Thursday, October 31, 2013

i am posting this here so i can ask /r/orchids what kind this is.

update it's an oncidium. won't know what kind unless it blooms. probably not this kind.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

hell in the pacific. a better movie than enemy mine, although enemy mine is a great book.
Mifune and Lee Marvin.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Friday, October 25, 2013


Monday, October 21, 2013

did a rough sketch of my taxes for this year, if i don't make any more money (i probably will.)
personal exemption 3900 + standard deduction 6100 = 10,000. 10% income tax on the first 8K over that. If my self-employment gross is 20K with 9K in expenses, and my investment income is 5K, that leaves me paying 10% of 6K = $600 in federal income tax, and 11%? fica on 11K = $1,210. "luckily" the sale of my house didnt close yet, if it ever will, that would have been an extra 25K net to worry about.

what i'm reading: game of thrones.
i want to update this post with the 5? 10? books i've read so far this year, so this is a placeholder for now. i no longer do the 50 book challenge. i read too much online to keep up with offline books.

i have found 20 books i've read at least part of this year, i'll write the list down tomorrow.
i've probably forgotten a few.

1     zoe's tale scalzi
2    my booky wook russel brand
3    fishbait, fishbait miller
4    pure goldwater
5    audacity of hope
6    chauncy m depew, my memories of 80 years
7    homeland cory doctorow
8    the consumerist manifesto
9    silence of the lambs
10  red dragon
11 the 7 pillars of wisdom t e lawrence (re-read)
12 plutarch, greek and roman lives
13 take it easy, damon runyan
14 a couple more by runyan
16 captain vorpatril's alliance
17 john grisham, theodore boone boy detective
18 grisham, an innocent man
19 game of thrones
20 falkinvinge.net/books, swarmwise.
2n I'll find a few more books strewn around my bed when I get home.
21 art of black america
22 a bio of johnny depp
23 re-read a bio of robert b annis. annis was a boy genius inventor whose inventions helped win ww2 and ran his company out of an old mansion next to the first place i rented when i moved to indy. i never met him, i might of might not have seen him out in his yard once or twice, but later i became a bit obsessed with him after dumpster diving 1940s era electronics that the historical society threw away.
24 currently reading a 1983 O Henry Award anthology. so far it's not very good.
25 norstilia, cordwainer smith. bought it today $3 from a literacy program bookstore. it's a classic i havn't read yet. set in the same universe as the ballad of lost c'mell and such as that i probably red years ago.

less i mean fewer than i expected - a few books i might have read half of or don't remember if they were on last years list or books i havent gotten around to reading yet.
i'm not sure i finished stross, wireless. or that one stross and doctorow cowrote, rapture of the nerds. or l neil smith forge of the elders. i did finish game of thrones this morning so i wouldn't have to steal it from work or leave it half-read. there are about 4 more in the series. i feel no need to rush out and buy them but if i run across them used i might pick them up. plan to pirate the series at some point - i've seen one episode, enough to know that it's good, not enough to subscribe to hbo. i'll need to remember to bring some books when i stop back at work next week - they had 100s of movies and 3 books that weren't romances.  i didn't really see any movies in the 3 weeks i was here - caught part of 'i'll give it a year' yesterday, looked ok. about 10 minutes of machete but then someone changed the channel and i didn't feel like a fight. 'machete' kills and 'carrie' are at the theatres now but i don't have a date, or time to kill, and i already saw at movie at the treatre this year, silver linings playbook. i had time to kill that day and saw it at the iconic nichols plaza in kansas city. ender's game is opening.


today i ran into the founder of the pirate party and he gave me his book swarmwise,so that's what i'll be reading next after i finish game of thrones, which i'm currently on p 300 of.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

In Cheever v Kansas, Cheever was convicted and sentenced to die for kiling a sheriff. The Kansas Supreme Court overturned that conviction, arguing that the 5th Amendment prohibited the use of a psychiatric evaluation and had not been waived by Cheever's claim he was voluntarily intoxicated.
The Supreme Court appears about to undo that reversal.

I have not read all the opinions or briefs, but I'm wondering why the Kansas decision wasn't based in part on the Kansas Constitution, which would have kept the case out of the Supreme Court.
If his lawyers didnt raise those issues, would that be ineffective counsel?

Friday, October 18, 2013


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

markets in everything:


Monday, October 14, 2013


Saturday, October 12, 2013

samosas how to http://imgur.com/a/4qvn8

But measured in gold—and this is crucial to understanding why we need a gold standard—we see reality with clarity. Incomes are about one tenth what they were in the 60’s. Prices are down too, but not as much.


reading about the context of why my stewart ancestor, robert the covenanter, left scotland.

also i'm finally getting around to reading game of thrones.

Friday, October 11, 2013


Thursday, October 10, 2013


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

a farmer, a poet and an environmentalist walk into a bar.


Sunday, October 06, 2013

the enchidna is only distantly related to the aardvark. it is a monotreme like the platypus andthat other one.

[–]-moose- 157 points  ago
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Thursday, October 03, 2013

[–]ChuckPalahniuk62[S] 376 points  ago
To begin a new novel, I look for the biggest problem in my life that I can't solve or tolerate. Something that drives me nuts, but I can't fix. Then I find a metaphor that allows me to explore the problem, exaggerating and expanding it beyond reason. I build it up to the worst scenario possible and then find a way to solve it. By the time the book is done, I've exhausted all of my emotions around the original problem. Whatever it was, it no longer bothers me. And typically, during the time of writing, the problem has resolved itself. It's like magic. Try it. It will keep you alive in this world of bullshit.

kinda cute. silk road suspect.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

happy birthday, to a guy who once shut down a government.

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