Category: Cool Stuff


Which Sci-Fi Crew?

Via Karen, I learned that I would fit right in with the crew of Serenity (though I admit to slightly handicapping my answers to see if I could get on board): You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don’t enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you ...


Happy Valentine’s Day

Kim picks a flower Originally uploaded by Jeff Carlson. I’d like to say that I try not to get into this commercial Hallmark holiday, but I’m too much of a sappy romantic. I’d spend a lot of time as a kid in grade school working on my valentine’s day box, and get all hopeful when ...



Kim and I saw one of our most-anticipated movies on Friday: Serenity, the big-screen version (or BDM – Big Damn Movie, for those familiar with it) of Joss Whedon’s television show Firefly. Honestly, I loved it. It puts the last three Star Wars movies to shame, because it dares to have a good script with ...


CD Baby’s Excellent Copywriting

I’m a writer, so it pleases me to no end when someone’s words bring a smile to my face. I ordered a CD from CD Baby and received the following email informing me that the CD has shipped: Your CD has been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed ...


The Digital Student at NYTimes

Here’s an interesting special feature at the New York Times: The Digital Student. All sorts of information about equipping your college student. “When I went off to school, what you went off with was your clothes and a car,” said Myle Walsh, an importer in Midway, Utah, whose son, Makena, will be entering the University ...


Powering Through the Tour

Mark McClusky at Wired has an interesting article about how pro cyclist Floyd Landis measured his power output during the just-concluded Tour de France (where he placed ninth overall): Powering Through the Tour. On his way to a ninth-place finish, Landis spent nearly four hours of the Tour at a power output level of more ...


I’m an Uncle!

Please welcome Emma Victoria Johnson to the world, as of 11:40 this morning. 9 pounds, 1 ounce, everyone healthy.


eSCENE Temporary Home

[Update: I was mistaken. wasn’t working due to a configuration glitch, not because Glenn turned off the server. The site works now as it did. But the following rambling memories still apply.] Several years ago, just as the Web was starting up, I started an online literary magazine (ezine) called eSCENE, which served as ...


Great Cause, Great Customer Service

This month I’m going to pay off two credit cards (yay!!!), so I’m making sure that any recurring charges to those cards are being moved off to my one remaining card. One of those charges is a monthly donation to a great local charity: Feed Washington provides food for hungry children in Washington state. As ...


Take Control of Recording with GarageBand

I mentioned that I was editing three Take Control ebooks, and now the third has just hit: Jeff Tolbert’s Take Control of Recording with GarageBand. I’m not a musician (though I’ve recently started to take up the guitar), but I can see how someone with desire and $10 can make professional-sounding recordings using GarageBand and ...