Category Archive: Cool Stuff

Jan 05 2014

Because. Just Because.

The American Dialect Society, which does this sort of thing, has voted that the 2013 Word of the Year is “Because”. Because reasons: Presiding at the Jan. 3 voting session were ADS Executive Secretary Allan Metcalf of MacMurray College, and Ben Zimmer, chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society and executive …

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Jan 04 2014

Planting A Seed…

So I sold only a handful of (War Against) Christmas books (e-version here)–not terribly surprising, since it was a last-minute idea that came to fruition right at the time I had the least possible free time to promote it. The only bad thing about it is that with fewer units sold, there was relatively little …

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Oct 17 2013

Adopt A Shelter Pet

Just saw this referenced on Letterman: The cuttledogs are shelter/rescue dogs; I agree with Paul Shaffer and his daughter–why would you want anything else? October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

Oct 10 2013

Two-Year-Old Boy Carries Unborn Twin

It’s rare, of course, but not unheard of. This recent case from China: …reminds me of the last time I visited this subject, thanks to Shelley at Retrospectacle (now defunct), when the muse was a… unique… knitting project. “Teratoma”, or “Knit me a Sister”. “I have an invisible friend”, I said, “But she doesn’t hide …

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Sep 03 2013

Waiter! This Coffee Doesn’t Taste Like Shit!

I grind my coffee fresh each day, A hearty, fragrant scoop With hints of citric acid, and A note of civet poop But with the market full of fakes I might just have to quit… I mean, who wants a cup of joe That doesn’t taste like shit? Via NPR, the latest on Civet Cat …

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Aug 26 2013

National Dog Day

So, yeah, I only found out a bit ago from Mano that it is National Dog Day* here. Knowing that I have written quite a lot about dogs, I thought I’d do the lazy thing and see what sort of dog verse (doggerel?) I could dig up. I’ve written quite a few doggy things, from …

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Aug 21 2013

This Time, The Apocalypse Is For The Birds

Predictions of apocalypse Are found in some religions This week, for something different, it’s The end of days… of pigeons In Moscow, birds are dying— Ah, but that is not the worst— The pigeons don’t just die; they’ve been Becoming zombies first! They fall to earth as if possessed, Their muscles strangely weak They’re listless, …

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Aug 20 2013

The Other Kind Of Blue Moon

So… I learned something new today. I had known for some time of the “second full moon in the same month” definition, but it turns out that is the second definition. Before it (and still, but less well known perhaps thanks to Nanci Griffith and Patrick Alger), it turns out that a Blue Moon is …

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May 16 2013

“Foggy Bottom” Ink Review

Foggy Bottom

I purchased this ink, To be honest, I think For the picture adorning the bottle. It’s a cuttle with quill, And it gave me a thrill In a way that–in truth–not a lot’ll. With the ink smoothly flowing My pleasure is showing (I’ve never been one to be subtle) To conclude my review It’s a …

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May 04 2013

Wait… Shoes Don’t Have To Hurt?

I love my shoes. I love my shoes! My feet no longer sing the blues I’ve tried them all—I’ve paid my dues And now—at last—I love my shoes! I’ve tried the best of hiking boots On crowded streets and private routes (I’ve even worn them with my suits) My feet don’t care for hiking boots …

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