6/28/69

My uncle Gary was a decorated pilot in the Viet Nam war. My uncle Gary was a homosexual. My uncle Gary was a pilot for Flying Tigers after the war. My uncle Gary made the best Bloody Mary you ever could have tasted, had you been honored to know him. My uncle Gary loved me and let me stay with him one summer when I was having severe, teenage, emotional problems. I was not a perfect kid. Actually, looking back, I’m glad I was raised by Hillary Clinton’s proverbial village…

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Hello Kitty

You’re an adult. I make that bold assumption based on the fact that kids don’t wander over here. At least not on purpose. Which, given the numerous references to boobs and penises that festoon this site, I find kind of perplexing. I guess they’re getting their boob and penis needs fulfilled at some younger, more hip, site. Besides, the one time a teenager did send an email to me it was to complain that I used too many words. In other words, this is probably all for the best. Nevertheless,…

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Calling the Kettle Black

I woke up this morning and noticed that ‎بشير غدير احمد was now following this blog and its Facebook page. He is from Algeria and now lives in Iran where this whole Facebook thing is new. This blog also has a bizarre, and yet beloved, small fan club in India. If you visit the Rob Pongi site in Japan you will find us mentioned from time to time. Also in Japan we get love from the glorious techno pin-up model Julie Watai. We get fan and hate mail from Africa,…

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Naked Ambitions?

So, it’s Friday. Just like it is every seven days. And you, being a respectable member of society, decide to emulate the legendary Stephen Gough and rip off all your clothes and walk around in public. And because you’re a family person who has all the attenuate responsibilities that come with a spouse and children, you decide to spend your life in jail rather than put your clothes back on. And, somehow, if you click the link and read his interview, he makes it all sound like a rational choice.…

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Party Like There’s No Tomorrow!

If you search for the terms “Armageddon” or “Apocalypse” on this web site you will be reading for hours. Granted, it will be enjoyable reading, but it’s still going to take a while. And yet, somehow, the topics never really get old or go away. For example, biochemist from the University of Saskatchewan has recently released a hypothesis that says eating boogers may be good for you. If you don’t think that portends doom tell me what your mother would have done to you if she caught you eating your…

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Normally Naked With Toys Can Be Fun

Have you ever been naked with another person? Of course you have. Odds are you enjoyed the experience. I am excluding prison showers and other related experiences. I am also excluding any visit you may make to Tulsa, Oklahoma where robbers tend to steal your pants as well as your money. Okay, so, yeah, sometimes being naked with someone else isn’t all that fun. Still, overall, it’s a positive experience. You and your special someone get all giggly and warm and then you find a private place or, if you’re…

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One Thing Star Wars Got Right

The science, if I may use that term here, behind Star Wars is about par with asking any random six year old to explain quantum mechanics. In fact the six year old might be more accurate. But just as a blind squirrel can occasionally find a nut sometimes even the most pathetic scientific nonsense can prove to be true. No, there is no such thing faster than light solar sails. Nor will there ever be. There is also no need for a space craft to have extendable wings in space.…

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Hand Jive

Now seems like as good a time as any to address this subject. Because somewhere between the crushing pressures of rampant xenophobia and the blindly encompassing embrace of egalitarianism, we live in the real world. And that world includes more than Boise. Nothing against Boise, but there’s more to be seen. As someone who has traveled further than the end of my block I have encountered people from foreign lands. Often while in those self same lands. You learn a few things rather quickly when you travel; (1) The English…

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You Can’t Lose with Booze!

If you’ve ever been to a bar at 3:00 AM, you know the intelligent discourse that abounds. You’re laughing at me but you shouldn’t be. No great ideas ever started with a refreshing glass of water. A while back I wrote about how beer was the first step towards peace in Pakistan. Well, nothing else has worked and, at least, this has the benefit of bringing a frosty cold beer to the table and not sizzling hot semi-automatic weapons. I have also written about many great religious moments and scientific…

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Da Tovarich!

Modern Russia is a country coming to terms with a modern world. Or, more accurately, it has a plethora of citizens who want to know what they need modern stuff for. Much like here they have people who resist change. Any change. They would march against light bulbs if they were presented anew. And, just like here, the dichotomy between what’s coming and what came before grows wider and more ominous. In parts of the US, for example, they are testing driverless cars. Here in Illinois we can’t even make…

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