Author: Arlen

It’s been a while since I’ve done a programming post, but something came up the other day that I thought might be useful. In one of my current projects, I needed to determine the number of words in a string. …

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Recently I posted about a couple of my short stories that just came out, including Waiting to Sleep in Literary Hatchet #24, and R.I.P. in Ink Stains Anthology #13. At the time, Waiting to Sleep was only available in print …

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My short story Waiting to Sleep just came out in the magazine Literary Hatchet #24. At the moment, only the (free) e-book version is available (although you have to register to download it), but the print version should be out …

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My story R.I.P. just got published in the Ink Stains Anthology #13! Since Anna is such a big zombie fan, I figured I should try writing a zombie story, which turned into R.I.P. It is not exactly a classic zombie …

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About a year ago, I posted about the 2018 Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest, in which one of my entries was a runner-up in the Crime/Detective category. Well, this year I did better (or worse?) – I won in the Fantasy & …

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A month or so ago, I noticed a pool of water in our basement, by the floor drain. Given that all of our things, particularly in basements, appear to be hydrophilic, this made me sad, but less so than the …

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We have a frog in our pond! I can only assume spontaneous generation. He (or she) doesn’t seem to bother the fish (we have 3 goldfish and 3 Koi, which I’m told are different things).           …

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I can’t tell if this is the worst or best marketing I’ve ever seen. I’d say it was tasteless, but honestly I didn’t try it.

Bad trees, bad trees, Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do When they rot right through? Bad trees, bad trees, Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do When they fall on you? Another year, another stupid costume for Karvel Kon! And yes, …

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Last week, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) sent a letter to the director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, Andre Iancu, and I am one of the cosigners of the letter. I will probably be talking a lot more …

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