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I Object!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Today I managed to not have to serve on a jury again. This was probably about my ninth time to be called, I think, counting all the times in Lubbock, and I’ve lucked out every time. If I can just hold out just over seven more years, I’m home free.

They had 266 prospective jurors there but only needed a jury pool of 59, so they let the rest of us go after only about an hour — which is a shame, since I had packed like I was ready for Desert Storm. I had a tablet computer, backlogged issues of WIRED, headphones, and a huge amount of snacks. Seriously, huge.

fred gwynne my cousin vinnyThis year for the first time we had to watch a video on how important juries are for our democracy, and it was illustrated with scenes from famous courtroom movies, and not just serious ones like The Verdict, To Kill A Mockingbird and Inherit the Wind. They also had parts of Liar Liar and My Cousin Vinny (mostly for the “This is what trials are NOT like” portions). Everybody in the room cracked up over hearing Herman Munster saying “Mr. Gambini … are yew on drugs??”

Where no … man … has gone before …

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Just posting this to remind me of it later, because you KNOW I’ll forget an hour from now:

And just for reference: It’s Carol Burnett doing a William Shatner impression. Seriously. BONUS POINTS: Andrea Martin as Spock. Seriously.

Another link …

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Another link just so I can find it later: A huge collection of animated gifs for all occastions.


Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Okay, I missed blogging yesterday, and I used my birthday as a blowoff day, and I almost missed today.

So now I’m rushing to get a post in before midnight.

So let’s talk abut what’s going on:

I’m watching Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, which I posted the trailer of last week. It costars Connie Britton, Nick Offerman and Molly Shannon, plus Jon Bernthal from The Walking Dead, whom I didn’t even recognize at first, because I guess that beard makes his nose look smaller.

I’ve been on the CPAP machine for a couple of weeks now, as a result of the sleep study which found I have sleep apnea, and I’m feeling quite a bit better so far.

Back to the movie: We’ve recently gotten free HBO and Epix weekends recently, and I’ve stockpiled a nice arsenal of movies, of which I’ve watched most by now.

Thursday was my birthday, as you might recall, and we saw the latest Captain America movie.

Oh, look at the time, it’s almost midnight! Gotta post this!

Night Art

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

This is interesting: A living, moving art installation in the night sky.

Skeeter Trouble

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

MosquitoWith summer on our heels, and mosquitoes on our skin, here’s a handy trick I learned last summer: Peppermint water is an effective mosquito deterrent.

Just five drops of peppermint oil — I got mine at Sprouts — into a spray bottle with water and shake it up and spray it on. It’s natural, it’s organic, it smells good, it’s not greasy, and it’s cheap.

I was trimming tree branches last summer, swarmed by mosquitoes, but a few sprays kept them away nicely. I had to re-apply fairly often, but it still worked well.

So you’re welcome.


Monday, May 9th, 2016

If you haven’t checked out Gotham yet, you really should. It’s really starting to ramp up to fulfill its potential. With only 2 episodes left in the second season, tonight we Riddler and Catwoman (mere acquaintances until now, and not going by those villain names yet) stumble across each other in the air vents of Arkham Asylym. And Penguin begins once again, after several false starts and much adversity, to rise to power. And Bruce Wayne is still in his early teens, and pretty far from being Batman. (Oops, I should have said “spoiler alert” — Bruce Wayne is Batman!)


Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Here’s another blog I used to check out compulsively, but have slacked off in recent years: The Presurfer. Presurfer is a blog out of The Netherlands, and one of my biggest sources of links in the early days. Check it out!

2 days to St Patrick’s Day!

Saturday, March 15th, 2014


This is a test …

Monday, March 10th, 2014

… To see if I can blog from my phone. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this a long time ago.