Living in the future with an absentminded fellow

Despite it being the Eve of the New Year I feel that I’m living in the future. Right now my wife is playing a game with her brother while they are in two different cities. Not only are they playing a game together they are chatting together, with their own voices. And all of this is being done through invisible… (more…)

Last of the Books

I now know that I can read over 100 books in a year. Go me. Will I be able to do it again? I don’t know. I spent the first quarter of the year unemployed and my loving wife was given a request of keep plying me with books.  Despite that request, in reviewing the titles I did not have… (more…)

Christmas Lights

They are the instrument of annoyed half-deity, of this I am certain. In other news the Christmas lights are not on the house because they attacked me. They are sitting on the downstairs desk where I can keep an eye on them.

Gift list is updated

Dear people reading who send me gifts (aka my wife). My gift list is now updated for the upcoming Christmas season. Some of the additions include: An old school safety razor and shaving kit. I’d love to use one of these for my wet shaves so that I can say screw you to the 12 bladed monstrosities currently infesting the… (more…)

Caffeine-ing it — old school

Caffeine is a vital drug in the modern world and many are the solutions to the problem of proper brewing. My solution? I ignore most of the evidence of the elitist crowd and go old-school, 1940s through 1970s old school. I have a stove top peculator. That’s right folks. I use an energy inefficient way of brewing coffee. Why? Because… (more…)

Some job satisfaction

I’ve more or less been left to my own devices the last few days at work. Yesterday seemed rather wretched, I felt like I got nothing done and spent most of my day moving my ten foot ladder around the site into a ceiling space eight feet high to do four feet of pipe covering. Ugh. Today felt more productive… (more…)

Bookish Update — 85, 86 …

Although I haven’t posted them here I am more or less up to 85 books. I think there might be a few more, no scratch that, there are a few more that need posting (my short story bathroom reading books for a start). I’ve read up to the latest Charlaine Harris (I hadn’t read anything since All Together Dead). I’ve… (more…)


So my domain and website renewal are the middle of October not the middle of November. I’m back online so email should work again.

Working towards typical

To paraphrase one of my favorite authors there is no normal in our house, just typical. Thankfully we seem to have reached typical again. The last few days seem far more relaxed. We are still grieving for Cotton but the overpowering cloud of pain seems to have lifted. I was able to mock my wife tonight for yawing like a… (more…)

A sadder note

On Wednesday our lovable cat Cotton passed away. He fought back long enough and hard enough to have one last round of his routine. He got Kate out of bed, he met me in the kitchen when I got home, and he hung out with us on the couch. I’m not feeling great today, a bit of the typical September… (more…)