Category archive: Popular Culture

Joining the Indie Publishing Revolution

After countless hours struggling to format a 190,000 word novel in a manner that would be acceptable to Smashwords’ infamous Meatgrinder, I am declaring victory, at least for now. No more error messages. The Epub version looks readable, without any weird font variations. The links and table of contents all work. Yay! The brand-new 2013 edition…

The Boston Marathon Bombing Lockdown

The Boston Marathon Bombing Lockdown…as it happened.   I’m posting my Facebook updates from April 18-19 here to my blog….things scroll away so easily on Facebook, but I would like to remember what happened on this day.   It all began in the late afternoon on April 18 when the FBI posted their surveillance pics…

Boston Marathon Bombing

Boston is my city. I was born here. I’ve lived here for most of my life. I’ve never run the Boston Marathon, but I’ve been a spectator along the sidelines many times over the years, cheering the runners on, offering them water. I studied and taught at Boston College, the university on the peak of…

The Iron Lady and the Mouseketeer

While the world takes note of the passing of the great Margaret Thatcher, I couldn’t help but feel a pang when I heard of today’s other celebrity death: Annette Funicello. She was only a few years older than I am, and the news of her passing transported me back to my childhood. I think many of…

I’m a Google Glass Explorer!

Yes, I got the call (actually, it was a tweet). I was invited to join the early adopters Google Glass beta test, assuming I can come up with $1500 (um…..). Would love to do this, but we’ll see.  Meanwhile, here’s the ultimate demo that got me interested in owning a pair of Google Glasses. Wouldn’t…

George R. R. Martin Write Like the Wind

Anyone who’s a fan of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones will love this filk song urging George to write faster!

The Marriage Proposal That Went Viral

How could anyone say no to the guy who came up with this joyful and creative marriage proposal? In a strange way, it reminded me of a Joss Whedon musical (Buffy’s Once More With Feeling or Dr. Horrible). Except, of course, in Isaac’s video, none of the dancers burst into flame!  And it has a…

Beginnings of the science of forensic toxicology

This is an interesting article for authors who are either researching the history of forensics or writing 19th century murder mysteries (link below). I confess that I’ve always been fascinated by the use of scientific methods in the investigation of murder…long before CSI ever gained such high visibility in popular culture.  I remember attending my…

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