Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays as a kid and in my heart of hearts I haven’t really progressed far from that. I guess I’m not a progressive. So here is the advantage to being in business for more than a year. The calendar allows you to recycle stuff you did last year. I did movie reviews of the Universal Classic Monster Movies and a few other related films last year and I’ll recycle them around for the Halloween season. And I’ll add some additional films to avoid the label of laziness. I’ll also try to find some other Halloween content. I guess Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is sort of the quintessential American story for this time of year. But there are all kinds of other stuff out there from Poe to (yikes) Lovecraft to even that lefty doofus Stephen King. So stay tuned and I’ll start cycling those in.
Looking ahead, I will be reviewing a few science fiction and fantasy books. I’m currently reading the pre-release copy of Hans G. Schantz’s third volume in his “Hidden Truth” series. It’s called “The Brave and the Bold.” It’s a combination of a techno-thriller and a parallel history story. I’m only about halfway through but there are all kinds of nice touches. And the technical stuff is 100% legit. And there are a couple of other books in the hopper. Larry Correia edited a collection of short stories by famous (and not so famous) fantasy writers writing in his Monster Hunter universe called “The Monster Hunter Files.” Then there’s the next volume in the Galaxy’s Edge series called “Message for the Dead.” So, it’s a busy reading month ahead. I have some movie reviews coming up and I want to go through some of my older photo collections for fresh content for the photo of the day. And I’ve got to keep up with my Trump vs … series. President Trump is sure to get involved in political mayhem sometime soon and he’s sure to bring along his long-suffering buddy Mike Pence and fixer Mad Dog Mattis for clean up. And of course the daily drum beat of SCOTUS confirmation lunacy and mid-term skullduggery along with the baleful shadow of Mueller will provide me with plenty of fresh fodder for my political blather.
So, for the regular readers I’ll explain why some of the features like the photos and the quotes were a little bit different this week. I’m running some intensive advertising this week and last, so I wanted to provide enough content for the new readers to get the idea, right away, what I do here.
For the new readers from Drudge, News Busters, CNS News, Rasmussen, The Political Insider, MRC TV, TMN Today, Trend Chase, Wayne Dupree and anyone else I missed, welcome. I run a site that features my take on social and political happenings from a right-wing perspective (my location on the political spectrum is probably best described here). I also write on photography and science fiction and do reviews of various books, country music, movies and anything else that interests me. And I put up my humble work as an amateur photographer. I encourage comments and also provide forums for those who wan to discuss any of the relevant topics. I allow folks to speak their opinions as long as it’s kept reasonable. I have readers from pretty far across the political spectrum and don’t have a problem with that. In fact, I think that can be a plus as long as the discussion can be kept reasonably respectful.
Anyway, welcome and I hope you can find something interesting to read and maybe discuss.
post script – Oh, I forgot, I also do outlandish Trump humor where I fondly portray him as a cartoonish version of himself. Very juvenile of me but I must have my fun.
Today and tomorrow I’ll be attending an out of town occasion. Posting will be limited. Looking ahead I’m reading Salena Zito’s “The Great Revolt, Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics,” and I’m working on some other reviews, including some sci-fi and movie stuff. And of course, we must see how Trump will reshape America’s love life in part three of my little comic sketch. Stay tuned.
So, last night I decided to post a story fragment I’ve been futzing around with for some time. It was late and I didn’t check after the fact that the spacing maintained after copying it onto the website. This afternoon when I had a chance to look at it, I saw it was a mess so I straightened it out. My apologies to anyone who opened it up. The draft is still pretty rough and I figure it’s only about 10% of the story but I really kinda like this one and I figured it was reasonable to let people see what I like to write.
My idea is to keep adding sections to it until it’s finished. And then garner opinions on its quality. I harbor secret yearnings to write deathless prose or possibly very long-lived prose. But there it is. My secret vice.
Old people and literary types will have heard of Thomas Mann. He was a German author born in 1875. He won the Nobel Prize in literature in the 1920s and he belonged to the Modernist school. Back in the 1970s if you had a high school English teacher who was especially perverse he would assign a book of Mann’s called “Death in Venice and Other Stories.” Now the title story “Death in Venice,” is vile. It’s the story of an old German writer who has a premonition of death and goes to Venice to feel young again. He has an infatuation verging on pedophilia for an adolescent boy that mercifully goes unfulfilled and then to the reader’s great relief the protagonist dies. The only legitimate reason to read this story is for law enforcement profilers to gain a better understanding of pedophile motivation.
One of the other stories in the book is called “A Man and His Dog.” It is autobiographical and describes Mann’s life in a suburban/rural area of Germany. He chronicles the walks he takes with his approximately German Shorthaired Pointer dog Bashan. We hear about the landscape, the flora and fauna and the farmland occupants of his little world. It is without a doubt, the best thing in the story collection and I’ve always envied his opportunity to share a slice of his world and life in such a congenial narrative. It really is a pleasure to read.
So, even though I keep German Short Haired Pointers, I can’t do what Mann did. I don’t have his facility for felicitous phrasing. But I’m a lot funnier than he was. So, from time to time, I’ll address things in a post that have very little to do with politics, photography or science fiction. When that happens, I’ll assign them to the category “photog’s Corner” and that will be a warning sign of irrelevance to the primary foci of this blog. Caveat emptor.
It’s officially the summer doldrums both on the web and in the real world. I remember an old science fiction short story called the “Silly Season” that had as a premise that during the summer doldrums newspapers were so starved for real news that they would publish any kind of nonsense just to fill space. Apparently the Martians knew about this too so they flooded the news with UFO sightings throughout the silly season for several years running. This had the effect that the papers and their readers became so completely fed up with reading these accounts that when the real invasion began everyone ignored the initial news stories for so long that the humans were conquered before they could react.
That is how I’m beginning to feel about Flynn and Cohen and Manafort and Mueller and Hayden and Brennan and Clapper and Rice and McCabe and Comey and Page and Stryzk and Rosenstein and, and, and!!!
I am completely and utterly fed up with hearing about these idiots. I just can’t decide who is playing whom. Is President Trump about to be dragged off in irons or is Comey and the whole lot of them headed for Guantanamo Bay? Either way I just can’t care anymore about any of this stuff. In fact, I can’t even care enough to make a Trump vs. —– parody about it. The only thing I can think of is to have a parody where he is bored to tears about it. That seems reasonable.
So anyway, sorry for the lack of output. But let’s face it, the silly season is in full swing. If only there were some way to get the Kanamits to load all of the Deep State swamp creatures into the saucer and send them off to that big smorgasbord in the sky. That at least would be worthy of a parody.
Greetings readers old and new. As is my want, or as less pretentious people would say, my habit, I like to let you know what is coming up on the site. This week is my annual stay-cation. For eight full days I make believe that my corporate masters have been swallowed up by some beneficent plague that only spared the good. I revel in the joys of summer and put all cares aside. After monsoon-like thunderstorms deluged us yesterday, the world has been swept clean and the air is hot and dry just the way I like it. I’m hosting my annual family reunion on Saturday but with days off on both sides of the big event, I see plenty of time to produce excellent OCF posts all week.
I’m renting the “Contemporary Series” version of the Sigma 150-600 lens and the Sony 90mm Macro lens. They should arrive today and allow me to post on how they perform for the things I would use them for.
I plan to yammer on about the joys of summer.
I have a photo post I’m going to write about moths and butterflies and maybe other insects in my area.
I have some things to say about several political topics.
I’ll start reading some more sci-fi which may provide a review this week.
I plan on doing some classic movie reviews.
I might have some country music reviews coming up too.
And I plan to include this summer’s installment of my rant about the Twilight Zone.
So, I got a surprise YouTube plug by Captain Capitalism where I advertise. Thanks Aaron. I figured it out when the site traffic spiked to stratospheric levels. Aaron is a fan of the Southwest landscape photography so I reposted a Zion photo collection to go along with the every other day Grand Canyon Photos of the Day. Hello Captain Capitalism readers and viewers.
I’ve been guiltily spending too much time reading the Leftists hyperventilate over Kennedy’s retirement and the subsequent mouth-frothing over Kavanaugh. I’ll have to light a candle at the shrine of Saint Schadenfreude, the Patron Saint of Spiteful Bastards.
But now back to work. I’m about half way through the fourth volume of the Galaxy’s Edge series. It took me a little while to make up my mind about this series but I’m convinced now. The combat scenes, and those comprise a good chunk of the books, are first rate. The question is where this story is heading. The Galaxy has been cracking up for the whole length of the series so something’s gotta give soon.
My next foray into Trump humor, I think, will have a literary or historical flavor, perhaps touching on a Roman or Athenian theme. I always imagine President Trump as akin to the Steinbrenner character on Seinfeld. Some might think this disrespectful but I feel a kind of ownership over the man as if he were some kind of comic book character that I can summon up to amuse me while also befuddling my enemies in real life. It’s an odd paradox I have built up around him but I have nothing but affection for the man who basically saved us single-handedly from slavery under the Clinton Crime Family.
Listening to ZMan’s guest spot on that podcast a few days ago has gotten me thinking about what I actually believe is the correct way to think and act in the increasingly hostile world that we live in. He made some very good points about what is important and what is a waste of time and I want to try to sort through the options and come up with a rational approach to interacting with friends, enemies and neutral parties. I don’t know if that’s one post or a few but I’m getting started on it.
And finally, I have some more macro photos of bugs and flowers and stuff and more shots from the Grand Canyon. Tonight, I caught a Polyphemus moth and I want to take some photos of it before letting it go. Maybe I’ll get lucky and it’ll lay some eggs. The caterpillars are really cool looking.
I’ve finally gotten around to post processing a good chunk of my Grand Canyon photos. I’ll start out with the Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River and move forward geographically and chronologically. Just to provide some variation I’ll mix in some local stuff (macro and other themes) along with the Grand Canyon trip.