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  Crime Fiction Date Published: 7/4/2017 Are the deacons of Shalom Bethel invincible? Legend has it that in the 1940’s, they came out of a gunfight with holes in their clothes but not their skin. Bullets bounced off of them. They walked through buckshots like water. That story is passed down by every deacon. The legend of Stephen Stone. That legend is about to be tested. On the heels of a nightclub triple murder, a mysterious blizzard hits Shalom, a city normally warm year round. The blizzard brings with it bitter memories and ghosts Deacon Oak East thought were long gone: his prior drug conviction, his on and off relationship with his wife, the gruesome murder of his father and the role he played in it. But it’s not just…

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Short story collection (horror, humor, & historical) Date Published: 7/23/2017 Publisher: JME Books     Have you ever noticed that reading a book on the toilet takes forever? Wouldn’t it be nice to have stories suited to your specific potty needs? This collection of short stories ranges from 50 words to more than 50 pages, separated in categories labeled to fit your bathroom needs: NUMBER ONE, NUMBER TWO, and FARFROMPOOPIN. The idea is to give you, the reader, a great deal of material to read, tailored and categorized to the needs of your intestines and bladder. So go ahead, get comfortable, pull out your Squatty Potty® and enjoy some fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, and humor from the comfort of your own throne…the john…the latrine…your office…the bathroom, whatever you want…

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KaOS has a few things broken in it. The printer setup utility for defining printers is horrible broken. It keeps telling you to install this GTK printer discovery tool and even after you install it the printer setup utility cannot find it. I assume nobody bothers fixing it because there is a not-widely-known Web interface to CUPS. Open a Web browser and enter the following in the address bar: http://localhost:631/admin On KaOS you have to use the user “root” along with the password for root. No, your sudo enabled account simply doesn’t work. For the love of God don’t save the login information! If you happen to try your own account and check the little box to store the user, that will be it. There is no possibility to change…

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For longer than most of us have been alive the Cubs were the “lovable losers” and yes, Marty McFly, he did lie, off by a year. But, this brings to mind that oh so American psyche. We love to root for the kid who gets beat up on the playground every day. Bob Seger went so far as to put out an album and song called “Beautiful Loser.” If the world was allowed to choose a mascot for the Cubs it would be Charlie Brown. There was something magical about “The Curse of the Billy Goat” reaching out with Bartman’s hand to crush the hopes and dreams of Cub fans around the world in 2003 and there was something endearing about a team with a World Series drought longer than…

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It is that time of year again. Unemployment rising, Holidays coming and people trying to cover the costs of their cell phone plan along with cable/satellite, etc. People decide to take a slow drive into the country dropping off their “unwanted” pets. I put unwanted in quotes because it is a nefarious term. Having worked in downtown Chicago I’ve seen homeless people with pets so . . . Why dump them off in the country? Well, the dimwitted individuals “believe” their pet which has lived indoors all its life can somehow “fend for itself.” No, they can’t. They have no idea how to find food, you’ve always provided it. They have spent less than a handful of days, if that, without the climate control of a HVAC system. You’ve probably…

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