Mark Twain Was a Wise Man

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

 

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

 

If more people lived by these words, the world would be a better place.

Paper Accepted!

Good news! My paper has been accepted for publication. There are some minor things that need to happen, like cutting out 3,000 words (no, the paper is not 2,800 words long!), and re-working the end notes. I’ve discovered that they did not export cleanly from Open Office to Word. Although all the work I put into correcting them is not lost, I still face another mind grind converting the end notes. I will tackle that challenge first so that I can keep looking forward to the creative aspect of paring down and fine tuning the manuscript to fit within the length constraints.

Astrobase Command Fan Art: Shore Leave Humour in Celebration of Upcoming Kickstarter

Even aliens need to have a laugh sometimes.

Today, Jellyfish Games announced the impending beginning of a Kickstarter campaign to support the development of their upcoming game, Astrobase Command.

Big news!

Big news!

In celebration of this momentous news, I thought it would be worth doing up a piece of fan art to support the small team of stalwart indie developers in their efforts.

Keep your sensors peeled for more info!

One Thing Done (For Now.) The Article Has Been Submitted!

I’ve just submitted my article for review. What a great feeling! I have no doubt that if it is picked up, there will be a great deal more work to do, but for now I feel content that I have done my part to advance the state of the world by one little step. For now, though, I will sit back, enjoy the peace for a night before getting stuck right into the thick again to keep moving my other projects forward. As you’ll recall, there was a kids book with a bunch of unsavory orks that I had to relegate to a dark corner of my office for the past several months.

No rest for the wicked!

 

Happy Birthday Spiderman! On Toddlers Learning to Sing

I was holding my toddler up in the shower when he started singing happy birthday out of the blue. He had never sung it on his own before. In fact, he typically shuns any sort of singing that isn’t coming from some professionally produced media. He has spent the past couple years shouting at me whenever I show an inkling of beginning to hum a tune. When I dare to get into the swing of things, he will run up and slap me on the thigh before firmly directing me to cease and desist. This may actually denote a fair bit of good taste, as I am more prone to breaking glasses than records with my dissonant voice.

It therefore startled me to find him belting out the lyrics so energetically. “Happy birthday to you!”

Each refrain would be punctuated by a wide-mouthed smile, his eyes beaming at this minor miracle of childhood development. He paused. I assumed his moment of grandeur had ended. I was wrong. He started up again, but after his second refrain, he hesitated slightly.

“Happy birthday…Spiderman!”

And so it went. Spiderman had somehow become a celebrated figure in this impromptu epic choral arrangement. I am not quite certain where my boy has been exposed to the daring webslinger, since I haven’t exposed him to it at home. Perhaps the older kids at daycare are fans? What I do know is that Spiderman’s birthday was back in August, so I guess these heartfelt wishes are better late than never!

 

Conversations with my 2 year old. Brilliantly shot and highly entertaining. A must for any parent!

My wife recently found this outstanding series of shorts floating about Youtube. They feature discussions between a father and his 2 year old daughter, re-enacted with a full-grown man in her stead. This creates a superb tension that helps highlight the often times surreal situations we find ourselves in as parents with young children.

Enjoy!