R.I.P. Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury — author of The Martian Chronicles,Fahrenheit 451,Something Wicked This Way Comes, and many more literary classics — died this morning in Los Angeles, at the age of 91.

In case you were wondering, I was inspired to use Salamander as my online handle over 20 years ago, and it is in reference to the fire truck and symbol used by Guy Montag and the other firemen in Fahrenheit 451.

Doing Something Right

The other night, the Newt was expressing some concerns over someone breaking in our house through his bedroom window.  I explained to him that I’m here to protect him and that even with a ladder it would be pretty difficult and they would probably try someplace else easier.

“Not if they have a jet-pack.” he replied.

Seeing that his logic was sound, I had to concede that yes, if they had a jet-pack then maybe it was a possibility.

I came home from work last night and when I went to tuck him in, I found him asleep in his bed with his Nerf bat which he had written “Skull Cracker” on with a Sharpie, complete with a little skull. 😀

So let this be a warning to any jet-pack wearing burglars out there… Newt’s taking care of business.


Today was ‘Dress as Someone You Admire’ day at Newt’s school.

I hope Alan is happy.

I’m A Great-Uncle!



Ready to head to work so I threw my coffee mug in the microwave for a quick 60 second heater like I do every morning before I dump it in a travel mug.

Grab the keys, wallet, reach for the warmed coffee and… AIEEEEEEEE!

The pain was so intense that my morning-brain just went into a “WTF! WTF? WTF! WTF?” loop.

I grab a pot holder and dump it in my travel mug and despite the 1000° surface temp of the mug, the coffee was still cold.

(Mug Shot)

The burn was so bad, it went immediately past the blister to second degree territory.

We have several of these style mugs and use them daily, yet this had never happened before. I checked the bottom of several of the other mugs and there were no warnings about microwave use on any of them.

Once the scorched mug had cooled, I turned it over and…

No. No it’s not. !@#$

On The Bandwagon

What better way to start blogging again than a meme?

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My well-used Benchmade 942 Osbourne Folder which many of you have seen before (I think I’ve had it for nearly 15 years) along with a brand new CRKT Folts Minimalist Tanto.

Easter Eggs

Here’s Some Easter Eggs we dyed.

The Newt made a turtle.

I made a Snow Wolf with a lightning bolt stripe.

And DD made an Evil Bunny. 🙂

Hope You All had a Happy Easter.

Two Years?

Today is the second birthday of my little blog.

I can’t believe it’s been two years since my first post.

Thank You All for stopping by. 😀

Newt’s New Specs


8-Bit Memories

Atari has released Atari’s Greatest Hits for both the iPhone and iPad!

Atari’s Greatest Hits brings the best of retro gaming to iOS with 100 Classic Atari Games.

• 18 Classic Atari Arcade Games including PONG
• 92 Atari 2600 Games
• Bluetooth Mutliplayer for head to head play for titles such as Pong, Warlords, and more!
• Original Cabinet and Box Art

There will be 25 4- packs available for $0.99 each or you can buy all 100 games for 15 bucks!

You get PONG for FREE!

Atari’s Greatest Hits

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