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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Become A Character In My Buddy's Fantasy Book AND Get A BIG Tax Write-off


Brian Hailes won L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrators Of The Future award a few years ago. Since 2015, he's been coming every month to the writers group at my house, fine tuning his writing. He has just launched a KICKSTARTER campaign (click here for the KICKSTARTER link) for a rather spectacular book he's finally finishing. Given the large number of illustrations, it's taken him a while. We've critiqued each and every chapter for a few years. I'm not normally into fantasy, but this one hooked me big time.

You want to be a character in the book? For $375 you can have your face as one of the characters (in addition to getting a bunch of swell stuff, including original artwork, signed copies of the book, and all formats. Of course, for $36 you get a signed hardcover with color illustrations.

Check out the link. Oh, and did you know that if you get signed original artwork and hold it for a year, you can donate it to a museum and get a tax write-off for the appraised value? I did this one year with New York Artist Peter Max when I was head of advertising for Data General. We gave signed prints of his Statue of Liberty painting to 250 of the company's Million Dollar Club participants. In a year, I donated my own prints to a local library and got a $3500 tax write-off.

NOTE: Do NOT take this post as tax advice. Talk to your own tax attorney for applicability to the current tax laws.

Monday, March 15, 2021

I Just Sent My Formal Application to Make The 2023 Moon Trip


#dearMoonCrew I just completed my formal application for the 2023 trip around the moon. I'm just finishing my novel THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF HARLEY DAVIDSON AND HIS DOG, about an MIT prodigy's AI virus that takes over not only Earth, but the Universe. Who knows…?

Thursday, February 25, 2021

CONTEST: Hack a Porn Blackmailer: Win a STAR WARS assortment of Pez candy dispensers

 Imagine my surprise when dozens of these emails showed up every day. "I have videos of you enjoying youself watching porn, and I'll send it to all your friends unless you pay me in Bitcoins." Since I've never been to a porn site in my life, I ignored them. It was easy enough to have a mail filter drop them into JUNK. Interestingly, if the culprit knew the first thing about DMARC, he'd know his claims of being inside my computer were ludicrous. Here's a smattering of subject lines from my trash bin, along with the letter he sent from each one:

And here's the sender source:

So my challenge to my hacker friends around the world (several hundred-thousand of you have visited this blog): Find the owner of the Bitcoin wallet 16aqr3rXxCtxa8AK3ErftnBQLfzyyhjpXJ and do something funny to him (I leave the definition of "funny" to your twisted minds). Then send me a picture. The best photo will win a swell Star Wars assortment of Pez candy dispensers.


Destroying Angel

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Hacking Your Old QuarkXpress for the New Mac OS (Big Sur)


Yegads, I upgraded my Mac OS to Big Sur (11.1) and…crap on a stick!…my QuarkXpress 2017 won't work. So I called them and was told I had to upgrade for $395/year on their new subscription business model and no, they weren't going to issue a fix for 2017 because it was "end of life."

Guess what, sports fans? I dumped Adobe over their swell new Photoship/InDesign monthly licensing scheme, and damn well didn't want to support Quark in theirs. AND ANOTHER THING! There are alternatives to Adobe and there are alternatives to Quark. Free ones. Better user interfaces and better functionality.

Want to read a scathing review of Quark? Enjoy

Want to replace Quark or InDesign? Try LucidPress.

Want to replace Adobe Photoshop? Try Krita.

Down with these Adobe and Quark greedheads!

#quark #adobe #indesign #photoshop #lucid #krita

Saturday, January 16, 2021

A New SCI-FI Twist: Teen's Virus Foils Alien Invasion

 The novel is about two-thirds complete. Call it displacement activity (I'm ignoring politics and most of the news outlets, in favor of digging in at my Pirate Cottage on a Utah mountainside). And proof-of-concept that I know more about the perfect virus and the current state of so-called artificial intelligence than anyone else on the planet. All I'll share now is the working title and first three paragraphs. Stay tuned for the rest.

The Last Will and Testament of

Harley Davidson

And His Dog

    "Captain, I'm Harley Davidson. Apparently, my computer virus took over your ship."
    "Crippled is a more accurate statement, Mister Davidson," replied the tall, porcelain-skinned woman with matching white hair. She answered in perfect English. "And possibly more than my ship has been crippled."
    Just when I thought the month couldn't get ay weirder, I found myself chatting in my native tongue with a humanoid alien. Aboard a spaceship conveniently sunk in Boston Harbor. Me and my dog. Me, my dog, and a smoking hot captain.