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11th Blogiversary!

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Yes, it was 11 years ago tonight that I took the plunge and made myself start a blog. It was so long ago, not everybody knew what a blog was back then, but there were still quite a few of us in 2002 and 2003 that were eagerly jumping into this new medium — so many that at the end of 2003, ABC News named The Blogger as their Person of the Year. And I was part of it! Now, of course, all that excitement has subsided, and blogs have gone mainstream and establishment, and, in some cases, started to supplant the role of Big Media in several areas.

Translation: Blogging isn’t as much fun now. Still, I maintain my blog, mostly as a placeholder for my domain name, and for documenting significant life events, such as the stroke I had back in May …

What, I didn’t mention my stroke? I blogged all about it on Facebook, keep up.

Seriously, though, yes, I’ll post more about that tomorrow, in kind of a year-in-review thing. including pictures.

But still, back to the focus of this post: My 11-year blogiversary! Yay!

RIP Tranq Bear

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Rest in Peace, you magnificent animal. We hardly knew ye. Complete story here.

We interrupt this lack of posting …

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I’m really bad about losing track of pages, even pages that I bookmark, I’m going to temporarily interrupt my posting drought in order to post this link — and to share it with you! — to Grrl Band Geek, a blog about female rock & roll that I want to keep an eye on.

While we’re there, here’s a recent interview with the Go-Go’s:

And while I’m at it, let me just say for the record that I’m currently in a great surge in my musical creativity, and that for the first time in my life I’m successfully able to put aside (most) distractions and work on music. My guitar skills are getting back up to their old (pitiful) levels, plus I’m studying a wonderful $20 music theory book that I got myself for my birthday (my wife let me pick out my own gift!).

I would tell more, but this already counts as a distraction, so I’ll save details on the book for some other time. And I’m going to go play guitar.

Breaking News …

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Can it be?? That they’re about to announce that Osama bin Laden is dead, and they’ve got his body?? Does he even matter any more? Time will tell …

Eyeball Fail

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Since my 8th Blogiversary is coming up, I need to post something, so here’s the thing of most significance in my life right now: I have a detached retina. I started seeing flashes of light shortly after Thanksgiving, then floaters and spots, and, long story short, it’s a detached retina. Now, two needles to the eyeball later, I’m having to keep my head at a 45 degree angle so the gas bubble they pumped into my eye can work its magic.

It still beats being at work …

Productivity and Its Opposite

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Guess I need to post something, here’s the best episode of Community of the whole season …

But that’s the easy way out, so let me just say that … I washed my work shirts today, went to Home Depot and got some tree fertilizer spikes and a washer to finish installing the brackets for the new drapes for the computer, stopped by a new restaurant that just opened today (Flat Iron Grill, a local catering company that decided to put down to roots, I had a steak wrap), picked up some prescriptions at Walgreens, cleaned up a 20 square foot section of the garage, aired up my bicycle, listened to Thistle & Shamrock on NPR, and am currently live-tweeting SNL.

Man, I need a nap.

Anyway, the most recent episode of Community was EPIC EPIC EPIC. The whole episode was a spoof of postapocalpyse/survival/action movies, and they totally nailed it. But don’t take my word for it. Watch it and marvel.

The Welcoming Committe

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

OK, I haven’t posted in a while, but today I uploaded a video (my first YouTube in 2 years!), and I had been telling a Second Life friend about my puppy friends along my walking route, so I dug this up and posted it. Enjoy!

Barbarian’s Guide to Gift Wrapping

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

This is hilarious. These gift-disguising hints are by GameStop, but they can apply to a wide variety of presents.

10. Disguise Box
Put game box in bigger box. This make little barbarians confused like bear staring at own reflection in lake. Hah, crazy bears.

9. Heavy Lifting
Toss heavy rock in box with game to add weight and confusion. “Too heavy for game. Must be rock.” Good guess, little barbarian. I fooled you.

8. Decoy Gift
Wrap game in awful holiday sweater. Barbarian get coal one year. Best gift ever, but disguised with moss. Was angry first. Now think very clever idea.

7. The Misdirect
Insert yoga DVD cover art inside plastic game cover. If little stinkers open gift early, they see woman doing “downward dog.” Joke on little stinkers.

6. Clinking Coins
Place nickels in box with game. They go crazy trying to figure out what make jingle sound. Plus when they open box, they get a game and contribution to college fund. Education and fun in one package.

5. Gift Too Thin
Wrap piece of paper with name of game on it. Gamer think it probably IOU at first, but then you hand them game and they go crazy for hugging you. Big reward for big barbarian. Hooray.

4. Ticking Package
Put inexpensive ticking wristwatch in box with games. Everybody wonder what gift is. Could be watch. Probably not bomb, right? Surprise! It games. Way more fun than other possibilities.

3. Music Box
Tape one side of musical greeting card to game. Then tape other side of card to gift box you put game in. If little barbarian shake package, the card falls opens and plays. Everyone wonder why gift sings “Silent Night.”

2. Disguise Scent
Spray box with perfume. This make gift stinky like skunk. Smell keep little barbarians off the scent for sure.

1. Inflatable Games
Put games in large plastic freezer baggie. Then blow up baggie and wrap it. Little barbarians call this UFWO, or “Unidentified Fat Wrapped Object.”

I used to give my Dad subscriptions to Sports Illustrated every year, so I’ve wrapped a few cinder blocks and pieces of paper with the name of the gift on it in my time.

By the way, the Game Stop site also has “The Ninja Guide to Gift Hiding”, which also has some clever and useful holiday pointers.


Monday, November 16th, 2009

It’s Karlyn’s birthday! If you know her, personally or from reading about her here — or if you don’t know her at all — leave her a comment wishing her a happy one!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Yes, I haven’t posted in a while – I’ve been working on lyrics for my music, taking piano lessons, giving computer lessons in return for piano lessions, working part-time, trimming tree branches away from the house, helping my wife cope with her evil step-siblings who are bullying her mom, DJing on Second Life, DJing on, posting things on Twitter and Facebook, and last Friday I cooked a huge pot of my signature beef vegetable soup, as is traditional on the first cold weekend that I have time.

Eh, who am I kidding — I could have posted but I was just dragging butt.

And besides: Look over to the left of the page: my Twitter & posts show up in the sidebar, as well as on Facebook, so it’s just as good as blogging, except you don’t get to listen to me blather on at length about things of no importance.

Like for instance.

Come to think of it, that makes it BETTER than blogging.


I have emerged from semi-exile to wish Happy Birthday to two of my readers (which means, to about half of the reading audience that I have left): Former co-worker Todn8r, and longtime blogging friend in Norway, RennyBA

Hope you two make the best of your respective days!