Monthly Archives: June 2014

Why would you ask me that?

I’ve been solicited for advice by a friend who’s about to have a baby. They want to know whether it’s been difficult going through life with a weird name. More specifically, they wanted to hear that giving their kid a weird name (not a weird spelling of a regular name, which I hear is also a huge pain in the ass) is an awesome idea that will have no negative impact whatsoever. I’m afraid I can’t give them that assurance.I…

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Really, HBO?

As many of you probably know, GRRM has give HBO the broad strokes of the A Song of Ice and Fire in case he…you know, dies before he can finish writing it. During Season 4, HBO decided to release a giant book spoiler on their website. I don’t mean for something readers know about because they’ve read all the books. I mean things that haven’t been put into the books yet–only hinted at. Want details? Clicky here! With that in…

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Workaversary

LinkedIn reminded people to wish me a happy Work Anniversary, because I’ve been doing Under the Bed magazine for a whole year. I know, right? Have you read an issue? If so, you might should review it on Amazon. If you haven’t, see me for a free issue so you can take a look-see before you review it on Amazon. See what I did there? I have learned a ton in the year I’ve been doing this. I fancy myself…

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Jim Carrey

It’s really a shame that Jim Carrey’s career began with Fire Marshall Bill and Ace Ventura. If he wasn’t so awesome, he could have been saddled with that crap forever the way people still think “Whoa!” or “Duuuude” when Keanu Reeves is mentioned in any context. I love him in stuff, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is damn near a masterpiece. And The Cable Guy is a brilliant film commercially ruined by the dumb expectations of douchebags. He tells…

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The Other “F” Word

My new computer is awesome, but Mavericks is a little annoying. Plus I found out the hard way that we needed a new modem. I was not online for over a day (it was almost 2 days, but H fixed it). New modem will be here tomorrow, supposedly. But that’s not what I wanted to post about today. I was talking to someone on FB about why people chose not to identify as a feminist. I don’t. I wouldn’t deny…

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What can brown do for me? Gimme a minute to get to the damn door!

Operation New Computer continues. I went from a 2008 macbook (not a Pro, the student one) to a mac mini with 8g of RAM and a 2.3 quad core processor. The terabyte drive has given me room to download Homicide: Life on the Street in its entirety. I also have a 24″ monitor, up from a 13″. So that’s all very nice. Was really bummed to see that Mavericks has done away with my beloved Spaces, and replaced it with…

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Really? Today, really?

I’m about to complain about something. I’m going to ask this one time, that if this is something you do/have done, that you not bitch me out for having the nerve to complain about it. It’s something that bugs the shit out of me, even as I realize it is not usually done with cruel intentions. I really, really need to get it off my chest, and haven’t blogged about it because someone is bound to get offended. Within the…

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Short Stories

I’m working on a short story right now, called Irises about a little girl making a bouquet for her Mother and Daddy. I pondered it for weeks before I started writing it, and it’s still like pulling teeth. I don’t know why it’s such slow going. I’m also wondering why I should continue writing it if I’m not feeling it. Like, how can it be any good if there’s no passion behind it? But… Since I write for my job,…

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Let’s Talk About Guns, Baby!

Actually, I want to talk about gun rights activists–the wacky kind. Reasonable people can disagree on which gun regulations have the most effect, as well as on the percentage of gun owners who are careful, responsible, and compliant with the laws governing gun purchase, storage, and use. The two extremes of the gun argument seem to be “No one should have guns except soldiers and law enforcement,” and “Everyone should have whatever gun they want, and carry it anyplace they…

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