March 11, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

There was only one good March 11 photo in the Flickr Commons stream:

Twin Engine Bombers
Twin Engine Bombers being sent to Britain via Lend-Lease Act (National Archives, 1941; cc-licensed)

March 4, IN HISTORY (The Inauguration Edition)

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

What do Lincoln, Taft, and Wilson all have in common?  March 4 Inauguration day!

Lincoln's Second Inauguration, (cc licensed)
Lincoln’s Second Inauguration, 1861 (cc licensed)
Taft's Inauguration, 1909 (cc-licensed)
Taft’s Inauguration, 1909 (cc-licensed)
Wilson's First Inauguration, 1913 (cc-licensed)
Wilson’s First Inauguration, 1913 (cc-licensed)

After George Washington set the date as March 4 at his second inaugural, every President up to Rutherford B. Hayes was inaugurated on March 4.  Hayes was sworn in on March 5th, 1877.  Then we went back to the 4th until FDR’s second term, when the 20th amendment changed the inauguration day to Jan 20.

Enrique Flores Magón, IWW 1923 (cc-licensed)
Enrique Flores Magón, IWW 1923 (cc-licensed)

I just thought Magón’s look here was so plaintive, I had to include it too.

Whither game reviews?

How shall I write about games on my blog?

Hockey at Sunset by monkeyshine
A photo of a game I will never play (cc-licensed by monkeyshine)

As you’ve surely noticed, I’m playing a lot of board games lately and would like to write something about them on my blog.  I hesitate to do reviews because there are lots of good game reviewers who give games several plays before they review them, and depending on the game it would take me months before I had enough play under my belt to review a game.  So here are some other ideas:

  • continue what I’ve been doing – irregular random compositions about games as they emerge
  • reviews – I don’t care, Brendan, that you haven’t enough time to play games thoroughly before you review them.  Review away!
  • Why I play ____ – semi-regular feature, maybe twice a month, with just stuff about why we play a game.  Not really a review because I won’t be assessing quality so much as what we like.
  • Game Design notes – semi-regular feature in which I highlight one aspect of a game I really like from a design perspective.
  • Other?

I am open to suggestions.  Post them in the comments.

February 25, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

1964, Championship fight between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston: Miami Beach, Florida (cc-licensed)
1964, Championship fight between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston: Miami Beach, Florida (cc-licensed)
1911, Confetti Throwing at the Departure of the Geo. Washington
1911, Confetti Throwing at the Departure of the Geo. Washington (cc-licensed)
1916, Display of pig carcasses outside J. Morgan's butcher shop on Broad Street, Waterford
1916, Display of pig carcasses outside J. Morgan’s butcher shop on Broad Street, Waterford (cc-licensed)

Also (from Wikipedia):

  • 1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
  • 1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.
  • 1907 – Mary Chase born, American playwright, author of Harvey (d. 1981)
  • 1986 – People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines’ first woman president.

 

February 18, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Sir Richard John Musgrave, 5th Baronet of Tourin
Sir Richard John Musgrave, 5th Baronet of Tourin, with his Jack Russell Terrier
(cc-licensed from Ntnl Library of Ireland)

 

Fonds Trutat - Photographie ancienne (Automobile) cc-licensed by Bibliothèque de Toulouse
Fonds Trutat – Photographie ancienne (Automobile)
(cc-licensed by Bibliothèque de Toulouse)

To be completely honest, this second photo was posted on February 18, but there weren’t any other good ones with the date in their actual information.

Events from February 18:

  • 1922 – Helen Gurley Brown born, American author and publisher (d. 2012)
  • 1930 – While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
  • 1970 – The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

February 11th, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Billy Graham in Tallahassee, 1961
Billy Graham in Tallahassee, 1961 (cc-licensed)
Carr Woodall Tires shop, 1954
Carr Woodall Tires shop, 1954 (cc-licensed)

Also (from Wikipedia):

 

  • 1531 – Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
  • 1938 – BBC Television produces the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Čapek play R.U.R., that coined the term “robot”.
  • 1978 – Censorship: China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.

 

February 4th, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Congress Street Panorama, Austin
Congress Street Panorama, Austin (SMU Central Library, cc-licensed)
Miami Beach Having a Good Time
Miami Beach Having a Good Time (floridamemory cc-licensed)

January 28th, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Penguins on the Palmer Penninsula (flickr cc-licensed)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/6351079304
Unidentified children playing with makeup (flickr cc-licensed)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/floridamemory/4563073211

January 21st, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Lieutenant H.J.P. King outside the Officers' Mess
Lieutenant H.J.P. King outside the Officers’ Mess, 1901

Lt King listed his occupation as “Scholar.”  I can just tell his classes would have been awesome.

City, personnel, IBM room
City, personnel, IBM room, 1959

I bet IT help calls were a lot more fun in those days:

“Did you open the side drawer and check the huge rack of tangled wires?”

“No.”

“Well, that’s the first thing you should do whenever there’s a problem.  Call me back after you check.”

One more week

La Horde

The busiest time of the year, for me, is early January.  It’s crunch time over at the PCA, where we’re solidifying our schedule, finishing registration, and getting ready for the conference.  We’re preparing for a new semester at Columbia College Chicago, so there are syllabi to finalize and other administrative work to do.  And I’m teaching my zombie class, which is five-six hours of class and screening each day.

So please forgive the pre-written posts.  I’ll get back to more timely stuff after next week.

January 14, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Coretta Scott King with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Martin Luther King, Sr., Andrew Young and other civil rights leaders
Coretta Scott King w/ Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Martin Luther King, Sr., Andrew Young & other civil rights leaders
Four wheel bulk cement wagons (nicknamed "Bubbles") at Kildare Train Station.
Four wheel bulk cement wagons (nicknamed “Bubbles”) at Kildare Train Station.

January 7th, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

 Diver entering water, Grand Coulee Dam construction site
Diver entering water, Grand Coulee Dam construction site, 1938
Guests at Curraghmore House
Guests at Curraghmore House, 1922

2014 in Review: Blog’s eye view

This year’s BEV is a bit weird, because I wasn’t really blogging much in the first half of the year.  I’ll start when I restarted the blog.  Reminder: Blog’s Eye View is the first sentence written each month.

French Hikers, 1899

September: Fun facts about Labor Day (from Wikipedia):

October: New Orleans, October 2011

November:  Had fun rounds of #SettlersOfCatan and #Pandemic this afternoon with Finn and Grandma. Grandma won Catan and we all lost Pandemic. Fun time!

December: Mind MGMT starts with a creepy premise — in a moment, everyone on a passenger airplane from the pilots to the passengers forgets who they are and how they got on the plane.

See also: Blog’s Eye View of 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007.  I skipped 2008, 2012, 2013

2014 in Review: Comics

Here are the four (six) best comics I read this year, in no particular order:

Revival Vol 1 Revival, Volume 1-3 by Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, et al
A smart, interesting zombie comic in which the zombies are just people who have woken up (ala The Returned) but are also dead and, well, off in some way.  All three volumes so far are GREAT.
Mind mgmt Mind Mgmt, Volume 1: The Manager by Matt Kindt
A creepy SF tale about a government organization that trains people in mass control — not completely dissimilar from Lexicon, except in this comic it’s a supernatural power that the individuals are honing.  Also, cool indie art.
Fatale, vol 1 Fatale, Volume 1 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
A Lovecraftian hard boiled tale with an intoxicating lady and terrible things hiding in the shadows.  Creepy and wonderful.
incognito Incognito: The Classified Edition by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
When a supervillain joins the witness protection program, he bums around like Henry Hill for a while, but then he starts using his superpowers to fight for good and things get all weird and wild.
The Lindburgh Child The Lindburgh Child by Rick Geary
Perhaps the best of his treasuries so far, this detailed account of the kidnapping and murder of the Lindburgh baby discusses both the crime and its aftermath, and helps us ask whether the man they caught and convicted was really the man who did the deed.

2014 in Review: Music

This is the hardest review post to write, as I often don’t pay strict attention to the music I ingest, even as I’m listening to it.  Nonetheless, here are some notes about music this year.

Pokey LaFarge
Pokey LaFarge by Bill Streeter (cc-licensed)

New albums (by month acquired):

  • The White Stripes, The White Stripes
  • Passenger, All the Little Lights
  • Katy Perry, Prism
  • Pete Seeger, American Favorite Ballads (five songs a month)
  • Jonathan Coulton, Code Monkey Save World
  • Cheap Trick, The Essential Cheap Trick
  • Greg Brown, Hymns to What is Left
  • fun., Aim and Ignite
  • The Langer’s Ball, Ships are Sailing
  • Missy Higgins, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle
  • Reel Big Fish, Cheer Up!
  • Young Statues, Young Statues
  • Tim Minchin, Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra
  • The Pogues, Hell’s Ditch
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!
  • John Halloway, In Celebration: 25 Years of Naxos
  • Great Big Sea, Fortune’s Favour
  • Gaelic Storm, Chicken Boxer
  • The Wayfarers, Music from Around the World – Australia
  • Paul and Storm, Ball Pit
  • Tom Waits, Rain Dogs
  • Dropkick Murphys, Signed and Sealed in Blood
  • Primus, Pork Soda
  • J. Mascis, Tied to a Star
  • Garfunkel and Oates, Music Songs
  • Pokey LaFarge, Riverboat Soul
  • u2, Songs of Innocence
  • The Mountain Goats, The Coroner’s Gambit
  • The Real McKenzies, Off the Leash
  • Various collections and compilations

Notable songs:

  • Passenger, “The Wrong Direction”
  • Avicii, “Hey Brother”
  • fun. “Walking the Dog”
  • The Langer’s Ball, “The Titanic”
  • Missy Higgins, “Hello Hello”
  • Reel Big Fish, “A Little Doubt Goes a Long Way”
  • Bearcat, “The Nothing”
  • Tim Minchin, “Thank You God”
  • The Pogues, “Rain Street”
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, “My Heart Will Go On”
  • The Taxpayers, “Medicines”
  • Great Big Sea, “Oh Yeah”
  • Gaelic Storm, “My Lucky Day”
  • Paul and Storm, “Write Like the Wind”
  • Tom Waits, “Big Black Mariah”
  • Dropkick Murphys, “Don’t Tear Us Apart”
  • Pokey LaFarge, “La La Blues”
  • The Real McKenzies, “Old Becomes New”

Most played:  “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore.  “I’m gonna take your grandpa’s style”  is still hilarious.

My Jam of the Year: “Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down” by The Toasters

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