Monday, June 11, 2018

Summer-ish fun


The Blue Dash dragonfly above is one symbol of warm weather. Late last night, I had a few others: I played frisbee catch with a German Shepherd while fireflies drifted erratically through the humid darkness around us like yellow-green embers and distant lightning strobed the sky to the southwest. Good times!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Two movies I liked

Both seen on video recently--

The bigger-budget movie with known actors: New In Town (2009). My favorite characters were actors in supporting roles: Siobhan Fallon Hogan as warmhearted secretary Blanche Gunderson, and J.K. Simmons as factory foreman Stu Kopenhafer.

The smaller-budget movie with unknown actors: Until Forever: The Michael Boyum Story (2016). It starts slow and improves over time.

Still haven't seen, but plan to: A Quiet Place (2018)

Friend Bookworm is talking movies, also, albeit in an intelligent metaphorical sense, with a salute to Scott Adams of Dilbert fame.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pondering what faith does

Fellow weasel-watchers and I were thinking aloud about whether faith in God brings common sense. It's a good question for "Pentecost Week."

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Good thoughts on keeping your powder dry

Why committed pro-lifers are NOT "social justice warriors," and other wisdom from David Warren, who manages to be edifying while explaining why he does not blog every day.

When teachers lobby legislators...

My take on some local goings-on planned for tomorrow. Bonus points to any readers who get the two band references in that essay!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pop Culture and pathology

Earlier this month, WTKK morning radio host K.C. O'Dea and his producer, Ross Hayes, were trading on-air quips inspired by a news story about drugs found in Disney character figurines. I only heard part of their exchange, but callers to the show got in on the conversation, which continued into a segment with Bloomberg Business reporter Patrice Sikora, who has proven before that she's a good sport when talking with K.C. and Ross.

I've reconstructed what I heard from memory and contemporaneous notes.

[Caller]: I can't believe you guys went right past a discussion about which Disney characters are most likely to be meth-heads. My money's on the Seven Dwarfs. C'mon, they're there with a babe in the woods and nothing's happening? They're meth-heads!

K.C.: But one of the dwarfs is named 'Sleepy,' sir.

[Caller]: Sure, but there's Dopey, too.

K.C.: Fair point. But I'm thinking Abu is a better bet. Abu, the monkey from Aladdin. And there was one other character I was thinking of: Pete. I mean, the dude sees dragons!

Then Patrice Sikora called in for her business news segment, and K.C. brought her up to speed on the "controversy." She had an opinion:

"I'm thinking Tinkerbelle. But Captain Hook's Number Two guy, Smee? If anybody had a reason to do drugs, he did!"