Sunday, January 22, 2006


January 22nd is the birthday of Robert E. Howard (pulp author of Conan the Barbarian), poet Lord Byron, and policeman-turned-author Joseph Wambaugh.

Also on this day – President Lyndon Baines Johnson passed away. So did Queen Victoria.

In 1879, Zulu warriors defeated British troops at Islandlwana. In 1941, the British recaptured Tobruk from Nazi forces. In 1947, KTLA became the first broadcasting TV station east of the Mississippi. In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade decision.

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, on behest of the Bush administration, has asked a federal judge to order Google deliver a list of all requests entered into Google’s search engine during an unspecified single week that could conceivably include tens of millions of queries. The request also seeks one million randomly selected web addresses from various Google databases.
Google has refused to comply.
Oh, boy. I write thrillers and horror stories. The FBI is going to freak when they see the topics I’ve searched. I figure I’ll freak when they knock on my front door. Just kidding. (Figured I needed to add that in case anyone was listening.)
A new college study reports that half of university graduates and three-quarters of two-year college graduates cannot balance their checkbooks, estimate if they have enough gas to reach a service station, understand a newspaper editorial and other common literacy and mathematical skills.
Duh. I work with mostly college students. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been called to the cash register to help because the computer burped and didn’t tell them how much change to give the customer. I gently suggested to one young law student that she really needed to learn basic addition and subtraction – not for the job but so she’d know when people were giving her the correct change. She responded by saying she never went shopping alone. I never suggested that to anyone again.
Received the contracts from Carnifex Press for To the Mountain of the Beast. Two authors have responded with nice quotes that we can use for the novella. Big smile and a big thank you.
More updates later.

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