Archive for the ‘blog-gazing’ Category


Saturday, September 9th, 2006

I should also have mentioned that I am an occasional blogger over at The Domain of Slack and am a founding member of their podcast, the SlackCast. We are ona brief summer hiatus lately. We should be starting back up Real Soon Now ™.

Word from the Admin

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

I have basically abandoned this blog, but that doesn’t mean I want 200 notification emails a day and the comments section littered with trackback spam. I will update the comment blacklist, but I have disabled trackbacks henceforth.


Monday, January 16th, 2006

There’s going to be some serious changes around here. I’ll be getting a plan finalized this week, but this will no longer be a fantasy-football politics-oriented blog. I’ve done that for more than a year now, and I have come to realize that without the horse-race atmosphere of a presidential election, I don’t actually have the gumption to keep going when it’s all over.

I will be using this blog for a writing notebook to train myself in how to write. I will begin with characters. The best stories, I feel, come from interaction of interesting characters. I am about to embark upon a 26 week exercise. Barring any emergency or planned vacation, I will update every day, but I need help from you, my three readers. This will require you to make use of the comments button. Again, I will finalize procedure this week, but here’s how it will work:

  • Sunday morning: Starting with A and progressing through Z, I will create a character sketch with a name starting with the letter of the week. I will provide whatever information about the character that comes to me. I want you to start peppering me with questions about the character. Whatever you want to know. Favorite Color? Age? Hometown? Why do you have that peg leg? Anything you think would be interesting to know, or would make for an interesting answer.
  • Monday afternoon or evening: I will answer the first round of questions, hopefully generating more questions. I will also tell either an interesting anecdote about the character from his/her point of view or provide some background not asked about in questions.
  • Tuesday: This week’s character will have a conversation with last week’s character (starting week B)
  • Wednesday: I will answer any more comments or questions from Monday through Wednesday
  • Thursday: I will dive into where the character lives and breathes, or works or some location important to him/her
  • Friday: Free for all day, this should be some exercise that is suggested by you, dear reader, or perhaps it will be something that was asked that I didn’t have enough space to properly address from a question or comment earlier in the week.
  • Saturday: Another story or anecdote about from or by the character of the week

That is a lot of commitment, but I think I am up to it, but it hinges on having responsive readers. Please leave me a comment sometime this week so that I know there would be willing participants. Otherwise, this will be a solitary exercise, which is also necessary since writing is, itself, a solitary exercise.

At the end of the half-a-year, I will have 26 characters that I can then try out in stories, dialogues, plays, homicides etc. This will lead to plotting, theme and structure. Let’s burn those bridges when we get there though shall we?

P.S. It’s fitting that the googleads are popping up smoking cessation programs. I quit smoking cold turkey on Tuesday January 7, 2006 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Almost one week and going strong.

That’s just great!

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Check out the new Google Ads running on my site (what a waste of time that has been):

Wonderful. If anyone clicks through (why start now?), let me know how that all works out for you. I’m sure it could have helped that guy at Caterpillar. Ah well, too little, too late, I guess

Even Better Referral Log

Friday, December 9th, 2005

This comes from Peoria, IL (it’s OK Bill, I know it’s not you). I am apparently, the 4th, 5th and 9th hit on Yahoo for:

“Colon Cleansing Peoria”

Thanks to my linking the now-defunctWhatever Files: For all your colon cleansing needs and Bill Dennis’ The Peoria Pundit I am now THE place to go to cleanse your colon while you’re in Peoria.

Wanna hear the best part? It came from That would be Caterpillar, Inc. The one who makes all the construction vehicles. I saw the domain before the search terms. I have a friend who works at Cat and lives in Peoria, but I doubt it’s her. Well, I assume it’s not her.

Time to go home.

Happy Birthday Audrey

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

As of 3:40 a.m. this morning, I have been a father for 4 years. That’s actually a little scary to think about.

Sorry for the no posting, work has been hectic, I and other members of my family have been sick, I’ve been pooped, [another excuse], [some flimsy reason], and on top of all that [rationalization]!

I’ve been reading with interest all the hubbub about OSM and its attempted implosion. First the lack of true business plan, then the inscrutable writers’ agreements amd the unfortunate naming choice. I’m sure they got so blinded with the greatness of the OSM vs. MSM parallel that they just plum forgot how to Google it. At any rate, I really don’t care.

Toward the end of October, I celebrated my blogiversary. My Blogspot version of Catastrophic Success was started on 10/28/04. I celebrated by completely missing the date and doing nothing of note. Maybe I’ll celebrate the date I moved into my own space away from blogger with a .gif cake or something… does anyone but me care?

My final fantasy team is in 6th place going into today with a 5-5 record and the toughest part of my schedule ahead for the last 3 games. I don’t foresee a championship in my future.

Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name), Audrey, Madelyn and I will be headed to Cheeseburger in Paradise for Audrey’s birthday lunch in a few minutes, so I’ll wrap up here, but look for a belated Friday Funnies/ThoughtBucket Dump sometime this week….

By the way, Creepiest Moment of the Morning ™: Flipping through channels and there is SecDef Donald Rumsfeld talking to Tim Russert on Meet the Press… then flip up two channels and there he is talking to George Stephanopoulos on This Week… At THE SAME TIME!!!!! I knew there was something wicked in the Bush Administrations stern refusal to discuss cloning… look what happened with the first experiment! TWO RUMMIES! We wouldn’t that to happen with, say, Teddy Kennedy or John Kerry, would we? Thank goodness for Bush’s incalcitrance!

That Lucky Dog!

Monday, November 14th, 2005

“Golden” Retriever born green.

Little Monday Funny to get my toe wet as I try to remember that as a blogger, it is incumbent upon me to actually blog…

Since someone asked me…

Monday, October 24th, 2005

My tagline says “Take your pick: Didactic Cudgel, ClueBat, or CluebyFour.” CluebyFour and ClueBat are fairly well-known, but didactic cudgel is my own neologism. It means:


didactic: conveying instruction; teaching some moral lesson.

cudgel: a short heavy stick.

So a Didactic Cudgel is another knowledge transfer implement. Enjoy.

Another Quiz?

Monday, October 24th, 2005
George Washington
You scored 62 Wisdom, 81 Tactics, 58 Guts, and 40 Ruthlessness!
Washington first served as a British officer during the French and Indian War, a war which he inadvertently helped to start. Afterwards, he resigned his post to marry Martha Dandridge Custis, a wealthy widow with two children. He was elected to the House of Burgesses and became a revolutionary leader at the outset of the American Revolution, attending both the first and second Continental Congresses. Washington was appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War (1775–83), leading the Americans to victory over the British, although sometimes in not the most scrupulous of ways. After the war, he served as president of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Because of his central role in the founding of the United States and enduring legacy, Washington is sometimes called the “Father of his Country.”

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 84% on Tactics
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You scored higher than 64% on Guts
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You scored higher than 24% on Ruthlessness

Link: The Which Historic General Are You Test written by dasnyds on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Somehow, in two posts, I’ve managed to get two consecutive pictures of George Washington on my blog. How often does that happen?

Drastically Undervalued!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

My blog is worth $7,903.56.
How much is your blog worth?

Investors wanted