Framing the Dialogue

Archive for May, 2012

Living Off the Grid

I believe in being prepared for some type of period when services may become scarce like food, water, electricity, etc.  I am not digging fallout shelters, but it does seem prudent to take some steps for insurance.  Living in an area where we have cold winters the possibility of surviving cold has me perplexed.  The subtitle to Living off the Grid certainly caught my eye; “A Simple Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Self-reliant Supply of Energy, Water, Shelter and More.”  I expected a more practical guide to providing/getting energy off of the grid, but what the book really should have been titled is A Rich Person’s Guide to Living Off the Grid.

Ohio Bridges Fallin Down

It will be interesting to see how fast Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and other politicians will throw the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement under the bus now that five OWS members were caught trying a little anarchy of their own by blowing up a major bridge in Ohio.  Fortunately these jokers’ plan was about as conherent as OWS’s message and they bought their fake explosives from the FBI.  My local paper pinned the story directly to the OWS movement, but it will be interesting to see how the Associated Press tries to spinn this.  Perhaps they were misguided or perhaps not satisfied with the peaceful means that is the cornerstone of the OWS movement (FYI that was meant to be dripping with sarcasm). 

Freedom is Blogging in Your Underwear

I have been blogging for nearly three and a half years and I can honestly say that I cannot remember ever having blogged in my underwear.  I wear underwear, but I have pants on too.  When I saw the title I thought this would be a funny book to read and maybe even have some useful information.  I was wrong on both counts! Freedom Is Blogging in Your Underwear combines cliche after cliche about the Internet mixed in with author Hugh MacLeod’s unusual cartoon scribbles.  This book couldn’t have taken him more than a day to put together and it took much less time for me to read it over my Amarillo Turkey Wrap sandwich (with chips) lunch today.

Dust and Shadow

Imagine the history’s greatest detective and perhaps history’s most gruesome “unsolved” murders.  In Dust and Shadow Dr. Watson retells the tale of his friend’s frantic search for Jack the Ripper.  I have to admit (shamefully) to never  having read one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels featuring Sherlock Holmes, but I feel that this work by author Lyndsay Faye gets me pretty close to the real thing.  It is an interesting plot to pit Holmes, a fictional character, against a real maniacal killer who was never caught.  Like all good “who-done-it” novels Faye provides many clues and as many twists to the tale.