Category Archives: misc. personal

Ollie’s sandbox

A couple years ago I constructed a sandbox for my son Oliver. It’s one of the best investments of time and money ever. He plays in it all the time, and it never gets old. I had some requirements: Lid to keep cats, rain, and leaves out Enough volume to make really big sand castles (I […]

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I’ve had this book since it came out in 2010 and I didn’t even realize one of my sites was featured in it, until last week when I was doing a search and it came up in Google Books. is the professional site of my good friend Olya Milenkaya, who is finishing up her […]

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Hangin’ with Tony

I got to spend all day Saturday with my buddy Tony Alves, who I rarely see. It was also his birthday, plus the first time I got to meet his girlfriend, and the first time he got to meet my wife and son. To top off a momentous day, we also finalized plans to finally […]

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Tim Minchin’s Storm the Animated Movie

I wish I could show this to anyone who’s ever used the word “energy” to mean anything other than electricity when talking to me. “Oh, man, that guy’s got such negative energy.” Fuck you, you uneducated cretin. Please stop lying to yourself about reality and dreaming that you live in a world where magic exists.

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A new meaning

“We’re a family now, isn’t that weird?” I whispered into Velma’s ear. And then it hit me. As we laid there in each other’s arms in the hospital bed, with our new little boy downstairs tethered to monitors and IV, it hit me. And the emotion I felt made me cry uncontrolled tears. In that […]

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How is doing

Two weeks after launch my site is #9 on a Google search for the term “Heinlein Biography,” which is pretty good. Sadly, in a Google search for “Robert Heinlein biography,” it fares less well, coming in at #14. “New Heinlein biography” also doesn’t do very well, dropping to #16. I can’t complain too much, […]

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Shit My Kids Ruined

The site Shit My Kids Ruined has me frightened. I’m going to have to construct an indestructible bunker before our kid gets to toddler age, and lock myself and my stuff in it. There are some truly awe-inspiring disasters cataloged here, but considering how many of the photos depict “artwork,” I’d say the main takeaway […]

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Update on work, website, et al

I’m wrapping up my current six-month contract and have accepted a job at a new employer, where I will start in late July. I can’t quite say where it is yet, as we haven’t dotted all the t’s and crossed all the i’s. This new site at is where I’ll be blogging from now […]

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Fallen Leaf Lake

Velma and I celebrated our birthdays last weekend near Tahoe at beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake. Our birthdays are ten days apart, so we usually celebrate them together with a weekend getaway. We had won/rented a weekend stay in a cabin on the lake, having participated in a charity auction last year for Committee for Green […]

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Meet Sluggo

I should take this opportunity to introduce Sluggo, our new traveling companion. We adopted Sluggo a couple weeks ago in anticipation of our impending parenthood (he was a gift from Velma’s coworkers, who threw her a baby shower a couple weeks ago). This was Sluggo’s first time in the Sierra, and he enjoyed it a […]

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