Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

My friend Matt thinks that Critical Thinking should be taught in elementary school. Let’s play the game. How would america look today if critical thinking were …

 

Propaganda

Propaganda

For sure I won’t get mad at you for having an opinion, or making a broad declaration, expressing your fear, rage, joy, or ambivalence regarding …

 

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

If you kill all the farmers then there’s no one growing the food and you starve to death. If you kill all the soldiers than the …

 

I forget things.

I forget things.

I remember what this blog was for now. It was supposed to be here to help me keep track of my life, all the things …

 

I’m Still Alive

I’m Still Alive

It’s the last day of 2015. I’m a few hours away from another plane ride, this time back to Los Angeles. I wish I had something profound …

 

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Image 6233

Been listening to a lot of Die Antwoord lately. Not sure what else I should be doing. I’m not sure, but I think this might be my …

 

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Image 5529

Took over 400 pictures yesterday. Slept for 6 hours. Woke up to make salty oatmeal and listen to Wynton Marsalis. I’d like to win the …

 

Just in case I forget

Just in case I forget

Getting ready to get back on the road. Not sure where I’m going yet.

 

Fish

Fish

I don’t have access to my camera right now so here’s an Instagram fish.  

 

The view from up here.

The view from up here.

At the drake, in our apartment, it smells like roasting pork and lime juice.

 

Mental Cry

Mental Cry

I’ve read a few things about quantum locking and quantum levitation. Not enough to understand how it works, but enough to know I want to …

 

Tired.

Tired.

My fingers are stiff.  My hair feels heavy.  I’m thirsty. I feel like all the electricity everywhere is under my skin, buzzing. I’d like to swim in …

 

The drake hotel

The drake hotel

Battery is low.

 

NEVERMIND

NEVERMIND

It’s probably been at least 10 years since I’ve listened to this album, maybe 15, from beginning to end. Listening to it again now with …

 

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

Vinyl. It’s definitely on my desert island top 5. I listened to this album all day, over and over again. Right now it’s off, it’s quiet. …

 

Guns

Guns

Appetite for destruction, decent quality FLAC In college, I was working a few days a week at a starbucks in a rich neighborhood. It was a …

 

Blind Melon – Soup

Blind Melon – Soup

It’s not on the list, but I came across it today and since it contains my favorite song of all time, I couldn’t resist listening …

 

Patti Smith – Horses

Patti Smith – Horses

2832 kbps flac, vinyl origin. I don’t know if I’ve had a real thought today.  There’s an apocalyptic blizzard in NY right now, I’m kind of …

 

Dinosaur Jr. Where You Been

Dinosaur Jr. Where You Been

Naming a protagonist is tricky. You want a name that stands out, but doesn’t seem contrived or cheesy. You need the name to fit with …

 

Tom Waits – Blue Valentine

Tom Waits – Blue Valentine

682 kbps FLAC, Aviator headphones, Vox Obviously, this album is amazing, and I love every second of it. I’ve been thinking about my fantasy world from yesterday’s …

 

Dream Theater – Images and Words

Dream Theater – Images and Words

Fucking prog rock. Vox Player, home theater, 1024 kbps FLAC vinyl rip. It sounds good; I really need a subwoofer – I’m really lacking that bass; and …

 

The List.

The List.

Alright, in no particular order, here are the albums I’ll be listening to for the next 25 days. Dream Theater – Images and Words Patti Smith – …

 

Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.

Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.

FLAC, vinyl origin, Vox, headphones.  Still missing that subwoofer effect. My life is very small.   This music feels like it’s from outside somewhere I’ve never been, …

 

David Bowie – Hunky Dory

David Bowie – Hunky Dory

Rollins inspired me. I have a growing stack of albums that I am going to spend the year listening to, and writing a thousand words …

 

Deus Ex Acceptisimi

Deus Ex Acceptisimi

Success is a hierarchy; a tacit agreement that your influence is worth the attention of other people, paid in time, in currency, or in sentiment. …

 

Being there or Going there

Being there or Going there

I’ve learned I have a problem being in one place for too long. Most of my friends already know this about me, but I didn’t …

 

I forgot about this bear

I forgot about this bear

This dude loves to party, apparently he makes it to burning man every year; this is him at home, chilling.

 

Still down here, it’s not so bad.

Still down here, it’s not so bad.

Not much to say, here are some pictures.

 

Baton Rogue Again

Baton Rogue Again

Can I go an entire day without feeling the need to explain something to someone?  Who am I, if I’m not being pedagogical?  

 

South

South

I keep ending up here, down here, somewhere.  Every year it seems, I spend a few weeks to a few months somewhere in the Confederate …

 

#Hashtag Ruin Porn

#Hashtag Ruin Porn

Sitting in Austin, TX right now, on the way back from Bandera, TX, cowboy capitol of the world. There’s a pretty significant backlog of photos to …

 

My advice to a stranger on reddit

My advice to a stranger on reddit

Wow, you have no idea how glad I am that I wrote to you. You see, the thing is, after you read this, you will …

 

Rubin

Rubin

Thinking about getting up on stage at an open mic. So far I have about 3.5 minutes of material, really need a solid 6. Some raw premises …

 

Working on 9th Isle.

Working on 9th Isle.

So Matt and I have been hashing out ideas for our epic short story anthology, tentatively entitled “Tales from the Ninth Isle”; alternate historical fiction …

 

Lamenting the loss of $4000.

Lamenting the loss of $4000.

Dear Money, I had you, but you have left me.  I’m not bitter, but now that you’re gone I’m fondly thinking on all the things we …

 

Flawed.

Flawed.

Finally, back in Los Angeles, after 2+ months up in the North West, and I’m ready to leave. This last long drive, I don’t remember which …

 

Just, in general, pissed.

Just, in general, pissed.

Look, humans, it’s not you, exactly.  I’ll take the blame.  Lately everything you have been doing has just made me angry.   Stop making obvious comments, …

 

Phoenix Jones!

Phoenix Jones!

High point of my trip, had the opportunity to meet and chat with Seattle’s Real Life Superheroes Phoenix Jones and Evo. You can follow Phoenix Jones …

 

Workout.

Workout.

Proud of the coach today. Brutal workout, superset couplets, each pair x2 – Walking Lunges Box Jumps Bench Press Reverse Flys Burpees Slow Ball Crunches Circuit x2 Followed up with 25 Minutes of Cardio.  

 

Is she a Mormon?

Is she a Mormon?

Jeffery stood at the edge of the water, watching a distant boat shrink towards the dusk horizon.  His fingers twitched of their own accord, as …

 

Halfway through April.

Halfway through April.

It’s a rare beautiful afternoon in Seattle. A phone conversation with the office let me know that I might need to stay here longer than expected.  …

 

Steelhead

Steelhead

So after a few days in Eugene, we spent Sunday on the road; stopped in portland for lunch, and by lunch I mean peanut butter …

 

Cow Palace

Cow Palace

When god closes a door, he opens a window… because he’s a fucking weirdo. Who does that, really? Anyway, cow palace is an arena out in …

 

Lots of dinners

Lots of dinners

Why is it, whenever I plan on going to sleep early I end up staring at the ceiling for hours, but whenever I have work …

 

Berkeley

Berkeley

I kind of wish I could go back in time and spend a couple college years here. It’s such a cool, weird, college town. Instead of …

 

Italian dessert.

Italian dessert.

The guy at E’ Tutto Qua, our new favorite restaurant, Andrea, is a magician.  Not a ‘pick a card’ kind of magician, but the kind of …

 

Shadow of the Magic Fire, Book 1 of the Fallen Storm Cycle

Shadow of the Magic Fire, Book 1 of the Fallen Storm Cycle

Why does every contemporary sci-fi/fantasy book synopsis the same groan-inducing boilerplate bullshit? Either there’s just one dude out there writing shitty blurbs for everything, or …

 

Keys to the City

Keys to the City

I am wrestling a giant tortoise right now, in my mind. He has a golden key beneath his shell that opens the door to my car. It’s …

 

San Francisco in the Spring

San Francisco in the Spring

So, I’ve been here for about 10 days, working on some show. I forgot how great this city was, I haven’t been here in years, now …

 

Too many Disclaimers

Too many Disclaimers

You are somebody else’s somebody else. Sometimes you are your own.

 

Comikaze

Comikaze

Met Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Cassandra Peterson, the Boondock Saints, Hannah Minx, Julie Newmar, Adam West, Burt Ward, Lou Ferrigno, Michael Jackson’s kids, Peter Murphy, …

 

Spider Week continues at Casa De Josh

Spider Week continues at Casa De Josh

This dude lives in the corridor that leads to the rear exit. There are about a dozen of these guys within thirty yards of my door, …

 

My bad, guys

My bad, guys

It’s spider week in Los Angeles, or at least at my apartment… More spiders to come, this dude hangs out right outside my door.

 

Things to do in wisconsin when you’re dead

Things to do in wisconsin when you’re dead

In the last 25 days, we’ve been to Ann Arbor, Detroit, Paw Paw, Livonia, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Chicago, Evanston, and everything in a 20 mile radius. …

 

Samba sushi

Samba sushi

Some fucking sushi/Brazilian fusion place on wells street in Chicago’s rich people district. For lack of any other worthwhile activity, I’ll talk about the food. I …

 

June

June

In chicago right now.  

 

May

May

So I’ve been consuming a lot of media lately, movies, tv shows, books, blogs, decks of cards, sneaking into other peoples dreams and watching them, …

 

Don’t you just love music?

Don’t you just love music?

Screwed.   You’re just screwed from the outset. You sit down from each other across the table, nice restaurant, first date, formalities aside, and your first …

 

Noodlemouth

Noodlemouth

Fucking pencils, the only reason we needed them was for standardized tests.  When was the last time you filled out a motherfucking scantron, and seriously …

 

Radical Agnostic

Radical Agnostic

I intentionally mis-hear people. If I know where a sentence is going, I’ll tune out midway through and invent a new ending. It’s a game I …

 

Gold-smudged fingerprints

Gold-smudged fingerprints

I need to keep my wallet in an alligators mouth. My fingers leak bacon, which should be coming home, but instead leave a trail of …

 

Baggage claim.

Baggage claim.

Actually taking this photo was way more awkward than this dude must have felt when writing “crapbag” on his sign.

 

Sustaining an inherently unstable mind through the liberal application of ego.

Sustaining an inherently unstable mind through the liberal application of ego.

Whenever I get tired of talking to someone, I just avert my eyes and stop responding.

 

Leaving Boston

Leaving Boston

Randomly ended up in Boston for 2 weeks and really got to appreciate Southie; not the new, ‘yuppie’ southie that has sprung up in the …

 

February 4th

February 4th

This dude is my grandfather.  He’s dead now.  He died on thanksgiving, not this last one, but the one before that.  Everyone in the universe …

 

Stealing pens for Jehovah

Stealing pens for Jehovah

Tampa reminds me of a truck stop, it’s all strip clubs and massage parlors, gas stations and fast food joints.

 

Bullshit.

Bullshit.

Sick, on vacation in ny.  bullshit.

 

Oh man, I overslept.

Oh man, I overslept.

Okay, so I missed a few months. Here are some photos I’ve taken since september.

 

The effect of AIDS on music

The effect of AIDS on music

  Billboard top hits of the 80s Rock With You – Michael Jackson Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper Call Me – Blondie Physical – Olivia Newton John All …

 

Oh, and another thing.

Oh, and another thing.

“He think he’s bad and ain’t got no class! I’m gon’ rock this shotgun up his muthafuckin’ ass!” – Dolemite I wish I could get away with …

 

I like my women as I like my coffee…

I like my women as I like my coffee…

1. Hot and Black 2. Light and Sweet 3. Every morning, as soon as I wake up 4. Strong and bitter 5. Ice cold and unsweetened 6. Stirred 7. Decaffeinated, over …

 

Picture Not Relevant

Picture Not Relevant

On a dirt road, somewhere in the north east, mid autumn, under a canopy of rusty leaves, there’s a man in a dark blue suit. …

 

The Apath Guide to Reality: Excerpt 3

The Apath Guide to Reality: Excerpt 3

“The greatest victory is not to compete” Elias was the pariah of the 10th grade. A terrible student, a chronic iconoclast, and a disinterested malcontent.  Elias …

 

Guide to Reality: Excerpt 2

Guide to Reality: Excerpt 2

“Forgiveness is a sickness that robs us the satisfaction of revenge. ” David Sunfeather, a navajo resident of new Mexico returned home from a three day …

 

The Apaths Guide to Reality: Excerpt

The Apaths Guide to Reality: Excerpt

“Every once in a while Santa keeps a little something for himself.” – December 25th, New York.  Young Leif McCameron, 12, is the first to awake …

 

By the strings.

By the strings.

Okay, so I watched ‘Friends with Benefits’; and I feel like I must have missed some shit. There was a lot of self-awareness about the movie, …

 

Cognitive dissonance

Cognitive dissonance

I think if I’m going to write a book about anything, it’s going to be about compromise and discomfort.  I just don’t know if I …

 

“All our words from loose using have lost their edge.”

“All our words from loose using have lost their edge.”

I’m in a gunfight, right now, at midnight, in Los Angeles, on my couch, with my feet up on my coffee table.  It’s not so …

 

Age

Age

http://www.ssa.gov/oact/STATS/table4c6.html  –  This is a little heartwarming gem from Social Security  

 

The Last of Duke’s Horse

The Last of Duke’s Horse

I’m in Los Angeles again. Pick a number and start counting backwards, when you get to 0 I’ll be back on a plane to somewhere …

 

We slept in parking lots, in my mind.

We slept in parking lots, in my mind.

Tonight is the last night in Louisiana.  We drove from Baton Rouge to New Orleans today, stopping at every exit and looking around for Rougarou …

 

Updated State of the Union

Updated State of the Union

My fellow Americans,  It has been nearly three years since I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by a severe recession, a financial system …

 

Blam!!!

Blam!!!

It’s animal week on SaveRana – Today’s featured animal is Jorbo the Ibex.  He’s not actually an ibex, he’s what’s known as a Bayou Iguana. …

 

Civic Pride.

Civic Pride.

I’m  not listening to modest mouse right now, but if I were, It’d be “Black Cadillacs”. I was thinking about a trip, going somewhere that I …

 

Fuck this fence.

Fuck this fence.

Table four was ready for another round of drinks.  Two in the afternoon and they were already two hundred dollars into the cocktail menu.  For …

 

Listen to the Music

Listen to the Music

I wrote this two years ago, just dug it out of the hard drive and thought I’d throw it here, an excerpt… Anna.  She’s twenty two …

 

The Life of James K Polk (abridged) in three acts. An outline.

The Life of James K Polk (abridged) in three acts. An outline.

ACT I: In which our hero discovers who he is not. James K Polk is born the eldest of 10 children, he is born full grown, …

 

This goat lookin’ motherfucker right here.

This goat lookin’ motherfucker right here.

Holy shit, I need a good cup of coffee.  Seriously, what we’ve had down here lately, it’s like someone strained some gasoline through a flowerpot. …

 

This one was supposed to go up a while ago.

This one was supposed to go up a while ago.

Why has no one told me about this place? Seriously NY, not cool. It may be a little gimmicky but fuck, the Juicy Lucy burger is one …

 

Masquerade

Masquerade

There was this time once where I saw a homeless man fellating his dog outside a yogurt shop in Los Angeles.  At least I think …

 

The top 5 deathbed regrets, according to a nurse I just invented.

The top 5 deathbed regrets, according to a nurse I just invented.

Ramona Veilleux has been a home/hospice nurse for 17 years. In all that time, she’s helped nearly 40 people through their final weeks, attentive, comforting, and …

 

Kate’s not really a Jerk.

Kate’s not really a Jerk.

I may be an idiot, having only put this together in my head, but i’ve been a smoker on and off, mostly on, for 12 …

 

The plural of roof is roofs or rooves, but spellcheck hates rooves.

The plural of roof is roofs or rooves, but spellcheck hates rooves.

Spellcheck is a modern deity.  One of the less impressive of computer gods, the Hermes of the digital pantheon, or the prometheus; prodding mankind in …

 

Follow this.

Follow this.

Casting a new show. Working on a spec script for “Castle”. I will most likely be in NY for the summer. This fat little squirrel hangs out …

 

Internet Broadcasting

Internet Broadcasting

Piracy. It used to be something special. A merchant vessel, Donnely’s Vow, heavy with trade goods, bobbing in the vast expanse of the ocean’s night, sails …

 

You’re not getting the most out of your calories.

You’re not getting the most out of your calories.

Quiznos Large Veggie Sub:  While it contains a very respectable 1,100 calories, the calories themselves are far less effective than the In and Out Double …

 

April, thus far.

April, thus far.

It’s not that I haven’t been writing; I just haven’t been doing it here.  Yes, ladies, I have been putting together a far more ridiculous …

 

Survival Kit C: Kawaii Kit.

Survival Kit C: Kawaii Kit.

This survival kit is designed to come in handy if you find yourself accidentally sucked into a post apocalyptic anime, which happens more frequently than …

 

Wednesday is Rape Day!

Wednesday is Rape Day!

It’s good to see the chicago police distancing themselves from their reputation of beating people to a pulp; of course if things don’t work out, …

 

Survival Kit, Entry B: The Fantasy Kit

Survival Kit, Entry B: The Fantasy Kit

This is the must have  kit when you’re ready to spend some serious money on your post-apocalypse survival.  Like our previous kits, it’s composed of …

 
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