The “My Favorite Murder” podcast, in which the two hosts take turns telling each other a story about a true-life murder each week, was #1 on iTunes within six months of the first episode. The show soon had a dedicated Facebook fan group and Twitter following (in which I am a late-but-enthusiastic-participant.)
Workin’, workin’, bidness, bidness
It’s not as scary as it sounds.
Leftists against immigration, the fall of Universion, reuniting California, and more…
Checking in on Jim R.R. Butcher.
Ordinary Sunday Brunch is Ordinary Times cultural quick links for you enjoyment. This week; music, art, history, food, and sports with music to read, share, and discuss.
When you’re in the groove but the phone rings.
Donald Trump stayed silent for five days. Then he attacked Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser.
Animal-Based research is silent fraud, but new technology may be making this wasteful practice obsolete.
Adoption is hard enough without the political extremes of our country making it harder.
Linky Friday is Ordinary Times’ Friday tradition of bringing you various links from across the web and around the world. This week, Knowing and Not Knowing, Wondering and Wandering, with music interludes and plenty to read, share, and discuss.
I have had dental work.
Are phone makers about to force their phones onto carriers?
News from around the world.
A Review of “The Girl on the Train” (2016)
Having trouble finding the soul of your fictional society? Have you considered their fundamental rule-making process? Why not take a little time to suss the foundations of your make-believe culture by drafting their constitution? You might find that specific laws, mores, and cultural habits are easier to develop when you have a framework for decision-making and conflict resolution.
Baseball! And other sports.
There was an old Herman (by Jim Unger) cartoon that showed a mummy talking to a guy wearing stereotypical ancient Egyptian dress and the mummy was pointing, with arm outstretched, saying “none of those buildings used to be there”.
A beautiful song about (against) gentrification. And breaking up. And getting older. And memories fading.
Last week Bug developed hives all over his body. Misses school for the rest of the week. Freaked us out, because to date, he has no known allergies. Urgent care put him on Benadryl, which did nothing. Two days later, PCP puts him on Prednisone, which ended the hives, and spun him up so much we spent a day letting him run around the Arizona Science Center (nice place, BTW). Yesterday I get a call that the throat swab the PCP took came back positive for Strep (the quick test was negative), turns out the kid has Scarlet Fever, sans the fever, or the sore throat, or the vomiting…
Treatises are written on why victims don’t always come forward. And that was before they had to worry that their personal information would be spread across social media by awful people in the name of political battle. The police didn’t care when I was actually raped in 2000; what are the chances they would have cared about an attempted rape in the 1980s?
Laws against price gouging don’t help the public during major disasters. In fact, they make the situation worse.
Taking, snorting, ingesting, vaping, and so much more…
Figuring out the story you eventually want to tell.
Ordinary Sunday Brunch is Ordinary Times cultural quick links for you enjoyment. This week; music, art, history, food, architecture, and religion, with music to read, share, and discuss.
Spider-Man. The pre-review.
(If you want to avoid spoilers entirely, just get it. It’s worth getting.)
A few words from a momentarily homeless editor emeritus.
On becoming good citizens.
A fraught attempt to transduce an eighth century Chinese poem into passable English.
Linky Friday is Ordinary Times’ Friday tradition of bringing you various links from across the web and around the world. This week, a special Hurricane Florence edition with music interludes and plenty to read, share, and discuss.
Some weeks you wake up on Friday and yell “wait! I’m not ready!”
Some weeks you wake up on Tuesday and ask “wait, is it Friday yet?”
Hurricane Florence is an unfolding storm slamming into the North Carolina coast. This thread will allow for ongoing updates about the storm.
I drove a few hundred miles to trade my two youngest children for a generator, gasoline, and 3 Walmart bag of batteries and various illumination devices. Though it might sound like the plot to the next Mad Max movie, I deemed it a responsible parenting decision.
Should I buy a car from Larry’s Automobiles, a dealer known colloquially as Larry’s Lemons?
Live life in a tech world.
Many Americans consider it boorish to bring up politics or religion outside of sanctioned times and places. One simply does not talk politics at the dinner table. It won’t do.
But the gaming table is not the dinner table. Ideally, you play games with friends. Or if your close friends don’t share your hobbies, then at least your regular group is acquainted well enough that political differences of opinion are unimportant enough to keep you from playing together. Or if that isn’t the case, then at the very least you all retain enough courtesy to stow your partisan inclinations while the game is underway.
If the left see Avenatti busy about the work of the resistance while elected officials only talk about it, with little to show for it, the opening for an outsider might be an Avenatti-sized hole in 2020.