Q#147: Question for the Dune fans out there–is it worth it to read the other books?…

I caught the new Dune teaser a few hours ago, which made my jaw drop a bit in surprise. Of course, being a teaser, it was damned confusing, too (and part of me wonders how much they paid Pink Floyd for that interesting slow cover of "Eclipse"). That trailer prompted me to take out the … Continue reading Q#147: Question for the Dune fans out there–is it worth it to read the other books?…

I’m more in fear for my country now than I EVER was during 9/11.

Strange how I just realized the date's tomorrow. 19 years ago. I remember telling some folks back when Dump was running for office that I'm far more afraid of my neighbors than any foreign terrorist. That goes double these days. Not my immediate neighbors, perhaps, but the area in general. I live deep in Dump … Continue reading I’m more in fear for my country now than I EVER was during 9/11.

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice & Fire #5), by George R. R. Martin

My Copy: 9780553582017 (image from bn.com) I can't believe it took me over two months to finish this book. I actually read the last two hundred pages last night because I was so eager to get through them and I couldn't sleep, so why not? The action increased its pace nicely with some quiet moments … Continue reading A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice & Fire #5), by George R. R. Martin

When White Supremacy (and/or Nationalism) Gets People Killed: Galveston, 1900.

I don't think I'm too far off the mark when I put it like that. The Galveston 1900 Hurricane hit 120 years ago today, and somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000 people lost their lives. Granted, we have far more technology than they had back in those days, so it's easy to look at what we … Continue reading When White Supremacy (and/or Nationalism) Gets People Killed: Galveston, 1900.

I might’ve gone a bit overboard with the indoor herb-garden thing… but I might just love the possible headaches anyway.

I spent some time just after the last post thinking about getting supplies for the garden, and then said "screw it" and went to get the shelves and casters at least. And then, I just up and got a bunch of smaller containers and herb seedlings... and some kale, and some cabbage, and some lettuce. … Continue reading I might’ve gone a bit overboard with the indoor herb-garden thing… but I might just love the possible headaches anyway.

The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin

My Copy: 0764110187 (image from bn.com) One thing I've learned about wanting to learn new things--and using books as a major resource--is that when it's a Barron's publication, you've got few worries. The same goes for The Parakeet Handbook. I like this book. It could use a few more illustrations, perhaps, but it's not overly … Continue reading The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin