A Bracket of Warriors

14 06 2012
Warriors I’ve known and loved through fiction that I’ve read, in rough order of my encounters with them.  I started out pondering a face off between Angus Thermopylae, John Rico, Jane Sagan, and Takashi Kovacs, and continued adding to the list.  As a result, Arthur Dent shows up later than he ought, because he wasn’t really a competitive hero until the 5th Hitchhiker book.  I stuck with one character per author, so notable heavies like Max the Silent and Manuel Garcia O’Kelly-Davis didn’t make the cut.  Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro were on the bubble, but they’re just outclassed.  Nearly everyone else on the list has access to or experience with ballistic weaponry, and they just can’t compete.
  1. Sassinak (Anne McCaffery)
  2. John Clark (Tom Clancy)
  3. Cowboy Feng (Steven Brust)
  4. Angus Thermopylae (Stephen R. Donaldson)
  5. Alexand deWolf (M.K. Wren) Read the rest of this entry »




Oakland, My Oakland

28 09 2009

Oakland, My Oakland, originally uploaded by itchy biscuit.

A hoop full of blue sky
Held high over the green and yellow trees
By the sturdiest, polished steel
Brand new from the catalog
And useless without the plywood and nails
And duct tape and determination
Somebody decided to leave behind





Expected Surprises

9 04 2008

I get it now–she’s wearing a red hoodie because she’s little red riding hood.  Except she’s the wolf.  Which is to say that Hard Candy  is every bit the taught psychological fable of abusers and victims and tables that turn which I expected when I first thought it was a movie by Andrew Vachss, who wrote a book by the same name but with a different set of victims and wolves and tables.  There’s no relation, in fact, but I think Vachss must love this movie anyhow.  It is ugly and brutal and filmed in a lingering and loving way that ratchets up the viscerally disturbing plot to the point where I was quite glad in the end that I wasn’t watching it alone at my apartment.  And watching movies at my apartment but not alone… Read the rest of this entry »





Reactions to the Brooklyn Adventurist

16 03 2008

I caught up on one of my old friend’s postings, and gave him a sample plate of my reactions… In all caps, of course.

1. Garfield minus Garfield YES
2.Buzkashi REALLY? PHOTOS?
3. On TV at Wall Street AWESOME BUT ALSO GOOD THING YOU WEREN’T SINGLED OUT SO THE TIMER ON YOUR FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME PROBABLY DIDN’T TRIGGER.
4. Dock Ellis I AM IN AWE
5. Never taken drugs TRUE YOU ARE NOT A DRUG THIEF
6. Singing Bartender AS GOD IS MY WITNESS YOU WILL NEVER GO UNEMPLOYED AGAIN.
7. Singing Bartender II ARE THERE EXTRA FLIERS?
8. Rob votes now YOU ARE STILL MY HERO NOW
9. Ice Cubes Hardening I HAD A MOMENT LIKE THAT BUT I WASN’T ALONE AT MY APARTMENT.  I SHOULD HAVE WAITED LONGER.
PS: For the half dozen of you who actually read this regularly–Would you prefer the posts without jumps?  If my (probably 0ur) Brooklyn friend was using them, it would have taken me twice as long to catch up, with all the extra clicking…




Just because you’re integral doesn’t mean you’re irreplaceable.

22 06 2007

The internal candidate is doing a solid job keeping everybody happy, keeping the work flowing, maintaining morale…

But there may be some crises coming yet. It’s remarkable how different her approach to solo-ing is to mine. Of course it’s very different circumstances, but she’s running a very loose group with a lot of decentralized (effectively delegated!) tasks going on. There’s some folks that are at least off-ranch if not AWOL, due to our very own Fred Astaire doing his Alfred E Neuman impression. Really, is it so much to ask that all of his people get the same memos that ours are getting? Or that he not countermand the things we agree to, especially in the areas of projects he takes charge of? Well, actually, yes, it is.

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Pastoral WHERE of the road?

20 06 2007

For all the news articles and web posts about the Pope’s new edict on Pastoral Care of the Road, I can’t find any links to the actual document. How am I supposed to print this out and put in my car if I can’t find it? What good is the news cycle about the novelty of this thing if it doesn’t actually direct people to the thing itself? Read the rest of this entry »





Justice and Orgasms!

16 03 2007

That’s what religions provide, we agreed.  “Here is what is right, and here is what to do about what feels good!” Read the rest of this entry »