Archive for September, 2011

Weekly Tweets

September 25, 2011 - 4:48 am Comments Off on Weekly Tweets
  • How did I just now discover Puzzle Pirates? #
  • Is the number of fortune cookies in the take-out bag a judgment on how much food you order? "You got enough to feed 6 people!" #
  • Tornado model final result: #
  • Now is the time to squee: SQUEEEEEEEE! #
  • Pro tip: telling your trainer "There's not enough weight on the machine – bump it up!" is a good way to cause yourself pain. #
  • Oh, goody. The chainsaws are back next door. This is day three of the chainsaw infestation. #
  • It's not the chainsaws so much as the industrial wood chipper, which sounds like a monstrous Nyan cat. #
  • Need a good sniffle? Operation Smile vid of a Brazilian girl who sees her cleft lip repair for the 1st time: #
  • Don't stop me now! I'm having such a good time… I'm having a ball! #
  • Tonight's hit poem: Gunga Din #
  • Check out this guy auditioning to be in the Queen cover band: #
  • Homemade AT-AT pancakes? Yes, please! #
  • The coolest elevator in New York: #
  • The zone, I was IN it. #
  • Mi nombre es Eddie Vedder: #
  • Using brain imaging to see your dreams, memories, thoughts: #
  • The meter reader just FREAKED ME OUT. #
  • Who knew that making caramel from condensed milk could be so dangerous? #
  • That was not my kitchen BTW! @lectio in reply to lectio #
  • Don't do it, @simone_says! You have a long life ahead of you! cc /@mikemonello #
  • TrueTwit is appropriately named. What a pain. #
  • Hey man, is that Freedom Rock? #

States visited

September 22, 2011 - 3:01 pm Comments Off on States visited

Clearly I need to spend more time in the Heartland.

Create your own Visited States Map; link shamelessly stolen from Publius.

Chasing the Bitch – ARGTalk

September 20, 2011 - 1:27 pm Comments Off on Chasing the Bitch – ARGTalk

A puzzle I made for ARGTalk. Click it to see the animation.

Weekly Tweets

September 18, 2011 - 4:48 am Comments Off on Weekly Tweets
  • Transmedia Talk 32: #GoBZRK and the Future of Publishing #
  • True Blood finally got good. In the season finale. #
  • Dear Summer: Enough is enough. Love, Texas. #
  • Misanthropes of the world, unite! On second thought, get the hell off my lawn! #
  • Just looked at the speaker lineup for @StoryWorldConf and my jaw dropped. So jealous of those who are attending! #
  • Dear #ACLFest goers: Austin is drier than you can imagine. Be oh-so-careful with your smokes, flames, and sparks. #
  • The kids asked me to read them poetry before bed. I don't care if it was a delaying tactic; I count it as a win. #
  • All those moments will be lost in time like tears in the rain. #
  • There are clouds in the sky. Weird. I forgot what clouds looked like. #
  • Kid treats on the left, cat treats on the right. The cat goes INSANE when the kid eats Bunny Grahams. #
  • Hopefully the Coldplay stage is facing our way rather than the Kanye West stage. #eavesdroppingonACLfest #
  • Damn, we get the Kanye West stage facing the house. Of all the luck. #
  • If a picture is worth 1000 words, these drought pictures from TPWD are worth 36,000: #texasdrought #
  • Tornado iteration one: #coolschoolproject #
  • Wow, I can't remember the last time I heard thunder and smelled rain. Bliss. #
  • My Texas feeds are filled with friends' exuberance over the bit of rain. Small things count when it's been big things for so long. #

Weekly Tweets

September 11, 2011 - 4:48 am Comments Off on Weekly Tweets
  • Someone at Philips is a Portal nerd: #
  • I don't mind recluses on the floor so much, but if they're climbing the walls, that means they can get on the ceiling and fall on me. #
  • Yay, new bike saddle! #
  • Return of the King in 5 seconds: #
  • Smells like smoke outside. :\ #
  • I hate the damned emergency radio noise. #
  • Steiner Ranch smoke: #
  • Smoke from Bastrop: #
  • Another view of the Bastrop smoke: #
  • Rick Perry: An area in Texas the size of Connecticut has burned. #
  • Holy crap, is the weather glorious. #
  • Happy Birthday, Freddy Mercury: #
  • <insert Charlie Brown scream here> #
  • Started reading The Hunger Games. More like The Grammar Games, amirite? ("They gave it to John and I" is NEVER right, UGH! Editor?) #
  • See how fast the fire in Bastrop spread: #
  • Fallout Monopoly. Auf Deutsch! #
  • The amount of spam I've received in the last two days has been epic. #
  • Scorpion in the pantry. Guess the drought drove it inside. #
  • My arm is numb. Numb arm. Numb-arm. Narm! NARM! #
  • Scorpion under UV light /cc @eltejano #

Weekly Tweets

September 4, 2011 - 4:48 am Comments Off on Weekly Tweets
  • Anyone want a Fitocracy invite? #
  • Okay, let me restate this – any of my current followers or acquaintances want a Fitocracy invite? #
  • I'm not a robot. I'm a unicorn. (Two chatbots outweird each other) #
  • Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor: #
  • Microsoft seeking Narrative Designer to help develop long term #transmedia plan: #
  • 109 today. This heat has to break. HAS to. #
  • I just used "It is known" in regular conversation. #dothraki #
  • People, man. People. /cc @jchutchins #
  • Something foul is still afoot in Vancouver: 11 feet washed up on the beach in the last four years. #
  • 15 products made unintentionally offensive by careless sticker placements. via @HappyPlace #
  • I was just retweeted by the creator of the #Dothraki language. Does it get better than that? #
  • Have you Panel Picked yet? My panel – "Transmedia Writing for Screenwriters" – is here: #sxsw #
  • They say tomorrow will have highs under 100 degrees. I say I'll believe it when I see it. #
  • Rewatching Six Feet Under. Love the pensive feel at the end of each episode. Nothing like it exists on television anymore. #bestshowever #
  • Journey/Foreigner/Night Ranger concert. Zounds. #
  • 76 100-degree days so far this year, 27 of those consecutively. How on earth can we be hotter than San Antonio? #
  • Happy Friday! Have a beat-boxing dog: #
  • Pet peeve of the day: "An historic." What, are you Cockney? #
  • Pretty slick image hosting tool – – at least until the site dies and none of your links work anymore. #
  • Fully (sorta) functional Pip-Boy 3000? Aw yeah: /cc @hitshermark #
  • Branch, run, fork, brook, kill, stream, bayou, swamp, slough, wash, canada, arroyo, or rio – what do you call it? #

Introduction Letter – Helical Training

September 2, 2011 - 1:20 pm Comments Off on Introduction Letter – Helical Training

This is a project that I initially worked on with Dave Szulborski and did quite a bit of writing for, but eventually it was reorganized and I’m not sure if any of my pieces made it into the end result. The project itself was a training scenario for military joint task forces. Of course, there was a classic Szulborski twist in there regarding a mysterious illness.


January ??, 2008


To the members of the Joint Task Force:


Allow me to introduce myself.  I am Major General Thomas Wooley, U.S. Army.   I am the Commander in Chief of the Joint Task Force currently assigned to aid Puerto Rico – a task force of which you are now a member.


You have been selected to play a key role in providing assistance to Puerto Rico after the devastation of an early morning tsunami on January 8.  As you know by know, the damage from the tsunami has been extensive, leaving hundreds of towns decimated and many citizens dead, injured, or homeless.


As part of this response team, you will be not only setting up humanitarian aid and assessing damage, but you will also be looking into what appears to be a growing biological threat.  Reports of civilians suffering from nausea, fatigue, cramping, and vomiting have been steadily growing in number.  In addition, patients have been diagnosed with basophilic stippling, which is normally a symptom of elevated blood lead levels.


Although our people have not yet been able to confirm that there is a widespread outbreak in the general population, the number of cases with similar symptoms is concerning.  This concern is two-fold: both from an epidemiological standpoint and from a logistical one in terms of providing aid and security while attempting to keep both our people and the tsunami victims from contracting the disease. You in the Joint Task Force will be investigating the disease reports while you work on peacekeeping, damage assessment, and humanitarian assistance.  As your CiC, I will do my utmost to provide any and all support that the JTF will require during this process.


Our first meeting will be on January 15, 2008 at 1100 EST.  Telephone details will be provided to you shortly.  Make every effort to attend this conference call.  Your participation is of paramount importance.


Welcome to the group.
Maj. Gen. Thomas Wooley, CiC, JTF