This one’s for Phlegmmy

The lovely Phlegmmy is quite the connoisseur of ladies’ shoes.  When I saw this image over at Wirecutter’s place, I couldn’t resist borrowing it to show her here. Louboutins they ain’t;  Fluevogs they’re definitely not;  but they have a certain je ne sais quoi, wouldn’t you say?  Note the nail claw polish matching the shoe leather.  I do appreciate the extra effort.  Not paltry poultry, those . . . Peter EDITED TO ADD: Reader L. L. just e-mailed me, saying “Hey! Cluck-me shoes!” Grrroooooaaaannn . . .

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“The warrior’s tale”

Daniel Greenberg reminds us of the reality underlying Memorial Day. The warrior’s tale tells each generation that they stand on the wall against a hostile world. And that the wall is made not of stones, but of their virtues. Their courage, their integrity and their craft.  Theirs is the wall and they are the wall– and if they should fail, then it will fail. And the land and the people will be swept away. What happens to a people who forget the warrior’s tale and stop telling it around their campfires? Worse , what of a people who are taught

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Preparing for publication

Over at Mad Genius Club, I wrote this morning about two programs that prepare your word-processed manuscript for e-book and/or print publication.  I review them both in not too much detail, and provide screen-shots of what their output looks like. If you’ve ever wondered how many writers (including yours truly) prepare their books for publication, the article will give you a pretty good idea of how it’s done. Peter

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Colleges, universities, and globular worming

Aaron Clarey brings his customary wit and sharpness to bear on colleges and universities, and their contribution to (alleged) global warming. The internet has made colleges obsolete. Of course, colleges don’t know that yet.  They and their administrative bloat staff need physical college campuses to continue on otherwise they would have to get real jobs in the real world. . . . Nearly every participant in today’s physical colleges – professors, administrators and the students themselves – have a financial and/or psychological interest in keeping this obsolete horse-and-buggy industry around inspite of the “car of the internet” being developed 20

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Road trip

Miss D. and I will be making a quick road trip today, so blogging will be sparse.  It’s kinda hard to juggle the steering wheel and a smartphone when writing blog posts – or, as a passenger, writing posts while using the phone’s navigation function! Please enjoy the bloggers listed in the sidebar.  They write good stuff too!  I may put up an article later this afternoon or this evening, if we get back in time.  Otherwise, blogging will resume tomorrow. Peter

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“The racial dot map”

Courtesy of a link at Mr. B’s place, I came across something called ‘The Racial Dot Map‘, from the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia.  Here’s a scaled-down representation (clickit to biggit).  I recommend consulting the original, scalable version to see specific areas in more detail. It’s very interesting to look at that map, and then compare it to this one, showing the results of the 2016 Presidential election by county. As Mr. B reminds us, ‘correlation does not imply causation‘ . . . but there’s an awful lot of food for thought in the visible correlation between

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Collective noun of the day

From The Gunslinger, who provides attribution: A group of three or more Prius vehicles is a “Smug” of Prii.  “I’m betting they show up in a Smug of Prii.” Perfect! (For the benefit of overseas readers who may not understand: to drive the electric-hybrid Prius is renowned notorious as an ostentatious nose-in-air “statement” by eco-Nazis that they’re doing their best to protect the environment, while the rest of us plebs in our gas-guzzlers are not.) Peter

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It’s great to have friends like this!

My friend, armorer, fellow author and blogger Michael Z. Williamson, known in various and sundry circles as “Mad Mike”, “Crazy Einar” (see the T-shirt!) and other appellations, has written two OUTSTANDING blog posts that I think deserve the widest possible circulation. The first is a succinct takedown of gun control dweebs. Gun control’s only philosophical argument is waving the bloody shirt. There are literally zero facts to support the claims, when any objective study is done. In fact, four of the most widely cited sources against gun control all started out in support, and changed their minds based on facts.

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