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About Ormond

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  1. Here's my annual column on the top baby names in the U.S.A. of the previous year. As you can see I am a stubborn person about the correct pronunciation of Arya. https://www.omaha.com/living/cleveland-evans-jackson-sophia-were-most-popular-baby-names-in/article_42538506-0384-5823-94e8-6343c5ebe0d2.html
  2. No, I have no idea why you think that comment was "harsh". I was not insulting Tywin but merely explaining to him that I do not watch the TV show. And since I do not watch the TV show I have no basis for knowing what any viewer, whether they have given their child a name from it or not, would think.
  3. I had a friend who owned the Mystery Book Store in Omaha for years (it closed about 2 years ago), plus I often talk about reading with the librarians at my university. So I have heard of almost all the authors mentioned in this list, but I haven't actually read anything by most of them. The one main exception is Steven Saylor -- I have so far read the first six novels in his Roma Sub Rosa series set in ancient Rome, plus the two books of short stories in the series which are chronologically set between the 1st and 2nd books he wrote. I really enjoy them -- though I thought the first book, Roman Blood, was not as good as the subsequent novels. I am really glad I did go on to read the second, Arms of Nemesis, which is a real favorite of mine. I'd recommend Saylor's series to anyone who likes historical fiction as well as mysteries. http://www.stevensaylor.com/ Though I haven't read them myself, the librarians at my university really like several cozy mystery series: "Agatha Raisin" series by M. C. Beaton: http://www.mcbeaton.com/uk/books/agatha_raisin_mysteries/ "Domestic Diva" series by Krista Davis: https://www.kristadavis.com/domestic-diva-mysteries/books.html "League of Literary Ladies" series by Kylie Logan: http://www.kylielogan.com/League-of-Literary-Ladies-Mysteries.aspx "Bakeshop Mystery" series by Ellie Alexander: https://www.elliealexander.co/books/bakeshop-mystery-series/ "Chet and Bernie" series by Spencer Quinn: https://www.simonandschuster.com/series/The-Chet-and-Bernie-Mystery-Series "Charles Lenox" series by Charles Finch: https://us.macmillan.com/series/charleslenoxmysteries/ "Maisie Dobbs" series by Jacqueline Winspear: http://jacquelinewinspear.com/books/maisie-dobbs/ Then, not as cozy, the librarians would also recommend: "Shetland Island" mysteries by Ann Cleeves: http://www.anncleeves.com/shetland/index.html "Harry Bosch" and "Mickey Haller" books by Michael Connelly: https://www.michaelconnelly.com/series/ "Prey" series by John Sandford: http://www.johnsandford.org/books.html "Gamache" series by Louise Penny: https://www.louisepenny.com/books.htm "Dublin Murder Squad" series by Tana French: http://www.howtoread.me/dublin-murder-squad-books-in-order/ Of course there's always Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers to recommend. I also rather liked Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone when I read it a few years ago. It was #19 on the list of "Best Novels of All Time" that "The Guardian" compiled in 2003: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/27/100-best-novels-moonstone-wilkie-collins
  4. Ormond

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Getting Sneaky

    The first season was very good. I disliked the "sexploitation" aspects of it but in almost all other aspects it was very well done, and it actually "fixed" the main problem I have with the books (Martin having his child characters do and understand things way before normal children would be able to at those ages -- and no, having been subjected to trauma does not make a kid "grow up faster" in real life) by having the kids start out older than they were in the books. But I think of myself as primarily a fan of the book series. I made the decision that I just didn't want to watch the TV version until I had finished reading a completed book series. This became even more important to me when it became clear that the TV series was going to finish way before GRRM finished the books. If he never finishes the books, I'll probably never watch the rest of the TV series, and I'm perfectly OK with that. There are way more important things in life than watching a TV show, no matter how good it is.
  5. Dear Tywin -- I have not watched the TV show since the first episode of the second season, so I have no idea what happened to Daenerys on Sunday night. I am sure parents who have named their daughters Daenerys (or Khaleesi, which is actually much more popular as a name for real girls in the USA than Daenerys) will deal with whatever the character did (or was done to her), unless it was the character looking directly into the camera and saying "Anyone who's named a child after me is incredibly stupid!!"
  6. Ormond

    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    Never mind; question answered by later post.
  7. Ormond

    Tara Theory

    I have no idea but you have posted this in the wrong forum. Go back to "Home" and post this in the appropriate forum in the section called "Game of Thrones the HBO TV Series" Season 8.
  8. Wonders of the modern Internet media -- this Time article about the name of the new royal baby which interviews me was posted less than two hours after I finished talking with the reporter. I had an uncle by marriage named Archie myself. Most older Americans are going to be really puzzled by the choice as they will only think of elderly uncles or Archie Bunker -- Americans younger than 30 may be able to see the name as "retro" and "cool" especially if they watch "Riverdale", but will still mostly prefer a form like Archer on the birth certificate instead of Archie. Using this name is a real nod to present British culture on Harry & Meghan's part. http://time.com/5585773/royal-baby-archie-harrison-name-meaning/
  9. Ormond

    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    I am definitely not surprised that Trump has lost millions and is quite unsuccessful as a businessman. I am a bit surprised that he managed to lose more money than any other individual taxpayer, though. He did manage to be #1 in something. That's impressive in a sick sort of way.
  10. Here's the link to today's column. I was very surprised to see just how much more popular Winifred was in the UK than the USA back in its heyday --over six times more common in the UK in the 1910/1911 census figures! I was also surprised to see how much it's increased in the USA the last few years without any obvious media help, though of course it could be that those who watched the Disney films as kids are now starting to have babies of their own. https://www.omaha.com/living/cleveland-evans-winifred-rooted-in-a-resurrection-story-has-often/article_dba37252-f000-553b-b6ca-3e5ac10e8db0.html
  11. Ormond

    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    The laws which states have passed to do this include a clause that it does not operate until states which have over half the electoral votes have passed it. It is highly unlikely that half of the electoral votes will be in such states in 2020, so there will be no such changes and this scenario cannot apply.
  12. Ormond

    RIP Gene Wolfe

    In the USA Gene is rare as a woman's given name. Even the one famous American woman with this name, actress Gene Tierney (1920-1991), was named after her uncle. Gene is originally a short form of Eugene, and many famous men called Gene are "Eugene" on their birth certificates, though this wasn't the case for Wolfe.
  13. Guilfoyle is an Irish surname which is an Anglicized spelling of Giolla Phoil, Irish Gaelic for "servant of St. Paul." Alternative spellings sometimes found are Gilfoil, Gilfoyle, and Kilfoyle. I am surprised you haven't run across it as the name of a real person before now.
  14. I have no doubt that it is possible to be "learning the wrong lessons" by focusing on just one or two aspects of the 2016 election, which was so close that any one of 20 factors being different could plausibly have resulted in a different outcome. But this article seems to think the primary "wrong lesson" is that the Democrats are "overestimating" Trump. If that's a "wrong lesson", it seems like the least damaging one to have "learned." I surely would rather have the Democrats overestimating Trump than underestimating him. Plus a good part of his "overestimation" argument seems to rest on the one Reuters poll that showed a big drop in Trump's approval recently. The 538 aggregate this morning has barely budged and Trump's approval is still a good bit above what it was at the start of February. It seems to me that a whole lot of people who make their living writing pieces like the above are swayed way too much by the latest single poll.
  15. Andy McKean, the longest serving Republican in the Iowa State House of Representatives, has switched to the Democrats. On the one hand, this guy is from far eastern Iowa (his district is in the easternmost bulge of Iowa along the Mississippi River, south of Dubuque) and eastern Iowa is traditionally much less conservative than the western part of the state. On the other hand, his district is actually fairly rural and includes counties that voted for Trump in 2016. It will be interesting to see if he can win as a Democrat in 2020. https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/23/politics/andy-mckean-iowa-gop-lawmaker-change-party/index.html