Saturday, August 30, 2008


Cleaned pool, hoping to sell it to a friend of mine. I hate taking care of pools now. I will never fulfill my dream of being a Cabana boy.

Friday, August 29, 2008


I reject your reality, and substitute my own! -- mythbusters

Thursday, August 28, 2008

who calls at this ungodly hour?

12:09 AM.

So I'm sitting at my desk working on a fantastic piece of fiction, a stunning literary achievement just waiting to happen, when, at exactly midnight, my friggin' cell phone starts ringing.

It's a business line really, and I look at the little screen and it says RESTRICTED. Restricted? WTF does that mean anyway? Why do they even allow that shit? So it rings and rings, and I let it ring and ring because there's no way in hell I'm going to pick up a RESTRICTED call at midnight. Who knows what whack-job is on the other end? Why would anyone use a RESTRICTED number, unless they are up to no good. It was EXACTLY midnight. Who was calling me? A mass murderer?

"I’m in your house."

A crazy ex-girlfriend?

"I had your love-child! He's twenty-one and he wants to meet you!"


"This is the NSA, what the hell are you up to?"

So I let it ring. And it stops ringing, missed call. No voicemail.

Then, at 12:02, it rings again! Oh my GOD!

"This is Elvis, I need your help on a very important mission. President Nixon specified you by name . . ."

Who calls at this ungodly hour? Charles Mansion? Does he get phone privileges?

Then again, maybe someone was just having wicked-bad computer problems.

Monday, August 25, 2008

camping trip: what happened

We camped at Duke Creek campgrounds. There was much relaxation and fire. We played ladderball and tossed a football. There was hiking. There were full-scale, operational gallows. A dam was built. I did nothing for four days. Sunflower seeds were consumed. No electronics were taken. Soduku puzzles were solved. A beach chair was occupied. Tents were put together, used and taken down again. A good time was had by all. And now I am back.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

tie-dye night at the hideout

a good time was had by all

Sunday, August 17, 2008

our front tree3

uh, a picture of the tree in front of our house

Thursday, August 14, 2008

garfield minus garfield

if you haven't checked it out before, it is worth a look:

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Can't wait for GeekAid!

Everyone within the sound of this blog should come to GeekAid! details are here and I guarantee a good time will be had by all. Music, beer, and a relaxed small-town atmosphere. Check out the bands this August 16th

GeekAid 2008
Saturday, August 16th, 12pm – 8pm
Riverside Park, Grand Rapids, MI

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

book review: How Fiction Works

#51 How Fiction Works James Wood 2008 * * * * Finally, someone explains quoted speech, indirect speech, and free indirect speech! Hooray! ~ August 12, 2008

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

movie review: the dark knight

batman: the dark knight 2008 * * * * Lots of action, whatever. The only bright spot in this otherwise ho-hum action movie is Heath Ledger. Oh, why did this actor have to go and get himself killed after this BRILLIANT performance? His bad-guy performance ranks right up there with Jack Nicholson's immortal mad-man in "The Shining". Every time The Joker appeared the movie was great, but when he was gone, it was just average. Oh, and Maggie Gyllenhaal is smokin' hot.

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I am the author of 5 books: Android Down, Firewood for Cannibals, The Cubicles of Madness, Robot Stories, and most recently, Various Meats and Cheeses. I live and write in Michigan. My website is at