"When an old and distinguished person speaks to you, listen to him carefully and with respect – but do not believe him. Never put your trust in anything but your own intellect. Your elder, no matter whether he has gray hair or lost his hair, no matter whether he is a Nobel Laureate, may be wrong... So you must always be skeptical – always think for yourself." --Linus Pauling


Books of the moment.

Just finished:

The King's Coat by Dewey Lambdin

The Big Blow by Joe R. Lansdale

Hardcase by Dan Simmons

I've started Declare by Tim Powers. The author describes it as "tradecraft meets Lovecraft."

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Randall, a friend of mine, is in the hospital this week. His heart is beating out of rhythm apparently. Not certain what's going to happen, but he may end up on some kind of heart medication or wearing a pacemaker. He just turned thirty. Christ.

Darn it.

It turns out the sign Is Just There. I think it's a prop or somesuch thing. Pity, as I'd really like to eat at a place with that name. L.A. has many interesting restaurants, only a short drive away from me. Someday, when I have a car and driver I'll frequent them all.


This club sounds delicious.

Just noticed that the building at the top of my street has a sign within that proclaims it: Sound Effects Research Institute & Bistro. I don't know what to make of this yet.