Sunday, August 30, 2009

A little more Dirk

I was watching an old 'Dr. Who' show from Netflix and noticed it was written by Douglas Adams. I went to Wiki to see what else he may have written besides HH-Guide and the two Dirk Gently novels. He had written a number of radio and TV comedy episodes and a couple of Dr. Who stories. These included some Monty Python skits. He also wrote some non-fiction about saving animals.

The Salmon of Doubt was published posthumously. It is a collection of bits and pieces of stuff with the largest part being an unfinished Dirk Gently novel called The Salmon of Doubt. The title is a reversal of the Irish mythical story of The Salmon of Knowledge. A lot of Adams' comedy revolved around God and religion. He enjoyed the topic because he himself was a devout atheist.

I put in on hold at the library.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Last Nickel

If the depression/recession and my unemployment last much longer I may get down to my last nickel. When I do this will be it.

I've been cleaning my office for something to do the past several weeks. I came across this in a box of old office junk today. I've no idea where I picked this up.

The Indian portrait is a composite of three chieftains; Iron Tail (Sioux), Two Moons (Cheyenne), and Big Tree (Kiowa). It's speculated the Bison is possibly "Black Diamond" from the Central Park Zoo.

A Recession is when your friend is unemployed, a Depression is when you're unemployed, Excessive government entitlement programs are when your boozing redneck neighbor is on unemployment.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Giving up on Herman

How to describe the original unabridged version of Moby Dick by Herman Melville? . . . "a tedious slog of lengthy, sometimes unrelated, prose". Charles Dickens could nearly fill a page with a single sentence, making you re-read the beginning and end of it to remember what he's trying to say, but somehow if you got the rhythm going just right it could be a delight. Herman on the other hand wanders off through the cobwebs of his mind filling entire chapters with vaguely related descriptions of concepts, ideas, deep meanings and trivia. The saving grace of the novel is that the chapters are short, but after spending 5 weeks of bedtime reading slogging through 237 pages of the eight hundred and some total . . . I give up. Besides, I have the Gregory Peck version on DVD.

p.s. I took Herman back to the library and traded him for Dickens, "A tale of two cities".

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

getting old . . .

You know you're getting old . . . when your Barber trims your eyebrows without even asking you whether you'd care to have that done.