Archive for February, 2013

Does anyone else think like this?

Posted in Odds on February 23, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

I have a couple WordPress blogs.  Thirty or so minutes ago, I was making some updates to them.  I made the update for this one without any problem, but when I went to log into the next one, it came up that it couldn’t find the site.  That’s odd, I thought.  I was able to open this blog, so I figured it must just be a glitch and I would just have to wait to make the update.  So I went to check my email, but something happened when I tried to sign out, saying it couldn’t find the site.  Okay.  I check Google Reader without any problem, then tried to check Facebook.  Couldn’t find the site.  My internet connection is kinda crappy some days, so I usually just assume my connection has broken, but all the lights were on.  And then I couldn’t get any site – even the ones I was just on – to come up.

Now, my first thought was just that there was some issue with my internet connection.  I should just unplug it, wait a few seconds, and let it reset.  But my second though – neither close nor distant – was to wonder if this was an attack, either a massive cyber attack or a nuclear EMP blast crashing all the internet sites.  So while my connection reset, I turned my TV on and checked the news channels which just had their normal 2:30 AM crap.

Once my internet was back up, I was able to get back the sites without issue.  Problem solved.  But I wonder if anyone else has similar thoughts when their internet goes down.  For weeks after 9/11, the first thing I did when I woke up was to turn on the news to see if something else had happened.  There was an expectation that something else would happen.  I guess that hasn’t gone away.

A Modest Proposal for curing Washington Gridlock

Posted in Humor, Politics, Rant with tags , on February 23, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

Decimation.

I’m using the Roman meaning of the word.  If you can’t be bothered to follow the link to Wikipedia, basically, if a group of Roman soldiers were found guilty of cowardice or mutiny, they would be divided into groups of ten and they would draw lots.  The loser was then beaten to death by the other nine.  I’m just wondering if We the People could impose such a punishment on Congress.  If the average of five national polls found Congress with a 5% or less approval rating, they would be decimated as a sign to the rest to get off their ass and do their fucking job.  Just a thought.

 

Blogger’s note.  In case you can’t tell, I’m not fully serious about this, it’s just my frustration thinking out loud. While I do believe that murderers should be executed, that’s the only crime I feel warrants such a punishment.  Also, to be fair it would have to be applied to all members of Congress, even if it is only one party that is more at fault.

Was McCain the virus or the cancer?

Posted in Humor, Politics with tags , on February 10, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

I tweeted a story about a genetically engineered virus used to kill cancer.  But when I saw the tweet on Facebook, the photo was from another story.

Mccain

Birthday giveaway – 136 free stories

Posted in eBook, Humor, Politics, Scifi, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

My birthday is this weekend, and as my gift to you, four of my Kindle ebooks (The All-You-Can-Read Buffet, Political Pies, “Brain for Rent and other stories,” and “Rise”) will be free Saturday, February 9th, and Sunday February 10th.  Also, with this Kindle thing I get five free promotion days each quarter, and I’ve already used up four for A Man of Few Words, so it will just be free this Sunday.  All together they contain 136 stories that you can have for free.  So check them out.

The All-You-Can-Read Buffet

Posted in Books, eBook, Humor, Scifi, Stories, Website, Writing with tags , , , , , , on February 2, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

Buffet

Last month, I made a push on promoting my first short story anthology, A Man of Few Words.  This month, I’m doing the same with my second anthology, The All-You-Can-Read Buffet.  It contains  forty stories covering various genres and themes ranging from six to over 4,200 words in length. They also cover a wide time range. Some of these stories I began writing a decade ago, while others were written especially for this collection. All together, they are a buffet of my writing. As such, I encourage you to read as much as you want. Go back for seconds, thirds, fourths even. I won’t even mind if you skip over the stuff you don’t like, but, to quote your mother, “How do you know you don’t like it? Have you tried it?”

This link will take you to the page I set up for the book with all the places you can find it.