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 »

  • 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 »

  • Thank God for Evolution

    Last night I watched with fascination as two diametrically opposed crankcases argued evolution versus creation. One thing was apparent – there would be no compromise. Everything was black or white. Good or evil. Paper or plastic. Whatever happened to being able to see both sides of an issue? Why does it always have to be… Read more »