Hittin’ the Road Again

I won’t be posting for the next few days. I’m wrapping things up here in DC and will be heading back down to Beaufort, SC on Thursday. I’ll be there until Monday, when I’m off to Oregon, to visit my Dad, and then to Seattle, where I’ll meet up with Jill A. before heading to […]

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Writers…

…is an article worth reading. My favorite is Leonard’s summation: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative. It’s my attempt to remain invisible, […]

The Best Onion Piece I’ve Read in a Long Time…

…is Gillette CEO James M. Kilts’s reflections on a new strategy for a five-blade razor. Hilarious.


Jordan M writes: Newley – have you heard about this? Movieoke? CNNjust did a story on it, so I looked it up online and found this article from Feb.13: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=4354663 The concept isn’t that new (Rocky Horror Picture Show is basically the same thing), but that story on CNN was pretty damn funny. One girl […]

The Affiliations that Bind Us

MediaChest.com: “Borrow items from friends instead of renting; Meet new friends that like the same books, cds, dvds, and games that you like; Start building your own shared collection of media; Keep track of what you own; Make lists of stuff you want; Coordinate activities with friends.” I remember reading something a while back about […]

Addendum to My List of Ridiculous Business Concepts: A Cookbook about Eggs

Here’s another idea to add to my list of silly business ideas: a cookbook about eggs. Only eggs–not omelettes, not souffles, not quiches. Just eggs. Fried eggs, scrambled eggs, soft boiled eggs, you name it. It’d include all sorts of techniques: thoughts on what to add to scambled eggs (I prefer half and half and […]

More on Taiwan

Here’re some more info on Taiwan, which I’ll soon be calling home: News—BBC: “Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian has pledged not to declare independence from China if he is re-elected. His decision to call a referendum on security issues and whether or not talks should be restarted with Beijing has angered the mainland. …China regards Taiwan […]

My New Nom de Plume: Gordon Shumway

This cracks me up. In reading the comments to this post on Reason’s Hit & Run, I noticed that someone wrote something and signed it “Gordon Shumway.” Gordon Shumway, in case you’d forgotten, is ALF’s official name. From now on, when I don’t feel like explaining or spelling out my real name (reservations, etc.), I’m […]

A Font of Good Business Ideas I Most Certainly am Not

As Linus Pauling said, “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” Because I think they’re ridiculous and funny and get a kick out of talking about ’em, here’re some business concepts that occasionally flit in and out of my head like manic little hummingbirds. Some of these […]

Protests in Ecuador: Heating Up

QUITO, Ecuador (AP): “Riot police firing tear gas clashed with hundreds of Indian protesters Tuesday, leaving at least 17 people injured in the second day of demonstrations demanding more roads and better education for isolated Andean communities…”