Laeti edimus qui nos subigant! Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 86008595 Tuesday At the Rock Shop Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000 Amethyst

At the Rock Shop Again

Looks like Austin, At the Rock Shop Again, at Nature’s Treasures, for a Tuesday.



Often in Austin

Tuesday at Nature’s Treasures.

4103 North IH-35 Austin, Texas 78722
Store phone: 512-472-5015l
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

It’s really him,” at the rock shop in Austin.



Use the code, “sparkle faerie” at the check out — for applicable discounts.

Vincit Qui Primum Gerit

“First to arrive gets the best deal.”

Three Card Spread

Three Card Spread


Two-Meat Tuesday – Kramer Wetzel

Two-Meat Tuesday: Astrofish.Net/Xenon


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 7
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 64
  • Location: 30° 17′ 52.3″ N 97° 43′ 2.97″ W
  • Shutter speed: 1/15s
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Scorpio 2017 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000 Scorpio 2017

Scorpio 2017

Scorpio start October 23, 12:26 AM, Central. Your mileage may vary.

Scorpio 2017

Scorpio 2017

Scorpio includes All Hallow’s Eve, which is really a witchy three days or so, when, even noted in other cultures, the veil between the living and the dead appears thinnest — Halloween, Saint’s Day, and Day of the Dead.

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That Picture Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:50:54 +0000

That Picture

Just a pointer to the story about that picture

See Dealer for Details!

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Taking a Knee Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000

Taking a Knee

How good is your American History? Remember, the Boston Tea Party? Rather than being overtaxed, the tea was tossed in the harbor as a display of defiance, do I have that right?

Much as I am personal fan of the Church of England, a state-mandated religion was one of the principles that started the American Revolutionary War, or do I have the facts wrong?

Taking a Knee

More than a dozen years back, when I was working as a slum lord in old East Austin — think: pre-gentrification — my bus route home included passing in front of the Texas capital complex, the big red granite building, ostensibly taller than the one in Washington D.C. The one in Austin was built by convict labor and the quarry was in Llano. Details not fact checked.

As expected, that being in Austin, there were a myriad of protesters. The one I liked, other than the violent “No War” people, was a single guy, usually conservatively attired, most afternoons he had a small cardboard box and an American flag, which held, fully upright.

He would, if one approached him, deliver some perceived data of the conspiracies, the end of the world, the cabal run by (insert group of the moment here, .i.e., jews, russians, whites, blacks, browns, etc.)

”The catholic church is a cult!”

Not really new information.

However, I admired the way he didn’t have a bullhorn, and he stood proudly with an American flag, properly displayed, while he protested quietly, with honor and integrity. Made a statement that was quietly heard louder than all the, think at the time it was vocal ”anti-Bush” protesters.

Taking a Knee

One of the schools I attended had an Episcopalian backing. Framework. There was a prayer and brief announcements most mornings, convocation, and for several years I would get down the little purple cushion thing like most of my peers. At the rebellious age, I got to where I would sit out the Lord’s Prayer because — I can’t really think of a good reason. Some young men require no reason to protest.

I wasn’t penalized, and with my last name a number of folks thought I was Jewish. No, nominally Methodist, but let’s not get carried away. Certainly varies from my current beliefs, but that’s not the question.

Taking a Knee

In parts of Texas, football is perhaps more important than religion, cf. Aries, at the bottom of the page.

”God’s honest truth!”

The line between religion and football can get blurred. Not complaining, just observing. However, there is still a separation of church and state, and as such, what one does, for whatever belief system is up to the individual. Way I understand it, at this moment.

I might be wrong.

Taking a Knee

Patriotic for real.

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OKW Memorial again Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:20:00 +0000 OKW Memorial again

OKW Memorial again

Simple enough, an old image from London, surfaced and resurfaced, laid to rest, yet again.

OKW Memorial again

OKW Memorial again

It’s on a bench in Berkely Square, Mayfair, London, UK.

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.4
  • Camera: iPhone 4S
  • Focal length: 4.28mm
  • ISO: 64
  • Location: 51° 30′ 31.65″ N 0° 8′ 44.43″ W
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
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Chance Encounter Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000 sig

Chance Encounter

Chance Encounter led me to this guy (fellow Sag.)

As a short example? Just quote from his frequently infrequent email:

I’ve been checking out books, talks, and videos on improvisational theatre lately in my ongoing efforts to get better as a blues musician.  There is something basically mysterious about improvising music and the more I try to understand it the more I am forced to accept that life is miraculous in a lot of ways that are outside the grasp of my mind.

While I’m not a musician, the skill set is both transparent and easily adapted to other art forms.

Your mileage may vary

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Writing Prompt Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:40:00 +0000 sig

Writing Prompt

Came off a tumbler post, a quick quote from a “famous author” who suggested that writers write. Waiting for creative urges is merely an exercise in futility. That’s like waiting on the girlfriend who never shows up, the lover who is more mystery than mysterious, less real, and more surreal.

“You succubus, you!”

It happens.

I feed two tumbler — no idea what the things are called — streams. One is just the horoscopes, while the other is just the weblog.

Working my way through some material this morning, I’m trying to write ahead and get November and December done before the holiday crazy hits, I thought about that quote. Sitting at the breakfast table, tapping on keyboard attached to a tablet — an itablet — listening to the kettle whistle while I boiled water for that first cup of coffee, I realized that it was exactly what I was doing.

Does not matter if I am “motivated,” or not motivated. Doesn’t matter if I want to — or don’t want to. Sure helps that I like to get this out of the way as early as possible.

One writing professor had a character in his books who would write four, typed, manuscript pages every morning. On a typewriter, so, yeah, that was dated as an ideal, and typed manuscript pages tend to run 250 – 300 words per page. With a margin and header? Double-spaced? Figure 250 words, more or less.

The character would draw ire from other, fictional authors who would complain about the “four pages every morning” routine.

So that’s a goal, every day. The other morning, wending my way along the various pathways, I realized I was doing this, again, out of second nature, rather than as a stated goal.

Writing Prompt

There are numerous tricks that I will use. The most recent was to start each sign’s passage with the lead-in quote. That lasted for one sign. However, as a trick to get me to fill in the blanks with my experiences, observations and hopefully useful guidance for the coming starry array? It was a great move. Totally wasted, and erased, but worthy of the effort.

Doing this first thing in the morning was useful, even, when, as I showered later, I noticed that water wasn’t draining in the shower stall. Water, along with other waste, seemed to be coming out of the shower’s drain. I stepped out when I was ankle deep in non-draining sewage. Doesn’t take too long to realize that things aren’t as they are supposed to be.

I plunged for a few minutes, then realized, the toilet was plugged, too, and plunging in on the toilet just pushed mostly liquid material — “waster water and effluvia” — out the shower’s drain.

Time to call for help. No shame. I have a couple of neighbors, kindly older men, who would love to come over, and snake, and then talk about the war, then snake and talk about the way things were so much better back then, and then we would have to go to the hardware store and get something, then maybe a second trip, and this is getting ridiculous.

I called a plumber. Out in 20 minutes, too. Had to run a snake from the main clean-out, outside, tough bunch of dog-fur and (human waste). Took an hour, cost a lot but I was ready. Besides, when one is ankle deep with the water level rising? Clearly not a task I want to undertake.

What was good, my backed-up drain didn’t need attention until I had committed words to a page. After I’d done some writing.

“Writers write.”

Being ankle-deep in sewage is a powerful motivator.

The quote, I’m sure I have something similar in my Pink Cake collection, was about working even when not so motivated, moved, or otherwise engaged. I was grateful, the other day, that I got my fun stuff, the horoscope I was working on, done before I discovered the clog.

Pink Cake

Pink Cake

Even ankle deep in sewage doesn’t prevent work from occurring.

Writing Prompt

Ankle deep in excrement is hardly a good prompt, and this time, I was certainly at stopping point for the day, early on. Grateful that I get a start. Glad it was — relatively — ease to solve.

“Call the guy.”

There is no guy to call for writing prompts, and the notion of sitting around and waiting until something momentous occurs, the heavens open up and divine inspiration hits, yeah, that’s a long time between stories. The best prompts are being ankle deep in one’s own waste.

That’s motivation.

Writing Prompt

“Writers write.” sig

Kramer –

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Breakfast of Champions Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000 Kilgore Trout

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut

1973 release, must’ve been years later when I read it the first time, at an impressionable age, I might add. Probably devoured it, greedy, young mind.

While, and I can’t locate it now, I did carry around a paperback version for years and years, it was one of the books that shaped my thinking — and understanding — of our modern world. Post-modern, now.

Re-reading a digital library version brought back a flood of dormant memories, and also made me wonder, as an impressionable child, reading such strong satire, unsure if I grasped the elements.

Stylish and classic. Poignant, even in the days of the inter-webs.

Breakfast of Champions

Kilgore Trout

Kilgore Trout

The author’s simplistic style got me thinking, and I might try that sort of “penmanship” for my horoscopes. Be an interesting diversion.

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut

Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut

Breakfast of Champions: A Novel

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Personal Code Reminder Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:40:00 +0000

Personal Code Reminder

Personal Code Reminder — in light of recent leaks?

Your mileage may vary

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Gods and Plans Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000 sig

Gods and Plans

As noted in the weekly opening quote, The gods look down, and this unnatural scene/They laugh at.

Your mileage may vary

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Printed v. Digital Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:40:00 +0000

Printed v. Digital

Printed v. Digital.

See dealer for details

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Winter Sale Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000 sig

Winter Sale

Winter Sale going on now!

See: for details.

(some restrictions may apply)

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Sunday Sunday in San Antonio Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000

Sunday Sunday in San Antonio

Sunday! This Sunday in SA!

See listing for details, and see the photo-blog for street cred.

Sunday! Sunday in SA! for details

Sunday Sunday in San Antonio

Two-Meat Tuesday

Bexar County Line – Kramer Wetzel

Bexar County Line

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek – Kramer Wetzel

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek

Vincit Qui Primum Gerit

“First to arrive gets the best deal.”

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Pre-Clovis Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:40:00 +0000


Pre-Clovis artifacts.

See Dealer for Details

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Death Wish Coffee Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000

Death Wish Coffee

As seen here, Death Wish Coffee.

Recent publicity made me think about that stuff, and I was running low, so I hoped amazon would have a fire sale. No luck, regular price. Not bad coffee. Not great coffee. And I can neither confirm nor deny the purported strength.

Death Wish Coffee

In the last few months, I’ve been through a pound of Hawaiian Coffee, which, to my mind, was a waste. Wasn’t the good stuff I recall. Flavor wasn’t there. I had a pound of “single origin,” then some Central American peaberry, then some more single origin (batch roasted). While distinctive enough in flavor, none of it was outstanding. Good enough, but not really worth the price.

Death Wish Coffee got caught with the threat of contaminated pre-packaged beverages. That contamination — purported problem — think: alleged — could in no way affect the coffee beans, which is how I buy my coffee. In a single acts of defiance, I bought a bag of loose beans.

Death Wish Organic USDA Certified Whole Bean Coffee, 16 Ounce Bag

The roasted beans look like a dark roast, bit of oil, just a little shy of an old stand-by for me, Italian Roast. These days, I’m using “pour-over” style to make coffee, with a typical morning coffee pot done in a Chemex. The Death Wish Coffee beans have a distinctive “non-distinctive” aroma, straight from the sealed container. Then, in the grinder, again, a hint of something, but it just smells like coffee. Not good, not bad, just coffee.

Nothing distinctive in its flavor.

For brewing, the grinds “bloom” nicely enough, but the flavor isn’t spectacular. Could be any kind of coffee. The alleged high intensity caffeine content, again, I have no way to judge that.

What’s remarkable about the flavor, after the hints of chocolate with a walnut overtone, and earthy with cherry-like follow-through? The Death Wish Coffee produces a brew that amazingly devoid of floral, contrasting, nutty, chocolate, earthy, wine tones. No subtle shades.

Tastes like coffee. Tastes like normal coffee.

Death Wish Coffee

My earlier experience with Death Wish Coffee?

Death Wish Coffee

Death Wish Organic USDA Certified Whole Bean Coffee, 16 Ounce Bag

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Missing Drive In Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:40:00 +0000

Missing Drive In

Missing Drive-in, the Mission Drive-in, other Mission Drive-in.

Your mileage may vary

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Weekly Notify Email Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000

weekly mail

Weekly mailing list

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Confirmation Bias Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:40:00 +0000 sig

Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias, as defined:

“Confirmation bias is the human tendency to seek, interpret and remember information that confirms your own pre-existing beliefs.”

Your mileage may vary

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Artisanal Bullshit Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000

Artisanal Bullshit

But seriously, artisanal onions?

Two immediate problems: one, it is in a cardboard case, so it is part of a large distribution chain. Second, look down, the box is sitting on a pallet. Sure, this looks a lot like the COSTCO, which it is, and sure, they do good work, on a corporate level, and I’ve been a fan since the old Price Club days, out west. But seriously, how can these compare to real, farm-fresh onions. Statement, not question.

Sitting on pallet. Trucked in by the lot. Bought in bulk. How can that claim artisan?

Artisanal Bullshit

I must be a grumpy old man, now.

I always thought I was an author of artisanal horoscopes. Not sold by the pallet.

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Reflections on the Ring Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:20:00 +0000 Reflections on the Ring

Talk about the end of the world, reflections on the Ring.

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