I got this email Thursday: We’re pleased to announce that the Amazon Associates program is again open to residents of the State of Illinois. We’re now able to re-open the program because the Illinois State Supreme Court recently struck down legislation that had forced Amazon to close the program to residents of Illinois. Amazon strongly […]
I did a post about Kickstarter in September, noting which projects delivered on time and which were late. When both The Agents and Santa Vs. Dracula showed up at the same time yesterday, I thought it was time to update you. Here’s an update, with changes marked using “strikethrough” and new notations Here’s a breakdown […]
The Ax by Donald Westlake When Burke Devore finds himself on his way to three years without work, he decides he has to do something drastic. Because his field of expertise is relatively narrow, he knows there aren’t that many people competing with him for jobs. But the competition is there, and he just doesn’t […]
We’re spending the day with family, enjoying ourselves and eating a lot and trying to stay warm. Here’s hoping you do the same. Here are a bunch of pictures of Thanksgiving dinners from Flickr. (Thanks to all you folks who put your dinners online!) Happy Thanksgiving.
It’s two days until Thanksgiving and we have family coming to visit, so things are a bit crazy around here. A quick couple things I’m thinking about: I don’t particularly like (or dislike) The Beastie Boys, but I’ve usually thought of them as pretty honorable. That said, they’ve come down on the wrong side of […]
Caution: NERD TALK AHEAD A couple years ago, I created a request system for my department which would allow users to register their teaching preferences. This wasn’t really anything new, many other people have done it (I did it for my department at University of Florida years ago). In the years since, I’ve tweaked it […]
You’re Not Doing It Right: tales of marriage, sex, death, and other humiliations by Michael Ian Black MIB is one of my favorite voices in comedy. He plays smarmy and snarky and disconnected, but there flows underneath a current of thoughtfulness and nervousness that’s moving. While I enjoyed his collection of essays, My Custom Van, […]
The annual Miracle on 34th Street post We had a mini-Thanksgiving dinner last night because my mother is visiting, so it feels like it’s a bit later in the month than it actually is. To follow it up, we watched the best Christmas movie ever made — A Miracle on 34th Street. We also made […]
I’m speaking in a class about blogging today, and feeling a bit out of my depth. Sure, I’m a blogger. Sure, I’ve been keeping this blog for nearly a decade. But I don’t make a living at it. And if you’re a regular reader, you know that my ability to update regularly is spotty at […]
Follow this link to watch the clip. (CBS) – At the “Statesville Haunted Prison,” crowds are dying to spend 35 bucks just to get in. “It was so scary absolutely nuts, ” Angie Zaberniak tells CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole. Producers have their work cut out for them. When John La Flamboy with Zombie Army Productions […]
It’s gonna be fun around our place today! We’ve got trick or treating and all kinds of goodness. I will be visiting a class of sixth graders to talk about zombies, and if things go as planned, you should be able to see me on the 10:00pm news on CBS 2 news in Chicago […]
Spoiler alert This week’s episode of Castle had the usual formula for the non-serious episodes of the show: murder, something funny or weird is discovered, Castle imagines a bunch of amusing plots, it all works out in the end. The amusing plot this time around was time travel. Quick plot summary: Joshua Gomez (Morgan from […]
I have the Midwest PCA conference this weekend, and between now and then I have to do a whole bunch of stuff. The long and short of it is that I won’t be updating this blog until next week. In the meantime, please watch my Twitter feed for regular updates. I’ll see you next week!