News You Can't Use! A few behind-the-scenes updates

Things at C&S and the palatial Mattrèssor Manor are rarely at a standstill, and this past month has been especially eventful.

None of these events really warrant posts of their own, but are newsworthy [to whom?] nonetheless.

The big news, for those of you not following me on Twitter or Facebook, is that Jillian and I are expecting our first child.  As of today, she's eight weeks pregnant, and we're both ecstatic!  We've had a couple of scares so far (Jill's doctor has her on bedrest for the time being), and are hoping and praying for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.

Second, I haven't had a haircut since April.  I have really thick, fast growing hair, which isn't a bad thing at my age (almost 40).  However, it's getting unmanageable and looks rather unprofessional.  Rather than get it cut, I'm thinking of growing it until St. Patrick's Day, or July when our child is born... then donating it for wigs for cancer patients.  My hair is a rather uncommon shade of red, and I'd like to be able to help any fellow redheads out!

(or anyone else, for that matter)

Third, I'm starting yet another blog, bringing my total, active or otherwise, to ten.  This one is centered on my recent conversion to the Catholic faith, and will house my reflections on a newly religious life.  I'm keeping it separate from my other works out of respect for opposing views, as religion (especially Catholicism) is a touchy, polarizing subject.  This way, you're only exposed to articles centering on religion if you're actively looking for them.

Religion is a subject that inspires heated debates among believers and non-believers alike, and I've been on both sides of the issue.  While there are plenty of avenues online for these debates, I don't want C&S to turn into one of them.

Fourth, I'm no longer working on my book or podcast.  I've never found/made the time to work on them, and have summarily lost interest.  As I am now facing the much more rewarding/damning challenge of parenthood, I'd rather give that my full attention.

Fifth, I've gone analog.  Y'all know I prefer actual terrestrial radio (AM/FM/Shortwave/Longwave) to internet or streaming radio, and keep a pen-and-paper and/or typewritten journal in addition to my blogs.  Well, I've gone one step further into anachrony, and have given up on my smartphones and PDAs for personal information management purposes.

Yes, I stepped back to the early 90s (when I entered the workforce full time) and bought myself an upmarket Day-timer on eBay for a fraction of the original price.  I got tired of constantly having to charge and sync my devices, and more tired of having to upgrade to a newer model once the one I had was no longer supported. I'm sure my paper planner will outlast the next few iterations of smartphone/tablets...

While searching for current calendar/planner pages for the thing, I discovered the DIY Planner site, wherein one can find templates for the various types of planners and daytimers... they even have a program that'll allow you to edit the calendar and daily planner templates for the years after 2007.

An added bonus is the (perception of) increased security of my personal data - if anyone wants my info, they'll have to swipe it the old fashioned way, via physical confrontation.  Which I don't recommend, as I'm told I fight dirty.

Lastly, I've updated the Conceit and Sociopathy FAQ for the first time in four years.

That's it for now.  I'll see you again on Monday, when I post the results of the poll from the previous post (and from Twitter and Facebook).


  1. All the best to you have not spoken for awhile here,s hoping the birth is good for both of you and child as it is the greatest happening in a couple's lives together. Cheers

  2. Thanks, Jim!

    It's been a while, we should probably meet for a coffee one of these days.


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