Monday, June 29, 2015

Roberts Has Everyone Talking

A Mormon / Muslim / Heinlein Fan coalition?
Strange bedfellows, no doubt.
But if polygamy legalization is the mission,
I wouldn't count them out.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Power Of Two

There are 10 types of folks
and just in case you missed 'em
it's those who do and don't
get the binary number system.

Being Cool

The current pope's latest encyclical condemns excessive air conditioning, blaming markets for stimulating artificial demand.

Here's the paragraph where it comes up:

"Some countries are gradually making significant progress, developing more effective controls and working to combat corruption. People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption which, rather than decreasing, appear to be growing all the more. A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning. The markets, which immediately benefit from sales, stimulate ever greater demand. An outsider looking at our world would be amazed at such behaviour, which at times appears self-destructive."

It's hedged, as in that final phrase "which at times appears self-destructive".

I'm not sure who that hypothetical outsider is, in the last sentence. I'm reading Paradise Lost right now, so it occurred to me that the outsider might be an angel.

Christianity, and other religions, have long taken a suspicious view toward comfort. And today's secular philosophy is always telling us to "get out of our comfort zones". But discomfort itself is not a virtue, nor a certain sign of good behavior.

And excessive heat kills:

"In the past few weeks, more than 3,000 people have died as a result of severe heat waves in Pakistan and on the Indian subcontinent. Virtually all the victims lacked access to reliable electricity and, obviously, air conditioning."

Fortunately for Americans, it doesn't kill us nearly so often as it used to. As Cory Franklin writes in today's Tribune:

"Studies have indicated that mortality during American heat waves has dropped by 80 percent since 1960, with virtually every study concluding the decline in deaths is explained by the adoption of air conditioning."

Sometimes your comfort zone
Is just where you need to be.
If it gets too hot in my home,
I'm cranking up the A/C.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Venue: The Clemente Center

I can now announce the venue for my play, O'Brien & O'Brian, at the FringeNYC festival.

It's The Clemente Center, on the lower east side. I've seen video of the inside, and it looks like a lovely theater, recently remodeled, 110 seats or so.

The festival runs from August 14 to August 30. We will have 5 performances. The exact dates and times are still under lock and key.

If not for that lock and key,
If it were just up to me,
I'd give you the dates and times,
Probably cast into rhymes.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


I maybe should say something silly,
Regarding the lovely Day Lily.
But just at the minute,
My heart isn't in it.
I will say they look kind of frilly.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Great Catch

Pic at the link:

"Cubs fan nabs foul while bottle-feeding his infant son"

I read the story and smiled.
He dropped neither ball nor child.

And based on this, I ask:
Who says men can't multitask?

Lone Star State

I drove without a Lexus
Through the sunny hills of Texas,
And avoided getting lost in 
The perplexing streets of Austin. 

I could have used a boost in
The traffic slog of Houston,
Where I inched along my way
In my rented Chevrolet. 

But there is no earthly power
That can overcome rush hour,
Unless it is to fly
In a copter cross the sky. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Self Reflection

Somewhere in that vase
You can just make out my face.