Archive for July, 2009

Creative Writing Exercise #2

Same rules as in #1, write something using all of the words at least once. Then leave a comment with  the URL that will take people to see it.

The words are:

1. zenith

2. infinite

3. evident

4. liberal

5. wax

6. jam


Switched Sponsor

I changed sponsors on my  SocialVibe badge. Instead of TNT I now have Sprint as a sponsor. So, instead of answering a question you need to rate a video. Sprint is offering 5x the points. More points is a good thing for Charity: Water.

The State Of The Art

TSOTAI really don’t know what to say, the culture books have all been beyond my expectations. The State Of The Art is no exception, it contains 8 stories and then it has some notes on the culture. I enjoyed all of the stories but those that stood out most were “Odd Attachment”, “Descendant”, “Piece” and “The State of the Art”. The story “Scratch” is weird to read but stick with it and you’ll get it (at least I did). The writing technique of “Scratch” kind of reminded me of the Beatles “Revolution 9” (that could just be me though). As for “A Few Notes on the Culture” reading it just shows you how much thought Banks has put into his Culture books, it also gives you some insight to his intelligence. I have few favorites in anything (music, books, movies etc.) but when asked “who is my favorite author? I have no problem saying Iain M. Banks.

Post/Creative Writing Exercise #1

I’ve been putting off writing my “creative writing exercise”. So I thought I would combine it with a post. Every since we drew the words I’ve been coming up with all sorts of ways to use them, but not really all together in a story. I must add that I don’t think Deb is all that thrilled with one of the words on the list that I’ve started to use (explanation later). The list of words that had to be used at least once are: Zyzzyva, Baboon, Beautiful, Vacillate, Foul and Bramble. The best part about this story is that it’s true.

A Trip on the Bus

We use the Minneapolis Transit System often, it’s a pretty good system. Most of the time when we ride the trip is blasé, but sometimes the trip can be an experience. One of the best things about riding the bus is people watching. The other night we were going over to a friends house for a cookout, then walk down and watch the fireworks. The bus was so full of people that getting on was like picking your way through brambles. Even though it was a warm day and the bus was crowded no one was in a foul mood. I guess everyone was headed downtown to see the fireworks and to enjoy the festivities. Many of the people on the bus were carrying on conversations, some on their cell phones, some with people they were riding with and others were talking to people that neither Deb or I could see. Other than the bus being packed nothing out of the ordinary happened. We went to the cookout had a good time, then we walked 5 or 6 blocks to watch the fireworks. I believe the fireworks were sponsored by Target. I should really email and thank them, they outdid themselves. The fireworks display was one of the most beautiful displays I’ve ever seen. The shear number they set off was amazing and the colors were dazzling. I was in awe. By the time the fireworks were over and it was time to catch the bus to go back home it was late (which is when the ride can be an experience). The bus was fairly empty, with a few people getting off and on. One of the riders that got on was a bit tipsy (drunk would be my honest opinion). He sat towards the back of the bus and decided to have a conversation with the bus driver. To say that his voice was loud would be putting it mildly, it was about as loud as a baboon’s butt next to a beige wall, you know that loud that only someone that is drunk can talk. The conversation was hilarious, he would ask the bus driver a question, “Hey man what’s your name”. “Billy” the bus driver said. “Millie? The man repeated. “No Billy” said the driver. “Millie?!” The man shouted. Frustrated the driver says loudly “Billy with a B!” Once again the man repeated “Millie?” At this point Deb and I are shaking our heads and trying to keep a straight face. The driver lowers his voice and calmly says “Billy”. To this the man responded “Oh you’re a William”. That was the point where Deb and I could no longer keep from laughing. When we finally got to (what he said was) his stop he stood by the door looking out the door then looking back down the aisle of the bus vacillating on if this was his stop or not. The rest of the ride home was uneventful. I know that sometimes Deb and I are the ones that are being watched by other people watchers and I’m willing to bet that lately we are the ones being talked about after we get off. We carry on our conversation and we laugh and joke with each other and we have playful disagreements. Since I’ve learned that zyzzyva can also mean the last word, I end all such disagreements holding up a hand and saying zyzzyva (and laughing).

Creative Writing Exercise #1

This is a writing exercise that myself and 3 other people are doing in real life. I thought that there might be a few people online  that would enjoy playing along. Below you will find a list of 6 words (picked at random).  All you have to do is write something (story, poem or whatever you want). It can be as short or as long as you want.  The only rule is that you need to use each word at least once. You may use any tense or any form of the words  (vacillating, vacillated, foulest, brambles and so on).  After you are done writing place a comment on this post with a URL so everyone can go to your site and read what you have written.  So have fun and remember this is just an exercise there are no winners or losers.

  1. Beautiful

  2. Foul

  3. Baboon

  4. Vacillate

  5. Zyzzyva

  6. Bramble

The Things That Have Been Keeping Me Busy

I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like lately. I have been a little busy lately (and will be for awhile longer). Been looking for a new place to live (so eventually we will be moving).

As many of you may have noticed I’ve recently joined SocialVibe and I have been “working” at getting people to click my help now button (to the right—>). You can also find me on SV at

I’ve became of member at, which is becoming a very good site for getting opinions on movies/books/video games. The more people that join the better it will be (so go join now). I’ve already rated over1,000 movies (added a few of those too, only have 2-3,000 to go).

I’ve recently discovered a great site, which we use all the time to decide where to go to eat or local happenings. (Another place to write reviews).

The site that has me really excited lately is, which I highly recommend to anyone wanting (or needing) to learn another language. I’ve just started learning Spanish. Babbel has a lot of free courses (with sound) and you can find other members that are native speakers of the language you are learning, get help and help others that are learning your native language. The only down side to me is they don’t have Latin.

I’ve also been working on a writing exercise to help with creativity. I’m hoping to have it on here in a few days. A few people I know are excited about it and can’t wait to try it (me included).

I’ve finally broken down and joined Facebook, which I am not addicted too yet.


I want to thank everyone that has clicked the help now button on my SocialVibe badge (and those that click it in the future).  Charity water has a reachable goal and we are getting closer to it (click on the square that says Charity: Water on the badge to see their goal and progress). So keep clicking and if you haven’t added a SocialVibe badge to your blog please do so soon.  I will keep looking  for them and clicking those I see.  Hope you do the same. It would be hard to make helping any easier.