Omnibus Update Time!

I have been a very bad blogger of late, mostly because I’ve been too busy to write anything. This means that the back burner is pretty full — there are now TONS of things I want to write about, and not nearly enough time to write well about them all. Because I am deeply attached to the practice of cheating about these things, I now give you the quick-and-dirty bits of what should have been months of posts. Whee!

The Habitrail Critic Is As Hungry As A Dragon

Lucky me! I found the time to go to the movies! I do not, however, have time for more than Twitterworthy comments on them, so here you get the Haiku versions of my reviews of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

Katniss is betrayed
By panem et circenses
PTSD sucks

and

One very short book
Can become three long movies
If you use enough barrels

Make of those what you will.

Odd Moments of Inspiration

I want to figure out how to write a sitcom pitch about the home life of the Muses. I imagine Thalia’s a bit of a slob, Erato makes Blanche Devereaux look like a nun, and Terpsichore parties too much. Nobody ever misses the joke about Urania.

Comedy gold.

Lingering in the Parks of the Dead

My little side project — collecting images of broken and unreadable monuments from local cemeteries — continues. Sometimes, I get to learn things I didn’t know about the history of the region, which is pretty cool.

Wetlands and Deer and Fossils, Oh MY!

There’s an iron sculpture of a sabretooth tiger in Aurelia, IA. Who knew?

Saber-Tooth Illusion
Swingin’

I’ve spent a lot of time playing other people’s songs lately (including a fiddling appearance on my friend Bridget’s wonderful new EP), so I haven’t really had the energy or inspiration to write more tunes of my own. Still, sometimes I get something done. I wrote this one as break from grading, mostly to break in my new baritone ukulele. I think now that it would probably be pretty cool on a piano — I seem to have come over all jazzy. As it is, the combo of bari uke, drum loop, and viola will have to do. Eventually, it needs a nice bass line (I didn’t have time to record one).

It’s an OK first draft, I suppose. The thing I’m really happiest about in this recording is the viola solo, though. For some reason, I just really like it.

Other Stuff To Say

I don’t have any other stuff to say right now. Bummer!




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About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. Otherwise, I labor to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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