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Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age
Enter an age and see a list of accomplishments performed at that age.



Audio book of my stories
"A Dollar for Your Soul" and "The Vision Vine" have just been released as an audio book, available at and on iTunes.

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine
"A Dollar for Your Soul"
A good introduction to Ponzi™ schemes and the madness of crowds. Based on a true story about a high-school soul-selling pyramid scheme, this story originally appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine. A Russian translation was done by Andrei Novikov and published in December 1993 in Yesly ("If") magazine, which has been voted Europe's best science fiction magazine. Since its circulation in 1993 eclipsed that of MZBFM, it appears that far more people have read this story in a Russian translation I knew nothing about.

"The Vision Vine" Vision Vine illustration
A short story about
virtual reality and entheogens, originally published in Whole Earth Review. It's also about tribal cultures in conflict with modern civilization. The magazine Transdimension Vista published a Japanese translation without my knowledge or permission, so I'm using this graphic without their permission. (Also see Google's translation of the Japanese version back to English.) The story was then translated into Russian (from the English version, of course) and published in the May 2002 issue of Yesly magazine.

"The Talking Cat"
A very short, allegedly true, story.

Boring Bedtime Stories: An Anthology for Insomniacs
A collection of stories designed to be as uninteresting as possible — your contributions are requested.

"The Girl Scout Cookie Project"
What happens when your local scout troop goes on strike and refuses to sell cookies containing trans fatty acids (TFAs)?

An unpublished story about dreaming and networks. No one has bothered translating this.



Paul Hawken's Commencement Address to the Class of 2009
Direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful.



Who We Might Be If We Weren't Us
Based on a Google search of visually similar images.

Who We Might Be If We Weren't Us

The "I Hate My Life" Project

Smiling/Frowning Mona Lisa
This is a hybrid image in which Mona Lisa is smiling when you're up close and frowning when you're far away (or looking at a thumbnail).

The Clockworks Project
An online diary of what I was doing and thinking each time a random timer beeped

Incorporating Dogs into Art

The Dollar Project
I distributed dozens of dollar bills rubber-stamped with messages asking for return of the dollar or information as to its whereabouts

dollar bill with Dollar Project rubber stamp



Apparently the White House has decided to outsource their Secret Service protection.
ADT sign on the White House lawn

Photos of recently discovered Crap Circles, strange circular feces formations.

Crap Circles photo


Photos of Fort Ord and the Impossible City

Message Found in a Rat

Belch Beer
So good, you'll want to taste it twice.




A Bunch of Song Demos

A video of tunes written by Earl Vickers and Hal Canon for the Atari Games video game 720°, recently re-recorded by "Metronome the City".


A brief excerpt from a deposition, wherein I give testimony regarding a road kill possum.



Near-Lucid Dreams and False Awakenings
Humorous Commentaries on the Human Condition

A hypertext version of a dream about dreaming,
in which a telephone symbolized a dream. The over-reaching interpretation is included at no extra charge

Comic about a Dream about a Comic about a Dream



Powerful technologies for coping with chronic negativity
Improv, Aikido, meditation, etc.

"You could be happy right now"
Might as well.



"The Loudness War: Background, Speculation and Recommendations"
Video based on a presentation I gave at the recent Audio Engineering Society convention in San Francisco. The presentation looks at the Loudness War in terms of game theory and questions the idea that louder recordings sell better.

Jungle recording
My long out-of-print recording "It's a Jungle in There: Sounds of the Tropical Rainforest in 3D" is finally available from the iTunes Store.

Some short essays on tropical bird sounds, along with samples I recorded in Costa Rica.

An essay on Mockingbird Song

Unusual Ideas for Science Fair Projects

Using Information Technology to Save Water
My water district responded to this idea, and the local water district may implement it next year

Environmental Quiz from the "Awesome Possum" video game.
Historical note: I think the bass part of the Awesome Possum theme song was sung by the late Elmer "Len" Dresslar, Jr., famous for being the voice of the Jolly Green Giant.

Do It Like a Penguin
Chapter 7 from Do It Like an Animal: Spice up Your Love Life with Erotic Advice from the Animal Kingdom

A report on Things Found Growing in My House

Concerning the Speed of Light

Quantum Randomness, Consciousness, and the Mind/Body Problem



Hate Your Cell Phone Bill?
We just signed up with Ting, a wireless provider that uses the Sprint network. Their average customer's bill is $21/month per device. If you're a light user, you can save a lot by buying your phone up front and just paying for what you use. These guys are pretty awesome - I've been really impressed with their customer service. Check out their ratings on Consumer Reports and read what other people are saying. Then please use this link so we each get a $25 credit.



Escape from Tech Support Hell

Escape from Tech Support Hell
"Any sufficiently automated tech support system is indistinguishable from torture." logo

My new website,, is an authorized reseller for two of the most distinguished brands in audio processing: Zynaptiq (makers of Morph, OrangeVocoder, UNVEIL, and UNFILTER), and Sound Radix (makers of Auto-Align and the 32 Lives Audio Unit plug-in adapter).

Turd Polisher Pro

Make your music shine with Turd Polisher Pro, the ultimate song improvement program! Check out the 'before' and 'after' sound samples.






ChatterBlocker ChatterBlocker is a new software program that uses digital audio technology to neutralize unwanted conversations so you can focus on your work, not your coworkers.

Treadmill MeditationTreadmill Meditation is now available from the iTunes Store.




Purr DetectorThe Purr Detector lighted cat collar glows whenever your cat purrs.





The "Credit Card Number Despacing" problem has been solved. This discovery untangles one of computer science's most difficult mysteries.

Masterpiece Helper is a Photoshop plug-in for fixing a variety of common artistic blunders, such as Monet's blurry images and Escher's mistakes with perspective. See all the 5-star awards this program has won!



On Happiness
In which I resolve to just be happy

The Secrets of the Universe
A true story within a true story

The Purpose of a Man
Thoughts on evolutionary biology and love



Letter to Comcast
about a long series of unfortunate events

Rejection Letter
from a literary agency

Complaint Letter
to a beard trimmer manufacturer

Reply to a Letter Concerning Post Alpha-Bits
My original was written in crayon

Letter Regarding a Software Upgrade

Reply from a Fast Food Company
regarding those beeping sounds

A Winning TiVo Essay Contest Entry



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Domain Names for Sale
Art for Personal Growth workshops in Silicon Valley.
Acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings by Zoya Scholis

Stuff I recommend
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