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More boot weather

I rarely travel with cowboy boots as they’re a pain to take off at security and too large to fit into a small carry-on bag. So I wear them when I can, which is today. Here’s a pair of back cut American alligator boots (with calf shafts) by Lucchese. Note the alligator inlay on the […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Tuesday, October 17, 2017, and promises to be a coolish but sunny day in Chicago. I am heading for Cambridge, Massachusetts tomorrow for a week, so posting will probably be light in the interim. I do my best. It’s National Pasta Day, and there’s also a special Google Doodle today, celebrating the Mexican-American singer […]

The smallest man in the world and his cat

As I noted this morning, it’s Global Cat Day, and here’s my contribution. I’m not sure if this was verified (Guinness World Records) didn’t exist in that time, but in the late forties and mid-fifties, Henry Behrens (born about 1895) was touted as the world’s smallest man. A midget, he was 30 inches (0.81 meters) […]

A grand cosmological event: the collision of two neutron stars pumps up the physics community

Well, this astronomy/physics news is just in, and of course it’s above my pay grade, but at least I can refer you to articles in both the New York Times and CNN about a new discovery: the collision of two neutron stars, emitting both electromagnetic and gravity waves. The collision was detected in August, but […]

Kirkus retracts a starred review because of ideological impurity detected in a young adult book (long before it’s published)

Kirkus, along with Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, are the three “biggie” pre-publication sites that can help make or break a book, for they issue reviews before a book is published, and orders for books are placed based on those reviews. Starred reviews (only one star is ever given) are particularly prized, as those are the […]

An apologist says that Islam is the best way to prevent sexual abuse

In the panoply of “this must be a joke but isn’t” articles, here’s one from the new Independent (click on screenshot to go there). The author, Qasim Rashid, is identified as “an attorney, author, and national spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.” I was of course startled to read this, as the tenets of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have photos from the young Jamie Blilie, who’s just 13: our youngest contributor.  The captions are indented:   A black phase Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), northeastern Wisconsin. Eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis): House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) in full song. A Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), also in full song.  I’d only heard them give […]

Boots and ducks

It’s finally boot weather, so I broke out one of my fanciest pairs: hand-tooled cowhide made by Falconhead of El Paso. Had I not found these on eBay, I couldn’t have afforded them: (I probably posted these before): And the faux Honey and her boyfriend disappeared from the pond during our big thunderstorm. Before they […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on October 16, 2017 from a slowly clearing Chicago: our two days of gloom and rain have stopped, and it will be sunny but cool today (high of 61° F or 16° C). I have to fast today, so I get only one large latte (with Splenda) as my “food” intake. It’s National […]

Another animal crime: dog attacks beer-drinking, bowtie-wearing duck in a pub

This just in from reader Krod, and the story, from The Poke, seems to be real (also verified in The Somerset News). You couldn’t make this headline up: A duck known for drinking beer from a glass and wearing a bow tie got into a fight with a dog in a pub in Devon, reports […]