Friday, September 19, 2014

6th Blogoversary Today!

Well, another blogging year has come and gone. Six years I've been at this now! Holy moly!

The personal computer and the internet have really revolutionized our lives, haven't they? Things sure aren't like they were in the old days . . . .

Things are better now! So much simpler!

And let's be very clear about the role that the internet plays in our lives. Time for a revision to your hierarchy, Maslow!

Of course, there are always those who want to regress back to Ye Olden Days --

But the internet makes it possible to have the world at our fingertips, to connect with like-minded people on a scale never before possible and to see that any quirks we have are in fact shared by many.

Thanks for reading my blog, everyone, especially those of you who have been persevering through my blather for months or years on end! Love ya all!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scotland the Brave

So tomorrow Scotland votes on whether to remain part of the United Kingdom or to become an independent country. Debate has raged on both sides of the issue. But now, here's the definitive opinion on this momentous question --

Good luck tomorrow, Scotland, and remember -- vote early and vote often, och aye!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Some Interesting Tattoos

If you're going to have a tattoo, people, try to make it something unique and interesting! The world has enough skulls, roses and butterflies already, okay?

A tattoo like that would make me want to go to big countries really quickly to help fill in all the blank space. And hey, buddy, you haven't been to Canada yet? Get your ass up here, fer chrissakes!

Behold a person with a good sense of humour about life's misfortunes --

And wow, here's a TRUE fan! Something tells me, though, that he'll never be able to have an MRI with all that fluourescent ink under his skin.

Another good example of why tattoos must be chosen wisely --

But look at this clever solution!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

O Say Can You See

The best thing the Americans got out of the War of 1812 is their truly great national anthem. Its lyrics were written 200 years ago today.

A young Baltimore lawyer named Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by a fleet of 19 British warships. The attack started on the evening of September 13, 1814 and continued all night. As dawn broke on September 14, he could see the enormous garrison flag still flying through all the smoke and debris and was inspired to write his famous poem.

This photo of the battle-scarred Fort McHenry flag was taken 50 years later --

Francis Scott Key's poem was later set to the music of a popular song called To Anacreon in Heaven and renamed The Star-Spangled Banner. I think it is one of the world's great national anthems of freedom and defiance, right up there with La Marseillaise of France and The Internationale of pre-Stalinist Soviet Russia.

              O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
              What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
              Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
              O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
              And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
              Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
              O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
              O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Today, the original Fort McHenry flag is preserved and displayed at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rolling Around in the Gutter

It's true confession time, boys and girls! I've always had the most terrible gutter mind. I love sexual subtext and double entendres of all descriptions, subtle or obvious. I spend much of my life biting my tongue in polite company.

So today, please indulge me while I post a few LOLs of questionable taste.

If one is good, two is better!

Hmmm, if these people wanted a lightsaber, they should've paid the extra bucks for a bigger sheet cake.

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear . . . .


We can always rely on Oscar Wilde to wax philosophical about the gutter.

Yeah, looking at the stars, eh Picard?

And when it comes to subtext, always remember . . . .

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


The Irish know what will happen if their country allows same sex marriage . . . . Oh, they know alright.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to School

I always loved going back to school every September. It's been 32 years since I last had that pleasure, but September still remains a special month to me because of it. So for all you students and teachers out there, I hope you enjoy these school-related LOLs!