Archive for April, 2005

Long Day’s Journey into Ambien

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

It’s late. I’m tired. It’s the weekend. Will that handle it, or do I need additional excuses? If so, that’s okay. I’m a freelancer. I’ll have a batch for you by end of business.

Hard Time: Season 2 – A Few Quick Notes

Friday, April 15th, 2005

Some days you go with the flow, some days the flow eats you. Or something like that. Thursday was an “eats you” day. I won’t dwell on it. As promised, some information on *Hard Time: Season 2*: First of all, yes, there definitely will be a Season 2. *Hard Time* is the lone survivor of […]


Thursday, April 14th, 2005

It’s short tonight. So let me use this entry to thank everyone for their comments on this effort. They’ve been very informative and entertaining. (More so than the blog, if you ask me.) And it’s been great fun to read posts from people I haven’t heard from in years. Guess this Internet thingy still has […]

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Correction: The Kaypro 10 computer was equipped with 64K of memory (not 16), the maximum amount the CP/M operating system could address. CP/M was quickly supplanted as the favored operating system for personal computers by MS-DOS, because DOS could access as much as 640K.

Finally: A Post About Comics

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

They say it takes a big man to admit his mistakes. Keep watching. I’m about to become huge. The other day, I received a FedEx package from Marvel Comics containing two copies of *The Essential Tomb of Dracula*, Volume 4. The book includes two stories I wrote for the black-and-white *Dracula Lives!* magazine, circa 1973. […]

“Kumbaya”: The New Standard of Political Fatuousness

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

Another plosive. For the past couple of years, “people sitting around singing ‘Kumbaya’” has been a snide conservative put-down of sensitive, feelgood, hopelessly naive, stuck-in-the-’60s liberals. I always hated the damn song, anyway, so the jokes didn’t really bother me. Still, “Kumbaya” is essentially a hymn, a prayer entreating the lord to “come by here,” […]

Things to Do

Sunday, April 10th, 2005

Write something about the linkage of authoritarianism to the spirituality fad to string theory to the willful delusion of individualism. Leak some information about Hard Time: Season 2. Ask self why, in a week when all the world is mourning the late pope, I’ve been missing Johnny Carson. It’s been another tiring day, and — […]

Concentration and Heartbreak

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

Trust me. They don’t go together like a horse and carriage. I’m continuing work on the third issue of *Hard Time: Season 2* tonight. Certain characters in the story are, fleetingly, reminiscent of someone whom I’d just as soon expunge from my memory forever. Should I be saying this publicly — even in terms so […]

If You’re a Fan of My Work…

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

…you might be interested in the Howard the Duck discussion group on Yahoo. Despite the name, the discussion isn’t limited to the duck. Members have also been known to expound on *Hard Time*, *Omega the Unknown*, *Defenders*, *Nevada*, and, now and then, a comic book series or story I can’t even remember having written. I […]

The Xerox 860 Word Processor

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

I haven’t been able to find a photo of the Xerox 850, but this is the model that succeeded it. It’s virtually identical in size and appearance. That’s the CPU, with its tw0 8″ floppy drives, standing to the right of the desk. If you’re interested, you can read more about the system here.