WheeePC!

Posted: December 4, 2008 in Uncategorized
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sarahahoyt ‘s new eeePC 1000 came in today, and it is very cool.  I’m now officially jealous.

I spent a couple hours setting it up, including internet (our wireless is encrypted and uses MAC filtering, so I have to find the MAC addresses first, then add them to the router, and then I can set up the internet!), proper household LAN setup, Star Office tweaks (the screen res is 1024×600 — already a bit short — and the default word processor has THREE lines of icons taking up real estate), etc.

I’ve read quite a few reviews claiming that the Xandros pre-installed wasn’t robust enough, but nearly all of them seemed to decide this after they decided to make the eeePC their primary PC.  For a writer’s travel laptop, I think Xandros is perfectly fine.  We’ll see what sarahahoyt  thinks as she uses it.

My only problem now is that I want one!

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Lazy Shoppers

Posted: December 3, 2008 in Uncategorized
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I’m really getting tired of the lazy shoppers at the grocery that leave their empty carts within 20 feet of a cart return.

Look at me, lazybones.  Do I look young and athletic to you?  Unless you’re parked in the handicap spot, chances are you’re healthy enough to wheel the empty cart 20 feet more to the return, considering you probably just wheeled it fully loaded about 100 feet to get to your car.  I know I am healthy enough, and if a fat old geezer like me can do, so can you.  So do it already, and don’t give me any excuses!

Gesturing at the Smart

Posted: November 23, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Yesterday, while driving in Denver, I inadvertently signed "Loser" to some poor guy driving a Smart.

It was an accident.  Really.  I like the Smart car.  Sarah and Robert think it looks dorky.  Okay, it kinda does, but I still like it.  I’ve wanted one since before it was available in the States, when I saw one of Sarah’s cousins pull up at her parents’ house in one.

So, anyway, we were driving my wife’s Expedition in Denver, near Cherry Creek, and there was a yellow/silver Smart approaching in the oncoming lane.  I air-high-five’d the car and yelled, "Smart!"  (The windows were up, BTW.)  But I realized at the last second that my wife and kids probably didn’t have the context and tried to point at the car.  I didn’t notice at the time, but both Sarah and Robert told me afterward that they heard me yell, "Smart!" then flash the "L" sign at the Smart car.  Both of them figured I’d finally come around to my senses and said nothing.

To that driver of the yellow Smart near Cherry Creek, who was driving along, minding his own business, only to have some unapologetic jerk in an SUV sign him that he’s a loser, I’m truly sorry.  I didn’t mean it that way.  Please forgive me.

By the same token, I hope that Smart driver doesn’t condemn me just because I’m driving an SUV.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t care about fuel prices, or where we get the fuel, or the environment, or whatever it is that some non-SUV drivers think.  It means we live in Colorado, where an SUV is the most prudent choice in cars for us. 

I’d just like you to respect my choice in vehicles as much as I respect yours.

Better Off Undead is Now Available!

Posted: November 4, 2008 in Uncategorized
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I’m very pleased to announce the availability of my latest anthology with Martin H. Greenberg, Better Off Undead (DAW).

Introduction……………………………………….Daniel M. Hoyt

AFTERLIFE
A Grain of Salt……………………………………..Sarah A. Hoyt
The Poet Gnawreate and the Taxman…………Dave Freer
The Infernal Revenant Service……………….Laura Resnick
Mummy Knows Best……………………….Esther M. Friesner

SPIRIT
Genius Loci……………………………..Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Ah, Yehz………………………………………..Alan Dean Foster
Gamma Ray versus Death……………………Carrie Vaughn
Museum Hauntings……………………………..Irene Radford

FLESH
My Tears Have Been My Meat…………Nina Kiriki Hoffman
The Perfect Man……………………………………Fran LaPlaca
Two All Beef Patties…………………………………….Jay Lake
That Saturday……………………………………….Devon Monk
Walking Fossil……………………………………Robert A. Hoyt

UNDEAD
Night Shifted…………………………………………..Kate Paulk
Twelve Stepping in the Dark……………….Rebecca Lickiss
Gooble, Gobble, One of Us………….Charles Edgar Quinn
Bump in the Night…………………………..Amanda S. Green
Separation Anxiety…………………………………S.M. Stirling
 

Better Off Undead Review

Posted: November 2, 2008 in Uncategorized
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The first review of my newest anthology, Better Off Undead, has arrived! Follow the link to read the full review, but my favorite part was this:

"I enjoyed them all."

That’s what editors (and writers) live for 🙂

 

Dr. Horrible

Posted: July 30, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Yesterday, my youngest son turned me on to this webisode of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.  

Apparently, Joss Whedon (and family, judging by the plethora of Whedons in the credits) put this together during the writer’s strike.  It’s a little slow at the start, but once Neil Patrick Harris starts singing, it really picks up.  I’m not a die-hard Joss Whedon fan, ’cause I think his work is terribly uneven, but he does make a habit of trying new things, so I’m always willing to give his new stuff a fair shake.  Besides, it’s innovative people in the industry like Whedon that will shape the future of entertainment.  (Remember: fresh, new and innovative aren’t always strictly correct — it’s the ones who popularize them that get credited with being the first!)

I thought this new approach worked, despite the rather cliched ending.

Dan Hoyt has disconnected

Posted: July 30, 2008 in Uncategorized
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 So I’m in this business meeting, and we’re nearing the end, and all of a sudden, right there on the big projection screen, in the middle of the Powerpoint slides, comes a message from the intraoffice Messenger system:

“Dan Hoyt has disconnected.”

I looked at it in shock, several of my coworkers snickered and the boss got sidetracked.  Someone offered the interpretation that the message referred to my interest in the proceedings.  I should have been offended, but it was funny so I just laughed.

The really funny thing was that I really had just disconnected, interest-wise.  Hee hee.