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I'm editor-in-chief of the ezine Redstone Science Fiction, which also has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed.

You can also email me at: mikeray at gmail dot com.



My alma mater, The University of Alabama won the National Championship. UT's quarterback was injured by Bama early and couldn't play, leading to a lot of whining. Our QB, Greg McElroy, was also injured. He had ribs broken in the SEC title game against Florida, but gutted it out and played well enough for us to win - ESPN. There's no whining in football.


In Alabama?

Only time I've been somewhere snow sat on the ground for three days. Hasn't been much above freezing for days. The view from our front window:


A Holiday Favorite

MST3K and the Mexican "Santa Claus" with Mr. Pitch. A Classic.


Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon.

The Hangover is funny. It's that simple.



"Don't ever become a pessimist. A pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events."
- Robert Heinlein


And so it begins

The e-zine Hypersonic Tales bought my story "Service", the one with a satellite in a cotton field, and will publish text and audio versions of it in the very near future. Huzzah!


One of my favorite quotes

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."
- P. J. O'Rourke

One of my favorite non-fiction writers. Republican Party Reptiles is what we were, before the evangelicals took the fun out of everything. Got to met him when he spoke in Tuscaloosa. Incredibly funny.

Kung Fu meets Cops

From the sublime to the ridiculous - Stephen Segal Lawman. How can a 7th dan aikido master be so ridiculous? "Push the bullet." "Watch his hands,he's going to run." It's indescribable.



Discovered a great quote

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed."
- G. K. Chesterton



Worked with my school's "Austin Ambassadors", our student council, on the city's can-a-thon. It was good work and a good day.

Update: We had the most donations in the Tennessee Valley - article.


Teaching the American Revolution

"The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." - Thomas Pain in The American Crisis


SEC Rules

Some one pointed out to me that, after Saturday's games, shouldn't Georgia (defeated Georgia Tech) and South Carolina (defeated Clemson) play in the ACC Championship Game. I liked that one, a lot.


The last play of "The Drive"

Alabama beats Auburn. All is right with the world.

And yet more: Photos