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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #303 - Randomly Thursday - a t-shirt reprint - Daily Planet

Piper's Birthday 2012 - Texas Corners
Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #303 - Randomly Thursday - a t-shirt reprint

Hi Mom,

The picture above has very little to do with the content, but I decided to share it now as it shows the family.

Since I am writing from one day in the future, I know some things. I spent some time with Dad today (Thursday), helped him with some projects, dealt with Ivan's car. Liesel asked Piper to make dinner, but then came home and decided to take us all out to eat at the Blue Dolphin. So, we had nice family time, like we did in the picture above.

Still, catching up, and I want to deliver my longer Eno entry, so this is a t-shirt reprint that allows me to catch up. I like this one as it shares variety of things, randomly, including a neat story about how I do not like to be without my wedding ring.

Today was a nice a day, and yesterday, I also got a hair cut, though at a different place.

Oh but first, some randomly links via Warren Ellis.

FANTASTIC VOCABULARY - newly invented words.


PROBLEM GLYPHS - a project, a book, a Patreon



The Phantasmagoria - The Collected Phantasmagoria EPs - British Space Group


T-shirt #107: The Daily Planet, Random News, and the Missing Ring

I promise for once this will be short. Or at least shorter. I have gone a little nuts lately, but, hey, time off, vacation, freedom, and thus more writing and time in research. I had some fun.

Yesterday (Friday July 5th), I had a haircut.

Here is a picture of me in the salon (left).

I was just out the door of my home and at the stop light at our nearest major intersection when I discovered that I had left the house without my wedding ring.

Had I not been late to my appointment at the salon, I would have turned around and retrieved my ring. But I did not, so I thought that this would be a cute picture. A thank you to Tim at Ultima Salon for the photo.

I hate being without my wedding ring. I only take it off to shower or wash my hands. But sometimes, I forget to put it back on, such as when I am doing dishes and get called away or when I am in a hurry and leave the house in a rush.

When I am without my wedding ring and I am not absolutely certain where it is, I feel PANIC. I am terrified of losing it. Though it's just a ring, it is a very important ring, and I am sentimental about it. Made of Tungsten, if I am ever seriously injured, I may lose a finger as the ring cannot be cut off. It would be great if I was able to slip it off in the middle of a serious accident. I will work on developing that super power.

Of course, this time, my ring was where I left it on the bathroom counter, and I was much relieved when I returned home and put it back on my finger. Whew!

I was so proud when I got married and had a wedding ring that I swore to never take it off except for bathing or dish washing and such things. I debated as to whether I should wear it playing Ultimate as it is a bit loose when my finger shrinks in the cold, but so far, in almost four years, it has not slipped off. This is the main source of the panic. I have no visible evidence of being married without the ring, which is troublesome in and of itself, and which I never do on purpose, and if I am away from home, I am afraid that it is lost. I have to check to make sure I know where it is, which I cannot do when I have left the house. I also panic a bit when I leave the house without a watch, and at least once a week, I double back to make sure I have shut the garage door.

I already featured my other Daily Planet shirt in T-shirt #42. So, not much today about the actual Daily Planet.

Since the Daily Planet is a "fictional" newspaper (though as Charles Skaggs will tell me it is real and he writes for it), I thought I would close today's entry with some "news" of my own in the form of lists as I know how you all love the lists.

Here are a few random lists of the things kicking around my brain lately: things to recommend and share.

Yes, this is completely self-serving and self-indulgent, but here are my top five favorite entries so far on this blog. If you have not read all of these, and if you have tuned in today, this may be a good sample for you. Thanks again for your kindness and your time. Granted, these are my favorites today. This is my own first impression choices of the moment. The list could change tomorrow as it is arbitrary in some respects. I probably could find better choices for numbers three and four, and I am only picking number two because of the video. (Though I am awfully fond of yesterday's T-shirt #106: Captain America.)

  1. T-shirt #77: Narcissism
  2. T-shirt #105: Ultimate Spider-Man (WITH  A VIDEO!!)
  3. T-shirt #13: The Unlucky Red Shirt
  4. T-shirt #98: Optic Nerve
  5. T-shirt #64: Embrace Uncertainty; Question Everything
If you asked me to name five books I have loved lately and read recently (as in during the last twelve months), here we go:

  1. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
  2. Ready, Player One - Ernest Cline
  3. Red Shirts - John Scalzi
  4. Gun Machine - Warren Ellis
  5. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - by Michael Chabon
But really, out of this list, Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline is the most amazing. Everyone to whom I have recommended it has loved it, and the audio edition with narration by Wil Wheaton is fantastic! Beware. You will not be able to put it down.

I originally mentioned Ready, Player One in the entry for T-shirt #61, another post that could have made the top five and of which I am enormously proud. (See how I am sneaking in more than a top five in posts?)

Again, a quick five items. Just the music that I have been listening to in the last two weeks, and in the case of number one, what I am listening to right now.

  1. Spektrmodule podcasts
  2. At Water's Edge podcasts
  3. Love This Giant - David Byrne and St. Vincent
  4. Out of the Woods Tracey Thorn
  5. Destroyed - Moby
I wrote about Warren Ellis' Spektrmodule in T-shirt #75, another entry in which I take great pride. 

The Tracey Thorne album came up in T-shirt #97 and lists of most listened to albums. Of course, Moby being in the above list is proof that often when I choose to write about something, as I did with Moby in T-shirt #99, then I am inspired to listen. I am going to see David Byrne and St. Vincent in two days (on Monday July 8th), so expect more on this subject following that show.

AT WATER'S EDGE, which is a great ambient podcast/ radio show can be found via the following:

and Rebecca Hilgraves (the host).

Lastly, FOOD ( a new category). Here are five foods that I love that sound good to me right now.
  1. Oyako Don, Donburi
  2. Sushi and Sashimi
  3. Fried Rice
  4. Kimchee
  5. Spam Musubi
Do you sense a theme here?

Thank you for reading today's blog. I hope you found something of interest.

Leave me a comment!!

- chris tower - 1307.06 - 12:05 (Saturday)

(And yes, for me, this is short!)


Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.


- Days ago = 305 days ago

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1605.05 - 10:10

NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.
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