End Annoying Fake Amazon Pop Ups: Disable JavaScript

Tampabay.com, Sayfie, and other websites have become almost unusable recently, as they have become vectors of infection for a fake Amazon gift card pop up that prevents one from viewing content and attempts to phish for personal information. Apparently so many complaints have been made to Tampa Bay.com that they published a cryptic article today […]


“If we live in a state of constant fear, can we remain human?” Alexander Solzhenitsyn, In The First Circle

Nandina and Coral Ardisia

These plants are pretty but invasive, and in this part of Brinkley Glen Park there’s not much native vegetation visible.

A Trillium Gallery

The scapes and bracts have especially beautiful color variations this year.

Why Stalin went into politics

As Solzhenitsyn wrote in his novel In the First Circle: The First Uncensored Edition, “He felt no inclination toward any art or science, he lacked the know-how to become an artisan or a thief, he was not successful enough with women to become the lover of a rich lady…”

More on Thoughts and Prayers

“The cliché “thoughts and prayers” is popular with people who don’t have a prayer of ever uttering an original thought.” Cheapstrat

Thoughts and Prayers and BS

“Companies trying to make caricatures of the teenagers these days, saying that all we are self-involved and trend-obsessed and they hush us into submission when our message doesn’t reach the ears of the nation, we are prepared to call BS. Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling […]

Outsourcing War

“In a democracy, the government is the people,” Milo explained. “We’re people, aren’t we? So we might just as well keep the money and eliminate the middleman. Frankly, I’d like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.”Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Spring Blooms in February

It was a splendid day at Guyte P. McCord Park last Saturday. Pretty colors with the fragrance of narcissus and saucer magnolia next to a busy road.

Holy Beech Tree and Trilliums

It’s a particularly good year for trilliums in Tallahassee. In some places the ground is a mixed carpet of trillium and bloodwort. We’ve had better rainfall than the previous year, and I think the City of Tallahassee’s efforts to control invasive non-native plants like coral ardisia is making a difference. This video was created on […]

Snow Wonder!

Some videos and photos from this morning in the Sunshine State’s Capital City. Tallahassee Snow 2018 from Cheapstrat on Vimeo.

If you just make money…

“We are what we do. And if you just make money, you become money.” Robert De Niro as Ray Arcel in Hands of Stone

We Have Met The Enemy…

“To the officials of nuclear-armed nations – and to their accomplices under the so-called “nuclear umbrella” – I say this: Listen to our testimony. Heed our warning. And know that your actions are consequential. You are each an integral part of a system of violence that is endangering humankind. Let us all be alert to […]

Portrait Mode Photos

I like using Portrait Mode on my iPhone 8+ for gardening photos, and it’s nice to use the power of Adobe’s servers to host this unedited images.

I’m a consumer, not a philanthropist

I understand it when a business uses a free online service like Weebly to make their website instead of hiring a web developer; it’s easy, cheap, and you don’t have to leave your house or interact with anybody else, which are the reasons that Amazon seems to get more and more of my non-food shopping […]

New 360 Views

Tallahassee Garden Club Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park Timberlane Ravine Park Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park Dorothy B Oven Park

Balthazar's Moment

Baroque Christmas Playlist

At some point in one’s life the endless repetition of pop music carols can induce a queasy feeling, as it seems to be tied-in to the faux merriment of desperate retailers assaulting all potential marks with their offerings. Better to Visit family and friends Shop local Listen to good music