The Washington Independent  » Scenes from the New American Tea Party I think this now supplants the “Morans” picture as a representation of unintentional wingnut hilarity.

The Washington Independent  » Scenes from the New American Tea Party

I think this now supplants the “Morans” picture as a representation of unintentional wingnut hilarity.

posted 2/28/09 at 11:43am to Uncategorized · 0 replies · permalink

I, for one, welcome the delicious porky undertow.

I, for one, welcome the delicious porky undertow.

posted 2/28/09 at 9:38am to Uncategorized · 0 replies · permalink

Buy my book, dammit

Last fall, as a side project, I wrote a little serial novel and published it for free on the web. It was never intended to be sold or published elsewhere; it was something I did just for fun. But it got a great response, and I decided to publish it in softcover format through Lulu, while still leaving the original PDF chapters up on the web for free download.

So now I have a very small quantity of signed copies of Mr. Abernathy, and if you’re interested, you can buy one from me directly for $20, which includes shipping via Priority Mail. I might even throw in a personal note or some other fun piece of ephemera.

If you don’t want a signed copy and just want the book straight from the publisher, you can click this and buy it directly for $21.951.

If you don’t want one at all, then that’s fine too. But you might as well just come over here and take food directly out of my mouth while you’re at it.

No, I kid. I don’t really care if you buy it or not.

But you don’t want me to resort to this lifestyle again, do you? No, I didn’t think so.

  1. So, obviously, it’s actually cheaper for you to get a signed copy rather than a plain one. Plus, you’re feeding my ego. Win-win, as they say. Though I wish they wouldn’t.
posted 2/27/09 at 11:18am to Books, Me me me, Writing · 0 replies · permalink

I Spy with My Green Eye

The two monitors on my desk give me a combined desktop area of 6,400,000 pixels.

“Wow,” I hear you say, “that is indeed a metric assload of pixels.” So it would be no surprise, statistically speaking, if at least one or two of those pixels were broken. Dead, as it were. Le petit pixel mort, as they say in Spain.

But no. I’ve been lucky to have two awesome Apple cinema displays that are pixel-perfect. “A rarity!” you cry out. And you would be right.

Until this morning.

The first thing I noticed when I started working was an irritant in my left eye, like a tiny ache. I turned my head to the left, and it was gone. Looking forward again, it was back. It took me a few minutes to figure out that the irritant wasn’t in my eye, but was in fact on the far side of my left monitor. A stuck pixel.

A stuck pixel is, in my opinion, an order of magnitude worse than a dead one. A dead pixel emits no light, so if you have a dark desktop area (like I do), it simply blends into the background, and you don’t notice it unless you’re looking at a window directly over it.

But this pixel on my left side, it is stuck. On green. Not a light green, but a glowing neon green. It has been irritating my peripheral vision all morning long. It stares at me, like an evil green Lovecraftian eye. Watching me. Tormenting me. Judging me. When I look directly at it, it looks away1, feigning innocence. But I know it’s there, casting its green gaze upon me all through the day.

I hope it goes away on its own. Perhaps one day it will tire of watching me, and return to the inky blackness from whence it came. I can only hope.

  1. The human eye covers roughly a 120º arc of vision, but it’s mostly in the 6º of your central vision (in the macula) containing the largest concentration of cones. The outside area of the retina is mostly rods, which is why your peripheral vision is more sensitive to tiny changes in light and motion, and which explains why that pixel doesn’t irritate me when I’m looking right at it, BUT DRIVES ME CRAZY WHEN I’M LOOKING STRAIGHT AHEAD.
posted 2/27/09 at 10:05am to Mac nerdery, Slightly Too Long For Twitter, Snark · 2 replies · permalink

Bacon. Need I say more?

Bacon. Need I say more?

posted 2/27/09 at 9:00am to Uncategorized · 0 replies · permalink