Future Fortune released

This weekend, my new book, Future Fortune, is free to download for the Kindle. You can go to Amazon now and download it at no charge. It’s a lot cheaper than Ambien. So why make it free? Well, when you’re a nobody author, you need to garner as many reviews as quickly as possible when… Read more »

Barcade

Many years ago, my favorite arcade game was Elevator Action. It’s a pretty simple game. You land on the roof of a building and make your way down to the basement where your escape car is waiting. On each floor along the way, you have to defeat bad guys, and make occasional stops to pick up… Read more »

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 »

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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  • How porn killed the Betamax

    You may remember a few years back there was a battle for high definition video. There were two competing formats, HD-DVD and Blu-ray. In North America and Europe, Blu-ray won out, and the less expensive HD-DVD is the most widely used format in China. But before the disk wars, there were the video cassette wars…. Read more »

  • What’s in a title?

    As Rodney Dangerfield once quipped, “I bought a book called How to make it big…it was all about business!” Titles are important. They can make or break a book, a movie, or even a video game. So when it came time to choose a name for my book, I really gave it some thought. The… Read more »

  • Man versus Machine

    As an IT person, the one rhetorical question I hear all the time is “I wonder what Einstein could have done with a modern computer?” Most people think a computer is superior to a human brain. They cite such mundane facts as “the computer always beats the human in chess”, or “Watson (an IBM computer)… Read more »

  • California Law

    As part of my research on California history, I came across some fascinating state laws that are still on the books, even today. I would like to share a few of these with you…. Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results is a $500 fine. Yep. There is nothing worse than sitting down… Read more »

  • MAC versus PC

    Yesterday, my hairstylist (ok, the dog groomer who does my hair) asked me if I was a PC or a MAC. I told her I was definitely a PC. In fact, I wondered to myself if there really is a computer “type”. Turns out there is. MAC people tend to be left-brain, while PC people… Read more »

  • Who really writes the Richard Castle books?

    For those of you who watch the TV show Castle, you are probably aware that even though Richard Castle is a fictitious character, you can actually purchase his Nikki Heat books in real life. Sales figures from stores such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon illustrate just how popular his books are with Castle fans…. Read more »

  • Obamacare

    I decided when I began this blog that I would keep political commentary to a minimum. I really didn’t expect to post my first political blog so soon. I’ll keep it short. Last week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, was constitutional. That’s great. But let’s talk about Mitt… Read more »

  • As Time Goes By

    So you’ve decided to visit the grandchildren. They won’t be born for 50 years, but you’ve borrowed a DeLorean from the scientist next door, and you’re armed with enough Plutonium to get you to 2062 and back, with enough leftover to make your own low-grade, dirty bomb. But is travelling to the future even possible?… Read more »

  • But wait, there’s more…

      “If you purchase one bottle of Boxer Uprising, you get the second one for free. Just pay separate postage and handling.” Hopefully everyone reading this knows that you’re not really getting the second product for free. The boner medication you’re buying has such a huge profit margin, that it just appears that you’re getting… Read more »

  • Bill of Frights

    I was watching one of the new ghost hunter shows on cable and was shocked to hear one of the self proclaimed parapsychologists refer to ghosts as “the energy left over once we’re dead”. I’m sorry, the energy left over? Einstein (Albert, not Sid) proclaimed that E=mc2.  I know from watching Sesame Street that matter… Read more »