Archive for January, 2014

in the interest of tradition and education…

28 Jan

As I do most years around this time, I shall present the following quote from the U.S. Constitution: He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. -Article II, section 3 Tonight is this […]


♫ if you wanna be muad’dib ♫

27 Jan

Zig a Kwisatz Haderach Ahh!


marscon 2014 post-op

21 Jan

As is my family’s habit on a particular weekend in mid-January, we packed up and hauled ourselves to Williamsburg VA for Marscon, perhaps the premiere fan convention in the general Mid-Atlantic region, and rapidly becoming my favorite con that I get to each year. It’s a great chance to share an experience with like-minded people, […]


it’s not van…

15 Jan

…or maybe it is, I don’t know. Its sort of classed in with minivans according to certain standards, but just as easily gets dropped in with “wagons” or whatever. In Europe, where actual statistically significant numbers of people buy this sort of thing, it’s known as a compact MPV. But, I’m getting ahead of myself: […]


“don’t talk back” takes on a whole new meaning

08 Jan

For a clever but innocently comic slice-o-teenage-life tune written by Leiber and Stoller, the cover image that Amazon uses for this digital download of the Coasters’ 1958 hit “Yakety Yak” invites some interesting reinterpretations: ♫ You ain’t gonna rock and roll no more ♫ … …not after I smash your head in with this pipe […]


once again a slave to the grind

07 Jan

So, we all wandered back to the grind this week after a couple of weeks; off, and in most cases, off the grid. The smartphone spent a lot of time in a drawer, and I largely ignored the telephone and the email and the internet (except to grind a bit on Marvel Heroes and pick […]


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