My New Children’s Book

I met with my editor on Friday, and these were the take-a-way notes for my newest children’s book: The words “lube” and “chipmunk” should not appear in the same sentence, let alone as the opening line from Chapter 1. The local spelling bee you described in Chapter 2 should not end with Charlie Sheen bludgeoning… Read more »

Paranoia

This week, WikiLeaks released a cluster of documents relating to the CIA and their methods of operation. The news media was especially enamored by the electronic eavesdropping portion of the documents. Not to get off track here, but this is how we know the Obama administration didn’t spy on Donald Trump – no one in… Read more »

Who was D.B. Cooper?

One afternoon a day before Thanksgiving in 1971, a guy calling himself Dan Cooper (the media mistakenly called him D.B. Cooper) boarded Northwest Airlines flight #305 in Portland bound for Seattle. He was wearing a dark suit and a black tie and was described as a business-executive type. While in the air, he opened his brief… Read more »

An old conversation

It was an unusually warm summer afternoon in Jerusalem 3000 years ago. Mort, Sayid, and John had just finished playing racquetball and were sitting around the bar drinking Baoji wine. After a few minutes of guy talk, mostly about the new dresses that were showing much more ankle this year, Mort commented on the growing… Read more »

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  • Beale Ciphers

    So it’s time for a new research project, and this one should be a lot of fun. I’ll be researching the Beale Ciphers. Never heard of it? Well let me bring you up to speed. Back in the 1820’s, a Virginian named Thomas Jefferson Beale took a group of men west to mine for gold. They… Read more »

  • Portable Computers

    This weekend, I dusted off a few of my old computers and booted them up to see how they were doing. Old computers are nowhere near as sturdy or stable as their modern-day counterparts. The biggest problem is the capacitors dry out and you have to go around the motherboard and replace them. And old… Read more »

  • California 2017

    Every ten years in California, two things inevitably happen. One, after we’ve suffered through 7-9 years of drought, enough to turn our lawns brown and require state-wide water rationing, El Nino (a recurring climatic phenomenon) comes back with a vengeance and floods the entire state for months. We’re now one month into 2017, and the… Read more »

  • The New Administration

    I try to stay out of politics when I write my blogs. I lead such an exciting life, that there are literally hundreds of alternative topics for me to write about-cybersecurity, clown porn, even Scarlett Johansson’s new hair style. But for today, the topic is going to be politics. And where to start? Let me… Read more »

  • Research (First post of 2017)

    Miss me? I’ve been a bad boy. I haven’t written a new blog post since July of 2016. Now, in my defense, I did have a presidential campaign to run. Unfortunately, I chose Yogi Bear as my running mate to capture the Jellystone demographic, but when he was arrested for solicitation, my campaign went downhill… Read more »

  • Earth

    Just a quick thought for today… I was just reading an article about cinnamon having beneficial properties and maybe even healing properties for brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. A few months ago I read about pomegranates, and how they improve the resiliency of cells and make them more resistant to aging. And every high… Read more »

  • Amazon gift cards

    This weekend was my birthday, and I received a couple of Amazon gift cards. I love Amazon. There’s nothing better than sitting on your ass in front of the computer, ordering things, and having them delivered directly to your doorstep in two business days. If every order came with a side of bacon, I’d never… Read more »

  • My Birthday

    It’s my birthday this week, and this time, I finally feel old. All the other birthdays were fine, I would celebrate them and then forget them, but this one is different. This one makes me feel like Wilford Brimley. Frankly, I’m amazed I made it this far. The way I see how kids are coddled… Read more »

  • Love to Hate

    Is hate built into the human psyche? Are people inherently bad, and they only keep the evil under wraps because it’s what society expects? I’m starting to think so. Now, before you start sending me emails and telling me that you know some really honest and decent people, I get it. I know several too…. Read more »

  • The Circus Tent Of Writing

      Today I finished the first edit of book number two, Future Fortune. I have all sorts of “number two” jokes running through my head, but I’m going to save us both the embarrassment. Today I worked on the circus tent. Circus tent is an analogy for the structure of a screenplay or novel. It… Read more »