dunniteowl's post-modern philosophical musings

The More Familiar I Become, the Stranger I Get


Bastrop, Texas, USA
October 11
Supreme Commander of the Universe
The Best Company in the World
Matriculated from: School of Hard Knocks and Diablo Valley College (AA in Communications Tech.) Done all kinds of things for work. Painted sidewalk curb address numbers, sold shoes, USAF Radio Electronics Tech, Semiconductor Tech for AMD, Intel & SEEQ Technologies, worked at Stanford Linear Accelerator upgrading motherboards for Beam Current Magnet Control, IBM building "Industrial Strength" Voice Activated Dialing networks, server systems and intranets, sold greeting cards, nuts, grapes, newspapers and found pets, janitored, worked in fast foods, pizza and data entry. I even clerked at a 7-11 and also ran a big searchlight for those events at night. Also worked at a zoo, where I pretty much did everything you can do at a zoo other than be eaten. Some of those critters do bite. I write and have been since 1972. I have written poetry, fantasy, science fiction and horror stories. I also have come to enjoy essays relating to human experience, the future and being good stewards of this planet. I believe I'm funny sometimes, so chuckle occasionally at my weird jokes and allusions. Very into science and technology, love logic and reason. For some reason, though, I am also a certified Shaman. I can cast horoscopes and read Tarot cards as well (from the expressions on people's faces and their responses, I am apparently quite accurate most of the time.) Love photography: You can find me here: http://s52.photobucket.com/albums/g31/dunniteowl/ and here: http://www.viewbug.com/my-account/photos (if those don't work properly, just go to the main pages and do a search for 'dunniteowl' I am the only one on the internet as far as I know.) I also love game design, starting with board wargames, card games and RPGs. Please comment if you feel like it. I don't care about being "tipped" and don't even really understand it as a function. I signed up on Open Salon so I could have a wider outlet for my writing and hope that you find it of interest at all. This bio is a reflection of things to come, so be prepared.


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MARCH 3, 2013 3:05PM

Preparing to Lose a Friend

(Author’s Note: I started this piece in July of 2012.  I finished it in September 2012, well after Alex passed away.  It took this long to post, because I had gotten extremely ill myself just after finishing this piece.  Those of you who are pet lovers and feel deeply, get your/… Read full post »

Drug Screening in the Workplace: Fairness Based Testing


You know, my wife and I were talking about how getting a Conditional Offer of Employment works.  Just moments before this post.  I remember how my COE’s worked from back in the day when I had the opportunity to work i/… Read full post »

I am responding to "Out on a Limb's" Open Call: How did you choose your avatar name and picture?

 I admit, my tale is not as fun or as "Sandlot" as Out on a Limb's and for that I can only say -- it's just as true now as it was… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2013 9:29PM

Full Circle (a poem)


Full Circle








You Hope

You Cry

Choose Love!

She Did

Not You








Feeling Vulnerable

Losing Faith

Hurting Inside

Giving Up

Totally Alone








Opening U… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2013 12:38PM

It’s the Beginning of the World


It’s the Beginning of the World


I saw a coyote, in the dying light of sunset past.

I knew it for the Trickster

Because the white, black and gray of his coat made

The Mask of His Face unmistakable.

The jet black eyes, inky as obsidian,

Mockingly mischievous depths of wisdom.… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2012 4:01PM

My Bout With West Nile Virus

My Bout With West Nile Virus


     I awoke at just after three in the morning on Thursday, the 27th of September in pain.  It was pain so extreme that it was the pain that had waked me from my sleep.  Waking from a dream I cannot even remotely recall, I awoke/… Read full post »

JUNE 26, 2012 8:02PM

Remember Me (That Button at Login)

Remember Me



     Now before you get all ready for another, “OS Is Dying,” or, “Will Open Salon Stay Open,” post, or some other sad heartbroken tale of sorrow loss and woe, let me assure you – this ain’t one of those.  I a… Read full post »

I wouldn't normally even bother with this day, except that I am a father.  My daughter and I had a luncheon, along with my wife, who is my daughter's stepmother.  She is living with her boyfriend, who is a lot like me and nothing like me at the same time.  I… Read full post »


 A Short History of Spam 

     We all know Spam when we see it.  It floods our email boxes, it takes up spaces in forums, chat rooms, websites, it’s even begun to invade our smartphones, iPads and even MP3 players.  How did it get started?  W/… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2012 3:14PM

The Debbil Made Me SPAM This Post

Well, it's a crazy idea and I like it.  But the Debbil, that ebil old man with horny head and goatee little beard, he made me SPAM you.  Shame on you Shaitan, a Spam over both your horns!

It seems that an organized and measured approach is impossible; too much SPAM! … Read full post »

You all know the stakes: Open Salon is under attack with spambots, live feeds, free Pay Per View, Hulk Smash vs Ironman sort of crap.  It's been bad before, but it's also not been this bad for some time.  It's bad enough now that the server is crashing and page loads… Read full post »

This has no particular focus and I am writing this on the fly.  There will not be a version 1.2 or later.  In fact, be happy that you got a version 1.0.  It's not yours.  I own it and reserve the right to cancel it, make changes to it, modify it or… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2012 1:54PM

Another Baseball Story as Life

Another Baseball Story as Life


     My first ever baseball glove was an outfielder’s mitt.  It was a Rawlins and it was actually signed, not those imprinted things they put on thousands upon thousands of gloves these days, but actually physically signed in ba/… Read full post »


     In the flickering scintillations of terabit speeds, we sip the nectar of data flow on overload.  We have become drunk with the absinthe of instant communications, falling on our asses and Lolling all the way down.  Even so, no-one notes thatRead full post »



You Want to Bully Me?  Get in Line!  



     Look, I know some people really had it rough with bullies.  Terrible, horrible incidents which make me shudder to think or recall.  I’ve had more than my fair share of bullying,/… Read full post »

MAY 13, 2012 1:17PM

No Mother's Day Card Again


I know everyone and their mother seems to have something to say on Mother's Day.  Why should I be any different?  This one may not be what you think.  As always, this is from the heart.  Oh, and I already sent this to my mom.



For and To: MyRead full post »

MAY 10, 2012 2:06PM

Trees (An Philosophical Essay)


     Lovely.  This piece is in direct response to FusunA’s blog post titled: Genesis.  To say it inspired me would be like saying a master chef thinks cooking is just okay as something to do.  To that extent, I attempted to write a comment on her post aRead full post »

     I put together articles and pieces of writing fairly regularly that require me to pretty much at least have a handle on what I’m talking about.  I love to read and throughout most of my life I have been called a “sponge” when it comes to remembering the/… Read full post »

     I have been thinking lately about the changes in the world.  Not the big ones, unless you count the Computer Age.  I mean all the incremental changes that add up over time to change the way we work, live and view our every day lives in this world.  These are/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 19, 2012 1:19AM

On "dunniteowl's" Pond (A photo essay)




On Dunniteowl’s Pond

Pond Overview 001

        I love watching birds.  Always have.  The different sizes and types of birds are pretty astonishing when you get right down to it.  I never cared if it was the flitting from the tiny, lea/… Read full post »

MARCH 19, 2012 10:04PM

Are We Doomed? (Seriously, Are We?)

I warn you, dear reader, this missive is not for the light of heart or those who wish to gossip about the latest whatever in the news.  This is for those of you out there who believe in a better world.  Not that it's here or that we're on our way,… Read full post »

The Art of Being Glib: Confessions of a Social Chameleon 1


     Today I will be talking about how to come across as smooth, polished and artfully clever in speech and mannerisms.  Now, I don’t represent myself as the epitome of silver-tongued repartee, but I/… Read full post »

     I was just complaining to my wife on Saturday about how all these passwords are everywhere you go now.  It’s not a horrible thing.  We all want to know someone’s not impersonating us or stealing our most ultimate secrets of secrets – or worse, taki/… Read full post »

     As a young lad of six or seven, I used to think of all the cool things that I could create.  I could make things, implement ideas and change the world.  Pretty heady stuff for a 1st grader.  Of course, I also was going to be an Astronaut, a MadRead full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2012 11:07PM

A Message From God: A Few Words of Advice

A Message From God


     Dear readers, I got this email in my email Inbox late last night.  It indicated it arrived at 12:12:12 A.M. and contained a rather interesting message.  The Subject was only titled: A Few Words of Advice and the Sender was listed only as: Yo/… Read full post »