New music discovery: Big Wreck

This band has been around for a long time, apparently, but I just now discovered them. Check this out...it's like early Rush mashed together with a not-depressed version of Soundgarden. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Oy5QoZiUVw Love it! Now, for a little change of pace, here's a live performance. This one gave me goosebumps. So beautiful and heartfelt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwjHPtRFeqs I... Continue Reading →

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Punching 2019 in the face: April edition

It's time to check in again and see if I've landed any good punches in my fight to beat the crap out of the year 2019 and make it my bitch. Let's look at the five goals I set: Goal 1 Make a useful profit from the Hufflepuffery shop on Etsy. April was a very... Continue Reading →

9 reasons why cowboys are better than superheroes

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy superhero movies and even (at a safe distance) comics. But the Avengers and Wolverine can't hold a candle to the Sacketts and the Man With No Name. When I want to relax and immerse myself in a heroic movie, I don't go looking for a Marvel flick. I... Continue Reading →

Gaze into the void…

And the award for the most awesomely creepy album cover on the planet goes to... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndOR_E1kWJ4 Void Mother, by Obscure Sphinx. Their music is pretty darn good, too. Give it a listen. (Fair warning: Get ready to settle in and let the let the music envelop you. There are no singles here.) The album cover... Continue Reading →

Sea serpents! Mysteries!

It's 1899. A tramp steamer rides out a tsunami in the South Pacific, and then visits some of the devastated islands in search of news and cargo. On one particularly remote island, the natives tell of a gigantic two-headed sea serpent that washed up on a beach in the tsunami's wake. The steamer's captain is... Continue Reading →

Punching 2019 in the face: February

In January I wrote down what other people might call New Year's resolutions, but I prefer to call goals. Or plans. Plans designed, as The Emperor's Notepad advised, to punch 2019 in the face and make it my bitch. I figure a monthly update will help keep me honest about how I'm doing and maybe... Continue Reading →

Independence: A quote

"The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God." Thomas Jefferson, letter on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

Oh, all right…I’ll do it…

Grumblegrumble... I hate New Year's resolutions. But whatever, I guess I'll make some anyway. Thing is, there actually are some very specific things I want to achieve this year. Not things I ought to do, like get in shape and lose weight, but things I WANT to do and haven't been doing enough of. (And... Continue Reading →

Happy birthday…

Happy birthday to the Bill of Rights. 236 years today. Some of the 10 are looking pretty shaky, I have to admit...but when you consider that they've been under attack in various ways for over 200 years, and yet they still refuse to die, that's pretty impressive. As grim as things may look sometimes, it's... Continue Reading →

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