Man: There’s nothing magical about the couch. It just helps people to be comfortable. So they can focus on their thoughts.
Death [lying back, fidgeting]: I know there’s nothing magical about the couch.
Man: Okay. Great. So tell me what’s on your mind. … More A very short story
In the spirit of Ghostbusters, I have taken the liberty of recasting Game of Thrones, to make it better. (This works best if you watch an episode and envision the new actor doing the same lines. Yes I know some of my choices aren’t currently… available.) Ned Stark = was Sean Bean = now Kathy Bates Sir Bronn … More Game of Thrones, the Reboot
Eureka! Years ago I noted that Bizarre Foods TV host Andrew Zimmern can eat almost anything. Almost. But not durian, fried mullet roe, or tofu from the House of Unique Stink. (That post lives on and on. It’s been viewed hundreds of times this year, though it was written seven years ago.) But tonight … … More The fourth thing I’ve seen Andrew Zimmern spit out
Working, or intending to work, on a computer-aided look at my first game in California. I got fed to the lions: GM Melikset Khachiyan (who was one of Levon Aronian’s coaches at one time). But Stockfish says not all was as it appeared…. In the meantime, while I’m trying to spin up the flywheel…. I … More A chess piece for Intel, and some leftover facts
People of a certain age probably remember the song “One Thing Leads to Another”. It was the breakout hit of The Fixx in 1983, from the second album Reach the Beach. They actually did a lot more good stuff than that, and occasionally I listen to various Fixx tunes while I work. I’ve always been … More The Fixx
When a journalist asked the British astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington if it was true that he was one of only three people in the world who could understand Einstein’s relativity theories, Eddington considered deeply for a moment and replied: “I am trying to think who the third person is.” – from Bill Bryson’s book A … More Confidence
Manic bass player and cornerstone of oddball rock group Primus. Once (with Primus on hiatus) formed a supergroup with Stewart Copeland (Police) and Trey Anastasio (Phish). They called themselves Oysterhead. If perchance you’ve heard of Primus, it’s mostly likely because of their most widely known number, Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver. Sophomoric double entendre aside, the … More Les Claypool
Contributing editor Matt Phelps won the “Not-Bobby” contest in fine style – nominating Clint Howard as the WORST casting possible to play the lead role in a Bobby Fischer biopic. Well that was fun, wasn’t it? And now comes the news that Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) has opted out of directing the live-action films … More Worst possible choices to direct The Hobbit