The Bookworm Beat 6-20-15 — the “Summer Solstice” edition and open thread

Woman-writing-300x265This is the first day in two weeks where I haven’t been (a) taking someone to a doctor or (b) frantically trying to beat some insanely urgent legal filing deadline. I’ve celebrated this wonderful day by (a) practically sterilizing the room of an unwelcome house guest who left a surprising amount of chaos and filth in his wake and (b) trying to catch up on my blogging. I’ve already done the long post about our very small window of time within which to ward off tyranny. Now comes the catch-all post, with interesting articles I’ve snagged over the past few days.

Guns aren’t the problem

All the bleeding hearts on my Facebook feed are at it again, chiming in with President Obama to say that killings will magically stop when guns are equally magically gone. We know from the evidence of other nations and our own cities that the gun genie is already out of the bottle. The only thing that happens when government uses its might to ban guns is that honest people are rendered helpless while criminals and government (but I repeat myself) have unlimited, unstoppable power. Anyway, here are a few common sense link about guns:

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Buried under work

It was an 11 hour work day yesterday and I’ve done 8 hours today and am not done yet.  I plan to blog tonight, but I planned last night too — and then was so tired I couldn’t move a finger.  I’m a little less tired tonight, and I’ll be at my computer anyway, so let’s hope something good happens.

Until then, would it be an imposition to you all to ask you to treat this as an Open Thread and fill it with wonderful things?

Friday morning Open Thread

It’s 12:30 a.m. on a Friday morning, and I’ve just finished a hellaciously busy 17 hour long Thursday (spilling over into Friday), which came on the heels of a just plain hellacious Wednesday.  I have to go into the client’s office very early tomorrow morning, but after that I think I’ll have a little respite and be able to blog.  I certainly have a long list of saved articles that I want to share with you.

I hope you all don’t mind manning the fort with this open thread in my absence.  To sweeten the pot, here are a few cartoons I’ve been gathering over the past few days.  (I’ll save the really good ones, from Caped Crusader and a few other helpful friends, for a dedicated illustrated edition.)

Soft cat

Waltzing joke

Highway to Hell

Bacon poem

Engineering flow chart


The Bookworm Beat 6-1-15 — the “rainy day water conservation” edition and open thread

Woman-writing-300x265Thanks to an emergency order from Gov. Jerry Brown, today marks the beginning of water rationing across California — and that includes my own Marin County. The bill is a triumph of big government as far as I’m concerned because, here in Marin county, we have more than enough water. We will have to kill our gardens, bathe in puddles, wear less clean clothes, eat off of environmentally wasteful paper plates, and risk fines if we use too much water, despite having more than enough water. (And ye, I did exaggerate a little about the paper plates and dirty clothes, but everything else is true.) Nature is clearly aware of this irony, since she arranged for us to wake up to a soaking wet morning, courtesy of a heavy drizzle that’s been going on for hours.

This morning will be a quick round-up, because I have to take my Mom to another doctor’s appointment. (Next week I take her to three more, so this is a good week.) I’ll post a bigger, better round-up this afternoon:

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