Phoenix from the Ashes

phoenixLike a Phoenix rising to a rebirth from the Ashes so to is Mephistos…  With the rebirth, the site is still going to be very open to what I want to write about at any given time, but it is going to focus a little bit more on travel and exploration along with a good dose of the political and economical, and of course my weird views on the world in general.  I think that eclectic mix is still enough to qualify for the ‘Mephistos’ moniker.  Continue reading “Phoenix from the Ashes”

Nature’s Finest

NatureKentucky has a law on the books for a specialized license plate that funds “nature” and helps the preserve the great outdoors.  The law, allows for a number of plates that when purchased at $10 over the normal cost allows for that $10 to go to the funding of Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund.  As I was looking into this as a possibility for my wife’s Edge coming up in a month or so, I found out that shameful acts by the state government (namely both legislative branches and especially the governor, who proposed the budget, raided the funds). Continue reading “Nature’s Finest”


mulberryOver the last few weeks, I have been watching a show called Rivermen on the History Channel network.  Not sure why, but it caught my interest one night and I decided to catch the next few episodes.  Earlier this week, it concluded its run, I believe.  But as I was watching the final episode I am left with having to call bullshit. Continue reading “Rivermen”

Kentucky Derby Picks

2015 Kentucky DerbyAs promised yesterday, I am following today with my 2015 Kentucky Derby picks.  If you are curious about the Oaks, that link will take you to my picks for that race that I posted yesterday.  And yes, we are now less that five days until the Derby will run Saturday evening on May 2nd (first Saturday in May) around 6:45 – the fastest and by far, most exciting two minutes in sports. Continue reading “Kentucky Derby Picks”

Oaks Picks

Kentucky Oaks LilyWe are just under a week away from the Kentucky Derby and even closer to the Oaks, which will run on Friday afternoon/evening.  As per my usual I am pretty excited about the upcoming weekend and greatly looking forward to it.  As also is my usual, I have my picks and some insight as to why they are my picks.  I am going to give mine for the Oaks today and follow-up with my Derby picks tomorrow. Continue reading “Oaks Picks”

Code is Poetry

codeI have not done much coding at all the last several years and really almost none professionally.  I have had the occasion of late to apply my skills at some limited coding when I was making some alterations to the most recent theme here on the blog.  In the process of doing that, I realized just how much I missed it. Continue reading “Code is Poetry”


cloudNot sure if anyone else saw the segment yesterday morning on CBS’s Sunday Morning show about subscriptions, but it was so spot on with my feelings toward subscriptions.  I can remember back in the day when, as was referenced, you purchased a TV, brought it home and you had TV for life for free.  Albeit that was in the day of being lucky if you had 3, maybe 4 channels with PBS.  And then came this thing called cable and you had to pay a monthly fee to get a few more channels and the Jeanie was out of the bottle at that point. Continue reading “Subscriptions…”