Friday, September 21, 2018

What Animals Are Thinking

16:27 mins

Animal Pics

The internet proliferates with animal photos, especially people's pets. Personally, I try to avoid posting animal pictures; like, here's what little punkinhead did this morning that was so funny. But today is a little different. For one thing, these pics are not of my dog. As far as I have been able to establish, the picture at left is of a real dog although I have no idea of breed or other details of interest. Looks sort of like a poodle is my guess. Check the accompanying photo -- it shows more of the dog in toto, so to speak. In toto, get it? Yes, you and your little dog too, Dorothy.

That mutt has a face. The question is, do you find it charming or not just a little creepy?

How about this one of Shaggy relaxing on dad's lap. Funny or disturbing?

You know, unfortunately, not all of us love animals or even make an attempt to take care of our pets. You know who I'm talking about, that family down the street with four kids who all want either a dog or a kitten or a hamster or maybe even an exotic snake. The dog ends up chained to a pole out in the yard, the kitten gets out and gets run over on day three, the hamster escapes and eventually dies behind the refrigerator. The snake has babies, lots of them. Yep, it's best to really think about pets before bringing them home.

Of course, if your choice of pet has a person's face, that could change the entire process. Did your parents ever talk to you about the care and treatment of pets? Or animals in general? My parents did not but I did have to feed the family dog every evening for the eleven years we had her. Sometimes I napped with Minnie Fae in the backyard in the shade of the house. Minnie would "herd" any little kids left with her and loved the company of people. She was not so crazy about other dogs or cars.

Have you ever wondered whether you'll see your deceased pets in heaven? How could it be heaven without the dog you grew up with? Yes, I know, it's a dangling preposition but you get my point.

If all these questions begin to make you a little nervous, perhaps it's time to take Spot for a nice, long walk and get reacquainted. As the above GIF suggests, maybe you're a cat person. Certainly nothing wrong with that. Cats can be loyal companions as well.

Here's a rendition of my one-eyed black cat. Most days he fancies himself a pirate. Dogs may be loyal but cats are funny. I think there's even a Youtube channel by that name.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

eBook Sale!

Everybody loves science fiction, right? And ebooks are so dang cheap! Thomas Stone is having a sale for his books everywhere you look. For the best in current sci-fi, check out Thomas Stone.

Xylanthia is the first book of a thrilling sci-fi trilogy of space travel, time distortion, wormholes and represents the latest effort by author Thomas Stone. An engaging tale of time and space, as Stone points out on the cover. For sale at Smashwords, Amazon and other fine ebook retailers.

Return to Xylanthia is, of course, the magnificent sequel to Xylanthia. Purchase it today and tell your friends about it too! Amazon or Smashwords.

Last book in the Xylanthian trilogy (The Xylanthian Chronicles). The Galactic Center sums up the Mackenzie Maguire story and what happens to her time-traveling friends. You won't know how the story ends without reading it. Amazon or Smashwords.

Collected Short Stories is a volume of ten short stories by Thomas Stone. Most of these are not science fiction but that doesn't mean they won't give you something to think about. Amazon or Smashwords.

Oh my gosh! They're here and they're from the depths of outer space! What's worse is they mean to kill us all! Song of the Elowai is an alien invasion military sci-fi novel set in the near future. Smashwords or Amazon.

In a near future scenario, the sexes have declared war on one another -- for real! But what happens when soldiers from the opposite sides fall in love? Purchase The Gender Wars at either Smashwords or Amazon.

Smolif traces the fortunes of Contra Marlo, a retired, alcoholic, security specialist. Contra was the best before he dropped out and became a full-time drunk. When a company rep offers him a job, Marlo must deal with sobriety, inexperienced team members, and a lack of information -- as well as the dangers of an alien world and the man who would be king of that world. Amazon or Smashwords.

Rolling Thunder follows T. L. O'Toole as he rescues a stranded scientist from rebellious natives on the world of Pax Noma. With a cast that includes an intelligent truck, a genetically engineered pet, a cruel cyborg, and an alien entity, he unravels the secrets of Pax Noma and finds romance in the process. Rolling Thunder is fast-paced sci-fi intended for a general audience. Amazon or Smashwords.

Incident on Walsh Street is a quirky story of American political intrigue and suspense in novella form. Carter Smith is a regular guy with a dominating wife and boss who finds refuge in studying conspiracy theories, especially the Kennedy assassination. How far will such a man go in pursuing the truth? Incident on Walsh Street is a study in political correctness and corruption. Amazon or Smashwords.

By no means is this a comprehensive list of Thomas Stone's work. For more, go to Stone's Author Page or to his personal web site. Happy reading, everybody! Enjoy! Thomas Stone's books are also available from the Barnes & Noble web site, Apple iBooks, and most other fine eBook retailers.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Social Goals

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself
in the ranks of the insane.” — Marcus Aurelius

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Be Careful What You Write

taken fm an article by Cezary Jan Strusiewicz on

Did you know some state laws actually make it illegal to write about things that can alarm people? In Illinois, for example, the state has regulations against "disorderly conduct," which usually means stuff like prank calling 911, but can also apply to writing "disturbing fiction."

It doesn't even matter whether you make it public or not. If someone reads something you wrote and finds it reprehensibly soul-poisoning, you may face 30 days of jail time and a $1,500 fine.

In Kentucky, writing about a fictional military attack can result in a second-degree FELONY charge of making terrorist threats. And in Oklahoma, a completely made-up story wherein a person gets injured or killed can get you arrested for planning to cause serious bodily harm, the maximum penalty for which is 10 years in prison.

In 2007, a Chicago high school student named Allen Lee was arrested for disorderly conduct over a class writing assignment involving stream of consciousness where the students were supposed to write whatever came to their minds. Instead of page after page filled with "boobs" and "weed," Lee ended up with an unsurprisingly nonsensical jumble of words and phrases, including "Super Mario," "ballet" and four instances of "stab." After reading his assignment, Lee's teacher turned it into the school officials, who collectively decided that they must expel the straight-A student and have him arrested. You know, before he goes on a writing spree.

Oklahoma high school student Brian Robertson found himself in an even more baffling situation in 2001 when he discovered an evacuation manual on the school computer and used it as a basis to write a story about a commando attack on his school. When his teacher discovered the story, Robertson was immediately suspended and arrested under the Oklahoma statute preventing "planning acts of violence." Though in the end the case was thrown out, Robertson missed a year of school and was fired from his job, which you may notice leaves him with both the knowledge and the motive to carry out his fictitious assault.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Oh Snap! Missed the Games!

I did not plan to do it, I just did it without thinking about it. Yep, I skipped all the NFL games on Sunday and didn't even check the scores last night. I guess I can honestly say I really do not care anymore. Like everything else, professional sports is fixed in any case. Yes, don't believe for a minute these games are played without interference from political bigwigs and NFL ownership.

Also, I must admit I am tired of hearing about fabulously wealthy hyper-thyroidal professional athletes who act more like spoiled divas than big strong men. What do these millionaires have to bitch and moan about, huh? Where to spend their money? I would suggest spending some of it going back to school and getting a proper education because it sure appears they've learned nothing up to this point.

They said they were protesting because of racism in America. Well, I'm going to protest stupidity in America.

I cannot say with conviction that I will never watch professional sports on television again, but it's a safe bet I won't watch again this coming Sunday.

Sometimes I think I'm the only guy out here who is sick of racial politics and political correctness.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Borrowed the neighbor's tractor this morning and did a little yard work. It was a beating.