Category Archives: Fun

How to Fake Being a Hacker

Have you ever felt envious of your hacker friends? While they’re off making their fortunes, you’re watching The Matrix for the millionth time dreaming of a day when you can use your code to unlock the secrets of the world. Well, I can’t tell you how to become a master hacker. I can, however, give you three tips that will help you fake being a hacker…

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Where Would You Freeze Time?

Patron John Whittaker is curious about moments in time. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

If you could free time for one hour, what sort of mischief would you get up to? Also, if you could freeze an hour or day of time from your past, at what point would you freeze it – and why?

I’m going to sound like a fuddy-duddy, but I’d freeze time right now and give me an extra hour to get work done. No, seriously – I’m tired, and it’s 11:24pm on a Sunday evening. I’m pushing through answering questions. Am I getting old?!

If I were to freeze an hour in my past, it’d probably be one of the first times I was ever in Hawaii – but not for reasons I’d care to get into right now.

What about everyone else? Where would you freeze time from your past, and what would you do if you could freeze time right now for an hour?

Where Would You Freeze Time?

Have You Met Anyone Famous?

Patron Johannes is curious about famous people! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

Who is the most famous person you have met/seen/talked to?

I’ve actually been fortunate to meet several. However, I’d have to say “Weird Al” Yankovic – only because he truly remembers me, and that makes all the difference!

What about all of you? Have you met anyone famous? If so… who was it, and how did you meet?

Are You a Craft Beer Fan?

Patron Ryan Reeves must be a craft beer fan! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

Have you been to any of your local craft breweries? And if so, which one had the best brews?

I haven’t, really – I’m not an “expert” beer drinker.

I know what I enjoy – and when given a targeted opportunity, I’ll explore.

It was at a local brewhouse that I first discovered that a porter fits my flavor profile best. Most non-milky stouts make me twice as happy.

What about all of you out there? Are you a fan of craft beers? Have you toured any local breweries?

Are You a Craft Beer Fan?

Who Would You Cast in Star Wars?

Aaron Michael Solomon is apparently anxious for the new Star Wars movie!

If you were making your star wars movie/series, who would you cast and who would be your executive director of the movie/series and why?

I’d cast complete unknowns. As such, I don’t know who they’d be.

I don’t know who I’d choose for an executive director, either – since film is not quite my area of expertise. I could pull a favorite name out of a hat, but that may not help.

As you already know, I’m VERY happy that original actors will be in the movie! It just… wouldn’t be right without them. You know?

Who would YOU cast in the new Star Wars movie?

Who Would You Cast in Star Wars?

What is Your Favorite Simpsons Moment?

Patron Steven Palmer must be a Simpsons fan! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

What’s your favourite Simpsons moment of all time?

It’s difficult to pick just one moment, but it’d certainly be from the early era that I experienced when I was in college. Friends and I would often find ourselves latching onto catchphrases and non-sensical dialogue.

What about all of YOU? What’s been your favorite moment on this iconic show – EVER? Share it with us in the comments!

What is Your Favorite Simpsons Moment?

What Do You Collect?

Patron Veronica Cruz is trying to give me heart failure! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

What would you do if you had to get rid of all of your Vaders?

First, I’d have heart failure. And then I’d probably curl up in a corner somewhere and cry while rocking back and forth.

And then….

I’d probably find something else to collect.

It’s always been a part of my DNA, I think – the inherent need to assemble and organize.

So, even if my array of Darth Vader memorabilia weren’t surrounding me, it’d probably be something else at this stage in life (even though, you might know, the Vader collection didn’t even begin until 2004).

My collection, mind you, is far from complete – but it’s a thematic comfort that makes life a bit more interesting for me.

You can see much of the collection here:

Why Do People Love Minecraft?

TehWinnerCat asked me:

Why are so many people fascinated with Minecraft? Having used computers since the ’80s, I love modern graphic capabilities, so I just don’t get it.

Minecraft is not about graphics processing prowess; it’s about the freedom to construct.

Even I didn’t understand what the whole Minecraft thing was about when I first saw it — if only because I was caught up in the platform of choice (Java, which is disgusting on the desktop).

I got it, but I didn’t get it — because it wasn’t for me.

I don’t feel the need to create virtual spaces. I never got into Second Life, either — and, believe me, SL was less usable than MC. Two different environments, mind you, but equal in their power to unleash creative potential from within.

I’m old school in the sense that I like (and appreciate) playing with physical structures… like LEGO bricks.

And Minecraft, in many ways (not every way), is a virtual version of the plastic LEGO ecosystem.

Why Do People Love Minecraft?