The Thing From Bloggy Swamp
- Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
- September 28
- . . . is the author of over forty books available in print and electronic format on amazon.com and elsewhere.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Thomas Freeb, Antacid Rock
Bass Player, Dead at 71
December 17, 2013 08:36PM
- Robot Fires Human
December 16, 2013 08:42PM
- "Shop at Work" is Latest
December 16, 2013 02:22PM
- The First Day on Snowshoes
December 15, 2013 08:56PM
- Me and Sylvia Plath
December 15, 2013 02:45PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I cried when Pepto left
the Bismols to go solo.”
- “I thought Joseph Heller
named Major Major.”
- “I like friendly robots,
like in C3Po and R2D2!”
- “The New Yorker used to
run a lot of this format, a
on a news item.
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LONDON. The position of poet laureate is considered a minor office here as the importance of the British monarchy has faded over time, but members of the Royal Family were nonetheless anxious whenever Andrew Motion, laureate for the first decade of this century, announced that he had finished… Read full post »
SHERBORN, Massachusetts. This quiet town in the suburbs west of Boston features a traditional town green, a Colonial-style inn, and something a bit more sinister; a croquet lawn that is the site of viciously-competitive contests between teams from the American Cro… Read full post »
That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.
Friedrich N… Read full post »
BALTIMORE, Maryland. The Duke University men's lacrosse team won its first NCAA Championship yesterday with a 6-5 overtime victory over Notre Dame, and supporters vowed to hire a "top-flite" exotic dancer for the victory party.
"These kids, I can't say enough about how they've fou… Read full post »
COLUMBUS, Ohio. Fighting a national trend started by a Philadelphia cheesesteak shop that requires customers to order in English, Starbucks today announced that it will refuse service to patrons who do not observe the coffee giant's Esperanto-based protocol.
"We get yahoos wh… Read full post »
SOMERVILLE, Mass. By day, Toby Shasniff is an installer for Fallmere Appliances, a retailer with a large share of the local market for those who find big-box stores in the suburbs hard to reach or intimidating. "It's a pretty menial job, but I take pride in it," he says as… Read full post »
Bioengineers are trying to replace the lowly lab mouse with insentient but biologically sophisticated substitutes. The Boston Globe
It was getting late, and I was getting frustrated. I'd been stuck in a blind alley of a maze for probably five minutes, my blood sugar too low for m… Read full post »
It was a Sunday morning, and I have to admit, I was more than a little hung over.
"That was a great party last night, wasn't it?" I said to my wife.
"I had a good time," she said. "You had too good of a time I think."
"That's what… Read full post »
COLUMBIA, Mo. When the roll of graduates is called this June at the University of Missouri, the crowd of fresh-faced seniors will include at least one with a fair share of wrinkles. Linda "Pookie" Leftwich is a 77 year-old grandmother of four who will receive her degree with honors, if… Read full post »
Is your car making a funny sound? Does it give off a bad smell? Ask the Car Guy for help, and as soon as he gets the grease off his hands, he'll type out an answer to your question.
Dear Mr. Car Guy-
My husband "Carl" is a certified public… Read full post »
BOSTON. The golden dome of the Massachusetts State House has witnessed many a late-night debate over momentous legislation ranging from rights of workers to massive public works projects. It has also been the scene of many an afternoon session featuring chocolate chip cook… Read full post »
Jenna Bush let slip on The Oprah Winfrey Show that her mother is a "secret Rastafarian" who listens to Bob Marley around the house. The New York Times Book Review.
Another scorcher in Midland. It's only May and already it's in the 90's. Better draw the curtains and turn on… Read full post »
WALTHAM, Mass. This city on the Charles River has been known as a technology incubator since the 19th century, and it remains a favored home for start-ups such as eRobotics and its founder Dash Farber. "It's kind of the main intersection on Route 128," says the self-described "workaholic… Read full post »
SAN FRANCISCO. San Francisco has historically been an incubator for cults, messianic figures and oddball sects, but a recent development has caught even long-time observers of the city's spiritual landscape by surprise.
"If I had to guess, I never would have fig… Read full post »
Newspapers, as you are surely aware, are in big trouble. In Detroit, the two major dailies cut home delivery to three days a week. The Star-Tribune in Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy. The Boston Globe trimmed its newsroom staff by 12%, and I'm not talking about the sideburns.… Read full post »
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas. Sally and Jed Griffin like to think of themselves as cosmopolitan, even though they've spent most of their lives in the Midwest. "We lived in New York for a few years when Jed was just out of business school, so our tastes go beyond NASCAR and b… Read full post »
SOMEWHERE NEAR KNOB NOSTER, Mo. Etaoin Shrdlu, a Professor at the University of Missouri-Chillicothe, is not much of a woodsman, but he's carrying a heavy load of chiggers and cockleburrs today as he hacks his way through the underbrush here in search of an elusive quarry; poetess Sa… Read full post »
WELLESLEY FALLS, Mass. Every Sunday, software engineer Bob Turley and three of his friends head out for a twenty-nine mile bike ride through two neighboring communities. "It's a great way to clear your head after the work week," he says. "Of course some of these… Read full post »
WASHINGTON. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan made her way through the Senate Office Building today, attempting to calm the fears of Protestant legislators who face the prospect of a court without WASPs for the first time in American history if she is confirmed.
"We ate hot dogs and… Read full post »
Logic, as any clear-thinking person will tell you, is essential to clear thinking. With the use of logic, you can get to the bottom of just about any thorny problem that may present itself to you in the course of a day, or until 5:00 p.m. when logic goes off/… Read full post »
BOSTON. Put on the defensive by criticism that she lacks judicial experience, Solicitor General Elena Kagan today agreed to a three-month internship on a Boston traffic court to enhance her prospects for confirmation to the Supreme Court.Read full post »
Twenty-one North Korean cheerleaders have been sent to prison for talking about what they saw on a trip to South Korea. Associated Press.
I cannot believe I'm grounded! I had so much fun in South Korea and made many new friends--what is wrong with that? We… Read full post »
PRINCETON, New Jersey. Carl Schorz, a professor at Princeton University, was a math prodigy whose intellect was apparent when he was still in diapers. "My mom tells me that my dad tossed a Rubik's Cube into my crib when I was six weeks old," he recalls with a smile. "As
NEW YORK. While the big surprise in this week's announcement of the 2010 Tony Award nominees may have been a play about a vibrator, the dark horse projected to pull off a sweep of unprecedented proportions is an old thoroughbred in new silks--an all-white version of "Porgy and Bess"… Read full post »
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