I Need To Be Somebody Else For A While

You know, sometimes when you wallow in snark and negativity and you’ve just trained yourself to notice all the things that are wrong in the world, it can really mess with your head. I needed to take a few days off to re-set myself; I feel like I was starting to cross the line between […]

808s and Heartbleed*

So, the Heartbleed/OpenSSL issue finally persuaded me to stop trying to memorize all my passwords and take a look at some of the password vault programs. I’m liking LastPass so far, but I don’t have much experience with it or any other similar program (1Pass, etc.). Do any of you have any experience with these […]


So, West, Texas (the comma is important) and I go way back. It’s always been one of my favorite small towns. Most Texas small towns feel like they’re just a step away from being ghost towns. Most of downtown is boarded up and you’re struck by the complete lack of people between the ages of […]


Let’s talk about the “gun control debate.” To begin with, it ain’t much of a debate. From what I can see, it looks mostly like two sides yelling at each other and then covering their ears when the other side is speaking. Given the nature of the American ‘presidential debates, I wouldn’t expect anything resembling […]

I Don’t Even Care For Modern Art

I Don’t Even Care For Modern Art We watched this documentary about Herb and Dorothy Vogel the other night and it’s stuck with me to the point that I don’t think I’ll be able to write about anything else until I work through my thoughts on this film. In terms of presentation, it’s a fairly […]

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert was one of the titans of the so-called “dinosaur” media. He wrote a newspaper column about films, he wrote books about films, ¬†and had a television show on the same subject. That’s about as old school as it gets. So, I was delighted when I discovered his Twitter feed and found him to […]

Memories of Hummus Past

Dining at a nearby middle eastern restaurant last night, I was reminded of a similar joint in another city. It was an always-busy corner joint that kept weird hours and always had a line out the door. They spoiled me for any other hummus, but, to be fair, everything they served was mindbogglingly¬†good. The late […]