TOTD 2018-6-21: It’s fun!

In life you have creators and denigrators. One group is having fun and making new things. Denigrators are living in the past and have given the “remote control of their lives” to someone else. They are waiting on the decisions instead of making them. I will let you guess which one is which.

One knows about “I Love Lucy” and how it was a hit show. Desi Arnaz and Lucy Ball were more than actors. They founded DesiLu Productions. Many of the hit shows we watched used that studio. Look at these lists.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desilu_Productions#Produced_by_Desilu

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desilu_Productions#Filmed_at_Desilu

Impressive list. I had no idea what a big influence that studio had. Did you? That is what creators do. They change the landscape.

Denigrators are often witty and smart but don’t create new things. They are the pilot fishes of life living off others. They get ecstatic when people make mistakes for that is more food for them. It is a zero sum game for them. Success comes from destruction.

Look around you. Who are the creators? Who are the denigrators? Who is having more fun? Have some fun.


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Science Fiction Techno-Thriller, A Rambling Wreck, On Sale

Thought I’d share the news that my science fiction alternate history conspiracy thriller, A Rambling Wreck, will be on sale for $0.99 for the next couple of weeks.

Here’s an excerpt from John Walker’s recent review of A Rambling Wreck:

This series is a bit of Golden Age science fiction which somehow dropped into the early 21st century. It is a story of mystery, adventure, heroes, and villains, with interesting ideas and technical details which are plausible. The characters are interesting and grow as they are tested and learn from their experiences. And the story is related with a light touch, with plenty of smiles and laughs at the expense of those who richly deserve mockery and scorn. This book is superbly done and a worthy sequel to the first. I eagerly await the next, The Brave and the Bold.

If you’re a science fiction fan, consider participating in the Dragon Awards to honor the year’s best fiction. Declan Finn has a nice round-up of Dragon Award suggestions. A Rambling Wreck made Declan’s list as well as the Happy Frogs slate of recommendations.  There are many other fine works worth looking into as well.


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Are You Not Entertained?

So I am watching the latest combined Media-Hollywood-Democrat onslaught against POTUS.

The children at the border…

I cannot tell if this was a trap all along or not, but so far, Trump has not wavered or reacted like a normal GOP politician would under the onslaught and the wave is breaking.

The public gets tired of outrage and shrill crap and the attack has gone way over the top.

I am in awe of a man who stands his ground and keeps fighting, something I have not seen in my lifetime by a politician.

I cannot see this being a midterm decider, since each congress critter can play it to meet their district.

I see three paths ahead:

1. Trump fades and stops the enforcement at the border.
2. He stands his ground and keeps his few allies in the GOP keep trying to solve the legislation.
3. He goes on the offensive and accuses the screaming left of being in the pay of the child traffickers and cartels. Why else would they want 10,000 unaccompanied children let loose to strangers in the country. He has videos of children trafficked by the cartels.

Personally, I vote for number 3.

I am always afraid of the guy who can take his opponents best shot, grins and delivers a huge counterpunch.


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More Signs and Portents…enough already!

In the last 48 hours, two people who have not been in the POTUS camp by any stretch of the imagination have very publicly changed their position on the need to end the Mueller probe/hit job.

Mitch McConnell AND James Clapper both have publicly stated the probe ‘needs to wrap up soon’ for the good of the country.

Something has changed or been revealed behind the scenes. I have seen theories ranging from Google has changed sides to hidden servers in North Korea to combinations of both. Seems a stretch, but one thing I do know from my advanced curmudgeon skills…

This is not an honest change of heart on their part.

Also-what’s the Space Force thing about?

McConnell
Clapper


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Monday Meals: 18-6-18

Japanese Rice Bowl

There are various types of fast food in Japan. Last week I went to a noodle shop. This week is a rice bowl shop. These places are quick. Yoshinoya has been around for a while and made these type of restaurants popular.

There is no machine to order from here. There is a menu. If you don’t know the language you can point.

The idea is you get something on rice in a bowl. You order the toppings for that bowl of rice. The toppings can be eel, tuna, beef, pork, curry, etc.  What do you think I ordered from this menu?

 


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Baby’s Got a New Baby

Having been born in 1975, the ‘80s were my childhood. During that decade, there were a number of musical groups whose names were acronyms, such as R.E.M., AC/DC, REO Speedwagon, and ELO. In addition, there was also a short-lived country band called S-K-O, named after its three members: songwriters Thom Schuyler, Fred Knobloch, and Paul Overstreet.

I hadn’t thought of S-K-O in years, but my memory of them came flooding back a couple of days ago when one of their songs popped up on my YouTube Music app: “Baby’s Got a New Baby”:

Released in 1986, the song rose to number one on the country charts. It is a wistful, yet upbeat tune about a man worrying that he’s losing his girlfriend.

Regrettably, it was the only number one tune the group would ever have. Paul Overstreet left in 1987 to pursue a solo career. The band replaced him with another songwriter named Craig Bickhardt and renamed itself S-K-B, but it never again reached the same level of success and disbanded in 1989.

Meanwhile, Paul Overstreet achieved some notable success as a solo act with ten studio albums and sixteen charted singles, two of which made it to #1. My favorite song of his was “Me and My Baby,” released during the summer of 1992 just ahead of my senior year of high school.

Such songs evoke a sense of joy that has largely vanished from my life, and I treasure them as I would the most priceless jewels.


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TOTD 2018-6-17: Working With Human Nature

Isn’t the essence of the free market giving people want they want? The company that succeeds is the one that meets not only needs but wants. Why is that? “Man does not live by bread alone.” There is more to life than meeting basic needs. People don’t just want functionality. They want form too. It is a beautiful thing when someone works with human nature and not against it for they succeed.

Adam Smith was able to capture that while people were helping themselves they were helping others. People will pay for a better service and stop paying for a poor service. People will switch from a Model T to a GM product because they want something different. You know what they call a slow animal in the wild. Lunch. A person who can’t work with reality fast enough loses. Their product suffers.


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What Dad listened to

Dad died a year and a half ago.   Gee I miss him.   I was very fortunate to have him for so long; he was 85.   I saw Fathers Day mentioned today, so when I got a chance to kick back this evening, I went to listen to the stuff he listened to.  I was never musical much, though I enjoy singing in church.   I also was never much into pop music.  Not rock and roll, either.  I was a jazz fan, because Dad was a jazz fan.   We lived within radio range of the public radio station at the University of Tennessee, and they played jazz in the evenings beginning shortly before my bedtime.

I still have some of Dad’s favorites on real honest vinyl, but since we moved to new digs in February I have not found the time to set up the turntable.  So here is a Youtube link to one of our favorites.   Bossa nova.  Enjoy; this is Stan Getz on saxophone, but the thing that makes the album shine is the fabulous guitar of Charlie Byrd.

 

So, what did your Dad listen to?


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TOTD 2018-6-16: Dad’s Day Eve

It is the day before Father’s Day. The holiday that takes a backseat to Mother’s Day. Why is that?

I went to Wikipedia and checked out the history. The first public celebration for Father’s Day was July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Here is the background of that celebration.

Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father, when in December 1907, the Monongah Mining Disaster in nearby Monongah killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers, leaving around a thousand fatherless children. Clayton suggested that her pastor Robert Thomas Webb honor all those fathers.

Does anyone want to guess how soon Father’s day became a national recognized holiday on the 3rd week in June after this 1908 local celebration?
Please make your guess in a comment before checking. (If you already know the answer don’t comment till later.)

For those who want to know about Mother’s Day.

In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day”.[12] However, owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday,[13] with some of them officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday[14] (the first being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state, in 1910). In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

If you are still reading, I would like to wish all the fathers a wonderful day tomorrow. You are not taking a backseat in this post. You are driving the car.


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TOTD 2018-06-15: The Road from Mandalay Bay

On October 11. 2017, there was an atrocity in Vegas.    After it was over, the FBI and local police rushed to declare that it was a lone nutcase, not at all terror related, despite ISIS claiming responsibility.  The media promptly dropped it into the memory hole next to the attempted massacre of Congress by a Bernie supporter.  But not everyone was following the script from the Party.

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