Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Does Not Inspire Blogging


Over the years Halloween and Christmas have inspired their share of blog posts here.  Thanksgiving never has (other than this), though I don’t know why. 

Maybe if I were still using my old computer I could use the drawing software to try to draw a turkey, as I used to draw things for Halloween.  But my new computer doesn’t have any drawing software.


Anyway, happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Maybe We Could Have a Mummy Resurgence


The Halloween season is coming to an end.  Soon the last of the plastic skeletons and fake spiderwebs will be removed from front yards.  Normally Halloween inspires me to blog, but this year I just didn’t feel it, for a variety of reasons.

I do have one thought in the general field of spookiness.  We are currently in a zombie craze, centered on The Walking Dead.  And before that we had a long period of vampire popularity, centered on the Twilight books and movies, as well as various television shows.

My hope is that the next stock horror creature to capture the public’s imagination will be the mummy.  Compared to vampires and zombies, mummies are more closely based in historical reality (except of course for the rising from the dead part). We would get a chance to visit the ancient and alien world of the pharaohs, where the Nile winds its way through the desert sands in the shadow of strange stone monuments. 


Plus we’d get to use cool words like sarcophagus, sphinx, and obelisk.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tales from the Alexandria Necropolis: The Halloween Bear


Since it’s almost Halloween, it’s time that I finish some business from Halloween of last year.  

In the southeastern corner of Alexandria, there is a large complex of cemeteries that covers 35 acres or more.  Most maps label the entire thing as Alexandria National Cemetery (the precursor to Arlington National Cemetery), but Alexandria National Cemetery only makes up a small part of the complex.  The rest is composed of lots belonging to various Alexandria churches.  

The cemeteries are filled with the sort of ornate grave markers that were popular a hundred years ago or more.   




On Halloween of last year (2015), I happened to be in the area of this cemetery complex, and decided to take a walk there, because it seemed like a Halloweeny thing to do, and I hoped that something Halloweeny would happen.  

Nothing Halloweeny happened.


But I did come across this bear, which has to be the most un-Halloweeny thing imaginable.






October Sky




October Sky is the name of a 1999 movie based on the life of former NASA engineer Homer Hickam.  The original title, Rocket Boys, taken from Hickam’s autobiography, was changed when marketing research revealed that women over thirty would not see a movie called Rocket Boys.  (The two titles are anagrams.)

In 1999 I saw Hickam on David Letterman’s CBS show promoting the film.  Letterman recalled an occasion on which the producers of Letterman’s earlier NBC show attempted to enlist Hickam to teach Letterman to scuba dive for a special underwater episode.  The idea turned out to be unworkable, however, as at that time of year the local sea water was so cold that Letterman would have frozen to death over the course of the hour-long show.  That would have been a great loss to television, especially during Letterman’s earlier, funnier days.  

I have never seen October Sky, nor does it, or Homer Hickam, or David Letterman, have anything to do with these pictures.   

They are simply some pictures of the October sky.  

(As always, click to enlarge.)






Monday, September 26, 2016

Star Wars and Otherwise Name Confusion


Before I saw the newest Star Wars movie, I blogged my worries about it.  

Ever since I saw it, I have been wanting to blog my reaction.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get that post finished. 


I do feel that I have gotten a little closer now that I have resolved my confusion regarding Riley Keough, Rilo Kiley, and Kylo Ren.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Eveningscapes


I have a huge backlog of things that I want to write for the blog, going back years.  But I rarely finish writing any of it, because life it too tiring, and it’s easier to just put up some pictures.  

Here are some eveningscapes from May. 


As always, click to enlarge. 






Thursday, September 22, 2016

455 Page Views


After posting my last post, I took a look at the statistics for the blog.  

I found that, on August 25, the blog had received 455 page views. 

For some blogs, that might not be out of the ordinary.  But this blog is only read by my family and friends, and then only when I specifically instruct them to.  On most days this blog gets at most one or two page views.  


I must assume that this one outstanding day was the result of the actions of a bot.  I don’t know that the purpose of the bot was, but perhaps it was to make obscure bloggers feel good about themselves.