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.
No easy solutions.
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.
In celebration of a cartooning pioneer.
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.
In the aftermath of his attempt to rehabilitate Jian Ghomeshi, Ian Buruma is out as the editor of the New York Review Of Books. He will not be missed.
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?
Accusations sometimes exist, persist, or are dismissed due to the ambiguity of what we don’t know. In the future, we’ll know more of it.
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.