More Ebook Buying Options

Good news, folks… new hard copies of Half Mast and Five Stars! should be coming soon…

Meanwhile, check out these new ebook options at Scribd:

Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, the World’s Greatest Job

Half Mast – A Novel

12 Million!?

Seriously? 12 million copies of this album were sold? Not that Matchbox 20 is bad or anything, but… 12 million? Why?

That’s more than Abbey Road… and every other original Beatles album except The White Album, for that matter.

DMV 101

Child: Can you get your license plate to say whatever you want?

Me: Yes, as long as it fits into 7 characters and it’s not rude.

Child: What, like “FART YOUR BUTT OFF?”

A Fry Cook on Venus, Indeed!

Just watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Blu-ray… with this theory (via MetaTalk) in mind. Doesn’t totally work, but it was a fun way to experience the movie nonetheless:

My favorite thought-piece about Ferris Bueller is the “Fight Club” theory, in which Ferris Bueller, the person, is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination, like Tyler Durden, and Sloane is the girl Cameron secretly loves.
One day while he’s lying sick in bed, Cameron lets “Ferris” steal his father’s car and take the day off, and as Cameron wanders around the city, all of his interactions with Ferris and Sloane, and all the impossible hijinks, are all just played out in his head. This is part of the reason why the “three” characters can see so much of Chicago in less than one day — Cameron is alone, just imagining it all.
It isn’t until he destroys the front of the car in a fugue state does he finally get a grip and decide to confront his father, after which he imagines a final, impossible escape for Ferris and a storybook happy ending for Sloane (“He’s gonna marry me!”), the girl that Cameron knows he can never have.

What Do You Do with Your Computer While You’re Getting a Muffin?

Because that’s what you really need at the salad bar.


Soaking Gummi Bears in Water for Fun and Profit (Mostly Fun, Alas)

The mind-bending effect of soaking a Gummi Bear overnight in water. Unsoaked bear shown for scale.

Soaking credit: Steve King, Mobile PC managing editor.