Quotation Mania

katster   December 27, 2015   2 Comments on Quotation Mania
all the quotes!

On the blog itself, I keep in the sidebar, in prominent position above the fold, a random quotes file. Tonight I was adding one of my favorite quotes from Canadian politician Jack Layton (rest in peace). “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and… Read more »

I heart Reddit Secret Santa

Artist's depiction of Reddit Secret Santa
 (CC BY-SA 2 by stopsign on flickr)

I walked outside with bare feet and only a short-sleeved shirt on, no jacket. The temperature was about 44 degrees outside, which isn’t much for the East Coast contingent, but is starting to border on cold for Californians. By the end of the trip, I had regretted forgetting one of those items, and no, it wasn’t my shoes. It was… Read more »

Help fix Jill’s car!

katster   December 13, 2015   2 Comments on Help fix Jill’s car!
The offending timing belt, as it looked once it was pulled from the car.

My sister has the worst luck. She’s been ill and has been told by her doctors to minimize the time working and try to focus on getting better. But in October, something happened that has made her really upset. In the span of a few short weeks, the brakes went, the ball bearing decided to be on the verge of… Read more »

A bit of excitement.

katster   December 13, 2015   10 Comments on A bit of excitement.
Possible tombstone for a bad way to go.

Not the recommended kind, though. I’ve been getting a lot of headaches, sometimes very migraine-like, lately. I’ve got a consult in with the neurologist for a week and a half from now, but for the moment, I’ve been taking Aleve at the first signs of a headache and resorting to the heavy guns (sumatriptan) if it doesn’t go away. If… Read more »

What’s in a name?

katster   December 11, 2015   11 Comments on What’s in a name?
So...would they be Boringers and Dullards?

So…I ponder weird things in the shower. Today’s thoughts started with the saw I like to use about whether people from Roseville were Rosevillains. (It’s actually Rosevillians, with the i and a transposed, but that got me thinking. Why is what we call people from a place so weird? For example, I’m a Californian. People that live in the biggest… Read more »

Bacon Soda!

katster   December 10, 2015   10 Comments on Bacon Soda!
Bacon Soda.  It's really a thing.

I promised bacon soda and I will deliver! So I wandered into BevMo the other night because I know they have an amazing selection of root beers and sarsaparillas, and they’re also about the only place in town that sell birch beer, which I adore. (I want to try spruce beer, but I’m told that’s an East Coast thing and… Read more »

I’m watching television

It's better watching inside. Photo Credit: krembo1 cc

For those who know me, this is a rather shocking move. But it’s something my mom likes to do, and I’ve been enjoying watching shows with her. I’m usually busy, so I got sidetracked into watching a couple shows with her tonight, and I’m slightly late by the clock for this post. But let me tell you what we’re watching…. Read more »

I don’t feel like blogging…

Even the dryer has the blahs

First of all, it doesn’t matter what the clock says. It’s not the next day until you go to bed. (There are reasons I fail at adulting sometimes…) Anyway, I’ve had a pretty bad case of the eff it alls lately. I’ve got some things I want to talk about, but it takes more mental space than I’ve really got… Read more »

Kicking the dust off the old blog…

Who are you?  I try to answer that...

So a couple very dear friends of mine, Richard and Jennifer Crawford, do this thing in December where they proceed to blog every day. (They already commit to writing a novel in November — and Richard is my co-herder of Wrimos in the Sacramento area.) They’ve done it the past few years, and I’ve always thought of trying, but December… Read more »

The West is Big, y’all

Why I Voted the Way I Did…

(Picture by binkley27 on flickr -- (CC BY-NC 2.0))

So the Hugo Award ceremony has come and gone, and the results were a Puppy rout, including five separate invocations of No Award in the five categories Pups had locked the ballot. At this point, I’m not interested in replaying the cultural war mishmash of the last seven months, to be honest. I just wanted to do a quick examination… Read more »

It’s OK if You’re a Puppy

boom

Let me begin by stating that I speak only for myself. I speak not for past employers, present employers, potential future employers, friends, Romans, countrymen, other science fiction fanatics, people who are not myself, and most definitely not for George R. R. Martin. After that, let me add that I think Irene Gallo used words that were ill-chosen, and that… Read more »

The Voter’s Packet has arrived!

...then they stole the Hugo Packet from the mighty Sasquan.

And there was much rejoicing. Yay. I’m going to chronicle my reading here on this blog, but I wanted to do a quick rundown of what is in this year’s Hugo Voter’s Package. Sasquan released the package yesterday afternoon, and I’ve been spending a bit of time putting it all on my Kindle. It’s been an interesting year for the… Read more »

the letter and the spirit

We need some cuteness before we descend into the weeds...

I hope at least some of you have been triggered into fatal convulsions — Henry Dampier (@henrydampier) May 15, 2015 Wow, aren’t you an absolutely lovely and charming person. The article in question (via Do Not Link) opens with this quotation: Situational dominance is contingent on local factors. For example, a 5’4 female teacher with a firm demeanor is situationally… Read more »

My Mind is My Own

My mind is my own.  I am not a number.

Over the last few days, I have been voraciously combing the internet, reading anything and everything I can find on the nominees for the Hugo awards and wrestling with my own conscience. I think I have finally come to a conclusion as to what I am going to do. I will read all the Hugo nominees as if this were… Read more »