My Own Personal Gypsy Run

As you know, I’ve been working on my motorcycle (thanks, Ed!). All the fixing, adjusting, lubricating, and tweaking has been in preparation for a long solo ride through Arizona, Nevada, and California.

Launch date is just a few days away, and my concerns have shifted from maintenance to packing. What to bring, and how much? […]


A Visit from the PC Reaper

When you see one of these, you may as well give up:

Yes, I was visited by the Blue Screen of Death earlier this week. My PC’s hard drive suddenly failed, and none of the files on it were recoverable. Fortunately, I still had all the original system CDs that came with my computer, […]


Banned Books Week & Book Review (Corrected)

Banned Books Week, September 25 to October 2, 2010

In honor of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week 2010, which starts today, here is a special roundup of banned book news, and a comment on Wilbur Smith’s The Dark of the Sun.

Wondering which ten books drew the most fire over the past […]



Two weeks ago, in anticipation of an upcoming visit from a friend, Donna started to paint the guest bedroom. “Let’s rip out the carpet while we’re at it, and put in wood laminate flooring,” she said, and my heart sank. Why? Because I knew it would turn into a huge project, not confined to one […]


Will Giving You My Password Cure Your Congestions?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the day I find a professional quality, syntactically correct, properly-spelled phishing appeal in my inbox is the day I’ll join the army of fools who’ve been gulled by flim-flammers. Should this hypothetical professional quality, syntactically correct, properly-spelled phishing appeal also be literate, I’ll throw […]


Restore Sanity: Wear Your Sarcastic Hat

I didn’t get around to watching Jon Stewart’s September 16th Daily Show until last night. By then I’d already seen some blog reaction to the “Rally to Restore Sanity” announcement, so I knew what was coming.

Even so, I was shocked. A “million moderate march”? I literally squirmed in embarrassment, all the more so as […]


Paul’s Book Reviews

“Over the city lies the sweet, rotting odor of yesterday’s unrecollected sins.” – Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

Boomsday, by Christopher Buckley I read Christopher Buckley’s editorials and essays with interest, but cannot endorse his fiction. Since I found my copy of Boomsday on the remainder shelf at Barnes & Noble, I suspect other readers have […]


Paul’s DVD Reviews

“Never get behind old people. Their bodies are littered with hidden metal and they never seem to appreciate how little time they have left. Bingo, Asians. They pack light, travel efficiently, and they have a thing for slip on shoes. Gotta love ’em. ” — George Clooney as Ryan Bingham Up in the Air (2009).