Stuff From My Folks’ Basement, Episode Three

Hi, everyone. I’ve got another load of nerdy stuff from my folks’ place. Again, for those of you joining us for the first time, remember to take a look at the first and second parts of this sad saga to get caught up.

Backstory: When my wife and I got married and moved to our new place, I left behind a lot of stuff stored away in my parents’ basement. My wife was, for some odd reason, a little hesitant about having her semi-packrat husband bring all that stuff over to her nice, new clean basement. (Un?)Fortunately, my parents want their basement back. So, I’ve managed to sell her on the idea that this can be a fun series of blog posts for you guys and gals to enjoy. Wish me luck.

Main Course: Slightly more weird stuff and not too many books this time. Let’s see how my wife handles this batch of goodies. So, without further ado, let’s get started with the first item:

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Our first item up for bid (not really, unless you wanna’ make a really generous offer) is a “Magical Money Compressing Coin Bank” straight from that that great bastion of inexpensive foreign goods dealextreme.com. That said, this is actually a pretty fun little toy. You insert a coin into the top of the box, and then you see it drop down and “shrink” using smoke and mirrors (well, maybe not smoke). Here’s a youtube video showing how it works.

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Stuff From My Folks’ Basement, Episode Two

Here we go again, everyone. I’ve brought back another batch of goodies from my folks’ place. For those of you joining us for the first time, and wondering if you’ve stumbled across the blog of a lunatic, check out the previous part to this little series of posts to get caught up.

Backstory: When my wife and I got married and moved to our new place, I left behind a lot of stuff stored away in my parents’ basement. My wife was, for some odd reason, a little hesitant about having her semi-packrat husband bring all that stuff over to her nice, new clean basement. (Un?)Fortunately, my parents want their basement back. So, I’ve managed to sell her on the idea that this can be a fun series of blog posts for you guys and gals to enjoy. Wish me luck.

The Main Course: Again, I’ve tried to focus on somewhat less wacky stuff such as books to avoid gaining the ire of my wife. (Don’t worry though, the really weird/fun stuff’s coming down the pipeline soon enough.)

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Terry Brooks’ Shannara series. Or, rather, the first two books from it. Brooks was the second ‘real’ fantasy author I ever read waaay back in high school. I remember these being a fun read, thought the world did seem a bit bleak at times. Not a criticism, but a personal preference for me. Now, I know I’ve got some more of these Shannara books tucked away somewhere else. Expect them to show up in a future episode (barring my wife putting a stop to this, of course). Continue reading

Paying my Idiot Tax

Just a quick (and silly) update.

Stopped for gas on the way home from work and picked up one of these:

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I could win $2,000 a week for life! No more having to write books! Just kidding, folks. In the unlikely event that I win the lottery, scratch card, or an unknown rich uncle dies (or aunt, I don’t discriminate), I promise you that I’ll still be writing the Artifice series. Well, let’s start scratching this baby and see if I just wasted four dollars. The card’s divided into five main games, plus a little bonus game. We need to match three of a kind on each of the main games. Let’s scratch off number one and see how we do:

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Stuff From My Folks’ Basement, Episode One

Hi, everyone!

As promised, here’s a little bit of a diversion from my normal boring blog updates.

Backstory: When my wife and I got married and moved to our new place, I left behind a lot of stuff stored in my parents’ basement. My wife was, for some odd reason, a little hesitant about having her semi-packrat husband bring all that stuff over to her nice, new clean basement. (Un?)Fortunately, my parents want their basement back. So, I’ve managed to sell her on the idea that this can be a fun series of blog posts for you guys and gals to enjoy. Wish me luck.

Meat and Potatoes (or just Potatoes for any vegetarians): Grabbing a nearby sturdy bag, I then headed over to my parents’ house to stock up on knickknacks. Here’s the first batch of goodies. We’ll start out with the somewhat less esoteric stuff to avoid raising my wife’s anger level (I hope).

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Here we have an innocuous-looking bag (formerly used for some Red Lobster takeaway a while back). What, you ask, could possibly be in here?

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Oh, hey! It’s my David Eddings collection! If you were to force me to only be able to read books from a single author for the rest of my life, it would be Eddings. As you can tell from looking at their condition, these books have all been read a few times each. Continue reading

New Way for Me to Spam You Now Available! Act Now!

Hi Folks,

I’ve changed up the sidebar a little bit on the blog. In addition to the “New release mailing list”, there’s also the option to “Subscribe” to new blog posts.

What it should do (theoretically) is email you every time I post one of these boring updates.

Speaking of which, I’ve got a series of (hopefully) fun blog posts coming up. More info on that this weekend (or even later this week, depending how the day job goes).

Also, I’m sure quite a few of you are wondering when Episode Three will be published. I don’t have a fixed date right now, but I am working hard to try to get it finished for end-of-August to mid-September. I know it’s a little ways off, but I’ll try my best to get it out there as soon as possible.

July 28 Edit: Sorry folks, running behind. First of those blog posts will be up tomorrow.

Trust, but Verify…

Quick rant.

If your cable company assures you that they’ll be crediting you back for the technician that they’re sending out (for a mistake they made!), and even if they insist that they’ve made a note on your account, always call back a little later to make sure that they’ve actually added the note.

Thankfully, they eventually managed to pull up a voice recording of the initial phone call and got everything sorted out.