Payola

I’ve been giving a lot of thought over the past few days to the nature of the music industry. Most of that thought has probably been provoked by the show […]

Renthead

People who know me in any way other than casual acquaintance are probably well aware that my favorite musical is RENT, but to call it my favorite musical is to […]

I was listening to music in my car on the way to work this morning, and realized that of all the things that are important to me about having a […]

Lawrence Baker

I was plugging along at work yesterday, minding my own business, when suddenly my e-mail alert sounded. Someone had posted a comment to my employer’s blog, which I manage, and […]

Miscellaneous Thoughts

It’s a strange world. Thanks to a blogger or two, the name “Santorum” has now become a neologism, tied to a disgusting definition that turned this writer’s nearly unturnable stomach. […]

Brown’s Ferry Brown is my latest chili recipe. A meaty, flavorful chili with medium-low heat and low acidity, it uses both dried and fresh ingredients. The recipe is designed for chili […]

Thwock

Many have tried to analyze comedy, but to date, I don’t think anyone’s ever described just what humor is. It shows up in the oddest places, as it did for […]

Arduino Graffiti

A few days ago, I decided to see what a little microcontroller like the Arduino could do if I connected it to the Internet. Using the LCD display from my […]

What happened to the ammeter?

Last night I found myself driving my car home in the pouring rain, splashing through puddles and wishing my windshield wipers had an “emergency overdrive” setting. A design flaw with […]

Arduino Counting Breadboard

I’ve always been a bit of an electronics geek. I got that tendency honestly; my father was a tinkerer, too, and quite adept with things electronic. Aside from building the […]

Chances are that if you’re reading this, it’s because of a redirect. In fact, if you look in the address bar above, you’ll see that you’ve arrived at http://blog.ks3j.net, which […]

I’ve been having trouble keeping my eyes dry for the last few days. The reasons are complicated, but have everything to do with the fact that my uncle, John Milton […]

April 12, 1981. In a classroom on the second floor of “B” building at Western Albemarle High School, I, my friends David Sparks and Kirk Steele, and a number of […]

The Cast of 'Emergency!'

The ring tone I use on my cell phone at present is one that never fails to attract attention. Some don’t recognize it, and from those people I generally get […]

[The regular reader will recognize much of this material from two pieces written six and seven years ago. I’ve joined them and added a bit of new material, not because […]

[Adapted from a note posted to Facebook.] The Batesville Store, formerly Page’s store, is closing. This saddens me more deeply than I can express. To its new owners, and to […]

On weekday mornings, I generally start my day by watching HLN’s Morning Express with Whoever Happens To Be Filling In For Robin Meade This Week. While the program airs a […]

Curiosity

It really was just curiosity that made me do this. I’m seeing QR codes (the name for that ugly binary object you see above) everywhere now. One of my employer’s […]

I sent the following to the President of Virginia Tech today. If your thinking is in phase with mine, I would urge you to do likewise. They’re making a mistake, […]