March 12, 2009

Interesting times in the Monash home

The set-up

I work from my house, as does my wife Linda Barlow. That makes it an interesting place right there, as Linda has published 15 novels, served two terms as a director of the Author’s Guild, testified as an expert witness on HTML technology in Federal court and, for variety, taught neurobiology at a local college. She is also a much better MMO player than I am.

Monday night, however, things got interesting in another way. On the whole, I’m not apt to be particularly celebrity-struck. I grew up in Beverly Hills; worked with bunches of politicians, Nobel Laureates and Fields Medalists at Harvard; talk for hours with some of the tech industry’s biggest names; and have met some extremely popular authors through Linda. Still, I thought it was cool to be Twittering back and forth with LeVar Burton, of Roots and Star Trek fame, especially when he sent a direct message that read, in its entirety, “Exactly!!! Well said.” But unfortunately, that wasn’t the most interesting part either.

The flare-up

While I was tweeting away in the middle of the night, I heard a shout from Linda. It turned out that we had a fire on our 49-year-old electric stove. (A burner had failed to turn off, a plastic cutting board had fallen onto it, and flames had started.) Read more

December 12, 2008

It’s been one of those weeks

Dashing cross the Pond
Flown there by BA
Computers crashing ’round
Coughing all the way (hack, hack hack)

It’s been a heckuva week — personal computer crash, Massachusetts’ electrical outage, two-day trip to the UK, and the flu. I’m badly backlogged on email, blog posts, and the holidays.

I’ll catch up as best I can, starting this weekend.

July 28, 2008

We’re staying out on vacation another week

Contrary to what I previously said, I did not come back to Acton this weekend.  Instead, Linda and I are staying on Grand Cayman for another week, and hoping nobody else I follow gets acquired.  Here’s a taste of why.

July 11, 2008

Babycare dos and don’ts

There’s no tech angle here.  Just a funny set of cartoons.

Happy summer Friday.  I leave on vacation tomorrow.

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