Blogging Resumes on 1 May

Because my current webhost (Bluehost) has proven to be painfully unreliable, I’ve suspended any attempts at blogging until after the sites have been migrated to a new service sometime next week. Within the past few weeks all of the sites have gone down twice, each time for several days. Bluehost was unhelpful and rude about…

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lion

April is going to be intense for Katie and I, both personally and professionally. The deadline for her thesis, and her application to the Ph.D. program, are both coming up. Our Finnish residence permits are due for renewal. I’ve got some big writing and publishing deadlines, and a lot of business stuff that has to…

The State of Things: March 2017 in Review

March has been a good month. The days are getting longer, with over 13 hours of sunlight every day. The snow is melting, and the ice is gone from the sidewalks. There are bits of green popping up here and there. A lot of behind-the-scenes things for “businessing the business” have been accomplished, and I’m…

Chuck Barris and the Art of Not Giving a F…

The Gong Show was a thing when I was in high school, for the brief, shining moment that it lasted. I thought it was hysterical, and weird, and subversive insofar as it seemed to upset a lot of nominal adults. Strange people with little or no talent, behaving oddly and in some cases outright badly.…

That Time I Teamed Up with Dick Tracy to Catch a Federal Fugitive

Back in 2005 I was working as a manager at Barnes & Noble in Tucson, Arizona. One day a man in a standard-issue “detective” suit and tie — you know, the “I dress like this because I have to, not because I want to” look — comes in and identifies himself as United States Marshal…