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I Will Always Love You

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One of my favorite songs, written by Dolly Parton. Here’s her version: I apologize for the poor sound quality, but that’s an old television clip. Most people are aware of Whitney Houston’s version, which is one of the first times I’ve ever preferred a cover to the original, but what I did not know is …read more…

Notes for Young Pioneers

Because of $reasons, I have a lot of young people in my life right now who are taking their first steps into the bigger, adult world. A handful of them have asked me for various bits of advice, and because I like to write and also because I hate repeating myself (there are more efficient …read more…

Silent Noise Project #007 — the everybody lies episode

OMGWTFBBQ!!! It’s another episode of the Silent Noise Project! — Actually, it’s episode number seven, after a four year hiatus!

Mushrooms Provençale

Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods. You can slice them into a salad, chop them finely and add them to a meatloaf (try it!), roast them, bake them in a bit of beef broth, or simply sauté them in a bit of oil and butter, which is probably the easiest way to turn three …read more…

Field Recordings #1

Recording cows in a field.

A couple of years ago, I bought a Tascam DR-05 recorder. It’s nothing fancy, really—just a handheld recorder that records in stereo. I immediately became intensely interested in recording everything around me. I also learned about “touch noise” which is noise that you get from touching the recorder. Tripods and booms get you around that. …read more…

Throwback Thursday #1

When I first established this blog, I had no idea what to do with it, so I just posted a bunch of funny images (mostly Star Wars memes) I found on a website far, far away. We’re going to go back to those days for just a moment. Anyway, this one time on Reddit, someone posted this: …read more…

The Forest of Spam, Part 4

Just a few things I noticed when looking through my spam folder.

Taco Snack Mix

While traditional Chex Mix is good, the recipe is flexible enough that people never stop tinkering with it. Here’s my version of taco flavored snack mix. Ingredients 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter 1 packet of taco seasoning mix (1.25 oz) 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon hot sauce 3 cups wheat squares cereal 3 cups …read more…

What’s Left…

I wrote earlier about the flood that destroyed about a third of my possessions (books, mostly). Until last weekend, I still had two boxes to go through, and I have been dreading doing so. Box one is mostly memorabilia and decorations from Mexico. I still haven’t gotten into that one yet, and when I do, …read more…

All the potatoes belong to us now…

Meerkat

I had a minor health scare that put me in the hospital last Friday. Everyone at work thought I was having a “cardiac event”, so off I went to the hospital. Believe me, there’s nothing—and I am now an expert in this, so you can take this as gospel—absolutely nothing like spending six hours in …read more…

2018 Goals

I learned long ago not to make New Year’s Eve resolutions because they are just something you make in a drunken haze at what is, possibly, the worst night of the year to make decisions. If anything, our culture these days almost encourages people to make bad resolutions or to abandon good ones, just so …read more…

Because Flowcharts Make Everything Clearer

via GIPHY I saw this on John Scalzi’s website and thought it was so brilliant that it was worth copying, except for two things: That would involve actual work. Self-appointed copyright experts would come out of the woodwork to tell me that I’m violating his copyright, which I would not be if I made my own, …read more…

70s Music Break, part 2

Brent Rambo approves by giving a thumbs up and nodding his head.

As a follow-up to my first 70s music break post, here’s some more damn music. I’ve gotta admit, I don’t really remember that one all that well. But it has all the hallmarks of 70s music: polyester, bell bottoms, family quintets, and a real Brady Bunch vibe. To be honest, it’s not a bad song, …read more…