Normal: do you remember it? Yeah, me neither, really.But my humor blog's carried on almost as if normal, as you can put on your Friends page or your RSS reader. And run there since last week at this time were:
- The First Of 2017, last week's big piece, about the challenge of getting started.
- MiSTed: The Tale of Fatty Coon, Chapter IV, in which Fatty Coon gets into the tiniest possible scrape while trying to eat baby squirrels
- MiSTed: The Tale of Fatty Coon, Chapter V concluding the MiSTing for now and, honestly, what was wrong with Arthur Scott Bailey? You know?
- What’s Going On With Judge Parker? as I try to make sense of the new writer there.
- In Which The Local Indie Totally Rips Off My Unread College Left-Wing Newspaper From Two Decades Ago and I tell a wheezy anecdote about sophomoric mischief I did while a senior in college.
- Meanwhile As I Scrutinize My E-Mail Like Every Five Minutes I notice something missing.
- Statistics Saturday on a Wednesday: December 2016 in my Statistics and how much reading people did of me last month.
- New In Town, this week's big piece.
So here's some of what we got up to in Traverse City that Tuesday we were in and hoped to find FunHouse and other pinball.
Little Free Library in Traverse City, just outside the State Theater. It imitates the theater, as the picture suggests.
Catching my eye in Toy Haven: your child's own play parking garage! You can almost feel the child discover the world of magnetic-stripe tickets. The part with the elevator I really like. But I'm that sort of nerd and always was.
Among the Toy Haven toys were these pretty cool translucent dragons. Because kids don't have enough cool stuff, they get translucent dragon toys too. You know? It's not fair.
Bijou By The Bay: another little theater, in a park on the water line. The building only looks like a WPA power substation. It was for many years a museum set up by/in honor of one of the first people to run a movie theater in Traverse City. And it runs a mix of art-house stuff and popular movies plus whatever you want to say The Secret Life Of Pets was. It just looked too dire to actually watch.
Stuff we missed at the State Theatre or the Bijou By The Bay: some interesting movies for the Cherrry Fest. They might have got carried away or hoped they'd have more pirate movies.
Trivia: After months in 1924 spent trying to convince the owners of the New York Tribune to sell to them, as the only way the two (Republican broadsheet) newspapers could survive in the crowded market, Frank Munsey admitted defeat and sold his Herald to the Tribune. He got five million dollars, a tenth of that for the Herald's Paris edition. Source: The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune, Richard Kluger.
Currently Reading: The Wandering Variables, Lois Trimble. And if I thought Chad Oliver had set a new word record for violently inhumane social experimentation along comes Trimble with multiple societies set up to prove out grad student theses. It's fun enough and keeps brushing up against being funny but still, wow, I've got a new entry for the next time someone wants to know what books top Pohl's Starburst for this sort of thing.
PS: How December 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog, just going over exactly what the title says it is.