Happy Adoption Day Lexy!

Three years ago today, Terry and I rescued Lexy from a shelter in Parsons, Kansas.

She’s ready for her closeup now:


She’s a little greyer on her muzzle, but she still bullies Porthos (who outweights her by almost 20 pounds) and keeps him in line.

We’re so happy she’s still with us and had a clean bill of health from the vet just last week.

Happy Adoption Day Lexy!

Posted in Dogs, Family, Rottweilers | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Not Scared About the Pacific Northwest’s Impending Quake? You Should Be.


Hmmm … Maybe my daughter’s move to the Puget Sound area wasn’t such a good deal after all … at least for the long term.

Posted from WordPress for Android via my Samsung smartphone. Please excuse any misspellings. Ciao, Jon

Posted in Family, Musings, STEM | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Remembering My Great Grandfather

My wallpaper on my work computer displayed a photo I took several years ago of my great-grandfather’s grave in Easton, Kansas:


When I saw his date of death on the headstone, I realized that this summer was the 40th anniversary of his passing. So I went searching for his obituary, which a relative had posted on the Find A Grave web site. Continue reading

Posted in Family, Musings, Seasons, Summer | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Beauty, Sleeping or Otherwise

An excellent analysis of one of my favorite Disney classics, Sleeping Beauty, posted at Tor.com and authored by Mari Ness.

Some interesting tidbits:

  • First Disney feature filmed on 70mm (the 1950s version of IMAX)
  • Incredibly detailed backgrounds by Eyvind Earle – the equivalent to at least 60 multiple, massive fine art paintings.
  • Maleficent morphs into a dragon – one of their most magnificent creations, animated with rich, black and purple bitterness.
Posted in 2D, Art, Fantasy, Movies and Television Shows, Musings | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

An Attempt to Unconfuse This Year’s Hugo Award Debacle

I’m not nearly as excited about voting in the Hugos this year as I was last year.  I’ll get much more excited next year when World Con actually comes to my home town (or close to it) in Kansas City.

Meanwhile, if you need some help decoding what all the hullabaloo is about the Hugo Awards circa 2015, peruse IO9’s excellent article here.

Posted in Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Musings, Reviewing, Reviews, Science Fiction | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

The Sky this Week: June 26–July 5, 2015 | Astronomy.com


Look west for the next few evenings after sunset to catch Venus and Jupiter passing very near to each other.

Posted from WordPress for Android via my Samsung smartphone. Please excuse any misspellings. Ciao, Jon

Posted in Astronomy, Jupiter, Solar System, Venus | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

To the Amazing Christopher Lee of the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

A nearly unbelievable list of accomplishments of the recently deceased Christopher, many of which were achieved before the age of 25!

One tidbit I did not know and which made me all warm and huzzy inside – Chris was a metal head! Now I’ve got to go get his award winning album enitled Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross.

You will be greatly missed, Mr. Lee.


Posted in Musings | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment