The Mystery of the Creepiest Television Hack – Motherboard

The Mystery of the Creepiest Television Hack

It was like any other Sunday night at Chicago’s WGN-TV. And then the signal flickered into darkness.

Source: The Mystery of the Creepiest Television Hack – Motherboard

I hadn’t heard about this creepy real-life story today and I thought I’d share because it is bizarre and unsolved. And it would have freaked me out had I seen it in the 1980s.

The Raven – The Simpsons

This is from a Treehouse Of Horror from long ago. This is probably my favorite Simpsons moment, partly because of my love of Edgar Allen Poe, party because I can remember watching this with my sister when we were younger, and partly because it’s friggin’ Darth Vader reading Edgar Allen Poe.

This is the only Youtube video I could find, the audio is there but the video is just static. I still recommend it. You can find the audio and video here at this link.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween – Mario and Luigi

For all of you anxious to see my costume for this year, here is this year’s Halloween photo. My only regret is that I didn’t get a fake mustache for Luigi.


The overalls I ordered on the web didn’t show up in time, so I had to make a frantic last minute run to the local Tractor Supply Company to pick some up. Also, I’m not too happy with my mustache. That bad boy cost me $7 and doesn’t even stay on. Next time I’m just gonna grow one.

So, tomorrow night at “midnight” NaNoWriMo begins. I definitely plan on writing a little at least at “midnight”. I’m still hoping for a miracle or a visit from the muse fairy. We shall see.

Halloween Medley

Seeing as how it is Halloween on Saturday, and seeing as how you all are probably sick of reading about NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d take a look back at some of my costumes from the last several years. Enjoy.

This one was from my first year in the office. I barely knew everybody there and was but a wee lad. Still, this is by far my best costume. That green leisure suit was straight out of my Dad’s closet, and I love him for that.  And no, he doesn’t wear it anymore. 🙂


I followed that one up with my weakest effort. This was supposed to be an “N’Syc Guy”. Lazy. Moving on…


This one is pretty good. Yes, I even painted my fingernails black. It took me  a LONG time to get that fingernail polish off. In fact, I bet I wore it to my hockey game the next morning. I wonder where that spiky necklace is?


King Arthur from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. My wife made this outfit. By hand. No sewing machine. Yes, I tell her every day that I love her. 🙂


Clint Eastwood guy. This one wasn’t too bad. I wish I had a better picture of it.


This one was a store bought wizard costume. Not too bad, but lazy and expensive.


Below is my Monster Hunter outfit, ala The Crocodile Hunter. My daughter, seen in the picture, was given that costume before we knew if she was going to be a boy or a girl. My wife added the pink bows so everybody knew for sure. 🙂



This is the best picture I have of my in my pirate costume. I may have altered it in Photoshop, slightly.



Last year I was a zombie. Freaked my daughter out a little bit. I felt very weird putting on all that makeup, but overall I think it was a decent effort.


I’m supposed to be Mario (from Super Mario Brothers) this year, and my baby son is going to be Luigi. However, my overalls haven’t come in the mail yet. That’s what I get for waiting until the last minute.

Happy October!

By the time you all read this, it most likely will be October, my favorite months of the year. In celebration of the month of Halloween, I’m going to pin my little flash fiction story Frank to the top of the blog for the month.

Frank was a little story I wrote in 2006, and has probably been the most popular post ever on this here blog. Those that are new here, and there are quite a few of you, really should check it out. I think you will enjoy it.

The coolest thing about Frank has been the emails I’ve gotten from it. More than one elementary school teacher has told me they have read Frank to their classes for Halloween and even analyzed the story. How cool is that? Anyhow, check it out and let me know what you think.


Below is a picture of my daughter in her Halloween costume. I dressed as a “monster hunter” and those are my arms in the picture. Don’t worry, I captured her so you don’t have to worry about being attacked by a vicious blue monster. Note the pink ribbons, indicating she is clearly a girl monster.