Halloween: Thaw

It was a death sentence, despite his billions. When he received the diagnosis, he invested everything--time, money, energy--into finding a cure. Supposedly there was none, but wealth can uncover secrets kept from the masses. Top doctors in the field proved useless. They provided him with articles from medical journals, bolstering their claim that the disease was necessarily terminal, and suggested

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Halloween: Twenty Spooky Stories

The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson (~ 7,500 words) The Brazillian Cat by Authur Conan Doyle (~ 8,000 words) The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft (~ 12,000 words) The Cedar Closet by Lafcadio Hearn (~ 3,750 words) Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker (~ 4,750 words) The Furnished Room by O. Henry (~ 2,500 words) The Haunted Author by

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Halloween: What’s My Clone Code?

In the early 80's, at the height "child abduction" hysteria (and you kids thought CNN invented the culture of fear), our local TV station ran a series of commercials introducing the "Kid Code." The concept was simple. Whenever a skeevy man wearing a hat and fake mustache approached you with a fistful of lollypops, you'd shout "What's my kid code?

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See You Friday

I'm taking a few days off, both to finish the books I am reading before NaNoReMo 2007, and to limber up in preparation for Friday's Layer Tennis match, for which I will be providing (live!) color commentary. See you then.

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NaNoReMo 2007: Catch-22 Syllabus

Okay, you know what? Reading this book is going to be easy peesy. My copy of Catch-22 starts on page 15 and ends on 463. That's 448 pages in total. Round up to 450, divide by the 30 days in November--15 pages a day. No sweat. Of course, your book may have different pagination, so we'll go by chapters. I

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Reflections On My Netflix Queue

Primer: I'm a total sucker for movies that break open your head and punch you in the brain, so Primer was right up my alley. Friends accidentally invent a time machine; their relationship--and chronology itself--rapidly becomes complicated. It's one of those films, like Memento and Mulholland Dr., that pretty much necessitates repeated viewing. I watched it one night, spent about

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Local News: Blows!

Seattle has been rocked by, like, 14 mph winds today. So naturally the local media is reacting as if flesh-eating marmosets devoured the mayor. Please to be noting:Video caption reading "One man was forced to hold onto a tree to keep from being blown over." Actual video shows man using single hand to grasp sapling about 1/50th his diameter and

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Games: Wits & Wagers

As we approach the holiday season, I am going to start reviewing some of the titles that will eventually wind up on my annual Good Gift Games Guide. But before I begin, let me briefly mention one that appeared on last year's list. The official slogan of Wits & Wagers is "The Trivia Game For Everyone!", but I typically describe

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