Life's not fair


Matt Paust

Matt Paust
Gloucester, Virginia,
December 31
Sorry - writer's block... BTW the "birthday" listed above is false. I prefer to keep that day private, but am not permitted to do so here, so I'm forced to lie.



[Sagemerlin's latest post is an update on his findings regarding Salon Media Group and the unliklihood of either Salon or OS going belly up anytime soon.  It should put an end to the Chicken Little gabbling (including my post here) but it also keeps alive the thinking about whether orRead full post »

JUNE 24, 2012 12:25PM

Birthday babes for Jimmy Emmerling





You say it's your birthday
It's not my birthday too--no
They say it's your birthday
You're gonna have a good time - yeah
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you.


Brigitte above

She learned from her mother, below

  Bridgette's mom

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You guys be the jury.  James M. Emmerling posted this photo of poet Robert Bly yesterday: My Meeting with a Great Poet




Bly's visage haunted me.  Startled me at first, actually, and then haunted me, because it seemed so familiar.  Suddenly it hit meRead full post »


Here it is, bubba!


 Photo courtesy of Tinkerertink69, a damned good cat!


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JUNE 9, 2012 9:52AM




This was inspired by Dunniteowl's post today calling for us to boycott Open Salon for a day to protest OS management's refusal/inability to keep spam from choking the feed and slowing down their server so we legitimate posters cannot access the site.

I suggest that instead of a boycott,Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2012 11:37AM

Around the corner: Summer!



Shot these thru the bathroom windows this morning as I was about to fill the tub.  First time I've seen a deer in the garden since we moved here six years ago.  Took this shot with my old LG flip-up cell phone.  I knew it wouldn't be very good. Read full post »

MAY 26, 2012 11:34PM

Scanner is the real deal


[Note: This review is dedicated to Grammar Atheist Hyblaean-Julie]

Editor or storyteller?  Which would you rather be stranded with on the proverbial uninhabited island, assuming either would be too old and/or physically unattractive to distract from the choice?    Or, let's tryRead full post »

MAY 25, 2012 6:47AM

Dirndl Skirt, this is your life!!


Well, actually no it's not.  Your life.  It's just umm...well, shameless huckster that I am, I needed a familiar hook with which to justify lifting, without permission, images and information from your own websites.  That was one, here's the other.  And your/Read full post »

MAY 24, 2012 6:32AM

Happy Birthday, Fernsy Button

Many years ago - 1922, in fact - Collier's Magazine published a curious short story by a young writer named F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The story was called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

It was about a baby that looked like a shriveled up little old man.

More recently - 2008,Read full post »

MAY 8, 2012 8:47AM

Let's get Rich...or somebody!



Having a brewsky with my friends Potroast and Zuckerberg.  This was way back at the beginning.   We were the three most disliked freshmen at Harvard.  Didn't even like each other, but, hey, we had to hang out with somebody, OK?

Zuckerberg and Potroast were arguing about..Read full post »

MAY 2, 2012 9:37AM

Why I love Slick Daisy Jane



Here's the post that started it all: who is the mysterious jane smithie, really?

As people still seem to believe the post linked to above is real, please read this one, where Janie explains that the other one is a complete hoax:  Will the REAL Jane Smithe please

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The once exclusive Authors Guild has agreed to accept as members authors whose books are published by other than the traditional method.

Guild spokesman Terrence King confirmed Friday the organization's members voted at its annual meeting in March to open its membership to self-published authRead full post »

APRIL 26, 2012 8:01PM

I guess I'm not a suspect (update)


No hint of suspicion from anybody, and surely this morning would have been the time for them to pounce.  Whew.   I arrived at the school office early and learned all three gym instructors were out unexpectedly, so, after a last-minute scramble by the school secretary, two more subs wRead full post »


Got this email today: 

Our members voted at last month's annual meeting to open Guild membership to self-published authors. All of the rules aren't in place yet, but self-published authors who earn at least $500 in writing income in the 18 months prior to applying doRead full post »

APRIL 23, 2012 11:56AM

Best of Cuss

As I mentioned in an earlier post, because I'm one of the alleged blurbists Cranky Cuss included in the praise panel on the back cover of his new book Send in the Clown Car: The Race for the White House in 2012, I am ethically forbidden in theory from publishing a/Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2012 8:03AM

For snarky women only

Just finished reading Icyhighs's latest post this morning - A Vagina Monologue - and will spend the rest of the day - week, if necessary - awaiting anxiously the deluge of female responses sure to follow.  My occasional pal Chicken Maaan even left a comment anticipating such an admirable contest/Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2012 6:17PM

Wrong trail taken

The fork looked familiar and the distance seemed about right. I'd been there many times in the six years we'd lived here. A couple of things were different this morning. Our dog, Tasha, had elected to stay home, so I was alone, and it had been a month orRead full post »

APRIL 7, 2012 7:31PM

Defending Thomas Kinkade

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First of all, this is not about Thomas Kinkade the man (who died today) or Thomas Kinkade the drunk or Thomas Kinkade the super marketer or Thomas Kinkade the super Christian or Thomas Kinkade the fraud suspect or even Thomas Kinkade the philanthropist (oh, yes, that's buried inRead full post »

    The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Libya and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "ARead full post »

APRIL 1, 2012 8:54AM


Stuck in the Yukon with nothing but a cargo of duct tape.  Your plane's been ravaged by a hungry bear that smelled fish bait on board. Oh, what to do?1




I mean, just look at it!  Miles and miles from nowhere!  Help!2




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MARCH 31, 2012 2:13PM

Duct tape

The best Duct Tape Story
 During a private "fly-in" fishing excursion in the
Alaskan wilderness, the chartered pilot &
Fishermen left a cooler & bait in the plane.
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MARCH 29, 2012 8:39PM

Vote Republican!

Heard this on NPR just now.  I'm still laffing.  Might have have torn my appendix or given myself a hernia.  May end up suing somebody.  Play this video with caution. 


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MARCH 24, 2012 8:55AM

First dogwood at dawn

Feeding the chickens this morning I noticed these dogwood buds had just opened.  Went back in and got the camera, and when I started to frame the photo I saw some redbud blooms in the background.  Put me in a Eastery mood.  



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Great idea, Zum.  I've seen some beautiful hoodied mugs answer the call thus far, starting with yours.  Lezlie's too.  Actually hers was the first I opened as it was the first I spotted in the feed.  Quick dropped what I was doing, whipped out my...hoodie and here I am.


MARCH 19, 2012 9:02PM

Cranky really did write a book!

He did it. He really did it. Cranky didn't just mock up a book cover that somebody could hold in front of the camera at the latest OS New York meet-up or paste on his blog to make it appear he'd actually written and published a book. HeRead full post »