May 21, 2009
My summer project (and yours): infinitesummer.org.
May 15, 2009
Today in The Morning News, I have an essay about J.J.Abrams' new film: Autistic Trekdom. Contains no spoilers, by the way.
May 07, 2009
Confidental to My Three Remaining Readers
Not a whole lot of activity, here at the yeti. Still, I'm keepin' myself busy:
February 20, 2009
Layer Tennis: Hunting v. Ansara
February 12, 2009
At The Morning News today I quantify and enumerate my favorite brand of film: movies during which you have no freakin' idea what the hell is going on.
Pretty much any list of this sort is going to provoke violent "this list is worthless without ______?!" reactions. (Ha! Halfway through writing that sentence someone IM'd me the link to this Metafilter thread). The last minute addition of Donnie Darko to the list was an acknowledgment of this fact, but I had to draw the line somewhere.
There were a fair number of other movies that I skipped because of the "premillennium problem"--that is, the huge spate of remarkably similar films released just prior to the year 2000 (e.g., The Thirteenth Floor) Given that, you may wonder how The Game got on there. Well, first of all, it perfectly fit the criteria I set out in the introduction, so it wins on a technicality. And I quite enjoyed it. It's also significant because it sort of forecasts the rise of ARGs, but I somehow neglected to mention that in my review.
Here's some others I considered adding to the article ... and that you should consider adding to your Netflix queue:
Also, if you haven't watched the 1967 BBC series The Prisoner ... yeah. You should do that.
Feel free to mention your favorites in the comments.
December 24, 2008
2008 Holiday Survival Guide for Slackers
My 2008 Holiday Survival Guide for Slackers appears in The Morning News today.
October 31, 2008
Sally was in her first semester away at college. Classes had been difficult and midterms were fast approaching. After going out on a date with her boyfriend, she dropped by her dorm room to pick up her books before heading over to his apartment for the night. Knowing her roommate would be asleep, she entered the room without turning on the light, and softly closed the door behind her. For several minutes she wandered around the room in the dark, opening the closet to grab some clothes, reaching into the bathroom to get her toothbrush, and scrambling over to her desk to get her textbooks and notes. She patted around her bed, eventually locating her book bag, stuffed all the items in, and left, again quietly closing the door behind her.Read my ending--and those of six other writers--at The Morning News today.
July 30, 2008
Will return to dy tomorrow. In the meantime, gO READ AND/OR ENJOY THIS: RE: CEPHALOPOD OH HEY WHY IS MY CAPS LOCK KEY ON??!!
July 10, 2008
The Great Unplugening
A Survivor's Journal appears in The Morning News today.
March 18, 2008
And Great Lyrics Quiz Rock Roll The
How good are you at identifying a rock song lyrics when they've been alphabetized? Find out at The Morning News today.
March 07, 2008
Tribute to Gary Gygax
I have a personal tribute to Dungeon Master #1 in The Morning News today.
Rest in peace, Gary Gygax. Einstein once said that God does not play dice with the universe, but I'm sure you'll convince Him to start.
Update 2: I contributed to the WIRED D&D-themed logo contest.
February 07, 2008
December 21, 2007
December 14, 2007
December 11, 2007
Annual Call of Slacker Guide Items
I'm working on my annual Holiday Survival Guide For Slackers and I'm looking for suggestions. So if you know of some stupid crap available for purchase on the intarweb, please mention it here or drop me an email. Thanks!
November 21, 2007
What's the Point of Giving Thanks?
With Thanksgiving approaching, I contacted a number of experts in the field of gratitude and asked them "What's the point of giving thanks?" Their answers appear in The Morning News today.
October 31, 2007
Halloween: The Backseat Killer
I contributed one of eight endings to The Backseat Killer, today in The Morning News.
October 25, 2007
Layer Tennis: Brian Taylor vs Jason Santa Maria
Update: That was hard.
October 10, 2007
America's Next Top Model Democracy
In a classic case of "suffering for your art," I watched three episodes of America's Next Top Model over the weekend and then wrote this.
A big "thanks" to The Queen, who first exposed me to the show. In much the same way that one person would expose another to tuberculosis.
September 28, 2007
Tricks of the Trade
For the record, I have no idea what a Rat Rustler is.
September 07, 2007
One Hit Wonders
What ever happened to Exploding Lad? I reveal the answer in The Morning News today.
September 03, 2007
My short story "Customer Service" appears in issue 19 of Thuglit. Also in that issue is a story by Linda Sharps of All & Sundry, who says she was inspired to submit it by my Web Noir essay that mentioned Thuglit. Sweet.
Speaking of The Morning News, last week they asked the contributing writers to recommend a bottled beverage. You can find my response, along with the rest, here.
I have a short article in the September issue of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, describing my adventures in busking.
July 24, 2007
I discovered something curious about Flickr while trying to remark upon this photo: if you leave a comment in ALL CAPS, all but the initial letters of each sentence are converted to lowercase. (Try it here.) I guess it's the "email from your father-in-law" filter or something.
Since I couldn't wisecrack in the original thread, I had no choice but to make this instead. Hey, that totally rhymed.
This in case you don't recognize her, this is the lovely Mrs. Kennedy.
July 19, 2007
Today at The Morning News I take a look at a number of online crime ezines, which are publishing some of the most powerful and provocative fiction being written today. Check it out: Web Noir.
In preparation for this article, I wrote six people about the topic, expecting to hear back from two, maybe three. Instead, every single person replied, and each was incredibly generous with their input and analysis. My thanks go out to:
April 30, 2007
Tricks of the Trade
For those of you wondering why Tricks of the Trade was AWOL for much of last year, here's the story in a nutshell.
When the original Tricks of the Trade article ran in August of 2004, I was immediately contacted by an editor from a well-known publisher, wanting to know if I had enough tricks to fill a book. Not even close, I told him. My original call for tricks had netted about 100 responses, from which had culled the 30 best. That left me with only 70 more, most of which were too specific, not specific enough, redundant, or otherwise unusable.
"Well," he said, "do you think you could get more? Because I think this would make a great book." I said I would try.
So the following week I started tradetricks.org. By my reckoning, doling out tricks on a regular basis would slowly build up a following, while making it easy to submit tricks would increase my accumulated store of tips.
Both of these prediction proved to be more-or-less true. By spring of 2005, I had amassed a couple hundred tricks--not nearly enough for a book, and sufficient to serve as proof of concept. I spent a week or two writing a book proposal and sent it to the editor. His response, while more subdued that his original zeal, was still positive and enthusiastic. He said that they were having a planning meeting later that week, and he would see about getting the book onto the 2007 slate.
Anyway, long story short. We corresponded for a few weeks thereafter, and at no point did I receive any indication that he was losing interest in the project. Then, one day, and every day thereafter, all my emails to him apparently disappeared into the ether. No responses from the guy whatsoever. No bounces, either, so presumably he hadn't been 86'ed or anything.
I keep the site going because ... well, because why not? It's pretty easy to maintain and people like it.
A year later I get another email from another editor at another fairly large publishing house. I tell her the above story, and she says, what hey? No one is currently looking at your proposal? Send it over! I do so, warning her that it's the first proposal I have ever written and therefore probably subpar; she replies with "no, this is perfect, and I totally want to take this to the next level." (Most of this is paraphrase, but she honestly said "take it to the next level." In 2006.)
So this goes on for a few weeks, and eventually she and I wind up on the phone together. And I say, "well, all this sounds great, but, you know, I'm kind of wary. Because the last editor just stopped returning my emails."
To which she chuckles knowingly and says, "well, I can assure you that's not going to happen here!"
So: any guesses as to what subsequently "happened here"?
Maybe this is just how editors at big publishing houses routinely end communications of all kinds: one minute you are chatting amicably with them around a water cooler, the next they dash off in mid-sentence and hide in a broom closet so you can no longer speak to them. At any rate, the experience(s) soured me on the whole Tricks of the Trade thing, as well as publishers, editors, books, words, and literacy.
Why, then, did I restart the site last month? Mostly because I got a surprising amount of email from people saying it was missed. Also, the tricks continue to flow in even while the site was inactive, and I had to do something with 'em.
A few notes. The old tricks have been removed, but will presumably resurface in this chimeric "book," assuming that ever happens. Some people asked for a full XML feed; I implemented that suggestion this morning. And the submit form is currently off-line--I hope to give this place a modest facelift in the coming weeks, and will re-add it then. (In the meantime, you can send tricks to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are so inclined.)
And I still have this book proposal, sitting on the thumb drive in front of me. If you interested in it, and have an attention span of four weeks or greater, feel free to drop me a line.
April 18, 2007
The Adventure of the Missing Stocking
The writers of the hit TV series LOST (with my, um, help) take time out their busy schedule to write a a new Sherlock Holmes mystery.
April 02, 2007
The Purgegate Primer
The Purgegate Primer, providing a synopsis of the U.S. Attorney scandal, is online at The Morning News. Thanks to everyone who provided questions.
March 21, 2007
Every Dog Has Its Day
More Peace Corps adventures recounted today in The Morning News: Every Dog Has Its Day.
December 22, 2006
The 2006 Holiday Survival Guide For Slackers
My 2006 Holiday Survival Guide For Slackers appears in The Morning News today. A big thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions, especially:
Update: Yes, I know the X-Wing Fighter never shot missiles. I originally wrote it as the Battlestar Galactica ship, but then changed it to X-Wing so I could make the "Great shot!" joke, figuring that no one would actually be nerdy enough to notice. THANKS FOR PROVING ME WRONG, ENTIRE INTERNET.
December 14, 2006
The Gift of the Magi, By O. Reilly
I didn't so much "write" this story for The Morning News as amalgamate it.
December 08, 2006
I am omnipresent.
November 22, 2006
I brought a dish to the Potluck Supper, appearing today in The Morning News.
I've been reading Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories to The Squirrelly -- could'ya tell?
November 07, 2006
And welcome to Election 2006.
In The Morning News today we have the winners of the Encyclopedia Brown for District Attorney contest.
In McSweeney's, please to be finding my 2006 Voters Guide.
And although this is the part of the post where I am supposed to urge you to "get out and vote!" Washington State elections now rely almost exclusively on absentee ballots these days. So, you know: fondly reminisce about that time you voted, like, three days ago.
Dare to dream
October 09, 2006
Encyclopedia Brown For District Attorney!
I am hosting a contest -- the sort that my literate readers should excel at. (Yes, I'm talking to you, the one who just shuddered upon seeing a sentence end in "at.") Get the details at Encyclopedia Brown For District Attorney.
October 02, 2006
In The Morning News today, I liken Newt Gingrich to He-Man. Yes, really.
August 31, 2006
A Walk In The Park
I wrote a tribute to Seattle's park system and it's available today at The Morning News.
July 11, 2006
The Works: Movie Blogs
I'm on The Works this evening talking about movie blogs. Here are the websites we discuss:
Other good movie blogs include The IFC Blog, Movie City Indie, and The Filmmaker Magazine blog. Milo Vermeulen listed his favorite movie blogs here, and I'd encourage readers to do likewise in the comments.
June 20, 2006
Apologies to Elizabeth Verdick, author of the "Xs Are Not For Ying" series. They really are good books and The Squirrelly likes 'em a lot, so go buy a few to assuage my guilt.
April 25, 2006
In Praise Of Loopholes
Today in The Morning News I have an article entitled In Praise Of Loopholes.
Thanks to Rebecca for telling me about the Anal Motion (well, if you weren't planning to read the piece, that probably piqued your interest), Катюша for the tip-off on Eruvs, and Torrez for reminding me of "Pudding Guy."
April 21, 2006
Mice & Men
I thought I'd see if i could get a list published in McSweeny's.
Why, apparently I can.
March 02, 2006
Fifteen Of My MetaFilter Comments, Taken Out Of Context
January 09, 2006
I am omnipresent:
December 22, 2005
Holiday Survival Guide For Slackers 2005
My annual Holiday Survival Guide For Slackers appears today in The Morning News. Please go read it and guffaw somewhere in a vicinity of four or five times.
Thanks to the many people who sent in suggestions, especially to Ryan (gold-plated slinky), Mel (NASCAR Crockpot), Adam (iAttire), Mike (Pretender Call Breaker), remlapm (Flip Flap), and machaus (Vomito de Gato sign).
December 16, 2005
Desperately Seeking Stupid
Yes, it's that time of year again -- time to send me your suggestion for the stupidest items available for sale on Internets 3-7 for my annual Holiday Survival Guide for Slackers. See previous Slacker Guides here: 2002, 2003, & 2004. If you've found something so stuplime that it merits inclusion, send me an email at email@example.com, or mention it in the comments to this post. Thanks!
December 14, 2005
Hello Canucks! There's a rumor going around that I might be on CBC's Morning Edition tomorrow morning doing my boardgame spiel. They'll be calling me at the unholy hour of 5:30 AM for a phone interview, so it's likely that, at this time tomorrow, I'll have no recollection whatsoever as to whether or not this actually happened. If someone in a more Northerly nation and Easterly time zone could listen and let me know, that would be swell.
This marks the third form of media that The Good Gift Games Guide has appeared in this year (hypertext, radio, Canadian). Is there any doubt that I will be on The O'Reilly Factor by next Tuesday? "No Bill, you shut up," I shall say. "I sank your battleship fair and square!"
If you happen to work for a major media outlet and are wondering whether or not to book me for your talk show / news program / Ab-alizer 1200 infomercial / public service annoucement about the dangers of ferret-taunting ("... for more information, please visit slenderfury.org ..."), allow me to cite credentials:
Update: Canadian and awesome (but I repeat myself) reader Kyle actually heard me this morning, and sent me the link to the segment. I just listened to it, and I think it went pretty well. My favorite part is where I run roughshod over the host, like, three times in a row, not allowing her to get a word in edgewise. Typical American / Canadian interaction. On a scale of 1 to jerk, I reckon I scored about a seven.
On the upside, that does allow me to add another item to my list of credentials: "Fluent in bullying, boorish discourse, perfect for political programs."
December 12, 2005
Good Gift Games On The Beat
Update: You can now listen to the show online at http://www.kuow.org/thebeat.asp?Archive=12-13. Here are the games I mention by name:
November 07, 2005
Salon of Shame
Lovely Ariel of Electrolicious and the fine folks at A Guide To Visitors and putting on an event so excruciating that you won't be able to look right at it -- the only way to avoid being blinded by awkwardness will be to to view the spectacle through a tiny hole poked in a piece of paper.
Yes, inspired by the lovely Sarah Brown (it's "Lovely Monday," here at the yeti), they will be transplanting New York's Cringe to the left-coast and stymying Sarah. B's legion of trademark lawyer's by rechristening it "The Salon of Shame." This Wednesday, November 9th at 7 o'clock, watch in horror as folks take the stage to recite the most unbearably embarrassing poems, prose, and diary entries ever put on paper -- abominations of literatures that the readers themselves penned in their carefree days of youth and dumbness.
Read more about it at shame.electrolicious.com. Hope to see you there!
P.s. I neglected to mention that the folks at A Guide To Visitors are also lovely. I apologize for the oversight.
October 21, 2005
The Doings Of Fops
I have a piece in The Morning News today called Lone Star Statements. I only wrote about 30 words of it, but nonetheless got full credit as author. That's my kind of writing project.
October 13, 2005
Super Way-In-Advance Notice
Hey, I'll be part of a panel discussion last I mean next Saturday at the Hugo House's Annual Inquiry. If you weren't there it was totally your fault, with me giving you lots and lots of advance notice and all.
September 08, 2005
Playing The Game Part III
A big thanks to Gordon Dow, who invited me to join the adventures of the 'B' Ark -- he's the only reason I was able to participate in the Game at all.
September 01, 2005
Playing The Game Part II
Part II of my adventures playing the Game appears today: The Morning News: A Game Is Afoot
August 25, 2005
Playing The Game, Part I
At The Morning News today I have a piece called The Pre-Game Show, the first in a three-part series about how I spent last weekend.
August 23, 2005
The Works: Vlogs And More
Here are some the topics we cover:
May 26, 2005
Darth Vader Made Me Cry
One of defective yeti's most popular posts has always been Darth Vader Made Me Cry, my true tale of meeting the dark lord of the Sith in a local department store when I was eight.
In the years since I wrote it I've been telling an expanded version of the yarn in various venues, including A Guide To Visitors, and as my opening for Kevin Guilfoile at the Elliot Bay Bookstore. I've been meaning to revise the original article for a while now, and the release of Revenge of the Sith seemed like a good time to do it.
So head on over to The Morning News today and get the whole sob story: Darth Vader Made Me Cry.
May 17, 2005
The Works: Celebrity Blogs
I'll be on The Works tonight talking about "The Huffington Post" and other celebrity blogs.
Here are the sites we discuss:
May 12, 2005
A Run Around Lake Union
April 26, 2005
Hero Of The Year
The Hero of the Year has been announced! Read all about it at The Morning News.
March 22, 2005
Of Recent Note
The other Morning News writers and I tell you what we're currently grooving on in a piece called Of Recent Note. Wow, was that ever an awkwardly worded sentence!
March 17, 2005
Pledge of Allegiance
March 15, 2005
Kevin Guilfoile At The Elliot Bay Bookstore
Sorry to make my entire readership juggle their schedules, and hope those of you outside the greater Seattle areas will be able to change the dates on your plane tickets and hotel reservations without too much difficulty. But I screwed up the date of my reading with the estimable Kevin Guilfoile. Let's try this again.
Wednesday (Tomorrow! Not Thursday! Tomorrow!), 7:30 at the Elliot Bay Bookstore, I will be the opening act for Kevin Guilfoile. Kevin will be reading from his new book Cast of Shadows, a deadly-serious and critically acclaimed crime novel that examines the ethical and philosophical quandaries that lie at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and the human heart's dark desire for vengeance. I, meanwhile, will be telling a story that involves the word "boner." Please join us.
March 08, 2005
The Works: Parenting Blogs
Here are the people, sites, and articles we discuss:
February 14, 2005
Trials and Tribulations
A recap of my recent (and previous) jury duty adventures appears in The Morning News today.
February 01, 2005
Daddy Types = Fact-Checked
Today I do some record straight-setting over at Daddy Types.
January 13, 2005
December 22, 2004
2004 Holiday Gift Guide For Slackers
My third annual Holiday Survival Guide For Slackers is now available at The Morning News. It's not easy upping the cynicism on these things year after year, but somehow I seem equal to the task.
And a big "thank you" to everyone who sent me links to the most brain-numbingly stupid crap available for sale on the Internet. It's readers like you that truly make Christmas the most magical time of the year.
December 14, 2004
Boardgames On The Beat
I will be live on KUOW's The Beat this afternoon at 2:00, discussing my 2004 Good Gift Games Guide, the year's other notable games, and the Seattle gaming scene. You can also listen to the show online.
December 06, 2004
The 2004 Good Gift Game Guide
In my games archive you can find full reviews for three of the games mentioned: Ticket To Ride, San Juan and Hansa. You can also see previous G3 Guides for the years 2003, & 2002, 2001, and 2000. Enjoy the broken links and images!
Other Good Games
This was a pretty good year, and I had a tough time narrowing my choices down to ten. Here are some worthy of honorable mention:
The Canonical G3 List
All of the games listed at The Morning News and above were released in the past year. There are, of course, hundreds of great G3s from year's past. Here a sampling from the Canonical G3 List:
Family Board Games
Family Card Games
Don't trust the yeti? Here are the highlights of some other "best game of the year" lists:
Spiel des Jahres (a.k.a. "The German Game Of The Year"):
Where To Find
If you live in Seattle, check out the stores page of SeattleSpiel, which lists all the outlets for these games in Puget Sound. Online stores are listed there as well, for those readers who live elsewhere.
November 22, 2004
Father's Roundtable II
Today I discuss fatherhood and canderflabble over at The Morning News.
November 01, 2004
New Father Gaming
I have a little piece over in The Games Journal that's going to be largely incomprehensible to about 99% of the yeti readership. But if you are one of those people who instantly recognizes the name "Reiner Knizia," go check it out.
October 15, 2004
Ghost Stories At A Guide To Visitors
Hey Seattlites, I'll be one of the storytellers at Monday's A Guide To Visitors "Ghost Stories" show. Information at aguidetovisitors.org.
October 12, 2004
The Works: Humor Sites
I'm on KUOW's The Works tonight at 8:00, talking about the history of humor on the Internet. Here are the sites we mention by name:
August 24, 2004
Tricks Of The Trade
The Tricks Of The Trade article is now running at The Morning News.
A huge "thank you" to the hundreds (!!) of people who responded to my call for occupational secrets. Narrowing it down to 30 was tough, and I hope to post all the suggestions here in the near future. Again, sorry about the lack of names in the piece -- since 75% of the ones I chose were submitted as "Anonymous" we decided to run them all unsigned. I also shortened some, and, since they were all submitted in different tenses (past, present, subjunctive) and persons (first-, second- and third-person), I reworded most for uniformity of voice -- I hope no one is irritated by my heavy editorial hand. (Is it obvious how guilty I feel for altering your submissions?)
By the by, someone started a Metafilter thread on this topic, and more great tricks are being posted over there.
Again, thanks to everyone who wrote in. I have the best readers ever.
August 10, 2004
Speaking of talking politics with John Moe ...
This week we discuss political blogs and their influence on mainstream media. Here are the blogs we mention by name:
And here are some articles on the subject.
If you live in Seattle and have a political blog (like my buddy Duane), feel free to mention it in the comments.
July 27, 2004
Bad Cousin Aaron
I have a short tale of a summer vacation gone awry in The Morning News.
June 21, 2004
The LiveJournal of Zachary Marsh
Hey, whoa, what happened to last week? I posted on Monday, and then I slapped up a half-assed, recycled entry on Tuesday, and then ... it's all a blur.
Anyway, it's Game On again here at the yeti, starting with my latest Morning News article, The LiveJournal of Zachary Marsh.
June 15, 2004
The Works: June
Hey, remember this great post from last week?
I'll be on The Works this evening, talking about three "celebrity blogs" that surfaced over the last few weeks.Uh, actually, the program airs tonight, June 15th.
Also, it turns out that Peter Jackson's next movie will not be entitled Police Academy 8: Hijinks In Hobbiton as I previously reported.
May 20, 2004
The Ego Trip
May 04, 2004
The Works & Leah Peah
I will be on the NPR program The Works this evening as John Moe's Blog Correspondent. (Actually, I just made that title up for myself. Feel free to put "NPR Senior Blog Correspondent" on my business cards, John.) The show airs at 8:00 pm on 94.9, KUOW. Update: RealAudio feed now available on this page.
If you heard the show and have come here looking for links to the topics we discussed, here you go:
Tron GuyAlso, I was interviewed by Leah Peah
April 16, 2004
Coming This November
I have an article over in The Morning News today.
February 04, 2004
January 23, 2004
December 22, 2003
Christmas Week Goodies
I'm taking Christmas week off, but here's a few goodies.
My 2003 Holiday Survival Guide For Slackers appears in The Morning News today. Credit where it's due: thanks to
I'll get a review for Return Of The King up by the end of the
I've updated my favorite posts.
And speaking of goodies, Daymented sent the yeti some cookies and a kickass mix CD. I hereby declare Stace and Sean Dayment to be: awesome.
Merry What-Have-You, and a happy Something Else!
December 11, 2003
Life In The Fishbowl
My series of Morning News essays taken from my Peace Corps journals continues today with Life In The Fishbowl.
December 10, 2003
Two dads-to-be and two dads-now-are participated in The Morning News New Father's Roundtable. I was one of 'em.
November 17, 2003
What Is The Matrwich?
I spill the beans over at The Morning News.
October 31, 2003
Hook Of The Story
I contributed one of the dozen endings to this story.
October 30, 2003
A big thanks to Mr. Ross Allison and all the A.G.H.O.S.T. members I met -- they were a great group of folks, and I had a fun time. More information about the Amateur Ghost Hunters Of Seattle / Tacoma -- including investigation reports, photographs, and membership information -- is at http://www.theresaghost.com.
October 03, 2003
October 02, 2003
September 10, 2003
At The Dean Rally
I attended a Howard Dean rally a few days back. Here is my report.
August 22, 2003
July 11, 2003
Copyrights and Wrongs
Today I write about copyright law and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen over at The Morning News.
By the way, this article contains the conjunction "contrawise," which I hereby declare to be a Real Word. Please begin using it forthwith.
May 14, 2003
I'm slated to appear on KUOW's Weekday tomorrow at 10:00 to blather on about blogs. You can listen to it live (either at 94.9 FM if you live in the Seattle area, or via webcast if you live elsewhere). Or you can find it in the Weekday Archives after the fact and listen to it then. Or you can not listen to it at all -- see if I care, you jerk.
If there's some particular aspect of blogging you think should be discussed, feel free to mention it in the comments. (Note: "VISIT MY SITE IT R0X0R!!!!" does not constitute an "aspect of blogging.")
Update: If you are a Seattle Blogger but your site is not yet listed at seablogs.hellbent.org you can use this online form to add yourself. This is where I will be pointing those listeners looking for local weblogs.
April 28, 2003
I'm A Poet (And Now I Know It)
The theme for the Metro 2003 Poetry On The Buses 2003 project is "Lost and Found," and a poem I wrote is included.
March 03, 2003
Firstly! I was on NPR's Marketplace last Friday doing my Legonomics shtick. You can listen to it online (RealAudio link). My piece is dead last, about 25 minutes into the 28 minute broadcast. Apparently Matthew Baldwin is a "freelance writer" -- who knew?
Also! I am quite waaaaay behind on book and movie reviews, so you can expect a veritable passel of those this week.
Furthermore! Last night I dreamt that I became a millionaire selling t-shirts that read "Well Slap Me With Brie And Call Me French: I Oppose The War In Iraq!"
In Conclusion! If Reader's Digest ever featured a "Drama in Real-Life" entitled Slapped By Brie!, I would totally read it.
February 20, 2003
My male readers may enjoy this essay I wrote for The Morning News: Schrödinger's Iraq.
My female readers, on the other hand, would probably prefer to be keepin' it real 'n' eatin' some beef.
January 24, 2003
I will be appearing on the NPR radio show Rewind this weekend as one of their resident Know-It-Alls. So if you've ever wanted to hear the yeti howl, this is your big chance. You can also listen to it online -- my schtick begins approximately 28 minutes in.
The question I responded to was:
High school student and basketball phenom LeBron James is skipping college entirely and going straight to the NBA. And why shouldn't he? What does college offer that fame and fortune does not?My reply:
As I see it, college has two distinct advantages over fame.
December 13, 2002
The Holiday Survival Guide for Slackers
Credit Where It's Due:
Oh sure, you could argue that I stole the whole "gift guide of stupid things" concept from him in the first place. And you could point out that his guide appeared nearly two weeks before mine. And you could suspect that I, Asshole first heard of The Book via Dave Barry's column, so, in a convoluted sense, I ripped him off. Yes. Yes, you could do that. OR YOU COULD GO START YOUR OWN FREAKIN' WEBLOG YOU BACKSTABBING BASTARD!! You're either with me or against me.
November 11, 2002
Requiem for Boddy
September 23, 2002
The Morning News
Your daily dose of yeti wisecrackery is available today at The Morning News.
August 28, 2002
August 19, 2002
August 09, 2002
If your local NPR station carries the comedy show Rewind, please listen to it this weekend and laugh uproariously at the sketch I wrote based on this post, and then later go to a party, drink four too many Cosmopolitians, and try to describe the skit to some other people, but get all the details wrong, and say "And then there was this part about a shoehorn ... wait, was there a shoehorn? I'm pretty sure there was a shoehorn ..." and finally give up with a "well, you should of heard it." Would you do that? Would you do that, please? Or you can listen to it online; my bit appears 19 minutes and 15 seconds into the RealAudio broadcast. Either way, it's the drinking too much part that's important.