Author Archives: Patrick Connors

Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death

One of the many things I admire about British television is its ability to do a little good. Case in point: the comedy versions of shows done as part of charity events. You never see these in American TV. Here’s … Continue reading

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Irene

This comment thread is open for anything you might have on Hurricane Irene. Comments with over 3 links will be held for moderation. Links: Google Crisis Response home page Google: 2011 Hurricane Maps American Red Cross Safe and Well program. … Continue reading

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Will the Vikings save us from the coming zombie apocalypse?

I like ships of all kinds – airships, steamships, cruise ships, you name it – so I read Wooden Boat magazine, among others. So it was with interest that I noticed that in the current issue – July/August 2011 – … Continue reading

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Cleaning

I’m going through and deleting dead or Horribly Mutated links. (Horribly Mutated: like the one that used to point at a science-fiction quarterly (which I support and recommend) and now points at a place that builds custom-tuned Loud Exhaust Pipes … Continue reading

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Brain Drain (or lack thereof)

I have (people tell me) a first-class mind. Which shares a skull with a world-class snot factory. Which drains into channels in that skull that drain badly. I dare say my stupidest cat, with only 47 brain cells and no … Continue reading

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Post-Vacation Round-Up

We just returned from a two-week driving vacation, in which I escaped the Day Job, which is based in the Bay Area – though we ourselves are elsewhere – by cleverly going to the Bay Area. We also visited friends … Continue reading

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Post Super-Bowl Round Up, From One Who Cares Not

Four Shillings Short was in town, as Mr Tuerff reported to us – almost too late – so we went to see them, because they are amazing musicians, and great people as well.  Afterward we retired to Seamus McCaffrey’s for … Continue reading

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Tools Never Die

Heard this story on NPR this morning: Kevin Kelly, of Cool Tools, opines that anything we ever invented is still in use somewhere on the planet.  Robert Krulwich worked pretty hard to disprove that notion, and in the end, could … Continue reading

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ML8 ML8

I know I promised a MonkeyServants cartoon on Friday. I even posted a cell-phone picture of it here. Not the same as actually scanning it, of course. I blame my sinuses. In the meantime, a Car Talk Puzzler, or would … Continue reading

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I voted for human beings

I voted for human beings. I might not agree with them all. Not all of them ran for office with completely noble motives. Every one of them will make mistakes. But they’re all human. No monsters, ogres, zombies or demons. … Continue reading

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