I’ll Just Be In the Corner ….


Two beers.To the one, we’re on cartoons at the moment. To the other, it’s been a while since we paused to sniff the rosebuds at Bug Martini. To the beeblebrox, it really is oddly timed; but then again, that’s not the kind of joke one sits on until November, lest it actually receive some rational thought, which in turn would discourage presentation. And, you know, hey, if I happened to be a dog, that I might count a fourth—and, incidentally, never leave the house for reasons best not discussed in polite company—it would be enough to say that I wish my brother George was here. Except I don’t have a brother named George.

And as to the brother I do have? Well, yeah. Raise a glass, dude.

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Image credit: Detail of Adam Huber, Bug Martini.

Dreamswipe


¿What the f@ck is that f@cking noise?Truth told, my problem with phone alarms, quite simply, is the difference between snooze and reset. But, still, yes, it’s something akin to answering a phone in a dream, which really ought to be a line in a pop song, except those bands are all gone, now. Would probably have gone over better than answering machine songs.

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Image credit: Detail of Randall Munroe, xkcd #1359.

Blue Rabbit in Real Time


Steven Brust has high argumentative ambitions.

A “blue rabbit” is, simply, the term I use for an occasional random flash of insight. Specifically, it has to do with something already in your memory and knowledge base suddenly fitting together with a similar component, resulting in a brief, but usually useless flash of dialectic resolution.

The term comes from third grade; a girl complained about a boy coloring his rabbit blue. The teacher blithely mediated: “Well, I think there might have been blue rabbits, maybe. But there aren’t anymore.” Six years later, for absolutely no reason I could remember, it struck me over breakfast: There never were any blue rabbits.

It’s not like this was a particularly vexing question; I had long forgotten the episode until, suddenly, right: There never were any blue rabbits.

Thus prefaced, a note for Steven Brust, and several years later than … er … right. So, the only reason to even mention this is the fact that the pieces took years to correspond, join up, and click into place.

So, anyway: Ingenious use of the inclined plane?

Yeah. That one finally hit me. I’m accustomed to playing Where’s Devera? but I freely and even gladly admit that it never occurred to me to ask, “Where’s Eddi?”

And just like wrecking Buddy Ebsen’s credit record, Steve knows why. Well, most likely.

And maybe he’ll even tell us.

Anyway, yeah. Now it’s just a matter of digging up the text.

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Image credit: via The Dream Café.

Contractors, or, Never Mind


Suou's ContractNothing to see, here. Just another image I had need of for reasons that wouldn’t make sense to anyone else. From Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor, epsiode 3, “Vanishing in a Sea of Ice …”.

The accompanying quote: “Contractors. All of them should die!” Hell of a Contract, eh?

Good News, Everyone!


“Lady Teldra wakes up, realizes she’s just a collection of gender signifiers, and goes back to sleep. You’re welcome.”

Steven Brust

Never mind.

Coming October, 2014Anyway, Corwin says … er, at least we think it’s Corwin:

His next project as regards Vlad is Vallista, something he may or may not be working on at this very minute. Even though it’s Saturday afternoon. He says his boss is a dick, as though that were an excuse. I won’t say I interviewed him, but I did get permission to run this review and may have attempted to collect facts overtly. Stalkings by sexy fangirls never came up. He is clearly having no fun at all.

Oh, right. Cover art. Hawk.

October.

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No, really, do I need to disclaim that’s not a real spoiler? So help me ….

Quote of the Year: Phyllis Schlafly on Sex Discrimination


The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis SchlaflySo, right. It’s over. This is our quote of the year. I mean, come on, really: Yes, she said that.

Well, wrote it, specifically.

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Phone Etiquette


Okay, so here’s one of those fun ones.

This evening as I was grabbing my coffee, my mother was finishing a phone conversation. And then we started talking about … er … um … really, I don’t know what. Small talk. Chit-chat. Oh, right, schedules for the next day.

Anyway, at about the same time, we look down, and her phone has been activated for an incoming call. The clock says fifty-three seconds and counting.

For whatever reason, my mother sits there with the phone in her hand, expressing her astonishment at the call, and the one thing she won’t do at that point is put the phone to her ear and say, “Hello?”

And I stood while she talked to me, expressing her puzzlement about this incoming call for over a minute, while tacitly refusing to answer it.

What the hell? No, really, just one of those slightly surreal moments.

Everybody Say, “Thank You, Samsung!”


So it would seem the White House is considering the prohibition on “selfie” photos with President Obama. Before anyone gets their dander up at the evil White House occupied by the Black Man, let us be clear:

Ortiz-Obama selfieThe White House may prohibit selfies with President Obama, a top adviser said on Sunday.

Speaking on CBS’ Face The Nation, Dan Pfeiffer said that the president didn’t know the photo he took with Red Sox star David Ortiz was part of a Samsung promotion.

“Someone who uses the President’s likeness to promote a product… that’s a problem,” he said. “Maybe this will be the end of all selfies.”

The selfie controversy began after Obama took a fun photo with Big Papi. The image quickly went viral, receiving over 45,000 retweets and more than 48,000 favorites on Twitter. Samsung later announced that it was all an orchestrated PR stunt.

(Horowitz)

So, yeah. Everybody say, “Thank you, Samsung!”

Capitalism: This is why we can’t have nice things.

Oh, right. Also make sure to thank the Boston Red Sox for their part in this. David Ortiz can go screw himself. Then again, he’s rich enough to hire someone else to screw.

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Horowitz, Alana. “White House May Prohibit Selfies With Obama”. The Huffington Post. April 5, 2014.

A Hopeful Prophecy


Animal Nuz #194 (detail)

Round and round in circles; when do we get to breathe clean, fresh air? The carousel is vicious; each pass brings greater distress.

I don’t know, is that too dramatic?

The problem, of course, is simply that life is unpredictable. Heh. Simply. Unpredictable.

Yet, for all the things that are genuinely predictable, something about politics is problematic. Setting aside the cyclical examinations of what went wrong, both in the internal and public polling, the nature of politics seems to openly and proudly defy the punditry.

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