June 18, 2017

It’s Father’s Day in the States, so I thought I’d offer a brief salute to my dad.  I’ve written about him in more detail elsewhere, but it never hurts to remind myself and the world in general that he was kind, supportive, smart, loving, and did his bit to thrash Hitler. I chose to live […]

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Angel Trees

June 15, 2017

For those of you who prefer your reading matter to be printed on dead trees instead of touch screens, I’ve got a great deal for you! A brand-new trade paperback of my novel Angel Station is now available via Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The book is pleasantly sized at 6×9 inches, with the highly readable text […]

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I Am Writing My Name

June 15, 2017

I am writing my name.  I am writing my name.  I am writing my name.  I am writing my name.  I am writing my name.  I am writing my name.  I am writing my name.  I am writing my name. Over and over again.  Over and over again.  Over and over again.  Over and over […]

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Insufficiently Anonymized

June 14, 2017

Via Chairman Bruce, a brief survey of what the corporate oligarchy knows about me, you, and everyone else. Facebook can recognize your emotions from your keyboard typing patterns.  They can work out your religion, your sexual orientation, and whether you use controlled substances with what they claim is a fair degree of accuracy. And they […]

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Above Average

June 9, 2017

Tonight I was at the karate school as part of a judging panel, wherein I did my best to confusticate and bamboozle two candidates for fourth degree black belt.  (I failed.)  They were quite magnificent, and after a four-hour test were both still on their feet. But the experience reminded me of the following: Q: […]

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June 6, 2017

When I recently looked at the ebook version of Voice of the Whirlwind, I discovered that the order of two of the later chapters had been reversed in the latest update, which was January 2016.  (Flipping the order of chapter is, alas, all too easy with the software I’m using.  Up till now I’ve always caught […]

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Surfin’ Suomolainen

June 5, 2017

Continuing my exploration of the byways of Finnish culture . . . One of the less overlooked aspects of Finnish musical culture consists of their excellent surf bands, which have attracted fans throughout the world.  Here’s the best known Finnish surf band, Laika and the Cosmonauts, who have attracted praise from no less an authority […]

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June 1, 2017

Today was the first absolute success with cooking sous vide, as I brewed up a rack of ribs with the master recipe that Paul posted. I created a spice rub with garlic powder, sea salt, Indonesian white pepper, onion powder, smoked paprika, and chipotle.  (The latter two intended not only to add flavor to the […]

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Psycho (Covered)

May 31, 2017

Here’s another addition to this week’s series of unlikely cover songs. This is by the Bobs, who also recorded a lot of original material, for all that there’s nothing on Youtube but the cover songs. (Note: the Bobs are difficult to track down even with Google, which would rather reveal Bob’s Burgers (the New Mexico […]

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Ginger Marmalade

May 30, 2017

Last week’s Rio Hondo featured Maureen McHugh’s Anova sous vide precision cooker and some short ribs that had been cooked for 24 hours in a water bath until unbelievably tender. I watch enough cooking shows to have seen TV hosts swooning over sous vide cooking, but for quite a few years a setup cost thousands […]

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