Friday, May 27, 2011

Can't Comment On Blogger Or See My Followers

Just a note to let my blogging friends know that there are several people having trouble with Blogger (and I'm one of them) not letting them stay logged in, so that when they click on someone else's blog they get logged out and it's impossible to comment on anyone's blog. I can't even comment on my own! I can leave new posts, but no comments.

Update: I found a way to stay logged in now although it's still not the best. Sign out of your dashboard. This will take you back to the sign in page. Sign back in, but this time make sure NOT to check that box that says "Stay signed in."

I don't know why, but many people have reported that if you uncheck that box, you'll be able to stay logged in so that you can commment on other people's blogs. Of course, whenever you shut down your browser it will meaning signing in all over again next time you want to comment on someone's blog.

Also, people who have this problem also will not be able to see their followers anymore. I can see that I have followers, but I can't see who they are.

If this is happening to you, there's a thread about it at Google's help forum here: Blogger Problems

Edited to say that I also can no longer see Facebook "Notes" on other people's Facebook accounts either if they have a lot of them. I'm guessing this is all due to a problem with the latest Java update.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Nesbitt's Orange Soda Pop

I don't know why I'm even posting this. I'm sure no one else will care, but I drank a ton of this stuff in high school. This and Whistle made the best orange soda ever, but Whistle didn't have cool commercials like this!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

"Till We Have Faces" St. Louis Stage Play

This is a review of the recent stage production of CS Lewis' story—Till We Have Faces—that played here a couple of weeks ago. I've never been to a play before but might have made an exception for this had I known it was running.

Friday, May 20, 2011

"To Say Goodbye Is To Die A Little"

The season finale of "Bluebloods" last Friday was excellent. One of the best episodes of a TV show I've ever seen. (You can still watch it on the CBS website as of this writing.) Frank Reagan's (Tom Selleck) son, Joe, was killed in the line of duty by some dirty cops. Toward the end of the episode, the Reagan family was visiting the graveyard, and Frank said the following while standing over his son's grave:

"But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid."

It's a quote from Raymond Chandler's novel—The Simple Art of Murder. Chandler wrote a lot of quotable lines. Some were very poignant—others were oft-times amusing. I thought it would be nice to share a few of my favorites.

"To say goodbye is to die a little." ~ The Long Goodbye

"From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away." ~ The High Window

"The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back." ~ The Long Goodbye

"I'm all done with hating you. It's all washed out of me. I hate people hard, but I don't hate them very long." ~ The Lady in the Lake

Her eyes rounded. She was puzzled. She was thinking. I could see, even on that short acquaintance, that thinking was always going to be a bother to her." ~ The Big Sleep

"I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it." ~ The Big Sleep

"Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency." ~ The Long Goodbye

"He snorted and hit me in the solar plexus. I bent over and took hold of the room with both hands and spun it. When I had it nicely spinning I gave it a full swing and hit myself on the back of the head with the floor." ~ Pearls Are a Nuisance

"It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in." ~ The Big Sleep

"It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window." ~ Farewell, My Lovely

"She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket." ~ Farewell, My Lovely

"I sat down on the edge of a deep soft chair and looked at Mrs Regan. She was worth a stare. She was trouble." ~ The Big Sleep

"You're broke, eh?"
I been shaking two nickels together for a month, trying to get them to mate." ~ The Big Sleep

"Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form itself on the edge of consciousness." ~ The Big Sleep

"...had my books been any worse I would not have been invited to Hollywood and if they had been any better I would not have come." ~ Unknown Article

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Used Books For Sale

I've got several books laying around that are either extra copies or books I have no interest in. I've got a seller's account at Amazon where I've had many of these listed for more than a year! I think I just have nine left, and I'd like to be rid of them. I don't have the shelf space. If anyone is interested, my storefront can be found here:

House Of Charles

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Jo Hamilton - "Winter Is Over" (live)

Live version from her first CD.

Chocolate Is Smart!

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (between 1 and 10).

2. Multiply this number by 2.

3. Add 5.

4. Multiply that by 50.

5. If you've already had your birthday this year add 1761. If you haven't, add 1760.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born (1972 etc.)

You should now have a three digit number. The first digit of this was your original number (i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week). The next two digits are your age.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Great Interview With Bob Love

Part 1

Part 2

Bob Love had the sweetest stroke I ever saw in the NBA. You could actually watch the seems spin on the ball with those high rainbow shots he did because he held the ball "just so" when he shot it every time. He's had a lot of hard luck in life actually. He talks here about meeting his father for the first time when he was 35 and the love he tried to show him. He also talks about his severe stuttering that actually got him sacked from the Bucks even though he was playing well. After leaving the NBA, that same stuttering problem kept him from finding employment, and he actually had to take a job as a busboy and dishwasher for quite a while. The owner of the restaurant did him a good turn though and paid for speech therapy classes which made it possible for Bob to get a job as Director of Community Affairs in 1993 with his old team—the Bulls. You'll notice that he still stammers, but he communicates much better than he used to. I had a severe stammering problem when I was a little boy, so I can relate a little bit.

Friday, May 6, 2011


Is anyone else sick to death of "Glee"? When it first came on I thought it wasn't a half bad show, at least for high school kids. Now it's become all about glorifying homosexuality. No sane parent would let their children watch this garbage at this point. They also had a homosexual wedding on some medical show the other night (Grey's Crapatomy maybe?). And every other TV show just has to have an episode featuring two women kissing. As if any sane man in the country thinks that's at all appealing. As far as I'm concerned, all this does is perpetuate mental illness among the masses, especially the children who believe everything you put on TV.

It's gotten beyond absurd. I'd write to my congressman and have him enact a law, but Mr. Costello is usually too busy suckin' down brewskies and cohorting with the local mobsters at Tim & Joes to be bothered.