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Apart from the awfulness, it also offends me as a reader -- I feel that it's such a cheap device: Need to ratchet up the tension? Just throw in some animal cruelty to show that the bad guy is really baaaad.
Just want to leave a thank-you for the warning re: Shining Girls. I actually have a "no" list of books involving animal cruelty as I really can't bear to read about that.
Wow, our eagle babes are looking quite tough these days. Seems to be just a still photo. I do see feathers other than the obvious two shown. I hope. It was fun to watch them at birth and soon after.

As a substitute we seem to have attracted more than our share of humming birds to our feeders this year. Humming birds are the ones that generated the term "flighty" or, alternatively, "nervous nellies."

Happy summer...
Thanks Joyce. It was so hard to review the book without giving away too much. But I hate spoilers myself so I try to avoid ruining it for someone else.
1) I had to send it back to the library, but I've got it on order again, so if it comes in by the 3rd week in August, I will definitely join you in that shared read.

2) OMG! Somehow for the first time in YEARS I have not been looking for the next month's TIOLI page to be up and totally forgot about it until I got your message. Thank you! Now I must go sort out the rest of my reading for August.
I'm really a big fan of the novella "Alpha and Omega" - and I've enjoyed the books in the series. As you start reading the Mercy Thompson books you'll notice some slight discrepancies with A&O, but nothing major. I find Patricia Briggs to be a somewhat uneven author, but I've read all here Mercy Thompson and A&O books more than once. I hope you enjoy them!
I just wanted to let you know that I joined you in reading "Alpha and Omega" for TIOLI #11, so you can add another shared read to your already impressive number!
Hi Citizenjoyce,

You are in my connections feed and I saw your review on [Thank You for Your Service]. I've added it to my wishlist. I also have[Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him]on my wishlist. The reviews for this memoir look promising. I'm waiting for my hold at my library and will let you know my thoughts.

Mary Ann

You might enjoy this: Frozen is the New Black
Not to worry. I see that Dejah is back and she put it under another challenge so I just matched that. I've started it and am loving it.
Woof! A Chihuahua Chinese Crested mix in a world's ugliest dog contest in Petaluma, CA. Don't tell me if you have a Chihuahua Chinese Crested Mix...
Hi, no need to list the third Maggie Hope book. I'm about to read the fourth one and four of those in one month is surely too much for anyone.
Recent injured or sick wild animal 'conversation...' Atlantic Magazine's CityLab e-newsletter article.
A take on animal voyeurs, etc.

Thanks for sharing that.

something for Father's Day

and a belated grandmother's day
I don't think Islam comes up in the book, though I couldn't be sure now, considering how bad my memory is. I've never known what the difference between a cult and a religion is. I'm guessing number of adherents making the one more obscure and the other a social norm?
Joyce, when I saw we share nearly 600 books, I thought it only made sense to add you to my reference libraries (I refer to people's ratings and comments often when considering purchases). As for Zealot, I'm not Christian or religious in any way for that matter, and I wrote my review from the personal perspective of someone with no or little religious background approaching a biography about Jesus. You might be interested in reading my review for that reason, as it might help you decide whether this book is right for you or not.
"Do they not possess the concept of lining up?"

Something like this? Although mom looks very frazzled. Who wouldn't with all those kids? Must be a day care facility.

Or, more traditionally... And, actually, Huey, Dewey & Louie! Apparently, they are reading our posts and they have learned from you. You should be proud!

They are very active this morning. Mom is gone; presumably hunting. Unfortunately, I tuned in just as Huey (the biggest and likely the first born) pooped. So much for breakfast...
Retired nurse? Cool! My excuse is I'm working on my prerequisites to apply to med school. I enjoy reading about the science of the body and disease - the grosser, the better! Also, I just recently got into graphic novels myself. Have you read any you would recommend?
It looks wet in New Jersey. Huey, Dewey & Louie are snuggled under mom at the moment, but they're getting big and are developing feathers and starting to look like real mini eagles. They're also flapping a lot more than not long ago.

Oops, Mom just left & H, D & L are in a squiggling pile.
Thanks for your feedback on Room Joyce. I think between Suzanne's comments on it and your personal encouragement, I'll finally go ahead and bite the bullet in May. I saw Judy (DeltaQueen50) listed it on one of the upcoming TIOLI challenges and decided to match it. It's been sitting on my tbr and scaring me for way too long now, and it'll be nice, if anything, to face whatever scary boogeyman I imagine is there!

Hope you're having a nice day!

"Cat got your tongue?" Of course...

The film is 50 minutes, there are some interesting and amusing moments. Such as one of the Inuits pretending to be a (white) sociologist interviewing other Inuits. The group is in such hysterics that you can't help but laugh.

Another amusing chunk (that's technical, film maker talk) is a young Inuit woman poking fun at the greetings of whites... How are you? - Fine, fine (even though you have every disease known to man and someone just shot you)... My doctor always leads off with, "how are you doing today?" I always answer with, "you're about to find out" or "I'm paying you to tell me." Oh, so witty...

One of the photos on the eagle cam site is of the three eaglets lined up as if they are marching (except that the lead is right against the edge of the nest). When I looked today, the three were kind of preening; presumably feathers are starting I guess. I can't tell if feathers are starting, they still look like mini Thanksgiving dinners (sorry).
I do find drones and the uses that they have to be quite fascinating and promising. And, they would be a heck of a "toy" to play with. I gotta grow up someday...
I enjoyed looking at the "what should you borrow" page... got a lot of new stuff to check out now. :)
Drone over NYC. Not to be a poop but it seems like some risks. Good shots, though.

Drone in NY Public Library.> Hey, that's what the guy said...

Idiot shooting at drones.
Rotten Tomato's take on Finding Vivian Maier...
You've inspired me to take a peek at the eagle babies. When I first tuned in today, each of them was on the perimeter of the nest at about 2, 7 & 11 o'clock. Then all went black; I assume that the site is busy. When the video came back they were all at 4 to 5 o'clock. I suspect they had been fed at that location. The little vultures! And, then it went black again.

When I go to your LT page, the first book under "Books you share" is Vivian Maier: Street Photographer. There is a film out called Finding Vivian Maier - here is the trailer - that was produced by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. I think that Charlie Siskel is Gene Siskel's (the film reviewer) son. For me, having followed the story pretty closely, it was quite gripping and interesting. It fills out her life somewhat, although parts are a bit sad. The film is being shown at the so-called art theaters. What a shame she couldn't have profited from her talent; instead she died in poverty. Apparently, some of the kids she nannied (can nanny be a verb?) as kids paid partly for an apartment for her.
Peace reigns at the eagle nest. All three eaglets mushed together snoozing (somewhat fitfully) and mom stands guard.

Addendum... Mom flew off, presumably to find food. Three eaglets up bouncing off each other. I think I'll name them Huey, Dewey & Louie.
The goal of life. What life?
When my kids were young - something like 5 & 9 - I took them to a Depaul vs ??? basketball game. It was tight and Depaul was losing. Someone from the ??? side made a snide comment while sitting in the Depaul stands and all hell broke loose. We were about 5 or 6 rows from the epicenter and got the hell out of there. My son (9) was shook up and my daughter (5) was in tears. I know some people are rabid about sports, but fisticuffs (I don't think I've ever used that word) and throwing stuff, etc are really unnecessary. People have been killed at soccer games in Europe, South America & Asia just because they were on the wrong side. As you hint, I've even seen blow ups at Little League and high school soccer games.
It's like a high school cafeteria line. The large and strong push aside the small and weak. I watched mom feed the kids for a little while this am. There is definitely a pecking order (heh, heh). The biggest one, probably from the first egg, sometimes pushed aside the one I believe is from egg two. The eglet from egg three is still too small to contend. One article I read - not to post a downer - said that some bird babes fight over the food, even to the extent of pushing siblings out of the nest before they're equipped to fly, "Oops, mom, little Sammy disappeared."

Actually, adults fight as well. Oops! Perhaps I got confused over this part?
Haven't seen the fuzzy ones since right after birth. Mom is still "on" them. She must have bedsores - oops - nest sores by now.
Sure and we could take easy monthly payments! Please set it up with our payment arranger and collector. :)
We're parents! Congrats! See profile photo.
Whoop, Whoop, Whoop! Eaglet alert! I think mom’s done reading Encyclopedia Britannica.
Hey, CJ; all out of bananas. How about some ice, ice, baby?
"Is that called a love tap?" Not that I'm a sexist pig or anything, but notice that the male leopard's claws are sheathed and the female's are out & ready for action.

"Struttin' his stuff confident everyone is watching." Of course, for all I know about the sex of birds, The Dude could be a Dudess.

BTW, mom and dad eagles both on are the nest at the moment. Re: Your eagle reading comment. Mom has had time for War and Peace. In the original Russian. Ah, dad just flew the coop; bored.
I know, right? They have that ability to be utterly charming in any given situation, even if it's just an ordinary banana.
Maybe. STart conducting your own music, then.
The woman that kind of runs the show, so to speak, says probably Thursday or Friday due date.
Happy fourth Thingaversary, Joyce!
Basin and Range is a good view of geology from an outside perspective. McPhee did a series on geology- generally well liked by the geological community. i've read them all, but never tried on audio. Will be curious how you like it.
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This is the holiday pic! Charming...
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My wife says that this is a perfect quote for me. Hmm!
Krut Vonnegut's books for $1.99 today at Amazon
As to the dog - dog owner similarity issue... When I was a kid I had a springer spaniel, very docile and loveable. Yup, that's me. Long floppy ears that drag in my food, too. Woof!

Mean & obsequious, now there is a tough balance to carry off.

My daughter, the "energizer bunny," got married a couple of years ago to a guy who, while I would fear to call him the energizer bunny, male edition (he's in much better shape than I and younger), fits that mold also. They both work pretty long hours, bought a house needing rehab and did it themselves, share cooking, housekeeping, gardening and care of their new daughter. I get tired just being around the two of them.

I like to think that I'm pretty high energy but, compared to them... Well, you may call me "The Slug."

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Do I detect you right in the middle?
Back in the early summer this year, there was some talk about dining out and how it had exponentially increased in recent years. Here is more fuel for the fire. One would get the idea that only women can prepare meals. How did we ever get to the point where women cook and men grill? 'Man's work is to play with fire & burn beef...'

Is this trolling?

On the same paper page in The Atlantic of November, 2013, is this article about dog - human owner resemblance. Woof!
Here is Google's list set up by year and by date of all their Google Doodles (you will note that there is a Google $tore, of cour$e). And, here is the UK's Guardian newspaper"s page devoted to Google's doodles. How did I ever survive w/o the Guardian?

I spent way more time than I should have this morning on 2013 & 2012 on Google's links trying to figure which Goodle's doodles were action packed. Most are not mobility designed, much less interactive. Here are a few varied good ones just to whet your appetite:

The 107h Anniversary of Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland; 8 or so levels and you keep clicking to get to them.

Maurice Sendak's 85th Birthday. Clickable.

Valentine's Day and George Ferris' 154th Birthday. Keep clicking on the lower heart.

Slalom Canoe 2012. A game.

46th Anniversary of Star Trek's 1st Broadcast. Click repeatedly on the thing in the front foreground.

200th Anniversary of Grimm's Fairy Tales. Click away.
Check out Google search's doodle --- clever. Just in case you missed it, here is a link. You can play it.
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Is this the view of Russia from Alaska???
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I don't know about the first two items, but the third can be improved by checking political donation lists and just walking the dog on GOP lawns w/o pick up.
Glad I was able to post the poem....I'd thought it was called "Naming Day in Eden" and had a complicated time finding it!!!
Wow, "super duper." I haven't heard those words in a hundred years! But, your statement is right, we went out to eat maybe 4 or 5 times a year when I was a kid. Now it's more like 4 or 5 times a week for some families.

We, and just about everyone else, really don't think twice today about saying, let's go out to XXX to eat (or, for take out). It's a wonder anyone knows how to cook. One good thing that's come from that change for me, anyway... I've had a chance to try then more unusual foods from various place I couldn't have found, or even thought about, when I was a kid (Well, for one thing, I couldn't drive during most of that time :) ). Cajun, Thai, Asian Indian, Brazilian, Japanese, Spanish, etc. My taste buds have traveled fairly widely and that's a good thing, I think.

Another interesting thing is the way US fast food, McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, etc, have invaded foreign lands. It's our attempt, I think, to conquer and homogenize the world.
"I especially liked the picture of the old 2 lane road down the middle of the city. What a great concept." Umm, add a couple of trees and it could be called a park.

Illinois & Chicago had/have problems but, one of the things that is great in Chicago is the park system. Much of the lakeshore (maybe 80%) in Chicago is public park and beach which makes the place more livable. I was raised about 2 blocks from the lake shore and a beach on the south side of Chicago near a park called Rainbow Beach. What a life... Now I'm 30 miles west of the lake and I don't even see it very often. This is progress? I do go into the city neighborhoods for dining out and that's interesting and enjoyable. When I was a kid, dining out meant hamburgers, steak, fish fry, Chinese & Italian and, if you really knew your stuff gastronomically, other ethnic foods.
Manhattan disappears into... Is this a loss?
July 4, 1776 from British historian eyeballs.
"jalapeño smoothie" Whoa! Does this qualify as a wake up call? I'm afraid that my digestive system (kinda personal here...) couldn't take that first thing in the a.m. To some degree and like many things, this depends on how much.

Did you see Google search's widget this morning? They are clever sometimes. Happy Independence Day! Do suppose the Brits sometimes celebrate getting rid of us? Of course, they have their own problems politically.
BTW, we're making lovely progress on reasonable gun control, don't you think? Mark this as sarcasm...
I'm surprised that your son didn't care for pancakes as a kid. The best excuse in the world to have slathered butter and maple syrup although, in those days, I'm afraid it was Aunt Jemima (which my daughter still uses). Somehow she has developed a narrow food and food texture interest, especially when it comes to animals that float or swim in water - no deal! I remember encouraging - some might say wheedling - her at age 8 or 9 to try my crepes with creamed spinach when we dining out one time. She did and immediately threw up on her plate. Talk about embarrassed (his mind trails off at the memory of the scene)...

How about you, CJ, what's your usual breakfast if there is one?
Actually, to confess my sins, I love breakfast. Ever since I can remember breakfast (other than when away from home) consisted of one of three things; Grape Nuts (#1), shredded wheat or some variation thereof or oat meal plus, when available, some fruit (at least raisins). I'm having Grape Nuts and fresh Illinois peaches and blue berries right now as we "speak."

Sometimes I'd have both Grape Nuts and shredded wheat together and that presents a problem. They "mush up" in milk at vastly different rates. Shredded wheat in 5 seconds and Grape Nuts in an hour and a half. I remember the ads with Euell Gibbons in the field eating a hand full of Grape Nuts out of the box. You may as well eat gravel.

TV dinners; the less said, the better. The aluminum trays probably tasted better than the contents. And, was likely better for you.

Well, have a nice day...

In Re: This Book. All it makes me think of is "you name it foodstuff plus cream of mushroom or celery soup, etc." I still cringe.
If I can find it, I may join you in TIOLI on Something from the Oven. Sounds wonderful...I like food/social history books. One of my planned reads for July is [White Bread: A History of the Store-Bought Loaf], for instance.
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Don't forget the New Yorker's cover.
This is how schisms start.

zinger via this punner
If you thought you liked the Fountain of Doubt, boy oh boy, you're gonna love this gem.
Here is a great time sink hole called geoguessr. It's quite simple conceptually.

Basically the site drops you and the little yellow guy on Google Maps that walks down the street showing what you would see if you were driving there. It can be anywhere in the world where Google has done that mapping and photographing.

The idea is to come as close as you can to zeroing in on the location where they drop you. It's really interesting and easiest if you're in a town or city (because of signs, language, architecture, etc). If you're in the middle of rural nowhere without any stores, street or road signs or other identification, it's very tough. You get 5 different locations, one at a time and for each you get more points the closer you are to guessing the actual location. Believe it or not, I had three drops where my picked location was less than 2 kilometers from the actual location; those were big points. My high score is 18000 (something). On the other hand, I had one early drop off when I wasn't on even the right continent!

It's very absorbing, especially if you like maps, geography, puzzles...
A very short two person play in one act...

First person: Atlantic Cites is an interesting resource. Today's issue has an article captioned, 'An Architectural Reflection of George W. Bush: The Bush Presidential Center will include a library, museum, and think tank.'

Second Person: That's a common thing after a president leaves the White House. The building is conservative and handsome.

First Person: And, how appropriate is that appellation, "conservative?" We'll leave the "handsome" part for another day.

Second Person: You seem to have a chip on your shoulder.

First Person: Well, I do have a problem with the building having a library for a proudly non-reading president, much less having a think tank for a president whose thought process was limited unless his Vice President or the Secretary of War, oops, Secretary of Defense, helped him out.

Second Person: Well! We certainly know what your opinion might be...

First Person: Damn right!

Curtain falls...
dust bowl: don't forget the shift away from soil management and animal fertilizers to chemical fertilizers
"We couldn't do a comparable thing drilling for oil, could we?"

Heck, no... We'll be very judicious about what we allow and how we control the drillers. Here are our tight controls:

1) Drilling within 5000 feet of a lot with a house owned by a member of congress will be forbidden.
2) What more do we need?

It'll be as clean as the strip coal mines in WV.

A few more years of this stuff close to home, 3 floods of more or less biblical proportions, 1 drought, all in about 6 years) and I may move to the Maldive Islands. There seems to be a flaw in my plan, but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe I'll just run for congress and be covered by point 1 above.

All this is not to say that we don't have serious environmental problems. And, government stinks in general about them and so many more things.

Maybe I'll just run for congress and be covered by point 1 above.
I just saw "The Worst Hard Times..." under your activity and, coincidently, I just saw a program a couple of days ago on public TV out of Madison, WI on the same subject. Depressing stuff. I wonder if folks today would make it through the Great Depression and the dust bowl in overlapping time. I think that we have become a nation of whiners in some ways, although it's probably tougher in some respects to be desperately poor in a Gatsbyish time than a time when more were generally financially sinking. Misery does love company.

Boise City, OK was mentioned in the public TV video and in the book as well, I believe. I once spent a year in Boise City one night. The Oklahoma panhandle isn't very prosperous looking even today. I stopped in a ma & pa motel there on the way to Santa Fe, NM, got up at 3 am because of the bar noise from across the street where they were having a hell of a good time. As it worked out, I was happy it happened that way. About 50 miles west of Boise City in total darkness other than from the skies, I stopped the car and gawked at the shooting stars, the moon and stars in general. Spectacular!.
The Illinois Toll Road Authority and the state are notoriously political and inefficient and in debt. The 3-30 posting below reports a new low standard, although it is kind of funny in a sick way. It all kind of fits in with the four recent Illinois governors who have ended up in the slammer.

A startling example is the O'Hare - Elgin Expressway planned to run from O'Hare Airport directly west to Elgin, a far west suburb. Only half was built and as a freeway (not under the Tollway) maybe 20 years ago running from the west side of O'Hare about half way to Elgin (all the state had $$$ for). In terms of logic, it makes no sense. It's close to and parallels the Northwest Tollway which also runs between O'Hare & Elgin. The dumping off point on the west side of O'Hare is exactly opposite the actual entry to O'Hare. Now, since the airport was expanded and an on grade busy freight rail line is on the west side of O'Hare, it doesn't appear that the expressway will ever run into O'Hare's entry point. Or, if it does, the cost and tolls will be astronomical.

Anyway, the state now wants to dump the expressway on the Tollway which, of course, will charge a toll. The next thing you know, the street we live on will become a toll road and we'll have to pay to leave our garage. :(
History in the making! We have come some way.
Well, I'm plowing through Maverick's bio. He was really a speak-your-mind-guy. Kind of reminds me of JImmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Today, the Stewart movie might be seen as comedy.

Here's the headline of the day, 'The Drums of War,' Sub head, 'China and Japan Square Up.' That distinctly isn't a comedy; regarding those little bitty islands between them.

Here is an anniversary topical bit with a quite interesting chart on numbers of abortions and deaths from abortions pre & post R v W Roe v Wade. The numbers of the abortions went up strongly and then retreated by 1/3 after R & W. The numbers of women's deaths from abortion dropped sharply. I do wonder how that stats pre R v W were obtained and how accurate they are??? Both of this and the item above are from The Economist of January 19-25. You may or may not be able to get into it since it is subscription (unless you do already subscribe, although they used to let you in free if you grabbed 5 or so articles or less per month).

I was out for a thankfully short bit this morning and it was 4º below zero and the wind was pretty strong. I just love Chicago, it builds character. I started my first "real" job in downtown Chicago in January a lot of years ago. My ears were frost bitten within two weeks (I wasn't too bright, let's leave this at just past tense).
The Anaesthetist's Hymn
I'm starting the bio of Maury Maverick. Interesting stuff, although probably not great prose. He has a quite appropriate family name.

Here is my favorite quote so far, from P 73, "Maverick once said that he considered 'human compassion' to be the fundamental difference between a 'progressive' and a 'conservative.' " Apt even today; maybe especially today.
I guess sometimes there isn't a solution. This appears to be one of those times. But, we could be somewhat honest about the situation and just pack up and leave without the garbage about training the Afghan troops to fight the Taliban. But, "No."
Umm? We're going to train Afghan troops and then leave... The Afghans are negotiating with the Taliban who have pretty well proven who they are and how trustworthy they are. And, we know how trustworthy Mr Karzai and his relatives and friends are.

Well, heck, we wouldn't want untrained Afghan troops left for the Taliban.

And, of course, we wouldn't want the Afghan troops, who have been known to aim their guns at our troops and other coalition forces, to be untrained anyway.

When they lost in Afghanistan the Russians just packed up and went home. Why don't we? Or, is that too simple? Or, are we pretending that we won?
A leprechaun in your garden! Sign me up for the video...
Well, the cliff has now moved two months out. The stock market celebrated like mad like the government did something meaningful (much less "smart"). Wow, it's a great country.

In the meantime, Mr. Maverick arrived. If I wasn't involved in other books I would be reading it. If I get too many reads going at once, I end up thinking that Tom Sawyer is a supply side economist and Huck Finn runs a hedge fund.

A slightly belated Happy New Year...
I don't like heights and I'm tired of standing on the edge. Could the idiots we pay to govern us possibly do something intelligent? Or, am I smoking that stuff that's semi-legal now?

I actually read the Maverick article for which the Wikipedia piece below had a link, and it's pretty interesting and inspiring. So, I searched Google Books for a book on hom and found Maury Maverick, A Political Biography by Richard B Henderson. Truncated, you have to ransom from Google.

It's also on Amazon in hard copy for a couple of bucks, plus $10,000 shipping (Just Joshing on that part...). I ordered one.

That's my next read and I'm psyched!
I checked and Maury Maverick was a Democrat. You gotta love him and his grandfather.

An idle mind is the devi's workshop (referring to me, not Mr. Maverick).
Bamboozle. See December 11th comments. And, gobbledygook, under "Turkey TV" about 1/3 down the page; just because...

They seem to both apply to certain - unnamed - politicians.
This is your fault, indirectly anyway...

Is this a seasonal gift some 2100 years ago to a baby from three wise guys? Not Huey, Dewey & Louie. And not Larry, Curley and Moe. And certainly not the Kingston Trio.
Nay, I did not forget! :) Unfortunately, my computer decided to die, and I have a mountain of homework deadlines that I have been madly trying to finish. I am managing to write now because I negotiated ten minutes of internet time on my brother's computer. I'll go over to the Crambo right now.

Sorry to keep you waiting like that!
Another crappy day brought to us by the politicians of America, brought to their knees by the NRA.
Edward Asner quite thought provoking and generally accurate in a conceptual way.
It is more than "just space opera." Like many enduring works, it uses genre as a foundation to transcend it. Good reading; can't wait to hear your thoughts.
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What's a boson? I thought it was a person that piped people aboard ship. Oh no, that's a boatswain or bosun. Maybe...
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You know, I've had dogs & I've had cats. Regardless of their actual sex, I've always thought of dogs in general as "he" and cats in general as "she." I don't think I'm alone in this. I do like this cartoon in any event.
And living is just the process of dying. Whew, yourself! :)

Ages ago I tried to bamboozle my way talking about a book I was supposed to have read for class and didn't want to read and hadn't. Ended with two books I didn't want to read and had to...

I snooped once more at your recent book reviews. I loved the second paragraph in the Team of Rivals review. Actually, I don't think Republican office holders even like each other. They probably distain even (or, especially?) those that cough up big campaign bucks who are, after all, trying to buy their point of view.
Warrior's Apprentice's a good book to start off the new year.
sounds . . . fun?
I am so watching The Tick Loves Santa.

Because this is my usual Christmas entertainment.
Interesting skill set. From an interesting blog...
Sagan's "Pale blue dot"
War and music? How'd'ya know?

(Left out the Persians, though).

Honestly, I think they could say the same thing about the whole Middle East, from the Med to Iranian plateau; one of the hazards of being a crossroads to three continents.
Nice to meet you.

I'm new here and I was enjoying great libraries, like yours. In 2013, I'd like to share in groups and I'm planning to add the books I read to my library. But for the moment, it's completely empty yet.

Best wishes,

Diana (wilkiec)
you're right. Our cat lies into or unto everything we just want to use - except the hoover, it is afraid of the sound (?) and flees as soon as it sees me putting the plug in...

LT gives some interesting hints for books I should borrow from your library, and you also have some fun pictures
speaking of machines . . .
Also, because Mr. Rogers made me cry, tell them it's not winning/losing, but handling themselves with grace.
Create a Tumblr for the team?
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Romney? First, he's no Judge Dredd. Second, yes, but only because he's the shapeshifting T-1000, out to destroy humanity's last best hope. Thirdly, don't get too upset; that petition's meant to be taken with as much seriousness as the secession petitions on that site.
It was in the afternoon.

It's cool if they're nudists, but I just don't think it's clean.

But it's time we reestablish some law and order. And until Justified is cancelled and Timothy Olyphant becomes available, please help by signing this White House petition. Frankly, it deserves more attention than the Texan Secession.
Congrats on your runner-up status in the LT contest!!
Got a minute to waste?
In theory, yes. In practice, I've seen enough male genitalia to last me a lifetime. Also, I now carry Purell with me wherever I go. Even this monkey wears underpants.
I'd like to join your celebration about the success of Elizabeth Warren! Yippee, plus and smiles all around!
But hopefully without that city's penchant for public nudity. Seriously. I never thought I'd ever say this, but sometimes it can get too liberal.
from book blotter:

Mitt Romney Style (Gangnam Style Parody)
Thanks for the link! I've been reading Chrystia Freeland's book, which is simply one of the smartest of its kind I have seen -- very thoughtful & thorough. No idea what the reviews have been like, but two chapters in, I think it's a must-read...

It's not a bad book. She has a weird organization, focusing on a few key events in his life. I've read other Mickey Mantle ones that were better.

Of my four, three are ER books and the Clemente one comes highly recommended by tymfos, who chose it for me for my 12 in 12 challenge category "books chosen by friends." I've been "reading" the Carl Hubbell book for over a month. Kind of dry.
Even though it's not about major league baseball, I loved The Art of Fielding. I went to a small liberal arts college in Wisconsin that could've been the setting of the book. This was one of my favorites of the year so far.

I liked Blockade Billy. Very short, quick read. Plus it deals with my Chicago Cubs. :) Haven't read Indian Summer. Did not like that Mickey Mantle book. Well, it was ok but nowhere near as great as her Sandy Koufax book, which was one of the best baseball bios I've read in the past 10 years.
Thanks for adding the baseball challenge for the September TIOLI. Bar none, baseball is my favorite reading topic. I read probably 10 to 15 baseball books or more per year.

This works out great since several of my overdue ER books are baseball-related.
Things That Shouldn't Be Said In Modern Society To Be Said At Least 1,400 Times At RNC.

Also, 5 stars? I'm not looking for a book to make me reflect on life right now, but it sounds really good.
REally? Can't wait to see them on the Tumblog.
Tell me that the pic above doesn't show your occupation. Please...

6 dogs, they must eat you out of house & home.
Alrighty then. Here's something else to lighten up your day (no spoilers).

Personally, I don't mind spoilers, because (1) I think good movies should be able to stand on their own merits, not on some plot twist gimmick, and (2) I gave up after my sister spoiled Shutter Island. She texted me less than a minute after I'd bought the ticket and I decided I could either fume or enjoy the movie. And you know what? Knowing what was going to happen made me really appreciate Ruffalo and DiCaprio's performances. And yes, I also The Dark Knight Rises spoiled for me; I still enjoyed it, though.
Parents film their kids' reaction to The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
major spoilers, but worth it.
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dachshunds rule
"unnatural psychological aversion to wimps"? you sound like coach.
Damn. It had been on my TBR for some time. I had been looking forward to Rebecca.
If you're interested, they made it into a documentary. You should check it out.

You cannot imagine how flattered I am that you thought of me when signing up for a class on aliens. :D
Thanks. Great timing, too. I just got Barlowe's Expedition.
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It'll get better.
I know, right? I love her reaction to The Great Gatsby, because it was pretty close to my first impression. :)

". . . you just can't get enough"?

You know, you should take care not to encourage me. For example, the following, out of the mouths of babes.
A six year old girl judging classic books by their cover. Cute.
Way ahead of you.
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Flaw in her argument: many of those holding office are, in fact, lawyers.
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I ordered the book because of this poster and had second thoughts this morning. Thankfully, it hasn't been published yet, can still cancel.

:) Gonna use the money for candy instead.
Definitely more boom than bust on this end.

My cats were safely ensconced during the fireworks. Though if they had been scared and ran away, at least I would have the opportunity to put up this poster.

Fake Science! Dorkily off-center. I particularly love the Time Machine one.
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I love Fake Science!
I know, it's got such a strong voice. I just added that quote to the book's CK.

Wired's got some great vids on the Higgs boson.

So, how have you been doing? Hope your July 4th was more boom than bust.
Thanks. The Higgs Boson is a big deal; I mean, it's the "God Particle," except, you know, it leaves out "God."

I may have been reinvented, but deep down, I secretly suspect there's still the same kid, just trying to collect enough books to spend a weekend building a book-igloo.
I hope you
haven't changed, either.

Regeneration sounds good. I want to find out what made Anna that way.
Thanks for your comment on my birthday cake, I was kind of dreading my 40th birthday, so we just combined the celebration with New Year's Eve. My husband asked the older sister of some of our boys' friends to make a book cake, and she came up with the one in the pic. She's so talented!
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Don't think they'll get it, anyway
Eagerly waiting for a review!
Sneak? Nothing wrong with that, so long as it's fun.
Wouldn't you rather catch a moth?
They do.

Over and over.

Just look for them.
I hope you get more opportunities to enjoy poetry. But if you're short on time . . . Sm:)e

I think the phrase you were looking for, in your review, was "government by clique."
Allow me to respond in kind:

Persephone and the Prince Meet over Drinks by Jeannine Hall Gailey
At first I thought, Daddy?
squinting in the shadows when I saw his face,
alone at the bar.
So many similarities to the picture
mother keeps on the mantel,
that squared jaw, those cold grey eyes.

His ravishing grin drew me in,
the way he treated me like a grown-up.
He bought me cocktails, whispers
of pomegranate in the bottom of the glass.
(How many is this? Four? Five? Six?)
I laughed and laughed, though he wasn't joking.

And so what if, at the end of the story,
with a ring on my finger and a castle
to boot, you find out that my prince
is prince of nothing but darkness?
I knew what I was doing.
I was prepared for a long dance with death.

Becoming the Villainess by Jeannine Hall Gailey
A girl---lovelocked, alone--wanders into a forest
where lions and wolves lie in wait.
The girl feeds them caramels from the pockets of her paper dress.
They follow like dogs.

Each day she weaves for twelve brothers, twelve golden shirts
twelve pairs of slippers, twelve sets of golden mail.
She sleeps under olive trees, praying for rescue.
In her dreams doves fly in circles, crying out her name.

For a hundred years she is turned into a golden bird,
hung in a cage in a witch's castle. Her brothers
are all turned to stone. She cannot save them,
no matter how many witches she burns.

She weeps tears that cannot be heard
but turn to rubies when they hit the ground.
She lifted her hand against the light
and it became a feathered wing.

She learns the songs of mockingbirds parakeets pheasants.
She wanders into the forest more herself.
She speaks of her twelve stone brothers.
There is a dragon curled around eggs. There is a princess

who is also a white cat, and a tiny dog
she carries in a walnut shell.
She befriends a reindeer who speaks wisdom.
They are all in her corner. It seems unlikely now

that she will ever return home, remember what
it was like, her mother and father, the promises.
She will adopt a new costume,
set up shop in a witch's castle,

perhaps lure young princes and princesses
to herself, to cure what ails her--
her loneliness, her grandeur,
the way her heart has become a stone.
No, definitely be sad that you didn't find The Riding Mistress. For the language, if nothing else. Can't vouch for her other titles, though-- haven't started the one I found on a swap site, and another hasn't arrived yet.

And, shucks, I hope you enjoy my book!
Have you tracked down some Harriett Gilbert, then? I hope I didn't lead you astray by praising The Riding Mistress.
Tell me about it.
My messy nephew is not related to me genetically, but my messy son is (duh). Both are messy types, but my son has been whipped into shape mess-wise, other than his office, by his wife.

I hope that you have seen the "hell" pic and the time lapse graffiti video that I noted at One Horse. They're both unusually smashing.

Vimeo videos are, on average, much better that the YouTube videos. I could lose a lot of time at Vimeo. Here is my favorite so far for creativity. How the maker of the video didn't get sued, especially by McDonalds, is beyond me. Many of the folks that post videos on Vimeo are pros.

In the past I was an avid photographer, especially on vacation and, if I do say so, pretty good. I gave it up when I realized I spent my vacations peering through a view finder. So now my images are in my brain. No clutter and no mess. Hard to show others, though, and the erase feature seems to work overtime. :)
And I have cats. I'm scared there's a reason for that, too.

Yes, we can be contradictory and inconsistent. But they be at liberty to make their own decisions, and given the space and opportunity to do so. Mistakes will be made, that is inevitable. But I believe that, in the end, they pursue push to better their conditions and their own interests. It's better we build our lives around our own mistakes than let it dictated by someone else's wisdom.

Some medical humor
forieginpolicy has a weomen's issue.
Good take on Sasson.
Can't wait to see what you think of her other works.
They're still adding more stories, I think
People obviously sometimes do things that are illegal or immoral because they can or they think they can do so and get away with it. Applies to all sorts of - mostly, but not always - subtle discrimination. Augusta is just a tad blatant.

That would also seem to apply to the top dogs in finance in the financial debacle of the past five years. Has anyone except the Lehman people, the vast majority of them with nothing to do with the actual misdeeds, paid for their transgressions? I don't mean agreed to fines w/o admitting any guilt, "Oh, no, we only paid $3 billion (effectively from the share holders) to get the Justice Department off our backs and end the suit expense." We admit nothing wrong.

I don't know if the extremeness of the past few years is unusual, I think that it may be, but it would be nice if a few finance top dogs went to the slammer occasionally. It might even make CEOs think that they might get caught up in this illegal thing that I disclaim any knowledge of.

Of course, our governors in Illinois have an enviable record of retiring to jail (Four since the 1960s - No state tops that record). At least they do end up in jail.

And, then, there's the vast amount of money in politics. Oh, well.
The whole thing is especially interesting these days superimposed on the Masters golf tourney, at only men need apply Augusta National of course, when IBM led by Virginia Rometty, CEO, was a sponsor. Slate had an interesting article about the men only deal at the Master's and Rometty. Slate's article, of the many written on the discrimination subject, was particularly interesting in that the heading on the web page reads, "Why is IBM sponsoring an arguably sexist golf tournament?" Why would the word "arguably" be in that line? Although it's really Augusta National that's sexist on membership as opposed to the tournament. The previous four IBM CEOs, all men, have become members of Augusta after IBM's sponsorship.

As CEO of IBM - no less - Rometty must have some aggressiveness to her. IBM is committed to gender equality, but she seems to be biding her time. Perhaps there are more cards to be played.
The Guardian's publishing some short fiction from some of China's best writers. But, unlike the London Book Fair, which went out of its way to avoid ruffling the CCP's feathers, The Guardian's authors explore themes absent from state mouthpiece propaganda.

There's the usual rural/urban and class division themes, but also some surprisingly darker ones.

Worth checking out.
And I'm given to understand there are more in the pipeline.
Didn't plan that. But since when do we extend meaning to random events?

Here it is

Thank you for the book recommendation. But from reading the reviews available, I am already dreading the ending.
Do you think I'm strong enough for it?
Re: Your 3:21 pm political age/wealth posting on one-horse's page today. --- Yeah!

As sad as I am about Mr. Obama in certain respects, I could not imagine voting for any of the GOP (um, I'm searching for the right word without profanity) - okay - people running for the GOP presidential slot. What really astounds me is that of all my friends and acquaintances, with two or three exceptions, all lean GOP; some very strongly. Demographically, I'm obviously in a strong GOP area. But, it is very disheartening. What astounds me even more than the first astound herein, is that it seems absolutely clear to me that the GOP positions are antithetical to their best interests and the interests of their kids and grand kids.

If the GOP should win the presidency and both branches of congress, the US of A will be unrecognizable. In some ways, even more troubling is the way big time money, aided by the Supreme Court, has tainted all politicians, at least at the federal, state and big city levels.
I know you're trying to wrap up that China kick from last month, but as you might have noticed from the book blotter-one-horse_library conversation, there's a street photographer in Shanghai who captures a really intimate view of China.

If you're interested, click and explore.
I wish it were just a class fight. That fits the progressive narrative. But as much as I hate to admit it, counterproductive as it is, from my prism, there's serious discontent building up.
Look, I don't expect to ever receive Social Security. That's factored in. Despite that, I was opposed to cuts to these programs. Because it was the right thing to do. Because Social Security and its sister programs have drastically reduced senior poverty. It has ensured that no one need work until they drop dead. It made retirement possible. Moreover, it's a progressive legacy, a Democratic legacy, and a New Deal legacy. It's an emblem of the kind of society that we should be, one that looks out for each other. And because they'd already factored it in for their halcyon days. To yank it away now would just be mean (cruel as well as base).

With the ill-heath that comes with old age, health care access is, to put it bluntly, permission to live. And no one should ever have to beg for permission to live. No one should ever have to slink off into a corner to die.

Plus, I'm much more concerned about energy, climate change, libertarian fanatics, citizens united, & c. to give much concern to my health. Did you, when you were 20? Until I almost lost my fingers to frostbite, not only did I never really considered that my body would break down as I get older, I think I honestly never really considered death or not being whole as I aged. And you know, the economic ramifications as technology steadily erodes away at human employment.

But they broke that compact. They've fought so zealously against that pathetic, compromised, shriveled health care bill because they would rather they have their slice of pie than see the thing grow to everyone's benefit. They screwed us over in 2010. Koch brothers or no, the Tea Party tapped into the discontent over expanding access to children, single mothers, the poor because that would threaten their own. Rick Perry may be a Texan, but he's right about the whole thing being a Ponzi scheme. But it was one my generation was willing to accept until they showed themselves to be untrustworthy partners.

Personally, I'm sick of senior citizens vetoing every single piece of spending except Social Security and Medicare. They're like vampires feeding on the young.

To paraphrase Paine, "The past weighs like a nightmare upon the living."
Oh, no. She's not one of . . . I mean, really??

On a serious note, I, unfortunately, can relate. I've voted Democrat all my life (that is, twice) even thought they've continually failed to stand up for me and mine.
And I'll vote for Obama, because he's not a Republican. I imagine she is feeling the same despair and anguish that I shall be experiencing later this year.

On a lighter note, you're going to be reading Dave Barry and Packing for Mars? Jealous.
You're in for a great read.
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In hoc signos vinces.*

fyi: history of gop war on women

*you know, it kinda looks like a chi rho.
my first reaction:"Cool. The Human Torch has boobs."

my take: Feminist self-immolation, like those poor monks in Tibet. And with as much effect on the right as the Tibetans' protest had on the Han.
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I agree. From the prism of my own experience, there are three components to love:
Lust, which is "fun and fleeting" and pretty much centers purely on sexual gratification.
Romance, that giddy euphoria and intense passion combined with the expectation that this'll persist.
And what you're centering on, the calm attachment and companionship (but lacking the intensity of the second).
FYI, I do agree. I don't think love is possible without the security of the third.

However, I disagree with you that any two people can fall in love with each other "under the right circumstances" as if it's as simple as a Katherine Heigl movie.
There's is a grace and attentiveness to it that is beyond some deliberate formula. I don't think it can be forced, is all.
Or controlled. Okay, I mean, there comes a moment when you have to willfully let go and allow yourself to trust in her and feel it totally. But that's built from all those little unexpected--unplanned--moments of openness and intimacy and passion, among other things.

Obviously, you're experiences differ from mine. And maybe I'm naive, but I can't separate romance or passion from love. Without those, it's simply an infatuation or a mild occurrence of affection.

Yep. I think Fenby should be commended for reducing +2000 years to a mere 400 pages.
NY Times article that might interest you. When I first started "real" work, as opposed to making malts (not all bad... :-) ) and cashiering in a local drug store in high school, I worked at a fair sized company that had a secretarial "pool" where most of the women worked in a long narrow room. The "boss" (a male) of the secretaries sat in front facing them. Even in that unenlightened age, it seemed like the galley of a slave ship physically and, probably - somewhat overdrawn, in actuality.

At the time, I had no degree, but did work that was quasi-legal. Many of our customers thought that I was an attorney (I told them the truth if they asked!). As a result of my learning what I did and exposure to the public, my career did pretty well. Many years later, I was talking to a woman friend, who was a "real" attorney, about our mutual career paths and happened to mention the secretarial pool. She said, accurately, "What chance did they have?"
I don't think there's a problem with romance/love forming a foundation for a lifetime partnership, unless one partner completely sublimates his/her own identity in the process.

I hope the article's true, as well.
No, not romance as a delusion. But I still think it can play a constructive role.

You have a point. But most, if not all, arranged marriages take place in still deeply patriarchal, conservative societies.

And there's nothing wrong with women engaging in temporary dalliances. That is the best case scenario.

And yes, romance is fleeting and make break-ups especially intense. But you'll be missing a big part of why sexuality matters so much in assuming the solipsistic view that sex is just another kind of sensation, as if it were just a variations of mutual masturbation. Any partnership not based on mutual respect and participation is doomed to be a stagnant one.

An aside:
I hate to add to your burden but Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 is worth it. Not only is it a brilliant biography by Tuchman, since you're still on your China kick, but she offers a great way to understanding China through the American mission and Chiang Kai-shek.
What? I can't think of anything more patriarchal than arranged marriages. I mean, women are literally used as objects by a patriarchal and hierarchal family structure, to further economic and political ends.

I hope by "Europe" you don't mean Romance-speaking Europe, particularly France and Italy. Sure, most of America still views women through the whole "Madonna/Whore" prism, but it's even more prevalent in Italy (the funnier version replaces "saint" with "virgin") and Paris is probably the most misogynist city east of Moscow. Naturally, by "Europe" I am excluding the U.K.
>Alas, I don't have the Vivian Maier book of photographs, I just wishlisted it after seeing your review. And double alas, my library system doesn't carry it.

It's published by powerHouse Books (sic), to me an unknown publisher. So, it may not be showing up on your library shelves very soon.

I do like Maier's photos and the back story of her post humus discovery is really interesting. It is too bad that she didn't live and stay solvent to profit from her photos.

Eudora Welty is certainly double, maybe more, talented. Kinda like Steve Martin - yes, that one - playing the banjo.

Unfortunately, my double talents are in reading and listening to music. Wish that I had creative flair somewhere. To quote you, "Alas."
Romantic love was a rebellion against the previous institution of arranged marriages. It gave rise the philosophy of the self as a sovereign. And now we're coming to a place beyond that Disney-idea that a woman has to be married to obtain a kind of meaning.

I don't think it's a biological imperative to wipe out the "alien." It's just the logical conclusion of the GOP's marriage of Southern caste politics and corporate Objectivism. Instead of creating wealth for the commonwealth, their capitalism has become a system which brings about as many interactions between the strong and the weak, creating opportunities to exploit the latter.

They're not exploited because they're different. It's because they don't matter. Since the repeal of many of the New Deal institutions (by both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the Supreme Court), our society has become increasingly organized around power, competition, and wealth. And those who don't have any are fodder for battle, economics, johns, Soylent Green, any way to satisfy the Erysichthonian hunger we've unleashed.
The story of the discovery by John Maloof of Vivian Maier (post humous, unfortunately for her) and her photographs and the reception of the photos in the photography art world. I just noticed on the LT page for the book that your name appears as a proud owner of the book. The back story is really fascinating and well worth exploring online if you have the interest.

In a similar vein, Eudora Welty has at least two books of photographs which contain black and white photos (as you might anticipate, most were taken in the US south, I believe in the 1930s to 1950s and most of them are of African-American subjects). Ages ago, I heard her interviewed on public radio, liked what I heard and have ever since tried to read some of her books. As you may surmise by the use of the word "tried," I have been an abject failure. Just can't get through them. My failures, not hers. In any event, the two photography books are Eudora Welty Photographs which I have and enjoy. The other is One Time One Place: Mississippi in the Depression which I don't have. Just thought that you might have an interest given the Maier book.

Hope that you're doing well.
sorry. It's not a laughing matter. It's not just a war on women, though. It's a war on every group that's weak.
Hey, hey! Let's not get too harsh. The Middle Ages had chivalry AND the birthplace of the notion of romantic love.
Ha! A taste of their own medicine. Restrict their access to Viagra and they'll cave faster than a Republican presidential campaign.
Same problem here. Still adjusting to Pac Standard.

On a related note, I was watching The Twilight Zone and I noticed that a lot of the acting consists of not blinking.

I hope the surgery works. Please send her my sympathies.

Noticed you're reading M.Lewis. Yay!
I can't whistle worth anything after all these years. Darn! My sister-in-law can whistle so loudly that it causes ear ringing.
You might be interested in:

The Accidental Capitalist: A People's Story of the New China
I've got some time.

Make 'em laugh and they forget you're whistle-challenged.

Can't get to sleep right now (got fourteen hours in transit, and I think Bruce Springsteen was playing the whole time; he's really good [apparently I shouted "I'm on fire!"]) so I'm answering correspondence and reading the times to catch up.

Give your niece my regards. I do hope she's doing well.
I hope I'm not intruding, but what happened? Nothing serious, I hope.

Glad to talk to you, too. (But, what are you doing up so late?)
I'd heard of Garden of Beasts; particularly intrigued by the extensive use of Martha Dodds's diaries and the Boris letters.

He's a right canny lad. Meanwhile, I'm still at the same point I was in middle school: I place two fingers in my mouth and shout "Whistle!"
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There's nothing wrong with fraternizing with the enemy, esp. when it can be so much fun. (There's a difference between conservative and reactionary; at least, that's how I rationalize it.)
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To quote S>Short: ‎"Religion is for the Symbol-minded. No idol worshipping aloud."
Love your gallery!
This article?

I may be holding my nose, but I'm voting out of the eternal human hope for transcendence. As for the other guys, I'm gonna give them the benefit of the doubt and say it's not about race.
Los mismos, amiga.
I came over here to tell you that I enjoy watching Pit Boss. I would like to know how you like the Shorty Rossi book.

Once here I started looking at all of the political humor in your member gallery...good times!
What is a poet? An unhappy man who conceals profound anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so fashioned that when sighs and groans pass over them they sound like beautiful music. . . . And people flock about the poet and say to him: do sing again; which mean, would that new sufferings tormented your soul, and: would that your lips stayed fashioned as before, for your cries would only terrify us,but your music is delightful. . . . Behold, therefore would I raher bea swineherd . . . And be understood by the swine than a poet, andmisunderstood by men.

- Kierkegaard
Hiya. Sorry I'd been silent so long. Couldn' prevent it.

Hate to correct your image of me as a stud, but I'd been celibate these past few months. Else you'll find me engaged in a superb display of braggadocio: How many centuries has the sun stood in Heaven? But the sun never looked down until yesterday upon the embodiment of so much loveliness. She is a pageant which for splendor of appearance--& esp. for splendor of suggestion--has never been paralleled in the history of womankind. History may be searched--& searched in vain--to discover so wonderful an exhibition of beauty & grace amongst so many myriads of women. Sigh. Yep; been celibate for far too long. Damn long distance and the net's lack of any physical elements.
i just spent 30 minutes laughing my ass off at your pictures/cartoons. thank you so much! i needed that.
- joseph.
yes, indeed, Hedge was photographed at the Louvre. At this point, our furry friend has been to four continents (including to the Amazon); yet somehow, he continues to face new experiences with the same look of innocent puzzlement.
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i love the worm!
You might like this one and this one.

You might not like this so much.

Happy, warm holidays!
Well we certainly agree about "When the Emperor Was Divine". It was the book that I had in mind the whole time I was reading "Hotel on the Corner ...." in utter frustration.

Now I'm reading P.D. James "Death Comes to Pemberley" which is light and just right for this hectic holiday time.

All the best!
I've been reading your comments about "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and your amazement that you were the only one in your book group to dislike it. (I know ... "dislike" is too mild a word in this case.) I really enjoyed the book and thought perhaps it had something to do with having listened to it. I bought the premise of the talking dog and loved the character. Why? I don't know. I have to confess that I don't even recognize the quotes you used in your review which I have to agree are bilious in the extreme. It hardly seems like the same book I read but of course it is. The misogynistic bits went right over my head and I'm usually on the lookout for them. No wonder it feels to you like the majority of us have been snookered. Maybe we have.

It reminds me of my reaction to "The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" which has also been on the best seller lists for ages - 70 weeks and counting! The absurdly banal representation of life in a Japanese-American detention camp made my skin itch, the protagonist was a cipher of a human being, and when a character joins a grief support group on the internet in 1986 when such a thing was years away, I felt like throwing the book ..... at somebody who thought it was great literature. Friends loved it. I could barely conceal my contempt that they ignored the sophmoric writing.

So I feel your pain. None of us expects everyone to agree with all our reading tastes but when we come across a book that is so blatantly offensive to us - and others whose opinion we value can't see it - it feels like the world has gone mad!

I hope you're reading something these days that's giving you real pleasure. You deserve it after having to read something you hate twice!


Thanks for visiting my library. I knew that Karen Joy Fowler wrote more interesting fiction after looking at her 'What I didn't see' at the library and recently enjoyed her contribution to the 'My mother she killed me my father he ate me' anthology. So I've now got a few of her titles on my tbr pile and good to hear that 'Sarah Canary' is good.
I read 'The JA Club' a few years ago but liked the film version better.
Happy Holidays
ah, a grandson. i envy you. :)

oh, hey, you read endless forms most beautiful. that was a hard one to do in audio. would've loved to read it in print but enjoyed it a great deal anyhoo though i did have to rewind a lot.

also, i notice you read A child's Christmas in Wales. don't know if you've ever listened to Dylan Thomas reading it but they've re-released the old Caedmon recording--not very well, if at all, remastered--and you can hear a snippet at, the part in which Miss Prothero speaks to the firemen, the best part of the tale, i always think and i love DT reading it, even with all the echo. he also reads Fern Hill on this recording although i'm not sure Michael Williams [Mr. Judi Dench] doesn't do it at least as well if not better.

glad you enjoy your grandson. he looks to be at that age that can be so difficult for boys and so delightful for people who aren't their parents. the boys' thoughts are turning to lust, the girls, if they're inclined toward girls, are all maturing too fast for them, they can't control any of their body parts, they're torn between wanting to be mothered and wanting to be manly [irreconcilable desires] . . . wonderful.

see you on audiobooks.

oh mercy, i nearly fell off my chair looking at your pictures. must forward some of those to friends. the warning label is probably my favorite although i do love 'the gang.' glad I don't have to feed that gangly crew. ;)
Our T-Day was marvelous, spent with a grandson near Denver and, oh, yeah, his parents. Grandson, now almost 4 yrs, is a train addict. I've learned more about trains in the past year than I learned in the rest of my life. We did go on a short train ride in the Colorado Rockies. The train was outside all night in 10º weather, so the cars were like being in the interior of an iceberg.

I'm not a vegetarian yet, but working on it gradually and without any goal - kinda like my life.

Re: Some comments on pic comments...

Isn't that library lovely? I wish that it was mine, but the rest of the house would look pretty shoddy by comparison. I agree with you on leather seats; better to have fabric. Dunno about fireplace.

The deer did get away. Never knew what was chasing him, but he was wild eyed.

Tiled bathroom wall - We partially remodeled the 33 year old "across the street from the lake house" a few years back. I remembered a tile store in Chicago that sold similar tiles and went there only to find them out of business. I'll spare you the details, but I drove over 100 miles in a quest for tiles only to find a source at a store about 6 miles from our house near Chicago. We redid the kitchen in a simple white farmhouse style and used the same type tiles (about 8 scattered on backsplash) in a farm animal style. I thought that it all came out kinda cool. Ceramic Tile Trends is the wholesaler - importer.
Good morning, Citizen (if I may),

Looks to me that you've added a few pics to the gallery. I particularly liked this and that. And, as a photo, I've always liked this action shot.

Hope Thanksgiving was marvelous and full of family and delicious bird (and, that you're not a vegetarian) and other good eats.

Just poking around...
I just couldn't get into Yiddish Policeman's Union, though I've heard a lot of good things about Michael Chabon. I recently purchased another of his books (The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) and hope to even the score.

In looking at some of your reading preferences, I was going to make a couple of suggestions, but you already own them (Beloved and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Hi! I wanted to make sure you knew about the group read for The Woman in White. The starting thread for it is here: Hope to see you there!

I thought so too!
Thanks! I'm very pleased how the cover turned out.

Countdown until April...
You and I share 100 books, by the way!
Just read your interesting review of Let the Great World Spin. McCann's father-in-law did not die in the World Towers 9/11, but he was in them, on the 59th floor, and walked down the stairs with the firemen walking up, and to McCann's apartment on 71st Street, according to the reader's guide in my edition of the book.
Yes it was based on the Thirteenth Tale. I really enjoyed that book. It was so odd when I picked it up I had doubts,but am so glad I read it. I also read the Jane Austin Pride and Prejudice with Zombies since I read the reagular novel. Entertaining and interesting it was. I was interested in how they took a very good classic and turned it.
Hope you have a good Saturday,
God Bless,
My name is Robin, and you had recommended a book called Affinity to me and I requested it from my local library. It seems to be a very interesting book. Your library is built on titles I probably would never have even found.
You know, with a heck of a lot of effort, I could cheer my psyche in the political pot up to, say, the chronically depressed level. That wouldn't be so bad, 'cause I'm normally a cheery kinda guy in general. But, let's see and on the other hand, jobs, the economy, banking, housing, the financial arena in general give me such great hope.

I think that we should leave USA politics alone; it's too depressing and resistance is futile. It's the ultimate lowest common denominator trend and concentrate on a moving goal. I'm concentrating on filtering countries for future domicile...

Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Ireland; broke, broke, broke, broke, broke; scenic though.

France (I'm 1/4); can't hack the language, even if I could, people would snicker at my pronunciation constantly. Goofy at best. Bush 2 & his ilk treated them poorly, even their freedom fries...(that's in their favor). Their politicians could be even worse than ours, look at DSK. Is that possible?

Germany (I'm 1/4); solvent so far, their politics doesn't seem too bad from afar, but the history gives one pause.

Norway (I'm 1/4); it's cold, English widely spoken, an inspired land, I think. Has oil from North Sea and has managed the money from that marvelously. Can't hack lutefisk. Even though lutefisk is also found in Sweden, the Norwegians are more hard core lutefiskeans (okay, I made that word up).

Sweden (I'm 1/4); cold, stayed semi neutral in WW II, impression of a buff bunch of folks (will I fit in?), likable, English widely spoken, The Refreshments and even Johan Blohm. Ya, maybe.

Australia, New Zealand (I'm 0%); semi-common language, NZ prettiest, most interesting, compact place on earth according to very well traveled friend (worked internationally for the Big Mac company). Aussies may be approaching us politically in a few years at the rate they are going.

England; semi-common language, maybe not, riots; although we have had ours (note heavy list US riots starting in 1960s) and they may be recurring soon at a theater near you. Politics messy, although I do like the way that the PM pops up and down in Commons and he/she gets booed or cheered by the folks in attendance; good political theater. Swedes and Norwegians speak better US english.

Well, that was more fun than dissecting politics, wasn't it? One can't be too serious, even in crappy times.
"...he ends it with: 'Given the tension in the air, and the 2012 election hovering, it’s not likely that the warring parties will come together on this or any other issue. But who knows? Maybe we’ll all wake up one morning and see the world differently. It’s happened before.' "

The last three sentences of the article were obviously written by the Grimm Fairy Tale brothers right after they wrote "Rapunzel." It's a triumph of wishful hope over hard experience. It's particularly wan (definition 3) given the preponderance of the far right both in Congress and running for prexy. And, to further depress us, this. I can't believe that the common man or woman wants - if he or she really understands it (a key assumption) - the toxic waste the GOP sells today. Mind you, I'm not thrilled by the Dems either; although it's certainly the lesser of two evils by light years.

Somewhere in the next year or so, it's not hard to imagine Congress going to the wall and something very unpleasant happening. This is kinda mushy, but who knows the issue and catalyst, other than the fact that it will involve the GOP?

Now that I've depressed us, I'll wish a "Good Night."
Thanks - that review is composed of various comments from my 75ers thread, since initially I just thought of it as a light read. But Lisa (labfs39) made me think about it further. If you're curious, the discussion starts around post #93.
Re: War stories by a former commercial real estate lender...

We had an MBA type guy come in looking for a loan of $6 million. He had everything, plans, projections on costs and income/expense. He had so much material that we asked that he leave it with us to peruse and he did. One of our analysts poured over it at length and reported back that the numbers looked great but something seemed amiss. We looked at it and found that he hadn't included interest expense on the loan he wanted from us in expense projections. We rejected...

The other story I loved was a minister of a very small church with poor income statements (maybe 30-40 members) looking for a $2 million loan for a church that could hold 800 plus people. We asked how he expected to pay the debt service and find all those members and he responded, "God will provide..." We were tempted to ask if He would co-sign, but played it straight and said, "No, thanks."

Triggered by re-reading the Bloomberg Businessweek article below last night.
Ah, Jon Stewart... He does have a way of getting at the truth in a humorous way. I'm at the across the street from the lake house in NW Illinois near Galena. We're limited to a roof antenna and about 5 stations; on a cheery note, one of them is PBS from Madison, WI. We get one (count IT, "one") radio station. It's like the old days. There is no cable as a choice. Or DSL. Or whatever. I do have a cell connection for the MacBook, so I'm not totally in the dark; (although some may dispute that statement in general).

All that said, thanks for the link. I did watch the two videos online. The upcoming election is going to be interesting and, I'm afraid, depressing. I was a fan of Obama last time around. This time, he is likely to be the choice by default.

I think that the GOP should change their name to the Voodoo Party.

We have a lot of very serious issues in the US. Jobs, housing, run-away income inequality, debt (US, states, local govts, individuals) and not much positive is going to happen until the debt issue is at least tempered. Bloomberg Businessweek had a brief interesting take on the US debt situation. The graphic, (if the whole graphic doesn't appear, click on it) in particular was striking.

As I mentioned to one-horse, maybe it's time for a third party?
--- "Comeon, the GOP can't be that stupid, can they?"

Of course...
I was wandering aimlessly today on LT and found your gallery picture and loved it. Unfortunately for the economic, social and political well being of the US and the world, there is much truth in it. Not to promote class warfare or anything, I can't believe that anyone below the top 1% or 5% economically votes GOP and, actually, a lot of those folks at the top don't seem enamored of today's Republicans. I don't know what the answer might be, but 2012 could be a debacle that will make Bush #2 look good.

Politicians (whatever happened to "statesmen" or women) of both parties are way too beholden to contributions, especially of the big buck variety, and it isn't healthy. To me, that's the reason there aren't more shackles on financial firms after the recent past and why there aren't more of those folks in the pokey.

I see you have Putnam's American Grace. Should be an interesting book; he's a thoughtful and bright guy. My wife was state director for the Junior women's clubs in Illinois which were losing members when he came out with Bowling Alone and he was right on as far as voluntary associations (clubs, lodges, sports teams...) diminishing in activity and membership. Interesting though, is the boom in organized sports for kids. Whatever happened to ad hoc sports, self organized by the kids themselves? That seems to me to be a sadly lost piece of learning for the kids.

Note on "statesman" --- Just for the heck of it, I searched the word "statesman" on Google Images. The result was startling. Searching the plural "statesmen" yields a totally different result. Interesting! But then I'm apparently easily amused.
Then, to help you transition from the west to prostitution:

Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitutes in the American West, 1865-90

Good data but lacking in composition.
Thanks! I will try to post a link on the old thread.
The picture isn't me, it's just a beautiful photo I found in a children's clothing catalog. I loved it so much I actually ordered the dress for my daughter. :o)
Pigs is Pigs. A profound statement if there ever was one. And, a free on-line short old book (really an article).
I would think that the History Channel show on state borders would be interesting. We (Illinois) also beat Wisconsin out of the area now south of Wisconsin and which includes most of the Chicago area running to the Mississippi River; about a 60 mile strip. The short version is that the original Illinois north border was supposed to be even with the south edge of Lake Michigan and we cried about it. So, not only did Michigan beat them out of what is now Michigan's UP, but we beat them out of a sixty mile strip including Chicago. I don't recall anything about Minnesota beating them up for land, but that's because Minnesota was later than Wisconsin coming into statehood.

Then there famously is the Pig War with Canada...

Notes From a Small Island was my first Bryson book. Thought it was full of interesting observations on England & the English and quite funny. Lately, I've almost had the feeling that lately he is writing to make a living (how nervy and crass!). It appears to be working.

He does have a way of setting out interesting, curious historical or other factual tidbits that make me lust - excuse me - for more info. I said at one time that he would be a great neighbor and, if he was my neighbor, I'd stand at the fence with him listening and saying, "Really, Bill?

I just love off beat stuff. My brother-in-law and I went up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan recently. On the way up, we were talking about how ridiculous it seemed to have the UP as part of Michigan plopped on top of Wisconsin and wondering why it was so. We got to a tourist center in a small Michigan town and we and the woman behind the counter were the only ones there and started talking. We asked her about the Illogic of the UP as part of Michigan. She said that it was because, when it was going to be a state, Michigan wanted the area around Toledo as part of Michigan and got into a small "war" with Ohio over it. It was settled by giving Michigan the UP in place of the Toledo area. I thought that sounded suspect but kept shut for a change. Later, I went on line and darned if she wasn't right. Copper was discovered on the UP and the area, for a time in the 1800s, ended up wealthy. Toledo, in the meantime, is worth $2.83 (no offense if you're from Toledo).
You're going to LOVE this. It's a surprise.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.
You might be interested in it, even if you're not interested in baseball beyond your grandson's games. Mike might want to take a look into it, too.
Forgot to tell you that my favorite Rebecca Goldstein novel was "The Mind-Body Problem," although I also enjoyed "Mazel."
I saw this and remembered you recently read the book -- thought you might like to see it:

Squints was a great kid. We all tip out hats to him.

Heard about it, too. But I figured it was a joke. I mean, his last name is Weiner! Had to be prank. But if it was, and he was a victim, he sure handled it badly.

An aside: You've probably already read this, Physician, Heel Thyself, but you ought to find hope in the following commencement address at Harvard Med. Things do appear to be changing.
btw, that picture is from about 1971 or '72.
In those Jane Lawless books from Ellen Hart, her personal details do evolve. She is starting out in the business then adds another restaurant later. Her significant others change. I do think you can get past the personal details and focus on the mysteries.
I really enjoy the Ellen Hart mysteries. Though the characters change, I think you could read them out of order. The one you mentioned is in the Jane Lawless series (she's a Minneapolis restaurant owner). Some of the same characters occasionally appear in the other series, which features Sophie Greenway.
You come up with the best TIOLI challenges every month!!

I'm especially eager to see what people will be reading for your June challenge. I'd thought about making this a category for my 11 in 11 challenge but didn't. Maybe next year.
I'm posting one right now at the Feminist Theory group. I put it on my FB page, but it's getting too little attention, and I think it's just great.

I was a reluctant FB person, but I've found what I really like it the stuff I get from social causes that I "like". Places that support human rights issues, women's rights, etc. It's the latest and hottest news from the groups that I respect. I think you might actually get something out of it.
Looks familiar.

And just because

Mine's M51, better known as the Whirlpool. Both it and Arp 273 are interacting, but they're very different. (And while you could rotate images, of course, there's no way to get an image from "another angle" the way you could of a building or a mountain -- or even, say, Mars -- by traveling to the other side of it. They're just too far away; M51 is a "nearby" galaxy at about 30 million lightyears from us. Arp 273 is about 300 million lightyears away; the light that formed that lovely profile image of yours left before dinosaurs appeared on Earth.

It's about time.
Gallows humor. :)

Gotta say, is probably my favorite.
I think Lucy Fur should've been Lucy Fuhrer.

It's pretty funny. But am I the only one who thinks the games would be so much better had Yahweh been influenced by Ricky Gervais? I want rainbow powers!

And just because:
Christmas Cards
How sexist. It's good advice for pretty much everyone who seeks to make a difference in the world, not just women. I mean, radium affects all genders.

All kinds of politically incorrect, but brilliantly funny.
God Fighter
False sense of security? I was actually looking forward to relaxing this weekend. But thanks for reminding me we're fast approaching the 29th day. I knew I could count on you

I really do believe our world (human civilization) is coming to an end, except I leave out "God" and call it climate change, overpopulation, demography, resource demands/depletion, globalization, industrialization, and good old chemistry and physics. And instead of Harold Camping and the Bible, I rely on the prophecies of Svante Arrhenius and database of the Mauna Loa Observatory. Boils and tongues of fire would be the least of our worries. Just ask those 35,000 people who were killed in the 2003 European heat wave.

They have as much chance of convincing me of the Rapture as I have of overcoming their denial of climate change. I can sympathize with them, esp. their efforts to convince and save us heathens, because I'm trying to do the same. The only difference is, I'm not looking forward to my apocalypse.

It's not really "reform" if it worsens things. Well, I guess they don't see it that way. For them, the time when women and minorities couldn't vote was a paradise. Then we can all live in a Christian Saudi Arabia. Except we won't have any oil . . . what are we going to do for fun then?
Wait . . . I'm still talking to you on Saturday. Either neither of us made the cut . . . or Heaven really is a library!

Either way, we'll find out what Tina Fey has planned for Kenneth. Yay!
You're preaching to the choir. But what election reforms? You mean, legally defining corporations as people and granting them carte blanche? You know what we should do? Since they're people now, can we sue them for slavery (the buying and selling of corporations by other corporations), rape (hostile takeovers), cannibalism (mergers), and so on.

I don't think it's power over women, specifically. You have to see them as people, first, in order to even consider that.

* * *

Enough about politics. What's up with Kenneth [30 Rock]? Are the writers hinting at a magical beginnings? The reference to "Union soldier meat" . . . he was born during the Civil War?

I think it's a LOST thing. I mean, they all live on an island. None of them can leave. The references to Jacob--I think he's haunting the building, secretly manipulating everyone, and has Kenneth Parcell under his thumb. What do you think the odds are that 30 Rock ends on a Sopranos-like finale?
Ah, here. The chart is esp. illuminating.
Don't forget limiting the franchise to only those they approve. Not just in Florida, but in pretty much every state where they've taken control of the legislature and executive. You know how people were worried about the Muslim Brotherhood using democratic means to impose a non-democratic ends in Egypt? Well, they should've paid closer attention to home. But c'mon, we can't act shocked. We knew this was possible--even likely--when those Tea Partiers took control in 2010. They think "democracy" means "tyranny of the majority."

It isn't really about abortion; it has nothing to do with family values. Just as the death penalty has nothing to do with justice. It's about power.

P.S. When it's debt-financed "tax cuts" it's called a subsidy. The antithesis to Robin Hood. Which brings me to the good news. King John had to sign the Magna Carta. Whenever the rulers start basing their support upon the nobility, they tend to fall. From the Optimates politicians to the Vasa dynasty, it's mostly held true.
Re: End of the World

God wouldn't dare end the world before 30 Rock's 6tjh season.
Your review makes me want to read the Essential Dykes all over again!
Well, they're not stopping at Lincoln the Vampire Slayer. Think you'll buy a ticket to another installment of the Home Alone franchise . . . with Zombies?
Was rereading said article and after coming across

In Lafayette, Alabama, the owner of a gristmill so stricken described the fourteen women who plundered his flour as being armed with “guns, pistols, knives and tongues.”

I am sure I shall go to sleep smiling.
Already done.
Of course they were. Pale, soulless, monsters with human faces who feed off the misery of people. Still, Sherman made more sense for the role of Vampire Slayer. With John Brown as his Watcher. Not all the South was pro-Confederacy, no matter how the revisionists try to spin it.

If you don't hear from me, it'll be because I'll be trying to figure out how cover my tracks.
I've got bad news. Remember that conceited movie we were shopping around, before Nic Cage's devilry derailed it? Seems like Seth Grahame-smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies beat us to it.
Here you go.
Well, don't get lost or you'll miss The Great Gatsby movie. Unfortunately, it's directed by Baz Luhrmann, not Martin Scorsese, so it's going to be a >$120 million sappy romance. But I'm starting to dig musicals, so maybe it won't be so bad. Five bucks says there'll be a crocodile in a bathtub.
I got your package today, thanks!
my bad.
ethos, logos and pathos. sorry.
Man is not the rational animal, but the rationalizing animal (certainly explains why there are so many lawyers). Either that, or we've focused too much on "logos" and've neglected "logos" and "pathos."

Ex: My quoting Aristotle to support my argument despite the fact that I think he's wrong in pretty much every single way. Smart, but wrong.

Ball's in your court.
That'd really be funny if those actually responsible were prosecuted, instead of getting billions of dollars in bonuses, or worse, brushed off by an apathetic public.
You work with doctors but care about your patients. Let me guess . . . you're a nurse?
No, not Olivia Wilde. But damn. I oughta start watching Fox. A girl in Paris . Sigh. You know that saying, "We'll always have Paris?" F*** you, Bogart.

Still, to put someone under anaesthetics is risky in the best of conditions. To do so while not operating at his best mental capacity . . . I'm pretty sure that violates the core of the Hippocratic Oath (do no harm).
Um, what if she's a med student, not a doctor? Do I have to stay away from her, too? Esp. if she shows no inclination to stay away from me? ;)

But all kidding aside, did he ever, y'know, hurt anyone? If he, either indirectly or indirectly, caused serious harm or death, then a fishing trip ain't gonna cut it. Unless, y'know, it's an ice fishing expedition to Ice-catraz.

That's why I could never cut it as one. Just lucky I talked an ER nurse before graduating half a million dollars in debt only to discover that just the thought of someone's life being in my hands sends me into a catatonic state. My own life, I'm okay with (so much so that I nearly fell off the mountainside in my uncle's motorcycle, drowned (twice, once while in a car), 8 centimeters away from being blown up by an impromptu chemical chain reaction, you get the idea). Anyone else's life, though, and I have a panic attack.
Ah. Shakes head. It's Aaron Sorkin all over again.

So your anesthesiologist was drunk? Even drug dealers know better than to sample their own wares.
Y'know, not a bad idea. It'll make awesome satire.
Damn. But I insist: no posh Brit actros.

Alright, let's get started on the script, then.
Old age.

What did happen with the bird?
Caught the movie just in time, too. The Chinese Ministry of Truth just outlawed time travel.

g2g Sis's pet bird died.
I was taught to underline books in grade school but then taught just as fervently to italicize them later on and then told to highlight them in glowing pink slime an hour ago.

Ooh, The Tiger's Wife? Great selection (good thing NPR survived, else I'll be in want of good reads). Me, I'm going to be stuck with non-fiction for a while and have to sneak in a little fiction whenever possible. Although, I'm not sure how one would classify The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals, a cookbook for unicorns and dragons and oh my!

The strawberries were eaten plain but still to die for.
Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime (1968) - it's a French sci-fi movie. Kind of like Slaughterhouse-Five and The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) meets It's a Wonderful Life (1946) except not so wonderful. It was discomforting (strawberries really came in handy) but I like it. It achieves what so many films fails to do, that is use the medium of visual storytelling to delve inside ourselves and engage us in a conversation about human existence, the relevance and importance of being human, & c. Y'know, French existential cinema with time travel as a plot device. But without being nihilistic.

And it's a little late for April Fools', but someone sent me this. I actually spent more time than I'd like to admit looking for it on Amazon before I realized it was a prank.
I don't know how you'll be able to manage with both Fingersmith(1) (it sounds great) and Deadwood.

As for me, eating strawberries and watching Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime.

Maybe we can fob Cage & the Zombies off on Burton--they seem to like working with the macabre--and keep Cage away from Austen. You ought to see what he did to de Bernières's Captain Corelli's Mandolin? No, maybe it's better if you didn't.

And wow, this almost makes me want to spend more time on writing my emails. Or take up letter writing.

Take care.

(1) Is italics the correct way to denote a book title? Or do you underline it?
$#@%. It was damn funny, too.
Thanks for the radiation alert, but you needn't worry: I've stopped eating (most) seafood out of worries about mercury poisoning. I don't miss sushi or tuna (much), but last week I saw Halle Berry and I was like, Grrgggll, swordfish.
But thank you. Because now I feel doubly vindicated, and trebly smug.

Now that we've gotten the small talk out of the way, I'm afraid that we can't "[j]ust leave out Cage and the Zombies." It's in the contract. Any nonsensical movie must have Nic Cage in it or he kills one of the
A Jane Austen adaptation, with zombies and muscle cars, all taking place in a high-tech Japanese office building that's been taken hostage by Harry Potter's Dark Arts professor? I find myself in a veritable glow of anticipation over the next Cageploitation movie.
Speaking of humor, please please please put muscle cars in the next Austen adaptation. You know it's only a matter of time before they mash Austen with Die Hard.
Esp. when gallows humor is all that's left.
Snort. I can only imagine what someone stumbling upon our conversation would think. What I wouldn't give to see the expression on their faces.

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And the agnostic just stands off the side, not knowing on whose side to intervene.

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What about polytheists?
That I gotta see.

I have this story about how religion is actually a giant hoax to get humanity to plant apples. It was for a biology project. Didn't do so well in Bible Lit. :)
Not at all. Just a bout of temporary madness brought about by trying to make sense of a French novel (Hocus Bogus). See comments in Your Books.
Do something fun?

You could say that. Let's see. . . I woke up outside on a cold hard surface, in an awkward yoga position and convinced I was some kind of goat. Yeah, you could say I had a wild night.

How did the game go?

Hey CJ, forgot to say thanks for the kudos. Thanks!
I can't upload covers, either. I don't think it's the computer, but the site.
You should upload your scans to another site, say Flickr, and paste the url. That works.
Have you seen this thread?
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because they hardly eat.
Damn. It seems like nothing's safe anymore. You were right.

It seems that models aren't vain after all. Just ahead of their time.

Hi, Joyce. I've been following your posts re: the C-span show with the Palenstinian author. I made a particular effort to watch the show after seeing the posts about his book. (Sorry to not use his name, but I can't remember how to spell it.) I noted that the first commenter in the q. aand a. session made a, um, an attack on the policies of Israel and of the U.S. and that he responded with moderation, which I liked. But when that commenter later started, quite reasonably, I thought, to explore how we can reach diverse conclusions from the same material, I was terribly disappointed by his heated response. I couldn't understand why he didn't point out that they had looked at different sources, rather than blowing up in the way he did. I thought his loss of temper was quite revealing, an effect that I'm sure he didn't intend.
Whoa. Material sciences sure has advanced a great deal. Thanks. Yellow always brings a smile to face.
Well, at least they're upfront about it. The arrogance of it!

I want to go to there. The "Open Panel Round."
Oh, don't thank me, not when it's created the expectation for you to pull off the same thing. Maybe you can get Goodyear to sponsor it. And pay for your tires.

I'm gonna be honest with you: I think it's satire. I was of the mind that Futrelle's blog was a satirical response to Adams's satirical blog. In an oblique manner, kind of like when former Justice O'Connor highlighted the injustice of laws favoring men over women, to convince the other justices of the importance and to tackle it. The comments, though, kinda suggests that's not how it was received, though Cara [moderator] did--at first--lend credence to my supposition. But, well, I'll change my mind, too . . .

Anyway, it's interesting you brought that up; last night I was reading le Guin's "The Matter of Seggri," a sc-fi short story where she imagines a role reversal of the genders.
I'll let you know, I've seen Santa Claus with my very own eyes. And, he's been captured on film on numerous occasions. :)

Have fun tomorrow! If only you'd let me know earlier; we could've planned ahead and made sure it was the best game ever.

Where'd you go?
Quote of the day:

"I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilisation on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet."
Hugo Chavez.

Y'know, from any other world leader, something that Busey would be cause for remark. But from that guy, well, I just hope that means he'll be using his oil revenues to fund a trip to Mars.

And now back to the actual purpose of this dispatch:

Does the Universe Need God? by Sean Carroll
If classic movies had had cell phones when they were filmed:

Part One

Part Two, when smartphones came along.
In the library?! Well, it depends on what he did.
Hey, good morning.

Yeah, but sci-fi is a double edged sword. It could very well save the world. But it could just as easily destroy it.
So, stick to things at the bottom of the food chain?

If I could, I'll photosynthesize. But I'm realistic. I'll settle for getting my NRG from soaking in a lead acid solution, lithium if I can afford it.
Those poor, brave souls.
I hope they succeed, as that's the only thing I can do. Hope. Trapped behind a jar of concrete and steel.
Bela's delightful. Thank you.

* * *

Don't think less of the guy for that. I think the guy knows how bad it is in Japan; we're all waiting for news of the reactors and the waiting is made worse for out utter powerlessness. He could be telling himself that, to convince himself to feel safe. I mean, the news reports look like scenes from a Dantean sci-fi dystopia. Or he might be protecting himself from the disaster, by repeating at mantra, "It could've been worse." Sometimes there are events that, if we open ourselves to them, are more than we can bear. So we find ways to distance ourselves, just for a short while. The carnage is too large, the loss too personal. It exhausts us, so we find rest in whatever little solace we can, whether it's Cassandran cavils, carping about our cars, or turning away to watch some news dispatches of a A href=>different nature.

Sound advice, but unfortunately, I never drink . . . wine.

You ought to peek into my subconscious when Gilbert and Sullivan is playing while I'm asleep. Think Cirque du Soleil, but with the Harlem Globetrotters. True story.
terrible nightmare: I'd just gotten a new eReader, and there were product placements in books and commercials for mountain dew between chapters. hope it's not prescient.
35 books read! Joyce, you are amazing! I thought I was doing okay at 14 books read!LOL! Just checking it!
an amendment: "discussion" implies there was a back and forth exchange. "lecture" is more applicable.
perhaps it's the direction society is evolving, insofar as that is now a more permissible mainstream rationale. Personally, I think human relationship's been like that far longer than the Church-backed "ideal."

For example, I recall that the Greeks had as many different words for the degrees of love (meaning, there are other kinds of love besides eros, though I didn't believe that, being a teenager ;) as we have for "car." Interestingly enough, the person who told me that was by Bible teacher (not in an icky way; purely intellectual discussion). Very devout, but I wouldn't call her fundamentalist.
"she fell in love with a person, not a gender." I don't think there's a better way to put it than that.
"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" The corpocracy's take on the Japanese earthquake & tsunami: “The human toll here [in Japan] looks to be much worse than the economic toll and we can be grateful for that."

Just to be sure, it's the Cloud Atlas by David Mitchel, right? Not the one by either Donald Platt or Liam Callanan?
Heche and Martin went out? I thought she was gay. And a lot younger than he was (I know, I know, but she's talented, not just another air-head bimbo).

Re: morality of movie stars

"Nothing more clearly show how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other worldly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them."
- Jean de La Bruyere
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