Monthly Archives: October 2013

Pointless controversy: The serial comma

I got into an interesting discussion recently, one that apparently causes English departments to form sides and descend into bloody clashes. It concerns the use of the serial comma, also known as the Oxford comma. Which of these do you … Continue reading

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Cauliflower rice au gratin and low-carb chicken Parmesan meatballs

For health reasons my wife has gone back to eating low-carb, as of just this week. While I’m not joining her in that, I’ve been trying to find more dishes that I can cook for us both. We’re both big … Continue reading

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Meet the explorers

It’s high time I posted a book update. I’ve passed the halfway point in rewriting Below, and I’m on the cusp of Part 4 (of 5). The final word count for the first draft is looking to be about 110-120K … Continue reading

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Credit where it’s due

Permit me an anti-rant. I’ve been frustrated a lot over the years with Time-Warner Cable. Their new DVR software rollout a few years ago was a mess: The feature that skipped back a bit when you fast-forwarded wasn’t so bad, … Continue reading

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Not yet! I’m not ready!

My brain is trying to get me to listen to Christmas music. And I’m like, “No, brain, it’s 11 more days till November from right now. You have to wait.” Perhaps it’s that this year has come with a great … Continue reading

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Junk science says Oreos are like cocaine

I’d say you can’t make this stuff up, but the Food Nazis just love to make this stuff up. In a recent “study”, “scientists” found that Oreos were basically equivalent to cocaine in their effects on rats. I’m oversimplifying a … Continue reading

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Phone scam: Injured loved ones

Today I got a call from my dad. That part’s not so unusual. He calls now and then if he thinks of something to tell me. But he mentioned that my mother just got a text on her phone saying … Continue reading

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