What the Boss Likes – some random things

Here’s a set of random things I’ve been doing.

I’ve read Charles Foster’s “Being Human: Adventures in 40000 Years of Human Consciousness”.   I had seen an ad for it, and thought it looked interesting.  And it was….for a while.  He can do a nice turn of phrase but his endless worshipping of the “noble savage” that he invents from the paleolithic gets very tiresome.  He also has no clue about logical fallacies and repeats them too.  I ended up feeling that everything he wrote was entirely false, every “adventure” made up wholesale, including the supposed dinner at Oxford.    He ends up nothing more than the average woo-peddler, histrionically trying desperately claim that somehow quantum physics can be enlisted to his side of what amounts to nothing more than magic. 

Husband and I have a subscription to Scribd, and I’ve read an inordinate amount of books on it.   I do like the magazines too, but for some reason, they are almost all from Great Britain, Australia and South Africa.  However, since I have a tiny, narrow garden, the gardening magazines from Great Britain are actually far more useful to me than the ones here in the US which assume you have a quarter acre or more to plant. 

Since I am on a hiatus from a job, I’ve taken to walking every morning around the lake in a local park.  A doctor’s visit and the associated weighing in gave me a wake up call.    Oh those pounds do pack on when you aren’t looking.  Here are some photos of wildlife, and some more flower photos from the garden.

Strange ducks that I can’t find examples of anywhere
A couple of domestic ducks hanging out
white roses
A very black iris that is a volunteer in the garden and taking forever to open
the pink rose from a few days ago now opened and blushed from the sun

What the Boss Likes – our garden

It’s been a good spring for our flowers. The company I worked for this spring ended up going on hiatus dependent on a new owner. So, if it starts up again, I have job; if not, oh well. I’m using the time to tidy up the garden amongst other things.

and here’s a couple of cat pictures, and one of a beer I made. It’s Northern Brewer’s Lime Tree Lager and it is astonishingly good. This is the first lager I’ve tried. I added some lime zest to strengthen the lime flavor.

What the Boss Likes – conservative idiots here in PA

I live in Pennsylvania here in the US. We’re a battleground state since one of our senators, a QOP Republican, isn’t running again. So we have a bunch of carpetbaggers trying to claim they are from Pennsylvania and are trying to be Trumpier than Trump.

One of those is the medical shill Mehmet Oz, a tv doctor who has no problem in lying to people about actual medical issues like taking a useless drug for covid. He has put up this completely idiotic video on twitter, trying to blame President Biden for the price of “crudités “, aka a veggie tray as 99% of people in PA would call it. This is a fantastic example of just how stupid these conservatives are, that they would accept an idiot like this. Oh, and he’s supposedly a Muslim too, which just must make their heads explode.

Oz of course isn’t the only QOPidiot here. They are all doing a fantastic job of destroying each other and giving the Democrat senate candidates plenty to work with. I’m personally for John Fetterman, a big dude who does the right thing.

What the Boss Likes – this is who I’m donating to for the war in Ukraine

Being an animal lover, and liking them quite a bit more than most people, I’m donating to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Here’s a link to Charity Navigator to check them out if you wish.

here’s some other worthy charities:

Foundation Beyond Belief

International Red Cross


Woke up this morning at 4 AM, feeling guilty for having a warm, safe bed and one of my kitties tucked up beside me (and one of the others tramping up and down me while trilling). Oh I do wish Sekhmet was real and was out dealing vengeance on the assholes who are committing and supporting this war.

What I can donate isn’t much but it’s better than “thoughts and prayers”.

An aegis of Sekhmet – Walters Art Museum Baltimore, MD, USA

What the Boss Likes – the “rough men” quote and some metal

Those of you who have read my blog for a while know of my fondness for the “rough men” quote and my recently discovered fondness for metal music.

““People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” – attributed to many.

I stumbled upon Bloodywood on youtube. They did the song below since there is a big problem with rape in India. This is what real men do. (they do have trigger warnings at the beginning of the video). I am most definitely not a pacifist.

oh and here’s Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and The HU

What the Boss Likes – Bloganuary – Interview a fictional character

Interview a fictional character


Vel: So, here we are with God, the creator of the universe per one of the religions on the planet Earth.  So, God, we are told that you are omnipotent and omniscient by your followers.   But your autobiography doesn’t demonstrate that.  Care to comment?
God: Ah, well… I am.  I am.   You just don’t know how it works.
Vel: So make me understand.
God: (silence)
Vel:  so either you can’t or you won’t.  What don’t you want people to know about you Mr. God?
God:  This interview is over!
Vel:  Well, that didn’t take long.

What the Boss Likes – Bloganuary – Catching up

Catching up on some inspirations for Bloganuary.

What was your favorite photo you’ve taken?
I don’t like taking photos.  I find it ends up making me miss something, and I hate being in photos.  I suppose if I had to choose one, I do like a black and white photo, from *film*, that I took of the Heinz Chapel on University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus.  It makes a nice set with the behemoth Cathedral of Learning.  I’ll put the photo up when I get a moment.

Write about something mysterious.

No idea what this really means.   But here goes.   There is very little that I find mysterious. Anything that baffles me I find to always have an answer if I look hard enough.   However, I did find a towel in the middle of the floor of our entrance way that evidently either just appeared, or somehow the cats got it from the upstairs which doesn’t seem terribly likely since it was a rather large bath towel that I use to dye my hair (currently purple).  They are very large but not quite that large. Upon this towel was centered a red mouse cat toy.   It was waiting for me when I got home.

We have had some of our prior cats seem to understand the idea of trade since they would put toys in their dishes when they were empty.  But this rather nicely arranged offering is beyond me. 

What superhero power would you want?

Oh, heck, give me Captain Marvel’s suite of powers (MCU, which seem to be a combination of the comic book version of Ms. Marvel and when she became Binary).  I want to be able to fly on my own, including between galaxies or at least stars in a reasonable amount of time.

What’s the next book on your reading list?

Hmmm, I have three books I’m reading right now, one pleasantly cheesy post apocalyptic bodice ripper “Deal with the Devil” by Kit Rocha which I’m reading at work over lunch, a fantasy noir detective book “Wake of the Bloody Angel” by Alex Bledsoe, for evening reading,  and a book by John Loftus of Debunking Christianity, “How to Defend the Christian Faith” for picking up more anti-apologist arguments and techniques.  I’m very much liking our subscription to Scribd. 

But for my next book, at least to buy?  I think it might be Gastro Obscura, from the Atlas Obscura folks.  Even though I’m not thrilled with the term, I am indeed a foodie.  I have all kinds of cookbooks, a set of textbooks on how to butcher animals, etc.

What is your favorite quote and why?

““People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Attributed to quite a few people. H.G. Wells seems to have gotten closest. Basically, punch the Nazis.

Oh and one more that I forgot

If you could, what year would you time travel to and why?

1561, Nuremberg Germany

What the fuck was going on? Looks like a damn Star Destroyer.

What the Boss Likes – Bloganuary – “What is a cause you’re passionate about and why?”

I’ve skipped a couple days of “inspirations”, just not feeling it.  So I start again with the question “What is a cause you’re passionate about and why?”

My current readers wont’ be surprised that it is the separation of church and state and standing against the harm that religions do.  And it isn’t just Christianity, but that’s what I’m most familiar with.

I’m a former Christian, Presbyterian version, and now an atheist. In my journey, I’ve studied a lot of religions, and their sects. I’ve read the bible, the qu’ran, etc.

I’ve seen friends tormented because of the lies of Christianity, with its bullshit that some god only wants you to love the “right” people, that some god only approves of certain behavior, that some god will condemn you to eternal torture if you don’t do things “right”.  

I’ve seen people sure that they are broken or wrong because of the victim blaming that is part and parcel of most religions, excuses invented because this god does nothing at all.  It isn’t anyone’s fault that it does nothing.  It is imaginary. 

Religion is a bane of humans.  It is the delusion that some magical being agrees with certain humans, and that they are somehow better than everyone else, the “chosen”.  Alas, they can’t even agree among themselves what their various gods want. 

Religions have gotten away with far too much under the guise of being “good” and it’s time to stand up to them, showing just how false they are.  They deserve no respect, only acknowledgement and to be exposed for what they are: human fantasies, often sadistic ones.