Sunday Morning Book Thread 09-12-2021

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Signet Library, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these hideous eyesores, and these guys aren't exactly soyboys, but they're the ancestor of soyboys, so I guess you could call them ur-soyboys. They'd still be invited to my barbecue. But I'd wear sunglasses.



Pic Note:

The Signet Library is home to the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet - WS Society for short:

The Society goes back to the 15th century as the officers authorised to produce royal manuscripts with the King of Scotland’s seal, ‘the Signet’.

The ‘Writers’ were part of the College of Justice established by James V in 1532 which recognised judges and lawyers as separate from the state and is the bedrock of Scotland’s legal system. ‘Writers to the Signet’ have played a prominent part in the development of Edinburgh and Scotland, not just in law but in other areas. For example, Sir Walter Scott was apprenticed as a WS. The Society today remains a highly respected and prestigious body of lawyers.

The building is a classical masterpiece and is a category A listed building. The classical architecture inspired the concept of Gran Caffè and Italian influence.

Looking might hoity-toity there. But it's still a functioning law library.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

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OK, I guess I'm going to have to explain that last one: Back in the day, the chimney sweeps' boys had to climb the chimneys naked and the tar in the soot caused cancer of the scrotum. A law was passed to make the masters give the boys a bath at least once a week to prevent this. You can find out more than you probably ever wanted to know here.



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The Little Free Library That Moron Skip Built

So Skip says to me, he says:

This picture shows it is very tall, also was worried I would have trouble finding it a home but showed it to my sister and she said it was too nice to pass up.

I think it looks great. I just hope some ne'er-do-well doesn't come along and steal it.

Reverse view here.



Sliding Into Barbarism

The thesis of the book Losing Our Dignity: How Secularized Medicine is Undermining Fundamental Human Equality by Charles C. Camosy is pretty much contained in the title. On his Twitter feed, he explained further:

Here's my thesis: as medicine (which operates at the threshold of life and death) secularized we lost the basis for saying human beings are equal: namely, our sharing a nature which reflects the image and likeness of God. We still kind of operate as if we still believe it, but many populations have lost their equality: prenatal children, those who are deemed 'vegetative' or 'brain dead.' Toddlers with neurodegenerative disease. and I argue the next population to go will be those with dementia It's likely that euthanasia is coming for people with dementia if we stay on our current trajectory. after all, they don't have the required level of rationality, self-awareness, autonomy, or productivity.

This book is particularly timely because we have the entire progressive wing slobbering and champing at the bit to declare vast swaths of the American population unpersons: the the unenlightened, the unwoke, and, lately, the unvaccinated:

A former US senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, also wants the unvaccinated to have their insurance rates raised. Piers Morgan, the British TV personality, demands to his nearly 8 million Twitter followers that the NHS must refuse them hospital beds. An emergency medical physician in Arizona responds to a video clip of people unmasked in a grocery store with a message, “Let ‘em die”. A liver surgeon at Massachusetts General suggests that declining a Covid vaccine should be treated by doctors as a functional Do Not Intubate/Do Not Resuscitate order.These are neither private thoughts nor quiet conversations with overworked colleagues: these are calls to action, shared on social media, intended for public consumption.

These will all be lumped in with the unborn, the unremorseful and the unproductive. And it's kind of weird when you think about it since they really aren't any more dangerous than they were last year before any of the vaccines were rushed to market.

We've started down a very dark and very ugly path.



Who Dis:

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Last week's who dis was actress Joan Fontaine, in a publicity still from the movie Suspicion.

Last week, a moron mentioned that Suspicion is based on

...a superb and creepy novel called Before the Fact by "Francis Iles" (Anthony Berkeley). Aside from the wildly unbelievable ending, the film follows the novel quite closely. The book is one of the best jobs of characterization, both of the charming male sociopath and of the woman who loves and enables him, that I've ever read.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 05, 2021 08:24 AM (quCFJ)

The Amazon blurb for Before the Fact says this:

When wealthy but plain Lina McLaidlaw marries feckless Johnny Aysgarth, she is certain she can change him for the better. Despite her hopes, she is soon forced to acknowledge the truth - that he is not only a compulsive liar and a crook but also a murderer. She continues to love him, while fearing she will inevitably become one of his victims.

Written in the age of Agatha Christie's mysteries, this suspenseful novel turns the storytelling on its head, introducing you to the murderer early on before going on to explore the psychology of the relationship between murderer and victim in enthralling detail.

Originally published in 1932, it was one of the first psychological suspense novels. The good news is that it's still in print in a paperback edition and it's also available on Kindle for $3.99.



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Moron Recommendations

143 My wife (the lovely and accomplished Annalucia) and I have been reading aloud the memoirs of Lady Diana Cooper. She lived between 1892 and 1986, was a noted beauty in her day, and was the wife of Alfred Duff Cooper and mother of John Julius Norwich. The memoirs are in three volumes, all long out of print, though we're reading an edition that has all three bound into a single book. Cooper writes beautifully, and describes her life as a child of a now-vanished Victorian aristocratic world with clear-eyed wonder. Highly recommended.

Posted by: Nemo at September 05, 2021 08:48 AM (S6ArX)

I could not locate the single-volume edition that Nemo and Annalucia are reading, but Lady Diana Cooper did publish her autobiography in 3 volumes, available separately, still in print, and also on Kindle.

Vol 1: The Rainbow Comes and Goes
Vol 1: Kindle edition

Vol 2: The Light of Common Day
Vol 2: Kindle edition

Vol 3: Trumpets from the Steep
Vol 3: Kindle edition

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385 I need to get up earlier.

Currently reading "Mind Games", Book 4 of Dan Willis' "Arcane Casebook" series. It's a noir detective series set in 1930's New York City, but in an alternate universe where magic exists as a kind of technology. The magic is ubiquitous, but it has rules and limitations, and is mostly used for practical applications like heating coffee, staying dry in the rain, or finding lost dogs. The characters are interesting and well-drawn, and not anachronistic. Stories work well as noir even without the magic element, and crimes are mostly solved by old-fashioned legwork.

I might have got up early enough to write a more detailed review, but I was up very late last night reading the book I just mentioned. I didn't want to put it down.

Posted by: Toad-O at March 28, 2021 12:13 PM (cct0t)

The fact that the book enthralled him enough to keep him up way past his bedtime is a good sign.

But let's start at the beginning of the 7-volume 'Arcane Casebook' series, In Plain Sight:

When a magical plague is released in a Depression-era New York soup kitchen, private detective Alex Lockerby finds himself in a desperate hunt to catch a madman before he can strike again.

His investigations lead Alex to a famous thief, a daring heist, and the search for a mythic book of ancient magic, but none of that brings him any closer to finding the man responsible for the massacre. With the police and New York’s Council of Sorcerers desperate to find the culprit, Alex becomes a suspect himself, thanks to his ties to the priest who ran the soup kitchen.

Now Alex has his book of spells, a pack of matches and four days to find out where the plague came from, or that authorities will hang the crime squarely on him.

The Kindle edition is only $2.99.

Detective noir + magic is an interesting combo.

By the time we get to the fourth installment, Mind Games, Lockerby is trying to juggle two clients, one a missing-person case and a murder case where he's hired to find evidence to exonerate the main suspect. But:

As Alex investigates he becomes convinced that both of his clients are being manipulated by someone with a bigger agenda. He knows he’s on the right track when a would-be assassin takes a shot at him. Now Alex has to figure out who’s running a deadly con game in Manhattan, hopefully before he and his clients become the sacrifice pawns.

The Kindle price is $4.99.

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Appropriate for this 9/11 weekend, lurkette author Kia Heavey (Domino) recommends Day of Days: September 11, 2001, A Novel of the Fire Service by Frank Napolitano. The Amazon blurb is way too big to reprint here, except for perhaps this bit:

For these men, the fire service is their heart, their blood, and their brotherhood. On the morning of September 11, 2001, bound by that brotherhood, they responded to the alarm at the World Trade Center. They fought that day to save civilians, each other, and themselves, against an adversary they thought they knew, and with every step they took, came to realize they might not see another sunrise...

This visceral and unsettling novel tells the story of the firefighter’s life, culminating with the emergency response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on a spectacular September Tuesday in 2001. It portrays the courage, pain, and devotion of the men and women who respond when the alarm is sounded, who follow an unwritten code borne of necessity and preservation, and who sometimes pay the ultimate price so others may live.

Ms. Heavey informs me that novel's author is a personal friend of hers:

About the author, Frank Napolitano – I’ve known him since we were both students at Columbia U in the 80’s. He’s been a volunteer fireman since his teens and remains a wonderful volunteer in our community. He was part of the team our firehouse sent to respond to the aftermath of 9-11. He’s been working on this novel for a decade, and I can promise it’s as polished and powerful as anything anyone’s written this millennia. Also, Frank is “one of us”, so readers can expect a powerful read free of sucker punches or leftist moralizing!

The Kindle edition sells for $9.99.

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So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, insults, threats, ugly pants pics and moron library submissions may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.

What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.

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1 Norma Jean Baker

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 08:00 AM (ONvIw)

2 Only fitting that I should be first today!

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at September 12, 2021 08:00 AM (Y+l9t)

3 That's a pretty room.

Posted by: grammie winger at September 12, 2021 08:01 AM (45fpk)

4 Hey there Booktards!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:01 AM (Dc2NZ)

5 I have nooded. Thanks OM for Book Thread!

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at September 12, 2021 08:01 AM (PiwSw)

6 Those pants are fine but the shirts are all wrong.

Posted by: f'd at September 12, 2021 08:01 AM (Tnijr)

7 Ooh, I should have said "Readtards"!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:01 AM (Dc2NZ)

8 *waves to Eris*

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at September 12, 2021 08:01 AM (PiwSw)

9 Tolle Lege, though a trip to used book store turned up nothing.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:01 AM (2JoB8)

10 Well done, Skip!

Posted by: grammie winger at September 12, 2021 08:02 AM (45fpk)

11 That's a terrific Wee Library, Skip!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:03 AM (Dc2NZ)

12 Appropriate for this 9/11 weekend, lurkette author Kia Heavey (Domino) recommends Day of Days: September 11, 2001, A Novel of the Fire Service by Frank Napolitano.


I have a book called Rescue Dogs of 9/11. Don't read it without a kleenex.

Posted by: grammie winger at September 12, 2021 08:03 AM (45fpk)

13 Weaver's Bottom and Fiddler's Neck sound like places in Appalachia.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:03 AM (Dc2NZ)

14
g'mornin', book-ish 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 08:04 AM (DUIap)

15 Good job Skip. Very nice.

Posted by: Tonypete at September 12, 2021 08:04 AM (mD/uy)

16 Morning, Horde...How goes it? Just another lazy Sunday spent grading papers and doing laundry...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 12, 2021 08:04 AM (K5n5d)

17 "Weaver's Bottom and Fiddler's Neck sound like places in Appalachia"

Not to mention Fiddler's Bottom.

Posted by: f'd at September 12, 2021 08:05 AM (Tnijr)

18 A former US senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, also wants the unvaccinated to have their insurance rates raised.

That's dumb even for her. I'm pretty sure actuarial tables over time would dictate raising the vax poison rates.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Michael Byrd Murdered Ashli Babbitt at September 12, 2021 08:06 AM (y7DUB)

19 Doctor Parkinson declared, "I'm not surprised to see you here.
You've got smokers cough from smoking, brewer's droop from drinking beer.
I don't know how you came to get the Betty Davis knees,
But worst of all, young man, you've got industrial disease."

Posted by: rhennigantx at September 12, 2021 08:07 AM (yrol0)

20 Anyway, I took a break from Huxley to reread Frankenstein. I had not read it since high school and wasn't really a fan. It seemed so crazy, even to my kid mind, that college aged Victor could create a person.
It still seems crazy, especially if he did look at post-mortem decay of bodies, which he said he did.

Seems I missed the point as a kid. The process of creating the being only known as the "monster" was irrelevant. Victor's rejection of his creation was the point, and how this rejection of the ugly new man, created the anger and misery that engulfed Frankenstein.

British literature, including Agatha Christie, is full of stories about angry rejected children who grow into dangerous adults. Shelley removes the long childhood and gives us a full grown creation, left to figure out why he was made into something unlovable.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 08:08 AM (ONvIw)

21 Greetings:

Shouldn't there be longer tablecloths what with those kilts and all ???

Posted by: 11B40 at September 12, 2021 08:08 AM (uuklp)

22 That's a nice looking Wee Lib'ary, Skip.

I believe I see a copy of David Chandler's Napoleon's Marshals inside.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at September 12, 2021 08:08 AM (pJWtt)

23 Reverse view: https://tinyurl.com/yt8nfacp

I had a idea how I wanted my Little free library to look and did well getting to that image in my head.
Made it using a wood router and free handed grooved the stones, then Krylon stone paint ( which used a few times before) and coated those parts together. Used a craft paint to paint grooves to mortar color. Roof is cut cedar shims random size as a real roof would be and clear coated that.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:08 AM (2JoB8)

24 18 A former US senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, also wants the unvaccinated to have their insurance rates raised.

That's dumb even for her. I'm pretty sure actuarial tables over time would dictate raising the vax poison rates.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Michael Byrd Murdered Ashli Babbitt at September 12, 2021 08:06 AM (y7DUB)

Obamacare eliminated rates changes for risk groups.

Posted by: rhennigantx at September 12, 2021 08:09 AM (yrol0)

25 Your free library is beautiful, Skip. Congratulations.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 08:09 AM (ONvIw)

26 In a white room, with big bookcases, up in Scotland...


Hmmm, needs something something...

Posted by: Jack Bruce at September 12, 2021 08:10 AM (N/iqz)

27 Good morning, Horde!

I've been reading _Moonshot_, by Alan Shepherd and Deke Slayton. As you might expect, it's an insider's look at the space program from Mercury to Apollo.

It's basically _The Right Stuff_ minus Tom Wolfe. The writing is calmer, there are a few cool bits Wolfe didn't include in his book, and more technical stuff about the spacecraft.

Occasionally Deke and Al re-create dramatic moments in dialog which frankly sounds lame. I think they were hoping for a movie adaptation like Apollo 13, so included some meaty dramatic moments, but they can't really pull it off. But the other stuff I mentioned is good, and the book is worthwhile for that.

Posted by: Trimegistus at September 12, 2021 08:10 AM (QZxDR)

28 I'm continuing in the Journal of Nicholas Creswell's travels through colonial America. It's 1777 and the war is in full swing. Creswell is loyal to the crown and desperate to return to England. He is constantly in fear of being thought a spy, which makes me wonder why he kept a journal not only with his political thoughts but also accounts of his observations of rebel movements. Also, his "code" is hilariously inept: he calls rebels "sleber" and loyalists "sgnik sdneirf". Not exactly cryptography that would keep Alan Turing up at night... Overall, it's been a good read, and full of interesting information about colonial life.

Posted by: PabloD says start up the rotors at September 12, 2021 08:10 AM (uwwPK)

29 Morning, 'rons an 'ettes. Back in a minute with coffee.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 08:10 AM (6KZji)

30 I'm currently working my way through Isaac Asimov's Empire Novels (The Stars, Like Dust; The Currents of Space; and Pebble in the Sky). I finished The Stars Like Dust yesterday. It wasn't bad, though the ending was fairly predictable. Asimov has always been one of those writers where I can pretty much read *anything* of his and it will be decent. I have no idea how he managed to do it. Lots of practice, I suppose.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 12, 2021 08:10 AM (K5n5d)

31 Good morning fellow Book Threadists. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

Now to read the post.

Posted by: JTB at September 12, 2021 08:10 AM (7EjX1)

32 This week I started reading John MacArthur's commentary on the Book of Revelation. His style of teaching involves going verse by verse. He does one better in the commentary, practically going word by word. I think he spent a page and a half on the word "Behold."


Needless to say, I am not very far along. Still in Chapter 1, working my way through Verse 12. The lampstands.


MacArthur approaches Revelation from a pre-millenial position, which is fairly standard stuff in evangelical-world.

Posted by: grammie winger at September 12, 2021 08:11 AM (45fpk)

33 I had an ok week of reading but didn't start anything new. Anyone know if Thomas Hardy believed in predestination? His characters' lives certainly seem to be guided by fate in a very rigid, can't escape from fashion.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Michael Byrd Murdered Ashli Babbitt at September 12, 2021 08:11 AM (y7DUB)

34 Nice book house, but they shouldn't really live on their own. I'd give them a home.

Posted by: huerfano at September 12, 2021 08:11 AM (MzKgG)

35 The library seems to be set up for a grand dinner. Seems incongruent with reading. But that's all the rage, a fancy backdrop for parties.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 08:11 AM (ONvIw)

36 It's beautiful Skip. You're very talented.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at September 12, 2021 08:11 AM (EZebt)

37 Shame I couldn't have it here, I wouldn't mind at some point getting rid of favorite books that I think others should read. Wouldn't pass on bad books.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:12 AM (2JoB8)

38 Ok, so how would someone go about getting someone to look at their writing and tell them how crappy it is and you should break all your writing instruments and burn all your paper and never insult the muse again?

Posted by: OrangeEnt at September 12, 2021 08:12 AM (7bRMQ)

39 Greetings:

I remember our family Doctor coming to our apartment in the Bronx, at night, after I fell out of bed.

Another time, after I fractured my right wrist, he opened his office in the late evening to take X-rays and put a cast on it. This was the starting point of the Legend of the Cast.

Posted by: 11B40 at September 12, 2021 08:13 AM (uuklp)

40 Good Sunday morning, horde!

Skip, what a beautiful little library. Could we have pictures of the sides and top, too? Nice mix of materials, as far as I can see.

Posted by: April -- dash my lace wigs! at September 12, 2021 08:13 AM (OX9vb)

41 Detective noir + magic is an interesting combo.


Two movies on the same subject, Cast A Deadly Spell and Witch Hunt. Main character is private dick H. Phillip Lovecraft, played by Fred Ward and Dennis Hopper in the two films. Great B-Movie fun.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at September 12, 2021 08:13 AM (gbfHZ)

42 My best reading this week was Invader Zim comics. No lie. They're as good or better than the show.

Alternate timeline Earth Emperor Zim has a throne upholstered in hobo skins.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:14 AM (Dc2NZ)

43 Did see Robert Spencer has a new edition of Did Mo Exist?
Wouldn't mind that on ebook

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:14 AM (2JoB8)

44
Ok, so how would someone go about getting someone to look at their writing and tell them how crappy it is and you should break all your writing instruments and burn all your paper and never insult the muse again?

Posted by: OrangeEnt at September 12, 2021 08:12 AM


now do Nickleback

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 08:15 AM (DUIap)

45 Nice Lieberry!

Those pants/shorts....I would buy today if I could find them.

The Who Dis is a young Hillary before she found The Ring.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at September 12, 2021 08:15 AM (R/m4+)

46 I'm now reading The Ruling Class by Angelo M. Codevilla and I am more depressed than ever.

Posted by: Biden's Dog at September 12, 2021 08:15 AM (XOHmk)

47 Wouldn't pass on bad books.
Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:12 AM (2JoB
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Maybe they need a Halfway House.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:15 AM (Dc2NZ)

48 Got the third book in the Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson from the library this week. Good thing I remembered to bring a backpack to carry it, all 1237 pages of it in hardcover no less.
Title: Oathbringer.
I would have started it if not for the fact that my DIL went into labor and took 22 hours to deliver my grandson and it was more fun sitting on the ONT with all of you while I waited.
Will report next week on the book.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at September 12, 2021 08:16 AM (Y+l9t)

49 Hey Skip, could you build me one of those little libraries? I have a lot of books to share, so it should be big enough to hold two cars, some work benches, and maybe an annex for reloading, errr, I mean reading. Thanks.

Posted by: PabloD says start up the rotors at September 12, 2021 08:16 AM (uwwPK)

50 Link at #23 has a reverse view

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:16 AM (2JoB8)

51 Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:08 AM (2JoB

Is that you, Norm Abram?

Posted by: dantesed at September 12, 2021 08:17 AM (88xKn)

52 So, after reading Huxley's children's book, I found Shelley's which was only discovered in 1997. Seems she became close to a family for whom her mother had worked. She wrote a story for a child named Laurette. It sat among old papers since 1820.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 08:18 AM (ONvIw)

53 Sharon, has the baby arrived?

CN, I read Frankenstein for the first time about 15 years ago (shortly after I turned 29, of course). That was my take, also--Dr. Frankenstein created the monster and then abandoned it. The doctor was afraid of his creation, but his creation lived in fear of everything, and the doctor didn't take responsibility for it.

It was very good. I didn't expect to like it, but I've read it twice since then.

Posted by: April -- dash my lace wigs! at September 12, 2021 08:18 AM (OX9vb)

54
in re: the pants "dudes"

the short one in front is saying "Who! Who doesn't want to wear the ribbon?"

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 08:19 AM (DUIap)

55 I assume "hatters' shakes" is related to "mad as a hatter" from hatter's inhaling mercury vapours.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 08:21 AM (UHVv4)

56 From that angle, it almost looks like a blonde Jane Russell.

Posted by: Lady in Black at September 12, 2021 08:21 AM (O+I8R)

57 This week I read a book that I have been meaning to read for several years. I've read recommendations both here and elsewhere. The book is The Five Thousand Year Leap: 28 Great Ideas That Changed The World by W. Cleon Skousen. The ideas are those our Founding Fathers used as a basis for our Constitution.


Reading this enlightening book, it was clearly apparent how far we have moved from these principles and how many warnings by our founders we have ignored. The most important of these is that our country has moved away from God. We 've moved away from our founding principles. The permanent ruling class controls the powers of government, the deep state, our educational system, our cultural media, our high-tech methods of communications, and our elections. I believe only a divine intervention can save us from a socialist world government based upon the Chinese system.

Posted by: Zoltan at September 12, 2021 08:21 AM (kiyX4)

58
It was very good. I didn't expect to like it, but I've read it twice since then.
Posted by: April -- dash my lace wigs! at September 12, 2021 08:18 AM (OX9vb)

As an adult I appreciate it more, and realize that Victor Frankenstein was himself still a very young man, who did not have the maturity to know that what he was doing was dangerous. Most movies and illustrations give us the impression that he was more of an adult.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 08:21 AM (ONvIw)

59 Spurred on by the 100 Days of Dante, I've located my paper copy of the Divine Comedy and am now following along with the videos. The vids are terrific btw.

I got more out of the introductory video than an entire course on it back in the stone age.

Posted by: Tonypete at September 12, 2021 08:21 AM (mD/uy)

60 Supernatural noir is harder to pull off than one might think. The noir mindset arose from the post-WWI and -WWII sense of humans alone in a fallen world, shorn of any moral order. Most magic by its nature assumes some form of higher power and thus a moral order. If the Devil's in your story that implies God exists.

A Lovecraftian style of supernaturalism -- where there's still no moral order and the "magic" may be just a better understanding of how the world works -- does mesh nicely with the noir sensibility. But the problem there is that one of the keys of Lovecraftian fiction is how indifferent those greater powers and supernatural entities are to mere human concerns.

Posted by: Trimegistus at September 12, 2021 08:23 AM (QZxDR)

61 "...set a dangerous precedent and shatter fundamental tenets..."

What a shock. The Left has never done that before.

Posted by: Ordinary American at September 12, 2021 08:23 AM (H8QX8)

62 Signet Library, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

*****

Mike Lindell's Philanthropy - a limerick

The Book Thread's exciting! A thriller!
And the library pic is a killer!
It looks like a mu-seum
(I just column like I see 'em)
Sponsored with support from My Pillar™!

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 08:24 AM (m45I2)

63 Notice that Marilyn got a lot further in her book than LeBron ever gets in his.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at September 12, 2021 08:24 AM (BMmaB)

64 CN, I read Frankenstein for the first time about 15 years ago (shortly after I turned 29, of course). That was my take, also--Dr. Frankenstein created the monster and then abandoned it. The doctor was afraid of his creation, but his creation lived in fear of everything, and the doctor didn't take responsibility for it.

It was very good. I didn't expect to like it, but I've read it twice since then.
Posted by: April -- dash my lace wigs! at September 12, 2021 08:18 AM (OX9vb)


The movie was so different, in almost every respect, from the book that a not small number of potential appreciative readers were misled.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Michael Byrd Murdered Ashli Babbitt at September 12, 2021 08:24 AM (y7DUB)

65 Jim Butcher's Dresden Files is a really good combination of detective noir + magic.

Ari Marmell also has a series with a Faerie detective operating in the real world.

Finally, R.S. Belcher has a couple of books in this genre as well: Nighwise and The Night Dahlia. His stories take place in a really weird version of America...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 12, 2021 08:25 AM (K5n5d)

66 Notice that Marilyn got a lot further in her book than LeBron ever gets in his.
Posted by: Caesar North

Well, you have to be smart enough to turn the page so. . . .

Posted by: Tonypete at September 12, 2021 08:25 AM (mD/uy)

67 1 of 2)
My reading over the last couple of weeks was bit wide-ranging:

God and Intelligence in Modern Philosophy by Venerable Fulton Sheen. Originally published in 1925, this was his Doctoral dissertation. A bit of a slog (he hasn't gotten his "sea legs" as an author yet), Arbp. Sheen refutes the concepts of Modern philosophy concerning the perfectibility of Man and the evolution of God by using the arguments of St. Thomas Aquinas. Some good information, but could have really used an "Executive Summary" at the beginning.

Almost at the very end, he quotes St. Thomas making the point that it is a sin to attempt to create Heaven on Earth. I do wish Sheen would have developed that concept further.

Rating = 4.25/5.0.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at September 12, 2021 08:26 AM (pJWtt)

68 Skip, do I have to add or remove something from your link? Didn't work.

Posted by: April -- dash my lace wigs! at September 12, 2021 08:26 AM (OX9vb)

69 Baby arrived at 3:16 am. 7 lbs 12 oz. Everyone healthy and doing well and I am I've the moon.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at September 12, 2021 08:26 AM (Y+l9t)

70 There's a duology by Kenneth Oppel about young Victor Frankenstein that I enjoyed, "This Dark Endeavor" and "Such Wicked Intent". Showed his path to becoming Weeeektor Fraaahnkenshteen that we all know and love.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:27 AM (Dc2NZ)

71 Looks like I'm reading Did Mo Exist from Robert Spencer

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:28 AM (2JoB8)

72 Greetings:

Finished "The First Americans" by a guy named Adovasio (or something close). AN interesting counterpoint to these Progressive days of "The Science" and more importantly "Submit to The Science",

The author is an archaeologist and America is his idée fixe what with those Clovis Points and all. He starts of with a rather lighthearted critique of the state of the art to date and the personalities involved but as his work, which is substantial comes under the serious assessment of way too serious counterpointers what evolves is one of those academic catfights in which some academics
can totally lose their otherwise ever-loving minds.

I really insightful read, even though I'm not sure that the writer realizes all that he is exposing to his readership. These guys could reduce those "How many angels on the head of a pin?" guys to tears in no time at all.

Posted by: 11B40 at September 12, 2021 08:28 AM (uuklp)

73 2 of 2)

Double Strike by Edward Jablonski. Published in 1973, this is a short study of the August 1943 Regensburg/ Schweinfurt two-pronged bombing raid by the Eighth AirForce. Comprised of almost 400 B-17s, the Americans lost about 15% of their bombers.

The big problem was that the two raids were supposed to hit their respective targets at the same time, but ended up being 5 hours apart due to bad weather. This allowed the Luftwaffe to mass against the Schweinfurt effort. The American planners were so convinced that they were going the knock the Germans out within 6 months if they destroyed the ball bearing factories that they disregarded the risk of going in piece-meal.

Pretty even-handed in its treatment of the Germans. The book really needed a map or two. A quick, interesting read: rating = 4.0/5.0

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at September 12, 2021 08:28 AM (pJWtt)

74 I've never really been sure how much of Marilyn Monroe's "secret intellectual" persona was real and how much was PR. She liked to be photographed with a book, and she hung out with Arthur Miller . . .

. . . but I've never seen any statement by her which showed any real interest in or understanding of ideas.

(And as for Arthur Miller, does anyone believe he married her for her conversation?)

Posted by: Trimegistus at September 12, 2021 08:29 AM (QZxDR)

75 Congratulations Sharon!

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at September 12, 2021 08:29 AM (ACi07)

76 There was a TV series done fromThe Dresden Files that I remember liking a lot. Think they only did a few episodes.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at September 12, 2021 08:29 AM (Y+l9t)

77 So, I am reading the new Shelley book which describes in detail the discovery of the manuscript and the lives of the giver and the recipient.

When I read about the upper class of that period I am amazed by the ease with which they seem to send their kids off with strangers for extended periods (Byron and his daughter Allegra). Maurice, or the Fisher's Cot deals with the effect of these arrangements on children. I don't think I'd read it to my grandsons and I wonder how Laurette felt about a book of this sort.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 08:29 AM (ONvIw)

78 Great job Skip.
Since you've been giving comments about building it for awhile I expected it to be nice, but wow!

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at September 12, 2021 08:30 AM (C/fpg)

79 Gamekeeper's Thumb - I was taught that this term stemmed from the gamekeepers' technique of holding a gamebird by the neck and dispatching it with a quick flip of the wrist, thereby breaking its neck. This led to tendon strain in the thumb via repetitive usage.

I will avoid any suggestively euphemistic terminology such as "flipping the gamecock" in this discussion, but you might imagine the possibilities.

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 08:30 AM (m45I2)

80 https://tinyurl.com/yt8nfacp
Try turning it to tiny url for back view.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:30 AM (2JoB8)

81 Congrats Sharon.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Michael Byrd Murdered Ashli Babbitt at September 12, 2021 08:31 AM (y7DUB)

82 Nice book house, Skip.

Gonna repeat this because it's worth considering:

Ivermectin is one of several ionophores, others including hydroxychloroquine, quercetin, and resveratrol, the latter two available over the counter. These ionophores simply open a cellular door, allowing zinc to enter the cell, where it then interferes with viral replication, providing potential therapeutic benefit in viral and other infections.

Resveratrol. Know where you can find a good natural source?

Red wine.

Why do some people get covid and others don't? As we age our bodies are less able to absorb zinc, which is deadly to viruses. So, ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, quercetin, and resveratrol assist in letting zinc into the cell. It seems there may be ways to naturally defeat the virus, but all that is being demanded/mandated is last years vaccine for last years version, which is now just about gone, replaced by Delta.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus, Vaccine and Massage Parlor at September 12, 2021 08:31 AM (dQvv7)

83 Enjoying the 100 Days of Dante! Reading it from an old copy (194 with illustrations by Done. Translator (Lawrence White) is obscure, but I think it's well done. And the typeset is beautiful.

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 08:32 AM (S1hrL)

84 Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus, Vaccine and Massage Parlor at September 12, 2021 08:31 AM (dQvv7)

It will turn into a sheer political tool.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 08:33 AM (ONvIw)

85 So Macarthur isn't risk a verse?

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 08:33 AM (UHVv4)

86 Skip your little library is beautiful!
Your sister is one lucky lady to have such a talented brother.

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at September 12, 2021 08:33 AM (Z/jzm)

87 Funny things happened while typing above (@83).

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 08:34 AM (S1hrL)

88 Thanks, Skip, that worked. Can you build me one of those? That I could live in?

Posted by: April -- dash my lace wigs! at September 12, 2021 08:34 AM (OX9vb)

89 the whole sad confab with w reminds of a recent novel by leigh bardugo, of the Ravka Russian fantasy series, 9th House is about the various fraternitiees at Yale, that practice various levels of dark arts, the titular one is the overseer of all the others, like Wolf's Head, Skull and Bones, Book and Key, these mystic abilities is how they gain influence in finance in government et al, Since Lovecraft was referenced,

Posted by: alien covenant was much worse at September 12, 2021 08:34 AM (hMlTh)

90 You left out one occupational disease:

Our Vice President has chronic BJ Tonsillitis.

Posted by: naturalfake at September 12, 2021 08:35 AM (5NkmN)

91 Morning, 'rons and 'ronettes.

Everyone who thinks that we unvaccinated ought to die better be damned careful what they wish for. Because I (and I am sure I am not alone) am getting to the point where, if I am told I have only "X" days to live, I am absolutely going to make it my end-of-life project to take as many of these ghouls with me as I can.

AN ER doctor saying "let them die?" That bastard should have had his license revoked and the hospital throw him out the door the moment after he made that post.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at September 12, 2021 08:35 AM (2JVJo)

92 Murderer's Thumb (courtesy my Lutheran grandmother, long gone)

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 08:35 AM (S1hrL)

93 Resveratrol. Know where you can find a good natural source?

Red wine.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus, Vaccine and Massage Parlor

Huh. I don't need no stinkin' vaccine, then, I'm golden!

Posted by: April -- dash my lace wigs! at September 12, 2021 08:35 AM (OX9vb)

94 Who did the illustrations?

Done.

I know they're done. I'm looking at them now. I want to know who made them?

Done!

This is pointless!

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 08:35 AM (UHVv4)

95 MLii my sister was lucky to have me live near, but is moving 1/2 the state away out near Gettysburg. Will be nice for a trip, but no come fix this or that

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:36 AM (2JoB8)

96 Skip, I love the attention to detail -- it even has curtains in the windows!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:36 AM (Dc2NZ)

97 There was a TV series done fromThe Dresden Files that I remember liking a lot. Think they only did a few episodes.
Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at September 12, 2021 08:29 AM (Y+l9t)
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There was only one season and Jim Butcher was involved in the project. I, too, thought they did a good job capturing the spirit of the novels, but they didn't have enough time to really go into an alternate storyline...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 12, 2021 08:37 AM (K5n5d)

98 It's been a Medieval week of reading.

After several allusions of influences on Tolkien, I've started the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh folktales and mythology written down circa 14th century. I got the Oxford Press version with its background and introductory notes. I'm not far into it but there are so many echoes of oral tradition, Arthurian legend, and other factors that intrigue me. Glad I got the hardcover edition. I'll be going back to this like I do with Homer and The Canterbury Tales.

Although the book has an explanation of how to pronounce the Welsh names in the text, it's easier to just 'blip' over the sound and remember the spelling. I have less trouble pronouncing Old English.

Posted by: JTB at September 12, 2021 08:37 AM (7EjX1)

99 My guess is that Marylin Monroe was not a "secret intellectual" but rather a very mentally curious and open-minded person who liked being around smart men.

Posted by: Ordinary American at September 12, 2021 08:37 AM (H8QX8)

100 @91

Whatever happened to the Hippocratic Oath?

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 08:37 AM (S1hrL)

101 A quick, drive-by comment. Just received a copy of the Moron-recommended (tip-o-the-hat) 'The Real Lincoln', DiLorenzo.

A pleasant surprise was the foreword by Walter Williams. Williams captures the essence and consequences of Lincoln's socio-political philosophy very succinctly. The generations who have been inculcated with Lincoln worship would profit mightily just from that short read.



Just starting, but it is very, very interesting.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at September 12, 2021 08:38 AM (WD9ZA)

102 Continuing through "Cruises With Kathleen," I find myself in need of a nautical dictionary, which I don't have. However, I'm picking up a lot of new words for the next time I play Scrabble, provided I can remember them.

This hasn't stopped me from enjoying the book. Donald Hamilton writes like Matt Helm speaks, with lots of personal observations.

This is an odd library book; it has a name written on the flyleaf (I think that's the term) and is filled with underlined text and margin notes such as "Yes!", "Right," and "!!". This doesn't hurt readability at all.

I can't swim, so I'll never go sailing, but I'm glad to be reading this.

Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 08:39 AM (Om/di)

103 Because I (and I am sure I am not alone) am getting to the point where, if I am told I have only "X" days to live, I am absolutely going to make it my end-of-life project to take as many of these ghouls with me as I can.
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Among the most dangerous people in the world: Those with *everything* to lose (family, friends, etc.) and those with *nothing* to lose. The former will put everything on the line to defend those they love. The latter will put everything on the line because they've lost the ones they love. DO NOT FUCK WITH EITHER PERSON!

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 12, 2021 08:39 AM (K5n5d)

104 Whatever happened to the Hippocratic Oath?
Posted by: Ziba
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Oh, you misunderstood, it is the Hypocrite Oath.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at September 12, 2021 08:39 AM (WD9ZA)

105 But because wo/man cannot live by [strike]comix[/strike]graphic novels alone, I'm also reading Murray Leinster's "The Wailing Asteroid" (an aromatically pulpy 35 cent Avon paperback). And speaking of aromatic, I'm also in "Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science" by Erika Engelhaupt. It's a breezy look at microbes, poop, blood, pets that eat their dead masters' faces, bugs, gas, and other sordid excrescences. It's fun!

One fascinating chapter is on the exacting forensic dioramas of Frances Lee, which are perfect miniatures used to train detectives:

https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/nutshells

I can see Wednesday Addams having these as playhouses.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:39 AM (Dc2NZ)

106 Why do some people get covid and others don't? As we age our bodies are less able to absorb zinc, which is deadly to viruses. So, ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, quercetin, and resveratrol assist in letting zinc into the cell. It seems there may be ways to naturally defeat the virus.

+++
That is vey interesting. I take zinc and reservatrol as part of my daily vitamin regimen which includes a lot of other stuff including vitamin D. I can't remember the last time I even had a cold.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at September 12, 2021 08:40 AM (Y+l9t)

107 Whatever happened to the Hippocratic Oath?
Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 08:37 AM (S1hrL)


IIRC, doctors are no longer required to take it. But ask Muldoon.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at September 12, 2021 08:40 AM (2JVJo)

108 Aw, how do you do strikethroughs in text?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:40 AM (Dc2NZ)

109 @94

Dore did the illustrations -- had to type that several times to override the auto correct. Published in 1948.
Sorry about my original typo ridden post.

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 08:40 AM (S1hrL)

110 My reading this week has selections spiritual and material.

Still reading Hostage to the Devil, by Malachi Martin, about real-life exorcisms and the priests who performed them.

Then to the secular material, Trade Like Chuck, so I can figure out how to invest successfully. Charles Payne's book on the agenda this week.

Posted by: April -- dash my lace wigs! at September 12, 2021 08:40 AM (OX9vb)

111 Skip, your sister's 'i need help with this' moments will have to be when she plans for you to come and stay for a week's vacation ! She can save them up for you.


Posted by: My Life is Insanity at September 12, 2021 08:40 AM (Z/jzm)

112 Lebron gets further into the books than Barry Obama ever did. Table of Contents is better than just carrying them around so you'd look smart.

Posted by: huerfano at September 12, 2021 08:40 AM (MzKgG)

113 Dresden Files TV series -- one season of 13 episodes. Even though the author helped with or was the main screenwriter, true fans didn't like changes made for TV although I don't know if that hurt its ratings. I hadn't read any of the books at all and enjoyed it alot but not friends who had read them.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486657/

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 08:40 AM (UHVv4)

114 Whatever happened to the Hippocratic Oath?
Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 08:37 AM (S1hrL)


Doctors exist under a bell curve like every other occupation.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Michael Byrd Murdered Ashli Babbitt at September 12, 2021 08:41 AM (y7DUB)

115 Nice work, Skip


Not to Mention Mugs, Thugs and Scoundrels - a limerick

There once was a Moron named Skip
Who demonstrated fine craftsmanship
It holds literary works
With a door to keep out jerks
And a gabled overhang (to keep out drips)

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 08:41 AM (m45I2)

116 Aw, how do you do strikethroughs in text?
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:40 AM (Dc2NZ)

strikethrough -- [ s ] and [ /s ] (remove spaces)

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 12, 2021 08:41 AM (K5n5d)

117 comixgraphic novels

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:42 AM (Dc2NZ)

118 AN ER doctor saying "let them die?" That bastard should have had his license revoked and the hospital throw him out the door the moment after he made that post.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at September 12, 2021 08:35 AM (2JVJo)

I couldn't agree more. Somehow I think all those unvaccinated minorities will have nothing to worry about.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 08:42 AM (ONvIw)

119 Hooray! Thanks Prof.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:42 AM (Dc2NZ)

120 Aw, how do you do strikethroughs in text?
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:40 AM (Dc2NZ)


S within the brackets.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Michael Byrd Murdered Ashli Babbitt at September 12, 2021 08:43 AM (y7DUB)

121 104 Whatever happened to the Hippocratic Oath?
Posted by: Ziba

Hippocrates is a dead white man. Who cares about his stupid oath.

Posted by: Ordinary American at September 12, 2021 08:43 AM (H8QX8)

122 So, rant out of the way, on to other stuff:

Drank yesterday, but didn't get blackout drunk, which is progress for me.

Was planning to work on my own novel today - only 20 pages to go - but my "book laptop" is malfunctioning; it will start, ask for my access code and then. . .nothing. Just a blank screen. So until I can get someone to look at it, I can't do anything. I do have a "work laptop," but the Word settings in it are completely opposite to what I use when I write. I suppose I could just go over it with a pen and be sure that I'm ready to rock whenever I get the new laptop working. Very frustrating.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at September 12, 2021 08:43 AM (2JVJo)

123 Skip, that library box is beautiful!

The two in our neighborhood are just brightly painted cubes. One of them is holding a tome of fishing stories. It takes up about a quarter of the box.

I'm no angler, so I'm leaving it there, but I wish somebody would take it. I could tote it to the used-book store for credit, but that doesn't seem ethical -- after all, I didn't buy it.

Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 08:44 AM (Om/di)

124 Dresden Files TV series -- one season of 13 episodes. Even though the author helped with or was the main screenwriter, true fans didn't like changes made for TV although I don't know if that hurt its ratings.
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It's always a challenge when a book is adapted to another medium. A lot of "fans" will turn against it if it doesn't conform to their expectations, even if the changes actually make sense in context. For instance, in the TV series, Bob is a humanoid spirit, while in the books, he's just a talking skull more or less. The change works well in the TV series, but some fans might not like it.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 12, 2021 08:44 AM (K5n5d)

125 Lots of books on the shelves of Stately Poppins Manor, but don't feel like dipping into any of them. The Age of Decadence, which I mentioned last week, is a real slog. I can see why the author's other books have never been published in America.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at September 12, 2021 08:45 AM (2JVJo)

126 I did not read the books before watching the series. Probably why I liked it. I tend to visualize the characters and am usually disappointed in the casting because of that.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at September 12, 2021 08:46 AM (Y+l9t)

127 MacArthur approaches Revelation from a pre-millenial position, which is fairly standard stuff in evangelical-world.

Posted by: grammie winger at September 12, 2021 08:11 AM (45fpk)


Booooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 08:46 AM (6KZji)

128 Shame I couldn't have it here, I wouldn't mind at some point getting rid of favorite books that I think others should read.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:12 AM (2JoB

Because your town won't allow it?

I want to do the same thing...I have hundreds of paperbacks that I would love to give away.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at September 12, 2021 08:47 AM (Q9lwr)

129 I could tote it to the used-book store for credit, but that doesn't seem ethical -- after all, I didn't buy it.
Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 08:44 AM (Om/di)


I'd take it. More people will see it in the used book store, anyway, and perhaps someone will buy it. As it is now, the thing is just sitting in a box waiting for someone to throw it out.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at September 12, 2021 08:47 AM (2JVJo)

130 Oddly, a search on "scularized medicine" only brought up the book reviewed here and reviews of it. Neither the amazon blurb nor the review in tablet were enlightening. Just websters.

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at September 12, 2021 08:48 AM (nLrWw)

131 When people play God, they do a piss-poor job of it.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at September 12, 2021 08:48 AM (xopIz)

132 Wow Skip. A Muldoon limerick in your honor.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at September 12, 2021 08:48 AM (Y+l9t)

133 The Phantom Rickshaw, R. Kipling. Found a lovely antique (?) copy at Goodwill. I had never heard of this collection of short stories. I paid a buck for it.

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 08:48 AM (S1hrL)

134 OregonMuse; Thanks for the repeat of the notation name. I have written it down. Actually, I was having trouble because of the letters at the bottom of the board in the problems is written differently (?) than FAN. Or it's meaning is different or something because it doesn't seem to be written in Algebraic Notation.

That's what was confusing me cause those moves under the board don't seem to be legit moves.

So what's are those letters below the board for the chess problems and what kind of notation are they?

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 08:48 AM (z0px1)

135 >>> 100 @91

Whatever happened to the Hippocratic Oath?
Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 08:37 AM (S1hrL)

That's like, over a hundred years old and stuff, and besides, it's from some old dead white guy!

Posted by: Super SMAHHHRT People at September 12, 2021 08:49 AM (ACi07)

136 If you have books you need to get rid of but want to send to a "good home" . . . DON'T give them to the local library. They are ruthless about culling the collection every year, and are desperate to stay "relevant" with the latest intellectual fad books and flavor-of-the-month authors.

Posted by: Trimegistus at September 12, 2021 08:49 AM (QZxDR)

137 I mentioned elsewhere charles mccarry, better angels and shelley's heart, about 20 years apart, was disturbingly prophetic about our mad world, the first one was set around 2000, from the perspective of 1979, theres a figurehead Dem lockwood, who seems to have installed a green new deal light, the crime is so extreme, that prominent people like the hubbard clan (bundy, kerry types) need private security, they were preceded by franklyn mallory a populist businessman who had made some significant court appointment, but had been turned out by the deep state artefact, FIS, which was the corporate front like fusion or haklyut, a new group of suicide bombers called the eye of gaza, had been waging assaults on civil aviation, on public events, it's led by a sheikh from a country called hagreb, at one point there is a report that he has come into possession of two nukes, so one of the members of the brahmin clan, have arranged a junior prince to kill the terrorist leader, but make it look spontanous, Mallory is running again, but the fIS uses electronic voting machines to keep him out, the revelations of the past, will trigger an impeachment of the incumbent,

Posted by: alien covenant was much worse at September 12, 2021 08:49 AM (hMlTh)

138 #109 Sure, Ziba! Ruin my Abbott & Costello homage!!

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 08:50 AM (UHVv4)

139 So what's are those letters below the board for the chess problems and what kind of notation are they?

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 08:48 AM (z0px1)


He explains this every week. It is the board position including who is to move and whether each player may castle.

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at September 12, 2021 08:50 AM (nLrWw)

140 Re 38 --

"Should I put more fire in my poetry?"

"No. Do the opposite."

Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 08:51 AM (Om/di)

141 For some reason, I never got past the first two Lincoln and Child Pendergast books, so I started on them. I had read "Relic" and "Reliquary" years ago, and I re-read them a few weeks ago. I just finished "The Cabinet of Curiosities" last night and it was good enough that I will continue. The problem is, we have a very small library in my hometown with a small book population so I have to request the books through inter-library loan and wait until they get here. The anticipation is terrible.

Posted by: huerfano at September 12, 2021 08:52 AM (MzKgG)

142 Skip, your little free library is gorgeous

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at September 12, 2021 08:52 AM (oEn12)

143 Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 08:48 AM (z0px1)

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/395523.php

Scroll to second last paragraph: Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers [is] "Forsyth-Edwards Notation"

And he links here: https://www.chessgames.com/fenhelp.html

Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at September 12, 2021 08:53 AM (nLrWw)

144 Doctors exist under a bell curve like every other occupation.
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And Muldoon is the copper clapper!

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 08:54 AM (UHVv4)

145 I want to do the same thing...I have hundreds of paperbacks that I would love to give away.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at September 12, 2021 08:47 AM



Before I moved to my current home I had the same problem. I took them to the library in the town where I lived and donated them to their annual book sale fundraiser.

Posted by: huerfano at September 12, 2021 08:55 AM (MzKgG)

146 No on any restrictions having a Little Free Library here, the possibility of strange vehicles stopping ( I don't live in a sidewalk area) won't be appreciated. Ponded if could slip it in a public utility drive but doubt it would stay there long.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:55 AM (2JoB8)

147 The Tolkien-Lewis bout is amusing, but doesn't quite work. Tolkien get in a good shot at Lewis, but Lewis retaliates by insulting... Peter Jackson. What Jackson did with it has no bearing whatsoever on Tolkien's work.

Match goes to J.R.R.

Posted by: Andrew X at September 12, 2021 08:55 AM (P7RU+)

148 The CDC reported that 214 children 17-years old or younger have died of COVID-19 nationwide so far this year

compared to 261 Chicago kids who have been victims of gunfire in Chicago

Posted by: rhennigantx at September 12, 2021 08:55 AM (yrol0)

149 "...charles mccarry, better angels and shelley's heart.."
--

These were recommended some years back on the Book Thread. I really enjoyed them! But yeah, it's like reading Atlas Shrugged -- they are so well-written but it's depressing that books from decades past are still prescient.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:56 AM (Dc2NZ)

150 Beautiful little library.

We have three now, very close by, and the first time I saw one I thought, someone has a lot of faith in humanity.

But they are still going strong after years, and always full.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 08:56 AM (AwPyG)

151 Plague Doctor paraphernalia explained:

https://tinyurl.com/b3dvrvfu

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Live! from the Dungeon of Discord at September 12, 2021 08:56 AM (Dc2NZ)

152 Since the book discussion is piss poor this week, my input included, my wife watches Gerbilopoulous's Sunday gossip show and I can't help but overhear snippets from those cunning runts. It seems that at least half the sentences have Trump as the subject. And we're the obsessives...

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Michael Byrd Murdered Ashli Babbitt at September 12, 2021 08:57 AM (y7DUB)

153 You can register a LFL for 1 time fee of $40 and get it posted on the website, of course a free lance is possible as a few I know of most likely are.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:57 AM (2JoB8)

154 #124 My friends had a bone up their butts about his magic wand that was a hockeystick in the show although I can't recall the specific complaint. They were upset about Bob the Talking Skull too.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 08:57 AM (UHVv4)

155 Someone put up a free library box just around the block. Very pretty! I contributed some surplus Agatha Christie novels, because I know everybody likes those and they won't sit on the shelves for long.

Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 08:58 AM (TXy1K)

156 Continuing with the Medieval theme, I've been reading about the Book of Kells, the illuminated manuscript. The creativity and artistry of the script and illustrations is both curious and extraordinary. 'The Book of Kells' by Bernard Meehan is just under 100 pages but contains a huge amount of information that will let the reader begin to appreciate what went into the making of the manuscript and how it has survived over the centuries.

The most interesting matter for me (so far) is the explanation of how the manuscript was actually made: the vellum, the inks and paints and how they are made (absolutely fascinating), and the other tools used, even how long it might have taken a gifted scribe to do a page. One color comes from the crushed body of a certain pregnant insect. Who knew? And, like some of the stained glass used in cathedral windows, science still hasn't completely determined how certain colors were created. I find a little bit of mystery enhances the appeal of some objects.

Posted by: JTB at September 12, 2021 08:59 AM (7EjX1)

157 When people play God, they do a piss-poor job of it.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at September 12, 2021 08:48 AM (xopIz)


That's because they commit the sin of Pride. There's a reason why that's generally considered to be the First of the Worst when it comes to sin.

Pride, Anger, Vanity and Envy are all ego-driven sins: They PAVE the way to Hell (I can't take credit for that: Fr. Spitzer and Doug Keck on EWTN came up with that acronym).

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at September 12, 2021 08:59 AM (pJWtt)

158 thank you for the recs last time of In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden. The library was able to get one battered copy.
I loved it. The old-fashioned style of narration enhanced the story, imo.

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at September 12, 2021 09:00 AM (oEn12)

159 Ellery Queen was the protaganist in a series of Magic detective novels. Only it was not the magic that works but is that of the illusionist. The authors were Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee.

Death of a Top Hat was the first one I read as it was my Mother's.

Not easy to find in libraries due to their age. Queen wrote quite a few tho. In the 30s.

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 09:00 AM (z0px1)

160
No on any restrictions having a Little Free Library here, the possibility of strange vehicles stopping ( I don't live in a sidewalk area) won't be appreciated. Ponded if could slip it in a public utility drive but doubt it would stay there long.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 08:55 AM


early on in the Moo Goo Gai Pandemic, Obergruppenfuhrer Whitmer decreed that all the "little libraries" were a danger to the public health and ordered them all closed

all of the little libraries in my small burg just outside the wire of The Peoples' Republik of AnnArbor were literally wrapped up in police tape (as were park benches & playground equipment, but that's another story for another time)

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 09:01 AM (DUIap)

161 @136

Pre plandemic I asked our library about the empty bookshelves. This after an "expansion" of the library.
"Oh, so many outdated books with misinformation!" I was told.

Sometimes I find the good outdated books on the library's sale shelf. Everything else in the place is junk at this point.

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 09:01 AM (S1hrL)

162 I'm almost finished with Steven Pressfield's A Man at Arms.

To be honest his style of writing is not to my taste, but I find the setting and plot very interesting.

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at September 12, 2021 09:02 AM (oEn12)

163 Lady Diana Cooper? We may have been related...Lord Ashley Cooper is in my mom's lineage.

Posted by: BignJames at September 12, 2021 09:02 AM (AwYPR)

164 You have to be smart to play stupid.

I'd bet that Marilyn was smart and curious, and under-educated. But not the 160 IQ the studios claimed

Posted by: Ignoramus at September 12, 2021 09:03 AM (ZHVt1)

165 I read MAD Magazine's "Celery Bean" parody!

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 09:04 AM (UHVv4)

166 In This House of Brede upthread. One of the "outdated" books I found on the sale shelf at the library. I loved it! Rumer Godden's writing style is unique.

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 09:04 AM (S1hrL)

167 @136

In defense of libraries, usually the "culling" has to do with circulation numbers.

But, as we've discussed before, some librarians are mighty woke, and trying to steer their patrons, while others are trying to please their patrons. It's pretty easy to tell which kind you have

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:04 AM (AwPyG)

168 OK, folks, I'm going to see what I can get done on the book, if anything. See you all tomorrow.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at September 12, 2021 09:04 AM (2JVJo)

169 And Muldoon is the copper clapper!
Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 08:54 AM (UHVv4)

--------

Who can ever forget the Claude Cooper copper clapper caper.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 09:06 AM (VxC1e)

170 "Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.
Whatever you have learned or received from me, or seen in me- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. "

Phillippians 4:8-9

Posted by: Marcus T at September 12, 2021 09:06 AM (kbvR/)

171 I would rather stab in my right eye, Stay Puft is probably there as well, reaching mr creosote stage, the one who supported the Ground Zero Mosque, and a Hamas judge for the superior court, Martha Raddish is probably yelling squirrel at the top of her lungs,

Posted by: alien covenant was much worse at September 12, 2021 09:06 AM (hMlTh)

172 I ordered a copy of "The Mary Shelley Reader" which includes her book Mathilda, which dealt with incest and was not publishable until 1959. William Godwin did not even return the manuscript to his daughter.

I also plan on reading a book by Grazia Deledda, a Nobel laureate, who wrote about life in Sardinia. I saw the name on a list somewhere, but never looked at her work.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:07 AM (ONvIw)

173 Posted by: You Really Don't Want to Know at September 12, 2021 08:53 AM (nLrWw)

Thank you very much!! And OregonMuse also.

The non capitalized pieces were what were throwing me. I had no idea that they denoted the color of the piece. Now it becomes a bit clearer.

I assumed that those letters at the bottom had something to do with describing the board at the point that the puzzle started but got thrown off by the lowercase letters.

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 09:07 AM (z0px1)

174 If you have books you need to get rid of but want to send to a "good home" . . . DON'T give them to the local library. They are ruthless about culling the collection every year, and are desperate to stay "relevant" with the latest intellectual fad books and flavor-of-the-month authors.
Posted by: Trimegistus at September 12, 2021 08:49 AM (QZxDR)
-------------------
Pre plandemic I asked our library about the empty bookshelves. This after an "expansion" of the library.
"Oh, so many outdated books with misinformation!" I was told.

Sometimes I find the good outdated books on the library's sale shelf. Everything else in the place is junk at this point.
Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 09:01 AM (S1hrL)


That's why I have been recently concentrating on general American history books published before about 1980. The Commies are trying to eradicate our heritage.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at September 12, 2021 09:07 AM (pJWtt)

175 The struggling local book store says on their website that they remain closed, but please order books from them and they will offer curbside pick up.

The website further states that they hope to open later this year, but will require masks.

So I think I'm never going again.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:07 AM (AwPyG)

176 @138

Yeah, sorry I didn't catch on (pours another cup of coffee).

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 09:07 AM (S1hrL)

177 Curbside pick up of books holds no appeal for me.
Many of my favorite books were discovered browsing the bookshelves. Sigh.

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 09:08 AM (S1hrL)

178 The library here decided that anything that hadn't circulated in something like five years was fair game for weeding. Most of the stuff I was planning to read when I hit retirement got the ax. I managed to snag several of Don Robertson's novels for a quarter apiece off the sale table, so I guess I can't complain too much.

Posted by: Just Some Guy at September 12, 2021 09:09 AM (JzDjf)

179 all of the little libraries in my small burg just outside the wire of The Peoples' Republik of AnnArbor were literally wrapped up in police tape

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 09:01 AM (DUIap)

That's embarrassingly stupid, even for being near Ann Arbor.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at September 12, 2021 09:09 AM (Q9lwr)

180 You can spot the good librarians by the ones who are arranging community events, too--especially in these times.

They are trying to bring in people who haven't been there before, and hoping they'll come back.

In my experience, the woke ones are too lazy.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:10 AM (AwPyG)

181 Since when are firefighters subject to the UCMJ?

Posted by: Cow Demon at September 12, 2021 09:10 AM (Y75K9)

182 Another glimpse into the future of medicine: The application process is a nightmare, replete with questions demanding one explain how they are going to contribute to the diversity of the Institution, and why diversity is So Important. Meritocracy? Meh, much more important that 25% of each class be comprised of under-represented minorities. White guys need not apply.

Posted by: EdmundBurkesShade at September 12, 2021 09:11 AM (RJCvt)

183 I read "The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz: A True Story of Family and Survival" by Jeremy Dronfield last year. Fascinating true story that's exactly what the title states. Reading about how friends and neighbors can turn on people in an instant was chilling.

Posted by: windbag at September 12, 2021 09:11 AM (ljFcq)

184 The Lion, the Witch and the Bore-drobe? I totally agree.

Posted by: Snake Spirit at September 12, 2021 09:12 AM (Y75K9)

185 @178

I've mentioned before that if a few patrons request that the library carry an author--even a self-published author--the library will accommodate.

And they used to order off a catalog called Baker and McKenzie, but now most of them just buy from whoever sells it cheapest.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:12 AM (AwPyG)

186 So Who Dis is not Norma Jean Baker?

I swear that looks like her from the angle.

There are some differences but hard to put it together because of the angle the shot is taken from.

She's got shorter legs i think.

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 09:13 AM (z0px1)

187 Voyage of the Narwhal, novel by Andrea Barrett.
19th century exploits in the Arctic. A great "weeded out" book. Haven't read any of her other books.

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 09:13 AM (S1hrL)

188
That's embarrassingly stupid, even for being near Ann Arbor.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at September 12, 2021 09:09 AM


if "embarrassingly stupid" had a market value, The Peoples' Republik of AnnArbor would be the financial capital of the 'verse

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 09:14 AM (DUIap)

189 Dr. Taylor Marshall teaches the Acronym PALE GAS for the seven deadly sins.

Pride, Anger, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Avarice, and Sloth.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at September 12, 2021 09:14 AM (xopIz)

190 I understand they want to make room for the new stuff but I thought libraries were FOR having older books someplace to be found.

I've seen stuff gleaned that was only a few years old.

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 09:15 AM (z0px1)

191 Who dis could be Jayne Mansfield.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at September 12, 2021 09:15 AM (xopIz)

192 The only good librarians I ever saw were read.

Posted by: zombie gen. phillip sheridan at September 12, 2021 09:17 AM (UHVv4)

193 One more connection to Medieval times in my reading is "Hnefatafl: The Sacred Game of Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia" by Jonathon George. It covers the history of the game in northern Europe, various ways to play, and how it and similar games are making a comeback. Knowledge of the game was almost lost as chess and checkers (or draughts as those strange Europeans call it) replaced it. But there were enough references in old literature to try to recreate the board and rules. I happened on mention of hnefatafl while reading about ancient chess pieces.

Part of my interest comes from the cultures that played the game over 1,000 years ago and part from the means by which it is being revived. The author does a good job of explaining both. Part of the interest comes from the ability to make a basic strategy game from easily made components.

BTW, there are a number of videos on Youtube about the game.

Posted by: JTB at September 12, 2021 09:17 AM (7EjX1)

194 The website further states that they hope to open later this year, but will require masks.

So I think I'm never going again.
Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:07 AM (AwPyG)

Send them an email: "Out of an abundance of caution, I wouldn't feel safe picking up books from your establishment unless they were delivered by an employee in a full Hazmat suit. Thank you for keeping us all safe."

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at September 12, 2021 09:17 AM (PiwSw)

195 Who dis a little too heavy set for Norma Jean?

Posted by: Ziba at September 12, 2021 09:18 AM (S1hrL)

196 @190

But imagine being a librarian, where there are around 700,000 new books published every year, if you count the self-pubs. How do you choose? You're left to go with circulation--because you're trying to keep your patrons happy

And a lot of library patrons are NYTimes list people, who need to virtue signal.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:19 AM (AwPyG)

197 Good morning, OM, good morning, Horde

Posted by: callsign claymore at September 12, 2021 09:19 AM (5fX2l)

198 Somewhat book related: While looking for a good audio book of A Passage to India, I came across on YouTube an hour-long radio adaptation that NBC broadcast back in 1949. As you would expect from a book whose unabridged audio version is over eleven hours long, it's unintentionally hilarious. Though he isn't the only member of the cast, the only credited actor is Joseph Schildkraut as Dr. Aziz, because it makes perfect sense to have a Viennese Jew in his fifties to portray an Indian Muslim in his twenties. Really, it wouldn't be so bad, except he just sounds like a middle-aged man from Vienna. Oh, and English characters all sound American.

Posted by: Pete in Texas at September 12, 2021 09:19 AM (6VCiI)

199 ninth house could be a very adult harry potter series if you get my drift, I reviewed life and fate a few weeks, ago grim but interesting reading, this was what the Eastern Front was about,

Posted by: alien covenant was much worse at September 12, 2021 09:20 AM (hMlTh)

200 I can put up with a lot of superficial changes between a book and a film adaptation if I think the moviemakers _understand_ the book. For instance, there are huge differences between Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but the moviemakers understood what the novel was about, so Philip K. Dick loved it when he was shown a pre-release print.

Posted by: Trimegistus at September 12, 2021 09:20 AM (QZxDR)

201 I went back to see and he does explain it all but further along than where I start usually jumping around.

Seems I've missed the full explanation every time. And of course sometimes I only glance at the book thread as I'm doing something else.

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 09:20 AM (z0px1)

202 190 I understand they want to make room for the new stuff but I thought libraries were FOR having older books someplace to be found.

==

libraries go by circulation numbers, and are driven to use or lose their budgets.

books that don't get borrowed get binned

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at September 12, 2021 09:20 AM (oEn12)

203 Link at #23 has a reverse view
Posted by: Skip

Link no workee.....

Posted by: JT at September 12, 2021 09:20 AM (arJlL)

204 And a lot of library patrons are NYTimes list people, who need to virtue signal.
Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:19 AM (AwPyG)

Plenty of people come to a library armed with a copy of "the list".

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:22 AM (ONvIw)

205 So what's are those letters below the board for the chess problems and what kind of notation are they?

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 08:48 AM (z0px1)


That cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N.

http://www.chessgames.com/fenhelp.html

It's readable by humans. I've used it myself to compose board positions.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 09:22 AM (6KZji)

206
Who dis is definitely MM. I found a Pinterest page with a ton of pictures of her reading.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus, Vaccine and Massage Parlor at September 12, 2021 09:22 AM (dQvv7)

207 How about Skip's bookhouse! That's great!

Posted by: m at September 12, 2021 09:23 AM (rk2/G)

208 I didn't know about Weaver's Bottom. Now I realize there was a joke in Shakespeare naming the weaver Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (besides his just being an ass, literally and figuratively).
Although Ischial Bursitis doesn't sound like much fun.

Posted by: ID Gent at September 12, 2021 09:23 AM (JozLy)

209 all of the little libraries in my small burg just outside the wire of The Peoples' Republik of AnnArbor were literally wrapped up in police tape

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 09:01 AM (DUIap

In NJ, ours were closed, and the local playgrounds were wrapped in police tape.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:23 AM (ONvIw)

210 seems like a slow day today. been reading a lot of westerns (r o lane) on ku. started 'house of rain' (as a real dead tree book!) by craig childs. ok so far, but seems awfully disjoint and atmospheric.

re: noir and magic, but not really, more sf and "magic". i always liked larry niven's gil hamilton collected in 'flatlander'

Posted by: yara at September 12, 2021 09:23 AM (N7mou)

211 JT I tinyurl.com it
https://tinyurl.com/yt8nfacp

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 09:24 AM (2JoB8)

212 I wonder if a bird will try to get into that little bookhouse. Or a squirrel.

Posted by: m at September 12, 2021 09:24 AM (rk2/G)

213 191 Who dis could be Jayne Mansfield.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at September 12, 2021 09:15 AM (xopIz)

That's what I thought, too.

Posted by: m at September 12, 2021 09:25 AM (rk2/G)

214 Man, for almost every series I got into, it all began with seeing a book on a shelf or rack. My folks would let me haunt the book section at Wal-Mart. Those lurid covers were so attractive. I never bought any, thinking that I was too young.

When I got older, I started acquiring or borrowing them.

Series that I began this way include Matt Helm, Nero Wolfe, the Executioner, the Destroyer, the Penetrator, and Ellery Queen.

I started with Perry Mason because one of my grandmothers had those, and got into the Myth-Adventures on the recommendation of friends in college.

Now, I get most library books through online requests, but I shudder when I think about how much I would have missed if store shelves had been off limits then.

Today's kids are missing out on a lot.

Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 09:26 AM (Om/di)

215
I'm slogging through The Fourth Turning right now. It's been a long time since I've read anything "academic"; it strikes me that they could have made their points & reinforced them in less than 200 pages, instead of dragging it out to almost 400.

I'm getting to the point where they are talking about "current events" (it was written in 1997) so the reading is picking up, as the references are things that happened in my life time

short story: from their perspective (again, written in the late '90s), 2020 to 2025 is going to be catastrophic

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 09:26 AM (DUIap)

216 For those of you having issues if you use a book reader use the online library app. I use Libby and access 3 separate libraries using my library card and my mom's. I got to the point during the chinese lung rot shut downs where it was easier to download books for mom instead of delivering physical copies.
I'm guessing that the digitized books remain longer in the system then the hard copies. Bonus, classics that have been added to the digitalized library by volunteers who I'm thinking add them manually. Yep, you get typos but they are there.
I download and have them added through my Kindle app. Plus FREE!

Posted by: neverenoughcaffeine at September 12, 2021 09:26 AM (2NHgQ)

217 Yikes! The thread just up and disappeared!

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 09:27 AM (m45I2)

218 And then it came back.

Posted by: m at September 12, 2021 09:28 AM (rk2/G)

219 EMP attack? Was afraid my comment got nuked. It's there.

Posted by: neverenoughcaffeine at September 12, 2021 09:28 AM (2NHgQ)

220 .....annnnnnnnnd we're back. Sorry about that. Updated thread with a link to a shot of a reverse view of Skip's handcrafted magic.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 09:28 AM (6KZji)

221 Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 09:27 AM (m45I2)

Oh good. It wasn't just me or my computer! Phew!

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 09:28 AM (z0px1)

222 That book house Skip built is great. And the roof reminds me of some of the wooden shake roofs from the 1600s and 1700s in my home town. Those things kept the houses dry even with constant exposure to Atlantic coast weather.

Posted by: JTB at September 12, 2021 09:28 AM (7EjX1)

223 I know! I had just finished another essay, and it vanished when I hit Post.

Not going to retype it again.

Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 09:28 AM (Om/di)

224 Glitch in the Matrix. Move along.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at September 12, 2021 09:28 AM (PiwSw)

225 Disappeared on me too! I'm back by using my browser's History tab.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 09:29 AM (UHVv4)

226 Yikes! The thread just up and disappeared!

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 09:27 AM (m45I2)

So it wasn't just me! Anyway, no one was answering my question #38 anyway....

Posted by: OrangeEnt at September 12, 2021 09:29 AM (7bRMQ)

227 Still don't get why postimage won't work here. I post them as is at TMP and it's works fine.
This is a corbel I made years ago using same stone color paint

https://i.postIMG.cc/bNXKQMmx/20210911-135006.jpg

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 09:29 AM (2JoB8)

228 Oh, there it is!

Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 09:29 AM (Om/di)

229 "I'm slogging through The Fourth Turning right now."

It's Steve Bannon's Bible.

Is it good? I'm skeptical of theories that promise to predict everything.

Posted by: Ignoramus at September 12, 2021 09:30 AM (ZHVt1)

230 So it wasn't just me! Anyway, no one was answering my question #38 anyway....
Posted by: OrangeEnt at September 12, 2021 09:29 AM (7bRMQ)

I'm sure you could find an editor to tell you what they thought about your writing.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:30 AM (ONvIw)

231 I believe the reader is a blonde Jane Russell.

Posted by: Texican ette at September 12, 2021 09:30 AM (KsTYL)

232
Disappeared on me too! I'm back by using my browser's History tab.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 09:29 AM


I had to buy a new computer and change my internet service provider

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 09:30 AM (DUIap)

233 Geez you guys, settle down.

Posted by: Bob From NSA at September 12, 2021 09:31 AM (N/iqz)

234 Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 08:30 AM (m45I2)

I wonder if it's similar to the damage done to the thumb by setting a drop spindle spinning. I can't use a spindle long for this reason, thank God for the invention of the flyer wheel, and am somewhat surprised enough people could to keep the northern hemisphere decently clothed until the spinning wheel was invented.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at September 12, 2021 09:31 AM (1lKRm)

235 short story: from their perspective (again, written in the late '90s), 2020 to 2025 is going to be catastrophic
Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 09:26 AM (DUIap)


See you are supposed to make your predictions way way off in the future. I mean, 2020-2025 catastrophic, and look, we are most of the way through 2021 and things are going swimmingly!

Posted by: blaster at September 12, 2021 09:31 AM (mbFEM)

236 211 JT I tinyurl.com it
https://tinyurl.com/yt8nfacp
Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 09:24 AM (2JoB

Skip, you are an artist!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at September 12, 2021 09:31 AM (oEn12)

237 Yes. And I apologize for not thoroughly reading your posts and finding all that in them.

It's the Moron way! We don't need no steenking content!

Seriously the lowercase was driving me nuts. Now I see it's a way of displaying the current positions of all pieces and white gets capitalized.

Isn't that racist or colorist? or something? White goes first and white gets capitalized. White privilege.

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 09:32 AM (z0px1)

238 Is it good? I'm skeptical of theories that promise to predict everything.
-----------------------------
I knew you were going to say that!

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 09:32 AM (UHVv4)

239 I'm sure you could find an editor to tell you what they thought about your writing.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:30 AM (ONvIw)

But where?

Posted by: OrangeEnt at September 12, 2021 09:32 AM (7bRMQ)

240 I read C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" this week Humorous but also sad in many ways.

I am working through Peter Kreeft's 16 books that every Catholic should read before dying.

I have already read 6, 20 more to go. 2 are actually films; "Our Town" and "A Man for All Seasons."

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at September 12, 2021 09:33 AM (xopIz)

241 Skip,
Your little library is just charming. It shows respect to books. It encourages curiosity. It is so inviting!

Good for you! If I walked by, I would stop, and admire and appreciate. And look to see if anything interested me. And if I took a book, I would return to donate one.

We need more of this in our world. Thank you.

Posted by: nurse ratched at September 12, 2021 09:33 AM (U2p+3)

242 I've been binging on audio books since the Great Unpleasantness began. Going through about 4 a week or so. Mostly non-fiction, history, wars, biographies.
I have to admit I miss the illustrations, maps, color prints, etc.
Recent book I enjoyed very much "1920, the Year of Six Presidents".

Posted by: californian for Elder at September 12, 2021 09:33 AM (aAP3z)

243 Nice little free library there Skip...but it doesn't have a chimney with a little hatch underneath that you can slide a bit of dry ice into- so it looks like a fire is warming the place...but, I'm not gonna nitpick!

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at September 12, 2021 09:33 AM (kYZAI)

244 Drudge says:

UK SCRAPS VAX PASSPORT
NO MORE LOCKDOWNS

Posted by: m at September 12, 2021 09:34 AM (rk2/G)

245 Hola Readers:
In before noon today! Yay me.

Currently reading Starship Mage series by Canuck author Glynn Stewart. Fun reads. A fair amount of mil-sf, which my eyes kind of glaze over. An uncomplicated hero who *wins*. Much Tory-love, which I unapologetically love : "I am the Hand of the Mage-King of Mars". Whew, fans self.

Also doing a deep dive (for me) into the Iliad. Reading Caroline Alexander's translation and Pope's translation in parallel. When I unearth Fagles and Lattimore I'll fold them in. Also *Why Homer Matters* which some moron recommended years ago (kinda poetiçal) and the Cambridge Companion (ouch, expensive!).

I am still in Book 2 where Agamemnon, after a dream from Zeus that tells him to go slay some Trojans (false dream, but A doesn't know that), decides to "test" his troops by telling them: "Yeah, let's just go home cos this is a lost cause." WHY?

Posted by: sinmi at September 12, 2021 09:34 AM (A5IVt)

246 I want to do the same thing...I have hundreds of paperbacks that I would love to give away.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo

Anything good ?

Posted by: JT at September 12, 2021 09:34 AM (arJlL)

247 if "embarrassingly stupid" had a market value, The Peoples' Republik of AnnArbor would be the financial capital of the 'verse

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 09:14 AM (DUIap)


Oh yeah? Hold my beer.

Posted by: Portland, OR at September 12, 2021 09:34 AM (6KZji)

248
See you are supposed to make your predictions way way off in the future. I mean, 2020-2025 catastrophic, and look, we are most of the way through 2021 and things are going swimmingly!

Posted by: blaster at September 12, 2021 09:31 AM


I know, right? They lost some credibility there; it's more of a farce now

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 12, 2021 09:34 AM (DUIap)

249 The who 'dis is Marilyn, the photographer did another pic of her in the same library
https://tinyurl.com/8j5fva97

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:34 AM (ONvIw)

250 A wonderful brick art house, Skip.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 09:35 AM (UHVv4)

251 Hiya

Posted by: JT at September 12, 2021 09:35 AM (arJlL)

252 re: the twin towers

I believe that Nostradamus has some quantrain that describes the assination of two (something I forget but it could be interpreted as buildings) in the city.

I haven't tried to look it up i just remember it from reading about something else at the time and wondered later about it.

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 09:35 AM (z0px1)

253 Nobody has suggested Jayne Mansfield yet?

Dresden Files are a very good series, and appropriate for younger and more sensitive readers.

Beautiful small library.

League of Extraordinary Elderly Pets and I (as their dutiful butler) are exhausted from a day of grandchildren. Maybe we will all start moving when hunger really gets to us.

Posted by: mustbequantum at September 12, 2021 09:35 AM (MIKMs)

254 Hiya Cannibal ! (I know you're in here....I can smell the BBQ Sauce !)

Regards to Heidi !

Posted by: JT at September 12, 2021 09:36 AM (arJlL)

255 So it wasn't just me! Anyway, no one was answering my question #38 anyway....
Posted by: OrangeEnt

*****

You could ask for volunteers to be beta readers. Probably would be a good idea to float the nature of your book and why you think people might want to read it, what the genre is, is there a connection to topics discussed here, etc.

Note: I once offered to read portions of a manuscript written by a commenter here. Turns out the opening chapter was a vile, graphic depiction of a prison homosexual rape/love incident. Most disgusting dreck I had ever read. I don't volunteer to read people's stuff any more.

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 09:36 AM (m45I2)

256 assassination

Posted by: jakee308 at September 12, 2021 09:37 AM (z0px1)

257 Gabe Malor wrote an autobiography??

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 09:37 AM (UHVv4)

258 Great job on the Little Free Library of Death, Skip !

Posted by: JT at September 12, 2021 09:38 AM (arJlL)

259 But where?
Posted by: OrangeEnt at September 12, 2021 09:32 AM (7bRMQ)

Contact a local book club, or a "creative writing" teacher at a community college. The former is what a colleague did a few years back.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:38 AM (ONvIw)

260
Turns out the opening chapter was a vile, graphic depiction of a prison homosexual rape/love incident. Most disgusting dreck I had ever read. I don't volunteer to read people's stuff any more.

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 09:36 AM


YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE "TRUTH"!!!

Posted by: Col. Jessup at September 12, 2021 09:38 AM (DUIap)

261 What we seem to have here is a success to communicate.

Great post.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at September 12, 2021 09:38 AM (obcVG)

262 @244

It's amazing what our US media suppresses. UK was having massive protests--a million in the street at a time. Then a pretty young newscaster died, and the doctor came straight out and said she developed brain clots from the vax. I think that was the catalyst for the government retreat.

Similar deaths happening here, but you only see it in the dreaded Gab feed.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:38 AM (AwPyG)

263 I don't volunteer to read people's stuff any more.
Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 09:36 AM (m45I2)

Probably wise. Did you refer the person to a vile dreck genre group?

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:39 AM (ONvIw)

264 OrangeEnt, you need beta readers, which is a big commitment, honestly.

Or you can try a writing workshop or a writing group (very tricky finding a good fit specially in these woke ti!es).

You could try preparing a sample chapter (s), a true synopsis, a blurb and cover letter, and send them off to agents and / or publishers. (Most will ignore you, but you might get helpful feedback).

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion (oEn12) at September 12, 2021 09:40 AM (oEn12)

265 Turns out the opening chapter was a vile, graphic depiction of a prison homosexual rape/love incident. Most disgusting dreck I had ever read. I don't volunteer to read people's stuff any more.

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 09:36 AM

I think David Alan Coe wrote a song about it.

Posted by: BignJames at September 12, 2021 09:40 AM (AwYPR)

266 Similar deaths happening here, but you only see it in the dreaded Gab feed.
Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:38 AM (AwPyG)

Yes it is. The lockdown in Oz is being ignored, too. We are the USSR

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:41 AM (ONvIw)

267
Most disgusting dreck I had ever read. I don't volunteer to read people's stuff any more.

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 09:36 AM


Ever give thought to that person is who you're looking for? Some people like to stay on the razors edge of getting caught - just for the thrill.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus, Vaccine and Massage Parlor at September 12, 2021 09:41 AM (dQvv7)

268 A buddy is getting into self-published authoring and I helped him proofread his first book. He had a handful of people do that, he said afterward yours was the best feedback so I want you to be in the early galley reading for my second.

Which is kind of cool. I am kind of co-authoring a book, without doing the whole, you know actual writing thing.

Posted by: blaster at September 12, 2021 09:41 AM (mbFEM)

269 There are on-line critique groups, where writers swap pages of their work in progress. You can narrow it down however you'd like--genre, etc.

There are in-person ones, too.

Search "critique groups" and you should see a million.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:42 AM (AwPyG)

270 I wonder if it's similar to the damage done to the thumb by setting a drop spindle spinning.

*****

I don't know what that motion is like. The gamekeeper's maneuver goes something like this:

Hold your right hand out, palm down, with the bird's head in your palm, neck between your thumb and the base of your forefinger, the bird's body hanging down. With a quick or sudden flip twist your hand around clockwise so that the bird's body goes up and over, your hand ends up palm up with the bird's body now on the outside of your wrist.

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 09:44 AM (m45I2)

271 265 I think David Alan Coe wrote a song about it.

Posted by: BignJames at September 12, 2021 09:40 AM (AwYPR)


Also, Maynard James Keenan.

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at September 12, 2021 09:44 AM (DTX3h)

272 Anything good ?

Posted by: JT at September 12, 2021 09:34 AM (arJlL)

Yes...for certain definitions of good.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at September 12, 2021 09:45 AM (Q9lwr)

273 Manchin says he's holding out. But no one is talking about Sinema who's the true swing vote.

If Sinema votes YES, then it moves to Manchin who will cash his winning lottery ticket and vote YES.

If Sinema votes NO, then Manchin is irrelevant to the outcome. He'll vote NO for the optics back home in WV.

Posted by: Ignoramus at September 12, 2021 09:46 AM (ZHVt1)

274 - Back in the day, the chimney sweeps' boys had to climb the chimneys naked and the tar in the soot caused cancer of the scrotum. A law was passed to make the masters give the boys a bath at least once a week to prevent this.


they did this so their cloths did not get dirty? ummmm

Posted by: will choose a nic later at September 12, 2021 09:46 AM (bTQ72)

275 I am in awe of Skips little library. Some people have skill and put a lot of care into projects and it shows.

Posted by: Jen the original at September 12, 2021 09:46 AM (AxGZN)

276 Riots across France against the passports; huge marches in Montreal against lockdowns and provincial passport; anti-lockdown marches in Toronto.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 09:48 AM (UHVv4)

277 , there was one novel by a british soldier simon conway, set in pakistan around 2011, one of the soldiers at an ISI post is practicing the customs of the region (nuf said) the character is a rank degenerate, and quickly gets his due,

Posted by: alien covenant was much worse at September 12, 2021 09:48 AM (hMlTh)

278 Anything good ?
Posted by: JT at September 12, 2021 09:34 AM (arJlL)


10 volume set of "Spatchcocking for Beginners"
5 volume set of "Best Kosher Pork Recipes from Around the World."

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 09:49 AM (V13WU)

279 One more connection to Medieval times in my reading is "Hnefatafl: The Sacred Game of Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia" by Jonathon George.
BTW, there are a number of videos on Youtube about the game.
Posted by: JTB at September 12, 2021 09:17 AM (7EjX1)

Very cool. Thanks JTB!

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at September 12, 2021 09:49 AM (R/m4+)

280
69 Baby arrived at 3:16 am. 7 lbs 12 oz. Everyone healthy and doing well and I am I've the moon.
Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at September 12, 2021 08:26 AM (Y+l9t)


CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Gob bless the new baby and your whole family!!

Posted by: RondinellaMamma Donald Trump is our duly elected president. at September 12, 2021 09:49 AM (l0Cy4)

281 sharon, congratulations. very auspicious birth.

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 09:50 AM (V13WU)

282 Hi everyone! Very late today ... been reading Brad Meltzler's Culper Ring series this past week. Good stuff.

Posted by: CarolinaGirl at September 12, 2021 09:51 AM (Kh9rg)

283 I've been rereading "The Trial of Charles I" by C. V. Wedgwood (also published under the title "A Coffin for King Charles"). This has reintroduced me to the pleasures of her prose style. She wrote this rather short book while in the process of researching her intended third book on the English Civil War, a book that she never completed, or, apparently, even started. Which is a puzzlement to me, as she was in the prime of her writing career at the time. Anyhow, I heartily recommend any titles written by her to those who are interested in 17th Century European history.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 09:51 AM (LBiAf)

284 I sang Mack The Knife at a Korokee bar/hotel in Taiwan.

All the other songs made me feel.....cheapened..

Taiwan so full of hot desperate but very reserved people

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at September 12, 2021 09:51 AM (obcVG)

285 Thanks everyone for the replies. I'm sorta scared to do something like send it out to pros, I'd prefer an informal somebody take a look at it deal. I've done non fiction history before and it's technically "published," and college newspaper "writing," but fiction written during a lockdown covid induced unemployment life just may be crap. It's western type stuff, but working on a sf comedy. My stuff is magazine type short story length.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at September 12, 2021 09:51 AM (7bRMQ)

286 69 Baby arrived at 3:16 am. 7 lbs 12 oz. Everyone healthy and doing well and I am I've the moon.
Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at September 12, 2021 08:26 AM (Y+l9t)


Excellent news!

4This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles who were carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5"Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat their produce. 6Take wives and have sons and daughters. Take wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Multiply there; do not decrease. 7Seek the prosperity of the city to which I have sent you as exiles. Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for if it prospers, you too will prosper."

Jeremiah 29

Posted by: blaster at September 12, 2021 09:52 AM (mbFEM)

287 10 volume set of "Spatchcocking for Beginners"
5 volume set of "Best Kosher Pork Recipes from Around the World."

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 09:49 AM (V13WU)

"Savory French Toast...The Sous Vide Way!"

Posted by: BignJames at September 12, 2021 09:52 AM (AwYPR)

288 276 Riots across France against the passports; huge marches in Montreal against lockdowns and provincial passport; anti-lockdown marches in Toronto.
Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 09:48 AM (UHVv4)

And Denmark dropped all restrictions.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:52 AM (ONvIw)

289 240 I read C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" this week Humorous but also sad in many ways.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at September 12, 2021 09:33 AM (xopIz)


TGD is Mrs. Muse's favorite CS Lewis book. There have been a number of people in her life, particularly her mother, just like some of the characters in the book, i.e. blind fools who want to hold on to something worthless rather than to drop it and grasp the eternal happiness that is being offered to them.

She also knows that, without God, she would be just like that.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 09:52 AM (6KZji)

290 I bought another book by Betty MacDonald, called The Plague and I. Mrs MacDonald, who is known best for her book The Egg and I, and the Mrs Pigglewiggle children's books, wrote The Plague and I about her nine months in a TB sanitarium in the late 30's in Seattle.
She is very optimistic, very observant, and to be honest, very exasperated and amused with the world around her. I am in the middle of it but I already know it is a 'three-read' book.

a typical passage:

"Madge was brought to the house one Sunday evening along with about forty other people, introduced as a friend of somebody's roommate. She played the piano, was instantly recognized as one of us, and a week later moved in and was adopted permanently as a member of the family. Having not family of her own Madge was very grateful for our love and companionship but even more grateful that none of us were stone deaf or very neat and that we were all nasty in the morning and usually up when she got home from her work as a pianist with a dance band at 2 a.m. or thereabouts.

Posted by: Kindltot at September 12, 2021 09:52 AM (ssx3L)

291 Detective Noir + Magic? Add it the tropes and setting of high fantasy and you've got the Garett P.I. series!

Posted by: Castle Guy at September 12, 2021 09:53 AM (Lhaco)

292 Somewhat book related: While looking for a good audio book of A Passage to India, I came across on YouTube an hour-long radio adaptation that NBC broadcast back in 1949. As you would expect from a book whose unabridged audio version is over eleven hours long, it's unintentionally hilarious.

One of the craziest "abridged" adaptations of a novel is a 51 minute TV version of 'Jane Eyre'. starring Patrick MacNee as Mr. Rochester. Breakneck doesn't come close to describing it. They leave out ALL of Jane's childhood, which isn't too bad, as her coming to Thornfield does work as a natural beginning point of the main story. But I think she meets Mr. Rochester, and within 24 hours there's the burning of the bedclothes, and the party with Blanche Ingram, Mason is attacked, Rochester and Jane fall in love, he simply takes her straight up to the attic to reveal the truth about Bertha, and the house burns down!

Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 09:54 AM (iGurG)

293 276 Riots across France against the passports; huge marches in Montreal against lockdowns and provincial passport; anti-lockdown marches in Toronto.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 09:48 AM (UHVv4)


Funny how this is getting scant coverage in our media.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 09:54 AM (6KZji)

294 A rule book for Hnefatafl -- although I don't know how complete -- as a blog post. See sock link.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 09:54 AM (UHVv4)

295 Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 09:51 AM (LBiAf)

how do you like it ? do you like her style ? is it readable ? Problem I keep coming across with narrative history books is that they read like textbooks.

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 09:54 AM (V13WU)

296 maybe I didn't reference john fenzels the lazarus covenant, mostly in the last era of yugoslavia, there are two boys who witness a murder near a dam in a small town in Serbia, one grows up to a SAS officer and police commissioner in Ireland of all places, the other a militia leader in the last war, he seems to be staging a reprise, there is an incident similar to what happened in 94, that provoked the air strikes,

Posted by: alien covenant was much worse at September 12, 2021 09:54 AM (hMlTh)

297 @285

There's a huge on-line audience for "flash fiction", if you are writing short stories.

May want to search that term, and check it out.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:55 AM (AwPyG)

298 5 volume set of "Best Kosher Pork Recipes from Around the World."

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 09:49 AM (V13WU)


CBD would like you to send him links.

(preferably sausage)

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 09:55 AM (6KZji)

299 274 - Back in the day, the chimney sweeps' boys had to climb the chimneys naked and the tar in the soot caused cancer of the scrotum. A law was passed to make the masters give the boys a bath at least once a week to prevent this.

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Why did my BS Detector suddenly start clanging like that?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 09:56 AM (VxC1e)

300 I read C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" this week Humorous but also sad in many ways.

I gave 'The Great Divorce' to my mom as she was dying. She had it read to her several times in her last weeks. She'd lived a life pretty much devoid of any religious thought, but I like to think that that book helped her over the river and into Heaven.

Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 09:56 AM (iGurG)

301 #294 Addendum: I see now that it is a multiple posting about the game through the page-bottom links so it looks like it is very thorough and complete.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 09:56 AM (UHVv4)

302 a whole series of other characters pop up including the perpetrator of the massacre, who of course has his own agenda,

Posted by: alien covenant was much worse at September 12, 2021 09:56 AM (hMlTh)

303 -And Denmark dropped all restrictions.

did Sweden ever put any restrictions in place, ever?

Posted by: will choose a nic later at September 12, 2021 09:56 AM (bTQ72)

304 Funny how this is getting scant coverage in our media.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 09:54 AM (6KZji)


Because the media is controlled by right wing fascists!

Posted by: Batshit Leftist at September 12, 2021 09:57 AM (mbFEM)

305 Funny how this is getting scant coverage in our media.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 09:54 AM (6KZji)

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Our Media Betters don't want to give the rubes any ideas.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 09:57 AM (VxC1e)

306 self-published authoring and I helped him proofread his first book.
Posted by: blaster
I am in the same position. A Danish friend wrote a book in his native language. His english is pretty good, so using google translate/his own thoughts, he translated it into english. And I did the proofreading.
If you think of it, it would be great if you could report in, in the future, and tell us how it is going with the self publishing. I think that is how my friend will continue, but I have no great advice for him about how to do it.

Posted by: MikeM at September 12, 2021 09:57 AM (6WyvU)

307 Riots across France against the passports; huge marches in Montreal against lockdowns and provincial passport; anti-lockdown marches in Toronto.
And Denmark dropped all restrictions.


And here in the land of the free and the home of the brave we move in the opposite direction. Sad.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at September 12, 2021 09:57 AM (Xrfse)

308 Funny how this is getting scant coverage in our media.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 09:54 AM (6KZji)

The French may actually indict their former health minister for lying about the risks

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:58 AM (ONvIw)

309 how do you like it ? do you like her style ? is it readable ? Problem I keep coming across with narrative history books is that they read like textbooks.
Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 09:54 AM (V13WU)
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Oh, yes, her style is very like a novelist's. If you are a stranger to her, I would recommend starting with "The Trial..." or her biography of William the Silent, as they are among her shorter works.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 09:58 AM (LBiAf)

310 And here in the land of the free and the home of the brave we move in the opposite direction. Sad.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at September 12, 2021 09:57 AM (Xrfse)

Yes. Very.

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 09:58 AM (V13WU)

311 Watching the reading of the murdered victim's names at the 9/11 ceremony, I noticed more than one listing the female victim and her "unborn child." What? Not her fetus, not clump of cells? Why even mention the child if an unborn child isn't a person? Why do we regard the killing of a pregnant woman with special repugnance if the child she is carrying isn't really a child?

Posted by: Donna &&&&&&V at September 12, 2021 09:58 AM (HabA/)

312 a magical plague

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In the cyberpunk video game Observer, the setting backstory is that people added cyber augmentation to their bodies, a computer virus decimated the world's population when the augmentation devices became infected and killed their hosts.

I've been reading, just started, Harry Lampeter and the War With Scotland by Roger Ley in which the setting backstory is that a 21st century plague causes the collapse of civilization leading to a neo-steampunk era.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at September 12, 2021 09:59 AM (d9FiS)

313 If I may go OT for just a moment, thought some folks at AoS might be interested in this new album commemorating 9/11.

"End of Innocence" is a new solo album by former YES keyboardist Tony Kaye, and it's pretty damn great. Mr. Kaye was a founding member of YES and did two stints in the band, from 1969-71 and 1983-94. In his long and interesting career, Tony Kaye has toured with David Bowie and also played with Flash, Badger, Detective and Badfinger.

Most recently, Kaye has been with YES sister-band CIRCA for a number of years, and made many fine modern prog-rock albums with them, while occasionally joining his former YES-mates in concert for special appearances.

Here is "Hope and Triumph" from End of Innocence:

https://tinyurl.com/4fuwd2nf

Great LP from a cool dude.

Posted by: Guy Smiley at September 12, 2021 09:59 AM (Bmy3R)

314 "Funny how this is getting scant coverage in our media."

Honestly, everybody should get on gab. They're the only game in town--warts and all--since everyone else, even ace, has to worry about getting shut down. Gab has its own servers, and they can't shut it down. Plus its run by Torba, who's an out and proud orthodox Christian.

And whenever I mention that on one of ace's regular posts, there are always a couple of trolls who show up to deride it, which is probably a good sign.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:00 AM (AwPyG)

315 The only coverage I've seen of protests in Canada are usually coupled with weepy interviews of "health care providers" bemoaning how their ambulances were delayed by these filthy troglodytes and their stupid, anti-science prejudices. No mention of the weekly anti-forestry protests or Project Extinction marches (or whatever those death-worshipping cultists call themselves) which are basically booked every week on their websites. No, only THESE protests are outrageous and intolerable.

Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 10:00 AM (iGurG)

316 Back in the day, the chimney sweeps' boys had to climb the chimneys naked and the tar in the soot caused cancer of the scrotum. A law was passed to make the masters give the boys a bath at least once a week to prevent this.

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Why did my BS Detector suddenly start clanging like that?
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 09:56 AM (VxC1e)
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Kind of like the story about how the English originated their two-finger version of "the bird".

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:00 AM (LBiAf)

317 Why do we regard the killing of a pregnant woman with special repugnance if the child she is carrying isn't really a child?
Posted by: Donna &&&&&&V at September 12, 2021 09:58 AM (HabA/)

The gift of "wanted" transforms the fetus into a baby. The ultimate "choice", per feminists.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 10:01 AM (ONvIw)

318 Oh, yes, her style is very like a novelist's. If you are a stranger to her, I would recommend starting with "The Trial..." or her biography of William the Silent, as they are among her shorter works.
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 09:58 AM (LBiAf)

Thank you. I will. She has essays too !

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 10:01 AM (V13WU)

319 If you think of it, it would be great if you could report in, in the future, and tell us how it is going with the self publishing. I think that is how my friend will continue, but I have no great advice for him about how to do it.
Posted by: MikeM at September 12, 2021 09:57 AM (6WyvU)


My buddy has a plan mapped on someone else's plan. Which is grind it out. He's in an author's group, one of whom has managed a decent amount of success if you measure success by making money! So you start out with your first book selling dozens, then it grows, and grows, and you get better, and it grows....

Well, that's the theory. Kind of no way around it but to do the work.

Posted by: blaster at September 12, 2021 10:01 AM (mbFEM)

320 Note: I once offered to read portions of a manuscript written by a commenter here. Turns out the opening chapter was a vile, graphic depiction of a prison homosexual rape/love incident. Most disgusting dreck I had ever read. I don't volunteer to read people's stuff any more.

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 09:36 AM (m45I2)


You shut your whore mouth! It took me 2 months to write that chapter!

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 10:01 AM (6KZji)

321 Thank you. I will. She has essays too !
Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 10:01 AM (V13WU)
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Yes, indeed. I have a copy of a collection of those.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:02 AM (LBiAf)

322 Fiddler's neck is a real thing, I've seen many examples.
Musicians have a whole raft of what are basically injuries from over use.

Posted by: californian for Elder at September 12, 2021 10:02 AM (aAP3z)

323 May want to search that term, and check it out.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 09:55 AM (AwPyG)

I'll check it out, thanks. A paying audience, I hope....

Posted by: OrangeEnt at September 12, 2021 10:02 AM (7bRMQ)

324 @309

That's always the problem with historical fiction, for me; the author tends to write in a tedious way because they want to present their knowledge.

There are two main factions, the people that love accuracy more than the story, and the people that love the story more than the accuracy.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:02 AM (AwPyG)

325 Heard of Lonely Planet travel books? They were a thing in the 1990s before the Great Fall of 2021.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at September 12, 2021 10:02 AM (obcVG)

326 You shut your whore mouth! It took me 2 months to write that chapter!
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional


And the research! Oh my God, the RESEARCH it required!!

Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 10:02 AM (iGurG)

327 It seemed so crazy, even to my kid mind, that college aged Victor could create a person.

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Maybe he was the 19th century's David Hogg.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at September 12, 2021 10:03 AM (d9FiS)

328 Why did my BS Detector suddenly start clanging like that?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 09:56 AM (VxC1e)


I know, but you should read the wiki entry I linked to. It's not BS.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 10:03 AM (6KZji)

329 Dr. Mabusette,

That sounds better than the 1934 version with Virginia Bruce and Colin Clive. In it, Jane is a beauty and Rochester is a love-struck puppy dog.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at September 12, 2021 10:03 AM (xopIz)

330 326 You shut your whore mouth! It took me 2 months to write that chapter!
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional

And the research! Oh my God, the RESEARCH it required!!
Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 10:02 AM (iGurG)


That's right. I was sore for a month!

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 10:04 AM (6KZji)

331 @319

Jonathon Yanez is a successful self-published author, and he wrote a pamphlet that explained how he did it.

It's a great road map, I think.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:04 AM (AwPyG)

332 There are two main factions, the people that love accuracy more than the story, and the people that love the story more than the accuracy.

That's one of the reasons I like Jeff Shaara. In the foreword to all of his books he basically says "I try to be accurate with the history" but he makes it pretty clear that the narrative and characters are his primary focus. Works for me.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at September 12, 2021 10:06 AM (Xrfse)

333 Maybe he was the 19th century's David Hogg.

*******

That would certainly explain the need for bolts on the neck to secure the freakishly oversize head.

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 10:06 AM (m45I2)

334 And the research! Oh my God, the RESEARCH it required!!

Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 10:02 AM (iGurG)

Hey! I helped!!!

Posted by: Dr Fausti at September 12, 2021 10:06 AM (7bRMQ)

335 Climbing up the chimney naked sounds... dirty.

Posted by: davidt at September 12, 2021 10:06 AM (N/iqz)

336 That sounds better than the 1934 version with Virginia Bruce and Colin Clive. In it, Jane is a beauty and Rochester is a love-struck puppy dog.

I've never seen that one, I'll have to look it up. But this is a problem with a lot of adaptations of 'Jane Eyre' - they just can't steel themselves to find a PLAIN actress to play the role. Or a non-conventional handsome man for Rochester. Timothy Dalton is the best-known of recent versions, and he's a straightforward handsome man.

I think the best adaptation is the 1973 BBC version with Sorcha Cusack and Michael Jayston. Physically they look the part, they've got great chemistry together, and the lines are often taken verbatim from the novel.

Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 10:07 AM (iGurG)

337 There are two main factions, the people that love accuracy more than the story, and the people that love the story more than the accuracy.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:02 AM (AwPyG)



That reminds me of my grad school advisor, who was a fan of Civil War literature and Shelby Foote. He was, however, not a fan of Foote's level of detail in the Civil War 3 vol. set.

"General Sherman's horse was a roan, a dappled roan with highlights along his left fetlock, etc., etc."

Posted by: Wyndham at September 12, 2021 10:07 AM (ZSK0i)

338 That's one of the reasons I like Jeff Shaara. In the foreword to all of his books he basically says "I try to be accurate with the history" but he makes it pretty clear that the narrative and characters are his primary focus. Works for me.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at September 12, 2021 10:06 AM (Xrfse)
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I hope he's improved since "Gods and Generals". I got so irritated with it that I couldn't finish.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:07 AM (LBiAf)

339 Hatters' Shakes [also hatter's shakes]
NOUN
historical
A form of chronic mercury poisoning occurring in workers exposed to mercury, especially during the manufacture of hats, characterized by muscle tremors, mental and behavioural changes, and stomatitis.

Origin
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Sixth Annual Reports Bureau Statistics of Labor & Industries New Jersey.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 10:07 AM (UHVv4)

340 253 Nobody has suggested Jayne Mansfield yet?

Posted by: mustbequantum at September 12, 2021 09:35 AM (MIKMs)


Perhaps, but it's not the correct answer.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 10:07 AM (6KZji)

341 That's always the problem with historical fiction, for me; the author tends to write in a tedious way because they want to present their knowledge.

===

That is poor writing.

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 10:07 AM (V13WU)

342 The chimney sweeps were apprenticed to their masters. The parent(s) paid the master to train their children. They were treated horribly, including starvation to keep them small so they could continue to shimmy up the chimneys. Horrible, horrible life. Many died before they had the chance to develop cancer.

Posted by: neverenoughcaffeine at September 12, 2021 10:08 AM (2NHgQ)

343 That's right. I was sore for a month!
Posted by: OregonMuse,


*****

And now? He doesn't write. He doesn't call.

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 10:08 AM (m45I2)

344 @323

The people here have heard my views many times; no goal is the wrong goal, but if you want to make money, go for on-line self-publishing.

And short stories are actually much-sought; you'd be amazed how many people read flash fiction on their lunch break, and then get together on line to talk about it.

I think I've already mentioned that the Reddit Book Club has over 130,000 signed-up members, as an example.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:08 AM (AwPyG)

345 My buddy has a plan
Posted by: blaster
Much appreciated. Understood.

Posted by: MikeM at September 12, 2021 10:08 AM (6WyvU)

346 @343

Oh my gosh! He IS shaft!

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:09 AM (AwPyG)

347 OM. Helen Thurston? MM's body double.

Posted by: neverenoughcaffeine at September 12, 2021 10:10 AM (2NHgQ)

348 I suspect the only places you'll find naked young boys cleaning chimneys is the annual log cabin retreat of the Lincoln Man-Boy Love Project.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:10 AM (VxC1e)

349 >>335 Climbing up the chimney naked sounds... dirty.
Posted by: davidt at September 12, 2021 10:06 AM (N/iqz)

Don't they call this a "Reverse Santa Claus"?

Sounds like something from Urban Dictionary.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at September 12, 2021 10:11 AM (vuisn)

350 The listing of ailments with body parts reminds me of Brian of Nazareth hawking otter's noses and jaguar's earlobes.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:11 AM (LBiAf)

351 And the chimney swipers found love in the chimney.

The end.

Posted by: Humphreyrobot at September 12, 2021 10:11 AM (obcVG)

352 @339

I think that's why the Mad Hatter in Alice was a trope, for the time; hatters worked with mercuric dyes, and wound up going mad as a result

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:12 AM (AwPyG)

353 Hey, Skip! Your little library turned out great!

Posted by: KT at September 12, 2021 10:12 AM (0ghg2)

354 I suggest a survey thingy here at AoSHQ . I'd like to know how many here have been jabbed. Planning on a jab. Booster jab. etc

Posted by: The Charlie Daniels of the Torque Wrench at September 12, 2021 10:12 AM (aROE4)

355 No entering a very small space in my line of work can I escape without a blood offering, can't imagine a chimney sweep, yet Richard Sharpe escapes a capture by his childhood chimney sweeping experience.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 10:12 AM (2JoB8)

356 "End of Innocence"
Posted by: Guy Smiley
Thank you. Wow. Looks interesting. Downloading now.

Posted by: MikeM at September 12, 2021 10:12 AM (6WyvU)

357 The best "reasonably faithful" adaptation of Jane Eyre -- SCTV's Jane Eyrehead featuring Rochester as Mr Rochester. Just 13:07 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR9ZS_0tMwg

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 10:12 AM (UHVv4)

358 Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 09:36 AM (m45I2)

You shut your whore mouth! It took me 2 months to write that chapter!
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 10:01 AM (6KZji)

And three months to get over the butt pain!

Posted by: BurtTC at September 12, 2021 10:13 AM (/ikTA)

359 I think I've already mentioned that the Reddit Book Club has over 130,000 signed-up members, as an example.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:08 AM (AwPyG)

Thanks. My stuff is between 3500 and 4500 words.

Posted by: Dr Fausti at September 12, 2021 10:13 AM (7bRMQ)

360 CBD would like you to send him links.

(preferably sausage)

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 09:55 AM (6KZji)

Yum! And yes...I do not keep Kosher!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at September 12, 2021 10:14 AM (Q9lwr)

361 If you formerly worked in the chimneysweep industry and were exposed to Hoppe's #9, and now have testicular cancer, call now, you may be entitled to substantial compensation...

/Marlowe & Scrooge, Esq. Attorneys at Law

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 10:14 AM (m45I2)

362 355 No entering a very small space in my line of work can I escape without a blood offering, can't imagine a chimney sweep, yet Richard Sharpe escapes a capture by his childhood chimney sweeping experience.
Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 10:12 AM (2JoB


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Plumbing The Soot Chute by Pete Buttygig

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:14 AM (VxC1e)

363 354 I suggest a survey thingy here at AoSHQ . I'd like to know how many here have been jabbed. Planning on a jab. Booster jab. etc
Posted by: The Charlie Daniels of the Torque Wrench


You first.

Posted by: nurse ratched at September 12, 2021 10:14 AM (U2p+3)

364 /Marlowe & Scrooge, Esq. Attorneys at Law
Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 10:14 AM (m45I2)
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Psssst...it's "Marley".

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:15 AM (LBiAf)

365 The Charlie Daniels of the Torque Wrench

For you, just the punch line. "Well, I did jump a bit."

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at September 12, 2021 10:15 AM (u82oZ)

366 I have not been jabbed. I will never be jabbed. Biden and his mandate can both go fuck themselves.

Posted by: Joe XiDen - Delta Delta Delta Can I Help Ya Help Ya Help Ya Variant at September 12, 2021 10:16 AM (YpuH5)

367 361 If you formerly worked in the chimneysweep industry and were exposed to Hoppe's #9, and now have testicular cancer, call now, you may be entitled to substantial compensation...

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Call 1-800 OWMY-BALLS

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:16 AM (VxC1e)

368 Probably practically the opposite then. The spindle is held between thumb and forefinger and released with a flick or snap of the thumb ( not a very good description, but can't manage better). It tears up the bottom joint of my thumb.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at September 12, 2021 10:16 AM (1lKRm)

369 Jonathon Yanez self-publishing road map
Posted by: artemis
Great idea.

Posted by: MikeM at September 12, 2021 10:16 AM (6WyvU)

370 I still use a mouse to scroll, and my forefinger is always sore. So that must be called something, too

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:17 AM (AwPyG)

371 Psssst...it's "Marley".
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:15 AM (LBiAf)

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Marley was dead as a door nail.

Posted by: C. Dickens at September 12, 2021 10:17 AM (VxC1e)

372 Hippocrates is a dead white man. Who cares about his stupid oath.

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Plus that was like 5 days ago.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at September 12, 2021 10:18 AM (d9FiS)

373 I've been jabbed.

Posted by: Sheb at September 12, 2021 10:18 AM (N/iqz)

374 Marley was dead as a door nail.
Posted by: C. Dickens at September 12, 2021 10:17 AM (VxC1e)
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You would think that a coffin-nail would be the deadliest piece of ironmongery in the trade...

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:18 AM (LBiAf)

375 me too

Posted by: Shep at September 12, 2021 10:18 AM (N/iqz)

376 Psssst...it's "Marley".
Posted by: Captain Obvious


*****

Thanks for the correction. I must have been channeling pulp detective novels.

Ha! Back to books!

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 10:18 AM (m45I2)

377 Hippocrates was a pimp. He could never have outfought Galen.

Posted by: Pliny the Younger at September 12, 2021 10:19 AM (VxC1e)

378 I still use a mouse to scroll, and my forefinger is always sore. So that must be called something, too
Posted by: artemis

Surfer's index.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at September 12, 2021 10:19 AM (d9FiS)

379 Hippocrates was a pimp. He could never have outfought Galen.
Posted by: Pliny the Younger at September 12, 2021 10:19 AM (VxC1e)
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Pfff.

Posted by: Paracelsus at September 12, 2021 10:19 AM (LBiAf)

380 Hippocrates was a pimp. He could never have outfought Galen.

Posted by: Pliny the Younger at September 12, 2021 10:19 AM (VxC1e)

Doc Adams never beat me in a fight, and he always bought the beer.

Posted by: Festus Hagen at September 12, 2021 10:20 AM (7bRMQ)

381 Finished How Paris Became Paris. Thoroughly enjoyed it and much to my surprise it caught my 96 year old mother's eye and I loaned it to her. Started Michael Schellenberger's Apocalypse Never. A rare foray into contemporary writing that may become less rare as I ransack my brothers bookshelves. And I'm about halfway through Roughing It. It's Twain so it can't be bad but you can tell it's an early work.

Posted by: who knew at September 12, 2021 10:20 AM (4I7VG)

382 Just popping in to say a big thank you to the folks who sent up some prayers for me yesterday.
This covid crap is just wearing me down. My temperature is normal today. But the salty taste is still there and remarkably nasty. Low sodium foods are palatable so that helps. Food is super salty but drinks taste metallic. Except for milk. Milk is the only thing that tastes normal.
I told Hubbymayhem I intend to get back to normal today in spite of covid. He looked alarmed. Asked" Wait, what?!? You taught me that normal is boring, sanity is overrated and the color beige should not exist and now you want to be normal?!?! I'm not okay with this at all!!". I said I just mean normal for me. He was visibly relieved.

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at September 12, 2021 10:21 AM (Vxu+H)

383 @374

My favorite first line: "Marley was dead, to begin with. . ."

There are a lot of first-line contests on-line, too. New writers may want to look into on-line contests, which is another good way to get some exposure.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:21 AM (AwPyG)

384 The spindle is held between thumb and forefinger and released with a flick or snap of the thumb

*****

It sounds like either movement can put a lateral strain on the thumb ligaments.

Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 10:21 AM (m45I2)

385 One color comes from the crushed body of a certain pregnant insect. Who knew? And, like some of the stained glass used in cathedral windows, science still hasn't completely determined how certain colors were created. I find a little bit of mystery enhances the appeal of some objects.
Posted by: JTB at September 12, 2021 08:59 AM (7EjX1)


OOH! Oooohhh! OOOH! OOH!

It is from the insect Lac [eleventy!!]

(I love information about books and illuminating going as far as trying to cut my own quill pens)

Posted by: Kindltot at September 12, 2021 10:22 AM (ssx3L)

386 Local antique shop has a very large body shaped basket for sale. A cooling casket. Who knew?

Posted by: neverenoughcaffeine at September 12, 2021 10:22 AM (2NHgQ)

387 Irie, mon. I luvved da business!

Posted by: zombie jacob marley at September 12, 2021 10:23 AM (UHVv4)

388 The spindle is held between thumb and forefinger and released with a flick or snap of the thumb

*****

It sounds like either movement can put a lateral strain on the thumb ligaments.
Posted by: Muldoon at September 12, 2021 10:21 AM (m45I2)

I can fix that.

Posted by: Mel Eficent at September 12, 2021 10:23 AM (/ikTA)

389 Finished re-reading the Stephen Goldin books from the Family d'Alembert series that I own. I am missing 3 books from the series.

He took the idea from a Doc E.E. Smith novella.

Trashy, but fun to look for the huge plot holes.
One of the 10 held my interest as a story. The #7 Planet of Treachery. The rest -- meh. But analysing the plot holes may help me for some short stories I want to write.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at September 12, 2021 10:23 AM (u82oZ)

390 Madamemayhem (uppity wench)

LOL. Good wishes continue to flow your way. Be your normal, and don't scare the hubby.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at September 12, 2021 10:25 AM (u82oZ)

391 Back from church. Now to catch up.....

Posted by: grammie winger at September 12, 2021 10:25 AM (45fpk)

392 I still use a mouse to scroll, and my forefinger is always sore. So that must be called something, too
==

I still use
A mouse to scroll
Then my forefinger
Is always sore
So that
Must be
Called Something
Too

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 10:25 AM (V13WU)

393 @392

I dunno. I don't think you can dance to it.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:27 AM (AwPyG)

394 Greetings:

So Jayne Mansfield in the early '60s as part of a "Legs Diamond" movie promo. Memorable.

Posted by: 11B40 at September 12, 2021 10:27 AM (uuklp)

395 Madamemayhem (uppity wench)

LOL. Good wishes continue to flow your way. Be your normal, and don't scare the hubby.
Posted by: NaCly Dog

Seconded !

Posted by: JT at September 12, 2021 10:27 AM (arJlL)

396 When I was in college one year I had an apartment off campus. It was a block away from a church. And Sunday morning it would ring the bells at the ungodly hour of 7:00am. I grew to loathe church bells that year.

Posted by: Joe XiDen - Delta Delta Delta Can I Help Ya Help Ya Help Ya Variant at September 12, 2021 10:28 AM (YpuH5)

397 I said I just mean normal for me. He was visibly relieved.
Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at September 12, 2021 10:21 AM (Vxu+H)

Was this disease so bad that you feel everyone should be locked down, businesses should close and kids should wear masks to school?

It was not that terrible for me. Mine was like a sinus infection with a big headache. I had some palpitations and was tired for a few days. It went away. I am 64, so "at risk". I am stunned that the world must grind to a halt over this.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 10:28 AM (ONvIw)

398 The collection of the Signet Library doesn't seem to be very amenable to browsing.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:28 AM (VxC1e)

399 347 OM. Helen Thurston? MM's body double.

Posted by: neverenoughcaffeine at September 12, 2021 10:10 AM (2NHgQ)


It's actually MM.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 10:28 AM (6KZji)

400 I've been out for a bit but wanted to stop back and thank all the well wishes and prayers celebrating the birth of my grandson. It is so wonderful to be able to share this. Especially grateful for last night's ONT crowd as I waited and waited and waited....

Posted by: sharon(willow's apprentice) at September 12, 2021 10:29 AM (Y+l9t)

401 Chores return.

I have to lead an annual meeting next Thursday. Because of reasons having to do with Biden inflation and the Kansas legislature making it much harder to do my job, I have to raise taxes on my slice of the mill levy. I am ready with answers on why. Hope it is enough.

Well, I got no thanks from anyone when I lowered taxes 3 times in four years.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at September 12, 2021 10:29 AM (u82oZ)

402 I got the shots, didn't really want to, was coerced by spouse, I caved. Plus, DJT took them.
Last one was in March. No ill effects.
Not liking what I am reading about them since, altering DNA and such.
I am a seasoned citizen, so no more offspring for me.
I am appalled that they are mandating them for the young.

Posted by: californian for Elder at September 12, 2021 10:29 AM (aAP3z)

403 Touch screens are no picnic

As a rough guess, from many who have said it's %50, just as in the country.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 10:29 AM (2JoB8)

404 @artemis, it's hip-hop

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 10:30 AM (V13WU)

405 I am appalled that they are mandating them for the young.

Posted by: californian for Elder at September 12, 2021 10:29 AM


I am appalled they are mandating anyone get the jab now that we know they no longer work.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at September 12, 2021 10:30 AM (JUOKG)

406 @404

Ah! Word

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:30 AM (AwPyG)

407 I am appalled they are mandating anyone get the jab now that we know they no longer work.
Posted by: Mister Scott
___

Yep.

Posted by: SMH - The War has been won, only the battles remain, as usual at September 12, 2021 10:31 AM (RU4sa)

408 Helen Thurston? MM's body double.

---------

I didn't know Marilyn Monroe had a body double, but what a great dating opportunity that would be. 80% of the charms of Marilyn Monroe at 10% of the price.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:31 AM (VxC1e)

409 I am appalled that they are mandating them for the young.
Posted by: californian for Elder at September 12, 2021 10:29 AM (aAP3z)

I'm appalled they're mandating them. Mandating the annual flu shot was bad enough, and not terribly effective, but at least it was around for a long time. Unlike the Janssen hysterics, the annual flus shot comes with a GBS warning, and nobody freaks out.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 10:31 AM (ONvIw)

410 Ohhhhh, watching again Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea with Joan Fontaine.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 10:32 AM (2JoB8)

411 Correct, I am appalled they are mandating them for anyone.
I was under the impression that life would get back to normal after inoculation, that was naive of me.
Something sinister is afoot.

Posted by: californian for Elder at September 12, 2021 10:33 AM (aAP3z)

412
it went from
get the shot you will not get the Fauci-19
to
when you do get the Fauci-19 you will not die
to
when you do get the Fauci-19 you will not get as sick

Posted by: will choose a nic later at September 12, 2021 10:33 AM (bTQ72)

413 Sundowner admitted the Vaxed are getting it from the unVaxed.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 10:34 AM (2JoB8)

414 Interesting moment when Trump was meeting with the firefighters yesterday. He told them the election was stolen, then shrugged and added, "what are you gonna do?"

Posted by: Ordinary American at September 12, 2021 10:34 AM (w+J5+)

415 Well, I got no thanks from anyone when I lowered taxes 3 times in four years.
Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at September 12, 2021 10:29 AM (u82oZ)
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To take a line from "The Mirror and the Light", when did you ever hear of a tax so light and pleasant that every man clamored to pay it?

Posted by: Paracelsus at September 12, 2021 10:34 AM (LBiAf)

416 Something sinister is afoot.
Posted by: californian for Elder at September 12, 2021 10:33 AM (aAP3z)

Either we're being lied to over the seriousness of Faucinstein's monster and there is a big delayed deadly component, or we're being to in order for them to achieve control. I suspect the latter.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 10:36 AM (ONvIw)

417 Off alchemist sock!

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:36 AM (LBiAf)

418 @409

I don't think flu shots were ever mandated. No one in my family has ever had the flu--grandparents down to the grand kids--so none of us have ever had a flu shot. Dozens of people. No one got covid, either

I imagine there are plenty others out there who are in the same boat. Why would we be forced to have the shot?

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:36 AM (AwPyG)

419 #290Kindtot- I love Betty McDonald! I can't remember the title of her book when she lived on an island with her second husband. First book of hers I read. I love old books. I'm reading "Groucho and Me". Groucho was not a writer, but writes about a fascinating time - Vaudville.

Posted by: Rosasharn at September 12, 2021 10:36 AM (PzBTm)

420 Ahoy, bookfagz!

Posted by: Insomniac - Zhou Bai-Den Is Not My Chairman at September 12, 2021 10:36 AM (II3Gr)

421 The Wee Library is very nicely done, but needs an incendiary, nukular glow for night time. Winter is coming!

Posted by: Thomas Kinkade at September 12, 2021 10:36 AM (JPtHE)

422 Sundowner admitted the Vaxed are getting it from the unVaxed.

==


in other words there is transmission regardless of vaccination status; aka this half baked vaccine is crap. but let's blame those who for whatever reason , did not listed to a retarded old fool and decided to wait or not get it

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 10:36 AM (V13WU)

423 Continuing with the Medieval theme

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And dirty, dirty chimney sweeps, the video game Kingdom Come: Deliverance is set in 1403 and is kind of open world, multiple facets of life game that I like. For example, if you get dirty, you must wash, even is only in a through, or your reputation with the people you must deal with falls so merchants will charge you more, your ability to persuade will be greatly reduced etc.

The game also features an extensive Codex that contains much information about medieval life.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at September 12, 2021 10:37 AM (d9FiS)

424 OM. Thanks. I thought MM had been ruled out.

Posted by: neverenoughcaffeine at September 12, 2021 10:37 AM (2NHgQ)

425 *did not listen

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 10:37 AM (V13WU)

426 I don't think flu shots were ever mandated. No one in my family has ever had the flu--grandparents down to the grand kids--so none of us have ever had a flu shot. Dozens of people. No one got covid, either

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:36 AM (AwPyG)


It's mandatory for the military. Hubs had to have one every year. He hasn't gotten one since he retired, though.

Posted by: Jordan61, Runner's Island Ambassadrex at September 12, 2021 10:39 AM (hP4QN)

427 Sundowner admitted the Vaxed are getting it from the unVaxed.

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 10:34 AM


Pro tip, it's not a "vaccine" if you can still get covid.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at September 12, 2021 10:39 AM (JUOKG)

428 Downstairs wrote I was thinking while grocery shopping with the mostly masked that are those who got 1/2 jab or full and still getting Chinese Rot actually making the virus harder to get rid or or mutations?

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 10:39 AM (2JoB8)

429 Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at September 12, 2021 10:23 AM (u82oZ)

*That's* the series I read as a teen and couldn't remember the name. I enjoyed them at the time, but I usually just took books as they were and didn't worry about plot holes and such.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at September 12, 2021 10:41 AM (1lKRm)

430 Pro tip, it's not a "vaccine" if you can still get covid.
Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at September 12, 2021 10:39 AM (JUOKG)

It never was a vaccine. It did not meet any traditional criteria.

Posted by: Ordinary American at September 12, 2021 10:42 AM (w+J5+)

431 Im not jabbed. Not getting jabbed. I i like my chances with Zn, Vit D and horse wormer.

Posted by: The Charlie Daniels of the Torque Wrench at September 12, 2021 10:42 AM (aROE4)

432 294, Andy, Thanks for that link to hnefatafl.

Posted by: JTB at September 12, 2021 10:43 AM (7EjX1)

433 It never was a vaccine. It did not meet any traditional criteria.
Posted by: Ordinary American at September 12, 2021 10:42 AM (w+J5+)

Which is why the CDC changed the definition of vaccine in their lit.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 10:43 AM (ONvIw)

434 It never was a vaccine. It did not meet any traditional criteria.
Posted by: Ordinary American at September 12, 2021 10:42 AM (w+J5+)
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It does now!

Posted by: The CDC, rewriting definitions at September 12, 2021 10:43 AM (LBiAf)

435 the vaxd are giving it to everyone including zoo animals


At least 13 gorillas test positive to COVID-19 at Atlanta zoo after 'becoming infected by a vaccinated employee'

Posted by: will choose a nic later at September 12, 2021 10:43 AM (bTQ72)

436 It's mandatory for the military. Hubs had to have one every year. He hasn't gotten one since he retired, though.

Posted by: Jordan61, Runner's Island Ambassadrex at September 12, 2021 10:39 AM


It's only mandatory for active duty. The wife and I get the flu shot every year. I got the actual no kidding put you in the hospital flu one year and it nearly killed me. Couldn't breathe right for over two weeks. On the plus side I quit smoking then because I couldn't smoke because I couldn't breathe.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at September 12, 2021 10:43 AM (JUOKG)

437
And here in the land of the free and the home of the brave we move in the opposite direction. Sad.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at September 12, 2021 09:57 AM (Xrfse)


Maybe where you live. Not where I live.

Posted by: Justsayin' at September 12, 2021 10:43 AM (Fs5vw)

438 @427

And just last week, the CDC quietly changed the definition of "vaccine".

It seems so obvious that bad people are pushing very bad things, but it's hopeful that the dominoes are starting to fall. Hard to argue that we all gotta obey or die, when college football is having a ball, and the UK and Scandinavian countries are backing down.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:44 AM (AwPyG)

439 Call 1-800 OWMY-BALLS
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:16 AM (VxC1e)
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At last, I have the answer to my oft-wondered but never-asked question as to what type of law you practice.

Posted by: bluebell at September 12, 2021 10:44 AM (wyw4S)

440 Jewish Deplorable
@TrumpJew2
Biden on what he':s thinking about on 9/11:

"What would the people who died be thinking? They think it makes sense to be doing this kinda thing where you ride down the street and see a sign that says 'F so-and-so'?"

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Those signs and chants aren't aimed at so-and-so, Joe, they're aimed at you. Poor baby!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at September 12, 2021 10:46 AM (d9FiS)

441 One could wish that we had a president as conscientious as Hector Elizondo Mountain Dew Camacho.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:46 AM (LBiAf)

442 I am appalled they are mandating anyone get the jab now that we know they no longer work.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at September 12, 2021 10:30 AM (JUOKG)

The efficacy of the vaccine has nothing to do with anything. Mandating is wrong no matter what. And I am not anti-vaccination.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at September 12, 2021 10:46 AM (Q9lwr)

443 At least 13 gorillas test positive to COVID-19 at Atlanta zoo after 'becoming infected by a vaccinated employee'

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"At least"? You would think a zoo would have one guy on the payroll who can accurately count infected gorillas.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:46 AM (VxC1e)

444 Skip, beautiful job on your mini library! To tell the truth, I expected nothing less. You're quite the craftsman.

Posted by: bluebell at September 12, 2021 10:46 AM (wyw4S)

445 So, I'll head back to my books. It's a beautiful day and the patio and a cup of coffee is beckoning. Doggo can run around and bark at squirrels and well enjoy the day.

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 10:46 AM (ONvIw)

446 @440

there's even a hashtag on gab and twitter, #fjb

lots of video from sporting events.

The bad guys are going nuts from the bad optics

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:47 AM (AwPyG)

447 I have never had a flu shot and have never had the flu. Weird how that works.

Posted by: Joe XiDen - Delta Delta Delta Can I Help Ya Help Ya Help Ya Variant at September 12, 2021 10:47 AM (YpuH5)

448 At last, I have the answer to my oft-wondered but never-asked question as to what type of law you practice.
Posted by: bluebell at September 12, 2021 10:44 AM (wyw4S)

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It's not my ENTIRE practice.

*sniff*

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:47 AM (VxC1e)

449 At least 13 gorillas test positive to COVID-19 at Atlanta zoo after 'becoming infected by a vaccinated employee'

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"At least"? You would think a zoo would have one guy on the payroll who can accurately count infected gorillas.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:46 AM (VxC1e)
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Perhaps they only have 13 gorillas.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:48 AM (LBiAf)

450 It's not my ENTIRE practice.

*sniff*
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:47 AM (VxC1e)
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Please don't tell me you keep in shape by ambulance chasing.

Posted by: bluebell at September 12, 2021 10:48 AM (wyw4S)

451 Tolkien was the greater novelist, Lewis had the greater mind. My $0.02.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at September 12, 2021 10:49 AM (FvCkv)

452 You're welcome, JTB. Just found it DDGing the word. If you do an image search, there's a great-looking Irish-inspired set that has a linen "game board".

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 10:49 AM (UHVv4)

453 Orange Ent, I can volunteer to read for you, but I won't do the entire MS.

I might volunteer to read three separate chapters though, or a wodge of pages.

Posted by: Kindltot at September 12, 2021 10:49 AM (ssx3L)

454 I have had the covid, so I do not know so much about the vaccine I suppose. It is not so relevant to me. But did you see this article? A hospital in upstate NY will stop delivering babies as six workers in the maternity unit resigned instead of getting the vaccine?
https://mol.im/a/9982047

I guess it is just another story to say that reasonable people can disagree about the vax. Informed people can disagree.

Posted by: MikeM at September 12, 2021 10:49 AM (6WyvU)

455 @383 --

For the best first lines, who else but Donald Hamilton.

"I always feel guilty about smuggling a gun through Mexican customs."

"It was an acid job, and they're never pretty to look at, ..."

"The airlines mislaid a jet someplace, ..."

I challenge anybody to read the first paragraph of a Helm novel and never continue the book.

Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 10:49 AM (Om/di)

456 The efficacy of the vaccine has nothing to do with anything. Mandating is wrong no matter what. And I am not anti-vaccination.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at September 12, 2021 10:46 AM (Q9lwr)

Yes. And I am happy that healthcare workers are insisting on being fired rather than quit over this. I admire them for taking a stand, especially as many have natural immunity. If someone told me that I had to have a chicken pox vax after having had the disease, it would sound crazy, this does too

Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 10:49 AM (ONvIw)

457 -"At least"? You would think a zoo would have one guy on the payroll who can accurately count infected gorillas.


ok bro, you can stuff that swab up the gorillas noses now

Posted by: not paid enough at the zoo guy at September 12, 2021 10:50 AM (bTQ72)

458 ok bro, you can stuff that swab up the gorillas noses now
Posted by: not paid enough at the zoo guy at September 12, 2021 10:50 AM (bTQ72)

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True. They probably swab one gorilla and extrapolate the results.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:51 AM (VxC1e)

459 "At least"? You would think a zoo would have one guy on the payroll who can accurately count infected gorillas.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:46 AM (VxC1e)

*bam*
1 gorilla
*bam*
2 gorillas
*bam*

Posted by: rhennigantx at September 12, 2021 10:51 AM (yrol0)

460 I can put up with a lot of superficial changes between a book and a film adaptation if I think the moviemakers _understand_ the book. For instance, there are huge differences between Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but the moviemakers understood what the novel was about, so Philip K. Dick loved it when he was shown a pre-release print.
Posted by: Trimegistus at September 12, 2021 09:20 AM (QZxDR)

Oh, totally missed that. I submit that P.K. Dick had no idea where he was going with Do Androids....

Posted by: runner at September 12, 2021 10:52 AM (V13WU)

461 It should have been "up to" 13 gorillas were infected.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:52 AM (VxC1e)

462 And just last week, the CDC quietly changed the definition of "vaccine".

It seems so obvious that bad people are pushing very bad things, but it's hopeful that the dominoes are starting to fall. Hard to argue that we all gotta obey or die, when college football is having a ball, and the UK and Scandinavian countries are backing down.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:44 AM


Remember back when fauci said the Sturgis motor cycle rally was going to be a super spreader event the likes of which we had never seen? Turns out obama's maskless birthday bash created more cases than the rally. They are lying to us each and every day.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at September 12, 2021 10:52 AM (JUOKG)

463 True. They probably swab one gorilla and extrapolate the results.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:51 AM (VxC1e)
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Next on "Dirty Jobs" - Gorilla Swabber

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:52 AM (LBiAf)

464 ok bro, you can stuff that swab up the gorillas noses now
Posted by: not paid enough at the zoo guy at September 12, 2021 10:50 AM (bTQ72)

*pulls down bottom eyelid with finger*

Posted by: Silverback at September 12, 2021 10:52 AM (yrol0)

465 Thanks for the Jayne Eyrehead link. SCTV was the best sketch comedy show ever.

Posted by: who knew at September 12, 2021 10:54 AM (4I7VG)

466 They should mandate that those gorillas wear masks!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at September 12, 2021 10:54 AM (d9FiS)

467 I didn't see many masks at all in the crowd at the US Open Women's Finals. When you've lose New York City....

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at September 12, 2021 10:54 AM (PiwSw)

468 Please don't tell me you keep in shape by ambulance chasing.
Posted by: bluebell at September 12, 2021 10:48 AM (wyw4S)

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That ambulance-chasing stuff is for the young kids.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:54 AM (VxC1e)

469
about that, how come gorillas do not have to wear a mask?

Posted by: will choose a nic later at September 12, 2021 10:54 AM (bTQ72)

470
It's actually MM.
Posted by: OregonMuse


First person I thought of was Peggy Knudsen

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0461739

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at September 12, 2021 10:55 AM (63Dwl)

471 It's not my ENTIRE practice.

*sniff*
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:47 AM (VxC1e)
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Please don't tell me you keep in shape by ambulance chasing.
Posted by: bluebell

There are a LOT of attorneys here; and doctors ! I bet there's Indian Chiefs, too, we just can't hear the War Drums.

Posted by: JT at September 12, 2021 10:55 AM (arJlL)

472 I haven't heard about the 100 Days of Dante. Sounds like it would be fun. Anyone already using it? How is it going?

Posted by: JTB at September 12, 2021 10:55 AM (7EjX1)

473 about that, how come gorillas do not have to wear a mask?
Posted by: will choose a nic later at September 12, 2021 10:54 AM (bTQ72)
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If you put a gorilla mask on a gorilla, is it insulting or merely recursive?

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 10:55 AM (LBiAf)

474 They are lying to us each and every day.

I've come to expect it. Each and every pronouncement is suspect.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at September 12, 2021 10:56 AM (Xrfse)

475 How well are things going in the country today? CNN asked respondents.

Two percent said very well

Posted by: rhennigantx at September 12, 2021 10:56 AM (yrol0)

476
Please don't tell me you keep in shape by ambulance chasing.
Posted by: bluebell
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Not seeing the problem.

Posted by: John Edwards at September 12, 2021 10:56 AM (9Fwwf)

477 @472

I think the rival ace book thread has some people who are doing the dante program. it does sound like fun!

As much fun as you can have in hell, I suppose.

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:56 AM (AwPyG)

478 Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at September 12, 2021 10:49 AM (FvCkv)

Seems like a decent assumption since fiction was only a small part of Lewis' work. The comic is dumb for the reason someone else mentioned above though.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at September 12, 2021 10:57 AM (1lKRm)

479 Please don't tell me you keep in shape by ambulance chasing.
Posted by: bluebell
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Not seeing the problem.
Posted by: John Edwards
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Me either.

Posted by: Michael Avenatti, media darling, possible Pres. candidate at September 12, 2021 10:57 AM (9Fwwf)

480 I definitely feel I was given the gift to make things, knew it from a young age.
I love seeing something and wondering how can I make that?

Posted by: Skip at September 12, 2021 10:57 AM (2JoB8)

481 @473

Glue it on with gorilla glue, for the trifecta

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:58 AM (AwPyG)

482 9/9 Bai-den said 75% have had one vax shot in US.
9/10 CDC says 64% have had one jab.

Does that mean 11% returned their first jab?

BTW, 54% have 2 jabs.

Posted by: olddog in mo, Pontoon Captain* (like a real captain, only drunker) at September 12, 2021 10:58 AM (AU3mC)

483 There are a LOT of attorneys here; and doctors ! I bet there's Indian Chiefs, too, we just can't hear the War Drums.
Posted by: JT at September 12, 2021 10:55 AM (arJlL)

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With an Indian chief and a construction worker we can get the band back together.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:58 AM (VxC1e)

484 #465 You're welcome, who knew.

I also highly recommend their Ben Hur film parody that's from their first year on Canadian TV starting out as a 30-minute show so only about 22-minutes long.

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 10:59 AM (UHVv4)

485 I definitely feel I was given the gift to make things, knew it from a young age.
I love seeing something and wondering how can I make that?
Posted by: Skip
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Maybe not hats. Just saying...

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at September 12, 2021 10:59 AM (CTJwJ)

486 Funny how this is getting scant coverage in our media.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at September 12, 2021 09:54 AM (6KZji


I used to follow international news with a dictionary via various Spanish language online papers to try to work on my Spanish, and they all were European news sources like EFE with the occasional stringer. I stopped doing it in the last 18 months because the Covidcovidcovid was breaking my heart.

Posted by: Kindltot at September 12, 2021 10:59 AM (ssx3L)

487 I can't swim, so I'll never go sailing, but I'm glad to be reading this.
Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 08:39 AM (Om/di)

Historically, very sailors could swim. There is no requirement for sailors to be able swim, anymore than there is a requirement for airplane pilots to be able to fly without the aid of machinery.

Go boating. Enjoy it. Wear a lifejacket if engaged in activities that might cause you to go overboard.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at September 12, 2021 10:59 AM (WM+Dr)

488 @482

I don't believe those numbers for a single second--they are much, much lower.

And it would be grimly hilarious if only the lefties who raced to be first in line get whatever ill benefits were intended

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 10:59 AM (AwPyG)

489 I also highly recommend their Ben Hur film parody that's from their first year on Canadian TV starting out as a 30-minute show so only about 22-minutes long.
Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 10:59 AM (UHVv4)
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And their CCCP-TV series, which is interspersed between a less-funny sketch.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at September 12, 2021 11:00 AM (LBiAf)

490 @485

Wear a mask!

Posted by: artemis at September 12, 2021 11:00 AM (AwPyG)

491 Orange Ent, I can volunteer to read for you, but I won't do the entire MS.

I might volunteer to read three separate chapters though, or a wodge of pages.

Posted by: Kindltot at September 12, 2021 10:49 AM (ssx3L)

Oops. Stepped away for a few. Thanks, but don't worry, they're only four page stories. I have three complete. Just shoot me an email if you're willing. Should be in nic.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at September 12, 2021 11:01 AM (7bRMQ)

492 WE HAZ NOOD

Posted by: Skip guy who says NOOD at September 12, 2021 11:01 AM (2JoB8)

493 Go boating. Enjoy it. Wear a lifejacket if engaged in activities that might cause you to go overboard.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at September 12, 2021 10:59 AM (WM+Dr)

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I can swim but I can't sail, at least according to Mrs. Cicero.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 11:01 AM (VxC1e)

494 When lock down began, I bought 2 kid kindles. We have used Libby and Overdrive nonstop. My boys have been reading new books and series more than ever. Every few days they ask if they can download another book.

I only read Frankenstein in college, and liked it. I already had a strong relationship with God, so I saw very clearly how it was a story of how the created felt rejected by The Creator. I understood that this feeling was prevalent since the Enlightenment. I should read it again.

Posted by: Sassy at September 12, 2021 11:01 AM (xSICi)

495 Tolkein storytelling is magnificent and thought-provoking - but it doesn't lay bare the human condition in a way that fundamentally changes the reader's concept of himself and his world. Lewis' work is powerful. That's the only word for it.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at September 12, 2021 11:01 AM (FvCkv)

496 Oops again. It's nic at cox dot net.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at September 12, 2021 11:02 AM (7bRMQ)

497 "At least"? You would think a zoo would have one guy on the payroll who can accurately count infected gorillas.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:46 AM (VxC1e)
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I'm sure the zoo does, but no media organization has anyone who can accurately report it.

Posted by: zmdavid at September 12, 2021 11:02 AM (xqRaG)

498 we just can't hear the War Drums.
Posted by: JT
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You evidently don't live along the Mohawk.

Posted by: Walter D. Edmonds at September 12, 2021 11:02 AM (CTJwJ)

499 And much congrats to Sharon. I had been praying for a wonderful delivery.

Posted by: Sassy at September 12, 2021 11:02 AM (xSICi)

500 There is no requirement for sailors to be able swim, anymore than there is a requirement for airplane pilots to be able to fly without the aid of machinery.


Well that's not true. We all do have to pass a swim and float test

Posted by: Nevergiveup at September 12, 2021 11:03 AM (Irn0L)

501 416 Something sinister is afoot.
Posted by: californian for Elder at September 12, 2021 10:33 AM (aAP3z)

Either we're being lied to over the seriousness of Faucinstein's monster and there is a big delayed deadly component, or we're being to in order for them to achieve control. I suspect the latter.
Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 10:36 AM (ONvIw

You two will never be accused of being too aware.

Posted by: Justsayin' at September 12, 2021 11:03 AM (Fs5vw)

502 Very nice Little Free Library! Which reminds me, I need to add a few books to our local one.

Posted by: sinalco at September 12, 2021 11:03 AM (yODqO)

503 And much congrats to Sharon. I had been praying for a wonderful delivery.
Posted by: Sassy at September 12, 2021 11:02 AM (xSICi)

Congrats. Boy Girl?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at September 12, 2021 11:03 AM (Irn0L)

504 Why do we regard the killing of a pregnant woman with special repugnance if the child she is carrying isn't really a child?
Posted by: Donna &&&&&&V at September 12, 2021 09:58 AM (HabA/)

\
Donna, I think that is the point. Ted Wheeler or Nancy Pelosi can make rules and proclamation, but when the world they scream at considers what they say to be the raving of a diseased or vicious mind, they have no power. You do that by making connections in people's minds.

I had some schooling in "street theater" which was supposed to be enlightening for me, but what it turned out to do was make me consider the ways to get ideas into resistant minds without the resistance.
This sort of thing is how you do it.

Posted by: Kindltot at September 12, 2021 11:06 AM (ssx3L)

505 ---------
I'm sure the zoo does, but no media organization has anyone who can accurately report it.
Posted by: zmdavid
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Look, get off of our back about that Richard Jewell thing. The court dismissed the case, because dead men have no standing.

Posted by: Atlanta Urinal-Constipation at September 12, 2021 11:06 AM (ELgVT)

506 I also highly recommend their Ben Hur film parody that's from their first year on Canadian TV starting out as a 30-minute show so only about 22-minutes long.
Posted by: andycanuck


They're movie parodies are legendary! 'Rome, Italian Style' is a satire on Italian art movies. Everything turns into a bizarre white dream sequence, with Joe Flaherty trying to romance a mysterious beauty while his wife keeps popping up and insulting him. 'Das Boobs' is probably my favourite, where "the Kriegsmarine is experimenting with co-ed U-boats." And of course, they all have terrible English dubbing which doesn't match the lip movements at all.

Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 11:06 AM (iGurG)

507 My reading for this week is "The 9/11 Commission Report". The 9/11 Commission was criticized, rightly, for being topheavy with Democrats and their apologists, but despite that, with the exception of the final two chapters, is astonishingly good. Whoever wrote it did a masterful job of presenting the sequence of events; it reads almost like a good thriller, except without the happy ending. Highly recommended.

Some of the anecdotes show the unseriousness with which the Clinton Administration regarded al Qaeda. My favorite is on page 189:

"At some point during this period, President Clinton expressed his frustration about the lack of military options to take out Bin Ladin and the al Qaeda leadership, remarking to General Hugh Shelton, "You know, it would scare the shit out of al-Qaeda if suddenly a bunch of black ninjas rappelled out of helicopters into the middle of their camp." ... President Clinton recalled this remark as 'one of the many things I said'."

The report also catalogues the three occasions on which Clinton could have killed Bin Ladin, and refused to pull the trigger. "Lack of military options"? He preferred to toy with fantasies about "black ninjas".

Posted by: Nemo at September 12, 2021 11:07 AM (S6ArX)

508 He preferred to toy with fantasies about "black ninjas".
Posted by: Nemo
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I loathe the military. Why should I understand it?

Posted by: Bill Clinton at September 12, 2021 11:08 AM (ELgVT)

509 'Rome, Italian Style' is a satire on Italian art movies.
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It's my fantasy! I can have any car I want. Look at all the makeout room in the backseat!

That butt proves the existence of God, padre. It is a work of perfection!

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 11:09 AM (UHVv4)

510 And their CCCP-TV series, which is interspersed between a less-funny sketch.
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea


Apparently the removed every third frame from the video, to the give the mock-Soviet TV footage a sort of stilted, jerky movement, as if it were shot on very weird, non-standardized Western cameras.

Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 11:10 AM (iGurG)

511 That butt proves the existence of God, padre. It is a work of perfection!
Posted by: andycanuck


And what was his confession to the priest, after 25 years away from the Church? After warning the priest to hold his ears because this is going to be REALLY bad, he says something like "I was rude to my mother 2 times, and I stole an apple."

Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 11:12 AM (iGurG)

512 I didn't know Marilyn Monroe had a body double, but what a great dating opportunity that would be. 80% of the charms of Marilyn Monroe at 10% of the price.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at September 12, 2021 10:31 AM (VxC1e)


That was a sub-plot of LA Confidential I think

Posted by: Kindltot at September 12, 2021 11:14 AM (ssx3L)

513 LeBron James is a sucker for a power foreword.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at September 12, 2021 11:15 AM (iz53w)

514 457 ok bro, you can stuff that swab up the gorillas noses now

"smell this poo. does it smell infected to you?"

Posted by: Kulak Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at September 12, 2021 11:16 AM (edU/H)

515 Posted by: Rosasharn at September 12, 2021 10:36 AM (PzBTm)

The Betty MacDonald book about living on Vashon Island is Onions In the Stew.

I love that book, too

Posted by: Kindltot at September 12, 2021 11:17 AM (ssx3L)

516 I loved the parody ads too.

Poochare Dog Food.
It's dog food. It's now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7r6XXI_oX0

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 11:17 AM (UHVv4)

517 OK I have read the following books by HQ authors, and I want to recommend them all to everyone here. They're not very expensive as a Kindle download and worth your time:

Amy Lynn by Jack July -- The Caribbean Job by Vince Milam -- The Director's Cut: A Theda Bara Mystery by Christopher DiGrazia -- Golden Isis by Anastasia Atelier -- The Heart of a King by Candace Christine Little -- Hallow Mass by JP Mac -- Lone Star Sons by Cecelia Hayes -- Pursued: A Modern Christian Fantasy by Paul Cordes -- The Last Mage Guardian by Sabrina Chase -- To Save Us All From Ruin by James Schroeder -- Tale of the Tigers by Juliette Akinyi Ochieng -- The Unit, Into the Briar Patch by Paul Battaglia -- Wearing the Cat by HD Woodard

Someday I hope to read them all but I hadn't realized how many I'd gotten to until just now listing them all. Check em out, they vary widely by topic, style, and approach but all are worth reading. I apologize for the unpleasant formatting, but Pixy freaks out if you do a list

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at September 12, 2021 11:18 AM (KZzsI)

518 "At least 13 gorillas test positive to COVID-19 at Atlanta zoo after 'becoming infected by a vaccinated employee'"

"Who's plookin' da monkeys?"

- Zombie Frank Zappa

Posted by: Toad-O at September 12, 2021 11:19 AM (cct0t)

519 Pro tip, it's not a "vaccine" if you can still get covid.
Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at September 12, 2021 10:39 AM (JUOKG)


No, it is the Sacrament and Host for the Church of Fauci.

And Joe Biden is Mr. Pope, who gets 10%

Posted by: Kindltot at September 12, 2021 11:19 AM (ssx3L)

520 The French may actually indict their former health minister for lying about the risks
Posted by: CN at September 12, 2021 09:58 AM (ONvIw)

Let me know when they start honing the blade of the guillotine.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at September 12, 2021 11:20 AM (WEByb)

521 504 Donna, I think that is the point. Ted Wheeler or Nancy Pelosi can make rules and proclamation, but when the world they scream at considers what they say to be the raving of a diseased or vicious mind, they have no power. You do that by making connections in people's minds.

spent some time watching classic dr. who episodes on pluto tv yesterday; those "no on recall" ads are getting strange. until now, it's been stuff like bernie telling us to vote no to stop the republican power grab. yesterday's ads were things like "in california, we know love is love. in california, we know black lives matter. in california, we know masks work. in california, we know. vote no on the recall". not certain who that's supposed to convince.

Posted by: Kulak Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at September 12, 2021 11:21 AM (edU/H)

522 Some of those SCTV parody ads were so downright weird, I'll never forget them. One Christmas SCTV was advertising "Frank-Incense": a revolving figuring of Frank Sinatra that played Sinatra songs while it emitted an air freshener. Just the thought of that cheap figurine slowly revolving while a mellow Sinatra tune fills the air and a Christmas tree looms in the background makes me start to laugh.

Posted by: Dr. Mabusette, just to clarify things at September 12, 2021 11:22 AM (iGurG)

523 Time to go to noon mass, or as my sister, an early riser calls it "Lazy Ass Mass."

Posted by: Donna &&&&&&V at September 12, 2021 11:24 AM (HabA/)

524 "we know black lives matter. in california,"

Not Larry Elder's, however.

Posted by: Donna &&&&&&V at September 12, 2021 11:25 AM (HabA/)

525 At least 13 gorillas test positive to COVID-19 at Atlanta zoo after 'becoming infected by a vaccinated employee'

*Huge shrug* Animals have always been pools carrying our diseases. They're mostly unaffected by carry them even when the population is generally resistant (summertime). This isn't new, they're just reporting thing that basically stupid and painfully ignorant fool reporters never knew about before.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at September 12, 2021 11:27 AM (KZzsI)

526 OK I have read the following books by HQ authors, and I want to recommend them all to everyone here. They're not very expensive as a Kindle download and worth your time:

Amy Lynn by Jack July
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The entire series (is?) are entertaining reads.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at September 12, 2021 11:28 AM (vOGqy)

527 >>> 405 I am appalled that they are mandating them for the young.
Posted by: californian for Elder at September 12, 2021 10:29 AM

I am appalled they are mandating anyone get the jab now that we know they no longer work.
Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at September 12, 2021 10:30 AM (JUOKG)

They work just fine.

Posted by: Bill Gates at September 12, 2021 11:28 AM (ACi07)

528 Dresden Files TV series -- one season of 13 episodes. Even though the author helped with or was the main screenwriter, true fans didn't like changes made for TV although I don't know if that hurt its ratings. I hadn't read any of the books at all and enjoyed it alot but not friends who had read them.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486657/

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at September 12, 2021 08:40 AM


This true fan likes the TV show a lot. What killed it was that the demographic for the show skewed heavily female, which is not what the SciFi channel needed.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at September 12, 2021 11:29 AM (ezpv1)

529 At least 13 gorillas test positive to COVID-19 at Atlanta zoo after 'becoming infected by a vaccinated employee'
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Take your hands off me, you filthy ape!

Posted by: Zookeeper at September 12, 2021 11:30 AM (vOGqy)

530 spent some time watching classic dr. who episodes on pluto tv yesterday; those "no on recall" ads are getting strange. until now, it's been stuff like bernie telling us to vote no to stop the republican power grab. yesterday's ads were things like "in california, we know love is love. in california, we know black lives matter. in california, we know masks work. in california, we know. vote no on the recall". not certain who that's supposed to convince.

Posted by: Kulak Anachronda, behind the Newsom curtain at September 12, 2021 11:21 AM (edU/H)


Rose McGowan is claiming that Newsome's wife was working for Epstien, and I think there is a legal action on it.
They may regret that Love is Love crap very soon

Posted by: Kindltot at September 12, 2021 11:31 AM (ssx3L)

531 The Dresden Files TV show failed to include almost everything that makes the books entertaining and charming, and added in things that made it much less enjoyable. And for what? The first couple books were pretty simple and would have been cheap to build a series around (leave out the huge overarching storyline he built up later, it made each book progressively less enjoyable).

They created their own cheap crappy stupid version of the books for no good reason other than network execs are idiots.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at September 12, 2021 11:32 AM (KZzsI)

532 Rose McGowan is claiming that Newsome's wife was working for Epstien

Rose is batty as the eaves of a gothic mansion but I think she's telling the truth about this one. But her comments were about Harvey Weinstein, not Epstein. All these Steins, tough to keep them apart.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at September 12, 2021 11:45 AM (KZzsI)

533 Not Larry Elder's, however.

Posted by: Donna &&&&&&V at September 12, 2021 11:25 AM (HabA/)

I hope he sues that paper for defamation. The headline and photo they chose gives a 100% backwards idea of what happened, and there's no way that was on accident.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at September 12, 2021 12:00 PM (1lKRm)

534 Posted by: Cybersmythe at September 12, 2021 11:29 AM (ezpv1)

Seems like they would have be ecstatic to get more female viewers in a stereotypically male genre.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at September 12, 2021 12:03 PM (1lKRm)

535 The headline and photo they chose gives a 100% backwards idea of what happened, and there's no way that was on accident.

There's an old joke about newspapers, speculating how they'd report on Jesus walking on the water: "Jesus Can't Swim!"

I've rarely seen so blatant and deliberate an example of this, though. The images and headlines seem to indicate Elder attacked someone.

As for lecturing in historical novels, its bad writing to info dump or have long exposition explaining the past or events. That's just lazy essay writing in the middle of a story. The proper way to do so is much more organic, and feels like its part of the story rather than a huge prologue or long sections of text that interrupt the flow.

Take the Sherman's Horse example way up above. You don't pour it all over the reader's head all at once, you give it to them in small sections through the story. Give a basic explanation: a dapple road. Then later, where it makes sense, mention some of the markings. Then later, mention some of its other characteristics. Do it as a part of the action rather than a block of information "[horse's name] tossed her charcoal mane". That kind of thing

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at September 12, 2021 12:11 PM (KZzsI)

536 Just finished reading Who? and Rogue Moon, both by Algis Budrys. I had read the latter years ago, but for some reason remembered it as being hard Science Fiction. I was surprised to realize that both books are actually in the tech noir genre, and are quite thoughtful.

Posted by: ObeliskToucher at September 12, 2021 12:14 PM (DUu0q)

537 "159 Ellery Queen was the protaganist in a series of Magic detective novels. Only it was not the magic that works but is that of the illusionist. The authors were Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee.

"Death of a Top Hat was the first one I read as it was my Mother's."

It's Death From a Top Hat," written by Clayton Rawson (not the Ellery Queen boys)-about the mystery solving exploits of the Great Merlini. Rawson was practicing magician who wrote several other books about Merlini, "The Footprints on the Ceiling," "No Coffin for the Corpse," and "The Headless Lady," as well as some short stories. The books were written in the 1930s and 40s, and were reprinted in the 1980s as part of the Library of Crime Classics. Entertaing reads for fans of locked room and pulp era mysteries.

Posted by: Pope John the 20th at September 12, 2021 12:47 PM (Ap+cR)

538 Gamekeeper's thumb now refers to a different disease that come from playing too much Xbox.

Posted by: MikeN at September 12, 2021 12:47 PM (o/eHL)

539 Muslim's Forehead.

Posted by: JB at September 12, 2021 12:50 PM (TO8Xm)

540 Thank you, Pope.

I never had heard of Lee and Dannay doing any other series.

These sound interesting.

Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 12:56 PM (Om/di)

541 536 -- Been eons since I've read Budrys' Who and barely remember it. Rogue Moon is terrific, and its last pages are just heartbreaking. Budrys did a nice little suspense story (I think it's in one of the Hitchcock anthologies, and it's in some though not all editions of Budrys' collection Blood and Burning) called "Master of the Hounds." Nifty short chiller with a killer last line. Worth a look.

Posted by: Just Some Guy at September 12, 2021 01:18 PM (JzDjf)

542 Lucille Ball

Posted by: Davod at September 12, 2021 02:06 PM (fGRf+)

543 The "Who's This" looks like Marilyn Monroe to me.

BTW, the bottom shelf of the book case in that photo has a stack of 1950s-vintage comic books, with "CRIME DOES NOT PAY" at the top. If I remember correctly, that was one of William Gaines's EC line of comics, the same group that did the classic horror and sci-fi comics from that era, as well as MAD Magazine. These are the book that Frederic Wertham denounced in "Seduction of the Innocent", and they'd be worth a pretty penny to collectors today.

Posted by: Nemo at September 12, 2021 02:31 PM (S6ArX)

544 This is an amazing phenomenon with photographs. If you were to walk into that room, much of what is there would in effect be invisible to you. See it in a single frozen frame, however, and all kinds of details pop out.

How many power poles do you see when you're driving?

Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 02:57 PM (Om/di)

545 THANK YOU FOR THE BOOK, BEFORE THE FACT. I've seen the movie several times. I immediately clicked on your Kindle link, purchased the book, and have been reading it with pleasure, having forgotten to come back and read the rest of your post entirely.

Posted by: Alana at September 12, 2021 03:02 PM (er1MA)

546 Nope, "Crime Does Not Pay" was not an EC comic. Lev Gleason, says Wiki.

I'd really like to read some of those old comics. Such a variety of subjects.

Posted by: Weak Geek at September 12, 2021 03:04 PM (Om/di)

547 Weak Geek; the Rawson Merlini books should be available somewhere-I got mine back in the 1980s. The pulp era generated a tremendous amount of genre fiction. As Ted Sturgeon said, 90% of it was crap, but the volume was so great that the remaining 10% is still a lot of reading. If you are interested in mysteries of the period-or set during the period-in addition to the writers frequently mentioned here you might look at Craig Rice's books and stories, Fred Brown's mysteries and Stuart Kanminsky's Toby Peters mysteries. Some of Brown's mysteries are serious (The Screaming Mimi or Knock Three, One, Two for example), but most of his mysteries, all of Rice's work and all of the Toby Peters mysteries are wry stories told mostly with tongue in cheek. Richard Sale also wrote some entertaining mysteries (Lazarous No. 7 was recommended by Raymond Chandler) and short stories about a newspaperman, Daffy Dill.

Posted by: Pope John the 20th at September 12, 2021 03:10 PM (Ap+cR)

548 Have you ever ordered eggs basted and they don't know what you're talking about?

Posted by: olddog in mo, Pontoon Captain* (like a real captain, only drunker) at September 12, 2021 03:35 PM (fRmYM)

549 Oops, wrong thread.

Posted by: olddog in mo, Pontoon Captain* (like a real captain, only drunker) at September 12, 2021 03:35 PM (fRmYM)

550 There is also this with an interesting title:

Darling Monster: The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper to Her Son John Julius Norwich 1939-1952
Cooper, Diana

Available for download on z library as is the Rainbow one.

Posted by: Bonnie Blue no longer gives a shit at September 12, 2021 04:29 PM (hlxe7)

551 A rather old book at this point, but I recently began reading "The New Dealers' War" by Thomas Fleming, from 2001.

Calling it "brutal" in how it treats FDR is an understatement. By 3 chapters in Fleming makes FDR look significantly more conniving than Obama, and so barely more competent that Biden.

Compounding that are the number of parallels in socialist economic policy and military incompetence of the administration to those currently being demonstrated.

Posted by: Sam at September 12, 2021 05:31 PM (ohyxL)

552 (In Re: The demographics skewing heavily female for "The Dresden Files" television show.)

Seems like they would have be ecstatic to get more female viewers in a stereotypically male genre.
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at September 12, 2021 12:03 PM


That's not how television works. The folks at the SciFi network were selling advertising based upon the idea that the demographic would be your typical 20-50 year old male. Since that show didn't bring in that demographic, the ad revenues were much lower than they wanted.

That's why they started running rasslin' right about then. It had the right demographic.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at September 12, 2021 07:31 PM (ezpv1)

553 38 Ok, so how would someone go about getting someone to look at their writing and tell them how crappy it is and you should break all your writing instruments and burn all your paper and never insult the muse again?

Join our right-leaning author network on MeWe! Network and ask for feedback readers who won't ding you for wrong think! On MeWe, look up Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance.

Posted by: Kia Heavey at September 13, 2021 06:32 AM (CMrar)

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