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“County fair in the country sun.” — Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone


Made the Monroe County Fair last night.

Perfect night. High, brush stroke clouds, spectacular sunset, cool temps, low humidity.

I still can’t believe that The Loved One and I have settled in this fab locale.

Mark Stoops was out shaking hands in front of the county Democrats booth. The GOP booth was manned and womanned by about five hardy souls, the sight of which caused me to remark to my neighbor Tom, “Looks like every Republican in Monroe County is here.”

Shelli Yoder‘s pretty mug was plastered all over the Dem booth. In the scant few moments I idled there, at least three men asked, craning their necks, where the 9th District congressional candidate was. Their shoulders slumped when told she was off somewhere else, campaigning.


Neighbor Maryanne and The Loved One wanted to cruise the rabbits barn. I became transfixed by a row of caged white ones with black spots over their eyes. A kid who looked to be ten or so edged up, his hand placed in a proprietary manner on top of the cage I was peering into. He stared at me.

I felt a need to convey the fact that I wasn’t plotting to abduct the rodent but settled only for asking, “These yours?”

He nodded proudly.

“Uh, what do you do with these guys?”

He looked at me as if I were from the moon but decided to explain.

“Well, I show ’em.”


“Y’see these spots over her eyes?”

I nodded.

He gestured toward the other rabbits. “If any a’these have spots like that anywhere else on their body, I can’t show ’em. So we eat ’em.”


The kid proceeded to point out all his ribbon winners, which turned out to be all his rabbits on display.

The Loved One and Maryanne ambled up and I told them, “You can eat these guys!”

At which point both women made shushing motions at me. The Loved One warned, “They can hear you!”



Hell, let’s do it.

Here’s how I waste my time. How about you? Share your fave sites with us via the comments section. Just type in the name of the site, not the url; we’ll find them. If we like them, we’ll include them — if not, we’ll ignore them.

I Love ChartsLife as seen through charts.

XKCD — “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”

SkepchickWomen scientists look at the world and the universe.

IndexedAll the answers in graph form, on index cards.

I Fucking Love ScienceA Facebook community of science geeks.

I Fucking Love Science: The Kākāpō Of New Zealand

Present and Correct(New Listing) Fun, compelling, gorgeous and/or scary graphic designs and visual creations throughout the years and from all over the world.

Flip Flop Fly BallBaseball as seen through infographics, haikus, song lyrics, and other odd communications devices.

Mental FlossFacts.

Caps Off PleaseComics & fun.

Caps Off Please

SodaplayCreate your own models or play with other people’s models.

Eat Sleep DrawAn endless stream of artwork submitted by an endless stream of people.

Big ThinkTapping the brains of notable intellectuals for their opinions, predictions, and diagnoses.

The Daily PuppySo shoot me.

Electron Pencil event listings: Music, art, movies, lectures, parties, receptions, games, benefits, plays, meetings, fairs, conspiracies, rituals, etc.

Monroe County Fairgrounds — Second day, 2012 Monroe County Fair, Flat track motorcycle racing; 6pm — Music, Clear Note; 6pm — Music, Circle of Friends, Free Draper; 7pm — (no carnival until Monday at 4:00pm); Noon to 11pm

Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Joe Porter; 2-4pm

◗ IU Wells-Metz TheaterMusical, “You Can’t Take It with You”; 2pm

The Player’s PubAndra Faye and the Rays; 6pm

Bryan ParkSunday Outdoor Concert Series: Jason Fickel & Ginger Curry; 6:30pm

Bear’s PlaceRyder Film Series: “Kumaré: The True Story of a False Prophet”; 7pm

Highland Faith Assembly of GodMusic, Christian Cavaliers; 7-8:30pm

The BishopCursive, Fly Painted Feathers; 9pm


◗ Ivy Tech Waldron CenterExhibits:

  • John D. Shearer, “I’m Too Young For This  @#!%”; through July 30th

◗ IU Art MuseumExhibits:

  • Qiao Xiaoguang, “Urban Landscape: A Selection of Papercuts” ; through August 12th
  • “A Tribute to William Zimmerman,” wildlife artist; through September 9th
  • Willi Baumeister, “Baumeister in Print”; through September 9th
  • Annibale and Agostino Carracci, “The Bolognese School”; through September 16th
  • “Contemporary Explorations: Paintings by Contemporary Native American Artists”; through October 14th
  • David Hockney, “New Acquisitions”; through October 21st
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi, “Paragons of Filial Piety”; through fall semester 2012
  • Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan, “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers”; through December 31st
  • “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century”; through December 31st

◗ IU SoFA Grunwald GalleryExhibits: Bloomington Photography Club Annual Exhibition; through August 3rd

◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery“Ephemeral Ink: Selections of Tattoo Art from the Kinsey Institute Collection”; through September 21st

◗ IU Lilly LibraryExhibit, “Translating the Canon: Building Special Collections in the 21st Century”; through September 1st

◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Closed for semester break

Monroe County History Center Exhibits:

  • “What Is Your Quilting Story?”; through July 31st
  • Photo exhibit, “Bloomington: Then and Now” by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th

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