I was surprised to find so many flying ants outside my back door tonight. Those long whitish-clear wings, just swarmed around the bug light at the back porch. And the front porch. What sucked if every time I had to open the door, more would come in. Well, I got to play "shock tennis" with … Continue reading Chopping my hair off just in time for the flying ants & horseflies to make it hell outside…
I've lost count how many times I've started this 12 week program, only to stop around week 4 or 5 (I made it to week 8 at one point. It's not like it's a crazy boot camp or anything like that. Rather, it's that even though I wanted my creativity to flourish and take over, … Continue reading Beginning “The Artist’s Way” morning pages… again.
Short possibly-improbable answer: Bertrand Russell's teapot in orbit around the Sun boiled over and an astronaut's spaghetti and meatballs food pouch landed in it. Add a dash of stardust and poof! Even shorter, more fact-based answer: A guy named Bobby Henderson. I actually have his copy of The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster on … Continue reading #106–Blitz Q: Where did the Flying Spaghetti Monster come from?
My Copy: 9780060184711 (image from bn.com) Ever since I was a little kid, and Jaws was my favorite movie (still is, actually), I've been curious about sharks and Naval ships. That began with the scene of Quint telling about the Indianapolis disaster. I don't care if I've seen it 200+ times, I will stop what … Continue reading Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)
I hate to say this because I've been a loyal Home Depot customer since I knew what a hardware store was (and the local ACE Hardware jacked up its prices and closed down...and so did Builder's Square, which I suspect was bought by Home Depot. Anyway...). I stayed with them even with the influx of … Continue reading Home Depot near me is changing big time… and I don’t like it a bit.
I've been migraine-prone, accident-prone, forgetful as all hell the past week...and yet yesterday I started things fresh and new. I found out how to get the money part right and signed on the dotted line yesterday. I asked questions, got straight answers, and signed for my house without my hand being held the whole time... … Continue reading On the Road to a New House…the adulting clock starts now.
My Copy: 9780679735250 (image from npr.org, link to recently published version) I blame my incessant watching of Apocalypse Now for making me read this book at this moment...though it wasn't a hard sell. I'd wanted to read it for some time, and I'm glad I did. Dispatches is kind of an experience, and a much … Continue reading Dispatches, by Michael Herr
I've been trying to write for three days now, and this is one thing that's come into and out of my mind the past week. Namely, how to achieve such an interesting idea, when you have a mind like mine. I've talked about my job and related issues several times over the past month, but … Continue reading Work-Life Balance for Dummies When You Have No Life (and I’m the dummy in this one…)
My Copy: 057117891X (image from austinchronicle.com, differs from mine because I got a British copy) I have to thank Werner Herzog for pointing this book in my direction, and it's so worth it. You could apply the labels of autobiography, shooting diary, and how-to to this book and it'd all be accurate. Rebel Without A … Continue reading Rebel Without a Crew, or, How a 23-Year-Old Film-maker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, by Robert Rodriguez
Sometimes I wonder if I'm fooling myself. Scratch that. It's in the back of my mind every day. I'm always wondering if I'm fooling myself, that I believe I'll find some talent deep within, nurture it, and make my life more complete, better. Into something resembling what I want. But each day I wake up … Continue reading Making genuine life changes vs. wasting lots of time.