Happy Holidays, Let’s Do Something Cool

Oh sweet, sweet holiday season. Or, as I often like to think of it, eat-all-the-chocolate-you-want season. Let’s-do-something-cool season. For starters, quick housekeeping note: I’m on vacation, so the site and Twitter will be quiet through the end of the year. In the meantime. The holidays always bring out the wee boy in me, and all … Read more

Homebrew: Ignore the instructions

It seemed so simple. I bottled half my brown ale straight-up (which turned out fine). I bottled the other half with hazelnut extract added to the bottling bucket. What I thought would be a passable cousin for Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar, wound up being 2.5 gallons of smelly nut juice. Many things in brewing work … Read more

World building the Rucksack Universe

Momentum has been building for my wee travel fantasy stories these last weeks. In progress right now are a novella and my debut novel, where I’m building a wee world I call the Rucksack Universe. Based in indie-style travel (a la BootsnAll and Lonely Planet and such), the stories bring a fantastical twist to travelers … Read more

Remembering & Celebrating Joe Kasik

Joe Kasik, 1944-2012 Many in the Eugene area have an extra sadness right now, after the passing of a friend, musician and all-around good man, Joe Kasik. After a long fight with cancer, Joe passed away on Nov. 8, 2012. A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at Eugene … Read more

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