📚 twenty-six of 2020: Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A smart aleck demon and its long-suffering keeper, quirky locals in a tourist town, and a touch of Lovecraft on the California coast. Entertaining and amusing, if not “laugh out loud” funny.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 17 posts previously published on May 27th

  • 2019
    • Status check: I’m now 20% of the way through my project of reading (or re-reading, for those I’ve read before) every Hugo Best Novel award-winning book. 📚
    • Book thirty-five of 2019: Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1960 Hugo Best Novel Finally, a Heinlein Hugo winner I enjoyed! He still has issues with women’s roles, and I’m not on board with all the political philosophy, but it’s still a good read.
  • 2018
    • “The Deep Note, the distinctive synthesized crescendo that is THX’s audio trademark, is one of the most iconic sounds in all of film. For the effects firm’s 35th anniversary, they’ve now shared the sheet music behind the sound.”
  • 2017
    • Seeing one of Prairie’s tutors get married today! #travlinn #adventureisoutthere
  • 2016
    • Out goth clubbing at the Mercury! (148/366)
  • 2015
    • When homeworking, it’s nice to have enough screen space to have four documents and the assignment web page all visible at once. 27″ iMac + 20″ second monitor is a nice combination.
  • 2014
    • Apparently I was taking an arty black and white shot when the Enterprise started to beam me up. Or something like that.
  • 2008
    • The Mist Short review: for the first 120 minutes or so, while we had some quibbles with the decisions made, it's a remarkably faithful adaptation of the original story, and we were really enjoying it. Unfortunately, the last five minutes of the film _completely_ ruined it for us.
  • 2006
    • Beware the Ick No Folklife for me this weekend; instead, I spent all my free time in bed, battling the Plague. Meh. Not _nearly_ as much fun.
  • 2004
    • Life in Fallujah today This is the democracy and freedom that our soldiers are dying for…
    • How to make friends by telephone Many people are linking to this 1940's era booklet on the then-newish telephone system and commenting on how amusing it is. As for me, after flipping through the pages, I'm struck by how much more bearable many phone conversations these days would be if people would keep these pointers in mind.
    • Gore’s speech at NYU Excellent speech given by Al Gore at New York University yesterday (it's a shame that this Al Gore wasn't the Al Gore campaigning against Bush in 2000). This is a long one, but it is really worth watching, or reading, in its entirety.
  • 2003
    • Apple updates iTunes, web explodes Today, as I took the odd moment here and there to keep an eye on happenings in the web world, I was somewhat startled to watch Apple provoke absolutely ridiculous amounts of stürm und drang with an update to iTunes.
    • The Matrix runs Windows I can't believe that nobody has done a 'Which OS does the Matrix run on?'. It's obviously Windows though.
    • Bad Erotica Contest She had never known a man like Julio before. When he came and boldly sat next to her, the musky scent of his manliness turned her from tigress to gentle kitten. She belonged to him before his supple buttocks pressed aggressively against the tattered faux-leather covering of the barstool.
    • Book recommendation: Cheaper By the Dozen This post on BoingBoing reminded me of a book I haven't read in years, but that I _loved_ when I was a kid, and can highly recommend: Cheaper by the Dozen.
    • From the ashes of Auschwitz THE US has floated plans to turn Guantanamo Bay into a death camp, with its own death row and execution chamber. Prisoners would be tried, convicted and executed without leaving its boundaries, without a jury and without right of appeal, The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported yesterday.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 19 posts previously published on May 26th

  • 2017
    • A toast, to long awaited endings and beginnings, as we leave CWU behind us, and prepare to leave Ellensburg behind us and rejoin the west side and the Seattle area!
  • 2016
    • 1/3 of the way into Terminator Genisys, and this is…not terribly impressive so far. (147/366)
  • 2014
    • Three day weekends really should be the norm.
  • 2009
  • 2005
    • No kidding? See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.
    • Semen I'm not sure what amuses me more: that someone would take the time to write 'semen' out with chewed gum, or that I'd spend the time to turn it into a cutout.
    • Little Fluffy Clouds As soon as I got off from work I made a quick swing through home to drop off my bag, then spent the next two hours wandering around, people watching and taking photos.
    • Mom Visits! I got to spend a nice few hours yesterday with Mom as she passed through Seattle on the tail end of a quick trip to see some family and friends scattered around the lower 48.
    • Record warm temperatures today through Friday… Mid-80's today, predicted high of 89 tomorrow. Uff-da! Me? I love it. Summer's back!
  • 2004
    • Descent 2 for Mac OS X: FREE! I'm not much of a gamer. Never have been, likely never will be. Generally, if I get into a game, it's for a few minutes at a time, and either brainless but fun point-and-shoot or brainless drive-around-in-circles racing games.
    • What a deal! While on my lunch break today, I heard the sounds of Queen's 'We are the Champions' emanating from the television mounted in the corner of the burger joint I frequent daily. I looked up to see shots of middle-aged men running down the street, jumping into the air, and pumping their arms in jubilation. Then the subject of the commercial came on.
    • Vivir con miedo, es como vivir a medias! A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
    • So much for that idea So, that was my morning adventure — an aborted and unsuccessful attempt to form better impressions of the Democratic nominee for the 2004 election cycle. Hopefully I'll have another chance before November rolls around (and if I do, I hope it goes better than this one did).
  • 2003
    • Photographer's rights This could be very handy, though I won't be printing it out and reading it fully until tomorrow — The Photographer's Right — your rights when stopped or confronted for photography.
    • Politics in the Matrix? The way the Matrix Reloaded points out the multiple layers of control built into society is perhaps the most potent of the messages it carries. Its one thing to make people aware of the first layer of control. Its far more powerful to make them aware of the way that a built in 'resistance' can be used to solidify the power structure.
    • Santorum gay rights benefactor? U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, R-Pa., has become a 'major donor' to New York's biggest gay rights organization, thanks to a gay comedian's off-Broadway show.
    • Songs, A-Z Well, I didn't read the rules of this game after I saw Dyanna's list, so this list might seem a little odd.
    • Black Hawk Down Overall, I think a healthy dose of cynicism is a good thing, but this time I seem to have taken it a bit far.
    • Memorial Day Weekend This weekend, I explored Ape Cave, saw the south face of Mt. St. Helens, hiked along Lava Canyon, and played on a rope swing! All in all, a very good weekend. I hope yours was as enjoyable!

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 9 posts previously published on May 25th

  • 2018
    • Linkdump for May 13th through May 25th An automatically generated list of links that caught my eye between May 13th and May 25th.
    • Solo was fun. My current high-water mark for “new actors inhabiting characters without just mimicking original actors” is the nuTrek films (esp. Urban as McCoy); while nuHan isn’t quite that good, he wasn’t bad. Lots of fun moments and nods to the rest of the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  • 2016
    • Bachelor night number two: pizza and another superhero movie! (146/366)
  • 2014
    • Picnic lunch in Riverfront Park in The Dalles as we head up the Gorge on our way back to Ellensburg.
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
    • A Portrait of the Author as a Young Man I recently found a stack of old ID cards from my high school days in a drawer, a discovery that led to an interesting mix of amusement and horror as I flipped through them. So what do I do, but take them to work, scan them all in, and bring them back here to expose them to the world. There's something seriously, seriously wrong with me. ;)
    • Alaskans against CAPPS II Washington DC bureaucrats think we need their permission before we can get on a plane. We think they're wrong. They don't understand that up here in Alaska, we use airplanes the way you use taxis. And that's why we, a group of Alaskans, are turning to the US District Court for help.
    • Kerry in Seattle tomorrow Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will be in Seattle at a free public appearance on Pier 62 tomorrow morning.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 24 posts previously published on May 24th

  • 2018
    • Every day, there’s a little bit more. Slowly, quietly accumulating. Drifting in, wafting slowly behind us as we walk by. It’s like the world’s cutest horror movie.
    • In accordance with the GDPR-driven updates to privacy policies all over the place, I’m endorsing and appropriating Konstantin Kakaes’ excellent privacy policy update for my own use. Please read this and keep it in mind for all communications with me.
  • 2016
    • First night of Prairie gone for a conference, and I’ve already reverted to my oh-so-healthy bachelor cooking ways. :D (145/366)
  • 2015
    • Kitty wants cake!
    • Our hotel room includes a Black Forest Cake dessert. Yum!
    • Cocktails for two before dinner.
  • 2014
    • Hanging out with the family by the river on a pleasant evening.
    • At Prairie’s dad’s place along the Lewis River for a collective May birthdays celebration.
  • 2010
    • A tiny bit on the Lost finale I've only had a few hours to process the _Lost_ finale, and I was asleep for most of them, so this is still a little unformed and right off the cuff. Still, right off the bat, I'm a bit of two minds on how it all wrapped up...
  • 2009
  • 2006
    • Upcoming Photothingies After a few days of grumbling and plotting devious ways of kicking my manager (severely, repeatedly, in the shin), my schedule has been reworked so that there are no more conflicts. So. Upcoming things where I will be wandering around, camera in hand....
  • 2005
    • Spielberg’s War of the Worlds Some interesting tidbits in Wired's look at the upcoming Spielberg/Cruise version of War of the Worlds that caught my eye.
    • Writing Assignment I actually think this is an old joke that I've heard before, but it got a good laugh out of me today when Thom posted it...
  • 2004
    • Disney Propaganda (I want this!) Oooers — anybody want to get me a late birthday present? ;)
    • We’re Not Gonna Take It Currently playing on our in-store Muzak system: Twisted Sister's 'We're Not Gonna Take It!'
    • Something for DeAnna Assuming you make it here to Seattle in time and have the time and money once you get here, there's a production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Re-bar through the end of July.
    • Showgirls commentary track While I've never had a chance to catch it, for a while now local Seattle writer David Schmader has been hosing screenings of the infamous Showgirls, providing a running commentary skewering the film in what I've heard makes for an absolutely hilarious showing.
    • Republican lightbulb joke How many members of the Bush Administration are needed to replace a lightbulb?
    • The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Iraq It seems we have our own local Earthly variant of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, reacting to the Abu Ghraib scandal with the belief that if we didn't see it, it wasn't there — and banning digital cameras in Iraq.
    • The library is really cool I did manage to spend a little time looking around the Seattle Library this Sunday with Prairie and Hope for their opening day festivities. I think this was the first, and quite likely only, time I've ever seen a line to get into a library!
  • 2002
    • North to Alaska Just when I'd reconciled myself to the fact that I wasn't going to be able to afford to head up to Alaska this summer like I'd been planning to see James and Stacy get hitched, what do some of my friends do but chip in to help me out with the cost of the plane ticket.
  • 2001
    • Mars needs a facelift! This just in -- It seems that our nearest neighbor in the Solar System, and most possible target for future colonization, is in dire need of a facelift!
    • Some silly fantasy series Grrr...Calling LOTR (Lord of the Rings) 'some silly fantasy series' is the same as referring to the Sistine Chapel as 'some medieval graffiti' or The Republic as 'simple moral commentary'.
  • 1996
    • [From Usenet: 5.24.96 2300] A shareware utility called Drop*PS (the * is really a bullet) will work wonders, as long as all you want to do is print. Drag the .ps file onto Drop*PS, and it sends the postscript data directly to the printer to interpretet it. Nice 'n simple...

📚 twenty-five of 2020: Star Trek S.C.E.: Foundations by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dillmore ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Trek “expanded universe” novel; three short stories and a framing story, all of Scotty’s interactions with the early S.C.E. and tying into TOS episodes.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 23 posts previously published on May 23rd

  • 2016
    • Not a bad day at all for a Monday. Here’s hoping that’s the start of a trend. (144/366)
  • 2015
  • 2014
    • Funny little dollar store eyeball ring. Too small for my fingers, but amusing. Looks like a friendly little alien to me. :)
    • Hard at work at Law and Justice! Except that I actually sit at a computer all day, and never need to touch the law books. But still. It works for today’s picture. :)
    • Fun Feet Friday: Darth Vader socks!
  • 2010
  • 2006
    • The Perils of Being Blogged Must make this quick.... Out in the [doctor's] waiting room- I am typing away on blog and then zoom to your site to see what's new, when guy next to me goes- 'That's the numbnut from Microsoft- right??'
    • Up, Up and Away… A 'time panorama]' -- seven shots combined into a single panoramic image capturing this kitesurfer's jump.
  • 2005
    • Episode III: Pros and Cons Mike messaged me on iChat this evening after getting back from watching Star Wars Episode III. Our conversation ended up touching on most, if not all, of the points I've had wandering around in my head and was planning on using for a more in-depth review than the one I gave previously. So, with his permission, I'm reposting our conversation here.
    • Love Battle Ideologies and slogans are going to be battling it out in the Seattle area next month. In the (far) right corner: Love Won Out, a 'national campaign to treat homosexuality as preventable.' In the left corner: Love Welcomes All, a counter-conference organized by PFLAG.
    • Local Innuendo Headline from a story in today's Seattle PI: University of Washington among top-endowed colleges
    • 2005 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films Dori's got a very handy list of this year's Sci-Fi and Fantasy films that are likely to be potential Hugo Award nominees. Some I've seen, most I've heard of, but there were a few listed that I didn't know about -- including a new Terry Gilliam film!
    • Apple and Intel There's a lot of rumbling in the Mac world today thanks to a Wall Street Journal article reporting rumors of Apple talking to Intel about using their chips.
    • Recap Still alive, still here, just haven't been very talkative. Quick weekend recap, though...
  • 2004
    • I’m so glad I don’t drive Gas really does cost an arm and a leg these days.
    • Draft targeted to resume in spring 2005 There have been rumors about this for a while now, but it's been looking more and more likely all the time, and now the first major steps have been set in motion.
    • Shrek 2 We also saw Shrek 2, which was a far more enjoyable experience than Troy.
    • Troy Prairie and I saw Troy this weekend. That wasn't supposed to be a comedy, was it?
  • 2003
    • Can we clone Sen. Byrd? Another excellent speech from Sen. Byrd. Can we please get more politicians like this man in office?
    • US takes control of space The nation's largest intelligence agency by budget and in control of all U.S. spy satellites, NRO is talking openly with the U.S. Air Force Space Command about actively denying the use of space for intelligence purposes to any other nation at any time — not just adversaries, but even longtime allies, according to NRO director Peter Teets.
    • SARS from space? Here's an interesting theory: could SARS have come to us from outer space?
    • Starring Howard Dean 'Cool idea!' 'Ick — Windows only (sigh).' 'Oh, wait — Quicktime videos too!'
  • 1996
    • [From Usenet: 5.23.96 2300] Was wondering if anyone had attempted an install of NetBSD on a mac...? --and-- Anyone attempted a firewall system like this...?

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 18 posts previously published on May 22nd

  • 2018
    • Happy #WorldGothDay! The top two shots are me at about 22 (1995) at my first DJing gig at City Lights in Anchorage, AK; bottom left is at about 25 (1997) at Gigs Music Theater in Anchorage; bottom right is at 45 (2018) in “undercover goth” work mode. Remember: goth has no age limit, there’s no […]
  • 2017
    • Chucks of the day (54/54): new style (padded) classic red low-tops. #chucks #converse
  • 2016
    • Book twenty-two of 2016: Dead to Me, by Mary McCoy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (143/366)
  • 2015
    • This must be the most hilariously college student treat I’ve seen in the cafeteria here. Like Rice Krispie treats, only with Captain Crunch (I think). Looks…horrible.
  • 2014
    • I’m sadly lacking in photos (that I haven’t already posted) worthy of #worldgothday, so in lieu of a photo, here’s a #throwbackthursday sketch given to me in 1998 by Jon Hannah, back when I was doing the alt/goth/industrial DJ thing at Gig’s (and/or the Lost Abbey). On the original, text underneath reads, “A DJ’s life […]
  • 2008
    • Heterosexual Questionnaire There are multiple versions of this floating around on the 'net, and I've run across the concept before, but I saw this particular version for the first time this week in my Women's Studies class, where it got a lot of laughs and some good discussions going.
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2003
    • With stripes! We just saw the zebras mating, thank you, very exciting. It was like the Heimlich — with stripes!
    • Okay, enough with the buttons! Need a button, Kirsten? ;)
    • Pathologicopsychological Too many projects, not enough time…
    • Alaska questions Patriot Act 'When we stand on this floor and we salute that flag, the final words that we use are 'One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,'' said Sen. Robin Taylor, R-Wrangell. 'I take it deadly serious when we start removing groups of people from 'justice for all.''
    • More buttonmania Mena, if you weren't married to Ben already, I'd propose after seeing this! ;) Just beautiful.
    • Winerism of the day Movable Type's new TypePad service is unveiled. It appears to be what UserLand had working (for free) in 1999.
  • 2002
    • The Last Temptation of Christ If I'm understanding this correctly, the heresy lies not just in the belief that Jesus could be tempted, but that there was a risk that he could give into that temptation. My question, then, is just this -- isn't that the way it would need to be? If there were no possibility of Jesus giving into the temptation and renouncing his spot on the cross, then what would be the point?
    • Hooray for slow work days Things here are slow enough that I'm spending a little time bouncing around, and found something quite interesting -- the top 100 books of all time, as chosen by 100 writers from 54 countries.
  • 2001

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 12 posts previously published on May 21st

  • 2018
    • Here’s a nice collection of photos from the Kilauea eruption going on right now. Gorgeous and awesome — in its formal “extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear” meaning.
    • The Coup Has Already Happened Sad to say, this sounds about right to me: The coup has already happened.
    • I know a lot of people are allergic, and I’m sorry about that, but I have to admit to really getting a kick out of the cottonwood “snowstorm” going on right now. That stuff is everywhere!
  • 2017
    • Family game night? #lego #starwars #milleniumfalcon #hansolo #chewbacca #bb8 #rey #finn
  • 2016
    • Getting my rocks off in our front driveway this morning. ;) We moved about three tons of rock to cover what used to be a scraggly dead patch of our backyard, and managed to get it done before lunch! And now, the collapsing. (142/366)
  • 2014
    • There are probably people out there to whom this looks more familiar than my actual face.
  • 2004
  • 2003
    • Buttonmania! I've reworked my sidebar a bit, using buttons I found on Steal These Buttons, via this MeFi post. Hopefully it's not too much — I haven't seen it yet, so I'll find out after this post goes up.
    • Navigation – left or right? I had the standard left-justified navigation for a while, and at one point had a three column layout with sidebars on both sides of the page, but in one of my redesigns I decided to go with the current right-justified navigation, and plan on sticking with it.I had the standard left-justified navigation for a while, and at one point had a three column layout with sidebars on both sides of the page, but in one of my redesigns I decided to go with the current right-justified navigation, and plan on sticking with it.
  • 2002
    • Birthday presents! I've got some very silly parents. I'm sure that this is just an entirely mindblowing revelation, for anyone who knows me well, or has met them. I got my first box of birthday presents from them a couple days ago. Two items, both of which made me laugh a lot.
    • Why I don’t give my phone number to people who fry anymore. The only reason Mikhail Gorbachov would be the 7-11 buying a pack of smokes at 3:45 in the morning is beause you dropped five hits of acid at midnight and have in fact seen Willy tryin' to hold up the store again.
  • 2001
    • Back to the usual Kirsten and Jamie picked me up at the Fairbanks airport, and we headed back to Kirsten's dorm at UAF, where the three of us stayed up talking and bs'ing until way too early in the morning. But then -- that's the point of vacations, right?