Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Nutmeggers He Met Probably Not from East Hartford


The people of the Nutmeg State have such charming, deferential manners, I think of them as Connecticanadians.Thu Jul 29 20:28:21 via UberTwitter


And now, I'm wondering what Connecticanadian Bacon might be.  I propose an Augie & Ray's hot dog split lengthwise.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

#FF George Lazenby, Again


The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there, which is why our grandest pretenses conceal not evil or ugliness, but emptiness.Sat Jul 24 02:47:56 via Seesmic for Android

My Grandfather Claimed The Blue Tarp Was the State Flag of Maine


Welcome to Maine: More tarps per capita than any other state. #newstateslogansSat Jul 24 00:36:04 via web

Foreigners and the Their Bizarre Customs


In certain Eastern cultures, it's considered a grave insult to shit all over the floor in someone's home.Fri Jul 23 06:28:02 via web

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

γνῶθι σεαυτόν gnōthi seauton


"The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life." ~E TolleWed Jul 21 15:07:39 via web

Reminder: Richard Burr (R) NC Hates the Unemployed

The Plum Line - Two more GOPers say unemployment benefits encourage folks to stay unemployed

If you're unemployed, or have feared layoffs in the last couple years, just remember what Richard Burr thinks of you when you go to the polls this fall.  We need to get Marshall elected.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sci-Fi List Meme

My Secret Science Fiction Past – waggish is my jumping off point. Basically, it's a list of Sci-Fi classics where I'm bolding the ones I've read and italicizing the ones I still like and would recommend:

1 – The Forever War – Joe Haldeman
2 – I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
3 – Cities in Flight – James Blish
4 – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
5 – The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
6 – Babel-17 – Samuel R. Delany

7 – Lord of Light – Roger Zelazny
8 – The Fifth Head of Cerberus – Gene Wolfe
9 – Gateway – Frederik Pohl
10 – The Rediscovery of Man – Cordwainer Smith

11 – Last and First Men – Olaf Stapledon
12 – Earth Abides – George R. Stewart
13 – Martian Time-Slip – Philip K. Dick
14 – The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester
15 – Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner
16 – The Dispossessed – Ursula K. Le Guin

17 – The Drowned World – J. G. Ballard
18 – The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut
19 – Emphyrio – Jack Vance
20 – A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick
21 – Star Maker – Olaf Stapledon
22 – Behold the Man – Michael Moorcock
23 – The Book of Skulls – Robert Silverberg
24 – The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells
25 – Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
26 – Ubik – Philip K. Dick
27 – Timescape – Gregory Benford
28 – More Than Human – Theodore Sturgeon
29 – Man Plus – Frederik Pohl
30 – A Case of Conscience – James Blish

31 – The Centauri Device – M. John Harrison
32 – Dr. Bloodmoney – Philip K. Dick
33 – Non-Stop – Brian Aldiss
34 – The Fountains of Paradise – Arthur C. Clarke
35 – Pavane – Keith Roberts
36 – Now Wait for Last Year – Philip K. Dick
37 – Nova – Samuel R. Delany
38 – The First Men in the Moon – H. G. Wells
39 – The City and the Stars – Arthur C. Clarke
40 – Blood Music – Greg Bear

41 – Jem – Frederik Pohl
42 – Bring the Jubilee – Ward Moore
43 – VALIS – Philip K. Dick
44 – The Lathe of Heaven – Ursula K. Le Guin
45 – The Complete Roderick – John Sladek
46 – Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said – Philip K. Dick
47 – The Invisible Man – H. G. Wells
48 – Grass – Sheri S. Tepper
49 – A Fall of Moondust – Arthur C. Clarke
50 – Eon – Greg Bear

51 – The Shrinking Man – Richard Matheson
52 – The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch – Philip K. Dick
53 – The Dancers at the End of Time – Michael Moorcock
54 – The Space Merchants – Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth
55 – Time Out of Joint – Philip K. Dick
56 – Downward to the Earth – Robert Silverberg
57 – The Simulacra – Philip K. Dick
58 – The Penultimate Truth – Philip K. Dick
59 – Dying Inside – Robert Silverberg
60 – Ringworld – Larry Niven

61 – The Child Garden – Geoff Ryman
62 – Mission of Gravity – Hal Clement
63 – A Maze of Death – Philip K. Dick
64 – Tau Zero – Poul Anderson
65 – Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke
66 – Life During Wartime – Lucius Shepard
67 – Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang – Kate Wilhelm
68 – Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
69 – Dark Benediction – Walter M. Miller, Jr.
70 – Mockingbird – Walter Tevis

71 – Dune – Frank Herbert
72 – The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein
73 – The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick

74 – Inverted World – Christopher Priest
75 – Kurt Vonnegut – Cat’s Cradle
76 – H.G. Wells – The Island of Dr. Moreau
77 – Arthur C. Clarke – Childhood’s End

78 – H.G. Wells – The Time Machine
79 – Samuel R. Delany – Dhalgren (July 2010)
80 – Brian Aldiss – Helliconia (August 2010)


81 – H.G. Wells – Food of the Gods (Sept. 2010)
82 – Jack Finney – The Body Snatchers (Oct. 2010)
83 – Joanna Russ – The Female Man (Nov. 2010)
84 – M.J. Engh – Arslan (Dec. 2010)

I haven't investigated the criteria of the source list but, of course, many omissions leap to mind. Primarily, where the heck are the Kim Stanley Robinson novels?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Burr and Tobacco Money

I saw in my Twitter feed a post from OpenSecrets.org regarding their interest group resources and wondered, "how high on the list of recipients of tobacco money is Burr?  He's probably number one." 

Think I was correct?  Check the result here: Tobacco | Open Secrets.

"The Hangover" We Ain't

Pro Tip: Nothing signals "This Party is Gonna Rawk" to the Groom-To-Be quite like his Best Man picking him up in a minivan loaded up with sippy cups and a Snoopy plush toy jammed up against the side window.

Kidding aside, last night was a great time.  The folks at Dave & Buster's here in Providence, RI take good care of you.  Reminds me I need to go online and do the survey for our waitress.  She was a good sport about listening to Uncle John's stories a good part of the night, even though she couldn't rustle up a "King of Lap Dances" badge for us to pin on him.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wishing All and Sundry a Happy, Safe Independence Day Weekend

It's vacation time for the cdogzilla family.  As we get ready for cook-outs, fireworks, visiting family & friends, and a wedding coming up I'll be spending less time in front of the computer over the next couple weeks.

If I'm not seeing you in person, please consider this my best wishes for you and yours.  I hope you're getting some grilling in, will see some fireworks, maybe a parade (if you like that sort of thing), and the weather where you are cooperates with all your plans.   

Have fun, be safe, relax and enjoy.
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