Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Olympics Triplecast

The summer Olympics are almost here, and my only thought on the subject is wondering whether NBC will bring back the Olympics Triplecast.  

And if they bring back the Olympics Triplecast, will they have Bill Cosby do another commercial for it?

Okay, maybe not . . . 

If I were a sports fan, I would probably have a head full of Olympic memories about Michael Phelps, and Mary Lou Retton, and Bruce Jenner from before . . . well, it’s probably best not to get into all that. 

But I’m not a sports fan, so all that I remember about the Olympics from my youth is the Triplecast, which I never actually saw (nor did many other people), and which was a financial disaster for its network. 

I wish that I had had an opportunity to discuss the issue with the president of NBC.

Me: Will NBC be bringing back the Olympics Triplecast for the 2016 Olympics?

President of NBC: There are no plans to do that.

Me: Will there be any plans in the future, like for the winter Olympics, or the next summer Olympics?

President of NBC: No. 

Me: How about applying the Triplecast retroactively to the 2012 Olympics?

(On a final note, I’ve spent the last few decades thinking that the program was called the “Olympic Triplecast”, but upon researching this post I found that the correct name was “Olympics Triplecast”.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Megalania Trump

As I have written before, it is not the purpose of this blog to comment on political issues.  

However, I feel that in our current election season, I should emphasize the importance of not confusing Melania Trump with Megalania Trump . . . or, for that matter, with Meiolania Trump

(I must admit that that’s what I tend to do.)

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Lost Shoes of the World

Do you ever see a shoe lying abandoned in some random location, and wonder how the shoe got there, and what befell the other shoe in the pair?

I have seen two such shoes recently.  

The first was a woman's shoe, stuck in the mud at the bottom of a puddle on the edge of a parking lot.  American Toads had laid eggs in the puddle a few weeks earlier; if you look closely, you can see a tadpole swimming around inside the shoe.  

The second was an old red sneaker.  It floated upside down in a backwater pool of a rocky stream, absolutely motionless, forming an odd vista of cosmic peace and harmony.

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Last week the world witnessed Brexit, in which citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.

It is not the purpose of this blog to comment on controversial political issues in any meaningful way.  

The blog may, though, comment in a non-meaningful way.  Thus, I will offer two opinions.  

1. Supporters of Brexit should have been known as the Brexit Club, in reference to the John Hughes movie

2. The motto of the Brexit movement should have been "Brekekekexit Koax Koax", from the frogs of Aristophanes.  One might object that a motto based on ancient Greek drama is too arcane for modern politics; however, the motto does fit well with the image that we like to have of the English sitting in drawing rooms saying witty and learned things.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lizards in Love

We are in the midst of the mating season for the Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus).  Over the past few weeks I been seeing them engaged in their courtship behavior.  Now I'm using the resulting photos to make a blog post on lizards in love. (When I think the phrase "lizards in love", I think it to the tune of "Lawyers in Love", a once-popular but now forgotten song from my Eighties childhood.)

The first two are from Memorial Day, and the third is from Saturday.

(Click to enlarge.)


(It's also interesting to note that in the second picture the male retains vestiges of the juvenile stripe pattern, which is usually lost in mature males.)

There are places here in Alexandria where skinks are abundant, but I'm the only one who ever seems to notice them.  Probably hundreds of people walk by the skinks every day without ever knowing that they're there.  But I guess that many things in life are never seen or appreciated by most people.  

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

An Old Picture That Once Was New

It looks as if we are only a few minutes away from June.  How did that happen?  It seemed as if May had just started.  

But then, I am still trying to figure out what happened to 2005.  

Please, if anyone can tell me, please contact me and let me know.  

Anyway, here is some candy lined up from last Halloween, an event that seems like if was only a short time ago, even though it's been seven months.  

Monday, May 30, 2016

I Dream of Lizards . . . Do They Dream of Me?

At the end of March in 2015 I started keeping a journal of my dreams.  In the ensuing twelve months, there were 114 days on which I remembered at least a small portion my dreaming.  

Lizards are a frequent topic of my dreams, because lizard watching is one of my favorite things to do.  And now new scientific research has shown that sleeping lizards have the sort of brain activity that could indicate that they dream.  This makes me wonder if any of the lizards which I've seen go on to dream of me.