The doctor says I need to stay on clear liquids for a little while. We didn’t discuss the details, but I assume that means “gin and tonic” instead of “margarita.”

Whenever this book Grokking Algorithms comes out, it looks like it might be good.

This album called Spread the Love, by Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, is also very good if you like the sounds of the blues, as heard in states like Texas and Alabama (places where I was first introduced to blues music):

Favorite song of the moment: I just learned about Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones performing the song, “Harlan County Line,” after learning that they sang/performed on the album/musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (created by John Mellencamp and Stephen King). This is a fun song that reminds me of living in Texas and Alabama:

A song called “Truth,” from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, featuring some people whose names I don’t yet know, along with John Mellencamp:

In what may be my last John Mellencamp post for a while, at his concert Friday evening I learned about his collaboration with Stephen King and T Bone Burnett to create a “supernatural musical” titled Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. He said that he and Stephen King had been working on it for 15 years. (They thought originally it would be easy, but it was not.) The album includes performances by Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Meg Ryan, and many more. It looks like the tour is over, but it featured Gina Gershon and Billy Burke, among others. There’s a trailer about the movie here on YouTube.

Ronda Rousey on being “scared of fighting,” from this article.

Hamartia - a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine.

I learned of the word from watching The Fault in our Stars (and confirmed the definition via Google search results).

(I was also surprised to learn that the lead character in the movie had thyroid cancer, and it had spread. I know it’s fictional, but it reminded me how fortunate I am that we found my thyroid cancer early.)

Jack London’s credo, which I like very much. (I don’t know who first created this image, but I saw it on this Twitter page.)

If you’ve ever been to the Chautauqua area in Boulder, Colorado and thought about renting one of those cabins for a while, here you go. Image from the Chautauqua Facebook page.

A quote from Troy Tulowitzki in this Denver Post article: “There are times when you don’t quite feel like yourself,” he said, “but you still find a way to grind through it and have effective ABs. When I was younger, I don’t think I could have done that.”

John Mellencamp meets the surgeon who saved his life with an 18-hour surgery when he was nine days old:

The Dalai Lama is coming to Boulder, Colorado in October, 2015. Here a few paragraphs from the event’s website:

“His Holiness describes his three primary commitments as promoting human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, and discipline; promoting religious harmony with respect for one another’s traditions; and acting as a free spokesperson in the Tibetan struggle for justice.”

This is a small part of John Mellencamp’s song Check It Out, from his performance last night at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado:

To see a full version of this song, see this YouTube link. Someone recorded the song at that link about six months earlier on the same tour.

The website for the Dalai Lama’s visit to Boulder, Colorado in October, 2015 has this nice list of Himalayan, Tibetan, and vegetarian restaurants in Boulder. Please see that website for the full list, and two visit the two links shown on this image.

“The only critic that matters is ‘time’ ... time is the only critic without an agenda.” ~ John Mellencamp, during his Plain Spoken tour, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado, July 31, 2015.

John Mellencamp and his band, playing at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver, Colorado, last night, July 31, 2015. Click the image for a large, hi-res image. (I was seated in the third row, woo-hoo.)

A song named Teeth, by The Cold and Lovely, as heard on Chasing Life. (Warning: The tv series is about a young woman who has cancer. The song is pretty, but not exactly uplifting.) The lyrics are here on

This Google blog post explains how they put “deep learning” on Android phones. A short blurb:

“Today we announced that the Google Translate app now does real-time visual translation of 20 more languages. So the next time you’re in Prague and can’t read a menu, we’ve got your back. But how are we able to recognize these new languages? In short: deep neural nets.”

The best pitch in baseball? According to David Price, it’s Chris Archer’s slider. (Image from