Ernie K. Doe has his heart set on "A Certain Girl"

What her name is, however, he can not tell you. Read the rest

Automotive tires sent down a ski jump

Incredibly satisfying to watch. Read the rest

A snuggle with Tribbles

I've always wanted a few tribbles around the house.

First introduced in David Gerrold's episode The Trouble with Tribbles, the Tribble a super cuddly invasive species! Spock said they have no purpose but to eat and to reproduce, but that's because a Vulcan doesn't love snuggles!

I have one of my own, so this guy'll go on the shelf next to my phaser.

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The Journey/Wilson Phillips mashup you've been waiting for

A friend sent me this gem, as vengence for some other Wilson Phillips related post. Read the rest

Beaver leads a cow parade

I guess there is a leadership deficit in Cowtown.

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Trump exposes National Parks to oil company drilling

A recently signed executive order by our glorious Orange Julius has directed the Secretary of the Interior to reconsider rules limiting energy production in our National Parks.

Mother Jones:

In late March, President Trump signed his 19th executive order, titled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth," which in addition to rolling back a number of Obama-era climate polices may also make it easier for energy companies to drill in America's national parks.

Buried in the 2,300-word executive order is a sentence directing the Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, to review the rules which regulate oil and gas drilling in national parks and to repeal, suspend, or rescind them if they are found inconsistent with the president's energy goals.

The move has environmentalists in an uproar. "These are not burdensome regulations by any means," said Nicholas Lund, Senior Manager for the National Park Conservation Association. "They require really just a reasonable amount of work on the part of the operator to protect the park."

"We're really surprised and disappointed to see the administration come after national parks this way," Lund said. "With all that's going on in the world, drilling in our national parks should just not be a priority."

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Ireland and England’s ‘best’ teas, reviewed by an American

Barry's is Ireland's finest cheap black tea in a bag. Folks seems awful fond of PG Tips and someone brought me a box. Read the rest

You have to send away for the bugs

When will I learn? After not having the butterfly larvae on hand last time, my daughter thinks I should have pre-ordered the lady bugs. Read the rest

Add an accordion and suddenly Trump is fun to watch

I haven't enjoyed him like this since, well never.

(Thanks, Jane!) Read the rest

'Battle Beyond the Stars,' full version on YouTube

One of the movies that got me addicted to science fiction, Roger Corman's Battle Beyond the Stars is available on YouTube.

So many wonderful performances! Truly a classic scifi theme as well. Read the rest

The Disneyland Encyclopedia covers pretty much everything

I read pretty much every Disneyland history and fact book I find. Chris Strodder's The Disneyland Encyclopedia: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Major Event in the Original Magic Kingdom lives up to its massive title.

A simple alphabetical listing of just about every First through Fifth order-of-interest item in the park. Everything from the amazing history of the Golden Horseshoe Review to fun facts about a tobacco shop that disappeared 27 years ago lies between the covers of this book. These are truly encyclopedia style entries and are chock full of facts with less emphasis on story telling. I think it'd be a great book to have at the park.

I did a cover-to-cover read through of this at home. I'd prefer to have it electronically on my phone via Kindle to look at while in the park. Go e-version if you can.

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Slightly bigger LEGO Death Star

Clocking in around 200 pieces bigger than the retired 2008 LEGO Death Star, this 2016 model looks like one heck of a project. Read the rest

My favorite version of 'Wade in the Water'

There have been dozens and dozens of versions of the spiritual Wade in the Water.

This version, recorded in 1965 by the Ramsey Lewis Trio, is my favorite. Read the rest

Impersonations à la Sammy Davis Jr

Sammy Davis Jr. does a fantastic job impersonating some of his favorite performers, and some of his friends.

Always a treat to watch, Sammy is one of the best. Read the rest

I like Erin and her Cello

I enjoy her whimsical, upbeat sweetness. I've been listening to this song a lot this week. Read the rest

DHS will protect Americans from foreign marijuana

In an abrupt aboutface the Department of Homeland Security, which is not the Drug Enforcement Agency, has made some interesting statements about the evils of marijuana.

Sounds more like a customs and import tariff problem than immigration law enforcement.

Via Talking Points Memo:

In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd Sunday, DHS Secretary John Kelly said that marijuana was “not a factor” in the drug war (methamphetamines, cocaine and heroin were, he said). He seemed to change his tone Tuesday in a speech at George Washington University, according to a copy of prepared remarks provided by DHS.

“And let me be clear about marijuana. It is a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs,” Kelly said, adding: “Its use and possession is against federal law and until the law is changed by the U.S. Congress we in DHS are sworn to uphold all the laws on the books.”

“DHS personnel will continue to investigate marijuana’s illegal pathways along the network into the U.S., its distribution within the homeland, and will arrest those involved in the drug trade according to federal law,” he continued. “CBP will continue to search for marijuana at sea, air and land ports of entry and when found take similar appropriate action.”

And marijuana possession, distribution and convictions thereof, Kelly said, would be considered “essential elements” for ICE “as they build their deportation / removal apprehension packages for targeted operations against illegal aliens. They have done this in the past, are doing it today, and will do it in the future.”

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The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is almost here!

Visit the LA Times Festival of Books, this April 22nd and 23rd on the USC campus! Read the rest

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