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Off to drink liberally.

Along Came a Spider . . . . 0

Another picture from my brother in Virginia’s Northern Neck:

Barn spider in center of web

Virginia Beach Drinking Liberally Thursday 0

When fellowship is needed, join us . . . .

When: Thursday, August 9, 6 p.

Where:
Croc’s 19 Street Bistro
620 19th Street (Map)

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Recommended Listening 0

Midnight Cab.

This is an excellent and quirky mystery series from the CBC. It stumbles a bit towards the end, but regains its stride in the last episode. Click the “More Information” button for more, well, you know, information.

Change Chaos Agents 0

Man testifying:

Click for the original image.

Facebook Frolics 0

It’s all about the algorithm.

Really? 2

I guess ESPN just gave up on competing with the baseball all-star game.

TV Guide TV listing for 2018-07-17 showing the American Cornhole Championships in prime time.

While we’re at it, can’t we agree that cornhole is a most unfortunately yclept pursuit?

(Missplet wrod corectted.)

Russian Impulses 0

Shaun Mullen keeps track of the Russia investigation so I don’t have to.

Recommended Reading 0

The Wars of the Jews, by Flavius Josephus.

Surprisingly enough, this is a rip-snorter. If you want to learn about Roman siege tactics, this is the book for you.

A couple of warnings:

When Josephus refers to a rebel leader named “Josephus” in the text, he refers to himself. He was initially one of the Jewish rebels against Rome, then was captured by the Romans, and ultimately concluded that the rebels were, as my old boss would have said, “in error.”

Also, the translator wastes much energy in trying to align Josephus’s words with the Christian scriptures, but, fortunately, such is confined to the footnotes.

Also, if you can, kick a few bucks to Project Gutenberg. It is one of the best things on the inner webs.

Break Time 0

Off to drink liberally.

Virginia Beach Drinking Liberally Thursday 0

When fellowship is needed, join us . . . .

When: Thursday, July 10, 6 p.

Where:
Croc’s 19 Street Bistro
620 19th Street (Map)

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A Picture Is Worth 0

Picture of endless landscape of tree trunks of chopped down trees.  Caption:  The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the ax, as its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them.

Via Job’s Anger.

Facebook Frolics 0

Patent pending.

Meta: Privacy Policy 0

To comply with GDPR (EU) regulations, I’ve posted a privacy policy. (That’s also why you get a cookie notice when you hit this site.)

The short version is this: I respect your privacy.

I value my own privacy, therefore I respect yours.

Despotately Seeking Suzerainty 0

Gordon Weil comments at the Bangor Daily News. A snippet:

Kings were the same as their countries because they alone were sovereigns. The people were their “subjects,” not “citizens.”

That practice disappeared as sovereignty came to be held by citizens, and the surviving kings or queens reigned but no longer ruled.

(snip)

But here is a problem with President Trump. He sometimes seems to believe that his unusual and unexpected election means that he should be respected as if he enjoyed what used to be called “the divine right of kings.”

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Off to drink liberally.

Recommended Listening 0

Robin Hood, written by J. Walker MacSpadden and read by Barry Eads.

Drinking Liberally Virginia Beach Thursday 0

When fellowship is needed, join us . . . .

When: Thursday, June 14, 6 p.

Where:
Croc’s 19 Street Bistro
620 19th Street (Map)

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LanternAsia v. 2, Part Six (Last) 0

See previously posted images: Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. Part Five.

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Recommended Reading 0

The Silent Speaker, by Rex Stout.

Though it was written in 1946, it is eerily timely.