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How to learn things you’re not interested in (413 words)

A simple tip to help you learn things your brain wants nothing to do with.


Yearning for the Cold War (783 words)

The GOP base is searching for a new Evil Empire to fight.

The one sentence rule (170 words)

Nic gets in touch with his inner life coach and offers up a simple rule to find out if an idea is good or not.


Digital hygiene for online security and safety (781 words)

Nic provides some basic not-too-paranoid tips for securing your digital life.

Closing loops (311 words)

It’s not how much you have to do, it’s how many things you’re doing at the same time.

Jade Helm and the fever swamps of patriotism (1519 words)

Did you know the U.S. government is planning to invade Texas? Well, it’s not. Nic attempts to explain.

How to install Jekyll on Amazon Linux (122 words)

Installing Jekyll on an EC2 Amazon Linux AMI is easy. Here are the steps.


Will the Apple Watch be a success? (2073 words)

After wearing the watch for over a month, Nic has thoughts on its future. Spoiler: Depends on how you define success.


Book roundup, part 19 (1555 words)

Lots of fantasy and sci-fi in this installment plus a book about sports! Includes Boy on Ice, Difficult Men, Restaurant Man, The Red Line, Cunning Plans, Seveneves, Nemesis Games, Bitter Seeds, The Mechanical, Angles of Attack, and City of Stairs.


Let’s all chill out about the iPad sales numbers (805 words)

Turns out “it's just a big iPhone” is a stroke of genius.


Tech terms you might be misusing (665 words)

Some technical terms still confuse people who should know better, like journalists.

Book roundup, part 18 (1052 words)

Nic is sad about Terry Pratchett's passing. Includes No Land’s Man, Idiot America, Something Coming Through, The Burning Room, Foxglove Summer, and The Dark Defiles.


BlueBuds X and Jabra Revo Bluetooth headsets review (963 words)

Bluetooth headsets are maturing rapidly and these are both good in their own ways and for different purposes.

Naked root domain with Amazon S3 without using Route 53 (555 words)

How to host a static site on Amazon S3 with an apex domain without using Amazon’s Route 53.

Say hello to Brimful Podcast (280 words)

Nic finally launches his own podcast wherein he explains technology to humans.


Another shot of wet socks against net neutrality (581 words)

The Republic prints another sad editorial about net neutrality. Nic’s regard couldn’t be any lower.

Against net neutrality (412 words)

The Arizona Republic prints a willfully ignorant editorial against net neutrality. It makes Nic unhappy.

As the rage rages in the Tea Party’s rage (532 words)

Nic tries to understand why people choose to live lives of fear and anger.


Death Traps and Fury (1296 words)

Fury is a relentlessly grim World War II movie, and as the source autobiography Death Traps makes clear, it should be.

New technology requires new thinking (653 words)

People fear change, so new technology is used as as a faster version of the old. This makes technologists sad.

An HTML, CSS and JavaScript lesson plan (1344 words)

Nic provides a lesson plan for teaching total beginners HTML, CSS and JavaScript.



Book roundup, part 17 (1156 words)

Things go dark and magical in this installment. Includes So, Anyway…, Yes Please, The Mirror Empire, London Falling, Broken Homes, Perfidia, The Peripheral, Burning Chrome, and the Bel Dame Apocrypha Omnibus.

Introducing the Link Dump (673 words)

Nic moves his link blog where it should have been all along and has thoughts about Web hosting.

Our little sociopathic predator fluffballs (206 words)

Nic ponders our relationship with our cats.

The glanceable wrist in your future (587 words)

Nic loves his Pebble and looks forward to the Apple Watch, but realizes he’s in the minority.


The story we tell ourselves (508 words)

Us humans filter everything we see and experience through our existing narrative. Nic finds this fascinating.

It's the words, stupid (622 words)

Nic loves books, but he loves their content more.

Voting in America (950 words)

The American voting system is stuck in a time warp. It makes Nic sad.


The Kindle Voyage is a solid update with an achilles heel (543 words)

Should you upgrade to Amazon’s latest e-ink reader? Nic gives it a reluctant and somewhat perplexed nod.

Our technology is bad and we should feel bad (819 words)

Nic is worried about the fragile state of our technology and thinks you should be as well.

Book roundup, part 16 (1396 words)

Lots of good reads in this installment. Includes All Hell Let Loose, Metallica: This Monster Lives, 10% Happier, Onward, Echopraxia, Cibola Burn, The Getaway God, Lock In, The Red: First Light, Terms of Enlistment, and Lines of Departure.


The WATCH is nigh, and I don't get it (414 words)

Nic tries to understand the WATCH. It doesn't go well.

Apple might enter the home integration field (259 words)

Nic thinks home integration could be Apple’s next major category. Read on to find out why.


An Apple ebook reader would be nice (514 words)

Nic is frustrated with his Kindle and would love to see Apple make an e-ink reader.

Flashing a Gigabyte BIOS should be easier than this (394 words)

Once again user-interface ineptitude and Internet idiots make things harder than they have to be.

Red immigration meat in the Arizona primaries (1171 words)

There are ways to fix the illegal immigration problem. They don’t involve yelling at children in buses. Nic explains.


Book roundup, part 15 (1060 words)

Solid reads abound in this installment of the roundup. Includes Console Wars, Your Inner Fish, Flash Boys, Digital Wars, The Perfect Storm, Tower Lord, By Blood We Live, I am Pilgrim and Lexicon.

The rumored iWatch won’t be what you think (517 words)

Why whatever Apple is about to release will not be anything like the Pebble or Android Wear.


After the empire fades (518 words)

Game of Thrones and The First Law Trilogy illustrate the different ways England and America are dealing with fading empires.

Happy midsummer! (268 words)

Nic is homesick on Midsummer’s Eve.

Damnatio memoriae (501 words)

We should forget the names of our mass murderers.


Movie roundup, part 22 (684 words)

Movie time, kids! Includes an excellent documentary and a lot of not-great movies. Includes Sorcerer, Generation Iron, Restrepo, The Numbers Station, Pacific Rim and 300: Rise of an Empire.

White privilege in extremism (376 words)

It’s way easier to be an extremist in America if you’re white.

Further to the right (436 words)

The idea that both the left and the right in America are getting more extreme is false. Nic explains why.


Enter the rumble roller (329 words)

Get medieval on your fascia.

Review: The Pet Shop Boys Electric tour hits Phoenix (437 words)

Hey, you like lasers? We have lasers!

Book roundup, part 14 (1683 words)

Some great reads and a huge disappointment in this installment. Includes The Loudest Voice in the Room, Hatching Twitter, Dogfight, Ancillary Justice, KOP Killer, The Circle, Working God’s Mischief and Where Eagles Dare.


Desert rose (76 words)

Flowering cactuses are a beautiful sight.

New York City trip report (806 words)

The Lindh family visits the Big Apple and it is good.

We all have our limit (391 words)

You meet interesting people at the Apple Store. And everybody has a limit.


Protecting straight people (655 words)

The Arizona state legislature is busy protecting the freedoms of the already protected.

Tiny victories (552 words)

Nic practices yoga. It doesn’t go well.

The Mac, homegrown (1553 words)

Nic delves into the shady computer enthusiast underworld of the Hackintosh.


My first Mac (603 words)

On the Mac’s 30th anniversary, Nic reminisces about his first.

How to privatize a public good (261 words)

The standard right-wing approach to privatizing public goods like education and health care.

The iPhone, devourer of technologies (380 words)

The iPhone was announced Jan. 9, 2007. It now occupies a huge chunk of Nic’s life



Meet Helios the cat (481 words)

It’s Caturday. Nic introduces one of his cats.

Movie roundup, part 21 (1660 words)

Nic watches movies. Some are good and some are terrible. Includes Star Trek: Into Darkness, Dredd, Oblivion, Django Unchained, Hungry for Change, Bullet to the Head, Hansel and Gretel, Act of Valor, The Queen of Versailles, Indie Game: The Movie, and The Other F Word.

Book roundup, part 13 (788 words)

Some solid reading awaits you in this installment. Includes The Outpost, Masters of Doom, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, The Everything Store, Bomber Command, Gods of Guilt, and Low Town.

Some good podcasts (1098 words)

Nic loves podcasts. Here are some recommendations.


2013 National Novel Writing Month (1560 words)

Nic types 50,000 words in a month. He’s tired now.

Blaming the victims (299 words)

The Arizona Republic editorial board thinks the young ’uns are lazy.

The A7 processor is your friend (882 words)

Nic is very impressed with the speed of the iPhone 5S and iPad Air.


50,000 words or bust (120 words)

Nic is wicked excited to take part in National Novel Writing Month.

Communists in the House of Representatives (412 words)

If things are in balance, there should be Marxists.

What the hell were they thinking? (906 words)

Nic tries to understand the Tea Party. Predictably, it doesn't go well.

The Core Dump is 10 years old! (632 words)

Nic ruminates on the changes ten years have wrought.

Finding a theme for your site (531 words)

Nic tells you how to find a theme for your new site.


A fresh coat of paint (426 words)

Nic gives the site a face lift and sings the praises of Bootstrap 3.

There shall be airflow! (338 words)

Nic cleans out the firebox on his Kamado grill.

Trouble in Nexus 7 land (502 words)

Nic encrypts his 2013 Nexus 7 and bad things happen.


Captain Incoherent goes shopping (215 words)

A tired Nic makes an ass of himself at a grocery store.

Book roundup, part twelve (1086 words)

A slimmer-than-usual book roundup is heavy on the non-fiction, including several must-read titles.

The 2013 Nexus 7 (1477 words)

Nic buys a Nexus 7 to test the Android waters.


Rejoice, peasants (236 words)

Nic is exasperated by the mania surrounding the birth of a child.

A diary of Swedish weather (1029 words)

Nic ransacks his memories to recount a year of Swedish weather.


Cloudy with a chance of broken (344 words)

All Nic wants for WWDC is sync that actually works

Book roundup, part eleven (1127 words)

Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.

Paywalls and tinfoil hats (802 words)

The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.


OK then, Mr. Gekko (428 words)

Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.

Read this book: Salt Sugar Fat (687 words)

Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.


The cargo cult of technology (388 words)

Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.

Seen a Rechthaberei lately? (315 words)

Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.


Book roundup, part ten (1009 words)

The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.


The Core Dump is hibernating (20 words)

This site will return in February.



Book roundup, part nine (813 words)

From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.

Ode to joy (423 words)

Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.


Humungus’s Volvo tractor (103 words)

A Swedish redneck discovers the joy of putting a Volvo engine into an old tractor as Mad Max smiles.

Thanksgiving, the reboot (354 words)

Nic loves Thanksgiving but, seriously, the bird’s got to go.

Size matters: The iPad mini is its own experience (514 words)

Nic has spent quality time with the iPad mini and wants to share his opinion. Because there clearly aren't enough iPad reviews on the Internet.

Uncomfortably numb (212 words)

Nic is oh so very tired after the election.


Smoking spareribs on the Kamado (258 words)

Nic levels up on the grill by smoking spareribs on his Kamado. Tasty, tasty ribs.

Arizona 2012 ballot proposition rundown (694 words)

Nic provides a rundown of the 2012 Arizona ballot propositions with recommendations on how you should vote.

Kindle Paperlight: Amazon giveth and Amazon taketh away (703 words)

Nic is ecstatic about the backlighting on the Kindle Paperlight, but Amazon has made some strange design decisions and there’s a display hardware flaw.

Movie roundup, part 20 (868 words)

Nic watches movies again. Included are Moon, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Avengers, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Coriolanus, The Grey and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. Nic is mostly unimpressed.

Lying as a rational strategy (224 words)

Nic is sad after the first presidential debate of 2012 and explains why lying makes sense for the candidates at this point.


Book roundup, part eight (874 words)

From the heights of athletic excellence to the depths of depravity, this roundup includes The First 20 Minutes, Double Cross, The Heroin Diaries, Tattoos and Tequila, Dodger, Farthing, and Devil Said Bang.

Ebook creation is still a bag of hurt (1028 words)

Nic makes a new ebook and is dismayed by the sad state of ebook publishing.

Caturday Pinup: Phoebe (334 words)

Nic hears there’s a lack of cat pictures on the Internet and decides to help out by posting a picture of his cat Phoebe.

Noises in my head: Four midrange headphones reviewed (1140 words)

Nic reviews four sets of midrange headphones. They all meet with approval.


Two Americas, one good one bad (395 words)

Nic immigrated to an America that looks to the future and uses science and engineering to make the world as great as possible. And then there's another America.

“Legacy Service End of Life” (333 words)

Joyent decides to screw over its VC customers and handles it poorly to say the least.

Book roundup, part seven (1230 words)

Includes Wabi-Sabi, Making Things Happen, D-Day, Tallula Rising, Blood Song, The Americans and Amped. All in all, a happy romp through the meadows of literature.


4th of July barbecue (236 words)

The great soft box in the sky hovered over Phoenix on the 4th of July, so it was time for some barbecue photography.

What your email address says about you (285 words)

One of the equivalences of haircut and clothing on the Internet is your email address.


The Beach Principle of productivity (248 words)

Fiddliness be gone! Nic simplifies things.

Book roundup, part six (958 words)

Includes Search Inside Yourself, The Information Diet, Redshirts, The Gone-Away World, Wool, Leviathan Wakes, and Prince of Thorns. One of these may very well change your life.

La Jolla trip (1192 words)

The Lindhs go to La Jolla on vacation. It's pretty great.


Movie roundup, part 19 (1478 words)

Nic watches movies. Included are Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Haywire, Underworld: Awakening, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Guns of Navarone and Immortals. Several of these movies are bad but only one made Nic turn it off.

The core is weak (940 words)

Nic discovers yoga/Pilates is a great antidote to middle-age decrepitude.

Book roundup, part five (1277 words)

Includes Shadow Ops: Control Point, The Night Circus, The Hunger Games, Quiet, The Science of Yoga, and Kitchen Confidential. Lots of good stuff in this one.


Sweet, sweet BBQ (332 words)

Nic loves his Kamado grill so much he makes a video about grilling on it.

Enter the Kamado (914 words)

Nic buys a Kamado grill and wants to share his joy with the world.

The new iPad: Dat screen (586 words)

After a few weeks of heavy usage, Nic shares his feelings about the new iPad.


Book roundup, part four (1152 words)

Includes Angelmaker, The Magicians, Magician King, Iron Council, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. One of these is the most important book of 2011.

I fink they freeky (352 words)

South African white trash art collective Die Antwoord creates catchy tunes.

A good kind of hungry (347 words)

Eating a low-carb diet changes how your hunger feels.


Rural Arizona 2012 Decay Tour (551 words)

Pictures of hard times and decay in rural Arizona.

Exercise for the middle-aged fat guy (1327 words)

An exhortation to exercise for my fellow middle-aged fat guys.

Photo safari to Cleator and Watson Lake (337 words)

Nic is dragged along on a photo safari to rural Arizona.


Book roundup, part three (1167 words)

Includes The Drop, Ready Player One, Moon Called, Among Others, Excession, Inferno, The Paleo Solution and I am Ozzy.

Review: Blue HR heart rate monitor strap (557 words)

If you have an iPhone 4S, the Blue HR is a solid device.

Movie roundup, part 18 (862 words)

Nic watches movies. Included are Contagion, Drive, Conan the Barbarian, Fast Five, Hanna, Priest and Bridesmaids. Can you guess which one Nic hated?



The dragon flies at night (504 words)

It’s 1989. Nic moves to Louisiana and discovers there’s such a thing as black culture.

O Tannenbaum (94 words)

Christmas is behind us and it’s time to get back in the saddle.

Merry Christmas! (223 words)

It’s once again the winter solstice. It’s time to sit back and relax.

Clouds over a CostCo parking lot (80 words)

Arizona experiences winter rain storms and Nic commits photography.

On outsourcing comments to Facebook (1008 words)

Nic outlines some of the risks of ceding comments on news stories to Facebook.

Fixing technology education in K12 (767 words)

Students aren’t being taught how to use computers. Nic offers suggestions to fix a broken system.


Book roundup, part two (972 words)

Includes Sandman Slim, Snuff, The Cold Commands, Reamde, Goodbye Darkness, Steve Jobs and The Psychopath Test.

More contrast, please (270 words)

Nic is frustrated by a design choice for a JBL remote.

Cain and the Democratic conspiracy (320 words)

The harrassment charges against Cain and the sad kabuki theater of the Republican nominations.


The shibboleth of style (742 words)

Nic is not pleased with the AP stylebook.

Thank you, Steve Jobs (71 words)

We have lost a visionary.

Kindle 4 first impressions (1013 words)

Nic buys a new Kindle and tells you what he thinks about it. Read and find out if you should buy one.


Editing the hosts file in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (391 words)

If you’re trying to edit your hosts file in Lion, here’s why it’s not working and how to fix it.

Why I’m all-in on FiveFingers (1373 words)

Nic loves his freaky clown shoes. This post explains why.

Blade Runner keyboard (118 words)

Nic really can’t understand how his keyboard gets so dirty.

Do not wake up (78 words)

Nic’s daughter isn’t what you’d call a morning person.

Book roundup, part one (1576 words)

Some books you might enjoy reading.

Even better burgers (234 words)

Nic’s dad shows him how to make even better burgers and he shares his newfound knowledge.

Death by PowerPoint (810 words)

Endless, pointless presentations are a drag on corporate worker sanity. There is a better way.

The long democracy (903 words)

Campaign season is gearing up in America and Nic has some thoughts on the endless primaries ahead.


Sports journalism is hurting democracy (584 words)

Political news coverage in America tends to be abysmal. Nic explores why.

Lion and the angst of the greybeards (1485 words)

Nic is bemused by the sturm und drang surrounding the iOS-ification of Mac OS X.

Web publishing made easy (741 words)

Web publishing used to require heavy-duty nerditry, but no longer.

How to create an e-book (1316 words)

Nic is creating an e-book. He shares what he’s learned so far.


The monster of Norway (296 words)

The horrific events in Norway hit home for Nic.

Breaking the social back (420 words)

Nic overanalyzes things again. He has no idea what to do with Google Plus.

The end of the artifact (477 words)

Spotify is finally open for U.S. customers. Nic is ridiculously excited.

Why We Get Fat (697 words)

Nic reads a life-changing book on nutrition and wants to share it with you.


Productivity for people who don’t have ADD (1362 words)

Nic thinks a lot about productivity and shares some books that have helped him.

Gaze of the Predator (88 words)

Nic attempts to reinvigorate the tradition of posting cat pictures on Fridays.


Movie roundup, part 17 (1242 words)

Nic watches movies. They mostly suck. Included are I am Number Four, Jonah Hex, Doctor Zhivago, Valhalla Rising, Bronson, Centurion and Resident Evil: Afterlife.

Phoenix ComiCon impressions (825 words)

Nic takes his daughter to go nerd watching at the Phoenix ComiCon.

Happy ninth birthday, Andrea! (60 words)

Our daughter turns nine years old today.

Westward Ho (119 words)

Threatening skies over the Westward Ho in downtown Phoenix.

Some good podcasts for you (965 words)

Nic listens to a lot of podcasts on his commute. He hopes some of them might make you happy.

Closer to the metal (504 words)

Nic switches from WordPress to Jekyll. He’s excited. Everybody else is bored to tears.


Something in the water: 10 years of the Apple Store (1544 words)

Nic talks about the early days of the Apple Store and how it came damn close to killing him.

FiveFingers help chronic compartment syndrome (653 words)

Nic finds that Vibram FiveFingers help with his chronic compartment syndrome. This makes him happy.


Twitter is not your free advertising (577 words)

Nic gets his panties all in a bunch about how some people are using Twitter as an ad-hoc means of getting free advertising.

Review: Griftopia (365 words)

Matt Taibbi’s Griftopia is an important book, and it will make you angry enough to froth at the mouth.

Review: The Heroes (357 words)

The Heroes is an intense, wild ride into a maelstrom of violence, brutality and flawed human beings. You should read it.


Slick, very slick (59 words)

Comment spammers aren’t just leeches and the scum of the Earth. They are also bad at using computers.

Slowing down the news (416 words)

Nic explains why you don’t need "live on the scene with action news" and why it’s so compelling anyway.

Kinda I want to (593 words)

Nic discovers Nine Inch Nails as a broke student with an IROC-Z in Louisiana. He still loves Pretty Hate Machine.

A panegyric to e-book readers (603 words)

Nic really digs e-book readers. No, seriously, he really digs them. And you should, too.


Your computer is becoming an appliance. Deal. (579 words)

The future and now of personal computing is appliances. This post parses why you shouldn’t worry about it.

Video on the Web: Your HTML5 won’t save you now (1190 words)

Grab a hankie and a strong drink to help you through this discussion of the pain that awaits you if you want to put video on the Web.

Frosty the windshield (192 words)

There’s frost on the car windows in Phoenix. Confusion ensues.



An illustrated beginner’s guide to the IKEA food market (584 words)

Have you ever wondered what all that weird stuff is in the IKEA Swedish food market? Here’s a short primer to some of the best stuff.

You are the product (280 words)

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Enjoy a depressing explanation of why you are the thing being sold.


Learning English from the Boss (481 words)

Thinking back on growing up in Sweden and the mysteries of Springsteen’s lyrics.

The dishwasher of doom (293 words)

How our dishwasher almost burned down our house. More drama than I’m used to on a Sunday morning.


The Arizona Republic finds a "haunted library" (379 words)

The newspaper of record for America’s fifth-largest metro area puts a story about a haunted house as the top item for its Valley & State section. Nic finds it hard to control his disgust and anger. Kind of like a vengeful ghost.

We read, we screed (332 words)

Nic tilts at windmills about readability on the Web.

Movie roundup, part 16 (756 words)

In the 16th installment of movie roundup: Robin Hood, War Photographer, Bigger, Stronger, Faster, Hot Tub Time Machine, Beer Wars, Gallipoli, My Life in Ruins and Enlighten Up!

Review: Zero History (246 words)

William Gibson is back in the unevenly distributed future with Zero History.


Why are my IT people such douchebags? (574 words)

An explanation for the perennial questions asked by cubicle workers around the world: Why are my IT people such dicks? Why won’t they let me install whatever software I want?

Thieving bastards stole my image (269 words)

Being ripped off is no fun, even when it’s just a harmless image on a blog nobody reads. Feel the rage!

Building a news site with WordPress (1387 words)

Longish post on the creation of Cronkite News and building it in WordPress. Mostly of interest to Web nerds.

Your own nuclear reactor (202 words)

Does your phone have to alert you every time somebody has a bowel movement? I posit that no, it sure doesn’t.

The inner rage of nerds (645 words)

It’s easy to become disheartened with the state of technology punditry. This post examines why and suggests a quick fix that, if implemented, would improve the state of tech journalism on the Internet by about a million percent.


An e-mail management system that works (480 words)

E-mail is a blessing and a curse. After many years of trying, I believe I’ve found a system that brings sanity back to my inbox.

Movie roundup, part 15 (1506 words)

In this installment of movie roundup: Inglourious Basterds, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Rollerball, District 13: Ultimatum, The Brotherhood of the Wolf, Miracle, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Crazy Heart, Sherlock Holmes, Crimson Rivers, Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse, Up in the Air, Zombieland and From Russia With Love.


Review: The Road (281 words)

Nic reviews Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Review: The Big Short (207 words)

Nic reviews Michael Lewis’s The Big Short. He likes it.

Soccer and the tyranny of the score (657 words)

Nic explores why America’s attitude to soccer has a lot to do with the things wrong with America.


The iPad, as the dust settles (1358 words)

With all the sturm-und-drang about the iPad turning us all into slobbering idiots, Nic thought it might be a good idea to talk about what it’s actually like to use one.

Adios, GoDaddy (235 words)

Fed up with endless upsells and sexist marketing, Nic leaves GoDaddy behind.

I have reached hamburger nerdvana (407 words)

Nic grills the perfect hamburger and shows you how to do the same.


Does lemon juice tenderize meat? (315 words)

Nic goes all MythBusters on the idea that lemon juice tenderizes meat.

Review: The Steel Remains (256 words)

The Steel Remains is a stunning reboot of dark fantasy.

We’ve been doing it wrong (894 words)

The iPad is finally out and Nic is wicked excited.


The Finger Of St John The Baptist And Other Seo Annoyances (632 words)

Few things are as annoying as the braying of SEO sheep. This post explains why.

Dad is older than the glaciers (57 words)

Having a child reminds you of your mortality in more ways than one.

The future: Now with more iPad (342 words)

Nic pre-orders an iPad and is giddy with excitement.

The car must be blue (553 words)

Policy must support the vision you have for society—it's a means to an end, not the end itself.


Movie roundup, part 14 (595 words)

In this movie roundup: There Will Be Blood, Up, Objectified, Helvetica, District 9, Coraline, The Hangover, The Golden Compass and The Gamer. Lots of definite articles.

The salting of the meat (229 words)

Nic goes all Mythbusters on the idea that salting meat tenderizes it.

Googling for the login (579 words)

Tragic hilarity ensues when Google gets things mixed up.

Wishes for iPhone OS 4 (or, Nic has first-world problems) (268 words)

Unsolicited advice for Apple on what they should include in iPhone OS 4.


The iPad: It’s for education (420 words)

Thoughts on the iPad after the announcement.

Review: The City & The City (313 words)

China Miéville can write.

The State of the State (383 words)

A reaction to Governor Brewer’s 2010 state of the state address. Guess who’s not impressed?

Review: Justinian’s Flea (334 words)

This book provides an interesting idea about the final nail in the coffin for the Roman Empire.

Written in blood (100 words)

Sometimes medical professionals frighten Nic.



Naked and sedated (753 words)

Dagnabbit, some idiot does some dumb shit and now everybody’s air travel has to suck even more?

Home of the dollar (461 words)

Having an economy based on housing only is a bad idea. Who knew?

Hummingbird heaven (180 words)

Nic loves the hummingbirds in his backyard.

Morning conversation (56 words)

Nic’s daughter frightens him sometimes.


Review: Klipsch IMAGE S4i headset (442 words)

Solid in-ear headphones with Apple-compatible remote.

New hamburger expertise (159 words)

Nic shows you how to grill up a fantastic burger. Yum.

Review: Anathem (272 words)

An enormously ambitious novel that mostly succeeds.


Cue The Smiths (306 words)

The never-ending drama around dinner time and Nazi parents who make nutritious home-cooked meals.

Movie roundup, part 13 (1018 words)

Nerdcore Rising, Rescue Dawn, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Watchmen, Waltz With Bashir, Defiance and Grand Torino.

Infestation of raggare (276 words)

Nic looks back at one of the menaces of his youth.

Out of Nebraska (71 words)

Springsteen brings the angst of being human like none other.


The New Barbeque Expert (525 words)

Men tend to overcomplicate things, including grilling. Nic breaks down how to do it right.

Review: Drenai Tales (264 words)

A roundup of David Gemmell’s Drenai Tales novels.

Seriously, what the hell? (303 words)

Once again, shrill nutbags get under Nic’s skin.

Review: The Brass Verdict (196 words)

An excellent Mickey Haller novel.

Review: Requiem for an Assassin (193 words)

Mostly for completist John Rain fans.


Not exactly Kerouac (103 words)

Conversations with a second-grader are great.

Review: 1776 (131 words)

Required reading for anybody interested in American history.

Movie roundup, part 12 (591 words)

Includes Kung Fu Panda, The Wrestler, Righteous Kill, The King of Kong, Gangs of New York, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and 30 Days of Night. A bit of a good, bad and ugly.

Apathy and loathing at Dulles (1900 words)

Dulles airport might just be the worst in the world. This post tells you why.

In the stillness (500 words)

Some languid thoughts from a vacationing Nic.


That was easy (142 words)

Nic is delighted with how smooth his trip to Sweden went. In the movie biz they call that foreshadowing.

Louisiana to Missouri, via tow truck (1901 words)

Nic’s first personal experience of driving across America, complete with a breakdown outside a motel in Blythesville, Ark.


Red carpet for the apocalypse (445 words)

Nic is a bit creeped out by survivalists.

The first letter home (217 words)

My daughter visits with her grandparents and sends a letter home.

Review: Terminator Salvation (515 words)

Nic goes to the movies. He is not happy.

Review: Let the Right One In (novel and movie) (663 words)

Both the movie and the novel Let the Right One In kick Nic in the teeth.

Movie roundup, part 11 (1041 words)

Included in this movie round-up are: Tell No One, Harakiri, Babylon A.D., Death Race, Wall-E, Let the Right One In, Hellboy II, Good Night, and Good Luck and Kingdom of Heaven.

Get to the choppa (176 words)

Nic is highly entertained by some very silly metal.

Microsoft and the lemonade stand parable (652 words)

Nic tries his hand at a parable to explain the problem with Microsoft.


Bass for your face (207 words)

Nic likes a pair of headphones.

The British Wallander (426 words)

Kenneth Branagh takes on Swedish detective icon Kurt Wallander. Unfortunately it doesn’t turn out well.

Review: Gang Leader for a Day (203 words)

Very interesting insights into the shadow economy.

Tower of babble (147 words)

Ever wonder why parents always look tired? Here’s a video to explain it.


It’s the sound of inevitability, Mr. Anderson (658 words)

Nic lists the ways the Blu-ray experience is miserable.

Review: Shadow of the Scorpion (232 words)

Very good dark space opera.

One sure thing (176 words)

If you know you’re right, you’re probably not.

A poke in the eye (321 words)

Nic discovers the Blu-ray spec allows studios to not allow resume of a movie. And the studios don’t. Guess how he feels about that?


Boiling point (283 words)

People are waking up to the excesses of the banking system.

Paid back (164 words)

Nic doesn’t need proof he is the father of his child, but he gets it anyway.


Bad film nerd. No money for you (94 words)

It’s time to stop giving George Lucas money.

Zen and meat (313 words)

Nic finds enlightenment in a friend’s nervous breakdown.

Review: American Shaolin (147 words)

Very interesting and funny book about an American who travels to China to become a Shaolin monk.


Movie roundup, part ten (680 words)

In this installment of the movie round-up: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Iron Man, Payback: The Director’s Cut, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Doomsday, Maxed Out and The Dark Knight.

A crash course in teaching (959 words)

If you teach, you should read this post.

Your own personal GTD (648 words)

Our brains aren’t built to handle the modern world, but there are ways to deal.

A pixel too far (344 words)

Nic digs Blu-ray transfers of old World War II movies.

Review: Ready for Anything (151 words)

Not as shattering as Getting Things Done, but a worthwhile read.

It’s ... the fuuuuuture (168 words)

The future is distributed to Nic and his idolization of William Gibson grows.

Always be scribbling (159 words)

Newspapers and technology aren’t exactly best friends.

Out with the old (212 words)

Nic discards old technology and thinks about all the money he’s spent.

The airing of grievances (668 words)

Turns out 2008 was kind of a shit sandwich. Who knew?



Ho Ho Ho (76 words)

Merry Christmas from drunken Irishmen.

Review: Making Money (98 words)

Terry Pratchett goes a bit darker than usual.

Why so serious? (205 words)

Nic is not impressed by the MPAA’s rating system but he is impressed by The Dark Knight.


Movie roundup, part nine (557 words)

Includes Quantum of Solace, Control, Live Free or Die Hard, Hitman, Oldboy, and Shoot ’Em Up. Not a bad round-up.

Magic money (203 words)

Nic is not happy with the excesses of the banking system.

Review: The First Law Trilogy (283 words)

It’s like these novels were written for Nic.

Review: The Bloomsday Dead (110 words)

Brings the Dead Trilogy to a close.

Come together (206 words)

Nic is excited about Barack Obama’s election win.


Review: Presentation Zen (197 words)

Required reading for anybody who gives presentations.

The competitive urge (350 words)

Nic is not happy about the state of America today.

Arizona ballot propositions 2008 (549 words)

A run-down of the ballot propositions with suggestions for how you should vote on each of them.

Dub-dub-debate (80 words)

Nic is not happy about the way the presidental election debates are run.

R.I.P. Shiva (97 words)

We lose our oldest cat, Shiva.

I give up (291 words)

The McCain/Palin team make Nic question his sanity.

Go Speedracer! (41 words)

The only thing Nic likes more than the Internet is a wicked fast Internet connection.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (252 words)

Gritty and violent Swedish crime fiction, just released in the U.S.

The Republican in winter (276 words)

It must be rough to be a Goldwater Republican these days.

To the undecided voter (210 words)

Nic can’t understand how, in the most polarized election in history, anybody can be an undecided voter.

Review: Here Comes Everybody (144 words)

An important book on how technology is changing society.

Get better (118 words)

Merlin Mann on the creative process.

Review: The Name of the Wind (109 words)

Impressive first novel of a planned trilogy.

Review: The Last Colony (111 words)

The weakest novel in John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War Universe.

Review: Spook Country (86 words)

Not William Gibson’s finest moment.

Let them eat swamp water (244 words)

More screwed-up priorities from Republicans.


Boiling it down (119 words)

Wisdom from my great-uncle the farmer.

The cheese and the damage done (295 words)

Nic is not impressed with Who Moved My Cheese.

Review: The Moment It Clicks (160 words)

A must-read for anybody interested in photography.


Review: Thirteen (103 words)

Excellent noir near-future sci-fi. Read it.

Too soon? (118 words)

Apple gets greedy with MobileMe.

Movie roundup, part eight (346 words)

Resident Evil: Extinction, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I am Legend, Battlestar Galactica: Razor, The Kingdom and Revolver.

No diacriticals for you and your yuppie toy! (214 words)

The iPhone keyboard doesn’t support Swedish characters so Nic files a Radar bug.

Review: The Overachievers (205 words)

Deeply disturbing book about the pressures of high-achieving high school students.

Review: Woken Furies (118 words)

The third installment in Richard Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs saga is great.

The solstice (361 words)

Nic talks about the Swedish midsummer tradition. With pictures.


I’ve got the key (131 words)

Nic muses on the blessed stillness of vacation.

On through the night (244 words)

Nic reports on his and his daughter’s flight to Sweden.

Conspicuous consumption (226 words)

Nic and his wife buy a brand-new Acura TL. It’s a beautiful machine.


Review: The Dragon Never Sleeps (168 words)

Glen Cook delivers epic, dense space opera.

Review: Glasshouse (152 words)

Great sci-fi that’s really a meditation on memory.

Review: Cruel Zinc Melodies (71 words)

Disappointing Garrett, P.I. novel.

The Great Pool of Money (37 words)

You should listen to this fantastic podcast which explains the origins of the credit crisis.

Science night (146 words)

Science night at school meets Nic’s immaturity.

Review: The Sociopath Next Door (131 words)

An important book about the hidden menace of sociopaths.

Review: Homicide (149 words)

Excellent non-fiction about homicide squads from one of the creators of The Wire.

New levels of disgust (650 words)

Nic is pissed off about politics, including the perennial favorites the war in Iraq and gas prices.


Random nerditry (331 words)

Idiots hotlink my images. That’s a no-no.

R.I.P. Pompe, 2001 - 008 (164 words)

My parents’ dog passed away.

Review: The Price of Privilege (225 words)

Important book about how pressure from well-meaning parents hurt affluent children.

Holy Docsis, Batman! (166 words)

If your Internet connection isn’t as fast as you’d like, it might be time to upgrade your cable modem.

Review: The Scar (122 words)

The Scar is a great, weird novel, but it makes Nic worry he might be a steampunk.

Review: Everything is Miscellaneous (178 words)

Interesting book, but too much filler and techno-utopianism.

Children of the night (188 words)

Nic’s daughter has a creative understanding of the word "nocturnal."

Review: Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched (65 words)

Great book about a year in the life of animal trainers.


At the car wash (79 words)

Nic encounters racism.

Shoe leather (161 words)

Nic gets a visit from a door-to-door realtor.


Guest in reality (231 words)

Nic explains how he managed to get engaged on Feb. 29.

Review: Lord of the Silent Kingdom (137 words)

The second installment of Glen Cook’s Instrumentalities of the Night delivers.

Movie roundup, part seven (523 words)

Lots of violence in this round-up. Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Smashing Machine, Slim Susie, Grindhouse: Planet Terror and Grindhouse: Deathproof.

Super Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday! (311 words)

Nic goes to the polls and discovers you need two proofs of identity to vote in Ariz. now.


The worms (105 words)

My daughter hears anti-semitism and blissfully misinterprets it.

Review: Consider the Lobster (82 words)

Excellent collection of writing from the great David Foster Wallace.

Review: The Overlook (100 words)

Michael Connelly delivers a weak Harry Bosch novel.

Review: Darkness, Take My Hand (145 words)

Dennis Lehane manages to write a novel that is too noir for Nic.

The nerd has flown (343 words)

Reflections from Macworld 2008.

The nerd has landed (451 words)

Nic reports from Macworld 2008.

Review: The Big Switch (250 words)

Nice book on the commoditization of corporate IT services. Worth reading for anybody in the field.

Review: Heat (149 words)

Entertaining book about a man’s obsessive quest to become a professional chef.

Corporate communications at its finest (351 words)

Cox Communications isn’t great at, well, communicating.



Review: Perdido Street Station (213 words)

Excellent fantasy from China Miéville.

Review: Made in America (88 words)

For the word nerds.

Lost in the woods (302 words)

Nic loses sight of his daughter at the store and freaks out.

Say hello to my little friend (138 words)

We adopt a third cat, Athena Fairy Princess.


Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora (140 words)

A tentative debut novel from Scott Lynch.

Game changer: Flip Video (438 words)

How the Flip Video is turning the amateur video recording industry on its head.

Review: Nature Girl (118 words)

Carl Hiaasen wants you to not visit Florida.

Review: Bleeding Hearts (173 words)

A disappointing non-Rebus novel from Ian Rankin.

The G-rated Internet (225 words)

Nic highly recommends OpenDNS if you have children who use the Internet.

Movie roundup, part six (391 words)

Stranger than Fiction, The Black Dahlia, Blades of Glory, Hot Fuzz, Zero Kelvin and March of the Penguins.


Review: JPod (99 words)

Douglas Coupland continues the exploration of the lives of tech workers he started in Microserfs.

Review: Right as Rain (104 words)

Hard boiled crime fiction from one of the writers for The Wire.

She rules the night (318 words)

Nic’s daughter loses her first tooth and the tooth fairy is off to a shaky start.

Review: A Cruel Wind (220 words)

The granddaddy of dark fantasy. Highly recommended.

Review: On Intelligence (309 words)

Very interesting book about how intelligence works and the challenges we face in trying to build intelligent machines.


The payback begins (160 words)

The stupid things you say as a teenager have a way of coming back to haunt you.

The winged messenger swoops in (534 words)

Version control is a necessity for staying sane. Nic looks at some options.

Movie roundup, part five (418 words)

Pathfinder, Stalker, Pusher and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.

Firefox downloading PDFs to Lexmark folder (145 words)

A solution to a weird Firefox glitch is proffered to the altar of Google.

Review: All Creatures Great and Small (142 words)

Well-deservedly known as a classic.

Shiny Crescent (149 words)

Nic moves his site to a new server. Excitement! Drama! Jazz hands!

Review: Passage at Arms (151 words)

Das Boot in spaaaaaace.

Review: Echo Park (149 words)

A decent installment in the Harry Bosch saga.

The suspension of disbelief (665 words)

Nic explains why he has a hard time dealing with super hero movies and the ways his brain lets him down.

Review: Stumbling on Happiness (298 words)

A slim volume on how we determine whether we’re happy or not. Worth reading.


The first five years from a father’s perspective (1012 words)

Being a dad is the best and hardest thing that can happen to a man. Nic looks back at five years of trying to figure it out.

iMac (Mid 2007) first impressions (539 words)

Nic buys a 24" iMac and tells you about it.

Lucky 13 (51 words)

It’s Nic and his wife’s 13th wedding anniversary.


You and what army? (600 words)

On the joys of giving medicine to a cat.

Review: Twilight Watch (163 words)

Brings the Nightwatch trilogy to a satisfying end.

Review: Day Watch (114 words)

Continues the Nightwatch saga in strong form.

Review: Nightwatch (237 words)

The first novel in the great Nightwatch saga. If you like fantasy, this is the real deal.

Movie roundup, part four (619 words)

This round-up includes Day Watch, Smokin’ Aces, Children of Men, Paycheck and Beerfest. One of them is somewhat funny.


A dark and hungry god arises (618 words)

The hype about the iPhone mystifies Nic.

Review: Hardwired (54 words)

Classic cyberpunk, well worth reading.

WWDC Keynote Death March (415 words)

Nic attends his first and last Stevenote.

The end of the Y (457 words)

Nic sings the praises of the local YMCA where he sent his daughter to preschool and the Reggio Emilia method.

Review: The Digital Photography Book (173 words)

Will help improve the quality of your photographs.

Life in the cloud (863 words)

Keeping data in sync between different computers and different people is tricky. Nic looks at some ways it can be done.


The fairy princess Wii (181 words)

Fairytopia rips off the Wii mote and it actually doesn’t suck.

Review: The Ghost Brigades (205 words)

Fun space opera with emotional depth.

Review: The Dead Yard (155 words)

The second Michael Forsythe novel is grim and fast-paced.

Movie roundup, part three (268 words)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Casino Royale and Battle Royale. One of these movies doesn’t suck.

Review: Bitter Gold Hearts (108 words)

The second Garrett, P.I. novel is an improvement on the first.

Review: Sweet Silver Blues (180 words)

The first Garrett, P.I. novel is a fun mix of fantasy and noir.

Voices in my head (79 words)

Children are dwarves on acid.

Review: Dead I Well May Be (125 words)

A strong first novel in a dark and grim series.

Review: Judas Unchained (174 words)

The follow-up to Pandora’s Star is epic sci-fi at its finest.

Car alarm yadda yadda (626 words)

Nic gets stuck in customer service hell when he replaces the fob to his car alarm.


Wii first impressions (161 words)

Nic’s family scores a Wii. Here are his first impressions.

You’ve had your car too long when... (113 words)

Nic Lindh, breaker of car fobs.

Desert roses (77 words)

Pics of the gorgeous cactus roses we get in the Sonoran desert.

No sex until marriage doesn’t seem to work (336 words)

A study finds that abstinence-only sex education doesn’t work. Nic is not surprised.

Review: The Sundering (151 words)

The second novel in the space opera.

Review: The Praxis (145 words)

The first novel about the Shaa empire is pure and unabashed space opera.

She’s beautiful! Let’s name her Metallica (242 words)

A Swedish couple decide to name their daughter Metallica. \m/

April Fools (94 words)

You are not funny. Neither is your April Fool’s joke.

Done with movie theaters (553 words)

Nic has (yet another) horrible experience at a movie theater and swears he’s done.


Review: 300 (250 words)

300’s strength and weakness are the same thing: it’s based on a graphic novel.

Review: The Undercover Economist (234 words)

Marketed as being similar to Freakonomics, which it is not.

The voice in the wilderness (52 words)

College is a time for drama, as this graffiti artist illustrates.

My mighty, mighty navel (119 words)

Nic discovers Twitter.

Boosters activated (99 words)

Nic’s daughter graduates from child seat to booster seat.

More cat drama (292 words)

One of our cats gets an enema. I feel her pain.

You know you’re a parent... (22 words)

When you’re a parent your gross meter breaks.

Early morning coffee (373 words)

Nic tries to understand why anybody would stop on the way to work to buy coffee when there’s free coffee at work.

Movie roundup, part two (358 words)

The Departed, The Great Raid, Bastard of the Party, A Scanner Darkly, Sexy Beast, Miami Vice and Layer Cake.


Doing it for free (368 words)

Why the first job for any technology company is to make their product easy to use.

All your podcasts are belong to us (475 words)

Nic puts an iPod connector in his car and his life is changed forever.

Review: What the Dormouse Said (140 words)

A great history of the early days of the personal computer revolution.

How to spot movies that stink (238 words)

Nic provides an easy rule of thumb for determining if a movie stinks.

The tortellini incident (502 words)

Getting your child to eat can be unbelievably frustrating.

Review: The Tyranny of the Night (111 words)

First book in Glen Cook’s The Instrumentalities of the Night series. Good stuff.


The future reality TV winner (201 words)

Nic’s daughter is introduced to show-and-tell at school.

Review: Den of Thieves (182 words)

The story of the bond traders of the 80s and the damage they did. A bit of a slog, but very important.

Welcome to the world (43 words)

Nic’s niece arrives on Earth. Welcome.

Ice palace (80 words)

A fire on an icy January day.

Bad Stevenote. No credit card (145 words)

Nic is disappointed in the 2007 Macworld Expo announcements.

Boy are my arms tired (198 words)

Nic and his daughter are bumped to first class.



The culinary final frontier (164 words)

Nic sings the praises of kebab pizza.

Happy solstice! (55 words)

Nic celebrates the solstice.

Remembering Carl Sagan (83 words)

Nic is still sad about the death of Carl Sagan.

Frost on window pane (38 words)

Dawn frost (65 words)

Airport play park (186 words)

Arrived in Sweden (310 words)

The MacBook and the Apple curse (288 words)

Gardening for dummies (261 words)

IM IN UR XMAS TREE (127 words)


Review: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (175 words)

Review: Valentine’s Rising (145 words)

Review: The Search (209 words)

Voter fatigue (368 words)

November 1: Santa’s firing up the rockets (48 words)


Trick or whatever (232 words)

Awkward conversations with a four-year-old (256 words)

Build it and they will crumble (236 words)

Review: A Feast for Crows (271 words)

Firefox 2 RC2 and teh snappy (100 words)

Eat it! (214 words)

Review: Thud! (283 words)

Fox hits nadir (103 words)

Review: A Drink Before the War (165 words)

Review: Cowl (242 words)


Top 10 "invisible" tech (644 words)

All computers great and small (254 words)

Review: The World Is Flat (243 words)

Professor Moriarty, I presume? (142 words)

A special day (113 words)

Changement de Pieds (86 words)

Review: Tale of the Thunderbolt (86 words)

Review: Choice of the Cat (91 words)

Review: Way of the Wolf (198 words)

Review: The Lincoln Lawyer (156 words)

Review: Olympos (54 words)


C-Day (447 words)

Movie roundup (433 words)

Review: Berlin Noir (197 words)

Review: When Genius Failed (145 words)

10 years in the sun (393 words)

Review: Fooled by Randomness (159 words)

Fear the silence (81 words)

Finding the right color (145 words)

What I’ve been up to the last four days (33 words)


Review: The Skinner (152 words)

Review: Gridlinked (180 words)

Review: Century Rain (173 words)

Review: Old Man’s War (159 words)

U-S-A! U-S-A! (213 words)

Image spam (107 words)

Adventures in schooling (634 words)


It’s a good thing I’m rich (455 words)

Review: The Ancestor’s Tale (205 words)

No World Cup for you. Four years. (200 words)

The little stoic (145 words)

Review: A Question of Blood (161 words)

Review: Resurrection Men (182 words)

The angry blogger (38 words)

Review: The Falls (273 words)

Et tu, Brute? (506 words)

Review: Set in Darkness (204 words)

Number of the Beast (42 words)

Review: Dead Souls (192 words)

Murdered 600 years ago (297 words)

Memo to Isis the kitten (80 words)


Happy Birthday, Andrea! (34 words)

Review: The Hanging Garden (235 words)

Kitten notes (216 words)

Review: Hard News (237 words)

New family member (269 words)

Pain in the neck (191 words)

Review: Secrets and Lies (152 words)

Pedal to the metal (225 words)

The $29 T-shirt (137 words)

Review: Black and Blue (124 words)

Cyberpunk rolls on (38 words)

A window darkly (416 words)

Review: Let it Bleed (187 words)


Let them drink oil (368 words)

Review: The DaVinci Code (191 words)

An early morning gross-out (93 words)

A good year for cactus (143 words)

Aryan race laws in Sweden (236 words)

It’s not stupid (220 words)

Review: Mortal Causes (119 words)

Review: The Black Book (182 words)

Color TV in 1962 (183 words)


Prayer’s healing power disproven (224 words)

Pledge drive time (135 words)

Review: Caesar’s Legion (235 words)

Army of Darkness (165 words)

Review: Strip Jack (65 words)

Review: Tooth and Nail (155 words)

Friday silliness (54 words)

Review: Hide and Seek (114 words)

The Core Dump after dark (92 words)

Review: Knots and Crosses (224 words)

Reprieve from the drought (103 words)

All about the Salmons, yo (55 words)

The silence of the fans (160 words)

Begin world domination (177 words)

Review: The Closers (149 words)

Review: The Smartest Guys in the Room (164 words)

Housekeeping (173 words)

UnLinksys my heart (150 words)

Mini me (104 words)


First post (143 words)

Olympic money (100 words)

Review: Fleshmarket Alley (167 words)

Olympics (113 words)

Heart tax day (295 words)

Water, my Bête Noire (451 words)

Flibbertigibbet (26 words)

A pox on hard water (193 words)

Nic joins the 21st century. Film at 11 (359 words)

Review: Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (189 words)


Review: Moneyball (173 words)

Review: The Broker (79 words)

Drop the hammer (180 words)

Five top 5 lists (123 words)

Review: Jarhead (101 words)

Review: Loaded Dice (68 words)

The silliness of developers (273 words)

Review: Sucker Bet (65 words)

Review: Funny Money (99 words)

Life summarized (63 words)

Objects in windshield may be closer than they appear (78 words)

A pox on all computers (138 words)

Long day’s travel to night (1063 words)



Some notes on cold weather (211 words)

Solstice (128 words)

Random observations from Sweden (396 words)

Greetings from Sweden (83 words)

Posting from somewhere over the Atlantic (194 words)

Boy are my arms going to be tired (112 words)

Review: Armageddon (221 words)

Big it up for the Holidays (101 words)

Curses (303 words)

Review: Tides of War (232 words)

Review: Freehold (202 words)

WWJB (120 words)


Post-gobble wrap-up (119 words)

The Thanksgiving conundrum (241 words)

Thanksgiving approaches (118 words)

Top 20 geek novels (129 words)

It’s a long way to cat heaven (116 words)

Putting Turbo to sleep (1226 words)

R.I.P. Turbo, 2000-2005 (7 words)

Turbo is sick (329 words)

Review: Grift Sense (133 words)

Review: Be Cool (46 words)

Review: Freakonomics (190 words)

A budding comedienne (57 words)

Review: Going Postal (155 words)

Fear the Candy Monster (175 words)


Free as a bird (276 words)

Review: High Fidelity (192 words)

Getting cultured (247 words)

Review: Gates of Fire (150 words)

Review: Pandora’s Star (147 words)

Flabbey Road (28 words)

Extreme catblogging Friday (106 words)

Charlatan survives own prophecy (94 words)

Downfall (48 words)

I am weak (79 words)

Weekend music (270 words)

Happy blogaversary! (58 words)

San Diego trip roundup (332 words)

Freewheel burning (309 words)

Get your beach on! (193 words)

Born OK (12 words)

Quack like a duck (213 words)

Grace under fire (134 words)

Catblogging Friday (94 words)


azcentral bites the dust (312 words)

Banned books week (53 words)

Review: Ilium (223 words)

Zeitgeist (329 words)

Notes from under a blanket (99 words)

High-tech law enforcement (263 words)

Review: What’s the Matter with Kansas? (120 words)

Big ol’ jetliner (120 words)

Life support system (257 words)

At the new server (294 words)

A pox on Apple... (102 words)

Thanksgiving (127 words)


New Orleans in the crosshairs (80 words)

Coronation Day (147 words)

Review: Chasm City (159 words)

Review: Absolution Gap (97 words)

Review: Rain Storm (116 words)

Flix from the Net (225 words)

Review: Redemption Ark (170 words)

"What’s your car doing?" (150 words)

Bookstore (195 words)

Steel anniversary (49 words)

Review: Market Forces (168 words)

Viagra for the nerd (285 words)


Hollaback Girl deconstructed (83 words)

Wake and bake (126 words)

On the road (146 words)

Cat claw implants getting closer (278 words)

The dawn of deception (244 words)

Think you’re having a bad day? (119 words)

I, for one, welcome our creepy fish overlords (7 words)

Uncomfortable movie moments (165 words)

Review: Revelation Space (162 words)

Crematoria (74 words)

Oy, vey (151 words)

Review: Blue Blood (132 words)

Bambi trauma (140 words)

Another day of infamy (13 words)

Three-ring circus (211 words)

It’s a white thing (77 words)


Review: King of Foxes (101 words)

Review: Talon of the Silver Hawk (147 words)

Review: Gust Front (111 words)

Alphabetical filing, oh yeah (163 words)

Midsummer’s lament (174 words)

RIFing feeds (421 words)

Review: Generation Kill (162 words)

Bill Frist, Insta-MD (145 words)

The taste of burning bone (912 words)

Bad Santa (36 words)

Random observations, redux (565 words)

The art of listening (248 words)

National day (145 words)

Review: The Zenith Angle (203 words)

Review: Native Tongue (55 words)


Yet another redesign (89 words)

Happy birthday, Andrea! (26 words)

Home again, home again (139 words)

At the Airport (277 words)

Review: Revenge of the Sith (257 words)

Checking in from Austin (165 words)

Transformation (92 words)

Faster pussycat (36 words)

Random observations (369 words)

Acoustics (284 words)

Review: The Narrows (297 words)

Systems are go (227 words)

Hooboy (159 words)

Nacknammit (281 words)

Blackout (199 words)

Mark ’em down (221 words)

Victory in Europe (53 words)

There’s a new engine in town (378 words)

Revenge of the angry fan boy (228 words)

Your own personal drive-in (168 words)

Out with the old (139 words)

Review: Broken Angels (233 words)


The question is... (40 words)

All of y’all (103 words)

All your lawn are belong to us (176 words)

Go Speedracer (84 words)

Review: Altered Carbon (267 words)

New shininess (174 words)

Just rewards (122 words)

Mr. Histamine is not your friend (194 words)

The all-seeing eye (54 words)

Review: The System of the World (177 words)

Desert rose (110 words)

More fun in the 100-acre wood (412 words)


Easter fun (147 words)

There’s a calm in your eye (200 words)

Review: A Talent for War (243 words)

Long, cold summer (370 words)

Review: The Confusion (259 words)

Bye bye, ET, we hardly knew ye (404 words)

Viking summer (114 words)


Saturday update (21 words)

Quite a lot of pain (295 words)

Mad gardening skillz, yo (83 words)

Review: Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (203 words)

Water from sky good (48 words)

Review: Quicksilver (346 words)

Dagnabbit (51 words)

Review: Eats, Shoots & Leaves (204 words)

Damn their sanity (128 words)

Fall ill, go bankrupt (63 words)

Interesting but gross (48 words)

Junk food and ’rithmetic (218 words)

Quicksilver (85 words)


The smell of burning feeds (171 words)

Starbucks density (64 words)

Implants, dammit! (360 words)

Review: The Devil’s Armor (163 words)

Final (hopefully) post-mortem on the attack (177 words)

Comb-over (15 words)

Do not follow (61 words)

The assault continues (303 words)

"The blinking lights are killing me" (315 words)

Review: The Eyes of God (186 words)

Two sweet letters (91 words)

Pigs can fly (239 words)

Blog? What blog? (64 words)

Bass for your face (90 words)

2005 (85 words)

Tsunami (76 words)



You can never look back (111 words)

A new home for The Core Dump (169 words)

Happy Solstice! (272 words)

Cat Blog Theatre Presents: The Visitor (221 words)

Friday catblogging redux (125 words)

Manning the barricades for apple juice (192 words)

Review: Chindi (181 words)

Pictures of the year (40 words)

Review: Neverwhere (212 words)

Psst, wanna try something new? (415 words)


Most awesomely bad metal song (89 words)

The countdown has begun (136 words)

Review: Hard as Nails (239 words)

Review: Deathday and Earthrise (252 words)

Throwing out the comments with the spammers (493 words)

Catblogging Friday (199 words)

Review: Guilty Pleasures (330 words)

Review: Just for Fun (389 words)

Review: Hard Freeze (280 words)

All right, I give up (124 words)

The IKEA experience (306 words)

Carpe Diem (143 words)

Gigabit and RAID, oh my (327 words)


Review: Destination: MORGUE! (378 words)

I was strong but now I am weak (80 words)

High Fidelity (476 words)

Dirty diapers and Usama (170 words)

Review: Angels and Demons (315 words)

The first blogiversary (258 words)

On the road (88 words)

Review: Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (94 words)

Fall in the Valley of the Sun (280 words)


Taking a light saber to the wallet (118 words)

Review: Hard Rain (159 words)

Neurons flaring like a Christmas tree (138 words)

Review: Monstrous Regiment (236 words)

Mini-Review: The Waste Lands (92 words)

Yet another sign (132 words)

Flashing lights in the rear-view mirror (128 words)


Review: The Drawing of the Three (174 words)

Review: The Gunslinger (349 words)

Tardiness (206 words)

The Olympics (425 words)

Most clueless spammer ever? (71 words)

A conversation with a two-year-old (71 words)

Review: Rain Fall (247 words)

It’s a hoe-down! (107 words)

An IKEA primer (346 words)

The lowrider (96 words)

Water equals money (242 words)

Mystery car (106 words)

As the clock spits clicks (275 words)


O’Reilly reboots college textbook publishing (209 words)

There are cars for sale! (126 words)

So that’s where he went (40 words)

Caught in the web (248 words)

Review: Blood Music (228 words)

You have been assimilated (217 words)

Review: The Switch (85 words)

Why don’t I? (299 words)

Review: Darwin’s Children (160 words)

Water falling from sky... (157 words)

An old friend returns (26 words)

Gas versus charcoal (237 words)

The Black Company (230 words)

The fires of doom (119 words)

That alien landscape (114 words)


So shiny (149 words)

The drink of pale death (162 words)

Midsummer’s Eve kit (240 words)

Anti-Winter (194 words)

Review: The Chronicles of Riddick (186 words)

Wintermute shall rise (104 words)

It’s a strange web indeed (117 words)

The whole nine yards (54 words)

Terminator 3: Snore of the Machines (256 words)

Be kind to the apostrophe (199 words)

Cat update (53 words)

The goddamn comment spammers (64 words)

EU elections and the Dark Tower (235 words)

US citizenship test (94 words)

Review: Basket Case (114 words)

Further proof of the unfairness of the Universe (156 words)

Just a question (26 words)

Review: Darknesses and Legacies (269 words)

More metal (473 words)

Must boil braaaaains (60 words)

Feed logging in progress ... keep hands away from moving parts (295 words)


The peeing of the cat (88 words)

Happy Birthday Andrea (20 words)

Review: Digital Fortress (526 words)

This bezel would make me a happy man (78 words)

Wild kingdom (218 words)

A Scanner Darkly (188 words)

How not to treat an Iraqi (147 words)

Another semester ended (124 words)

Dictionary reality check (47 words)

The Movable Type announcement (522 words)

Held up without a gun (33 words)

Review: The Paths of the Dead (261 words)

New home for technology content (159 words)

Sopranos weirdness (97 words)

The Second Coming (189 words)

Getting a headache at work (59 words)

Nic’s ignorance further revealed (139 words)

It’s time for bloooood (284 words)

RIP J. Maynard Smith (23 words)

Welcome new members (100 words)


Verily, he speaketh the truth (21 words)

The Coors brew master (42 words)

Phantom publicist hyping dead musician (92 words)

Offshoring bullseye painted on Phoenix (71 words)

Crane dance (49 words)

What’s that clicking noise? (236 words)

Now I’m feeling zombified (80 words)

AT&T no more (192 words)

Stay out of the water (95 words)

The Council of Elrond (21 words)

Tim O’Reilly on the fuss about Gmail and privacy (305 words)

Taking the red pill again (74 words)

The right to profanity (140 words)

What is journalism? (494 words)

A new name for syndication (115 words)

One lousy Christmas (61 words)

Review: Pattern Recognition (214 words)

The ominous sound of drums (157 words)

Review: The Banned and the Banished (431 words)

Micro-review: Tungsten T2 (7 words)

Utterly conspicuous computers (83 words)

Lust for life (43 words)

Apple’s vision thing (47 words)

FrankenPod now 20% cheaper (165 words)

Zero Install: The solution to dependency hell? (140 words)

Bloglines impressions (145 words)

Die, April Fool’s, die, die (43 words)

The cow goes moo (548 words)

Maybe the music’s just lousy? (351 words)


Mullet sighting (165 words)

Review: The Apocalypse Watch (160 words)

You know you’ve been in Sweden too long when... (482 words)

File under WTF? (78 words)

Say hello to the 21st Bagel (58 words)

Money maps (113 words)

DRM is bad, mmkay? (181 words)

Some command line discipline (38 words)

CSS tweak (255 words)

Mac OS X turns three (260 words)

MT-Blacklist is large and in charge (125 words)

Anna Lindh’s assassin sentenced to life in prison (116 words)

The way you make me feel (168 words)

NPR pledge drive (119 words)

Very nice wallpaper (18 words)

Visual Equinox++ (17 words)

Review: The Grand Crusade (169 words)

Machine politics (210 words)

Thoughts on a really bad movie (1023 words)

Download like the wind, little friend (68 words)

Blogger’s dilemma (143 words)

Spammers show creativity (76 words)

AT&T upgrade open letter (68 words)

RSS making the mainstream (125 words)

Happy birthday to the Power Mac (48 words)

Windtunnels and ambient temperature (106 words)

Old-school Internet (958 words)

Even more AT&T upgrade (283 words)

Terror in Spain (24 words)

Feeding frenzy (138 words)

One ... million ... dollars (103 words)

More on the AT&T upgrade (219 words)

Anna Lindh’s killer found mentally competent (119 words)

Slashdot on the AT&T phone upgrade (54 words)

Fuhgedaboutit (151 words)

iPod minis selling like hotcakes (261 words)

A trip down memory lane (243 words)

Bring your flippers to Mars (59 words)

RepKover bindings are back (49 words)

Guessing that email address (95 words)

Internet users create content (195 words)

The number of the Passion (41 words)

More on the AT&T upgrade phone (209 words)


Review: Lost Light (109 words)

Subversion looks good (314 words)

The Word 6.0 nightmare (274 words)

Yardie II (60 words)

Yardie (41 words)

Review: Chasing the Dime (158 words)

This is an upgrade? (134 words)

We don’t support that (66 words)

Review: Permission to Land (157 words)

Barely a yankee (37 words)

The BSDs have it as secure servers (80 words)

William Gibson interview (630 words)

Ads in RSS (102 words)

More on ApplePMU::PMU Forced Shutdown (151 words)

Dumb GUI awards winner (174 words)

Blogging about blogging (694 words)

John Kerry--referrer spammer (29 words)

See download speed in Safari (82 words)

Welcome MacSurfer visitors (36 words)

The carrot and the stick (376 words)

Virginia Tech G5s on sale (48 words)

Die Windows Update, die, die, die (142 words)

Headless iMac: When pigs fly (316 words)

The chicken or the egg (74 words)

It’s about freaking time (125 words)

Top 10 reasons to not shop online (195 words)

Keep watching the stars (153 words)

A quick comparison of Gnome and KDE (233 words)

Keeping your GUI street (132 words)

Spammer shows creativity (67 words)

KOffice fails install (104 words)

Fink goes defeatist (133 words)

Stress test that rig (300 words)

The scary mug shot (73 words)

We can see you (265 words)

Lucida is fabulous (146 words)

Teeth red, not blue (173 words)

Geeks with torches and pitchforks (469 words)

Email that photo (150 words)

Building a GNU autoconf static library (79 words)

Das boob (153 words)

Snorting Cocoa (49 words)

The first Unix virus (51 words)

Boohbah ... Boohbah (101 words)

The pain, the pain (279 words)

Tinkering (18 words)


DJ this ... or not, perhaps (111 words)

Spam flooded (212 words)

Apple and encryption (205 words)

The Feds on computer security (260 words)

The horrors of IE (80 words)

Crawling to the cross (82 words)

2,048 bits of comfort (224 words)

Car buying from the inside (249 words)

Shades (102 words)

Strong Bad Email (32 words)

No anniversary for the Mac? (33 words)

iTunes Music Store RSS feeds (91 words)

Desert rain (87 words)

Caged heat (53 words)

Copyright protection for databases (82 words)

Interesting solution to comment spam (128 words)

Permissions problems (483 words)

Blast that Finder (155 words)

Tevanian Microsoft trial testimony online (110 words)

Gnome 2.4 on Mac OS X (720 words)

Anna Lindh killer remanded (55 words)

Scan this! (148 words)

State of the Union drinking game (28 words)

iLife ’04 first impressions (728 words)

When incompetence becomes sadism (125 words)

The Unix-Haters Handbook (34 words)

Burn the heretics (582 words)

Mijailovic trial gets underway (79 words)

Review: No End Save Victory (617 words)

Email more unreliable than ever (115 words)

Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music (116 words)

Excellent cartoons (57 words)

CNN transcripts (49 words)

Triangle block in square hole (104 words)

Hairtrigger (304 words)

Mini means mini (301 words)

Lightning reviews: Baen books (513 words)

Review: March Upcountry (70 words)

The schizo Apple (195 words)

Confession from Anna Lindh’s murderer (133 words)

Keynote wrap-up (320 words)

Review: Timeline (85 words)

Fare thee well, PageMaker (83 words)

Spam darwinism (166 words)

Windows and back again (293 words)

Happy new year (44 words)



The state of ethics (27 words)

CSS in RSS feeds (153 words)

IM and ADD (159 words)

CSS goodness for NetNewsWire (394 words)

Happy Solstice! (215 words)

RSS is your friend (396 words)

Some sanity in Norway (63 words)

Cozy up to the monitor (34 words)

Review: The Return of the King (187 words)

Sleazy bastards (61 words)

iDisk sync failed (134 words)

iTunes lag gone (72 words)

Gift cards (180 words)

We’re going to need a lot of coffee here (163 words)

Conjunctivitis in da house (32 words)

Kernel 2.6 changes (92 words)

Anna Lindh murder suspect linked to DNA evidence (76 words)

Just say no to lutefisk (170 words)

Whoa! A paradigm shift! (212 words)

All your spam are belong ... well, you know (392 words)

A solution to spam (207 words)

RFID credit cards (79 words)

Balls to the Wall (321 words)

Bush tough on crime (100 words)

Happy birthday to me (72 words)

Time for a lynch mob (77 words)

CVS over SSH on Mac OS X (249 words)

Kittens (215 words)

U.S. government fails computer security (31 words)

Weather channel for nerds (114 words)

LOTR pitch meeting (237 words)

TrackBack pings behind the firewall (74 words)

Creativity in the board room (298 words)

War and geography (49 words)

Blog survey (57 words)

The small fry speaks (48 words)

Reading books on the Palm (320 words)

Review: A Hymn Before Battle (80 words)

Dark November in Sweden (115 words)

RATs in the house (406 words)

iTunes for your pleasure (105 words)

Services: A new dawn for the daemon (193 words)

Project Censored (132 words)

Auto complete everywhere (103 words)

Church much? (232 words)


Haunted G4 (106 words)

Review: Crossroads of Twilight (170 words)

Wells Fargo computer theft suspect caught (97 words)

Tablet computing (115 words)

The Two Towers (31 words)

AppleTalk in Directory Access (230 words)

Uh-oh. Nerd alert (208 words)

No Santa Claus for you! (40 words)

Pet peeve: logging on to site (115 words)

Review: The Lions of Al-Rassan (183 words)

First spam (45 words)

Wells Fargo accounts in the wild (236 words)

Must ... resist ... temptation (59 words)

Oooh, spooky... (45 words)

More on uptime (114 words)

Your uptime is 0wnz0r3d (186 words)

Method acting site design (200 words)

Paris to Prague by way of bureaucracy (24 words)

Review: Prey (321 words)

Horselover Fat (175 words)

Reality distortion field run amok (53 words)

Software’s lizard brain (498 words)

Secret Agent (29 words)

Log file parsing is addictive (172 words)

Review: Under the Banner of Heaven (236 words)

Crayon reign of terror continues (103 words)

Safari dropshadows (37 words)

Toddler + crayons = danger (135 words)

Darth Vader’s employee evaluation (35 words)

Playlistism (189 words)

Backup for the average user (568 words)

Crayons and Teletubbies (90 words)

And I’m spent (60 words)

Minor CSS tweak (95 words)

The semantic web (265 words)

Boycott Belkin (154 words)

The meaning of unsupported (324 words)

The greatest of all usabilities (104 words)

Jaguar usability (469 words)

Matrix Revolutions abridged script (57 words)

Review: Matrix Revolutions (168 words)

Adrift with a political compass (108 words)

File under strangely disturbing (35 words)

Moving and shaking in Linux space (90 words)

Apple dealers taking it in the shorts (337 words)

Let’s get fair and balanced (131 words)

Review: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (472 words)

Halloween scare (16 words)

Star Trek nerds rejoice! (21 words)


Using REST with Amazon (218 words)

Hazy weather (72 words)

No zen for you! (70 words)

Lord of the Switchers (152 words)

The network is the computer (358 words)

Football charity (147 words)

Blessed relief (37 words)

The cow goes metal (111 words)

Custom Yahoo! news feeds (126 words)

FileVault considered harmful (392 words)

Disruptive technologies: News aggregators (309 words)

Fifteen seconds of sort-of fame (267 words)

SoCal fires from space (49 words)

iTunes lag (53 words)

The best laid plans (137 words)

Microsoft Kool-Aid (336 words)

First Panther impressions (532 words)

Classic from rec.humor.funny.reruns (381 words)

Coupling: Now without subtitles! (216 words)

New iBooks out of left field (249 words)

First snow in Sweden (64 words)

RSS feed update (52 words)

Shiny bright computers (204 words)

Ode to a dead hard drive (333 words)

Hot enough for you? (79 words)

In-a-gadda-da-vida (115 words)

It’s supposed to be black and white (100 words)

It tunes Windows (71 words)

I’ll tune your Windows (94 words)

SmartyPants everywhere (83 words)

Clay Shirky rocks (49 words)

Queer eye for the slob (128 words)

Three little letters (350 words)

Seven bits of evil (248 words)

The silence of the phones (109 words)

Which fantasy character are you? (35 words)

Computer Scare (279 words)

What’s this then? (186 words)

The inaugural post on this brand-new blog.

Enjoy the ten latest posts:

How to learn things you’re not interested in

A simple tip to help you learn things your brain wants nothing to do with.

Yearning for the Cold War

The GOP base is searching for a new Evil Empire to fight.

The one sentence rule

Nic gets in touch with his inner life coach and offers up a simple rule to find out if an idea is good or not.

Digital hygiene for online security and safety

Nic provides some basic not-too-paranoid tips for securing your digital life.

Closing loops

It’s not how much you have to do, it’s how many things you’re doing at the same time.

Jade Helm and the fever swamps of patriotism

Did you know the U.S. government is planning to invade Texas? Well, it’s not. Nic attempts to explain.

How to install Jekyll on Amazon Linux

Installing Jekyll on an EC2 Amazon Linux AMI is easy. Here are the steps.

Will the Apple Watch be a success?

After wearing the watch for over a month, Nic has thoughts on its future. Spoiler: Depends on how you define success.

Book roundup, part 19

Lots of fantasy and sci-fi in this installment plus a book about sports! Includes Boy on Ice, Difficult Men, Restaurant Man, The Red Line, Cunning Plans, Seveneves, Nemesis Games, Bitter Seeds, The Mechanical, Angles of Attack, and City of Stairs.

Let’s all chill out about the iPad sales numbers

Turns out “it's just a big iPhone” is a stroke of genius.