Posts contained in the “Modern Life” category:

Items from my life, and therefore, completely boring.

Let Me Introduce You to the Internet, 2018 Version

Just got some things I’m going to leave right here. Enjoy your Saturday!  

A New CDN Server (Also, How Not to Run a Business)

Wait, that’s not quite the story I want to tell. The story I want to tell is that a long time ago, I decided to have my own website, and not long thereafter, I decided to do a podcast or two, mainly to see if I could. (It turned out that I could.) Uh-oh. The …read more…

I Will Always Love You

Photo by Jess Watters from Pexels

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…

The Forest of Spam, Part 4

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

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…


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…


I saw this on John Scalzi’s website and thought it was so brilliant that it was worth copying, except for two things:

  1. That would involve actual work.
  2. 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, but these people are both legion and annoying, mainly because their so-called knowledge of copyright relies on their assumptions and something they once read on some libertarian website somewhere this one time a long time ago. (I actually had one tell me that violating copyright was neither a misdemeanor nor a felony, and when I responded—with actual proof—that yes, Virginia, copyright violation is actually a felony that generally results in fines and penalties rather than prison time—although that is possible—they were amazed.)

Anyway, I try very hard to be a nice person, both here and on social media, but if I do miss the mark, that’s okay because:

  1. It’s my website, and you are free to go elsewhere to be outraged.
  2. It’s my social media account, and you are free to stay out of my mentions.

Have a nice day!


Published on 13 January 2018 at 2:02 pm

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…

70s Music Break


We need a little break. Here, enjoy some great music. Redbone is probably the best known American Indian rock band. It’s sad they’re not more widely recognized. The Commodores were amazing! I could listen to all their music over and over again. Santana on guitar, Alex Ligertwood on vocals. Great song. This is not the …read more…

Protected: rogue waves, again

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Moving, Again

I have moved again, hopefully for the last time for a bit. I need to catch my breath. I’ll be at this place for a bit, because while it’s not the best place ever, it is roomy. I have a smallish, but perfectly functional kitchen and dining room (complete with an icemaker—time to start making …read more…