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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  • California 2017

    Every ten years in California, two things inevitably happen. One, after we’ve suffered through 7-9 years of drought, enough to turn our lawns brown and require state-wide water rationing, El Nino (a recurring climatic phenomenon) comes back with a vengeance and floods the entire state for months. We’re now one month into 2017, and the… Read more »

  • The New Administration

    I try to stay out of politics when I write my blogs. I lead such an exciting life, that there are literally hundreds of alternative topics for me to write about-cybersecurity, clown porn, even Scarlett Johansson’s new hair style. But for today, the topic is going to be politics. And where to start? Let me… Read more »

  • Research (First post of 2017)

    Miss me? I’ve been a bad boy. I haven’t written a new blog post since July of 2016. Now, in my defense, I did have a presidential campaign to run. Unfortunately, I chose Yogi Bear as my running mate to capture the Jellystone demographic, but when he was arrested for solicitation, my campaign went downhill… Read more »

  • Earth

    Just a quick thought for today… I was just reading an article about cinnamon having beneficial properties and maybe even healing properties for brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. A few months ago I read about pomegranates, and how they improve the resiliency of cells and make them more resistant to aging. And every high… Read more »

  • Amazon gift cards

    This weekend was my birthday, and I received a couple of Amazon gift cards. I love Amazon. There’s nothing better than sitting on your ass in front of the computer, ordering things, and having them delivered directly to your doorstep in two business days. If every order came with a side of bacon, I’d never… Read more »

  • My Birthday

    It’s my birthday this week, and this time, I finally feel old. All the other birthdays were fine, I would celebrate them and then forget them, but this one is different. This one makes me feel like Wilford Brimley. Frankly, I’m amazed I made it this far. The way I see how kids are coddled… Read more »

  • Love to Hate

    Is hate built into the human psyche? Are people inherently bad, and they only keep the evil under wraps because it’s what society expects? I’m starting to think so. Now, before you start sending me emails and telling me that you know some really honest and decent people, I get it. I know several too…. Read more »

  • The Circus Tent Of Writing

      Today I finished the first edit of book number two, Future Fortune. I have all sorts of “number two” jokes running through my head, but I’m going to save us both the embarrassment. Today I worked on the circus tent. Circus tent is an analogy for the structure of a screenplay or novel. It… Read more »

  • Apple And The FBI

    Anyone who thought the FBI couldn’t open that encrypted iPhone is pretty naïve. The FBI, NSA, and various other organizations that we’ve never heard of, can all open a locked iPhone. The iPhone designers and programmers are amazingly talented, even brilliant, but don’t think for a second there aren’t others out there who are even… Read more »

  • Cryogenics

    I saw an advertisement the other day asking me if I’d like to be frozen. Hey that sounds like fun, I thought. I got a few hours to kill. Why not? As it turns out, it had nothing to do with the movie Frozen, and even less to do with that Elsa threesome I had… Read more »