October 6, 2011
Amazon links are back

For those of you who hadn’t noticed, Amazon links are back on the site. A couple weeks back California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that acted as a ceasefire document between the state and Amazon, and Amazon has re-instated the affiliate program. Thank you to all of you who make purchases through this site. […]

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September 2, 2011
This is what vacation looks like

I need to get me one of these: And, for the record, we’re already two episodes into a new season of Top Gear U.K. Monday’s episode was hilarious.

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December 9, 2010
Holiday shopping

Here’s your Christmas reminder: Less than 15 days left before Christmas. Here’s another reminder, any purchases made at Amazon.com after clicking through any of the Amazon ads or using the Amazon search box result in a modest referral fee for the proprietor of this fine blog – at no additional cost to yourself.

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November 28, 2010
I’d classify this as a programming error

While updating the site, I ended up testing the link to Hoystory’s Kindle page and discovered that Fred Coulter had uploaded some screenshots he took 9 months ago from his kindle. That’s right. Hoystory at #3. Followed by The New York Times at #7.

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November 28, 2010
Changes coming

I’ve been using the current Redoable theme for several years – starting shortly after I moved this site from the Blogger platform to WordPress. In that time, the developer of the theme has moved on to other things, and the underlying coding can’t take advantage of many newer plug-ins and features. For example, I’m using […]

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November 25, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving
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October 6, 2010
Steve Martin in Concert

I just returned from seeing Steve Martin perform on his banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers at Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center. It was a great concert, and if Steve’s coming to your area, I encourage you to see him. For the record, the Steep Canyon Rangers are very impressive musicians too. But the highlight […]

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October 5, 2010
Software recommendation

When I got sacked at the Union-Tribune a little over a year ago, a Hoystory reader who works for ESET told me about some copywriting jobs available there and gave me a free, 1-year subscription to the company’s anti-virus software. When the year was up, I renewed the subscription. I’ve used Norton (now Symantec), AVG […]

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June 5, 2010
Welcome back

If you're reading this, it means you've arrived at the new host for my blog. If things look messy, I hope to have them fixed in short order. Apparently my blog has achieved a certain size and degree of complexity that I can't really set it up until it's "live." So, forgive the mess. Things […]

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December 20, 2009
Magic scissors

Nearly 20 years ago I wrote a letter to the editor of Cal Poly SLO’s student newspaper, The Mustang Daily, in response to a pro-abortion rights column wondering at the existence of “magic scissors.” Back before partial-birth abortion was a widely known and widely used term, abortion-on-demand supporters were still making the case that abortions […]

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