Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
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Monday, November 27, 2006
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Thursday, November 23, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Me, I've never smoked anything (tobacco, MJ, meth, crack, heroin, etc.), and have managed (so far) to resist the allure of pineapple-flavored mini-cigars.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
If we haven't met -- if you see a blue-eyed fellow who looks like a blogger, that's me. Also - 6' 6" tall, shaved head.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
House: Red, in exactly the same proportion as Montana overall.
I think most of the candidates I voted for (note: I did not vote in every race) won. Woo-hoo ;-)
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
USA Today: Abstinence message goes beyond teens:
Millions in federal money targeting adults up to 29.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Where: Mackenzie River Pizza, Main St., Bozeman
When: Nov. 11 (Saturday), starting at 5:30 pm (come when you like...)
(I talked to the hostess at MRP this evening. She recommended having a few people arrive before 6 pm, which is when the rush starts. So, I'll be there (probably drinking beer) before anyone else. If 5:30 is too early for you, come later.)
Questions? Please comment below or email big mike.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Re my sister's comment: "Unitarian/Universalist" was also my highest score ;-) IIRC, "Islam" was the lowest, which is not surprising since my "religion motto" is non serviam.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Here are some results for bloggers from my blogroll:
Dude (The Dude Abides)
Erin Murphy (Inside-Out)
Lemon Curry ?
Michael Cole (bozeman-mt)
Wulfgar! (A chicken is not pillage)
Strangely enough, only one of the blogs (Chrismukkah) is famous enough to have a relevant wikipedia entry, though several entries are pretty close (e.g., Wulfgar!).
So far, I've answered questions related to smoking, monagamy, abortion, dental habits, snuggling preferences, evolution, arithmetic, how frequently to keep in touch, eugenics...
Saturday, September 23, 2006
"Efficient" is being used in a technical sense here. What's scary is that I immediately understood that sense. Wiki link.
Friday, September 22, 2006
I must've liked the song back the early 80's, since I still know the lyrics, but isn't it time to give it a rest?
Thursday, September 21, 2006
The lovely peasant lass in the photo background is from the Philbrook Museum.
* France - my most recent immigrant ancestor came over from Napoleon III's France
* England - the "Cole" line
* Scotland - inferred from my ancestor's name "Montgomery"
* America - distant Indian ancestry on my Mother's side and my Father's side. Probably Cherokee and ?
I'm pretty sure, but haven't verified, the following:
Imagine you had a time machine and travelled back to England/Scotland in the year 1100. Pick a random person. If that person has any descendants living in 2006, then he/she was (almost surely, like 99.9%) one of my ancestors.
Everyone reading this blog is a cousin if you go back far enough; and "far enough" is not really that far.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
My surprising inference was that this trend to "less than zero" sizes is driven by fairly slender women. I guess a "size 0p" would be a consolation prize for those women who lost the zaftig lottery.
Hmm - it's not restricted to women's fashions: I measured some of my trousers, and the waist measurements are a couple of inches more than what the label says.
I wasn't invited to the recent get-together of Progressive MT bloggers (maybe because my blog is non-political ;-), but maybe this post means I'll be invited whenever the MT fashion bloggers throw a party...
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Montana Film Office: Bozeman has info about movies, TV shows, etc. filmed in Bozeman.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Call of the Wild (Jack London) - a must for anyone with the slightest bit of affection for the canine-kind, or interest in the Noble Savage.
The Man Who was Thursday (G.K. Chesterton) - the hoariest of secret agent cliches is a major plot point, but that's OK because this novella probably originated the cliche.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
1 - number of houseplants
1.5 - quarts of milk consumed per week (average)
3 - pieces of furniture accidentally broken this summer
20 - pairs of shoes & boots
38 - circumference in inches
232 - weight in pounds
500 - miles driven per month (average)
Friday, August 18, 2006
Just as gross: recipe for Deep-Fried Mayonnaise.
And, I knew a guy in college who raved about sun-baked mayo sandwiches (a joke, I hope).
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Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
The Section Line Ditch runs east of Fowler Road. The "Farmers Canal Company" owns and operates the irrigation ditch. Whenever they get the chance (e.g., when a bordering piece of land is developed), they replace the open ditch with a buried culvert ;-(
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
I asked him where he found his wife....... he re-married the woman he had divorced a few years previously ;-)
2. I deleted a bunch of defunct blogs.
3. I decided not to add some Bozeman-based MySpace blogs. Although there are some exceptions, MySpace blogs tend to suck big time, IMHO.
4. I'll keep Revolving Duck on the blogroll for a few more weeks even though it has gone on (probably permanent) hiatus. The proprietor of this "personal journey blog" wrote an informative final post.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Here's an amusing article: "Feline reactions to bearded men". I haver never simultaneously had both a beard and a cat, so I am unable to report any personal anecdotes.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
A-ha: Take on me - cheesy song, but great rotoscoping of a parallel universe
Genesis: Land of confusion - puppet-mania
Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer
Dire Straits: Money for nothing
Shining - not a music video, but funny use of Peter Gabriel's song "Salisbury Hill"
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Jane Austen's Emma and Persuasion are considered the greatest of her novels, and among the greatest of all English novels. My endorsement: I will be re-reading these novels with care in the years to come.
If you are a beginning "literary reader" (like myself), I would recommend starting with one of Austen's earlier novels, such as Pride and Prejudice. Emma is 100% characterization, 0% action; and Persuasion has a set of inter-related characters worthy of a Tolstoy novel.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Anyway, the Time Traveller travels 800,000 years into the future and meets the eloi. These descendants of modern-day humans are all 4 feet tall and androgynous. The loss of sexual dimorphism in humans transformed this SF tale into a horror story for me ;-)
Update (8/2) - In the recent movie adaptation, the eloi Weena is decidedly non-androgynous. This reinforces my view that movie adaptations of books should be considered on their own merits.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
The only thing that marred my trip to the movies was my missing part of the show due to a projection error (I'm always the one to inform the theater management). Back in the 5th grade, I was one of the students tasked to run the film projector, so I'm sensitive to projection errors. Do schools even have film projectors any more? If not, how are geeks-in-training recognized in elementary school ? ? ?
Monday, July 24, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Bonus: The Straight Dope explains the meaning of "Hotel California".
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I have a box of 50+ paperbacks - mostly "classic" science fiction - Niven, Heinlein, etc. (Somehow I ended up with two copies of The Mote in God's Eye.) Anyway, out it goes.
If anyone out there is interested in classic SF (and some Tom Clancy and Stephen King for good measure), let me know and you can pick out what you like before I take the box to the thrift store.
Monday, July 17, 2006
You may imagine my delight in reading about another sort of greenhouse, the "pinery", in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. A pinery is a greenhouse devoted to growing, not pine trees, but pineapples. They were apparently quite the rage among wealthy landowners in 18/19th century England.
The heroine in Northanger Abbey is similar to Don Quixote, in that she confuses fictional books with real-life. The book is generally considered a minor Austen novel, but it's minor only in relation to her masterpieces. I think it's a fine introduction to the author's work.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
As I read classic novels this summer, I've found that most of them have been adapted into first-rate movies.
I included Starship Troopers in the photo as a bit of a joke. I'll leave it to those who have read Heinlein's book and/or watched the movie to ponder the nature of my little joke...
Monday, July 10, 2006
I enjoyed the movie, though it was very long. Keira Knightley does not get as much screen time as Johnny Depp or Orlando Bloom. IMHO, though, she is by far the most alluring of the pirates ;-)
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea helped push him over the top in winning a Nobel Prize in Literature. The mystical tone of the story is somewhat reminiscent of the short story "The Big Two-Hearted River", which is a good thing.
In Candide, Voltaire savagely indicted the notion of "philosophical optimism" - that everything happens for a good purpose and that "this is the best of all possible worlds." After enduring much violence and misuse, Candide and his companions finally find a reasonable existence in performing useful work as a household community. In the last line, Candide says that "we must cultivate our garden."
Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is filled with unappetizing characters. It's a good study of how not to live one's life.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
The unexpected and complex relationship that develops between [Long John] Silver and Jim helps transform what seems at first to be a simple, rip-roaring adventure story into a deeply moving study of a boy's growth into manhood, as he learns hard lessons about friendship, loyalty, courage, and honor -- and the uncertain meaning of good and evil.
On a side note, the name of the "Long John Silver" quick-service seafood restaurants now makes sense. Long John Silver was the ship's cook on the journey to Treasure Island. (I don't know if they have any of those fast-food joints here in Montana.)
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
I read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice on the advice of a fellow Montana blogger. A great novel - sparkling wit, a very appealing protagonist (Elizabeth Bennet), great sense of irony, awesome authorial stlye. Unexpected reading for Big Mike?
On tap: Northanger Abbey, Candide, and Treasure Island.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Friday, June 02, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
In related news, my weight seems to have stabilized at 240 lbs (all hard-packed muscle - well most of it, anyway ;-). The least I've ever weighed as a full-grown adult: 195 lbs; the most I've ever weighed: 265 lbs.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
My .mac name also functions as an AIM name: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, May 26, 2006
WDAMA (What Dreams Are Made Of)
K*U*R*T (actually a Belgrade blog)
Montana Diva (actually a Belgrade blog)
I'll delete the following blog:
Montana Man has moved back to Norway (?)
It's been a long time since I had sparkling wine. This $9 Argentine wine was very tasty with grilled pork shoulder steak.
(I'm finishing this bottle alone, but bought two champagne flutes because it'd be a shame not to be prepared for any eventuality ;-)
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Hemingway's Key was a major bust this season until he rallied for third in the Preakness.
Zito admitted the colt, owned by George Steinbrenner, was a puzzle he could not solve. Zito suggested the horse might be gelded if he didn't perform better.
Hemingway's Key, a 29-1 shot, fended off that drastic action with a strong run through the lane for his first in-the-money finish in five races this season.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Much of the action in this hard-boiled crime novel takes place in Havre, Montana.
Here's a description of one of the security guards:
"[she] was Net crazy, lurking in chat rooms all her waking hours, adding her address to more and more monster mailing lists, receiving endless dumb jokes or chain letters through the ether and dutifully passing them on."