NoMoNaNoWriMo (not that there ever was any)

It’s the first day of November and I’m extending my streak to twenty years of not participating in NaNoWriMo. If that term is unfamiliar and you don’t have the inclination to click on the link that I toiled and sweated over — not that I’m complaining — here’s an abbreviated introduction. NaNoWriMo is twee code… Continue reading NoMoNaNoWriMo (not that there ever was any)

Revisiting the Wayback Machine

Remember the WABAC machine in the beloved The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends show…the device that enabled Mr. Peabody and his pet boy Sherman to visit various pivotal moments in history? Pretty great stuff, wasn’t it?  Well, this post isn’t about that. Sorry *not sorry*. Alert Gazette readers may recall — even without… Continue reading Revisiting the Wayback Machine

We interrupt this period of non-blogging to blog about blogging.

It was a dark and stormy night… Now that I have your undivided attention, allow me to explain why I’ve completely blown my [admittedly never before publicized, for obvious reasons] goal of posting something every five days or so during 2019. This was not — NOT — a New Year’s resolution; it was purely coincidental… Continue reading We interrupt this period of non-blogging to blog about blogging.

A little blog housekeeping…

I’ve been meaning to do this for about a year and I finally made time for it. But first, here’s a yawning possum: My blog post categories were in great need of reorganizing. What are “categories,” you ask? They’re those links that following the words “Posted in:” underneath the title of each article I put… Continue reading A little blog housekeeping…

Categorized as Navel Gazing


I’m pretty sure David Bowie wasn’t thinking about someone in our situation when he recorded that songĀ in 1972, and it’s a stretch beyond my capabilities to make the lyrics apply completely. Nevertheless, changes are coming to Casa Fire Ant. MLB and I are retiring…sort of. 2015 was the fortieth year of our professional careers. *sigh*… Continue reading Ch-ch-ch-changes

Categorized as Navel Gazing


Final Update (2022): I’m leaving this post up purely as a quirky episode in the life of this blog. The app in question no longer exists, nor does the company that created it, having discovered that there’s no business reason to continue to make a product that no one wants. Good thing I don’t operate… Continue reading Miss-App

One of these things is not like the other, but I forget which

Oh, hello. I didn’t notice you standing there, in the shadows. You’re quite patient, considering how long it’s been since I’ve come around. Perhaps you should take up a hobby. Anyway, as long as you’re here, please allow me to share a cautionary tale. It’s a simple story about what happens when you reach a… Continue reading One of these things is not like the other, but I forget which