I’m not that much of a celebrity – 1

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

If I was Ray Liotta, every time one of my friends did something that I didn’t like, or made a humorous wisecrack at my expense, I would good-naturedly punch my right fist into my left palm and say “Why I LI-oughta!..” like in an old gangster movie. I’m just saying that if I was Ray […]

It’s freezing in here.

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Thanks to Equifax’s data incontinence and the flaming clown-car of death site they slapped together purely for optics, it’s a good idea for anyone subject to American credit reporting agencies to “freeze” your credit reports.  You can read more details on the whys and hows here. We froze our credit reports from all three big […]

The Upside

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Yeah yeah, “search is awful.”  I say it every day, so often that I bore myself–and I think every word I say is FASCINATING, so I can imagine how it must be for people who aren’t, you know, on my level.. This park has both swings and roundabouts though. First of all, most people never […]

The Black Squier–Update

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

More pressing of words, less booking of faces. This is an update to an earlier post about my beloved E-series Squier Strat from 198something.  It might be of use to you if you are thinking of modding or rehabbing a Stratty guitar. Since that post, I’ve done the following: Started playing in a band called […]


Thursday, August 7th, 2014


Automatically broken

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

ATTN: People who make video softwareses! I know you all read my posts, so I thought I would mention this here.I know it makes you feel cool to just use the names of Chip Jewelry for output settings, but some of us actually want to know what those settings mean. Seeing as you require me […]

Why they come in boxes

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Just opened up a brand-new Lenovo laptop running Win7 to set up for someone who just bought it. I do this kind of thing for people. If you are planning to do this yourself, try this: When you buy the laptop, ask the person selling it if you can just go ahead and open it […]

I am conversational

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Me:  The letter is supposed to end up here in Omaha. USPS Customer Service rep:  You all are in Omaha?  It says it might be heading for Bellevue. Me: That’s sort of a suburb of Omaha.  Is there a sorting facility there or something? USPS CSR:  Wait–where is Omaha? It says here “NE.” Me: That […]

Not currently in Denmark

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I just saw this. What kind of world do we live in where it takes a threat to the entire planet to get famous people to pose naked with dead fish? When I was a kid, people were much more caring. Why, all it would take is a mugging or a minor flood and the street […]

It’s so hard to swim cross the mainstream

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

HOORAH!  Ubuntu is now a sure-nuff mainstream operating system!  Here’s a transcript of a conversation I had with it just the other day.  I couldn’t figure out why it felt so familiar, but then I realised that it’s the same conversation I’ve had with the more popular operating systems. netdud: Hello Ubuntu computer I use […]