🎨 Workin’ on an image of Gramps, Grandpa Hill. Perhaps an etching.


It took awhile, quite a bit of tweaking and playing about using software such as GIMP and Inkscape, but I have finally got the photo of grandpa to a point where I can blow it up, easily copy it by hand. So now I have to determine how I am going to use it. I am thinking about an etching or engraving. We will see. I will start playing around. The lack of contrast in his face presented numerous problems.


A Can of Beans, English-Style


I have seen these cans in the grocery store for years. But these cans of Heinz beans are a specialty, made in England, and usually rather expensive.

As somewhat of an Anglophile, I like trying foods that Brits are eating. So after seeing a few of these on a shelf, offered free of charge, I decided to give them a try.

What I find strange is that it’s more a tomato soup with beans. I don’t quite understand why these cans and their contents are so quintessentially English.

The pop tops are convenient. But the taste is underwhelming. It is, after all, merely beans in a tomato sauce without much taste.

The ingredients include:
modified cornflour (is this the same as modified cornstarch?)
spirit vinegar (made from some sort of alcohol and which does give some minor, mild character to the tomato sauce)
natural flavors (of which I’d like to know more about).

What I didn’t know is that these beans are usually put on toast as part of a full English breakfast. If I ever get to England, I will have to give it a shot.


I’ve been wondering. I’ve been trying to learn more about the Jews in my ancestors’ neighborhood. ✡

butowI just learned that the town in Germany where my great-great grandparents married in 1880 did indeed have a synagogue, which was destroyed in 1938 during Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, when the Nazis encouraged people to target the Jews after the assassination of the German ambassador in Paris. I am hoping to learn some of the names of these people, the Jews of Bütow.


You’d think neo-Nazi, KKK thugs would learn how to draw their symbol.


But outing these hate crimes as liberal, leftist hoaxes doesn’t fit the narrative. The Southern Poverty Law Center makes millions off of this stuff.

In eighth grade I learned how to properly draw a swastika. One day Mr. Howard, who taught history and coached football, gave us a surprise pop quiz.

“Take out a piece of paper. I want everyone to draw a swastika. Don’t overthink it. Just draw a swastika.”

So I did. No problem. Easy A.

Except I got it wrong. I drew it backwards, like this, 卍. The Nazi swastika, however, looks like this, 卐. Once everyone was done, Mr. Howard took a piece of chalk and drew a large one on the blackboard. And, so I learned something that day.

It reminds me of another time when the journalism advisor at college had us write Volkswagen. I wrote it Volkswagon. But it ends in a -en, not -on.


Dan Rather teaching, or preaching, a course on journalistic integrity? What next? Nazis promoting tolerance?

dan_blather_cbs_newsHaving disgraced news anchor Dan Rather, who I have dubbed “Dan Blather,” teach (or more aptly, preach) a course on journalistic integrity is like having Nazis promoting tolerance.

You want me to spend 19 bucks on this nonsense. The company behind this gag, called Udemy, should be paying me to watch this drivel.

Rather was fired from the CBS Evening News after a thorough investigation into a story about George W. Bush. It was a smear job and not a very good one. The documents on which the news story was based proved to be fake.

But it was too good a smear to waste on fact checking. It was an example of the recent media narrative on fake news. However, most will conveniently ignore this example. It’s a bit too inconvenient.

Yet, to this day, despite the overwhelming evidence otherwise, Rather continues to believe that the story is true, which shows just how biased and insular he really is. He is a die hard liberal, an activist masquerading as a journalist. But these days he is far from alone.

He, like so many others in the media, is a joke and has been for a very long time. One of the greatest moments of the Bush 41 era is when George H. W. Bush fought back while being interviewed by Rather. Unfortunately, it was a rare moment. Bush 41 was a bit too conciliatory and polite.

Thankfully, we have entered a new era. Trump has thrown out these outmoded conventions.