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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  • Black Friday Bingo

    Welcome to Steve’s Casino and Grill. Why not try your hand at some Black Friday Bingo? Click Bingo card to enlarge.    

  • November 22, 1963, Part 2

    I decided to do a second part to my previous post and talk a little bit about Lee Harvey Oswald.  I watched last week as a memorial was erected in Texas to the police officer who died at the same time as President Kennedy, JD Tippit, and I was really appalled to see that the… Read more »

  • November 22, 1963, Part 1

    There have always been conspiracy theories. Sometimes the general public can’t accept that bad things happen for no reason or just happen randomly. Almost 50 years ago, the Warren Commission found that a lone gunman killed President Kennedy; that the assassin was a Communist and he acted alone. Since then, evidence has been piling up… Read more »

  • Words

    As an eBay addict, I have a lot of items on my eBay wish list. Whenever one of these items becomes available, I receive an email notification. The other day, I received nine emails for the same rare item. Nine emails for a rare item? Have people forgotten the word rare isn’t just how you… Read more »

  • Open Mouth. Insert Foot.

    Mitt Romney’s handlers determined he should keep a low profile this week. I’m not sure why they would want to keep him away from the media though…. “One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.” “Corporations are people… Read more »

  • Candyman! Candyman! Candyman!

    As I sat down to write this blog, I wondered if I should be writing about the upcoming presidential elections or about Halloween. Although Mitt Romney is certainly as frightening as any character from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, I was able to come up with an angle that will allow me to write about… Read more »

  • God works in mysterious ways

    Recently, after leaving a bathhouse in San Francisco through the rear door, my mind somehow wandered to the existence of Sodom and Gomorrah. Well, first it wandered to a hot dog stand, and then back to Sodom and Gomorrah. While a handful of rogue scholars believe these two cities existed somewhere in the state of… Read more »

  • Bureaucracy

    Bureaucrat  bu•reau•crat / noun: a person who runs a company and steadfastly adheres to the rules and regulations without question or deviation. ———- A few weeks ago there was a fire in Detroit. No, there were no NBA playoffs going on. It was a good old fashioned, real-life fire. The fire department and paramedics showed… Read more »

  • Crystal Clear

    I recently watched Star Trek IV, the one with the whales, and was snickering when Scotty built a whale tank out of transparent aluminum. It was stronger than steel, completely sheer, and had to hold a ton of material, much like a Victoria’s Secret push-up bra. But it’s just Science Fiction right? Nope. It’s available… Read more »

  • Sick Day

    So you woke up sick today. No, the real kind of sick. Not the I just came home from a rave with blurred vision, profuse sweating, sore butt, and a dollar bill pinned to my collar. No. I’m talking about a legitimate cold or a genuine case of the flu. It’s 4 AM, and work… Read more »