A Scottish Excursion: August 2022

I recently took my first all-by-myself vacation: a 10-day trip to Scotland. It was a blast, it was epic, and it was…a LOT of walking! Here are the highlights… Part 1: Edinburgh I spent the first three nights in Edinburgh. My apartment was next to Holyrood Park, which is an incredible park near the center … Read more

Lady Báthory was Right

Okay, maybe not right, right, but…it may turn out that, while all the torture and stuff isn’t exactly science, she was less wrong than it may have seemed. Don’t know who she is? Here it is, in a nutshell, straight from Wikipedia: Báthory and four of her servants were accused of torturing and killing hundreds … Read more

Sick Wagner Burn, Courtesy of Hercule Poirot

Poirot: Makes pies? Hastings: Yes, pies. Hastings: Miss Lemon says he (Benedict Farley, British Meat Pie Tycoon) makes pies. Poirot: Hastings, to say that Benedict Farley makes pies is like saying that Wagner wrote semiquavers. Hastings: They’re good pies, are they? Poirot: No, horrible. But there are a great many of them. Not sure if … Read more

Extreme Imagination Conference

I’m thrilled to be participating in the Extreme Imagination conference, which is put on by the Aphantasia Network and is dedicated to the study of aphantasia and hyperphantasia. I’m really excited to learn more about what’s going on w/ this burgeoning field of research, and to connect w/ other artists who are variously on this … Read more

Epiphone ES-335 Figured in Blueberry Burst (new in box on kitchen counter)

Welcome to the family.

I am not a patient human. I woke up having a dream about a guitar part that required a hollow body. This was inevitable from that moment on. Also, my first ever guitar was blue. (It was also not nearly as wonderful as this big beautiful blue bastard.)

Joined the Arts Alive! Board!

I’m thrilled to have been asked to join the board of the formidable, cool, and formidably cool local arts service organization, Arts Alive!! (This sentence has two exclamation points because one belongs to the organization’s name, and one belongs to my enthusiasm for the organization.) I’ll be serving at least through 2022. Arts Alive! is … Read more