View Points

I’ve found recently that Mondays are getting crowded where my TV schedule is concerned. Used to be I’d check whether Castle and How I Met Your Mother were repeats, then either in-between or instead of them catch up with other shows on tape. Now that 24 and Chuck are back on the schedule, plus the new Life Unexpected, the night is more likely to feed the backlog than help clear it out.

Castle Promo

Castle, which airs 10-11 p.m. on ABC, is basically the same show I reviewed back in August. Fine by me.


We’re halfway into January and the lack of posts on this blog o’ mine has turned my usual calm demeanor, well, meaner. I’m trying to find time and energy to get the ever-less-relevant year-end posts back online while not being too discouraged or distracted to write up anything new.

So it’s as good an opportunity as any to post a sequel to “Mean”, the inaugural offering of my first-impression definitions for the (usually) nonsense collections of letters that appear during word verification when submitting comments on many Blogger sites.

Here are a batch of some of the better ones I’ve come up with in the past month or so.

aphyla — Items belonging to no particular taxonomic category.

Bewowsor — “New from RonCo! A device guaranteed to fascinate your friends and loved ones! What does it do? It fascinates your friends and loved ones, we just told you. Order today and get not one but two Bewowsors for the price of one... You pay only shipping and handling. Does it work? Didn’t you just order two?

Bonicen — A multi-vitamin for folks age 100 and up.


a can of Campbell's Bean with Bacon soup

I’m going to adopt what Mark Evanier — writer of comics, animation, variety shows
of my childhood, and more — claims is the ancient Internet tradition of displaying a
can of Campbell’s soup when activity on one’s blog looks to be lighter than usual if not suspended altogether due to personal matters, technical problems, or what have you.