The Midwest’s wildflower spring of 2019

Bloodroot By John Ruberry It's been an unusual 2019 weather-wise, here in the Chicago area and the rest of the Midwest. The coldest temperatures in over thirty years. by way of the polar vortex, struck my base in Morton Grove at the end of January. In mid-April the second heaviest snowfall ever recorded in the … Continue reading The Midwest’s wildflower spring of 2019

Non Tweets Under the Fedora a Democrat Miracle, Gov Northam (D-VA)’s new MSM allies, A woman speaks, From MSM hero to instant unpersonhood and the Nerdrotic Doctor Who Multiplier

Can the optics get worse for the party of Gov Northam (D-Va) yes they can! Former KKK leader David Duke backed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)’s antisemitic statement Sunday that the U.S. Congress supports Israel because its members had been paid to do so. He tweeted on Monday: "So, let us get this straight. It is “Anti-Semitism” to … Continue reading Non Tweets Under the Fedora a Democrat Miracle, Gov Northam (D-VA)’s new MSM allies, A woman speaks, From MSM hero to instant unpersonhood and the Nerdrotic Doctor Who Multiplier

PintasticNE 2017 Final Interviews Todd Tuckey again and more

Here are the last Pintastic 2017 Videos and interviews from the show. I talked to Jessie who was at her first Pintastic and watched her play a little Wizard of Oz I talked to Sean who was waiting to play Dialed In I played a little of the new Star Wars Pinball (only got to … Continue reading PintasticNE 2017 Final Interviews Todd Tuckey again and more

Rumors Of The Electric Guitar’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

The other day, the Washington Post postulated (pardon the redundancy) a lengthy missive dramatically titled Why My Guitar Gently Weeps: The slow, secret death of the six-string electric. And why you should care. Sales are down! Workers laid off! Stores in trouble! Only baby boomers still buy guitars! Chicken Little running around yelling "the Stratocaster … Continue reading Rumors Of The Electric Guitar’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

10 Thoughts Under My Fedora John Lewis & importance, fake news & more

Sunday morning begins with the left all a shutter over Donald Trump revealing that the absolute moral authority™ that the left conferred on him over his civil rights record 50 years ago has expired. Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart … Continue reading 10 Thoughts Under My Fedora John Lewis & importance, fake news & more

Passions, zombie habits, pro football, and 9/11

Many people are writing about the fifteenth anniversary of the Islamist terrorist attack on America. Garrett M. Graff has a compelling article at Politico, ‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’ that tells the story of that horrible day by those in the Bush White House. September 11, 2001, profoundly changed my view of the … Continue reading Passions, zombie habits, pro football, and 9/11

Pintastic NE 2016 Interviews Pt 2: the Sponsors Players & Clowns

At Pintastic NE 2016 There were some big names in Pinball one of them is Jersey Jack of Jersey Jack Pinball That's Dr. Rick Lewis of the silverball Pinball Museum with him. This is his Wizard of Oz game in play and here are the guts The Charity Project Pinball that places machines in children's … Continue reading Pintastic NE 2016 Interviews Pt 2: the Sponsors Players & Clowns

5 lessons Hillary could learn from Isabel

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz One of the benefits of being fluent in more than one language is that it allows you to watch hoity toity stuff from abroad. You know the type - soap operas wrapped around history/period pieces, like The Tudors and such, only in languages other than English. After the success of The … Continue reading 5 lessons Hillary could learn from Isabel

Perilous Fight America’s Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas 1812-1815 Amazon Vine/Lunch.com reviews

My reviews of Stephen Budiansky's soon to be released volume Perilous Fight America's Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas 1812-1815 are now available both at Lunch.com here and at Amazon.com via the Amazon vine program here. If you are looking for a book that is a play by play of the cannon balls … Continue reading Perilous Fight America’s Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas 1812-1815 Amazon Vine/Lunch.com reviews

It’s unusual for me to comment on a non-comedian’s death…

But I have to agree with hyacinth girl concerning Pete Postlethwaite: Spielberg called him the best actor in the world, a statement I cannot dismiss as hyperbolic; he was an amazing actor. He was anyone, anything, any time — for someone with such a distinctive face, he had the uncanny ability to blend into and … Continue reading It’s unusual for me to comment on a non-comedian’s death…

How do you confirm that you are still a geek?

You know it when you dream that your wife has taken you to a shop that specializes in Doctor Who stuff and in the dream the owner hands you a 14 foot Tom Baker Scarf and you wake up just as he hands it to you and am about to put it on! You would … Continue reading How do you confirm that you are still a geek?

The Advertisers of Christmas Day 6

The 6th of our Advertisers of Christmas series. Putnam Street lanes is on Putnam street Fitchburg and has been there for 120 years. For those of you who don't know how Candle Pin bowling works here is a quick peek: Then again sometimes the wood gives it back: That doesn't happen to me too often … Continue reading The Advertisers of Christmas Day 6

Hive Mind Amazon/ Lunch.com review Plus Ladd Ehlinger interview!

My reviews of the Ladd Ehlinger Jr. film Hive Mind staring Greg Trent are available at amazon.com here and at Lunch.com here. I am absolutely convinced this movie would be a cult classic if more people saw it. CPAC 2011 should consider showing it in a side room on a loop or something. If Ladd … Continue reading Hive Mind Amazon/ Lunch.com review Plus Ladd Ehlinger interview!