JULY 18, 2013 5:45PM

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So I'm reading about how J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has been unveiled as Robert Galbraith, author of the crime novel, The Cuckoo Calling.

I found the Potter books unreadable (and the movies unwatchable)...tho I did feel a few pangs about not having had… Read full post »



 From foregoing news article:

In the last year Canada has seen mayors slapped with corruption accusations and gangsterism charges. One wa… Read full post »

National Sheriff’s Association Releases Statement on Florida Neighborhood Watch Tragedy



"The alleged action of a “self-appointed neighborhood watchman” last month in Sanford, FL significantly cont… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2013 9:50PM

The Language Police - real ones


Francophone nationalists got voted into power in Quebec's last election and have busily set about fighting incursions of English language into the French province.

Bilingual signs are still permitted in commercial establishments, but the French lettering has to be three times larger than that… Read full post »

JULY 1, 2013 2:33PM

N-----s of the North


So I'm reading this Slate piece on the internet about cops in a Canadian city weeping about the death of a 'beloved' homeless drunk. Isn't that sweet, I thought.  "Kind-hearted Canada."

Death of Beloved Town Drunk Reduces Canadian Cops to Tears

By Justin Peters


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Four species of aliens, including the Tall Whites (no, not snowbacks from Scandinavia) who are working hand-in-hand w. some elements of the U.S. govt. to establish an evial One World Government.

Interesting how the clip is standard craziness until the end when it turns into a sane and compassi… Read full post »


Couple weeks ago I did a post about how while visiting Seattle with my younger daughter she realized she'd left one of her pill bottles behind and how I found our dealings with a local hospital to be bit pricey, but all in all okay.  Drug store wouldn't… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2013 7:46PM

My Evening in a Flying Saucer


Okay, not really. It's just that I kept thinking that. It was suggested that we close our eyes, listen, and meditate in whatever way we do it, and evidently that's how I do it.

I was at a crystal bowl concert. That's BOWL, not ball. And… Read full post »

MAY 5, 2013 10:08AM

Blind Cat



The indigenous people have been very active lately.  The federal government passed some legislation that removed protection from a lot of waterways, opening the way for mining and oil that will pollute.  Also, I gather, opening indigenous land to outsiders to go i… Read full post »

MARCH 18, 2013 7:09PM

The Sewing Store



I was in Montreal over the weekend and my friend and I did some shopping - to an Italian supermarket (yummy pictures tomorrow), then to a music store (we're thinking of setting up our own small amateur recording studio, gods help us), and finally to a… Read full post »

Some people think that any restrictions on how they say things is an infringement of their rights. (Note – the first amendment has to do only with preventing the government from curtailing your freedom of expression [tho of course it does so every day; otherwise Occupy would be occupying, for
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MARCH 7, 2013 10:53PM


Mt. Etna is erupting.

I was there a few years ago.  The volcano was dormant at the time.  We got there with some difficulty (hint: when an Italian road sign on the right-hand side of the road points left, it may be pointing at the… Read full post »

MARCH 6, 2013 11:45AM

Yarn Bombers, Guerilla Knitters


There was a Toronto newspaper article yesterday about the appearance on city streets of knitted/crocheted 'graffitti' - "little bursts of welcome colour in a drab wintery streetscape".




What was the knitter’s intent? Perhaps it was simply whimsy, a chance to make sRead full post »

 Salon has a scathing piece about Scalia today.

Scalia has the power to rewrite the rules for who participates in American democracy and those decisions could last for decades—until Congress or another Supreme Court majority reverses them.

That's what's scary.  It's not just anothe… Read full post »


Linda organized a Necromancer show and dinner at the Seccaspina family-owned hotel.  Here's my daughter Laura entering:

The hotel has quite a history.  It was built in 1872 and called the Mississippi Hotel because the Mississippi river is close by.  No, not THE Missis… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2013 2:55PM


A famous puke venue is the ship crossing of the English channel. I did that trip in choppy conditions once, quite a few years ago. I was fine, tho I did… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 2:13PM

While waiting for the Venus...

One of our free days in Vienna, my friend and I went to the twin buildings, one of which housed art and the other was the Museum of Natural History.  My friend was going to see the art and I wanted to see the Venus of Willendorf in… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2013 9:59AM



...of most recent trip.  We 'did' Prague and Vienna, and ended up in Budapest.


And then a final bus ride thru the city.  Wine, exhaustion and our driver, Atilla (really!), zipping right along:


It was interesting.  Content not to go back.  Wh… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2013 10:18PM

The Most Beautiful Cafe in the World

That's what it's called, and who am I to argue.

It's in Budapest.  On a somewhat uninspiring street in a somewhat dismal neighborhood.  But, like, wow.

First, all the Pan lights outside.

But the outside, however dazzling, hardly prepared one for the interior:

That last pictu… Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2013 12:00PM

Whacky star fears being further whacked



What me, crazy? 

Hollywood actor Randy Quaid has been refused refugee status in Canada.  He fears for his life because "Hollywood Star Whackers" are out to get him and other minor stars...for reasons unknown.  Well, if anyone deserves a (non-fatal) whacking, it would… Read full post »

It's 99% theoretical and improbable ... but 1% - oh-oh.

New action today - with video (if everything works as it should...).

idle-no-more-news Indian protestors blocking international bridge to U.S.

Interesting opinion piece today (Native talks with the Crown challenge Canada’s very existence) in th/… Read full post »

Follow up to this post.

Below - and you might want to turn down the sound - is a brief bit of video showing a huge round-dance of a thousand or so people in front of the Canadian Parliament Buildings.


This happened Friday, as Natives demanded to… Read full post »

JANUARY 8, 2013 11:09AM

Indians on Warpath


All right, that's an unfair title, possibly racist, certainly misleading given that the protests are peaceful.

But the situation is that Canadian aboriginals, who protest regionally periodically over desecrated burial grounds and such, currently have a nation-wide action underway. The… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2012 12:08PM

TRIP TRIPPING and a few trip-ups...

Ah, so nice to be home. I can sleep in – no wake-up call to get on a bus. No need to gawp at palaces and stuff all day, hearing about a bunch of (usually depressing) historical stuff, no eating rich food morning, noon and night.

On… Read full post »