Wednesday, March 25, 2015

German trip

"No, I'm just singing the song - my sister wouldn't send me some shit we could steal from Trader Joe's, this is the unpronounceable shit."
Apparently Blaze's older sister, Mariela, a tank mechanic stationed in Germany, had sent him a case of that strong leathery beer we loved so much. Beer that, no matter how much we drank, never left us with a hangover, only an urge to obey orders.
From Slumberland by Paul Beatty, Bloomsbury, 2008.

I've just started reading this book. There are writers who should stop themselves from going on tangents. There are others, probably fewer, who can give into them and still remain readable. Beatty draws strength from them.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Hello, friendly readers. I'm in the process - short process, I'm expecting - of transferring blogging over to a new browser. This is to see how it works. The interface is a little more hassle-free, anyway.

Possibly another post later today, tonight. Talk about a red letter day.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Browsing the Saturday Random Ten

So I've heard that Microsoft is discontinuing Exlorer and launching a new browser called "Spartan", or at least that's the name they're leaning towards. And it seems to me that IE has been acting especially buggy in recent months. Even if you have the most recent version, you get a lot of forced typos (where a character or space you know you typed in doesn't appear onscreen) and "Not Responding". So has this been deliberate self-sabotage to make their new product look better? Or is that giving them too much credit?

1. Lou Rawls - Groovy People
2. Magnetic Fields - Desert Island
3. Broadcast - The Black Cat
4. Nellie McKay - I Will Be There
5. The Kinks - Harry Rag
6. Les Baxter - Ruby
7. Roxy Music - Editions of You
8. Elvis Costello - You'll Never Be a Man
9. Mose Allison - Baby Please Don't Go
10. Fitz & the Tantrums - Break the Walls

drip... drip

Last night I woke up to the sound of dripping. There was a leak in my bedroom ceiling, right near my head in fact. I was too tired to do anything about it at the moment so I just scooted down, taking my mattress with me.

A few minutes later ( it seemed like) I looked up again. There was no leak. There never had been.

Weird how your dreams can trick you just by putting you in the right location.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Two bits

Let's see, what's happening today?

For one, Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have won another term as Prime Minister of Israel. Guess that endorsement from Anders Breivik really paid off.*

* Joke, if slightly bitter

On the subject of things sticking around, we're not out of winter's clutches. Certainly with the wind it's felt like sub-zero weather. Some chance of snow over the weekend, too. To me, all that's just funny. Mostly because it will cause grumbling.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Our old pal

This is a few panels from Hello Cthulhu , a webcomic that brings together the worlds of Lovecraft's Elder Gods and Hello Kitty. That's not an idea that everyone would have, so this bears some investigation.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

ATMajestic Saturday Random Ten

I found out about the Women on 20s project yesterday and asked myself "Is there any point supporting this thing?" Then of course I went to the site and voted. My votes went to Sojourner Truth (slave who triumphed over slavery), Rosa Parks (no introduction needed), and Frances Perkins (first female cabinet secretary). The last of these was specifically Secretary of Labor, so I figure I'm sending a message there, too.
1. St. Vincent - Regret
2. Pink Martini - Je Ne T'aime Plus
3. The Kinks - No Return
4. Beck - Heart is a Drum
5. Broadcast - Corporeal
6. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Lovers Walk
7. New Pornographers - You Tell Me Where
8. Diana Krall - I Can't Give You Anything But Love
9. Fitz & the Tantrums - MerryGoRound
10. Les Baxter - Never on Sunday