Monthly Archives: September 2011

Disconnected

After just getting through talking with you about the take-over of technology in our lives, I had an ironic experience that both lent credence and uncovered surprising realities to that thought. Over the last day or so, my internet connection has gone a-sputtering, leaving me without connection for the better part of a day and… Read more »

Learning curve

I have mentioned a few times throughout this blog that I’m not under any illusions about how smart I am (in fact, in the post “I’m not smart”, I tried to explain why other people think I’m smart).  It’s not false modesty.  It’s actually easy to be humble when I’m so easily humbled. However, not… Read more »

What the hack is going on?

Yesterday I woke up to a surprise when I clicked over to my website.  Instead of my familiar home page (with my nice new book trailer; hope you enjoyed it), there was a strange black page with red type proclaiming proudly that my page/site/server had been hacked. Actually, that was the only line I understood,… Read more »

Rats!

I’m a big fan of Peanuts as you know (and if you don’t, scout up the post “Genius”), so I happily use Charlie Brown’s exclamation of dismay quite often.  It makes a non-vulgar substitute after mistakes in some highly charged tennis matches. Sadly, today’s blog is about the actual furry creatures and not cartoon comments…. Read more »

It’s not science fiction anymore

There’s a long-standing science fiction plot that revolves around machines taking over for humans.  Sometimes it’s benevolent; sometimes not so much.  My most recent exposure to this theme was in the enjoyable animated movie Wall-E (yes, that was some time ago, but the plot doesn’t get recycled that much). Except, it’s not science fiction anymore. … Read more »

Who names this stuff?

I was driving to the beach the other day…well, that’s not entirely accurate…I was sitting in my car in traffic the other day and I was once again reminded that the world is run by mysterious people bent on confusing all of us.  Their ultimate goal may be nothing more than that, for in our… Read more »

Have bike will tour

Preparations, preparations, preparations. With the big D.C. road trip now less than a month away, details are firming up about times, dates and escapades.  One of the recent suggestions by my hosts up north was a tour around town via a Segway. Though I’ve never ridden a Segway, I have a lot of previous experience… Read more »

Living in poverty

What a surprise I received this morning while reading the newspaper…I am living in poverty! This is not to make light of the very real problems people are facing right now amidst a prolonged economic downturn.  I’ll speak more on this in a moment, but I want to touch on the subject specifically mentioned in… Read more »

Of tributes and terror

The tenth anniversary of 9/11, combined with a letter I was writing to someone in Japan and my impending trip to Washington D.C., got me thinking about the nature of tributes and a bit of the history of human tragedy. Generally, when one speaks dispassionately about passionate subjects (religion, politics, et al), there is a… Read more »

Prepare for the worst

The excitement and anticipation of my upcoming road trip to Washington D.C. and various places in between is increasing steadily as the time draws nearer to departure.  Of course, this also means going through the extra preparations that are only required by the confluence of an extended stay away from home during the peak of… Read more »