Nano 2.1: Yucca

The Nanogatherers, by Colin Campbell Chapter 2.1: Yucca       Granny knocked at Zina’s door. “Alfy, Bhetan, time to get up, there’s some special extra foraging that has to be done right now.”      Zina, their mother, opened the door. “Come on, boys, get your buns out there, dammit, there’s company coming.” Zina had 19 henna […]

The Vineyard

The Vineyard by Austin I Pullé Before the Reverend Jeremiah Symthe opened the letter addressed to his son from the admissions office of Northwestern University, he popped an Oxytocin pill into his mouth. He prayed this would not be like The Liberty University letter that rejected the application of his other son, Cooter.  The Smythes […]


I signed up for Chat-GPT-4 ($20/month). Maybe I can figure out something to do with it. Maybe I can use it to write blog posts.  GPT-4 is made by OpenAI, which also sells the DALL-E image generator.    The publicity about GPT-4 led me to believe it integrated DALL-E, but, nope. I opened GPT-4 and uploaded  NANO.9, […]

Nanogatherers 1.9: Foraging

The Nanogatherers 1.9: Foraging by Colin Campbell Prologue 1. Granny 2. Tobe3. Solar tarp 4. Eggs Benedict 5. Uncle Joe6. Rim View Hotel7. Inside Rim View8. Hike back 9. Foraging      Tobe carried the bottle of liquor up the slope from Uncle Joe’s wagon and around the curve amid the tall pines to Grandview Point’s […]

De Profundis

De Profundis by Austin Pulle Mansoor watched his cousin frown as he read the sheet of paper he had handed over and pull his shirt cuff back to check the time on his Breitling watch.  The air-conditioning in the apartment was turned up high.  Two pots of Vanda orchids with their luxuriant blossoms were place […]

8. Hike back to the wagons

The Nanogatherersby Colin Campbella sci-fi novel in progress Prologue 1. Granny 2. Tobe3. Solar tarp 4. Eggs Benedict 5. Uncle Joe6. Rim View Hotel7. Inside Rim View8. Hike back 9. Foraging 8: On the way back to the wagons.      Then they were hiking back to the wagons, bottles tinkling together in their shoulder-slung forage […]

All marketing text is worthless–unless somebody reads it.

All marketing text is worthless unless somebody reads it. If you make it easy to read, they will read it. I know, it sounds corny. All humans and search engines prefer easy-to-read, easy-to-understand text. The readability of text has nothing to do with the complexity or seriousness of the subject. Making it easier to read […]

Decibel Meter

Decibel Meter by Paul Burri At one point in my “career” I needed a decibel meter (a device that measures ambient sound levels) and I found myself talking to a salesman.During the conversation, I asked him who used them and-he said that they sold many to schools to monitor the noise levels that the children […]

Battling Elementor

Today I’m battling Elementor, the website builder overlay for WordPress. I need to fix my problem with headers. I have two different angles of attack to try. Elementor is still telling me that page so-and-so’s header is conflicting with a previously assigned header, HeaderXYZ, but that header has long since been deleted and extirpated. I […]

June 9, 2023

A local Santa Barbara web design shop asked me for a bid on a copywriting project. I looked at their site to see what they had to say about copywriting: not much, except that they were extremely good at it, just like they are extremely good at everything else. According to them. I’ve examined the […]