Men with insight, men in granite …

You are navigating a post-apocalyptic world. Suddenly, you stumble on something as terrifying and revelatory as Charlton Heston’s discovery at the end of Planet of the Apes. A giant, bronze statue of Bob Benz with the epitaph: Bob is so Great. This could happen. If I donate $750 to “The Silent City,” a film that’s …

Fixing a Nook Simple Touch’s wireless connection

Lara chews through several books a week and loves her Nook. She was broken-hearted when it suddenly refused to join our wireless network (appropriately named Spiney). I Googled around a bit and found the solution to the problem here. It’s a bit complicated, but I decided to post it to help anyone who might have …

‘My alphabetizing skills might be lacking, but I ain’t stupid’

I love reading crime stories. Especially tales like this gem that features country music, a Super Walmart and a large man in overalls. I only wish Jerry Reed were still with us to turn this into pure poetry. Like it deserves. (Of course, the only thing I like better than crime stories is great satire. …

A kayak made of poetry

In a New York Times obituary of George Hitchcock, the founder of Kayak poetry magazine, it noted the publication carried the following motto in every issue: “A kayak is not a galleon, ark, coracle or speedboat. It is a small watertight vessel operated by a single oarsman. It is submersible, has sharply pointed ends, and …

‘This man is dead, but I think you can save the hash browns’

My friend Guy has started a blog called Waiter Later. It’s well written. Witty. Amusing. And it gives an inside look at what must be one of the world’s toughest jobs: waiting tables. My favorite post so far is one about a customer who bites off his tongue and dies during Guy’s shift. While our …