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 »

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  • Accolades For My Website

    I thought it would be nice to share some of the feedback I have been receiving for my website and blog. I hope to post more later! ** of course they’re not real.   “Tis one of the best amalgamations of quality information ever amassed by a common man. Do tell me, has Rhianna split… Read more »

  • Napoleon Complex

    I’m still not sure why Kim Jong Un is so intent on starting a war with South Korea. Can’t he just be happy bowling 11 perfect games in a row and shooting a spectacular 38 on his last golfing expedition? With only 13 holes-in-one, I know he had an off day, but nonetheless, it was… Read more »

  • Grow up!

    Yesterday I was in a jewelry store with my wife and there was girl at one of the counters buying a gold charm for her necklace. The salesgirl hands her the charm and she places the charm on the chain around her neck and asks the sales girl how it looks. Now, the girl buying… 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 »

  • Charlie Sheen or Benjamin Franklin?

    I’m currently pitching a new game show to ABC called Charlie Sheen or Benjamin Franklin? The game itself is quite easy to play – the host will describe actual situations, and the contestants simply need to guess who it pertains to – Charlie Sheen or Benjamin Franklin. Sound easy? It’s not. Take a look below,… Read more »

  • Microsoft Word

    As I sat down at the computer this morning, I realized that Microsoft Word is 30 years old. Yeah, I notice that kind of crap. The first version, called Multi-Tool Word, came out in 1983. It was built for the IBM and AT&T line of UNIX microcomputers, but a few months later, was made available… Read more »

  • Raiders Of The Lost AARP

    Harrison Ford has been in the news quite a bit lately. Not only has he signed on for the next Indiana Jones movie, but he will also reprise the role of Han Solo in the newly announced Star Wars reboot. The Star Wars movie sounds great as long as the Han Solo character is age… Read more »

  • The Twilight Zone Mystic Seer

    Nick of Time – One of the best episodes of the original Twilight Zone, it starred William Shatner and Patricia Breslin as a married couple who discover a fortune telling machine that seems to predict the future. Written by Richard Matheson, the Shatner character becomes obsessed with the machine and can’t make a decision without… Read more »

  • Making The Cut

    This week I did not have a lot of time to write my blog – I’ve been incredibly busy cleaning up and revising my book so I can send it out at the end of the month. But never fear, the crap-fest continues.  I have included snippets from my book that did NOT make the… Read more »

  • Check out time

    I’m standing in line last Saturday morning at the market, and it’s not very busy…a few people ahead of me in the checkout line. As usual I’m not really paying any attention; I’m just swinging my basket of goods back and forth and watching the girl in the sports bra down on her knees looking… Read more »