Maps. Not Just For Breakfast Anymore.

November 20th, 2014


Pandora Experiment

November 18th, 2014

So it occurred to me that I should do this…

August 29th, 2014

I’ve not updated this site in a while, primarily because I’ve been doing all this work via Facebook.

Ironically, as it occurs to me that I should have created this link nearly a year ago, I’m considering that I might need to move on to something different.  Facebook is making it increasingly difficult to consistently reach any kind of audience, unless you’re willing to pay to do it…including people who say they WANT to see your content.

Stay At Home | Telecommuting alternatives to the 9-to-5 grind

January 21st, 2014

Stay At Home | Telecommuting alternatives to the 9-to-5 grind.


My 30-Day Challenge: Day 30

August 12th, 2013

So, this is it…

Today I think was emblematic of a project that has run its course, at least for now.  I had actually considered going back to Wendy and including her properly…finishing where I began.  Or, I wanted to go back to Aaron Brothers and catch my dream clerk at work.

As it turned out I actually left the butterfly, sans documentation, in a McDonald’s, about three tables away from a very lovely girl who was cleaning the area…in which Lilli and I were the last customers.  I hope she got it, she has kind of a lousy job, which she was doing reasonably well and with relative good cheer.  But, I didn’t really care enough to even find out her name.

Now to start thinking about the next project…


My 30-Day Challenge: Day 29

August 12th, 2013

Today, back to Kickstarter:

I like this project, because I’m interested in starting a small film festival here.  But, I’ve not gotten any feedback from the people behind this project.  Also, they’re a thousand miles from their goal right now.  I’m not going to work too aggressively to support them unless they reach out.


My 30-Day Challenge: Day 28

August 12th, 2013

Ok, so I’m way behind in the bookkeeping now, but here we go.

For Day 28, I actually broke down a new barrier.  I brought in Paula, who is the cashier at the cafeteria in my office building. Not only is this someone who is not a stranger, it is the only person so far who I see literally almost every day.  But, it IS someone I see almost every day, who on a fair number of days is my favorite person I interact with, certainly during the work day.

Paula was the first person to reasonably aggressively refuse to participate, I actually had to talk her into it.  I’ve had other people push back a little, but this was the first one I thought I might really have to walk away from.  That was going to be sad on a couple levels, since I really wanted to give her the money and we do see each other a lot if it made things awkward.

But, it all eventually worked out.

The one thing I have realized is that the most powerful argument appears to be, “This is not special, I do it all the time.”  This seems to defuse the concern that you have some sort of ulterior motive.  What I think ultimately won Paula over was the notion that in 28 days she’d have been the first person to say no.  (Like a weird kind of peer pressure.)

This is one of the obstacles that goes away on the Kickstarter front.  Since those people are out there looking for money, there’s nothing socially awkward about offering it to them.

My 30-Day Challenge: Day 27

August 8th, 2013

Whoops, I almost didn’t make today.  Not only did I resort to Kickstarter, but I just barely got in under the wire.  This led to me choosing one of the more offbeat projects I’ve ever chosen to back:

More to follow…

My 30-Day Challenge: Day 26

August 7th, 2013

Today I resorted to Kickstarter again.  And, today I didn’t really want to for some reason…but I just couldn’t pull off a real human encounter.

And then I found…Sasha.  She’s publishing a book of her own poetry:

As an added bonus, she responded to me almost immediately, and seems very nice.  I’m going to feel pretty good about pushing this project on all my friends.  She hopes to teach writing…which is to say she’s a masochist, I think, or at a bare minimum…she’s ok with poverty.


My 30-Day Challenge: Day 25

August 6th, 2013

For the sixth time in 25 days, I have resorted to a Kickstarter project to make today’s $10 handoff.  But, I really like this one.  It’s a properly nerdy project, a steampunk novel, and it has very modest aspirations.

Not sure what I might hear back from the author, but I’ll come back and update later.  (She seems pretty social media savvy and I’m thinking she’ll say something.)

She did, she seems charming, and you can find more of her material here:

I’m a little bit sad I’m not feeling more affluent right now.  For $1000 she’s offering to come do a book signing, I not -quite- comfortable writing that check this month and there are only 38 days left on her Kickstarter.  Maybe.  What I’d really love is to throw this event in Fort Wayne where I have more friends who would like something like this.  But, then Lilli and I would have to travel on top of the pledge and that just seems excessive, even for me.