My Copy: 9780785808725 (image from abebooks.uk.com, different design from what's available today) I've had this book on my shelf for roughly fifteen years, and hadn't so much as cracked it open til this week. I suppose there was a reason for that. I had to struggle to hit the 100 page benchmark before giving up. … Continue reading Essential Tibetan Buddhism, by Robert A.F. Thurman
I've had the "Make America Straight Again" conference notes stuck in my head after seeing some video snippets from day 1 (The Friendly Atheist has the "lowlights"--shudder). This is something that's really bugged me. When I see preachers practically frothing at the mouth about sinners, the gays, feminists, abortion, etc...I have to wonder something. In … Continue reading #098– Do These Anti-Gay Preachers Ever Get Tired of Hating?
My Copy: 9781847240170 (image from fantasticfiction.com; the image and title are different now, you'd have to find it under Taming the Infinite.) This is probably the strangest review I've left so far. I'll also admit I gave up reading at page 100. In many aspects, I like what's going on as far as how it's … Continue reading The Story of Mathematics: From Babylonian Numerals to Chaos Theory, by Ian Stewart
Aww...look at that cutie-patootie. That's my boy, once he stopped scratching his back on the grass just a few days ago. He looked up at me like "what are you doing with that phone?" Then he just started panting and wagging that tail. Well, I got home late and the pups really needed to go … Continue reading My Dog Just Killed a Possum. Scared the Hell Out of Me!
I read this late last night and just couldn't believe the callous behavior from so-called health professionals. It's an awful story of prejudice, shaming, and cold disregard of someone who is calling for help...someone who I would like to meet because they seem to be a ray of sunshine in the world, even while struggling … Continue reading Fatphobia in eating disorder recovery exists. And now my friend might die because of it.
Let's say my To-Do list for this week has totally gone by the wayside. I should be working on a bunch of stuff and getting my instruments in tune to play. Part of me blames a day-long headache for what's happened, and a lousy nap that barely took the edge off. Maybe it shouldn't be … Continue reading Waste of a Hot Sunday… a little of this and a lot of nothing.
This one hit me a few days ago when I saw my long-haired blonde retriever-mix dog out in the yard. He was running around on his 40 foot tether line and then lay down, rolled over, and started itching his back back and forth on the ground. Made a funny moment and a damned cute … Continue reading #097– How Come Dogs Don’t Get Grass Stains On Their Fur?
This is sort of a question, only because I've heard a whole bunch of differing opinions on this topic. I bought a ton of picks for my various string instruments (I heard they get lost super easily, and that doesn't surprise me at all) over the past year. However, I've recently heard from a bunch … Continue reading Fingers or Pick? The best way to learn guitar for the absolute beginner…
I'm a little surprised summer didn't come into full fury four weeks ago. Usually the first weekend in May heralds a good long HOT summer til about late September. We still have a slight reprieve, but that heat index is making it what it is. I managed to finish the first coat of paint on … Continue reading I suppose we could call this “summer cleaning,” as long as it’s not too hot.
As much of a documentary nut as I am, I have to admit I've never seen a second of Cosmos--either version. I've heard about it occasionally over the decades and then of course came the newer version. Part of me would lean toward Tyson's because I'd bet that there's extra science in there not known … Continue reading #096 Blitz Q–Which One Is the Better Version of Cosmos: Carl Sagan’s or Neil deGrasse Tyson’s?