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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…

Outrage Monkeys

For some reason, I had bookmarked this page on John Scalzi’s blog, and had completely forgotten about it until the other day, when I reread it and decided to add “outrage monkey” to my glossary page. I have to admit, I completely forgot what he was writing about, until I got to the end where …read more…

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

Published on 20 September 2015 at 12:23 pm

Everybody knows I have a writing utensil fetish. I came across some interesting sites the other day while searching for something else (I was trying to figure out how to create a limit in OpenOffice Math, actually). So I don’t forget them, here they are:

  • I Sell Pens — The name says it all: this guy sells all sorts of different pens, in all sorts of price ranges. The ink page alone is drool-worthy.
  • The Fountain Pen Network — I love fountain pens. This site has forums, a blog, a gallery (!), and a sales area.
  • Anderson Pens — An online pen store. All sorts of pens, all sorts of prices.


Published on 15 September 2015 at 1:24 pm

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

Stephen King

Published on 9 September 2015 at 4:09 pm

Grocery Stores on Instagram

For some reason, whenever I’m at the grocery store, I can’t help but take pictures.   A photo posted by @notcuriousanymore on Jun 19, 2015 at 4:57pm PDT   A photo posted by @notcuriousanymore on Jun 12, 2015 at 12:02pm PDT A photo posted by @notcuriousanymore on Jun 6, 2015 at 12:57pm PDT   A …read more…