Black Keys, Black Cojones

My friend Brad drove up from Houston on Friday and while the rest of you suckers were watching the debate, the two of us went to see the Black Keys. They played at the Granada Theater, and it was freaking PACKED. Not quite Robert Randolph at Trees packed, but still possibly beyond fire code. The […]

Public Service Announcement

My redneck father has retired. Now that he has more time than he can figure out how to spend, he has started blogging. RetiredRedneck.com God help us all. Of course, I helped him set it up, so I guess I’m partially to blame. Please find it in your hearts to forgive me.

Is pink OK?

If you’ve wondered why you haven’t heard from me in the last few days, it’s because I’m in Topeka, Kansas. I’m up here with my mom and sister helping sort out a few things with my grandmother. So far that’s mostly meant carting her around to a few doctors’ appointments and trying to sort out […]

Because sometimes you just have one of those “Lebowski Moments”

One of my top 5 favorite movies of all time is The Big Lebowski. I’m sure that my loyal readers, both of you, are shocked to hear this. I absolutely love the scene which generates the following dialogue, resulting in the dude indeed getting kicked out of the cab he had hired: The Dude: Jesus, […]

The Junkmail Project: The long, long overdue summary

(Or how nerdiness got the better of me and started my quixotic quest to vanquish the windmills of spam) … If junk mail were worth its weight in gold, I would be well on my way to retirement. I received 993.2009 troy ounces of junk mail last year, and it’s awfully nice to imagine that […]

Throwing money at your problems

There are certain people who think the solution to any problem is to simply throw a lot of money at it. Other people will say that’s the surest way to make a problem worse. I think the key to this conundrum is that people just aren’t breaking down the issue simply enough. You see, money […]

Violent, Tangled and Deeply Weird

Yesterday there was an interesting post on Boing Boing about the bizarrely icky mating practices of giant squids, and as one would expect, the URL was promptly forwarded to a few of my friends. Inspired by the post’s title, Den wrote back, “‘Violent, Tangled and Deeply Weird’ – I think that’s a great t-shirt slogan.” […]

Hitting the road

Howdy, y’all! My buddy Dave and I are hitting the road this morning to head to California for a friend’s wedding. Because we’re crazy nerds we’ll be blogging the whole trip. You can follow along at http://sidehike.net/roadtrip if you’re so inclined. And I’m betting if you follow this blog, you probably are. (And you probably […]

I just flew in from Chicago and boy are my arms tired

I just got in from Chicago. I took some pictures while I was there. (See them here.) Worked. Hung out with Sophie and Chris. Met a person with Alton Brown’s phone number in their cell phone. All in all a great trip. I’m freaking exhausted. I rode the L a bunch while in Chicago and […]

Why we should demand voting machines with auditable paper trails

I’m not one of those guys who thinks that someone could get away with maliciously swinging an election by monkeying with electronic voting results. This isn’t because I believe it can’t happen. It’s because I believe that it would be really hard for someone to keep it a secret. Nope. I’m not worried about the […]