Laeti edimus qui nos subigant! Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:27:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 86008595 Yorick Sun, 23 Sep 2018 10:20:00 +0000 Yorick




Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath bore me on his back a thousand times, and now how abhorr’d in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kiss’d I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now, your gambols, your songs, your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now to mock your own grinning-quite chop-fall’n.

  • Hamlet 5.1

Pink Cake: The Quote Collection – Kramer Wetzel

Pink Cake

Pink Cake

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Libra 2018 Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:20:00 +0000 Transits of Sep 22 2018

Libra 2018

Transits of Sep 22 2018

Transits of Sep 22 2018

Looks like Libra starts as the Sun transits into the Tropical Zodiac sign of Libra, September 22, 2018 around 9:30 PM, CDT. Full Moon approaching, Venus in Scorpio, slow in the first quarter? Mars still sort of square Uranus, with the Sun plus Mercury square Saturn, and all of that looks like this?

As far divining a meaning to those symbols?

Catch me live in Austin and San Antonio —

And each week? Fresh-rolled and baked horoscopes.

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Walking Meditation Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:40:00 +0000

Walking Meditation

As named, Walking Meditation.

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Will Rogers Via Pink Cake Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:20:00 +0000 Will Rogers

Will Rogers Via Pink Cake

Will Rogers

Will Rogers

“Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.”

— Will Rogers

Pink Cake: The Quote Collection – Kramer Wetzel

Pink Cake

Pink Cake

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Lover of Glory Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:20:00 +0000 Lover of Glory

Lover of Glory

Lover of Glory

Lover of Glory

Marcus Aurelius on the Lover of Glory.

“51. The lover of glory conceives his own good to consist in another’s action, the lover of pleasure in his own feelings, but the possessor of understanding in his own actions.”

Excerpt From: Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius. “Meditations.” Book # IV, #51

Marcus Aurelius (Loeb Classical Library)

Delphi Complete Works of Marcus Aurelius – Marcus Aurelius

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius & Gregory Hays

Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library)

As always a free version is hosted on right here.


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Calabash Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:40:00 +0000 Super Seven


Calabash by Christopher Fowler

Super Seven

Super Seven

I can’t very well start reading a book by British author Christopher Fowler without a mention of my first exposure to his canon of works. Book’s title was Rune, a dark cover, and I picked it up in a specialty bookstore in London, while I was visiting, couple of weeks one summer. Science Fiction and Fantasy bookstore, back when there were such places. Close to the British Museum, like same tube stop, maybe? Not very clear directions. Big, hardback, I toted that novel around with me for years, but eventually, I loaned it out. How its goes. Had a companion, Roofworld, the texts kind of run together in my mind.

There were scenes in that novel, which, to this day, will still haunt me. I was staying in an adjacent neighborhood as that book’s setting, and as I would walk down the same streets in the summer’s dusky twilight, I would look up, wondering if there really were vampires or whatever the creatures of the dark were. Part urban urchin, street punks as only London can hatch.

The London Underground, vapid upwardly-mobile societal predators, urchins in the night, had a bit of it all. Several grisly deaths.

A single novel, now seemingly unavailable through usual channels, kept my interest in one author. So when a new (to me) book surfaced on sale?


Sets a tone.

“Bob preferred the television to his wife. It had an off switch.” Page 42.

I would prefer companionship to the TV. However, as noted? Sets a tone. Narrator is older than me, but not by more than a few years.

Some years distant, I could recall reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane — but can’t locate what I said. Reminiscent of that novel, at first.

Both authors were quintessentially British, both are masters of elements of a certain genre, not sure how that works out.

“He was ageless in a way that wasn’t good, somewhere between postmenopause and postmortem.” Page 84.

Must steal that line, or portions thereof.


As it draws closed, quicker pace, near the end.

“Growing up is, I suppose, a series of missteps and corrections.” Page 498.

Yes, yes it is. So is adult-hood. I don’t think I want to “adult” any more today.

“The Princess. No-one can become a hero without rescuing a princess. I am right, no?” Page 586.

C.S.Lewis wrote a series of “children’s books,” and in an odd way, reminds me of those. Sort of.

It’s a bit of homage, pastiche in some form, although, I couldn’t — even if pressed — place the roots offhand. Echoes and such.

The tale itself is a delight, and one that works so well with me, as the protagonist is a sickly child, often bullied, except in certain places. The power, the gift of imagination, and where that can take any of us.

“And they lived happily ever after. The end.”

I know I made that up, but it was fitting conclusion. In other media, the author himself has said that Calabash is his most autobiographical work so far. Across his own weblog, the author quotes Time Out London, something along the lines of how he would make a really good serial killer.


Calabash by Christopher Fowler


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Meandering Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:20:00 +0000


Meandering, sometimes pointless, bereft of direction?

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Road to Richard 3 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:20:00 +0000

Road to Richard 3

On the Road to Richard 3, as seen here:

“I’ll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall,
I’ll slay more gazers than the basilisk,
I’ll play the orator as well as Nestor,
Deceive more slyly than Ulysses could,
And like a Sinon, take another Troy.
I can add colors to the chameleon,
Change shapes with Proteus for advantages,
And set the murderous Machevil to school.
Can I do this, and cannot get a crown?
Tut, were it farther off, I’ll pluck it down.”

  • Gloucester in Shakespeare’s Henry 6.3 (III.ii.187)

Road to Richard 3

If the allusion isn’t clear, it’s from the dubious attribution of Henry 6.3 to Shakespeare, and then, as I’ve noted previously, it’s the road to the ultimate bad guy, Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Nash? Kyd? Marlowe? Shakespeare? I do like the idea, chronologically, Henry 6, part 2 was probably the first one produced, so, that idea of sequels? Stretches back to Elizabethan Theatre, for sure. Early works, for sure, and of interest to me as there’s flashes of brilliance and wit, eloquence evident throughout.

Then, too, Henry 6 plays are the perfect set-up for Richard III.

“And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.

  • Gloucester in Shakespeare’s Richard 3 (I.i.28)

Road to Richard 3

There was one Richard 3 I saw, and I recall almost wanting to cheer for the evil SOB, just such a nasty piece of work, as a human. Gratefully, he’s usually just a character on stage.

I realize it might be odd, but I tend to listen to Shakespeare on my commute to Austin, these days.

Where to find me?

On The Road to Richard 3


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Planet Houston Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:40:00 +0000

Planet Houston

Caught my attention, the airport in Planet Houston cut down on complaints.

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HST Quote Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:20:00 +0000

HST Quote

HST Quote via Virgo, with gratitude:

“Houston is a cruel, crazy town on a filthy river in east Texas with no zoning laws and a culture of sex, money and violence. It’s a shabby, sprawling metropolis ruled by brazen women, crooked cops and super-rich pansexual cowboys who live by the code of the west—which can mean just about anything you need it to mean, in a pinch.”

  • Quote from a 2004 article by the late Hunter S. Thompson

All about Houston.


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