Friday, October 13, 2006


Well, it's Friday the 13th, so to celebrate, I thought I'd dust off a gently used but completely related blog entry from a few months back.

Do you dare read my review of "Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives"?


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Write Stuff, 2006

It's almost time for National Novel Writing Month again. That means it's almost time for me to try to write something slightly longer than my average bad movie review.

The goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Last year, I got all the way up to a measly 6,428.

So if nothing else, I'd like to at least beat that total. The trick so far is coming up with something to write about. I don't want to try anything similar to what I did last year, because those stories tend to trip me up a little when it comes to things like progress.

I have a few ideas, but none are really spinning the old cheese wheel, if you know what I mean.

To some extent, I believe the old saw, "Write what you know." Now obviously, none of us have lived on another planet, but we can use our life experiences and imagination to extrapolate what it might be like.

The problem comes when you are slightly deficient in the life experience department, which happens if you are an exceptionally boring person who managed to avoid doing much of anything growing up.

I'm told.

Monday, October 09, 2006

More changes

In case you came to the blog this morning and it looked like something went kablooey, I was goofing around with template changes.

The old Siftin' graphic has returned, and we've got a nice color scheme suitable for autumn.

I'm sure you are all in a whirlwind of "I care" about it, but I figured I'd let you know.

As always, more pointless posts pending.

New (to me) Pez flavor

This just shows you how out of the loop I am.

At the grocery store yesterday, I passed the PEZ display and -- thanks to reflex -- scanned the racks for anything out of the ordinary. Having been caught by surprise by the resurrection of cherry Pez earlier this year, I want to try to stay on top of things.

I noticed a few rolls in some packs had an odd color. A closer look revealed that I was looking at raspberry Pez. Cool -- another new flavor.

It's pretty good -- the raspberry is strong (but not too much so) before you get hints of the sugary Pez base flavor.

So I thought I'd hit the Internet to see what was going on. It seems that raspberry is just as new as the cherry, and I had just managed to not encounter it all year long until now.

Go figure.