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Category Archives: On Creativity

2018 Writing Contests

I used to write a lot. Actually, before I blogged, I used to write quite a bit more. My first blog, Diary of a Network Geek, was really an attempt to game the search engines into ranking my website higher so that recruiters would find me. That was in the era before all the job […]

NaNoWriMo Prep – Templates and Worksheets

Trying to get all your ideas and characters organized for National Novel Writing Month? I can help! It may not always be obvious, especially to those closest to me, but I love being organized. What’s probably more obvious is that I played a lot of role-playing games growing up. I think it’s safe to say […]

Productivity

Not just doing more in less time. Look, I’m going to admit something to you here. I’m lazy. Not only that, but I feel terrible about it. Yes, that probably will come as a shock to most people who know me in real life, away from this strange digital construct we call blogging, but it’s […]

Not Quite Right

Or, as I like to remind people, correlation is not causation. I pride myself on my logic and reason. Perhaps, too much so. I’m relatively well read and I actually paid attention in Science, History and English classes, but I’m always surprised at how little I really know. And, think about all the things that […]

Surveillance Self-Defence

Also known as “opsec for computer users”. Though, to be fair, most computer users don’t actually need this kind of operational security. And, they certainly don’t refer to it as “opsec”, like I just did. These days, I pretty much keep my nose clean and my mouth shut, even online. I mean, look, the average […]

Free Stock

Regular readers know how I love free. Okay, look, I put this stuff out there week after week and I’m honestly not even sure that anyone ever reads this at all. I don’t know, maybe I just do it to keep the search engines happy, or maybe just out of habit. Worse, maybe I just […]

Are We Becoming Obsolete?

There’s lots of talk in the news of artificial intelligence replacing humans. I don’t put much stock in it though, because, frankly, we are a ways off from that becoming a reasonable and less expensive alternative to most jobs humans do. Not all, to be sure, but, most. And, granted, automation has replaced a lot […]

Free Creative Business Course

Seems like everyone is looking for a “side hustle” these days. Personally, I’ve never felt very comfortable in a real entrepreneurial role, but even I have gone hunting for a side business on occasion, trying to get a leg up. When I was in college, I wrote. I’d always had the idea that I might […]

Character Records

Keeping your dramatis personae straight can be a chore. Back in the day, when I played Dungeons and Dragons, my favorite part of the game was creating characters. I know, it’s weird, but, there it is. I don’t know what it was about filling out the forms, either the ones we created or the fancy […]

A Vulgar Tongue

Language is the key to culture, real or imagined. Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a dyed-in-the-wool geek. I mean, totally hardcore. I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in the Seventh Grade and did, on and off, through college. I still, to this day, have a significant bookshelf of roleplaying games, […]


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