Back in the Saddle


We’re back. Yes, I’m sure. I looked out of my window this morning, and saw that it was 12°. Wait…What? I have a feeling we’re not in California any more, Toto. Posting will resume as soon as I recover from my vacation. IF I recover from my vacation. (Thanks to ShutterStock for that not-quite-wintry-enough image, [Read More...]

Away Message


Dear Reader(s), I will be away from My Crazy Wyoming Life for a few days to attend a wedding in SoCal. As a result, blogging will probably be sparse. Or silly. (So, pretty much business as usual here at STST, right?) Please hold your applause. And pray for my sons, who will be spending the [Read More...]

Clash of the Cultural Titans

"A Biped Of Very Little Brain," from James Hance's "Wookiee The Chew" Series

According to Immanuel Kant, “in everything that is to excite a lively convulsive laugh, there must be something absurd.” This video, which I stumbled across during a desperate Monday, just might be the definitive example of his theory. It certainly excited a lively laugh in me. And convulsions. (And it’s most definitely absurd. Hugely, wonderfully [Read More...]

Cyan’s Back!


I don’t have a lot of  teenage memories. In fact, as I’ve surely remarked/lamented before, I don’t have a lot of memories from any stage in my life. But of the few I do have, some of the fondest are the laughter-filled hours my siblings and I spent gathered around the computer playing adventure games. [Read More...]

Walking with “Aguirre”


I love long takes. I love collecting them; cataloging them; comparing-and-contrasting them. I love watching and re-watching my own personal favorites, and I’m always scanning the InterWebs in an endless quest for newer, even more bravura examples. In fact, it might well be my second-favorite cinematic hobby of all time, right after collecting, cataloging, comparing, and [Read More...]

The Messengers of Mozart’s Music


Earlier this year, the violin and viola that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself used in his own concerts traveled to to the United States for the first time, giving performers and listeners everywhere goosebumps. NPR’s Anastasia Tsioulcas filed a report in which she discusses touching the instrument for the first time: I could feel my heart stop. [Read More...]

Orson’s Shylock


A few weeks ago, I accidentally stumbled across the following clips. I don’t remember what I was searching for at the time — definitely not “Orson Welles’ Shylock Monologues,” since I didn’t even realize they existed prior to my unknowing-yet-grateful stumblings — but their presence on YouTube reminds me of why I love the Internet [Read More...]

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”


Last week, Sean and I finally sat down together and watched something I’ve been trying to get to for the last few months: Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I realize that this post this being written quite a bit after the rest of the world gave Jiro their attention, but I actually consider it borderline miraculous that I got [Read More...]

Amazing Animal Congregations


I love large groups of animals. Mostly (I like to tell myself), it’s because I’m fascinated by the often stark differences between “Crowd” and “Individual” behaviors. But I suspect it’s at least partially because I feel like I’m surrounded by my own little Large Group of Animals each and every day. (And yes, there is a [Read More...]

Whittaker’s Wonderful World of Whistling


I’ve always been a whistler. Always, though it frequently drives my wife, my boys, and my co-workers — even, ironically, me — nuts. Actually, maybe I should rephrase that: I’d always considered myself a whistler. Until the day I heard this for the first time: My folks listened to Roger Whittaker religiously when I was [Read More...]