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2018 Overlooked Ebook Gems for $1 or less on Smashwords — Ebook Week March 4-10

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 11:01:38 +0000

(These sales are valid until midnight on Saturday March 10.  I’ll be adding more titles until that time.   If you have any free/almost free titles to recommend from SW, please list it in the comments. Thanks!] Smashwords may not yet be a household name yet to readers, but it serves as a great alternative to […]



Fave Discoveries of 2017 (Movies, TV, Books, Music)

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:35:12 +0000

Ok, here’s my list of things I’ve been enthusiastic about in the year 2017.  Anything which I highlighted in red and bold are not just great stuff, but things which bowled me over and probably will bowl you over too. AUDIO PLAY (45 minutes): PROGRESS OF THE SOUL OF LIZZIE CALVIN . This free/streamable drama by […]



Stop — Don’t Stop!

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 14:44:16 +0000

(I performed this story at the Houston Liars’ Contest about 6 months ago). Last Friday I was taking a walk through my neighborhood when I happened to lean against a stop sign. To my surprise, the sign started tilting, and before I could do anything, it fell into the street. “You idiot!” a voice cried. […]



Who will NOT be president in 2021

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:58:50 +0000

Exactly 4 years ago I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about who would be president in 2017 by figuring out who could not possibly win. (I basically predicted it would be Jeb Bush vs.  Andrew Cuomo). I had fun writing this article and I tried to take the exercise seriously even though it was just an […]



Movie Recommendations for 1st Year College Students

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:22:15 +0000

When I was  a teenager,  I watched way too  many  mainstream  movies specifically targeted to my age group. I generally hated these things.    Thanks to a decent art-house  theatre in my city, an intellectually adventurous  high school girlfriend, a new Blockbuster video rental store   and a brilliant film lover at my college, I had no […]



Take my online survey about music listening habits!

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:24:29 +0000

I am writing an article (and eventually a book) on music listening habits. For this article I prepared this survey (which should take about 8-15 minutes to complete). As an aside, I am curious exactly how hard it will be to recruit people to fill out this survey. I plastered the URL on my other […]



“Must Have 5+ Years Experience” Fallacy

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:07:56 +0000

I originally wrote this article in Spring 2002 — during a long and painful bout of unemployment). I have more up-to-date thoughts on the topic which I will  post eventually. Why does every job ad require 5 years of experience? What does this mean anyway? 5 years experience with the same job title? That is […]