Are Your Greetings Seasoned? Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays!

Hard to believe December is almost over.  This past month has been a blur, with too many not-fun non-creative things devouring my time and keeping me AFK, which hopefully explains the absence of posts (as well as getting much of anything else constructive done … which includes sleep.)

I didn’t want to let Christmas slide without doing something to mark the occasion, though, so one caffeine-fueled all-nighter later, I’ve got some holiday e-cards for everyone.

The most fun part of getting a card is opening it up to see what’s inscribed inside, so I rigged the e-cards to simulate that.  Just click on each of the card fronts to ‘open’ it and read the interior.

It ain’t no Holodeck but we’re on a shoestring budget here … just kidding.

Shoestrings are a luxury.



Click on card to ‘open’ …


Click on card to open …

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Public Domain’s Son-Day Funnies 9/15/13

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This was the most unproductive week I’ve had in months, all thanks to a simple inoculation.

My girlfriend got a flu vaccination, which, less than twenty four hours later, made us Patient Zero and One.  This culminated in a mid-week trip to the ER for her, and while I managed not to miss any day-job work, I spent most of my non-retail time trying to sleep the bug off or being too miserable to do much more than fantasize about sending one of the ornate puzzle boxes from Hellraiser to the pharmacist who suggested the shot to her in the first place as thank you for ruining my week.

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Moral of the story: the next time someone offers you a nice needle full of contagion, take a real close look at their identification.

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While I try to make up for lost time on other projects, I haven’t had a chance to put together anything new for this space, so we’re going to fall back on the ol’ Tumblr feed, Son of Public Domain!

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Midlife Crisis of Infinite Equanimity


Last month, I turned forty-one.

And did so, as with most years, without so much as a whit of fanfare.

It’s not that I avoid celebrating my birthday out of a refusal to acknowledge getting older.  Aging has never had much of a stigma with me, so celebrating birthdays isn’t that much of a priority.

Let’s face it: unless you’re a Time Lord or a certain hairy mutant with retractable claws and some anger management issues, we all eventually start to show signs of aging, and they’re not always pleasant.

Part of my nonchalance with it, I think, is because there’s few things I’ve had to give up and put aside as a consequence of some artificially-imposed age-based threshold.

When I was a kid, I read comic books, loved superheroes and cool toys, and played video games.

All of which I still heartily engage in.  In fact, the only thing to offset the acceptance of ‘adult’ responsibilities, as far as I can see, is the fact that mandatory bedtime has been abolished.  If I want to read comics at 1 A.M., there’s no more need for a flashlight under the covers.  (Sorry, Duracell.)

The only thing I can really say I’ve ever abandoned because it was too ‘immature’ is playing with action figures, specifically Hasbro’s 1980s G.I. Joes, which were the du jour amongst myself and my early adolescent clique.

Then again, not long after I stopped acting out melodramatic fanfic with molded plastic terrorists and defenders of freedom, I discovered Dungeons & Dragons and other methods of interactive storytelling, which led me directly into a desire to be a writer and … acting out melodramas with intangible action figures via words on paper or on a screen.

One thing occurred to me last month, however: am I now middle aged?  Exactly when does middle age start?

Quick, Robin — to the INTERNET!

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