Sexist A**holes

I guess I’ve spent too much time on Facebook today. The sexism I’m seeing today is disturbing because it is so prevalent and so persistent. If you follow George Takei’s page, you may recall the “Am I the A**Hole?” questions from Reddit that he sometimes reposts for his own followers to answer. I read twoContinue reading “Sexist A**holes”

Immersed in Van Gogh

On Monday, I attended Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. The first part was an electronic museum about his life and works. Then came the immersion room, a large room with images projected on all four walls and the floor, with a scattering of benches, chairs, and pillows in the middle of the room, so weContinue reading “Immersed in Van Gogh”

And Now My Watch Is Ended

I lost HBO this month. I had streaming-only HBO as an add-on to Amazon Prime, but Prime recently announced that it was ending the service as of September 15. I had a couple weeks to watch the programs on my watch list, and I got through a few of them, but that’s it. No moreContinue reading “And Now My Watch Is Ended”

The Life and Times of an Ugly Refrigerator

I saw the meme at right online today, and it reminded me of our ugly old refrigerator. It was 1991 when we moved into my former house. It had a 1960 model refrigerator, older than me and way older than the refrigerator in this image. Ours was chocolate brown, faded in some spots, and exceptionallyContinue reading “The Life and Times of an Ugly Refrigerator”

The Capricious Gods of Facebook

Facebook’s community standards algorithms have been even wackier than usual lately. I have occasionally had a post pulled. Usually it was because the algorithm misinterpreted a word that was benign in the context in which I was using it, but that in other contexts might have been controversial. For example, one guy who posted toContinue reading “The Capricious Gods of Facebook”

Are We Still Arguing About This? Really?

Someone on a Facebook page I belong to posted a question, asking members how we’re doing with the newly reinstated covid-19 mask guidelines. Most people showed a lot of sense and said they are following the new guidelines. But one woman — we’ll call her Jennifer — said she will not follow the guidelines, becauseContinue reading “Are We Still Arguing About This? Really?”

Who Turned Out the Lights?

I was sitting at my laptop when something began rumbling outside. At first I thought it was an airplane. But it continued too long for that. Then it stopped. And started again. It took me a minute to realize that I was hearing some particularly epic thunder, though it didn’t look like rain outside. WithinContinue reading “Who Turned Out the Lights?”

Island Adventure: the Kindness of Strangers

Last week we visited Tangier Island, Virginia, in the Chesapeake Bay. I’ll write another post about our time on the island once I have my photos uploaded. But right now, I want to write about car trouble. The plan was for my mother to drive up to our house last Tuesday morning. That afternoon, weContinue reading “Island Adventure: the Kindness of Strangers”