Photograph and a health tip: Poor huskies

Thanks to the New South Wales Library, and to Daisy-Boo Cannon, a fabulous Rube who wrote a better caption than I could, so I am just going to leave this here: probably the last photograph taken of Xavier Mertz and his huskies.


(Don’t forget, lesson of episode 108, don’t overdo vitamin A, kids.)



Xavier Mertz

original entry: Episode 108:Douglas Mawson


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Biweekly podcast

All righty, y’all. I crawled out from behind the debris of history books, chocolate, and horror movies to settle this one. I checked several sources, including the mighty Oxford English Dictionary. Not only does biweekly mean either twice a week or every two weeks, but the very first appearance in English found by the OED was twice a week.

Don’t poke the Dave right now. He’s preparing for Australia. Let him prep, and then poke him. Rubeness is all about timing and lying in wait.


you know I have to do it…

wait for it…


Thank you! (and you, and you)

We just finished our first full month together. I have been here since the end of March, but, until the middle of June, it was me, alone, in my creepy basement lab. Thank you for letting me out. I like it out here with the sane people.

Thank you to the nice Rubes who clicked through to Amazon from this site before doing their regular shopping. You helped pay for hosting expenses! Paying expenses keeps me out of the basement, and I love you for it. I like being around the other people. I get to write silly things about the silly things Dave and Gareth say, and occasionally write my own silly things.

I’m a glorious wordsmith at saying stuff and junk.

Greg Behrendt, Walking the Room

And within all this silliness, I get to assist two really kind, talented guys using my own tools.

I love you Rubes. Momma Carla loves you. Here’s your present: a very early picture of my writing on my Mac 512. Every time I receive a wee bit of renevue, I shall give you a embarrassing-myself present such as this.

So if you want more of this awkwardness, and more growth of the site, with means more awesome for you Rubes, these are the ways to help:

  • First off, Join the forums! Play with meeeeeee. I am creating forums that can only be accessed by members, because reasons. I want to try to coordinate with Patreon, if they have the capability, to create a tier of forums for Patreon donors.
  • Comment on articles, because Rubes talk to each other, yo. Every time I receive a comment that is not spam, I cry a beautiful diamond tear that becomes a fairy, and that is how fairies are born, from my happy tears. Don’t you believe in fairies anymore?
  • Come say hey there hi there ho there before going to Amazon‘s main page and buy whatever you like.
  • Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks— I have been a member since 2007, and I love them so so much.
  • click on any book, documentary, or music link from any given entry, and then either buy it or something else from Amazon or iTunes (which includes iBooks, the App Store, even Podcasts, which are free free free)
  • or…Buy Me A Coffee at
  • . Caffeine means hyperactivity means more site activity.

Using the money for…

Interlude: Internet as Greek Tragedy

aka, Carla had too much coffee before having food. Enjoy the clash of caffeine silliness and classical education, won’t you?

The Internet, One Act Greek Tragedy

Chorus one: I fervently care about event A!

Chorus two: Caring fervently about event A means you don’t care enough about event B!

Chorus three: Chorus A is going to hell, and we have written a mocking meme about it!

Chorus four: It’s they’re, not there!

Hero: Fatal flaw, fatal flaw, I can’t see my fatal flaw!

All: <sing chorus of Alanis’ “Ironic“>

<thunder as all on stage freeze: the Dark Web briefly rises from the orchestra pit, menacing porn music blends with the thunder, thunder and music fade as Dark Web descends again>

Random member of Chorus one: Look, kittens!

Random member of Chorus two: Look, someone over there needs to be shamed! Attack in a pack!

Random member of Chorus three: 93 percent of my friends won’t share this, I know who will…

Hero: I am injecting something thoughtful, kind, and funny, and only four people noticed.

<The intro to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” swells, getting louder and louder as the Reddit mascot runs onstage, and tackles Hero. The lights lower as the music gets louder, and the chorus confusedly mingles in chaos.>