May 5, 2015

What have I been doing lately? No, I have not been stewing about Hillary. I've been looking into old Texas maps. I'm talking to the Texas General Land Office about acquiring some to donate to their collection.

I'm beginning to think that it's going to take time to find the right picks for them, in part because they would prefer rare maps, which means not only expensive maps but maps that don't show up on the market very often. I think I'm going to have to wait and watch for a while. That's okay—I'm using the time to study up and learn what I'm doing.

On another front, I decided to acquire the pictured map for my own self. I found it at a German map dealer. It's the latest of three versions of the map; the first was dated 1846, and this one dates to 1852-1853. I like this one, because it has more detail than the earlier versions and it reflects the Compromise of 1850. You can click the image for a larger view.

May 5, 2015

For all the candidates, there doesn't seem to be much campaigning going on. Mrs. Clinton was much more visible before she declared. People are tossing in hats on the Republican side, but I don't see any real activity. Nobody is talking to the press. Maybe they're fundraising. Oh, man, that's it. It's not about votes right now. It's about cash.

Is this a great country, or what?

May 4, 2015

Peter Overby covers power, money, and influence for Radio Hillary. This morning he did a piece about evolving views of when a politician is corrupted by money. He gave one example of a potentially corrupting contributor: the Koch brothers. He gave one example of a potentially corrupted politician: Marco Rubio.

That's bad enough, but jeez, how could he ignore the 800-pound Gorilla and her foundation?

May 2, 2015

I am becoming a snob about everything, and it's not making me any happier. Today I was in the grocery, headed for the checkout, when I hear a food lady say "sample of banana cream pie." I hit the brakes. She's serving little scoops in cups. I am wild about banana cream pie. So I take a scoop.

Picture notwithstanding, I am certain that it was not Sara Lee, because it was awful. The "cream" part was sticky marshmallow topping. The banana part was still frozen and, as I write this a couple of hours later, I am still burping up artificial banana flavor. I find myself wondering whether it was supposed to be frozen, because the food lady was standing closer to the ice cream than to the frozen pies. Whatever the plan, it didn't work out.

Who eats this crap? Who eats $2 frozen pizza, or Hamburger Helper, or frozen grilled chicken, or molded rainbow fruit Jell-O? Okay, I eat the rainbow fruit Jell-O, but not very often. That's beside the point.

The point is... oh, hell, it doesn't matter what the point is. I got the most beautiful T-Bone in the world and it's headed for the Hasty-Bake.

May 1, 2015

Don't ask why I know this, but if you search for "Carnival cruise" on Amazon, a lot of the resulting products are for ways to smuggle booze on board the ship. Keep it classy, cruisers!

Another popular item is a book of instructions on how to make cute animals out of towels, just like the room attendants do. Fun!

May 1, 2015

Someone just dropped the F-Bomb on CNN. Surprisingly, although the camera stayed on him, CNN didn't turn on a seven-second delay. So a CNN reporter talks to the guy for a little interview and, sure as hell, he drops the F-Bomb again. It was kind of refreshing.

April 30, 2015

These four stories have been on the front page of the San Antonio Express News website for a long time. I finally decided to check how long. Between five and six weeks, it turns out. There's just not that much going on in town, I guess.

April 29, 2015

I'm looking for something upbeat to post today. Haven't found anything. I'll let you know.