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.

The Disneyland Encyclopedia: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Major Event in the Original Magic Kingdom via Amazon Read the rest

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

A bowtie sure makes my cat look suave

A break-away bowtie cat collar will add even more saunter to your cat.

My daughter decided that our cat Heart needed a bowtie collar. He looks pretty slick.

There are an assortment here, via Amazon. Make sure you find a break-away collar, so your cat doesn't get stuck on something, fatally. Read the rest

DeVos' Civil Rights Office appointee opposes civil rights

Candice Jackson, Betsy DeVos' appointee to help lead the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, opposes affirmative action and claims to herself have been victimized by 'anti-white discrimination.'

TPM has the story:

Candice Jackson was tapped to serve as the deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Civil Rights, a position that does not require Senate confirmation. But she will serve as the interim head of the office until the assistant secretary has been named. At the office, Jackson will be charged with helping protect students from discrimination.

She once recounted her experience in a class at Stanford University in the 1990s, where she was an undergraduate student, in a piece for the Stanford Review. She complained that she was unable to join a section of a math class that offered minority students additional help with tough problems, according to ProPublica.

“I am especially disappointed that the University encourages these and other discriminatory programs,” Jackson wrote, per ProPublica. “We need to allow each person to define his or her own achievements instead of assuming competence or incompetence based on race.”

Jackson also wrote an op-ed when she was an undergraduate that opposed affirmative action, arguing that it “promotes racial discrimination,” according to the report.

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Otis Redding performs 'Satisfaction' live, 1967

Maybe not Otis' best rendition of the song, but a very fun performance to watch. Read the rest

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, a graphic diary

Emil Ferris' My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the diary of a 10-year-old's investigation into the monster-filled murder of her upstairs neighbor. Read the rest

Congressperson admits he only works for himself

Oklahoma GOP congressperson Markwayne Mullin demonstrated that he has absolutely no clue how our government works. In belligerent statements, where he swore at his constituents, Mullin claims that having once paid taxes he is somehow exempt from having to represent the people in his district.

Via TPM:

“You said you pay for me to do this,” he said in one recorded exchange, posted online Monday. “Bull crap, I paid for myself. I paid enough taxes before I ever got here and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to do it. I do it as an honor and a service.”

“I’m just saying, this is a service for me, not a career, and I thank God this isn’t how I make a living,” he added upon protest from attendees.

Mullin's folks also used complete weasel words, claiming he isn't a politician but a legislator. This imaginary altruistic difference somehow supports his prior claim of not working for tax payers and only working for himself.

“The congressman reiterates in the video that his work as the representative of the Second District of Oklahoma is a service,” she continued. “His aspiration is to be a career legislator and not a career politician. He is not, nor does he ever aspire to be, a career politician. His priority will always be to serve his constituents to the best of his ability.”

Career narcissist. Read the rest

A simple, near perfect tv theme song

You'll laugh so hard, your sides will ache...

Your heart will go pitter-pat!

Watching Felix!

The wonderful cat!

It is fun just to type that out. Read the rest

I wonder if my house sitter found the 'Snakes in a Can' yet

Whenever I leave town I put the can on my kitchen counter.

Loftus Three Snakes in a Can - King Deluxe Mixed Nuts Prank via Amazon Read the rest

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