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Venturing into the unknown

I am of the habit of benefiting from married life: When the trash needs to be removed, whisk! When there is a nasty bug present, smush! When the toilet is clogged, plunge! Yet, I jest. I picked a modern man, whose inclination is to leave the less pressing household needs as they are.

Play it again

I like movies as much as the next guy, I think. I’m not a film buff — I don’t have strong opinions on, say, Stanley Kubrick’s choice of camera lens — but I do think it’s fun to go out, grab some popcorn and catch a flick.

Finding the courage to pull the plug

Two roads diverge in front of this yellow journalist. (That’s “yellow” like Marty McFly , not William Randolph Hurst “yellow.” ) After two long years, my satellite TV contract is expiring, and I’m trying to find the courage to pull the plug.

‘One giant leap’

The history of man is filled with stories of exploration and discovery. From Galileo Galilei looking up into the sky and finding distant planets and moons (“I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” — Galileo Galilei) to 15th century explorers stepping foot on previously unknown continents, humanity as a whole has always been curiously observing the world around us.

The taste of Texas

Texas is an amazing state. I love the wide open sky. I love wearing a cowboy hat. I love the Alamo, the Dallas Cowboys, and reruns of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

Technology wizards

This weekend I spent some time watching a Harry Potter marathon that one station was running. Somewhere along about the third movie, I began to wonder what it would be like to be able to flick a piece of branch and get my laundry to do itself or get the soap, rag and bucket full of water to wash my car without my help while I continued to watch television.

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Happy birthday, Twitter

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. How many words is 140 characters worth? In a recent post from the webcomic XKCD, a reader asked how many unique English messages can be sent using the 140 characters in a Twitter message. The answer sits somewhere between 10 to the 200th and 800th power.

Defending the Mac attack

My way of life is under siege. A corporate edict has the newsroom switching from Mac computers to PCs, and I am not a happy camper. For I am a dyed-in-the-wool Apple addict, and I will not go quietly into the night.

Growing up as a geek

They say that old habits die hard, but in my case I wonder if some of my quirks will ever die at all. As I look at the layout of the newsroom staff here at the Herald Democrat, it is painfully obvious that I am the resident geek in our ranks. I see absolutely no shame in that.

Naptime blues

I have a strange problem. It’s some sort of physical or cognitive disability that prevents me, I hear, from enjoying one of life’s great simple pleasures. Try as I might, I just can’t nap.

A quarter-century of Seinfeld

Something really cool happened last weekend: “Seinfeld” turned 25. It sure doesn’t feel like 16 years since “the show about nothing” left the airwaves, let alone a quarter century since its debut. But then again, it never did technically “leave the airwaves.” Thanks to syndication, you can flip on your TV, put your feet up on your coffee table book about coffee tables, and catch-up with the Soup Nazi anytime you want.

A girl’s lunch at the place with the long hamburgers

Life with a 6-year-old child is nothing if not interesting. Since the child does not actually live with me, I sometimes forget just how interesting she can be. One recent day when we were both off for the afternoon, I made the mistake of asking her if she liked hamburgers and where she would like to get one.

Returning to my geeky roots

In a Good Morning recently, I wrote about a trip I was planning to see old college friends over the weekend. I am happy to report that everything went well, but I didn’t expect to take what I did from the trip.

Classic Rock still classic

I had a wonderful time chatting with longtime Boston guitarist Gary Pihl this week (shameless self-plug: you can find our Q&A on page B3 of this paper, or online at ).

Happy Independence Day!

I’d like to shoot for 101 jokes surrounding July 4th but I think I’ll have to settle for a small column. These laugh out louds (please laugh very loudly, or we might not hear in the newsroom) come from websites like, and