• Star Trek Continues comes to an end

    Posted November 15 by Jack Yan

    I was never a Trekkie—in fact, when watching the original Star Trek, I thought it was all a bit spooky as a kid. I did, however, rent the pilot to The Next Generation (it didn’t air here for years after it débuted in the US) and enjoyed it, but was never committed enough to follow...

  • Rape Joke - Patricia Lockwood

    Posted November 14 by Liv

    The rape joke is that you were 19 years old.   The rape joke is that he was your boyfriend.   The rape joke it wore a goatee. A goatee.   Imagine the rape joke looking in the mirror, perfectly reflecting back itself, and grooming itself to look more like a rape joke. “Ahhh...

  • The majority

    Posted November 9 by Jack Yan

    Steve McQueen never thought of himself as an actor, but a ‘reactor’. There aren’t many Steve lines that one can quote, but here’s one from toward the end of his career, in An Enemy of the People. ‘It takes 50 years for the majority to be right, and then the major...

  • QotD: Unrequited

    Posted November 8 by Liv

    QotD: Have you ever talked yourself out of something you deep down really wanted to do? 

  • Arguing

    Posted November 7 by Jack Yan

    An excellent status update from some other site from my friend Mari. Here’s a game I used to play at home with my dad. I called it “just kill me” because I hated it so much.   As a child, and especially as a teenager, I had loads of opinions. On everything. Usually not v...

  • Caring

    Posted November 6 by Jack Yan

    I hope Debra (Ladywise here on Blogcozy) is OK. Anyone heard from her since August?   The good thing about blogging is that we can do it whenever we like. Actually, social media updates should be like that, too! There’s no rule to say that one must do them daily.   For me, ...

  • It's Only Life After All (Part Two - The Schnozz/Medical Concerns)

    Posted November 6 by Liv

    I have had SO much to do this summer. Luckily, I put off my elective surgery until two days after my Momma arrived, so at least I got the basics of her room done for her to move in with me.  I had a turbinectomy. I didn't even know I had turbinates!   I have always had trouble breathin...

  • It's Only Life After All (Part One - The Wall(s))

    Posted November 5 by Liv

    I'm sitting in the middle of a half-rearranged living room. I swear one day I will have this house the way I want it, but with all the renovations I have been performing in the last ten months, nothing has been able to be the way I want it to be --- yet.  I have finally ALMOST finished adding ...

  • Vivaldi is annoyingly buggy, too—I wonder if it’s down to Chrome

    Posted November 5 by Jack Yan

    In September 2017, I switched to Vivaldi as my browser of choice, after Firefox began eating through RAM like there was no tomorrow. I haven’t changed browsers often in my lifetime, starting with Netscape till it no longer worked properly, then IE5 briefly, then Maxthon (then with the IE engin...

  • Or maybe every three days.

    Posted November 5 by TreeSweater

    Ugh. I forget to write anything until I've shut my computer down for the night, and I'm not motivated enough to start it up again. I have posted on Instagram every day, which is new for me, but I'm not sure how long I'll be able to find photos that look interesting enough to post. The moon has lo...

  • NaBloPoMo - November 1

    Posted November 2 by TreeSweater

    I decided that for this year at least, I'm not even going to pretend to participate in NaNoWriMo (which for several years has amounted to writing for a few minutes on day 1, then giving up because I have nothing to say). Instead I'm going to try making a blog post every day. Haha, yeah. My last po...

  • Hitting me hard

    Posted October 30 by Suni

    So my dear sweet TALL uncle Tom passed away on the 27th of October. It is hitting me harder than I anticipated. He was the last living uncle that remdinded me directly of my father, with his facial features and expressions. He was different, though. Not just because he was so tall, but his warmth an...

  • QotD: laughter, the best medicine

    Posted October 28 by Jack Yan

    QotD: when did you last laugh until it hurt? And, what was the reason?Probably seven years ago, watching Matiaha Paku’s stand-up routine at a bar in Cuba Street. I taught Matiaha design many years before that. It was the funniest routine I have ever seen. Shame he’s not doing stand-up an...

  • Jacinda Ardern sworn in as 40th prime minister of New Zealand

    Posted October 26 by Jack Yan

    Jacinda Ardern was sworn in as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand today. There seems to be more celebration around this, with crowds gathering outside Parliament to welcome the new PM and Cabinet.   For those unfamiliar with our constitutional arrangements, our head of state is HM Quee...

  • Four in Thirteen

    Posted October 23 by Jack Yan

    Finally, we get the official shot (although the BBC already shared it on Twitter): Mandip Gill as Yasmin, Bradley Walsh as Graham, Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, and Tosin Cole as Ryan. Going to be an exciting season 37, débuting autumn 2018.

  • QotD: Home is where the heart is

    Posted October 22 by paikea

    I love living in an apartment, but I think I would also like a garden...I have zero green thumb, but I keep accumulating plants. Here in Germany, we don't have to chose tho. Often, people have garden space in a communal garden arena. They have little mini-cabins and hang out in their garden. It's su...

  • What the terrorists wanted—as told in 2009

    Posted October 22 by Jack Yan

    I wrote the below to commemorate the 9-11 anniversary in 2009. I was surprised how relevant it remained today (apart from the blog thing—we do that in social media now). Yet we forget those face-to-face lessons. We see the pettiest squabbles delivered in blog comments. We sit comfortably lect...

  • Behind the scenes of a certain New Zealand TV show

    Posted October 16 by Jack Yan

    Agent: Yes, that’s correct, we promise we can find you a job, no matter what.Applicant: That’s great! You can help me?Agent: Of course. Now, let’s look at your academic transcript.The Agent studiously examines the transcript.Agent: Oh, dear, this isn’t very good.Applicant: Um...