Month: May 2013



Detroit teams are pretty competitive. The Red Wings should be in the Conference Championship series right now. The Tigers are rocking. The Lions are on the rise, and the Pistons, though currently struggling, have three NBA championships over the past 25 years. And best of all: The Detroit Tigers are competitive on beer prices. Just $5 for twelve ounces. The price is an outrage, of course, but compared to its brethren? It’s in the 80th percentile. Go here for a complete list of MLB station beer prices. … Read the rest


“To boldly go where no one has gone before.” That’s Star Trek Into Darkness. The line, of course, is supposed to be “to boldly go where no man has gone before,” but Hollywood is nauseatingly politically correct, so it’s to be expected.

I wasn’t nuts about the movie. I couldn’t entirely follow it. I don’t know whether it just didn’t hang together well, or whether I simply don’t remember enough from the earlier movies, or whether I’m simply losing it. I seem to have troubles following a lot of movies these days.

Unrelated: I planted the last of my garden yesterday. Everything is in the ground and in the pots. We’ll see how things go from here. … Read the rest


Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He gave me permission to use them here. I hope y’all find them as interesting as I have over the years. Most of them have never been published.

Chesterton Short(s)

In his diary of 1922 through 1927, C. S. Lewis mentions reading four Chesterton books: Eugenics and Other Evils, St. Francis of Assisi, Magic, and The Lunatic at Large (by which he presumably meant The Poet and the Lunatics). [All My Road Before Me, New York: 1991] Aidan Mackay writes from England that “This was clearly one of those odd tricks of memory, for there was a very popular book named A Lunatic at Large by J. Storer Clouston. It was published in 1899, reprinted many times, and was the first of a series, being followed by The Lunatic at Large Again (1922), The Lunatic Still at Large (1923), and The Lunatic in Charge (1926).”

Happy birthday, GKC: May 29, 1874.… Read the rest



This is my garden, as of yesterday. I added flowers for the first time. My daughters like them, plus they act as “beneficials” (their aroma confuses insects that destroy vegetables and they attract insects that help the vegetables). * * * * * * * Unconscionable: $30,000: The average student-loan debt for a borrower who received a bachelor’s degree in 2013. “That number has doubled over the course of a recent graduate’s lifetime. Even adjusting for inflation, the average debt burden was half that size 20 years ago.” The government’s answer: Throw even more money at colleges and universities in the form of student aid. That way, they can claim the PR victory (“We’re helping young people!”), while continue to throw money to their cronies in higher education. It’s very disturbing. * * * * * * * Please, Fox Sports. Deliver us from the tyranny of ESPN! August 1st is the launch date of Fox’s new sports network that is designed to compete head-to-head with ESPN. Thank goodness. ESPN has become a TV gossip site, more dedicated to gay advocacy than professional hockey. They also decline to cover sports that they aren’t affiliated with. I watched a fair amount of Sports Center this weekend. I didn’t see a single story about the NHL playoffs or the Indy 500. I couldn’t care less about car racing, but it speaks volumes that the NASCAR-affiliated ESPN scarcely mentioned the mutha of all races. … Read the rest

Memorial Day

Have a good Memorial Day, everyone. Most of you realize I’ve grown increasingly skeptical of our nation’s involvement in foreign affairs, but that doesn’t detract from the sacrifice made by millions of young men over the years. … Read the rest


Man, this cold weather is killing me. Full-blown frost advisory last night. Statistically speaking, there is only a 10% chance of frost after the average last frost date, and we got hit ten days after the average last frost date (the average last frost date for Kalamazoo, Michigan, is May 15th). It took me 45 minutes to cover everything and carry pots inside. Good thing the gin and tonics had taken full hold, after three hours of cleaning my office. It wasn’t exactly a Friday night to make a frat boy drool with envy, but a guy does what he can.

That’s it for now. I have a long couple of days ahead of me and TDE traffic slows considerably on holiday weekends. Enjoy yourself. … Read the rest



The un-official start of summer . . . and patchy frost is the word. This really sucks. * * * * * * * But it doesn’t suck as much as my holiday weekend. My plans: Work in the office: Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday night, Monday morning. The one bright side: I plan on drinking Friday and Saturday nights while I work. It’s actually pretty enjoyable. The phone doesn’t ring, I put on some light music while I get things organized, and drink vodka tonics. I can’t do any hardcore billable work while drinking, but I have a mountain of fluff and administrative crud that has been backlogging for a month now. My family will be gone, so I’ll use the opportunity to catch up on everything, from hard projects (in the morning) to fluff administrative projects (evenings). * * * * * * My family is bird watching for the weekend, so I can’t complain about spending my holiday in the office. I’m getting off easy. * * * * * * * Dastardly long hairs: “According to a new report from Restaurant Sciences, which tracks food and beverage sales nationwide, “Pabst Blue Ribbon-swilling hipsters” are the reason why “sub-premium” beer prices have climbed 9.4% in the last seven months in New York City and risen 6.8% on the national level, even though the fancier beer prices have stayed relatively stable.” Link. * * * * * * * Dastardly nerds: “Vulcan Ale was dreamed up by Canada’s Delancey Direct to celebrate the centennial of Vulcan, Alberta, a small Canadian prairie town that has leveraged its name (which it shares with … Read the rest