For Christmas, I Got You an Empty Bank Account

I woke up this morning and the house was cold. Cold, and silent except for the sound of the cats and the hum of my laser printer in power save mode. I’m sure everyone who has ever owned a home feels an empathetic sick, sinking feeling in the pit of their stomach just about now. ...

My Next Bumper Sticker

Overheard at kung fu. Shifu: “You’re assisting a face plant here. Some people plant roses. We plant faces.”

Adding Disqus

I’m not overly thrilled with how Blogger handles commenting (sadly, I think LJ does a much better job) so I’m giving Disqus a whirl. I’ve installed the widget now. So if it looks like all the comments on this blog have disappeared, it’s not that I hate you and want to censor you (please, just ...

Happy Voting Day 1

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that it’s election day. You know why? Because that means this will hopefully be the last day that Robert Ramirez, Grover Norquist, and some lady named Cynthia who claims to be from Arvada robocall me multiple times in the space of 24 hours and urge ...

Goodbye, Realms of Fantasy

Realms of Fantasy looks like it’s gone for good now. The more I think about it, the more depressed I feel. I’ve actually been a subscriber to RoF since its first issue. It was what motivated me to start really trying to write, in a half-hearted, teenaged kind of way. While I make a lot ...

The Weekend That Wasn’t 4

I did survive the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, though at this point I’m still not sure if that’s an entirely good thing. Two days of questionable food and a ridiculous amount of stress have taken a toll on my insides. I’m a miserable human being at the moment. I did all of the driving, which was ...

Meandering thoughts 1

The last two weeks have been absolutely ridiculous, in terms of my free time suddenly melting away and drying into a gross chalky powder like an unattended ice cream cone in the Mojave. I somehow got myself put in charge of a wad of department funding for the student trip up to the Rocky Mountain ...

Field Trip Called on Account of Fire 2

Just in case you hadn’t heard, bits of Boulder are on fire. That made today at school a little unpleasant. Campus isn’t in any danger, but it was very hazy (I could barely see the Flatirons from the geology building) and everything smelled like smoke. My sinuses are feeling extremely irritated now. The only mineralogy ...

Well, I took my 24 hour time out, and I STILL want to punch Robert Gibbs in the face. 1

Just in case yesterday was the one day of the summer where you unhooked your internet umbilical cord and were consequently far enough away from the general population that you couldn’t hear either the shrieks of outrage from the liberals or the squeals of schadenfreude-laden glee from the conservatives, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs ...

Poppin’ Fresh

Since quitting my job in preparation for grad school, I’ve been trying to fill some of the time in my days by writing, by looking for short term or part time freelance work, and by riding my bicycle around a lot. This means I’m going to the grocery store almost every day, just to pick ...