Glass Balloons (short story – SF)

‘Bring it in Stephen,’ the foreman shouted. It was my first day on Dock One as a fully licensed valet. It’s still called the International Space Station but now it spans half the globe. Like a web of tubes. When the sun comes around this side of the Earth it casts a grid of shadows…

10 Amazing Coincidences From History

Introduction The First World War wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for one fatal coincidence involving a sandwich and a botched assassination. Had a car not stalled in just the right place, at just the right time, maybe the entire 20th century would have been completely different. Not all coincidences from history carry the same…

10 Bizarre Cases Of Mass Hysteria

Introduction   From meowing nuns to an imagined monkey-man, mass hysteria is a bizarre and little understood aspect of the human condition. It can be caused by religious extremism, cultural superstition, isolationism, and even the accidental intake of LSD. The only cure is the passing of time and, on at least one occasion, a good…

Episode 2 – Coraline (Kassidy’s Nerd Box)

Kassidy delves into her nerd box to talk about the history of Riverdale and Archie Comics and shares some interesting facts about the show. Transcript of the “Brief History” section of the podcast. The history of the stop motion animated film, Coraline, starts 20 years before the movie hit the cinemas. Way back in 1989…

No Such Thing as a Frozen Girlfriend

It’s hard to write when your girlfriend is turning blue on the sofa. Shit, do I stop writing and get gas, or carry on and let her freeze to death? It’s a tough one. Fuck it, I’ll de-thaw her when I’m done. I’m lucky, the cold doesn’t worry me too much. Shit, her lips are…

Ep.1 Riverdale and Archie Comics

Kassidy’s Nerd Box is a podcast researched, written, and performed, by my 12 year old daughter and me (Andy, her dad). If you have kids with a nerdy edge to them (who also like a bit of humour in their geekiness) I think they will enjoy it. I think you will too. Kassidy delves into…

Kassidy’s Nerd Box

Kassidy’s Nerd Box is a 10 minute weekly podcast in which we delve into Kassidy’s nerd box and see what TV show, film, comic, game, or random thing from history is currently obsessing her. Kassidy gives a brief history of the episode’s subject. We share some interesting facts about it, and then end the podcast…

Drowning in the Land of Madness (Day 4)

This morning we had breakfast and then caught a bus into Flagstaff. Currently we are wandering the empty streets in search of a famous road. So far we have only found a gun shop and a petrol station. No sign yet of the Historic Route 66. For that famous road is the reason we are…

God and Pasta

It’s Wednesday. There’s a full moon. God is throwing up in the corner. He normally is. He has no reason to be sober these days. Last time I saw him he was threatening a stripper because the coke she brought to the party wasn’t pure enough. “Don’t milk down my shit,” he was saying. “Do…

Drowning in the Land of Madness (Day 3)

A bed has one function. To be comfortable enough for you to fall asleep on. Any bed that fails at this important and basic function is not in my eyes a bed at all, but some kind of mystery furniture. Whoever invented the pull-out sofa bed that I am lying on now surely did not…