Wednesday, July 11, 2018

June 2018 Reading

The books that I finished reading in June 2018


June 2018 Books: photo by Cliff Hutson
June 2018 Books: photo by Cliff Hutson

Well, the year is half over and I have only read twenty-one books. That puts me well off the pace of my goal of sixty for 2018. I can chalk part of the reason for this to the amount of time that I have spent watching the FIFA World Cup. But, mostly it is due to encountering a bunch of proposed books that I find I have no interest in finishing. I am not going to let the probability of missing this goal to get me down. As, to paraphrase Miami Jones, once you start measuring something you enjoy it saps the fun out of it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Drawing a Blank

This Page


Blank Pages: photo by Cliff Hutson
Blank Pages: photo by Cliff Hutson

One of the things that I have long found to be mildly annoying is coming upon a page in a publication that bears the imprint, "This page intentionally left blank." Because, of course it isn't

Aunt Dagmar


Then again, I have always taken to heart Aunt Dagmar's admonition, "If you don't have something to say, there is no need to open your mouth and prove it."

Tonight finds me up against my self-imposed deadline for publishing this blog and I am  pretty much clueless as to any vaguely interesting (even to just me) topic. So, I should stop right here with my own version of a page intentionally left blank.

Shakespeare 


"The rest is silence."  -  The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act V


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

May 2018 Reading

One Book

May 2018 Reading: photo by Cliff Hutson
May 2018 Reading: photo by Cliff Hutson

This past month I only managed to finish reading one book. I might have lost my attention span much like the character in this xkcd comic coincidentally posted this week.

I came across this book on a visit to my local Barnes and Noble bookstore. C.J. Box is not one of my favorite authors, though I have read a fair number of his Joe Pickett series, but that was years ago. However, when I saw a hard cover edition for under seven dollars, I decided to give him another chance. It just reenforced my belief that  decision to drop him from my preferred list was a correct one. Still, I did read the whole thing. There is no other author who made the cut for May.

That purchase was part of my small campaign of trying to support brick and mortar businesses. Bookstores, new and used, were a big part of my life growing up, and into the 1990s when the small, local ones began to disappear because of the pressure for the big stores like Borders, and B&N.  These, too, have discontinued business, or are threatened with demise, respectively. It is good to see that Upstart Crow is still with us.

Several Magazines


I did read quite a lot of magazines, stacks of which had been building up for a while. These photographs represent a sampling of my selections:

The New Yorker: photo by Cliff Hutson
The New Yorker: photo by Cliff Hutson

Scientific American: photo by Cliff Hutso

Westways: photo by Cliff Hutson
Westways: photo by Cliff Hutson

Dwell: photo by Cliff Hutson
Dwell: photo by Cliff Hutson



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Privacy Policy, with Photos

Privacy Policy


It was brought to my attention that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may actually apply to this humble little blog. I am not so sure of that, but why take chances? Therefore, in order to avoid creating my own policy I just going to borrow the following from XKCD:


GDPR 

I don't think that anybody does it better.


Photos


It would be hard to justify the title "Pictures and Words, a Blog" without some pictures. So, here is a random selection of photographs that I have recently taken:

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day is observed each year in the United States on May 14. Which led to this post on Facebook:

Buttermilk Biscuits: photo by Cliff Hutson
Buttermilk Biscuits: photo by Cliff Hutson

National Apple Pie Day was May 13 -  

Apple Crumble Pie: photo by Cliff Hutson
Apple Crumble Pie: photo by Cliff Hutson

Finally, I have decided that I need to do more beard maintenance. This led to a spate of new products.

Beardbrand Scissors: photo by Cliff Hutson
Beardbrand Scissors: photo by Cliff Hutson

Utility Balm: photo by Cliff Hutson
Utility Balm: photo by Cliff Hutson

Beard Wash: photo by Cliff Hutson
Beard Wash: photo by Cliff Hutson








Wednesday, May 16, 2018

a·nal·o·gy

Analogy


A comparison between two things, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification.

A Danish



Blueberry Danish: photo by Cliff Hutson
Blueberry Danish: photo by Cliff Hutson

"A flute without holes is not a flute.
A donut without a hole is a danish."

- Ty Webb

Another Danish

Apricot Pinwheel: photo by Cliff Hutson
Apricot Pinwheel: photo by Cliff Hutson

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