Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, Womanly Feminism

A Horse! A Horse! My Kingdom for a Horse!

Am I the only person on planet Earth who finds the alleged proffering, by Elon Musk to his contract employee, of…umm…a horse in return for doubling down on her sexual favors towards him, more than a little ridiculous? Good.  I hoped not. On the other hand, perhaps not so ridiculous (I always try to pay attention… Continue reading A Horse! A Horse! My Kingdom for a Horse!

Loss, Love, Music

Happy Birthday, Pierino Ronald Como!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffZI9ETWMmo He was born 110 years ago, on May 18, 1912, just a small piece down the road from me, in Canonsburg PA, home of (among other things) Sarris Candies and All-Clad cookware.  Not to mention also Bobby Vinton, Marty Schottenheimer (giving the lie to the idea that the only good things, NFL-wise, to come… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Pierino Ronald Como!

Business, Food and Drink, History

“You Deserve a Break Today….”

There I was, looking for something--perhaps a quote--to write about today--May 15, 2022.  May, as a month, is full of both joyful and sad anniversaries for my family, but as it transpires, none of them falls on the 15th. So I visited my "go to" place, when it comes to finding something to write about… Continue reading “You Deserve a Break Today….”

Biography, Book Review, Literature, Poetry

Not A Book Review: William Blake Verus The World, by John Higgs

I can't review it, because I haven't read it yet.  But I'm charmed by a lengthy excerpt which the author himself has posted on Lapham's Quarterly. It's the story of an unlikely friendship that developed towards the end of Blake's life, and one which reminds me--as do so many biographies and vignettes of eighteenth century… Continue reading Not A Book Review: William Blake Verus The World, by John Higgs

Animals, Literature, Quote of the Day

“How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear!”

He has many friends, lay men and clerical, Old Foss is the name of his cat; His body is perfectly spherical, He weareth a runcible hat. One of the dearest friends of my childhood, Edward Lear, was born 210 years ago today, on May 12, 1812. Perhaps it’s because of him that I formed the… Continue reading “How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear!”

Computers, History

And the Winner is…The Computer!

Twenty-five years ago today, on May 11, 1997. World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov was defeated by "Deep Blue," an IBM computer developed as a research project at Pittsburgh's Carnegie-Mellon University. (An RS/6000 running AIX.  Lord, that takes me back...) https://youtu.be/MrubZ7SA-Hk The score, over six games, was 3 1/2 for Deep Blue, and 2 1/2 for… Continue reading And the Winner is…The Computer!

Music, Plain Speaking

Musical Mondays: Someone Waits for Me, on Serenade Radio

I've often mentioned my fondness for Mark Steyn on this site.  It's one which dates back many years, long before he referenced Dad's Telegraph obituary in his National Review column.  I think it even dates to before my discovery that he spent many of his formative years in Birmingham in the UK, my family stomping… Continue reading Musical Mondays: Someone Waits for Me, on Serenade Radio

Culture, Feminism, Politics

A Podcast Worth 62 Minutes of Your Time: Peter Robinson Chats with Jordan Peterson

Let's get this out of the way first:  I like and respect Jordan Peterson.  I have a fair number of friends who don't like him all that much, and a few friends who find him harsh, grating, offensive--even dangerous--and almost always in the wrong. But any man who argues for individual responsibility and that there's… Continue reading A Podcast Worth 62 Minutes of Your Time: Peter Robinson Chats with Jordan Peterson