Lispian Random meanderings on whatever catches my fancy

Gourmet vs. Gourmand

Getting to middle age was probably a big deal back a few hundred years ago, but today it’s just a pain, literally. This week I got to enjoy more middle-aged pain courtesy of diverticulitis and doctor ordered rest and a clear liquids-only diet. That meant I had lots of time to sit around and watch […]

Baking Bonanza
Baking Bonanza

I was under the weather much of the period before Christmas, during Christmas and after Christmas. To add to my joy I seem to have come down with the flu, ruining the start of January and my return to the office where I get to do some wickedly cool work on data analytics. In all, […]

Great Literary Quote

Her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers and praises which I myself did not understand. My eyes were often full of tears (I could not tell why) and at times a flood from my heart seemed to pour itself out into my bosom. I thought little of the future. I did […]


It’s funny how some folks just love being assholes. Case in point, this guy. As can be seen, he (or she) went to a lot of trouble to make up cards to be an utter ass. Now, this same ass would probably bitch and moan to high heaven if he needed one of those nasty […]

Top 10 SF Novels

Wired has an article on the reader’s choice for top 10 SF novels: Dune by Frank Herbert TIE: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card TIE: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Foundation by Isaac Asimov 1984 by George Orwell Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Neuromancer by William Gibson Starship Troopers by Robert […]

Recently Read

I’m going to try to keep track of the books I’ve read here, as it might be of interest to others. I have a lot of catching up to do so I think I’ll just stick to the books I actually liked, as opposed to the dreck that I’ve wished to hurl across the room. […]

Hugh Segal on Fighting Poverty

This is a great lecture from Hugh Segal, a former cabinet minister here in Canada and now a Canadian Senator. He’s what is typically called a “Red Tory” in that he holds many progressive attitudes towards social programs and how they should be utilized in a liberal democracy. I would recommend everyone watch, it’s well […]

Dave’s Killer Bread
Dave's Killer Bread

As any regular reader will know by now, I love to bake. I’m not a big fan of cakes — or as Chef Faure said during a pastry course, “Gateaus. I’m sick of gateaus” :-). I prefer puff pastries, croissants, tarts, mille feuilles, breads, etc. They’re just so much more interesting to make — and […]

Americans and Nipples

I just don’t get it. I probably never will. What, you may wonder? Why America’s bizarre inability to handle seeing a woman’s nipple bared anywhere. The country has some type of serious mental problem in this regard. It simply remains unbelievable that they are more than willing to show people graphically and realistically being killed, […]

Rant: Why I Love and Hate Religion At The Same Time

Those that know me well know I’m fairly religious. It tends to drive my overly atheist friends nuts, but I’m also a great foil for one atheist friend who uses me to take the opposite side from what he’s called indignant, ignorant atheists who seem more focused on simply belittling anyone who believes in God, […]

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