Yearly Archive: 2008

Dream Journal

Oh boy, just woke up from a doozy.

I often have dreams where I get out of work and can’t find my car, or I walk “home” and can’t find my apartment or whatever.  This one was worse.

I had a good job, not sure what it was but they liked me and I was doing well.  I parked my car (my old 1966 rust/orange LTD, a car I actually owned once upon a time) in the same spot all the time.  This day, I got some extra stuff to take home (goodies, not extra work).  I got off work, went down to get my briefcase (in someone else’s office, can’t explain why) and it wasn’t there.  I went to the parking lot, and my car was missing.  So I called my wife on my cellphone… and got a Hispanic male asking “Who is this?”.  So I called the cellphone company to report the problem… and my wife somehow got on my line instead of the phone company.  (It was definitely Laura’s, my last wife, voice.)  She was begging me not to be mad at her… apparently she had something to do with my cellphone not being mine, or the phone I was calling, I’m confused on this.  Then I told her don’t worry, I was just calling because I couldn’t find the car.  She said, “Well it should be right where I left it on that side street.”  WHAT side street? Where is my car?  “Don’t be mad at me…”

Never did find out, but I woke myself up to a world where I live alone, don’t own a car, my cellphone is in my control, and Laura has been divorced from me for nearly 10 years.  Had to remind myself how this is all good.

This is the first dream I have ever had where everything that went wrong turned out not to be my fault… maybe that’s better, but it was scarier.



I went to the meeting of the Western North Carolina Linux Users Group tonight… the first one they have held for a couple years, if I’m hearing correctly.  Apparently there is enough interest to get things going again.

The presentation at the meeting was very … much over my head.  Not only the topic, but the show of expertise.  They were presenting how to set up your OWN Internet Phone system, using freely available software and low-cost systems.  It was very much like Old Linux — where a few geeks get together an assemble their own system, patting themselves on the back that they were the only people who could do this, meanwhile setting up a geeky system costing a couple hundred dollars… and the presenter admitted he doesn’t watch television, so he doesn’t know what services Vonage and MagickJack provide.

I called for a sub-group for “newbies”, people who are NOT programmers and just want a working system away from The Evil Microsoft Empire.  They heard me; time will tell if action is taken on the suggestion.

It was the end of a very difficult day.  My friend Mike spent the night (on my couch), and had a TIA (mini-stroke)… he refused to go to the hospital at the time, but promised me he’d go if he wasn’t better in the morning (mistake, but what can you do?).  Well, he was BETTER in the morning, but not close to being GOOD, so we hopped on the bus and went to the hospital (which took about an hour from the time we left).  I stayed with him until about 3 pm, and then went downtown and did what I could… I missed the meeting at 2 — which I am in charge of — but got word to the meeting that I couldn’t make it and why.  Then I hung around until the meeting I was just talking about.

I came home, plopped in my chair, turned something on  the TV, and faded in and out of consciousness… when Frankie called at 11:20, we decided I should just go to bed.

…and then I woke up a few minutes before 5 am, and can’t get back to sleep.  Typical.


More Crappy Commercials, Redux

Well, the television reminded me of the one I had forgotten, to wit:

“At a time when others won’t, Nissan delivers.”

Um, unless they are talking about the Dealership driving the delivery truck from the factory to your driveway… who are these “others” who don’t deliver (the inferred word is “deals”, not “cars”)?  Every carmaker in America is stumbling over themselves to sell cars, even at a loss.

New Haircut

I call this my Michael Stipe look… or my Leukemia Patient Hairstyle…

This is Before (taken on my cellphone)…

This is After…

Sorry for the poor focus, either my cell phone cam is poor or the lens was dirty…



November 15th, 2008


We are asking everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, to help us fight for basic human rights. In reaction to the devastating and inhumane ‘yes’ on Proposition 8, the LBGT community, is asking all Queers and supporters to “call in gay” for ‘Human Rights Day’ (, the 10th of December. The Queer population has suffered social injustice for too long and now is our chance to show the world how much we matter.

December 10th is a Wednesday and we encourage everyone to do nothing to help the economy. We ask that students skip class, teachers cancel class and business owners shut the financial doors for one day. No matter how important your job may be, please “call in gay” to show support on December 10th. Don’t forget to spread the word to everyone you know!

We will make a difference! We will receive the rights we deserve! And we are an important part of the global economy!

With Love,

The Queer Community

Join the social network!

Facebook: A Day Without a Gay!!

For all questions and Comments:


…y’all know I’m not gay, but what are human rights without rights for all humans?



The Laws of the Pharmaceutical Industry


The main principles governing the pharmaceutical “business with disease.” It is not in the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry to prevent common diseases – the maintenance and expansion of diseases is a precondition for the financial growth of this industry.

1  The pharmaceutical industry is an investment industry driven by the profits of its shareholders. Improving human health is not the driving force of this industry.

2  The pharmaceutical investment industry was artificially created and strategically developed over an entire century by the same investment groups that control the global petrochemical and chemical industries.

3  The huge profits of the pharmaceutical industry are based on the patenting of new drugs. These patents essentially allow drug manufacturers to arbitrarily define the profits for their products.

4  The marketplace for the pharmaceutical industry is the human body – but only for as long as the body hosts diseases. Thus, maintaining and expanding diseases is a precondition for the growth of the pharmaceutical industry.

5  A key strategy to accomplish this goal is the development of drugs that merely mask symptoms while avoiding the curing or elimination of diseases. This explains why most prescription drugs marketed today have no proven efficacy and merely target symptoms.

6  To further expand their pharmaceutical market, the drug companies are continuously looking for new applications (indications) for the use of drugs they already market. For example, Bayer’s pain pill Aspirin is now taken by 50 million healthy US citizens under the illusion it will prevent heart attacks.

7  Another key strategy to expand pharmaceutical markets is to cause new diseases with drugs. While merely masking symptoms short term, most of the prescription drugs taken by millions of patients today cause a multitude of new diseases as a result of their known long-term side effects. For example, all cholesterol-lowering drugs currently on the market are known to increase the risk of developing cancer – but only after the patient has been taking the drug for several years.

8  The known deadly side effects of prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in the industrialized world, surpassed only by the number of deaths from heart attacks, cancer and strokes (Journal of the American Medical Association, April 15, 1998). This fact is no surprise either, because drug patents are primarily issued for new synthetic molecules. All synthetic molecules need to be detoxified and eliminated from the body, a system that frequently fails and results in an epidemic of severe and deadly side effects.

9  While the promotion and expansion of diseases increase the market of the pharmaceutical investment industry – prevention and root cause treatment of diseases decrease long-term profitability; therefore, they are avoided or even obstructed by this industry.

10 Worst of all, the eradication of diseases is by its very nature incompatible with and diametrically opposed to the interests of the pharmaceutical investment industry. The eradication of diseases now considered as potential drug markets will destroy billions of investment dollars and eventually will eliminate this entire industry.

11 Vitamins and other effective natural health therapies that optimize cellular metabolism threaten the pharmaceutical “business with disease” because they target the cellular cause of today’s most common diseases – and these natural substances cannot be patented.

12 Throughout the more than one hundred year existence of the pharmaceutical industry, vitamins and other essential nutrients, with defined functions as cofactors in cellular metabolism, have been the fiercest competition and the greatest threat to the long-term success of the pharmaceutical investment business.

13 Vitamins and other effective natural health therapies that effectively prevent diseases are incompatible with the very nature of the pharmaceutical “business with disease.”

14 To protect the strategic development of its investment business against the threat from effective, natural and non-patentable therapies, the pharmaceutical industry has – over an entire century – used the most unscrupulous methods, such as:

(1) Withholding life-saving health information from millions of people. It is simply unacceptable that today so few know that the human body cannot produce vitamin C and lysine, two key molecules for connective tissue stability and disease prevention.

(2) Discrediting natural health therapies. The most common way is through global PR campaigns organized by the Pharma-Cartel that spread lies about the alleged side effects of natural substances – molecules that have been used by Nature for millennia.

(3) Banning by law the dissemination of information about natural health therapies. To that end, the pharmaceutical industry has placed its lobbyists in key political positions in key markets and leading drug export nations.

15 The pharmaceutical “business with disease” is the largest deception and fraud business in human history. The product “health” promised by drug companies is not delivered to millions of patients. Instead, the “products” most often delivered are the opposite: new diseases and frequently, death.

16 The survival of the pharmaceutical industry is dependent on the elimination by any means of effective natural health therapies. These natural and non-patentable therapies have become the treatment of choice for millions of people despite the combined economic, political and media opposition of the world’s largest investment industry.

More crappy commercials

I don’t know why I bother with this, but sometimes it can be fun.  These commercials have my goat this week.

Bud Light.  The best thing they can say about it is it’s DRINKABLE?  Hey, so is hemlock!  I guess if Miller Lite has the claims of awards, taste, fewest calories, there’s not much left… but they don’t even try to sell it as being comparable in any way to Bud.  Coors made that mistake, and created a beer that was close enough in taste to their regular beer that, with the other reasons for drinking a light beer, they hardly sell any of their regular beer anymore.  (They also made a really decent low-price beer, Keystone, that only sells in Light… I like regular Keystone better, but since I can’t buy it anymore, who cares?)

Lexus has us comparing the best Christmas present ever with getting a new Lexus… would be nice, except we didn’t have to pay for the present, and we’re paying for the Lexus for the next 6 years…

Hardees (Carl’s Jr. if you’re in the West):  “Guys don’t make biscuits.”  Why the hell not?  I heard this enough times that I tried my hand at it.  Granted, I would have done better with the help of someone who knew what they were doing, not to mention having more tools… the first batch looked good, but I had the wrong flour and didn’t know it, so they were inedible.  I just finished my second batch.  Still taste a bit too salty, maybe I’ll try general purpose flour and cut back on the salt next time.  But they’re biscuits.  Do they look or taste as good as Starrah’s?  Well, no, but they’re made and I’m eating them.  Besides, Starrah has been making biscuits since she was 3.

I have a tendency to react to statements like “Guys don’t …”  I’ve been knitting since I was 12, although not serious about it until the past 4 or 5 years.  I remember my mom teaching me to iron, and her best friend tried to tell me that I didn’t need to know how to do that.  Face it, if I didn’t know how to do a lot of things that “women are supposed to do”, where would I be now?  Someone find me a decent woman to do them, and I might fade back a little, but I’m not going to sit still and be told that I can’t do something because I don’t have a pair of X chromosomes.  (Besides, men created knitting as an outgrowth of net-making, so we have more in our genes for that… we also created the whole clerical trade — remember that for many centuries, only men – clerics – were taught to write, and damned few of them.)

Well, there was another one, but I’m not remembering it and it has not shown in the past 3 hours… must have just been advertising on Fox during the football game.  Ah well, keep your eyes open.


Books, books, books

Some of you may know I’ve been stressing out the past couple weeks over the fact that my employer, Eternal Press, is getting the ability to do Print-On-Demand.  Why this stresses me out is, you have to get a new ISBN number for the new format book.  I therefore had to research all the information I needed to do that, and go to the Canadian ISBN site and apply for numbers.  I’ve run out of numbers several times, but I’m almost done.

Since EP was an Australian company until April 2008, and since Australia’s ISBN agency does not register ISBNs for short stories, my first order of action was to research the old short stories and get *eprint* ISBNs for them… then get print ISBNs for them. 

My next step was to take the books (longer length) from May 2008 – October 2008 that we already had print ISBNs for (we THOUGHT we had a deal to do this), and modify the entries to show the new printer.

OK, now I have the OLD short stories and the NEW novels & novellas.  I also went ahead and got print ISBNs for November and December 2008 books.  Then I had to go research the OLD novels & novellas and the NEW short stories, and get ISBNs for those.  OK, I got halfway done and ran out of numbers again, but I’ll have new numbers on Monday and will get the last 32 done.

All that will be left will be to get print ISBNs for our January and February 2009 books, which I just got eprint ISBNs for (but didn’t know what publication date to use for the print copies — my boss filled me in on that information yesterday).

In the meantime, I finished formatting our 8 December books for FictionWise and uploaded them to our online office.

When I get done with this job, it will be time to collect the January books blurbs and excerpts, which I then turn over to the Senior Editor, who then gets more information and turns them over to our newsletter editor, who then turns it all into our January Newsletter.

If all this has made you sweat, perhaps you would like to be receiving our Newsletter… it comes in PDF format, and is delivered to your email.  I know I can get you copies, and there is probably a place you can go to sign up for them.  Write me and I’ll send you the latest copy I have… I can send several back issues if you like.