Friday, March 27, 2015

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Kingston police say woman shattered door at bar, punched officer  

Includes impressive mug shot.

Life Imitates a Lansdale Story

San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy ring accused of pit-fighting inmates  

Hat tip to Lawrence Person.

110 Years Ago, Fingerprints Pointed to Murder in London

110 Years Ago, Fingerprints Pointed to Murder in London 

Gator Update (Crunchy Lunch Edition)

Giant alligator Goliath spotted eating giant turtle on Florida's Myakka Pines Golf Course

What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like

What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like

Song of the Day

The Accents Wiggle, wiggle - YouTube:

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

5 of the Best Wild West Series on TV 

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Sally Forrest, R. I. P.

Daily Mail Online: Sally Forrest, an actress-dancer who graced the silver screen throughout the '40s and '50s in MGM musicals and films such as the 1956 noir While the City Sleeps died on March 15 at her home in Beverly Hills, California.

15 Mysterious Tidbits About Yetis

15 Mysterious Tidbits About Yetis 

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Edmund Cooper, Tomorrow Came, Panther, 1963

A Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Kevin's Corner: FFB Review: "Murder In Four Parts: A Dan Rhodes Mystery" by Bill Crider

10 Of The Most Badass Frontierswomen In American History

10 Of The Most Badass Frontierswomen In American History

Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming

The Art of “Creative Sleep”: Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming 

Richard III Update

The Very Strange And Very English Re-Burial Of Richard III

Harlan Coben Speaks

Harlan Coben: 'Every successful author still has to treat it as a job' 

FFB: The Year's Best Science Fiction Fifth Annual Collection -- Gardner Dozois, Editor

The Dozois anthologies are massive, probably 200,000 to 250,000 words, and I pick them up when I see them at Half-Price Books for a buck or two.  I figure I'm sure to find something worthwhile in that many words.  This doorstop contains stories from 1987, and here's what I've read so far:

"Perpetuity Blues" by Neal Barrett, Jr., is one of two Barrett stories in the volume.  Like a lot of his work, it's hard to describe.  It involves  time travel, family, and a young woman who wants to write plays.  It's also hilarious.

"Diner" is the other Barrett story.  Not as funny, but it has its moments.  Set in Galveston after the U.S. has lost a war to China.  Things are not going well for the survivors under the new rulers.  

"Buffalo Gals Won't You Come Out Tonight" by Ursula K. LeGuin was also in another FFB I mentioned recently.  A well-known story (Hugo and World Fantasy Award winner)  about a girl who winds up among talking animals, including Coyote, and is surrounded by earth magic but who eventually returns to civilization.  (Does growing up mean you can't see the magic anymore?)

"The Pardoner's Tale" by Robert Silverberg is old-fashioned SF in the best sense of the word.  The earth has been invaded and humans are enslaved.  A few hackers can take advantage of the system and remain free.  They can also "pardon" others.  Getting caught means big trouble, however.

"Night of the Cooters" by Howard Waldrop is another well-known story.  It's about what happens to some of H. G. Wells' Martian invaders who get lost and land in West Texas.  You think the Martians stand a chance?  No way.

"The Faithful Companion at Forty" by Karen Joy Fowler is funny story about a certain faithful companion and the masked man he worked with.

"For Thus Do I Remember Carthage" by Michael Bishop is set in an alternative world where St. Augustine's long-lost son returns to him from China and tells him of all kinds of magic and wonders, many of which are modern inventions that didn't exist in our world at that time.  The dying Augustine doesn't like these ideas or wish to accept them.  I'm not sure I got the point of this story.

"Dinosaurs" by Walter Jon Williams is set six million years in the future.  Humanity has evolved into a kind of creature that's very different physically from us.  It's also pretty much conquered the universe.  A human diplomat is trying to explain that resistance is futile to a race of dog-like creatures.  The satire is hard to miss, but most of it is amusing.

There are plenty of other stories here, and maybe I'll get around to some of them eventually.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

John Renbourn, R. I. P.

Billboard: British folk guitarist John Renbourn, a founding member of Pentangle whose solo career stretched for more than 50 years, was found dead at his home in Hawick, Scotland, on March 25. He was 70.

Dave White Interview

3.26.15 - 7 Minutes With... Dave White

A Classic Rerun

Ed Gorman's blog: Gold Medal Corner -- John McPartland by Bill Crider

Interview with J.D. Rhoades

Interview with J.D. Rhoades 

Strand Critics Award Nominees Are Announced...

Strand Critics Award Nominees Are Announced...

At Least They Weren't Using our Tax Dollars

DEA agents threw wild sex parties — which were funded by drug cartels

What’s it like to be one of the Jeopardy! clue writers?

What’s it like to be one of the Jeopardy! clue writers?

2015 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

Rolling Stone: Harmony was a key element of the 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame induction press conference Wednesday morning. Special guests and invited media were on hand when emcee and fellow Hall of Fame member Brenda Lee announced gospel, country and pop crossover quartet the Oak Ridge Boys, family act Jim Ed Brown and the Browns, and innovative guitarist Grady Martin as the newest members of the Hall of Fame.

Song of the Day

The Three Bells (Little Jimmy Brown) - The Browns - YouTube:

10 Murder Mysteries That Made History

10 Murder Mysteries That Made History 

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Artisanal Rebranding Of Junk Food

Artisanal Rebranding Of Junk Food

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Robert Silverberg, Shadrach in the Furnace, Coronet, 1979

The (Urban) Legend of Ernest Hemingway’s Six-Word Story

The (Urban) Legend of Ernest Hemingway’s Six-Word Story: "For sale, Baby shoes, Never worn.”

Criminal Genius of the Day

Maine police track suspect through social media messages: While they were searching with permission of the resident, they were tipped off that Wallace had posted a new Snapchat message saying police were in the house looking for him and he was hiding in a cabinet. He was found in the cabinet.

He's the lead story here, too, but there are other stories of a similar nature to enjoy.

Milwaukee Leads the Way

Milwaukee Brewers to offer deep-fried nachos on a stick 

Nothing Creepy about This at All

Dying Falmouth man to install webcam in coffin to let family watch body decompose online.

Two Great Books by Poul Anderson: The High Crusade and The Golden Slave

Two Great Books by Poul Anderson: The High Crusade and The Golden Slave

Forgotten Music

Bubble Gum Rockers Sticking To Maligned Genre Even After 45 Years

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Artists Added to National Recording Registry

The Doors, Ben E. King, Righteous Brothers & More Added to National Recording Registry: Classic recordings by The Doors, Ben E. King, The Righteous Brothers, Sly and the Family Stone and Joan Baez are among the latest additions to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

Alvin, Texas, Inexplicably not Included

Best Destinations in the World

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Annoying slideshow alert.

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Boing Boing: The Grand Rapids, Michigan jury deciding her case took just one hour to conclude that Torres was guilty of charges resulting from her shooting into a McDonald's after employees there failed--two times--to put bacon on her burger as requested.

Kasey Lansdale Interview (in Italian!)

Kasey Landsdale - Cold in July #TFF32 - Fred Italian Channel

Flannery O’Connor Quotes for Her 90th Birthday

Flannery O’Connor Quotes for Her 90th Birthday

Free for Kindle (and all other eBook formats) for the Foreseeable Future

Buck Fever (Blanco County Mysteries Book 1) - Kindle edition by Ben Rehder. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.: Description: It's the week before deer hunting season, as close to a statewide holiday as you get in Texas, and the locals are getting restless. Game Warden John Marlin has his hands full with poaching complaints coming in faster than he can write out-of-season tickets. Then a call of a different sort comes in. A man dressed up in some sort of deer costume has been shot at the Circle S ranch, and witnesses are reporting a massive wild-eyed buck prancing about the pasture in a lovesick frenzy. Marlin's seen a lot in his years, but this is wilder than he could have imagined: the man in the deer suit is a good friend, and the whacked-out whitetail isn't exactly a stranger either. It's the beginning of a mad, frantic weekend in Blanco County, one that will see a few more men shot, an invasion by Colombians with more than hunting on their minds, and damn near the end of Marlin's life. Ben Rehder serves it all up with a huge helping of humor in this debut comic mystery that will firmly establish him as the funniest crime writer in Texas.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Texas city to go 100% solar, wind – because it's cheaper, more reliable

Song of the Day

John Mellencamp - Jack & Diane - YouTube:

20 Embarrassing Roles of Famous Actors

20 Embarrassing Roles of Famous Actors 

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“Roads and Wilderness: Two Novels by James M. Cain”

“Roads and Wilderness: Two Novels by James M. Cain” (by Zoë Z. Dean) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN

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James Baggaley, Shadow of the Eagle, Panther, 1959

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The most beautiful cars on sale today 

10 Intense Old Hollywood Rivalries

10 Intense Old Hollywood Rivalries 

The Strange Saga of the Stolen Yeti Hand

The Strange Saga of the Stolen Yeti Hand 

Isaac Asimov’s The Caves of Steel

Asimov’s The Caves of Steel

In Honor of Jerry House's "Bad Joke Wednesday"

Groaners 

Vintage Treasures: Science Fiction: The Great Years edited by Carol & Frederik Pohl

Vintage Treasures: Science Fiction: The Great Years edited by Carol & Frederik Pohl