Things I Can Do Without For 7/19/2019

It’s been a busy week in things that I think suck, from Trump’s racist rallies to this summer’s persistent annoying cloudiness, it’s time for Things I Can Do Without…* 1. Cloudiness. Yes, I know. We’ve all seen the damn meme. And I will thank you not to refer to me as “old man”. At any… Continue reading Things I Can Do Without For 7/19/2019

Things I Could’ve Done Without 7/11/2019

Now that I’m back to blogging regularly again, I thought I’d start some regular features. I’m busy, so they’ll be weekly. I’ll have astronomy pictures on Tuesday–as many fresh ones as I can manage, but some will be reprocessed during cloudy periods. On Wednesdays, I’ll open a discussion of a short story. The next one… Continue reading Things I Could’ve Done Without 7/11/2019

How I Got Kicked Off Twitter

“I got fired last year in Las Vegas from the Frontier Hotel for saying ‘shit’, in a town where the big game is called ‘crap’.” –George Carlin, FM & AM So, a lot’s been happening to me over the past however long it’s been since I last said something here. I’m deep into rehearsal for… Continue reading How I Got Kicked Off Twitter

Notes On “The Curious Legend of the Grade Z Ghost”

The idea for this story began with an image taken from an item from the 1980s era TV show “That’s Incredible”. Unusually for shows of this kind, this segment actually set about debunking a paranormal tale, in this case, the story of The Amityville Horror. The specific image I’m referring to is that of a… Continue reading Notes On “The Curious Legend of the Grade Z Ghost”

His Haughtiness

David Brooks, the aggressively moderate swell who writes aggressively moderate columns for The New York Times, is seldom so entertaining as when he gets haughty. It affronts him when people of any other political persuasion but his own make mock of his helpful suggestions on how to put the world right–well, center right, anyway–so he gets… Continue reading His Haughtiness

With All Due Respect, Fuck Civility

Occasionally, I make a dreadful life mistake and I read a pundit. I know, disgusting habit. I’m trying to quit, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. (Maybe pundits are lacing their columns with extra nicotine, like Brown and Williamson. Someone should look into that.) And so it was that I read Marc Theissen’s Washington… Continue reading With All Due Respect, Fuck Civility