The Sins (?) of Our Fathers

“Mark Twain was racist!”

“Robert Heinlein was sexist!”

“Jane Austin supported the patriarchy!”

“Dickens was a … he’s just boring.”

If all you read of Dickens is Bleak House or Ye Old Curiosity Shop then I’ll grant the last one. But otherwise, demands that people not read certain books because they do not meet the standards of the last five minutes serves as an example of the painful presentism of the modern censors and regulators of moral purity. Continue reading


Thoughts Upon Sitting Still

Very few people can do it successfully. Or even harder, to stand still. Not stand in place but wiggle, fidget, look up at the birdies, and so on, but stand or sit without moving in a noticeable fashion.

The military teaches people how to do it. OK, “teaches” might be a little too kind of a description. Things like choir are supposed to encourage you to learn how to stay relatively motionless without passing out. But dang, I watch people on live TV, such as in the background of a speaker (POTUS*, preacher, choir during a concert) and the wiggling!

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Who are You, and Why are You at MY Gym?

Ah, January. When everyone decides that they really need to get in shape, and do it at a gym. I am all in favor of this, so long as they go to someone else’s gym. 😛

I made the mistake of going to the gym Monday morning, mid-morning. Usually, this is between rushes, because the early-birds are all at work (they get there between 0530 – 0630) and the lunch cardio crowd. Alas, everyone else who was off of work apparently went to the gym. Continue reading

Ouch, That’s bright

I rounded the corner and was almost blinded by the (street)light. Ow. It’s bad enough with the vampire-slaying halogen headlights {great commercial] that wipe out your night vision for ten minutes, and that’s if they’re not on bright. And the Porch Lights of Doom that go off when a car passes by two blocks over. Now the street lights are out to get me! Continue reading

Problems with Pork Chops

How do you keep them moist? One of the down-sides to the (supposed) demand for leaner meats was the modern pork chop. Even with a little fat on it, even thick cut, they get dry because there has never been much marbling on that part of the pig. Now, it seems as if showing the package of chops a photo of the sun dries them out.

I’ve tried pre-browning to seal in the juice, but this far it has not worked. So I braise or simmer them into done-ness. Continue reading