Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Don't Forget the Fish Sandwich. I'm Serious.

Kettle Korn
*Fish Sandwich
"10,000 B.C."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

World Travelers II

From Wikipedia: Xi'an (Chinese: 西安; pinyin: Xī'ān)[1][2] is the capital of the Shaanxi province, and a sub-provincial city in the People's Republic of China. One of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,100 years of history, the city was known as Chang'an before the Ming Dynasty.[1] Xi'an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history,[3] including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang.[3] Xi'an is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Ghoulish Good Read

Book: The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time (P.S.)

From Amazon Review:
A book chronicling one of the worst human disasters in recorded history really has no business being entertaining. But John Kelly's The Great Mortality is a page-turner despite its grim subject matter and graphic detail. Credit Kelly's animated prose and uncanny ability to drop his reader smack in the middle of the 14th century, as a heretofore unknown menace stalks Eurasia from "from the China Sea to the sleepy fishing villages of coastal Portugal [producing] suffering and death on a scale that, even after two world wars and twenty-seven million AIDS deaths worldwide, remains astonishing."

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sibling Rivalry

Nothing says "love" like a good, stiff headlock. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Your Papers, Please

Item: 1968 Alien Address Report

Book: A Guide to Keynes by Alvin H. Hansen

Review from wikipedia:
A Guide to Keynes is a non-fiction work by Alvin Hansen, about the life of John Maynard Keynes. It was first published in 1953 . Hansen’s guide, 237 pages long, seeks to explain Keynes’s General Theory chapter by chapter in a fashion more accessible to the beginner. Alvin Hansen was once referred to as "the American Keynes", brought the 1930s Keynesian economics revolution to the United States.

Lord John Maynard Keynes: the man, the myth, the legend.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dear John

Item: A Reevaluation of Emotions

Take a letter, maria...

Book: Herzog (Penguin Classics) by Saul Bellow
A novel complex, compelling, absurd and realistic, Herzog became a classic almost as soon as it was published in 1964. In it Saul Bellow tells the tale of Moses E. Herzog, a tragically confused intellectual who suffers from the breakup of his second marriage, the general failure of his life and the specter of growing up Jewish in the middle part of the 20th century. He responds to his personal crisis by sending out a series of letters to all kinds of people. The letters in total constitute a thoughtful examination of his own life and that which has occurred around him. What emerges is not always pretty, but serves as gritty foundation for this absorbing novel.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Interesting Book of the Day

Over 165 photos and illustrations bring you step by step from raw skin to velvety soft buckskin and then show you how to create beautiful garments and useful goods. You will also learn how to make rawhide and hide glue, tan in a wilderness setting and the best way to skin. History, humor and science make Deerskins into Buckskins not only practical, but fun!

Designed to be easily understood by the beginner yet rich with details for the experienced, this book teaches tanning as a natural process. No chemicals are needed! All the tools and materials are waiting around your home and land. While the tools are simple, having a great method is the key. This book has that method (see the following reviews).

Buckskin is durable, soft, washable and warm. A hand-made garment for people all over the world for millennia, it breathes and stretches with your body, cuts the wind and won't tear on briars. It is excellent to wear hiking, hunting or around the house. Plus you don't need to hunt. Deerskins that would otherwise go to waste are available every fall from neighbors, locals and butcher shops.

This photo highlights just a taste of what's in store for the novice buckskinner
who cracks open this book:


Is it just me or does this guy bear a striking resemblance to Chris Pontius of MTV's Jackass fame, as seen below:

Chris Pontius