Thursday, April 30, 2015

Found While Looking for Something Else

All sorts of folks on Facebook and Twitter inform me every Thursday that it is "Throwback Thursday" and they then proceed to post something from their distant past.  Or somebody's distant past.

Reluctant as I am to participate in popular memes, that nevertheless seems as good an excuse as any to put up something from the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band's past:  from almost 3 decades ago, one of the most exciting pipe band tracks ever recorded.  The set consists of  The Fair Maid of Barra, The Gold Ring, and The Clumsy Lover.  The track is taken from the "Live in Ireland" album, which album you can still get from iTunes for less than I paid for the double LP album all those years ago.

(Yes, that is Richard Parkes in the picture.  The original poster used a picture of FMM rather than the 78ths.)


First World Unintended Consequences

A more charitable man than I would probably be ashamed of himself for finding this as funny as I do.  Imagine, there's probably even some poor sod of a fanboy with "Apple" tattooed on his wrist.

And while we're on the subject, you might want to take a look at this.  A decade and a half old and truer than ever, which regression will be noted here.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

All Indications Are You Might as Well

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Found on this gentleman's Twitter feed:   @Stuart1927    The sign seems to be referring to the upcoming British elections on May 7.  We have another couple of years to go here in the Benighted States . . . so there should be plenty of time to have our copies printed up.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Somehow -- I've even forgotten what I was originally looking for -- I arrived at this article in the Daily Mail.  If you click on it, you'll see a dozen or so photographs of a highly detailed and thoroughly fascinating scale model or diorama of the battle of Waterloo.  I loitered there for far too long;  loads of very detailed pictures.  But even so I need to go back and try to find some of the pipers.

And the 2d battalion the 44th regiment of foot was there.  An English regiment, so no pipers.  But since my great, great, great, grandfather was in that battalion at that time, I presume he was there, too. Haven't noticed any family resemblances amongst the model figures, though.   Yet.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pope Benedict XVI - His 88th Birthday Today

Die Familie-Rehm sings something Bavarian for the Holy Father's 85th birthday in this clip, showing mostly the father and the sehr schön Elisabeth, although there are glimpses of her mother and sister.

A very happy and blessed birthday to the Pope Emeritus and Dominus conservet eum et vivificet eum . . . .

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

From the Morning Paper

Blog posts should really include links to the referenced material.  I don't think it's statutory yet, but failure to do so seems to be synonymous with moral laxity.

Nevertheless, I will continue.  The reference is to an advertisement and they don't include print advertisements in the paper's web edition.  So you'll have to trust me.  The advertisement was for a mausoleum in, I think, Orange County.  I know; I should've paid attention to name and location.  But  I didn't.  I was so struck by the amenities in this establishment, for this "affordable prestige" mausoleum provided 24/7 "climate-controlled comfort".  Isn't that wonderful?   You or your loved one can decompose in perfect climate-controlled comfort for all eterni- . . . um, well, no I don't suppose for all eternity.  But for a very long time.  At least until the outfit goes belly-up and someone dumps you in a landfill and redevelops the property into luxury apartments.

I should've saved the advertisement.  Maybe they'll re-run it next week.