Best. Movie. Trailer. Ever.

Finding one’s name in an unexpectedly pleasant place.

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I used to write logic puzzles for a couple of different magazines, mostly ones published by Penny Publications. You can find some examples of them here and here. I like to solve them and I felt I had a pretty good knack for writing them too. I haven’t submitted any for ten years now, but from time to time I still find some of my puzzles being reprinted in issues of Dell magazines.

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Other places, too, as I discovered the other day. I downloaded a Logic Puzzles app for my smartphone from a provider called Egghead Games. I opened up the selection of puzzles — and there was one of mine, that I’d written about thirteen years ago. One of my favorite ones, too, as it happens.

Not an exaggeration to say I was mind blown. My work, my byline, on this handheld screen, on handheld screens all around the world. Pretty cool. Naturally I was ever so cool about it (not): I leaped around the room and showed my coworker Laurie. It was a moment of pure geekery bliss.

If you like a nerdy challenge take a spin at one of my puzzles, look for my byline in a Dell magazine, or get the app at Egghead Games. Hope you have as much fun solving them as I do writing them.

35,000 hits!

35KSometime this afternoon. Just thirty-three days ago it hit 34,000.

Thanks, pals.

* snif *

As a guy who has never been cool, I think this is a pretty cool quote.

“Whatever it is you do or like, own it. It is now cool. Play the flute? Wear purple shirts? Like to collect rare stamps? Guess what: Anything you like or are interested in is cool.

The flipside is also true: Being inauthentic, or trying to hide something you like, is the least cool thing you can do.” – laidNYC

It was my privilege to interview Mrs. Sadie Tilberg, age 100.


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Now online in this week’s Kanabec County Times.

Mrs. Tilberg was charming, articulate, and an absolute delight to chat with. I truly hope I’m as young as she is when I’m 100.

“My grandkids always tell me that they remember my advice: take life as it comes, and make the best of it. I like to be a happy person. I don’t judge people; there’s something good to be found in everyone. And I tell them: be careful what you say. You can ask someone for forgiveness, but you can’t ever take back a harsh word.”

Pure Pop Radio!

Pure Pop RadioHappy to announce that my friend Alan Haber has launched a new and improved website, with more cool features than you can imagine! You can listen to the Pure Pop Radio station with the press of a button. You can read reviews of current and archival albums, find out which artists and songs have been added to the playlist, and win neat prizes.

Alan has lots of great tunes (more than 4,200 at last count) and great information to share! C’mon, what are you waiting for?! Go to Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio!

My friend Alan Haber just launched a blog.

Pure Pop Radio: The Blog!

If it’s as excellent as everything else Mr. Haber has created, you’re in for a great read!

I tumbled onto a brilliant blog today.

“Doodle Alley,” by Stephen McCranie. Stephen is not only a very talented artist, but an astute observer of the human condition.

Take a look at his blog, I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I have. One piece in particular, “Be Friends With Failure,” fits very well with my mantra, “Embrace The Suck.”

Click here for more.

Reblog: Beards Keep You Young, Healthy, and Handsome, Says Science

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Hey, you can argue with me but you can’t argue with science:

Gentlemen, they’re not just for hipsters and the homeless any more. While both dead sexy and totally awesome, beards are also a boon to your overall health. Researchers discovered that men with beards and mustaches actually enjoy numerous benefits including, but not limited to, instant handsomeness.

A study from the University of Southern Queensland, published in the Radiation Protection Dosimetry journal, found that beards block 90 to 95 percent of UV rays, thereby slowing the aging process and reducing the risk of skin cancer.

Get a load of this.


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Front page of the Times. Above the fold. How cool is that?!

Read it here.