2 Victims, 1 Shot

I decided to try writing a murder mystery in one day again. The first one is here. 2 Victims, 1 Shot ©2020, Joseph L. Thornburg. All Rights Reserved. (contains violence) “Champagne?” Mr. Campbell didn’t wait for a response and handed the glass to the man who’d just entered. “Thank you. I’m Collops Pancetta. I runContinue reading “2 Victims, 1 Shot”

The Costume Party Murder

Just for the heck of it, I challenged myself to write a whodunit murder mystery in one day. Here is the result; enjoy! The Costume Party Murder ©2020, Joseph L. Thornburg. All Rights Reserved. (contains violence, mature language) “Come in, darling!” said Mrs. Ringer. It was fortunate she had large French doors, for Mrs. LucasContinue reading “The Costume Party Murder”

An alternative to Kouhaku?

For the past seven years or so, I’ve watched Kouhaku Uta Gassen  (紅白歌合戦 literally, Red and White Song Battle), Japan’s big annual New Year’s Eve musical extravaganza. Kouhaku runs from about 7pm to midnight in Japan, which is roughly 2am to 7am California time. Usually it’s a lot of fun, but the 2018 edition seemedContinue reading “An alternative to Kouhaku?”

Romaji vs. Hiragana

For students of Japanese, unless you’re only learning enough to go on vacation—“Hello! Nice to meet you! Where’s the bathroom?”—you’ll eventually need to learn hiragana. Japanese uses four writing systems: hiragana, a set of 46 characters and their combinations that represent syllables; katakana, a similar set usually reserved for writing foreign names and words; romaji,Continue reading “Romaji vs. Hiragana”

Creating Art with S Memo

In the last year or so, I’ve been creating art—mostly portraits—using S Memo on my cellphone. S Memo is like a simplified version of Microsoft Windows Paint: you get some drawing tools (pencil, brush, marker), an eraser, a text tool, a customizable color palette, and an undo function. The whole thing began when I decidedContinue reading “Creating Art with S Memo”

Recently on Radiopanik (Dec 4 edition)

Here’s a selection of music I heard recently on Radio Panik, an online radio station based in Belgium. “Grues” by Moussu T e lei Jovents “Green & Gold” by Lianne La Havas “Points” by Ruth Anderson “Neon” by Baleine 3000 “En Léger Différé” by Mickey 3D “Eight Corners” by Gastr del Sol “Hot Tea ToContinue reading “Recently on Radiopanik (Dec 4 edition)”

31 Days, 31 Horror Films

Inspired by my friend @crisismattie, who tweeted his favorite 31 horror films in celebration of October and Halloween, I’ve created my own list.  Because there are more than 31 horror films I like, I’ve excluded some of the most popular and well-known titles (such as The Bride of Frankenstein, Plan 9 From Outer Space, TheContinue reading “31 Days, 31 Horror Films”

Eurovision Song Contest 1963

Here are my choices for best songs at the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in London, England on March 23. Except for the winning entry from Denmark, I had not heard any of these songs until now. My Rank Country Title, Artist Eurovision Final Ranking 1 Sweden “En gång i Stockholm”, Monica ZetterlundContinue reading “Eurovision Song Contest 1963”