Sunday, October 02, 2016

The end?

I have decided to, in political campaign-speak, "suspend" this blog.

It has been years since I regularly actually wrote blog posts--almost all I've been doing is posting links to news articles, with the occasional cartoon (created by others), or photo thrown in. Even my Semi-random thought posts have petered out. My average daily readership has dropped to a single digit, and even the minimal amount of work I've been putting in just doesn't seem to be worth it.

So, after 11+ years, 4,003 posts and 145,515 visitors, I am quitting. Since I don't like to say never, I'm not saying I will never start this up again--as I've gotten older there have been changes in my life, and there will certainly be more in the future. Maybe I will start to enjoy writing again. But for the foreseeable future, I doubt it.

I am going to leave the blog up, if for no other reason than I like to use my blogroll to see what has been updated recently.

One more thing: I have a Plat du jour scheduled for election day. So maybe that will actually be the end.

Recent news round-up

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Living with moose XX


Massachusetts:
Moose seen wandering through Chicopee neighborhoodA loose moose in Leominster

AlaskaOur neighbor, the moose

Friday, September 30, 2016

Recent news round-up, Part 2

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Living with coyotes XXXVIII

Rhode IslandNeighborhood coyote won't be euthanized after public outcry

Monday, September 19, 2016

Semi-random thoughts

  • There should be background checks for people who want to buy pressure cookers.
  • I got a new computer monitor, because my old one died after about 11 years. HP uses HDMI connectors for digital input. HP includes a nice HDMI to HDMI cable with the monitor. But my two year old computer doesn't have an HDMI output--it only has a DVI digital output. Guess who made my computer.
  • I hate it when I update an app on my phone and it wipes out my settings.

Recent news round-up, Part 2

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Animal headline of the day

Wandering cow taken for ride in New Zealand police car

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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Animal headline of the day

Catfish falls out of the sky, slaps woman in the face

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

My 22nd Walmart warning

2 injured, 1 suspect killed outside Kansas Wal-Mart Walmarts are dangerous. Stay away.

Today's news round-up

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Plat du jour


If they went to Connecticut why do they still have Virginia plates?

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Recent news round-up, Part 2

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Plat du jour--it's ba-a-ak

I have replaced my phone with the broken camera.

I didn't realize Norse gods drove cars.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Animal headline of the day

With help from goat, wily Clydesdale goes on lam for 5 days

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Animal headline of the day

Russian cat adopts abandoned baby squirrel monkey from zoo

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Naked Trump: Sam Biederman for the win

Source
"NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small," parks spokesman Sam Biederman said.

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Friday, August 05, 2016

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Attention dog owners!


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Micro movie review

Café Society: A typical Woody Allen movie, but nothing much really new. Kristen Stewart was excellent. If you like Woody Allen movies, you'll be happy with this one.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

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  • Turkey's Erdogan dropping lawsuits for insults against him I'm guessing most of the people he's suing have already been dismissed from their jobs. They wouldn't have any money to pay him even if he won. "Insulting" a politician should not be illegal. But as I keep saying, Turkey is not a democracy.

Animal headline of the day

New York horse poop fire sparked by hot, dry weather

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Animal headline of the day

Monkeys destroy voter lists at Thai polling place

Monday, July 25, 2016

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Animal headline of the day

Police reunite traveler with lost turtle at NYC bus station

Friday, July 22, 2016

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Animal headline of the day

Sandwich-hauling squirrel steals spotlight from one-legged seagull

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Animal headline of the day

Moo-ving out: Sensor sends text alerts from cows in labor

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Happy Bastille Day!



It's Bastille Day, which marks the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789--their 4th of July.

And happy anniversary to Helen and Rachel, and happy birthday to Johanna!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cartoon of the day

Genetic Testing










From xkcd

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Today's news round-up

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Animal headline of the day

US government plans to use drones to fire vaccine-laced M&Ms near endangered ferrets

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Saturday, July 09, 2016

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Friday, July 08, 2016

Micro movie reviews

Free State of Jones: The story of Newton Knight, a poor, white Mississippi farmer who led a rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. I'm not at all sure how close the film was to history, but the story it told was interesting and very well-made.

Love & Friendship: An adaptation Jane Austen's youthful, though posthumously published, novella Lady Susan. A cute, if a bit confusing, plot, but with some very amusing characters. Not bad.