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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  • The California DMV

    While researching information for a DMV project I was working on, I came an interesting fact about the California DMV. If you don’t speak English and live in California (Austrian former governors are exempt), you can still take the written driver license exam. It’s available in other languages: Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, French,… Read more »

  • Book Research

    For the past four weeks (that’s a month to my numerically-challenged readers), I have been working on my second book. This time around it’s a novel, and it’s been a blast to write so far. It’s much easier to write than a memoir because I can make shit up when I write myself into a… Read more »

  • The County Clerk Of Kentucky

    Meanwhile in Kentucky, a county clerk is sitting in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Kim Davis, a born-again Apostolic Christian has decided that handing out marriage licenses to gay couples would go against the word of God. In fact, when asked under whose authority she was refusing to hand out… Read more »

  • My Second Book

    This week I started outlining my new book. It’s a novel, and I’m hoping it will be funny. It’s going to be a lot more fun than a memoir because I can make shit up- I’m not constrained by the truth. So what’s it about? Well first off, it contains the following items in no… Read more »

  • I Am An Author

    About a month ago, I put my first eBook on Amazon. Since this was my first book, I wanted to learn everything I could about the process so I’d be prepared for the second book, or as I like to call it, Crap, The Sequel. Many of my friends and family (both of you) downloaded… Read more »

  • Email Hell

    It all started when I received an email that I didn’t understand. It was addressed to the “team”, and I figured it was meant for me, as I get quite a few emails that are addressed to, and begin with, “team”. As it turns out, it was another team far across the country and they… Read more »

  • Cosmetics 2

    A few weeks ago, I posted a blog entry about cosmetics and all the wonderfully disgusting things that go into making them. There was one bright spot though- I mentioned a website called Naturally Betsy, that makes face and body care products from all-natural ingredients. I received quite a few comments and emails about the… Read more »

  • The Republican Debate 2015

    So I watched the Republican debate, or as I called it, the Republican clown car convention. I watched all of the crazies come out and beg for the presidential nomination. Let’s just say the candidates belong on the island of misfit toys. Donald Trump. He’s obviously the Captain of the clown car. He’s insane. I… Read more »

  • Cecil The Lion

    The internet has been buzzing for the past week or so about Walter Palmer, the American dentist who traveled to Zimbabwe and killed a lion. Actually, he didn’t so much kill it as hunt it down illegally, wound it, and let it suffer for another day before finally taking its life along with a few… Read more »

  • Talent

    So this week I spent about four days working on a programming issue for a customer. I was totally stuck on how to program a specific feature. Now, I’m a pretty good programmer; I’m probably ten times better than most of the programmers who do what I do. But after a few more days of… Read more »