I’m not smart enough to read Louise Penny …

A Fatal Grace (Dead Cold), by Louise Penny, is the second (2007) novel in the Three Pines Mysteries series, which feature Inspector Armand Gamache.

CC de Poitiers, a sadistic socialite, is fatally electrocuted at a Christmas curling competition in the small Québécois town …

CC, who had a “spiritual guidance” business based on eliminating emotion, was hated by seemingly everyone, including her husband, lover, and daughter. …

There is NO WAY I could guess the murderer. Great writing. And very complex.

Chief Inspector Gamache tells new agents four sayings that can lead to wisdom – four sentences his own mentor taught him:

I was wrong
I’m sorry
I don’t know
I need help

On The Media audiocast

On The Media is my favourite podcast.

WNYC’s weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view. Veteran journalists Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield give you the tools to survive the media maelstrom.

The most recent episode  is super —  This is Not a Safe Space. It explores the issues of students feeling safe on campus and academic freedom of speech.


White male patriarchy results in bullying on campus for anyone who is not a white male. Something like 1/5 women will STILL be sexually assaulted in their College years.


We want all students to feel safe while simultaneously protecting freedom of speech. The two are not mutually exclusive.


The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Kingkiller Chronicle is a fantasy series by Patrick Rothfuss, telling the autobiography of Kvothe …

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick RothfussThe first two books, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear were released in 2007 and 2011, respectively. A third is planned to fill out a trilogy, but a release date has not been announced. …

I loved the first two books.

Rothfuss is a superb story teller.

When will we get book 3? The author says … soon.


I love trains. Enjoyed my recent Seattle to Vancouver trip on Amtrak. Cost was about the same as fancy buses, about double Greyhound. Cheaper than the fast ferry Seattle to Vancouver.

I’m reluctant to take Amtrak mainly because of their horrible on-time performance.

The sorry state of Amtrak’s on-time performance, mapped (2014)

My trip was about 5 minutes late. Not bad.

Amtrak promised me Wifi. It did’t work on that train. 😦