Jul
22
2014
2

Obviously, I am back.

Easy trip up, easy trip back, a lot of sea breezes in the middle.  This was a gift for my wife and my mom, but it wasn’t half bad for me, either.

 

Some posting today, regular posting tomorrow.

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Jul
21
2014
10

The Atlantic asks, “What Is Art?”

Without reading the article, I am going to answer the question once and for all:

Q. Were you paid for what you did?

A. Yes? Then it was art.

Note that people get paid in other things besides money.  Basically: if somebody gave you something for what you did, then it’s art.

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Jul
21
2014
1

The beach is lovely, actually.

Especially when the kids are off to the aquarium and the Skee-ball with their Nana. Weather is behaving, too. But we all go back home tomorrow and resume life.

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Jul
19
2014
1

Doing some visiting…

…combining up various birthdays and whatnot. Posting irregular.

Jul
18
2014
3

‘Little Boxes.’

Little BoxesWalk Off The Earth

I know that I’m not supposed to like this; but, crap, everybody reading this is just as much part of the counter-culture as the band is, right? …No, really.  There’s no such thing as counter-culture, actually. In fact, it only looks like there’s a monolithic culture for people to counter from the outside.  From the inside it’s pretty much ‘weirdos pretending to fit in with everybody else’ all the way down.

I don’t know if that’s wisdom, or just me projecting my own weirdo status on everybody else.  Assuming that there’s a difference.

 

Jul
18
2014
3

Someone has absconded with Casey Kasem’s corpse.

I got nothing, sorry.

Casey Kasem’s body is no longer at the Washington state funeral home that had been keeping it, a rep for the radio icon’s eldest daughter said Friday.

The situation is “pure insanity,” rep Danny Deraney told the Los Angeles Times, confirming that the body was not at the funeral home where it had been held. “It’s sad that it’s gotten to this point.”

No, really this time I got nothing.

Via

Jul
17
2014
3

‘Foil.’

FoilWeird Al Yankovic

At the end I said, Well, it lacked only one thi… ah. There we go.  Shouldn’t have worried.

Jul
17
2014
4

I wonder what company this was.

Because this sounds like one heck of a story.

…Sorry, I thought that I had a few more paragraphs in me about this one.

Jul
17
2014
2

Ugh. Real-life crises all day.

Check engine light on just before a four hour trip and my iPad screen splintered. Oh, and I had to paint the porch (other people would call it the ‘stoop’), but at least that worked out all right. None of which is really interesting to anybody else, but if I can’t complain on a personal blog about my First World Problems (fun song, by the way) then I probably can’t complain anywhere.

Jul
16
2014
3

‘Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her.’

Leave Her, Johnny, Leave HerStan Rogers

A version of this was one of the first songs that I ever learned after joining the SCA.

Jul
16
2014
10

Proposed Bible Museum apparently freaks out evangelical atheists like nobody’s business.

Background: The Green family (the folks who own Hobby Lobby) plans to spend some of their money on building a Bible Museum in NYC [DC.  My bad.] – actually, they’ve been planning to do this for some time. Why? Because they think that the Bible is, you know, the word of God; and they intend to promote interest through it via the avenue of a privately-owned, yet well-situated, museum.  And hoo, boy, does that get the usual suspects in full meltdown mode:

Such sentiments have stirred fears about the museum among groups such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which promotes separation between church and state. “I think they are a great threat,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, a co-president of the group, which is based in Madison, Wis. “My instincts would tell me that they are choosing Washington, D.C., because they intend to influence Congress.”

Scheduled to open in 2017, the yet-to-be-named museum would welcome people of all faiths and include rare Torahs as well as historic Bibles.

(more…)

Jul
16
2014
11

Tweet of the Day, ‘So, Where Are The Oars?’ edition.

That was my first reaction to this:

It’s all very… proletarian. Personally, I’m all for making it all very bourgeois, instead: just as cheap in the long run, and more comfortable getting there. Although there are people out there who actually have a problem with that; I’d call them ‘Puritans,’ except that we rather inaccurately use that term in modern society…

Moe Lane

PS: And they wonder why people find airships romantic.

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