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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  • IBM P70

    This weekend, I was lucky enough to find an IBM P70 for a real cheap price. It’s not a working model, but I am pretty sure I can get it running before the end of the year. The P70 was IBM’s first portable computer. Well actually, the first portable IBM computer was the 5155, but… Read more »

  • Philco Predicta Restoration

    I saw a 1959 Philco Predicta Pedestal on eBay and thought it was the coolest thing ever. I had to have it. The only problem – it was selling for about $1500, and I didn’t really need it THAT badly. On the other hand, I figured if I could pick up a used or non-working… Read more »

  • 3D Printing

    So last week I was in training- learning all about 3D printers, and I have to say, it was the coolest thing ever. Well the second coolest thing ever, since I still hope to have that threesome with Katy Perry and Wonder Woman. A 3D printer is capable of creating objects. It resembles an ink… Read more »

  • Peanut Allergies

    The other day I read about a kid from New York who died from a peanut allergy. He was eating a granola bar which contained peanuts or traces of peanuts and he immediately went into anaphylactic shock. His mother got him to the hospital pretty quickly, but it was too late. He lapsed into a… Read more »

  • Book Stories That Were Cut -Story 1

    Here’s another story from my book that got the axe- more film on the cutting room floor, so to speak. My book is now 14 pages long.     🙂 On the other side of that fence was freedom. Freedom from oppression. Freedom to live life on my own terms, without interference from a shadowy government with… Read more »

  • Notes From Network Executives

    I’m a big fan of pulling back the curtain. I like to see what goes on behind the scenes; what makes something successful. One of my favorite Twitter feeds is @TVNetworkNotes where they post actual comments from network executives. After reading the comments below, I think I should have left the curtain alone! Take a… Read more »

  • Boys Being Boys

    I read an article last week from the Huffington Post called “These Are The Things Men Say To Women On The Street”. You can read it here. Basically it was some of the female editors at the Huffington Post holding up signs with a few of the obnoxious things that men said to them while… Read more »

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation PADD

    I never watched Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) while it was actually on the air. I purchased the 7-season DVD collection and watched all the episodes over the course of a few years and then watched the four movies. Sometimes I’ll see a prop in a movie that intrigues me, and I’ll try my… Read more »

  • Warner Brothers Tour

    This weekend I didn’t have time to write my standard, ever so sophisticated, blog entry for the week. Yeah. I figured instead of spending the weekend reading up on stem cell transplant procedures, or working on my cure for cancer, I would instead take a much needed break by zipping down to Burbank and experiencing… Read more »

  • Time Warner Cable

    Well another Internet poll has made the rounds and guess what? For the sixth year in a row, Time Warner Cable was rated one of the worst companies in America when it comes to customer service. Wow! Here is a gigantic corporation, raking in record profits, yet providing terrible service to the very people who… Read more »