Archive for January, 2011

Making Sausage

“Are you not entertained?” “Are you not entertained? Is this not why you came here?” Spoken by Maximus, Russell Crowe’s character in the 2000 movie Gladiator, those lines were directed to a stunned arena audience, just moments after it watched the dismantling – and dismembering – of an onslaught of  fighters. Maximus is saying, “You [...]

Making Sausage

“Are you not entertained?” “Are you not entertained? Is this not why you came here?” Spoken by Maximus, Russell Crowe’s character in the 2000 movie Gladiator, those lines were directed to a stunned arena audience, just moments after it watched the dismantling – and dismembering – of an onslaught of  fighters. Maximus is saying, “You [...]

Because You Have To Have Heat

Well, that was quick. The end of January is near, which in the Midwest means there’s only three more months of winter. In reality, it means we have another four or five weeks of colder stuff, with the likelihood of a stray blizzard sometime in early March. So there’s that to look forward to. I [...]

Because You Have To Have Heat

Well, that was quick. The end of January is near, which in the Midwest means there’s only three more months of winter. In reality, it means we have another four or five weeks of colder stuff, with the likelihood of a stray blizzard sometime in early March. So there’s that to look forward to. I [...]

The Emperors’ New Clothes

Long ago, long before the lobotomy that created Velo Jones, I was a for-real, bona-fide writer. They paid me and everything. It was great. But even then, I worked on little side projects that allowed me to do different, fun things. I mean, that’s the nature of side projects to begin with, isn’t it? To [...]

The Emperors’ New Clothes

Long ago, long before the lobotomy that created Velo Jones, I was a for-real, bona-fide writer. They paid me and everything. It was great. But even then, I worked on little side projects that allowed me to do different, fun things. I mean, that’s the nature of side projects to begin with, isn’t it? To [...]

Nope, Not Yet

Well, the great warming of December 2010 came to pass. I wrote about it in anticipation last week, just hours before kitting up and enjoying a 64-degree day. December 30. Omaha. Sixty-four degrees. Of course, the absolute bottom fell out of everything not long after we got back. About 45 minutes from the end of [...]

Nope, Not Yet

Well, the great warming of December 2010 came to pass. I wrote about it in anticipation last week, just hours before kitting up and enjoying a 64-degree day. December 30. Omaha. Sixty-four degrees. Of course, the absolute bottom fell out of everything not long after we got back. About 45 minutes from the end of [...]