bacon-butties, and ‘trying it on’.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Sunday Sermon

    Count on it.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

DIY Bidet

    How to foil those hoarder a$$holes.

Friday, April 03, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “You know,” said Adelsky, “four people will find treasure more quickly than two.”

    “Maybe,” said Nora, “but the dig has to keep going, one way or another.  The archaeological value of what you’ll be doing – uncovering the heart of the camp – is greater than a chest full of gold.”

    Salazar rolled his eyes.

    “But a lot less fun,” said Adelsky.

    (from Old Bones by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child)

    7½*/10.  The complete review is here.

Thursday, April 02, 2020


    Uphill.  BOTH WAYS!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2020


    Britishism for the Day:  "spotty herbert" (n., phrase):  a foolish person.