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Shutterbugs and Old Birds

Creatively, one can find inspiration in many forms. The muse is fleeting and unpredictable. When I was putting together the first tracks for the album that would eventually be entitled “In Transit”  back in 2009, there was no thematic thread to pull on. This runs in stark contrast to my previous release, “Dust of the…


On Final With “In Transit”

5I figure it’s about time for me to write a bit about this album thing I am working on. Let’s face it – I’m always working on an album. Sometimes it is in the forefront of my freespace, other times it sits dormant for a month or two. I’m always composing, either way. I’m not…


In 512 Megabytes of Loving Memory

I know it’s just an old computer. But understand that to me, my computer is my gateway to the world, a palette for creativity and something of a constant companion. This old girl, “Bulldog” was her name, was built for me by a friend nearly 10 years ago. She was a 1.3 Gigahertz Athlon (sorry,…


SONG: Digital Oxide

“We’re dumber than diesel, still trying to appease you. Stil trying to make it right…” I remember my teenage years pretty vividly. They were confusing, invigorating, intoxicating and tinged with enough daring-do to make me wonder how I lived through it. I mean, we did some stupid-ass shit. When you’re at that age, you feel…


Banana Grubs and Dirtbags: The Best College Nicknames

(Editor’s note: This entry is from my son Jeremy Zhen. I believe this is his first-ever blog entry of any kind beyond FB status updates.) I have made this for no particular reason. I was bored and I had free time. It has been a topic of discussion in my house for some time now….


Attack of the Killer Sponges

My youngest son, Cameron, had a student project in his middle school to make a little video inspired by his fears. The teach does this sort of assignment every year. I distinctly remember my older son’s production which entailed him being devoured in time-lapse fashion by rubber worms. But in the years since, I have…


Paratransit Travelogue

I should have written about these adventures long ago. It is something of a secret world, these Para-Transit adventures of mime. Let me explain with some background first. Para Transit services are available in Broward County, Florida where I live. PT services enable people like me, people with disabilities that prevent them from driving a…


Lisa’s Facebook Hell, Part 2

Ok, a big relief here in Zhenland as Lisa’s Facebook problem seems to have been solved. For real this time. As you may recall in my earlier post (here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/note.php?note_id=243171100520), we had some success logging on to her account last night, however brief. Shortly after logging on, we could no longer get in, receiving the…


Lisa’s Facebook Hell

This story begins with a warning: Make sure you have registered MULTIPLE EMAIL ADDRESSES with Facebook. And make sure that at least one of your email addresses is from one of the big email providers, like GMAIL, HOTMAIL, YAHOO etc. Why? Because this nightmare could be yours. Pass this around. Share it with others. And…


SONG: Winter

Someone once told me that all songs are either about love or death. Ok, I’ll take that. It applies to me to some degree, as my writing as drifted across both of these subjects. Sometimes, the idea isn’t obvious as I really like to bury things in metaphor. It is a challenge I like to…