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The Scream

The clapboard shutters banged against the cedar planks. The wind dislodged debris from the barn that ratcheted against the house. Dan sat motionless on the couch in the living room. He muted the TV so he could listen again for the scream. This time … [Read more]

How to get a larger album cover image from iTunes API

I ran into this issue recently. I wanted a larger version than what's returned from the basic response API search. The images there are intended for mobile applications and are available at 60 wide and 100 wide. Easy to get those. What are you going … [Read more]

The Good Lord Bird – A Review

I loved this book. I've never read anything by James McBride prior to this award winner. I did mention this won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2013, right? It did. Notable book. I looked it up on Amazon after it won. One thing struck me right … [Read more]

The Road – A Taste of Hope

I went into reading The Road thinking it was a much longer book than it really turned out to be. I thought it was going to be a tome. I must have heard something about it's length on Reddit or somewhere else. Whoever said it was long was mistaken. It … [Read more]

Synesthesia as a literary device

A writing exercise book I have used for a while touched on synesthesia today. The term refers to a neurological condition where the patient has one or more sensory experiences linked in their minds. Examples might be someone feeling the color blue or … [Read more]


The truck bounced along the inward road, humming by the bare trees of the Herd’s woods north of their home. Two children, Denny and Paul, swayed in their bulky winter outfits, scarves wound round their necks, while their father jerked and guided the … [Read more]

Holiday 2012 Photos

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The Stereotypical New Year’s Resolution Post

I've jumped into the stereotypical slop of the new year. I have it hanging all over me, like the coagulating goop from a Nickolodeon game show. So while I'm sitting here reveling in my ooey-gooey goodness, I figured I better write out what I hope to … [Read more]

American Gods, A Review

I finished reading American Gods. The book by Neil Gaimon has garnered a fair bit of hype since it was first published in 2001. It's won the hearts of fantasy readers and could be a bit of a genre-breaking book too, as its gained much attention from … [Read more]

How to check which version of Ubuntu server you’re running

I ran into this issue today. I wanted to see the Ubuntu version on my VM. The -uname -a command showed the machine name, but not the distribution info. So I found reference to a file in the /etc/ folder. Try reading the content of this file if you … [Read more]