Latin Phrase of the Day

Noli pati a scelestis opprimi.”

That’s the correct translation for “don’t let the bastards grind you down.”


Butt Hurt

The chairs at the homeowners association meeting are guaranteed to cause hemorrhoids after five minutes. Two hours into this session, and I’m losing hope for my tuchas.

Seriously. My sigmoidoscopy wasn’t this uncomfortable.

English Phrase of the Day

Overheard on KCRW:

“Charismatic megafauna.”



Fuzzy Apple

Nothing should debunk more perfectly any claims that a smartphone can replace an SLR camera than the thousands of fuzzy max-zoom photos of last week’s lunar eclipse.



For some of us, hitting the snooze button is not an option.


Save the potato

We have discovered that, in a pinch, you can use Instant mashed potatoes to make pretty decent latkes.

All it takes is a lot of oil (preferably canola) and the right seasoning.


Movie Night

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I watched  “Arrival” Found it enthralling.

It encourages me that it is still possible to make movies for people who think, and that it is also possible for those movies to earn back their production costs, especially after Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up sci-fi outing, Blade Runner 2049, was such a critical success and a commercial failure.

I didn’t see 2049 in theaters. You’ll understand why: my life since June has been a blur. But I will see it, and I will likely buy it in some form of video.