“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” — Kurt Vonnegut

Saw this quote again in an opinion piece by   on 

Jennifer was kind enough to also provide a link to the LP that made Mr. Meader famous. Here it is.


By the way, I’m pretending to be smart, but I’m suspecting my friends and family are becoming suspicious.



Hold My Thought — A Quixotic Quandary

While reading an editorial today by Charles P. Pierce in Esquire Magazine, I was compelled to research the word quandary. This is the segment causing my quandary:

This is the segment unleashing the urge:

“It is important to remember that, at the end of his tenure as governor of Indiana, (Mike) Pence was intensely unpopular, having nearly squandered the state’s entire tourist economy by fashioning safe spaces for Christocentric bigotry. In fact, ever since Pence jumped into the co-pilot’s seat next to President Crashcup, the Republicans in Indiana have broken a lot of rock trying to undo their former governor’s acts of maladministration. In short, taking the vice president’s slot on a ticket with Donald Trump was the only serious political option Mike Pence had left.” — Charles P. Pierce May 19, 2017


  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  • Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right
  • Careful what you wish for
  • Out of the frying pan into the fire
  • Between the Devil and the deep blue sea
  • on the horns of a dilemma
  • Screwed
  • No win situation

And, finally,

PS: Mr. Pierce’s full editorial is here: 

Dialogue. Discussions. Have enough and we may still have a chance.

I just watched a superb advertisement posted by Upworthy and created by Heineken. It made me want to switch brands because of its message. AND…

A. it forced me to think.

B. it also delivered a suggestion for the opening we have to save ourselves

C. Heineken’s suggestion: Have a conversation about how ‘the other side’ of your thinking is thinking and why… with a member of that other side

D.  Only one rule. Neither person can default to talking points spewed out ’round the clock by pundits from MSNBC, Fox, Breitbart, ad nauseum

Here is the ad:


Hold My Stout. The Wisdom of Rhythm from Bobby McFerrin

Imagine Bobby McFerrin having a Guinness (or, preferred by yours truly) a Murphy’s Irish Stout when a colleague (aka fellow drinker) asks him if the power of the pentatonic scale is diminished.

Power of the Pentatonic Scale

This video has been around the block, first appearing in July 2009 focused on an event held in June of that year. Here is how the poster described the video, “Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”.

I am merely imagining how it would have gone over in an Irish drinking establishment, and perhaps wondered how the staid gentlemen on the stage would have reacted after havin’ a pint or tow.

“The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Our mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.”

* I have no idea if Mr. MCFerrin imbibes at all, so if he does not, my apologies in advance for inserting him into an Irish pub. Where, whether you imbibe or not, you’ll have an abundance of savage Craic.

Hold My Beer. The Wisdom of Dictators and Others.

Taken from

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

— Vladimir Lenin

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”

— Adolf Hitler

“I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.”

— Adolf Hitler

“I want you to know that everything I did, I did for my country.”

— Pol Pot

“Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard.”

— Genghis Khan

Taken from

“It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.”

— Herbert Hoover

“Dictators depend on a small coterie to sustain their power. These backers, generally drawn from the military, the senior civil service, and family or clan members, have a synergistic relationship with their dictator. The dictator delivers opportunities for them to become rich, and they protect him from being overthrown.”

— Bruce Bueno de Mesquita


A quote for DJT’s entourage

“It’s tough being a dictator, but I’ve always thought it must be tougher being a hanger-on to a dictator. The late nights spent listening to his crazed ranting, the weary rictus grin from smiling at bad jokes, the draining knowledge that one misjudged comment could land you on the chopping block.”

— John Niven






Alternative Relevance.

Classic advertising retains its punch. In alternative eras, the punch is to the gut.

The ad was created by Chiat Day for Macintosh and directed by Ridley Scott.