Interactive Fiction

I have a lot of vices. And one of the few vices that hasn’t led to jail time is software collecting. I collect all sorts of vintage software, but my favorite is interactive fiction, especially the games created by Infocom. Interactive fiction or text adventures, were the precursor to graphics-based games. Like a great novel,… Read more »

Paramount Ranch

Note: I wrote this blog before the recent fires swept through Paramount Ranch, destroying it completely. Westworld is like the best show on TV right now. It’s definitely one of my new favorites. And as luck would have it, I live pretty close to one of their sets, the western set used for Sweetwater. I… 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 »

  • Red Robin

    Red Robin is in trouble. It seems they ran a television commercial for their hamburgers, and at the end of the commercial whispered “We even have a Gardenburger…just in case your teenage daughter is going through a phase.” Well guess what? PETA, vegans, and vegetarians are up in arms over the commercial. They are furious… Read more »

  • One Year Birthday

    This weekend my website and blog are one year old, and like most toddlers, it hasn’t learned anything, it’s not any smarter, and it’s still producing way too much crap. So how is my website doing? Well, readership is off the charts. I’m hoping to be in the high double digits by December 2014. The… Read more »

  • Powerball

    This week I read about the elderly Florida woman, Gloria Mackenzie, who won the $590 million Powerball lottery. The story got even more interesting when I learned that a younger woman allowed Gloria to cut in line ahead of her, rather than making her wait in the long line with the rest of the shoppers. Below… Read more »

  • Great Scott!

    Well today I finally sent out the query letters for my new book, so I guess I’ll find out if anyone is interested in reading my book proposal. I’m hoping for a few nibbles since clown porn is en vogue right now (I said en vogue rather than in vogue because I’m sophisticated and just… Read more »

  • Origins Of Memorial Day

    Just a short post about Memorial Day. Memorial Day honors military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While these same fallen soldiers are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day was created to thank and to honor… Read more »

  • Separation of church and state

    I was watching the news the other night and…ok…I wasn’t actually watching it so much as waiting for The Big Bang Theory to start…but I’m watching MSNBC and they’re televising an argument in the Senate between a democratic senator and a republican senator. The democratic senator makes his point, and then uses a quote from… Read more »

  • Gay Marriage

    Months ago, when the question of gay marriage landed in the Supreme Court, I figured that’s the end of that. DOA. Even though Chief Justice John Roberts stunned the nation a while back by upholding much of the new healthcare reforms, much to the chagrin of the Republican ass-clowns who appointed him, it was a… Read more »

  • Things In My Backyard This Weekend

    Here are some things I saw in my backyard this weekend. I captured most with a camera, but a few with a camera phone. Click on each picture for a larger version.  

  • George W. Bush Public Library and Museum

    Last week the George W. Bush Public Library and Museum opened in Dallas. The best thing about becoming president or winning a war, is you get to rewrite history. And so, the George W. Bush Public Library and Museum began propagating its own version of history just a few days after its dedication last Thursday…. Read more »

  • The Countdown Begins

    In just a few weeks, I will be shopping my first book. I’ll start the process by sending out query letters- basically letters of introduction to agents saying, “Hi, I’m Steve. I wrote a very weird book and I want you to represent me. Are you interested? I promise not to sleep with your daughter… Read more »