Netflix is winning

Netflix-and-ChillNetflix is winning, or at least it seems that way sometimes.  As of this morning, I am 3 books behind schedule in my Goodreads reading challenge.  I’ve only set a goal of 65 this year, as my work schedule and other time demands make attempting to read any more uncomfortable, if not impossible.  But now I have discovered a new obstacle. Continue reading

More Late Fees, More Problems

When checking the mail a couple of weeks ago, my wife was surprised to see a piece of correspondence from our local library.  After opening it, she was even further surprised to see that it contained a notice informing her that, if she did not pay her outstanding late fees (at that time amounting to approximately $17), she would be sent to collections.  She was given a week to comply.  We were both outraged.

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Black Mirror

black mirrorHow had I never seen this show before? It combines dark psychological twists with intriguing exploration of the philosophical issues associated with the current (and near-future) state of cyber-tech and its potential impact on the human experience.  A week ago I had never heard of the show; I have now binge watched every episode on Netflix, and am desperate for more. Continue reading

In defense of “pen name” blogging

If it's good enough for him...

I recently read a blog post whose author was (pretty aggressively) calling out anyone and everyone that blogs under a pseudonym.  A pen name.  A nom de plume.  A character.  A nickname.  An assumed identity.  Basically, if you referred to yourself anywhere in your blog by anything other than your official, legal, government-ratified name, this author was accusing you of treachery, dishonesty, and (worst of all) not keeping it “real.”  GASP! Continue reading

Cashier Commentary: Enough is Enough!

"I wonder what he's going to do with that."

One of my biggest laments about my job is that I don’t get any quality interaction with people.  As a result, I am sometimes jealous of those who do.  Having worked some retail and customer service in my past, I know that’s not all fun and games either.  But the day goes faster when you can talk to people and make them smile. Continue reading