Friends, Family, Fortune

I had a busy weekend. It started with a mountain bike ride in the Pacific Palisades. I’ve got a couple of old friends that have started riding with me every week, and this weekend we were joined by an old buddy who moved to New Zealand a few years back. He only...

The M.U.G. Writer’s Retreat

Some of you may have noticed that I like to write fiction. You may have seen my post last year about the Rainforest Writer’s Retreat, or when I talked about doing the National Novel Writing Month challenge, which (as you can see from the word count box in the...

Ingress of life

A few weeks ago, I started playing a virtual reality game called “Ingress” on my Android phone. (It’s a Galaxy SIII, for those of you who are interested in such things, and yes, I love it). Ingress is a game by Google, a team king of the hill game,...

Socrates in the Backyard

I don’t remember my childhood very well, but occasionally I’ll see something like this and it sparks a memory; I remember having conversations like this with my old friends Yvain Johnson and Gary Davis, in between discussions of school bullies and what was...

NaNoWriMo

Yes, that’s right.  I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year.  For those of you who didn’t click on the link, it stands for the National Novel Writing Month.  Each year in November, writers both professional and aspiring sign up and set themselves a goal...

Playing Games to Change the World

Another TED talk has caught my eye.  I was alive when Pong was invented, and I clearly remember the transition of computer games from stand-up arcades to the home area (I’m giving away my age here, aren’t I?).  I’ve played games for years, though...