My Copy: 9780062871350 (image from bn.com) I saw the trailers for the movie, of course, and thought "damn, I need to see that." The next day, I saw the book in the window of Barnes and Noble and stopped. I had no idea it was a book, and neither did another lady who stopped near … Continue reading The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
(image from phys.org) When the Trolls, Swatters and Instigators Crawl Out of Cyberspace...damn. I wondered how long it would take for this "Fake News" train, the swatting, bullying, virus-spreading the army of Trolls on the internet to lead to deaths. India's finding that out firsthand. There are plenty of examples where what trolls and instigators … Continue reading #076–Blitz Q: How much more trolling & fake news would it take for the social media violence going on in India to happen in the U.S. (or is it already starting)?
Header image from khou.com (3/21/2018). It's been some beautiful weather, and two days in a row, Houston's had two major police chases. Ah, Spring has come, with lovely sunny days and perfect temperatures for the first time in months. Which begs the question: who the hell wants to hang out in a jail cell on … Continue reading #063–In police pursuits, why do suspects still bother trying to escape when the helicopters join in?
My Copy: 0446364193 (image from goodreads.com) I admit, I watched the movie before I knew there was a book, and believe me, I think the book was better in most respects. Hell, the movie is barely anything like the book! So, I feel relieved having finally read this book cover to cover. Along Came a … Continue reading Along Came A Spider, by James Patterson
(cover image from quebecreadingconnection.ca) I was at the Holocaust Museum Houston a few years ago when I first saw this one. By then, I'd had my mind opened to the power of graphic novels and how they can say things versus traditional print novels. And it was about Houston. So I snatched it up. The … Continue reading The Silence of Our Friends, by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, & Nate Powell
Header image from The Night of the Hunter (1955), a WAY too creepy movie. I think we know the plot device by heart. Hell, they're probably the main reason why we ended up with so many damned Scary Movie sequels and other tribute/parody films over the years. For this immediate example, I'm going to take … Continue reading Walking Killer vs. Running Victim: a theory about survival from a fitness perspective.
January 1st, 2016--I spent the morning and afternoon in Starbucks, looking at everybody who came in the door to see who had a handgun holster. That day, the open-carry law in Texas was in effect, and out of curiosity, I left the house to see it (and work on some research project of mine in … Continue reading #030–Why would anyone who is NOT a peace officer want to “open carry” a firearm?
My Copy: 0553245473 (image found on kobo.com, link cover is updated version) I have been a huge fan of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin for half my life. I just love the world of the brownstone on West 35th Street, New York, and the quirks, familiarity, and attitudes of our characters. And yes, … Continue reading Three Men Out (Nero Wolfe), by Rex Stout
When the book was being written in the late 1990s, stalking laws all over the country were being overhauled or just implemented to make it a much harsher crime on the books. The book's a time-capsule in one sense, showing the early days of recognizing an old nuisance for the possibly dangerous crime it is.
I used to be at the coffee shop a lot earlier on the weekdays. Just about every morning near 5 a.m., I would sip my coffee at the window, waiting for my food to come up, and see the traffic light on the feeder about 40 yards from me. The light turns green, and you see this souped up pickup truck just roar off, screeching tires and the big heavy engine sound and the pistons just thup-thup-thupthupthupthup-ing along super fast until it turns high pitched and zooms past the windows...