Clive Cussler’s  novels are pure escapism – the hero is dashing, brave and resourceful, the women are always beautiful, and the world is always in danger from some madman.  I’ve always thought they would make great movies, but it’s my understanding that Cussler has refused since Hollywood botched his “Raise the Titanic” back in the … Continue reading Sahara

Mag Blast!

Our desire to annihilate each other means that we are watching less TV, at least, as far as Laura and I are concerned.  We have both become addicted to the Mag Blast space battle game by Fantasy Flight Games.  This is a card game in which you attempt to protect a Flagship while attacking your … Continue reading Mag Blast!

HHGTG, Tertiary Phase

I’m not sure how this one slipped past me.  Usually I’m on top of things like this, but my geekiness must be faltering.  The BBC has just finished broadcasting a third season of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  The new series, broadcast some 25 years after the first two, is based on Douglas Adam’s … Continue reading HHGTG, Tertiary Phase

I, Ripoff?

First Law: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Second Law: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as … Continue reading I, Ripoff?

Those Conniving Catholics

On my reading list, I’ve got several books that describe secret plots by the Catholic church to conceal some import aspect of Christian faith that doesn’t quite mesh with their objectives, whatever those might be.  The Da Vinci Code was just the latest in that list, which I’m discovering is not as short as I might … Continue reading Those Conniving Catholics

It’s been a great weekend.  It started yesterday morning with a quick round of disc golf at Holmes Park with John and Richard.  Richard actually did very well, for a three-year old.  I had my share of good and bad throws, but the highlights came on hole 1, where I nearly sunk it on the … Continue reading

Harry Potter V

I just finished the latest Harry Potter. I won’t give away any secrets, but I will say that I was a bit disappointed. Harry comes off as a brat pitching temper tantrums all the time. Rowling did develop the character of Neville Longbottom very nicely. On the whole, I didn’t think this one was as … Continue reading Harry Potter V

Galloping on My Dinosaur

I can’t believe it! Someone has created a tribute pageto Larry Thor, who recorded the children’s album “Galloping on my Dinosaur.” The album has wonderfully twisted songs, and my siblings have been fighting over who actually owns the one LP of it in our family. I’ve tried to convert it to CD, but my copy … Continue reading Galloping on My Dinosaur