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Lie of the Land album

Lie of the Land album

The Lie of the Land is an album I recorded back around 2007 in response to the general plan update battle in Monterey County (that's my county). Things got heated. I figured music might be a good way to get people thinking. It didn't work, as far as I could tell....

Poor Louie’s Bull

Poor Louie’s Bull

Some friends and I recently played a couple of my songs at the Cowboy Poetry fundraiser last Sunday. The Salinas Rodeo big week always kicks off with this poetry event. Great blues band after us, followed by Chris Pine, an old cowboy poet from Arizona. The spoken word...

Strawberries

Strawberries

We grow a lot of things on our farm. Celery, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower. Those are the bigger crops, but we also grow strawberries. The sad thing about strawberries is that most people don't really know what a real strawberry should taste like. The berries you...

Dark Matter Holds Everything Together

Dark Matter Holds Everything Together

Interesting news story out today about how astrophysicists have discovered a galaxy relatively close to our own that is comprised almost entirely of dark matter. Our Milky Way has about 100 times more stars than the galaxy in question, yet they're both about the same...

Friends in Masks

Friends in Masks

A friend of mine from the land of Oz, and fellow-fantasy writer, Ashley Capes, has an epic fantasy series called The Bone Mask Trilogy out on Amazon and the various other ebook sites. His books feature a young thief as one of the main characters, just like Jute in my...

Aeronaut’s Windlass

Aeronaut’s Windlass

By Jim Butcher. Aeronaut's Windlass. Great book. This is the first new fantasy book I've read in a long time that I genuinely enjoyed from page one to the finish. He created an imaginative, accessible world for this story. Solid, interesting characters that don't feel...

Under the Cushions

Under the Cushions

When was the last time you cleaned underneath your couch cushions? I did that today with our living room couch and what I found was pretty surprising. One of the items looked radioactive. I think I also found the missing link (that should make Richard Dawkins happy),...

The Beginner’s Guide to Escaping Dangerous Dates

The Beginner’s Guide to Escaping Dangerous Dates

I have not worked much on stories for quite some time now. Various reasons. Anyway, I recently wrote a humorous non-fiction book called The Beginner's Guide to Escaping Dangerous Dates. Mostly to check if I could still write. Jury remains out on that question. You can...

words and letters

words and letters

Did you know that lemon juice and bad spelling are quite similar? They both can render a torte tart. Though, lemon juice can make a tart tart, but bad spelling cannot. That is all. Carry on.

Birthday party bash

Old age has introduced new forms of despair in my life. Yes, I'm talking about birthday parties for kids. The kid birthday party concept needs reformation. The current model results in escalation a la the Cold War arms race. From my experience, this is how it goes....

Portrait of a Serial Killer

I suppose it's unavoidable that the majority of serial killer thrillers and mysteries tend to feature the same kind of killer: a depraved murdered with some variety of attendant twists (a fondness for eating his victims, turning their skin into lampshades, getting...

Volcanoes that are not Vesuvius

Thankfully, there are a lot of them. If one must give thanks for volcanoes, which I'm not sure is necessary. At any rate, we are off to Mt. Lassen soon. Volcanoes, bears, s'mores, large rodents, trails, kayaks, icy lakes, possible snow (so my eldest son tells me),...

An occasional, obligatory post for the NSA

To all the dozens (perhaps hundreds) of NSA employees reading my website regularly: Statistically, a majority of you are not regularly reading good books. This is due to several reasons: education, the condition of your moral code, bad habits, fatigue, etc. I would...

Fifty Shades Adaptive Fiction

What is adaptive fiction, you ask? It's when you take pre-existing works and adapt them to a new storyline, perhaps a new genre. You take them where they should've gone in the first place. Adaptive fiction is a subset of parody. Remember, though, parody is not always...

Presidential Elections and Anagrams

A lot of people vote based on what sorts of anagrams can be derived from a candidate's name. I often vote that way as it is more scientific than watching the news. This presidential election, according to the analysts in my research department, we have an odd...

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