Monday, May 28, 2007


For those of you who have expressed interest, I have started to post the end result of November's Nanowrimo challenge on another blog: Magnum Space Opus. Unedited, unrevised, unadulterated fiction. It's only opened to registered readers, so if you would like to be added let me know.


Seems every time I travel I end up at a bookstore. Odd, really, as I don't read all that much anymore.

I picked up a copy of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable in Milwaukee this weekend. Awesome. I first heard of the book in an intro Neil Gaiman wrote for one of the trade paperbacks of his Sandman series, and it has been a staple of Alex's Fantasy Library ever since.

While in WI, the friend I visited shared that one of her life's goals is to read all of the books in her home. Yosh.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Here We Go Again

The Nanowrimo people have issued another challenge: Script Frenzy. A 20,000 word play or movie script written exclusively in the month of June. Considering the timeless work of high literature I squeezed out last November, how can I resist? Now, if only I had a plot....

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Playoff Living, Installment the Fourth

First #4: 2nd Intermission Geekiness

Greg and I attended that game against the Leafs where the local boys came back like fifty goals in the last seven picoseconds of play. T'was awesome.

In between the second and third periods, we opted to risk ejection for wanton nerdosity and catch a little DS. One of the young bucks sitting next to us craned his neck over, presumably to drunkenly taunt us. "So, you two are connected wirelessly, right?" he asked.

The tradition has stuck, in a fashion reminiscent of that Gradius game that would play on the Jumbotron at the second intermission in Blades Of Steel.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Playoff Living, Installment the Third

First #3: The Lucky Hat

Ok, so it's not really lucky. The Sabres don't seem to care what hat I'm wearing, if any. It is, though, the first time I have worn any apparel with the new logo, and also my first New Era cap. We all must support New Era; before long they will be the only employer in the area. Best to get in good with our future haberdasher overlords.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Playoff Living, Installment the Second

First #2: Update Boy

Dr. Fishman has been a fan of Sabres hockey nearly as long as there has been such a thing. It's s shame, since he has not watched the Sabres win in years. Now living in Columbus, the man is, one supposes, bad luck. His own father has disallowed him from entering New York state when a game is on.

My role has been to text message the Fish with updates. Prior to this, I might have sent three texts lifetime. See? Watching sports teaches you new skills.

Playoff Living, Installment the First

This year's hockey playoffs have brought vast change to the B A Start household. Check back for updates.

First #1: The Playoff Beard

Whether this good-luck tradition is localized to Buffalo fans or not, I cannot tell. Either way, the bulk of my small-conversation recently has been related to whether or not it itches, if Jess likes it, and general maintenance issues.

My co-workers have been talking with me much more often of late. Apparently flying the "I like the local professional hockey club" flag has given them a toehold, opened a small door into the mysterious personal life of the man they call 'Alex'. Heretofore, I was a sphinx, inscrutable and unmoving. The appearance of facial hair has revealed to the world that a human heart may yet beat beneath the Great Stone Face.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Still going

For those of you who expressed interest in seeing Johnny and Don in the Buffalo "PC v Mac" spoofs, here are the links.

V Charlotte
V Miami

Monday, May 07, 2007

Going around

Want to see Johnny K in a "I'm a mac, I'm a PC" parody about Buffalo and Cleveland?

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Sorry, just another link. I cam pretty close to posting about whether, if an elf and given the option, I would rather work at Santa's Workshop or for the Keeblers*, so consider yourself fortunate.

I'm a Marvel. And I'm a DC.

*The Keeblers. That stand of trees they work in must be closer to a decent city than the North Pole, regardless of what kind of in-house facilities St. Nick provides. Also, Santa's work may be seasonal, and the annual layoff would be a bitch.