Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A New Holiday Tradition

The Pee By The Tree™ is a realistic-looking, durable yellow rubber mat that will provide years of Holiday Fun. Use it to shame naughty children, or to frame pets: "Kids, this is why Mr. Piddles is going back to the Shelter." Think of the look on your children's faces as they come downstairs on that special morning, and their presents appear to be standing guessed it! "Well, kids, it looks like Santa had TOO many glasses of milk last night, if you know what I mean...."

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Tie of the Eiger

Special neckwear that can only be worn by Swiss Mountain Guides in the Jungfrau Region ("It's the Tie of the Eiger, it's the thrill of the Heights"):

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Two 1959 People

While I was working at Brandeis University this past Summer, I had to deliver a lot of packages to the back of the Rose Art Museum. but never got to actually go inside and see any of the Art. Today I went down to Waltham to check it out. They're having an exhibit by Lisa Yuskavage, who, it turns out, paints rather disturbing female nudes in a rather billowy & cartoony way. (I won't post any samples here, so you'll have to look them up yourself, if you must.) 

Another exhibit had 60's Pop-Art by Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist. Just as was I walking in, they were starting a presentation on one specific painting by Rosenquist, "Two 1959 People". A professor from the Art Department went on and on for almost an hour, just about this one work. Apparently it was intended to be a biting take on Consumer Culture, which, maybe back in 1963, it was. But now? I'll grant you that it is mildly unsettling, but hardly a masterpiece -- bearing in mind that anyone of us could produce a similar collage on our home computers in about a half hour. See for yourself:

Friday, November 6, 2015

One Last Dip

I'm no Polar Bear, but I did go for one more dip in Walden Pond today. It took me a while to get in. I kept getting out, and then walking back in, each time a going in a little bit deeper. Finally, I was in, and swimming, but not for very long. Every time I put my head down, it was like instant Brain Freeze right through the swim cap. This is definitely it for the Season.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Smokin' (Part 2)

Game Hens are on the grill, smoking away. Got started a little late, will probably still be running out to check on them during Big Bang Theory.

Don't worry, there's two racks, and enough for everybody.

(Later) The Hens are starting to look really good:

(Much Later) They're done:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Smokin' (Part 1)

Cornish Game Hen halves being Kashered before I put them in the Green Tea & Maple Syrup marinade. Will be outside all tomorrow, smoking them for Friday night's Seder.
Here they are after the Kosher Salt has been rinsed off: 
And here they are, nestled in for a 20-hour or so, overnight bath: 

Sure wish that Laura Packer *and* Kevin Brooks could be there with us.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Feeling Really Decadent...

...Because I am eating a Macaroni-and-Cheese Waffle Sandwich. It's the Carolina Gold sauce from Trader Joe's that makes it special, though.

Two people asked, with a shudder, if they were Blueberry Waffles. No, they're just plain waffles. Decided to stop after one sandwich, though, because it was too many good things at once.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to use Web Fonts

Ever wanted to use a Distinctive or Unusual Font on your Website? I just put this together for the Boston Comics Roundtable, but think that Storytellers and Writers could also make use of it: Use the Adobe Reader minus sign control to zoom out until the PDF is the right size for your eyes, and ignore the part about Lettering and Artwork. See you at Sharing The Fire!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ransom Note

Has it come to this? It just seems like you can't plan anything without invoking yet another storm:

Friday, February 13, 2015

Continents Collide

...Hundreds of millions of years ago, in Connecticut

I saw this picture from the above article, and immediately recognized those rocks. They look just like the ones at the sides of Ragged Mountain in Southington, CT, one of my favorite escapes while at the Upstate Normal School.
Also, listen to this (from an influential 1966 paper on Plate Tectonics by Prof. J.T. Wilson): "New England is divided by a major fault zone into two provinces underlain by quite different rock formations. Of the few occurrences of the Lower Paleozoic faunas, all those with European affinities lie to the east of the fault zone; all those typical of North America to the west." This is a clear, scientific explanation for the sharp divide between Red Sox and Yankee fans.

Friday, February 6, 2015


Does your Cat like The Hunger Games and Southern-Style Cooking? Then he or she will love:


Monday, February 2, 2015

Still Snowing

Just came in from shoveling a path to the side yard, so that I could refill the Bird Feeder. Had lots of anxious little birdies trying to get that last seed or two from the very bottom of the feeder. Not quite as bad as the famous Midwestern storms where you had to have a guide rope from the House to the Barn, so you wouldn't get lost on the way to feeding the Livestock. But, it's still coming down, and it could end up being as much snow as last week's Blizzard.

People from Alaska are complaining that they have no snow. They're welcome to come here and take as much of our snow as they'd like. Just as long as they leave us enough for some X-Country skiing.

Saturday, January 31, 2015


As they lead him away, the Alien is saying, "Our planet has no more coal. Selfishly, and thoughtlessly, we used it all up. Now we search the Galaxy for someone who will give us coal!"
But now, all Santa will bring them are socks and bow ties....

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


(From the Book of Faces:)
Somebody -- who is 5 MONTHS OLD today -- still feels 100% around here.
— with Chris Hutchison-Jones.