mulhollandbooks:

Alpha, the first book in Greg Rucka’s Jad Bell series, is on sale as a $1.99 eBook through Monday, July 21st. I, for one, have found this summer’s blockbuster movies to be a little lackluster. Reading Alpha delivers five times the thrills, for five times as long, and for a fifth of the price (math may not be exact). Here’s where to download:
Google Play | iBooks | Kobo | Nook

It’s good! Go buy it!

mulhollandbooks:

Alpha, the first book in Greg Rucka’s Jad Bell series, is on sale as a $1.99 eBook through Monday, July 21st. I, for one, have found this summer’s blockbuster movies to be a little lackluster. Reading Alpha delivers five times the thrills, for five times as long, and for a fifth of the price (math may not be exact). Here’s where to download:

Google Play | iBooks | Kobo | Nook

It’s good! Go buy it!


Tim And Jason Aren’t Afraid To Talk About The Goddamn Eagles

From my twitter, with a response from Deadly Fists of Kung Fu’s Jason:

Stay with me, part one: This is about The Eagles. #StayWithMeEagles

— Tim Bishop (@timfumble)

July 17, 2014


I somehow decided Twitter was the best way to spit out thoughts about the Eagles. It is too late in the evening to screw those individual tweets into a sensible order, so check out #StayWithMeEagles on Twitter if you want.

Good night!


My proposal is as follows: we should all leave. Immediately. Leave the food on the table in the restaurant. Leave the groceries in the cart, in the aisle. Stop talking or engaging in the exchange. Just leave, unceremoniously, and fast.

But here is the key part: don’t pay.

laughterkey:

literallysokka:

itsramez:

please be courteous this 4th. of July if you have a veteran in your neighborhood 

This is something very very important which I’ve never thought about until now

My dad used to have issues with mortar smoke - remember it’s not just the noise that can be a problem.

laughterkey:

literallysokka:

itsramez:

please be courteous this 4th. of July if you have a veteran in your neighborhood 

This is something very very important which I’ve never thought about until now

My dad used to have issues with mortar smoke - remember it’s not just the noise that can be a problem.


Based on my tweets from last Saturday night/Sunday morning, most hashtagged #WalMartTales:

So I went to WalMart at 11:00 p.m. Do not judge me.
I needed a shovel.
So, I pick up my shovel, my paper towels, and my dog food and head to the register, there’s a customer ahead of me and he’s got just one item:A box of what must be 50 Trojan Magnum condoms.
When I see something or somebody like this out in the world, I immediately must have some kind of backstory, some kind of explanation.
I can’t just ask a stranger, “50 condoms? For real?”.
So I have to fill in the blanks on my own, using only what I can gather from the 45 seconds  we’ve spent in line together.
And while I hate to judge a book by it’s cover, this gent didn’t look super-sexually active. So I have to put my thinking cap hat on.
(At this point, I’m also trying to do the math in my head as to how much time in his life this guy would spend just putting on those 50 rubbers.)
So first I’m thinking he’s on some kind of scavenger hunt, but no. Not enough items, probably.
Second idea: He’s pledging a frat. But it’s summer, so no.
Third option, and the one I settled on: He’s just moved into a house or apartment or dorm with like, 5 other dudes and he was just crazy optimistic for all of them.
The epilogue to Walmart Tales:
It’s my turn to checkout after Captain Safe-Sex walks off. Cashier asks, “How are you doing tonight?”"Not as good as that guy,” I replied. She agreed.
And then she rang up my shovel and my paper towels. At 11:30 at night. “What, you hiding a body?”She clearly didn’t have as much time as I did to make some shit up, so she just had to ask. Maybe I’ll be so bold next time.

Based on my tweets from last Saturday night/Sunday morning, most hashtagged #WalMartTales:

So I went to WalMart at 11:00 p.m. Do not judge me.

I needed a shovel.

So, I pick up my shovel, my paper towels, and my dog food and head to the register, there’s a customer ahead of me and he’s got just one item:

A box of what must be 50 Trojan Magnum condoms.

When I see something or somebody like this out in the world, I immediately must have some kind of backstory, some kind of explanation.

I can’t just ask a stranger, “50 condoms? For real?”.

So I have to fill in the blanks on my own, using only what I can gather from the 45 seconds  we’ve spent in line together.

And while I hate to judge a book by it’s cover, this gent didn’t look super-sexually active. So I have to put my thinking cap hat on.

(At this point, I’m also trying to do the math in my head as to how much time in his life this guy would spend just putting on those 50 rubbers.)

So first I’m thinking he’s on some kind of scavenger hunt, but no. Not enough items, probably.

Second idea: He’s pledging a frat. But it’s summer, so no.

Third option, and the one I settled on: He’s just moved into a house or apartment or dorm with like, 5 other dudes and he was just crazy optimistic for all of them.

The epilogue to Walmart Tales:

It’s my turn to checkout after Captain Safe-Sex walks off. Cashier asks, “How are you doing tonight?”

"Not as good as that guy,” I replied. She agreed.

And then she rang up my shovel and my paper towels. At 11:30 at night. “What, you hiding a body?”

She clearly didn’t have as much time as I did to make some shit up, so she just had to ask. Maybe I’ll be so bold next time.


seanhowe:

Thank You, Bobby Womack.
I made a list of only twelve of the many gifts for which I have the late, great Bobby Womack to thank.
1. Every note of your re-arrangement of “Fly Me To The Moon.” But especially the first note. And the way you pronounce “song” at 1:09. And the screams at 1:29 and 1:53. And the way you sing “Jupiter” each time. And your guitar sound at 1:38, definitely.
2.  The left-hand turn made three minutes and fourteen seconds into “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha.”
3. The bonkers monologues in “Fire and Rain” and “Facts Of Life/He’ll Be There When The Sun Goes Down,” and the way you launch into the melodies. 
4. This stripped-down, revelatory reinvention of “Across 110th Street.” 
5. The album of guitar instrumentals you recorded with Gabor Szabo. 
6. “He say the po-lice say we got to go, it’s ten after 2. Well, tell the po-lice to come on in: I can’t stop.”
7. All the songs you wrote for Wilson Pickett, like this.  
8. Your contributions to this track.  
9. “I Can’t Take It Like A Man” exists in some rarified fantasy intersection of Lorraine Ellison and ’68 Elvis.
10. The “run to the rock” parts of  “What You Gonna Do (When Your Love Is Gone.)” 
11.  Your appropriations of Burt Bacharach and Stevie Wonder snippets into your own songs. 
12. I saw you perform in December, just days before Christmas. You were 69 years old, and had acknowledged battles with addiction, diabetes, pneumonia, colon cancer, and dementia. But you did this anyway. Thank you.

seanhowe:

Thank You, Bobby Womack.

I made a list of only twelve of the many gifts for which I have the late, great Bobby Womack to thank.

1. Every note of your re-arrangement of “Fly Me To The Moon.” But especially the first note. And the way you pronounce “song” at 1:09. And the screams at 1:29 and 1:53. And the way you sing “Jupiter” each time. And your guitar sound at 1:38, definitely.

2.  The left-hand turn made three minutes and fourteen seconds into “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha.”

12.


chrisroberson:

Genius.

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Fever Dog
Stillwater
Stillwater

Almost Famous has come up more than once tonight, in more than one conversation, so it’s time to put this up.


baseballcardvandals:

We lost a legend today. Such a badass hitter:
In 323 at-bats against Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux, Tony Gwynn struck out a total of 3 times. 

Those 4 pitchers had over 12,000 strikeouts between them, and two are in the Hall of Fame (Smoltz and Martinez will join Maddux and Glavine in the next few years). So if you think Gwynn’s numbers came at the expense of inferior, watered-down pitching, think again. 

baseballcardvandals:

We lost a legend today. Such a badass hitter:

In 323 at-bats against Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux, Tony Gwynn struck out a total of 3 times.

Those 4 pitchers had over 12,000 strikeouts between them, and two are in the Hall of Fame (Smoltz and Martinez will join Maddux and Glavine in the next few years). So if you think Gwynn’s numbers came at the expense of inferior, watered-down pitching, think again. 

(via mattfractionblog)