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Life After Google Reader

May 21, 2013 by


I just — finally — got around to finding myself something to replace Google Reader. There was a brief beautiful moment where I zeroed out my feeds and you know, that sort of thing needs celebrating. I could have invented a new cocktail for the occasion but I decided instead that mind-searing admin work was […]

Who Needs a Reason to Watch a Watermelon Explode?

April 16, 2013 by


Arkem: I just explained your pun to a colleague. His head exploded. Me: Did his head really explode? And if so, would you be willing to give a graphic account of the event? I just wrote that happening to someone and am conducting research. Seriously. Rick looked over my shoulder the other day and demanded […]

half psychotic sick hypnotic got my blueprint electronic

March 19, 2013 by


Okay, so iTunes home sharing. It’s this neat function where two people on a network (like, say, if you live in the same house) can share their music with each other. You can play your honey’s or your sister’s playlists. It’s neat. But the thing is — people forget to turn it off. So if, […]

The House Always Wins. Especially if the House is in Alaska?

March 14, 2013 by


So I have this card game on my phone. It’s called Alaska. It’s not overly complicated but I’ve become strangely fascinated with it. It’s not really the game itself, so much as this particular iteration of it. Most electronic card games seem to be a little skewed. They like to make you feel like you’ve […]

How Do I Love My Speakers? Let Me Count the Ways: One… ALL OF THEM.

March 7, 2013 by


I want to write an ode to my speakers because I love them very much. I am not actually going to because my poetry is ghastly and, let’s be honest, I don’t think my speakers care that much. They are entirely indifferent when I coo at them and pet them, I doubt lyrical couplets would be […]

Neil Gaiman’s Calendar of Tales

February 7, 2013 by


For a longer explanation of why and what this is about, look here.  

What’s in a Writer’s Notebook?

February 5, 2013 by


So this one time? In undergrad? …this sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. It’s not. I swear. It’s the answer to a question several people asked after my last post. I mentioned a class where I asked if I could hand in the final assignment on the first day. I had more than […]

Is There Any Point in Studying Writing?

February 1, 2013 by


People keep asking me this. So. Short answer? Depends. Longer one?  Depends on what you’re hoping to get out of it. I mean, it’s remotely possible that the course will hook you up with a lecturer who is the perfect editor for your work, who will nurture and encourage you until you burst forth from […]

Art = Music and… Trees?

January 4, 2013 by


Etc here.  

ISS Star Trails

December 20, 2012 by


Not the end of the world, just your everyday stars.