“Sweet Child of Mine” performed by The Bassmonsters

Upright basses and cellos are the original heavy metal instruments.

Goodbye, Instagram

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So, a few months ago, this happened… Let’s talk about what this actually means. First of all, remember that when someone gives you something for free, such as Twitter, or Facebook, you are not the user. You are the product. Your actions are tracked, and that data is used to sell ads to companies who …read more…

I’ve been having a lot of conversations with people (who are mostly not people of color) about racism. Given the current political situation in the United States, how could I not? Unfortunately, I keep hearing the same tired arguments (“I’m color blind”, “everyone’s oppressed in some way”). More people need to read this:

Things Not To Say As a White Person When Talking About Racism (Updated)

Published on 5 June 2016 at 2:26 pm

Spicy Bean Soup

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So this happened today: This was today. Snow. It should have been yesterday. So I made some soup. 93/366 #spring #saturday #nofilter #snow #366posts #winter A photo posted by Kenneth John Odle (@notcuriousanymore) on Apr 2, 2016 at 12:26pm PDT And here I was, getting used to spring-like weather. Because I am feeling somewhat under …read more…

The Self-Confident Man

The man of self-confidence is often a compelling figure. Driven and focused, he is committed to bringing the world into line with his vision of how it should be. He may genuinely believe that his vision for the world is a good one, that the world will be a better place if he can shape …read more…

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Redesign

Things are a little goofy on this blog now. If you’re viewing it on a desktop machine, everything should look pretty good. If you’re on a mobile device, things look a little wonky, as I’m still in the process of redesigning the mobile appearance. In addition, I’ve been going through and deleting unused or seldom …read more…

I never change. I simply become more myself.

Joyce Carol Oates

Published on 12 January 2016 at 7:57 pm

The Day my Kid Went Punk

So this showed up in my Twitter feed the other day: I find the description especially disturbing: “What do you do when your bright, loveable, talented kid turns into a punker overnight?” The implication is that “punkers” are anything but bright, loveable or talented. Instead, they are just angry balls of bad clothing, bad hair, and …read more…

I am Patient Zero

Exactly  one week ago today, I felt a strange tickle in the back of my throat, a little irritation at the rear end of my nasal passages. The next day, what could possible be either a head cold or a chest cold. I slept okay that night, and then all hell broke loose. I woke …read more…

The Forest of Spam, Part 3

Every once in a while I take a close look at some of the messages in my spam folder, because there are some real bits of humor there. Here’s one that tries real hard—and almost succeeds—at not looking like spam: That’s an admirable effort, but let’s face it, Dan: the reason your message ended up …read more…

Updated my d12 Message Blocks Plugin

Doing so meant learning how to add an options page to a WordPress plugin (simple), creating different styles and stylesheets to match (tedious), and rewriting the plugin’s `readme.text` file and creating a lot of new screenshots (easier, now that I’ve developed a workflow for it). I really should write a press release for this on …read more…

Cheesy Potato Spinach Soup

Sometimes you have a little bit of something left over that you need to eat before they go bad, but it isn’t really enough to make an entire meal around—a few potatoes that are going soft, a bit of cheese that is in danger of drying out. And sometimes you want to make just a …read more…

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