Gigapixels of Andromeda

Here’s the largest photograph of the universe ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It gives a glimpse of how unimaginably vast the universe is – and this is just a small portion of the Andromeda galaxy. Watch and be amazed.

Larry Willmore’s Premier “Nightly Show”

Larry Willmore, the Daily Show’s “senior black correspondent,” took over Stephen Colbert’s time slot and had an impressive premier yesterday on his new show.  Here’s the monologue:


NFC/AFC Championship Games Predictions

Swami Ron predicted the Seahawks, Packers game would be a boring Seahawks blowout, and the Patriots, Colts game would be good, close nailbiter of a game,  So  how did that work out?


Once again, my unerring sports-spidersense of wrongness was absolutely perfect.



Fifty Degrees!

50degreesOh, this is nice.  When I walked outside about 7:30 this morning to take Frannie out, I was unexpectedly hit in the face with fake spring.  And it was wonderful!  It actually felt warm.   Ducks were swimming in the pond that just yesterday was frozen hard enough that Artemis could walk out onto the ice (don’t tell Amanda).  But best of all, it smelled like spring.  I know, next week we’ll get an ice storm and two feet of snow and depression will set in.   But I’m enjoying this while I can.  Besides,  I got a couple seed catalogs in the mail last week, so spring has to be on the way, right?  Is that a robin?

Here’s a picture from yesterday back when it was still winter of 3 beautiful girls, I mean 5 beautiful girls at the beach.  If you look closely, you’ll see Frannie’s nose right under Arty’s tongue above Amanda’s boot.  UPDATE:  Brenda noticed that the photo below shows three generations of our family –  Cool!


MLK Weekend at the Beach

kelseyFrannieBeachKelsey, Frannie and I drove to the beach last night after Artemis’ dog training.  Today was great – sunny, upper-40’s, probably the best day we’re going to have all weekend.  There’s something special about the beach in the off-season.  Half the shops and restaurants are closed,  and most of the folks you run into are local  There’s very little traffic.  Dogs are allowed on the beach.  But best of all, they city unscrews the parking meters and you can park anywhere for free!  Happy MLK Day!  Oh, and click on the picture to embiggen.

Marshall on Music – Listen up!

marshallWhen we were in high school, Marshall Crenshaw was the go-to encyclopedia of music.  Just imagine what he must be like now that he, like me, is several hundred years old.  Here he is at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on the “What’s in My Bag” series discussing interesting LPs he found in the store.   When Marshall talks music, you have to listen.  And you can hear him play and discuss music every Saturday night on “The Bottomless Pit,”  at 10 EST, on WFUV (

Great Weather Report, or Greatest Weather Report?

julesnewseumJulian was on TV!  At the Newseum 1/10/2015.  All news should be exactly like this.  Show them how it’s done, Jules.

Part Deux

These pictures are from our trip earlier today to the Newseum in DC. The Newseum is a museum devoted to the news media located about a block from the National Mall. Now off to eat Thai food. UPDATE: Delicious! Click on the first picture to embiggen, then just click on each picture to move to the next.

Donnie, Kelsey, Austin, Alexis Visit: Part One

The cold Michigan winds blew Donnie, Kelsey, Austin and Alexis down here Thursday Night. Kelsey is going to stay with us for a couple semesters while she attends college in Virginia. Friday, Julian and Olivia came by to visit with their Michigan cousins. A terrific time was had by all. Julian, Austin and Alexis played hide and seek while Kelsey played with Olivia.  Austin and Julian played games on Austin’s iPad.  That thing Julian is playing with is a taser-gun-weapon-with-variable-length-spear, of Julian’s own design.  I thought we were making pegs to hang clothes on.  Silly me.  Later, while we were watching “Planes, Fire and Rescue” in 3D, Julian, wearing his 3D glasses, muttered to himself “Best. Day. Ever.”

Goodbye Old Friend

I guess this is it for my beloved 1995 Nissan Pickup.  It failed the Virginia safety inspection because the frame is rotting out, and there is no way to fix it.  Bastards!  I could have gotten another year out of it driving on a frame with rust holes in it,  because safety.

This truck is the first new vehicle I’ve ever had. It’s been back and forth between Michigan and Virginia countless times; it’s been to the beach even more often than that (see pic below from Google Earth of our place at the beach.  Yep, there she is sitting in the parking lot).  It’s hauled dozens of couches and chairs to and from various places… misty watercolor memories…  The truck has served me well for these twenty years.  And the 15 payment-free years have been kinda nice too!

Click on the first picture to embiggen, then click off to the right to go through the pictures.