Monday, October 10, 2011


Ok, I tried to read the Occupy Wall Street stuff- I can't figure out what they are actually saying. So, I tried the new Occupy Boston site. Lots of instructions on how to support, where to go, and how the police are trying to break them up.

I'm still not sure what they are all protesting. Buying stuff? Owning Stuff? Showers?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

NPR SF 100

To follow the NPR (US National Public Radio) meme, copy this list, putting in Bold those you have read.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin (soon)
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley

43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks

55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore

74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn

89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


When did patriotism become synonymous with jingoism?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Either your spouse is deaf as a post, or they are ignoring you. Anything else is sophistry.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


This whole 40 hours work week, wearing pants everyday thing is getting really old.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I think my favorite all time song is "Yin and Yang and the Flowerpot Man" by Love and Rockets.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


When you get to heaven, may the devil be your judge.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Wow, working a real job really cuts into your "me" time. Reading comics and blogs is really starting to slide. Worse yet, wearing pants everyday really sucks.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Well, 2009 is off to a good start- my 20 year old cat has passed away. Sucks.

However, I do have a few stories from the holidays I'm working on gettin up here.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

David Sedaris

However you feel about his politics, this is DAMN Funny! From Cdr Salamander

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Here's hoping for better days for us all in the future!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Cheat Posts

Memes- a way to create content without creating content. As I try to get back into the swing of things- or at least get started- here we go-

From- well, all over.

Things I’ve done are in bold.
1. Started your own blog Started, yes...
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland DisneyWORLD, numerous times. At least once a year for the previous 12 years.
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo Sober, no...
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted- do carnival caricatures count?
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma- Tried tho'.
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox Had them TWICE as a child. Dr's say my first case was too mild. The second one wasn't.
89. Saved someone’s life I've talked suicides down, helped prevent stupid accidents- and saved a buddy at camp, when our boat capsized and he slid out of his life jacket- and I don't swim well either.
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one Too damned many
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day Read more than a book in a day as well.

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I'm not sure how I feel about this one....

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The High Road, Pt 2

Nicki @ The Liberty Zone has more on this saga of Oleg's.

The High Road

A message from Oleg Volk concerning The High Road:

In December 2002, I founded The High Road forum dedicated to the advancement of responsible gun ownership. Recently, it was discovered that in 2006, the volunteer forum systems administrator, Derek Zeanah of Statesboro, Georgia, changed domain registration to himself. After he was confronted, Derek locked out all other staff from accessing the Web server administration and would not share even backup copies of its content. After failed attempts to peacefully resolve the dispute, it has become necessary for me to initiate a lawsuit against Derek Zeanah for the return of domain name and the forum database.

I am seeking and would greatly appreciate donations to help with the cost of litigation. You can use Paypal ( or send a check to:
Oleg Volk 3112 Chambley Ct Hermitage, TN 37076

All donations shall be returned if the lawsuit is ultimately avoided. You can also aid me by re-posting this appeal on your blog, forum or web site. My legal position is already endorsed by almost all of The High Road staff as well as Rich Lucibella, the founder of The Firing Line forum.

UPDATE: Derek's reaction was to disable The High Road forum all together. He also removed most of the staff who opposed him.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Crazy Weather

75MPH wind gusts in Ohio!

Over 53% of the AEP customers in Franklin county are without power- I am in the fortunate 47%. My power lines are underground.

That didn't stop tree limbs and debris from littering my neighborhood. It looks like we had a funnel cloud rip through. One half the street will be block, then 40' farther down the other half- it was like driving an obstacle course.

My neighbor lost a tree which blocked the entire street- he's always seems a bit inept, so I grabbed my chainsaw and went out to help clear it away. Idiots kept trying to drive around the tree, while I standing there with a chainsaw. A few people joined in to help haul away the debris, but just as many stood around watching.

I think they were waiting for first blood.

Schools for a 50+ mile radius are closed, as are many businesses. You just don't see weather like this very often!

I hope Roberta X, roomie Tam, and Tiger's Eye are all doing well; I understand the Indy area was hit as well.

Friday, September 12, 2008

9-11 Banner

Thanks to Captain of a Crew of One for introducing me to the banner which was created by Mauser Girl.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Rachel Lucas Rocks

Rachel Lucas says what a lot of the customers in my store were saying today. In regards to the "lipstick/pig kerfluffle"

The way I see it, you have precisely two possibilities here, with a dependent conclusion for each:

(1) He did use it as a snide reference to Palin. Which means he’s a dickhead.


(2) He did not use it as a snide reference to Palin. Which means he’s not half as smart as his superfans want to believe. If he didn’t know how it would be construed, then he is RETARDED when it comes to nuance and anticipating political moves and all that happy horseshit.

Read the entire article here.