Nice shooting!

A Kansas game warden recently demonstrated a unique way to separate deer. It’s not unusual for deer and other large animals to fight during the rut, as dominant males and younger contenders battle for mates and territory. Serious injuries can result, and in rare cases, the combatants’ antlers become permanently locked together. . . . From his experience as a warden, Koch knew the situation could easily come to a grim conclusion. Exhausted from the struggle, bucks with entangled antlers often die of exhaustion or are killed by coyotes. Koch said he has actually seen coyotes eat a dead buck

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A doofus, or a persevering athlete?

I’m not sure what to think about an aspiring Venezuelan skier. Adrian Solano wobbled nervously backward as he exited the starting gate at the Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships this week. He fumbled into the white powder after sliding down a small hill. And he tried awkwardly walking up an incline while others raced by him. By Thursday, sports commentators circulating videos of his comedic cross-country performance online had dubbed him the worst skier alive. . . . Solano’s saga has hit a nerve among Venezuelans and angered the country’s highest officials, who are denouncing France for deporting the

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It’s done!

I’m very happy to report that ‘Rocky Mountain Retribution’, the second volume in the Ames Archives and sequel to my first Western novel, ‘Brings The Lightning‘, has been submitted to my publishers, Castalia House, for editing.  I finished it on Sunday, as promised. I spent yesterday and early this morning doing a quick read-through and edit, to catch the most egregious problems, and writing an Author’s Note (as I did in the first volume) to explain some of the historical quirks that I mention in the text. The manuscript will now go to several alpha readers here in the USA,

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This one’s for Old NFO…

. . . who’s probably traveled more miles in aircraft, military and civilian, during his eventful life than most of us have over the same period, in cars!  He’s described some of those flights on his blog from time to time. From the ‘Pearls Before Swine’ cartoon strip last weekend (click the image for a larger view at the cartoon’s home page): Peter

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Even Superman couldn’t get this right!

To get the taste of last night’s Oscars out of our mouths, here’s another in our ongoing series of Bollywood fight scenes.  This is so over-the-top that I don’t think any of the studios who put out all those ridiculous superhero movies would dare make it! Definitely superhero material, I’d say. Peter

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Time and project management, the old-fashioned way

I grew up learning to manage my time and activities the old-fashioned way, using pen, pencil and paper.  Even Gantt charts were not widely used outside formal project management circles.  I later became a project manager in the IT industry, among other hats I wore during my commercial career, where I became familiar with specialized software to help control time and activities;  but I never found any one program or package that did everything the way I wanted.  I always had to adapt myself to the software, rather than the other way around.  Later, artificial intelligence was applied to some

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Dancing monkeys, flinging poo

The Oscars awards last night . . . oh, the Oscars.  Oh, dear. The first salvo against Donald Trump was fired only a few minutes into the Oscars — and then they just kept on coming. In what might be an unprecedented numbers of jokes, allusions, and sincere articulations inspired by a single person during an awards telecast, Hollywood’s most luminous tackled Trump and his policies during the the 89th annual Academy Awards. From host Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue, to the acceptance speeches, to those blue ribbons on tuxedo lapels, there were direct and indirect references to the 45th president

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A day off blogging

I expect to finish the draft of my second Western novel today.  It’s the sequel to ‘Brings The Lightning‘.  I’m going all-out to get it done, so that I can do a preliminary read-through on Monday and Tuesday, then get it off to the publisher for editing. That being the case, I won’t put up blog posts today, but concentrate on my book instead. I hope you’ll forgive the lack of fresh content, and amuse yourselves in the archives, or with the blogs listed in my sidebar.  They write good stuff, too! See you tomorrow. Peter

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Those were the days . . .

The Devil’s Panties cartoon strip for February 24th, 2017, made me laugh.  Click the image for a larger view at the cartoon’s home page. Yes, I remember those days . . . in fact, I still live in them.  I frequently leave my cellphone at home, or switch it to silent mode if I need to concentrate on writing.  And, yes, I get uphill from my friends on occasion when they’ve been trying to reach me, and I don’t answer:  but I refuse to be a slave to an electronic gizmo! Peter

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