Kootenai Falls

We left Glacier after a boat ride on Lake McDonald and took US Highway 2 west bound for Idaho.  This happens to pass through a number of small Montanan towns and the Kootenai National Forest.  I was against stopping because a) it was hot, b) I was sore, c) I had a headache, and d) I was tired.  I remained tired and became grumpy upon stopping.  I would remain grumpy until this very moment. Oh well.  The views were still good. That’s the Kootenai river you’re looking at.  It seems very dangerous.  The water swirls and bashed against rocks.  There is one point where you can see a funnel of water going …

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Glacier National Park

I’m not sure I have a lot to say about Glacier National Park.  It’s a national park and one of the most beautiful places in the country.  It might be among the most beautiful places on earth.  Just ask Albert Podell who has visited all 196 countries on earth.  He mentions Glacier in this interview: How One Man Realized His Dream of Visiting Every Country. Now, I haven’t been 196 countries.  I have been to 4 though, and while they all have their spectacular places, I feel Glacier is just slightly more spectacular.  Then again, I could be biased.  After all Glacier is in my very own home state. West …

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Vacation Reading – Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman Buy from Amazon | Buy from Half Price Books Marketplace I believe I’ve been pretty open about being a fan of Neil Gaiman, but in case I haven’t, I’m a fan of Neil Gaiman.  Keep that in mind as it will color this review. Trigger Warning is a short story collection all authored by Mr. Gaiman.  Some have been published in other collections while some are first published in this book.  The only thing that ties them together is weird subject matter.  It purports to be mostly horror stories, but I’ve found that most of the stories feel more like episodes of Twilight Zone than …

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Hungry Horse

What an appropriate name for a Montanan town.  Of course, I can’t exactly see why the horse would be hungry. The grass is green, and there is hay around.  Anyway… We’re just outside of Glacier National Park and haven’t trekked in yet as we had to buy bear spray first.  Seriously though, nothing ruins a vacation quite like getting eaten by a bear. We did visit the town’s 564ft tall dam though.  

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Vacation Reading – Missoula

Dawson reviews the controversial, especially in Montana, book Missoula by Jon Krakauer which he is reading on his vacation. He also discusses writing and the way Marissa is watching his computer use.

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And we’re off again!

How come vacations always start with extra stress?  It’s like you have to keep a yearly quota for stress, and if you intend to “de-stress” on a vacation you have to get ahead of your stress.  So you spend the week leading up to vacation working extra hard to finish every little thing and keep all your managers up-to-date on your progress.  Inevitably you’ll receive a half dozen calls from work just minutes after you peace out.  I personally received two at 5:05 PM and 5:15 PM. Then there is the flight, the universe’s final stress balancing act.  I must be really behind on stress this year, because that was …

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D and Rissy Buy A House

Have you ever bought a house? I don’t recommend it.  There is an awful lot of money juggling, people talking, paper signing, decision making to do, and I hate every one of those things.  I just don’t feel old enough to own a home.  Yesterday I spent an hour reading comic books about Magneto.  I once missed everything my wife said at a dinner because I was thinking about Batman.  I’m not ready for responsibility.  I’m scared of responsibility.  In fact, let’s go down a list of my fears. Marissa Spiders Public Speaking Not saying something important when in front of people Responsibility Oh sure, I try to play it …

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Memory Pressure Update

I thought I’d pop in and post a quick update on the status of my creative projects and subsequently my poor brain.  Since I posted my last blog I have brought three of my projects to decent pausing points. Kobold — an evolution of my Gnome project tracker, team management software — now has a mostly finished project module.  I’m now using it to manage it’s own bugs and features.  It’s now capable of tracking its own development. A humorous writing piece concerning the place of sex robots in modern society has been completed in rough draft form.  This is a good time to pause as I need to step back …

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Memory Pressure and What It Is Like To Be Out of Stories

About 6 months ago I ran out of stories.  Completely out.  Oh no, I still thought I had original stories; I was wrong.  It turns out that 23 years of experience boil down into a year and a half of stories or about a month of interesting stories.  Someone had to point it out to me. My wife tried, but I’ve been with her awhile so when she said, “Yes, I’ve heard this one,” I didn’t think anything of it.  Even when it got to “Oh my goodness, Dawson!  I know this one, alright?” I could ignore it even when it hit eye-rolls and zoning out. Then it started happening …

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D and Rissy Do Horror

I have more guilty pleasures than most people.  Oh sure, some people like eating bonbons and watching sappy movies or long baths followed by soft towels, but I prefer being scared spitless watching terrible, horribly violent fates befalling people.  I love a good horror film, and sometimes Marissa does too.  We go on horror kicks, but if you follow horror films you know that it is a genre littered with stinkers.  Anyone can make a horror film, and big studios figured out long ago that people would pay for even for the cheaply made stuff.  Found footage films dominated the last few years following The Blair Witch Project.  You can make …

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