What Happened Is Internet Silence

What Happened Is Internet Silence
Almost one year to the day since my last entry, I was all of a sudden compelled to start blogging again. No word about why there was a whole year’s worth of entries missing. I think I’ve written before about the pressure of writing, that a pressure can prevent writing from getting done. Therefore, in lieu ...

The Office video game spinoff?!?!?

The Office video game spinoff?!?!?
I had a dream last night that I was playing a video game. The game was really special. It was sort of deliberately crafted lo-fi 3-D graphics, somewhere between MineCraft and the Lego games. The genre was a beat-em-up, but with some complex RPG leveling and skill trees. But here’s where the game gets awesome: ...

Buried treasure

Buried treasure
For a pet owner, every morning can be a surprise: the “present” your not-quite-housetrained puppy left by your bedroom door; the mouse you didn’t know was living beneath your floorboards now lovingly carried in your kitten’s mouth. But such surprises are rare when you own hermit crabs. The confines of a crabitat leave little room ...

It’s too early for questions…

As I was walking to work just now, some fellas beckoned me from their car window. “Whalley Ave.?” they shouted, barely slowing long enough for me to respond. But unbeknownst to them, this is a difficult question at the best of times. Whalley is one of those roads that changes names as it winds through ...

A five, six, seven, eight!

A five, six, seven, eight!
Back when I was serious about the piano, I’d walk to the practice room weighed down only by a pressure to succeed and a bundle of music: something modern, something baroque, a hymnal for sight reading practice, finger exercises, etc. For each piece, my professor and I created a goal to accomplish by the next ...

Why I need Twitter?

Why I need Twitter?
Every once in awhile, though not often (yet), I feel the power of a microblog calling to me. Today, it was this: This cord was simply hanging down the middle of stairwell from four flights up. No idea why it was there and no one was around to explain it. (Sorry for the bad lighting)

to be continued…

to be continued...
This is Sanders, one of our hermit crabs. You might not recognize him because he’s buried under this mound of sand. That’s because Sanders is molting. This is both cool and boring. He’s been sitting in the sand for three weeks now, and we just have to wait for him to come out. We’ll see.

This is why I’m not allowed to sleep in

This is why I’m not allowed to sleep in
I awoke the other day some time before my alarm. Unfortunately, this is somewhat usual, even—no, especially—when I’m extremely tired. But somewhat unusually, that day I rolled over and immediately fell into a deep REM state. What followed was the most elaborate, weirdest dream I’ve had in a long while. I don’t remember much, but ...

Dotting my i’s and crossing my fingers

You know you’ve been in the writing and editing field too long when you start a blog—and immediately develop a style guide. Not that I knew what I was doing. Rather, I began this blog by working on the first twenty or so posts simultaneously before I posted any of them because that allowed me ...

Most elaborate April Fools’ day prank ever?

Today is my favorite day to Google. But no matter how much smell-o-vision (Google Nose!) or maps enhancements (Treasure Mode!) come out, I most wish for one Google April Fools’ day prank, a wish that formed yesterday when the Google doodle honored the Catholic human rights activist Cesar Chavez. Yes, Catholic is the emphasis there, ...