The Stainless Steel Woodman

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. – Winston Churchill Perhaps the most palpable illustration of Churchill’s maxim can be seen in the case of the Tin Woodman vs. the Stainless Steel Woodman. While the Tin Woodman has gained lasting immortality as a result of his association with a certain…

The 10% Rule

Some days inspiration hits you like a lightning bolt. Other days you use the 10% rule. The 10% rule is simply that you must be 10% smarter than whatever you are working with. I find it to be one of life’s most useful guidelines. For example if you are trying to loosed a rusty bolt…

Broccoli Chocolate Cake

Warner sighed happily as he scraped the last crumbs of broccoli chocolate cake off of his plate. Such a satisfying meal. Long before he was born there had been no such thing as broccoli chocolate cake. Children had gotten their nutrition from eating something nasty and green that looked like little trees. Or at least,…

That Goddamn Thunder

Dogs and children are generally not fond of thunder. I don’t suppose dogs have changed much in this regard over the century, but I have to think that thunderstorms would have been pretty rough for kids in the old days. Especially for kids unlucky enough to grow up in Ancient Greece. Not only was thunder…

Try To Be A Pig

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. -Winston Churchill   Cats are very smart. If you want to listen to people who are too smart check out NPR. Dogs are nice, if you’re a dog. But if you’re a person don’t try to be a…