What do I write with the intention of being funny? This kind of stuff:
- Everything There Is To Say About Updating Your Computer’s Security, last week's major piece, an explanation of stuff.
- An Update On The Toothpaste Situation, following up some earlier absurdities.
- Statistics Saturday: ‘E’ Content, by letter, a trifle with mathematics joking in it.
- What’s Going On In Alley Oop? What are the new writer and artist doing to Alley Oop? December 2018 – March 2019 which is my first piece featuring the new creative team.
- Statistics February: How The Past Month Treated My Humor Blog which is the usual stuff.
- Popeye’s Island Adventures: Popeye does some sailing, treasure-hunting in another of those cartoons that's an actual coherent cartoon, only two minutes long.
- Today’s Update on How My Brain Is Trying To Destroy Me and, uh, warning: earworm.
- Some Unconventional Beliefs, this week's piece. I hope you find it genially goofy.
And now to the Merry-Go-Round Museum, which we always visit at least one day during Halloweekends.
The Merry-Go-Round Museum's own carving for 2017. We got something like 18 tickets for the raffle to win this, the first time (we think?) that they haven't done a horse for their annual raffle. We did not win. But, you know, we keep hoping.
Close-up of the piano that usually sits outside the Merry-Go-Round Museum and that explains something about the building they're in.
The Merry-Go-Round Museum has many pieces from the Charlotte Dinger collection, many of them famous within the world of carousel enthusiasts. Here's replicas of some of the 1980s stamp series celebrating carousel art, and two of the carousel horses that modelled for those stamps.
So the mouse maxed out her stealth stats before messing around with this wolf.
And here the wolf just can't even and is spending the day flopped out as a saddle blanket.
Possibly the oldest mount they had on display, a stander lion from around 1880.
And here something to amuse the kids: a roller coaster 'simulator', which shows video of a couple of Cedar Point coasters. It doesn't have the mechanism to shake the car around, though. And sometimes when we go there it's not working at all, or it's been relocated somewhere else.
One of the many scenery panels from antique carousels shown at the museum, from where Vigo the Carpathian plots to take over the world.
Yeah, I'm back on my Dutch angle stuff.
Another of the postage stamp horses and the stamp based on it.
A second-row stander from about 1908, with the original paint still on it. A Charles Carmel carving, according to the label that I got in a different picture.
A century of living can be hard on a horse but good for having stuff in the far background.
Trivia: The first advertisement for telephones was a handbill published by Gardiner Greene Hubbard and Thomas Sanders in May 1877, two months before the creation of the Bell Telephone Company. (They --- both fathers of deaf children --- were among Bell's earliest financial backers.) Source: Telephone: The First Hundred Years, John Brooks.
Currently Reading: The Originals: The New York Celtics Invent Modern Basketball, Murry Nelson. So I know about the many rules changes that encouraged offense, neutered defense, and pushed games to be higher scoring but it's still wild to read about a game that finished after double overtime with a score of 28 to 25, or a player who leads the league because he averaged, like, seven points per game. Or one player making all of the team's field goals (four!) that game.