AnotherThink: New and improved!

After a year of thinking, planning and hand-wringing, I am ready to unveil a major overhaul of AnotherThink, including a very important upgrade to the engine under the hood, Movable Type. In addition to the changes in appearance, Movable Type 4.24 has finally let me axe the dreaded old pop-up ... Continue reading

Cursing in the dark

There was an earthquake last night, while I was asleep. 4.7, but the epicenter was far to the east, so it was less than that here. But it was strong enough to wake me up. Tarnation! I murmured to myself. Who in the blue blazes is in here shaking my bed, and why, since I am supposed to be alone ... Continue reading


500 is a fat, round number. It isn't a prime, but it's a pretty cool number, just the same. 500 brings to mind the Indianapolis 500, an auto race that I never missed as a boy. The Indy 500 is way more exciting than NASCAR, though I'll admit that I enjoy the Daytona 500, too. Out West, the Indy is ... Continue reading

Monsters among us

"How large the dreaded Gila Monster grows, no man can say." — from the forgettable 1959 B-movie, The Giant Gila Monster One of the Sonoran Desert's fascinating creatures is the Gila Monster (pronounced HEE-lah), the only poisonous lizard native to the US and one of the oldest lizards in North ... Continue reading

The politics of toothaches

A couple of days into my recent trip to Mexico I developed a toothache. Not a please shoot me now! toothache, but the sort that makes you start avoiding one side of your mouth, like that neighborhood you stay out of after dark because it'll be trouble. I could tell this was going to be an ... Continue reading

My 2008 New Year’s resolutions

I am resolved to be a better human being, treading lightly on this Goode Earth™ and living gently and kindly among all of God's creatures. With that in mind, here are my 2008 New Year's Resolutions. I resolve to reduce my personal carbon footprint by exhaling 20% less. I resolve to continue ... Continue reading

Pete’s Christmas garden

My Uncle Pete was a telephone technician by day and a tinkerer by night. Like many young men of his generation, he had learned his skills in the Navy during WWII. After the war, he married his high-school sweetheart and started a family, eventually fathering five daughters. Maybe it was all those ... Continue reading

Feeding the birds

In the winter, when everything is drying up and dying, I feel sorry for the birds. And so, I feed them. It's because of Mary Poppins. I've been on a guilt trip about birds ever since I heard the old lady begging young Michael Banks to "feed the birds, tuppence a bag." We have two hummingbird ... Continue reading