Saturday, October 21, 2017

My Latest Blog: Pen Pals On Paper

I'm teaming up with a bunch of other writers to do it old-school - write in cursive by hand - to bring the feel and stories of childhood before computers and internet to life. In that era, the only way geographically separated kids could keep in touch was by hand-written letters in the mail. On paper. With actual envelopes and stamps.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Midwestern Geek In Cali Podcast - MWGIC Episode 019: What A Bad Webhost Can Do To Your Site - With Charles McKee.

We talk with Charles McKee about the history behind his recent website migration to a newer and much more stable web hosting service.

Please consider clicking on the "Become a Patron" link at the upper right corner of the page at - your donations help keep this show on the air, and help us put more time into the show in order to improve the quality of the content we bring you.

As always, thank you for listening, and happy Vulcan fingers to you from the Agent of 42. \//_


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Hairstyle By J.J. Santiago

J.J. Santiago really updated my hairstyle - I'm totally liking it!



The new style is a modification of the style "Jace" wears in the Shadow Hunters TV series.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 09/30/2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 09/30/2017

1.5 miles

MWGIC Episode 018: First Videocast & Whatever Happened TO MWGIC, Open Call For Guests & Co-Host.

Midwestern Geek In Cali hasn't published a podcast episode in a couple of months - this goes into why. This is also our first videocast - and, there's something new I'm up to - a bit about that in this episode. Additionally, I've got an open call for guests and a local co-host.


Episode link:


This podcast in general will talk about tech, sci-fi, space news, UFO's, unique geek issues, and more. We'll also discuss differences between the West Coast (So-Cal) and the Great Lakes region of the Midwest. The Universe is vast. So will be our discussions.

Thank you for listening.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Not Yet...

Not Yet...

As invisible as a spinning propeller,
An unseen force,
A quiet thing of power,
Mighty change upon my winds.

I can't give voice just now,
Yet hope is rising like the Sun,
A thing perhaps good,
Intangible at my fingertips.

If the reality comes,
Only then,
May I speak...


By: Daniel A. Stafford
(C) 09/06/2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 09/2/2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 09/2/2017

2.03 miles

The Pool Dragon...

The Pool Dragon...

I'm swimming on my back,
Going for the first mile,
Looking up past the palm trees,
Way up beyond the lights in the blue blue pool,
Those charcoal clouds,
Changing shape as I beat a steady backstroke,
Washing thin over the bright white Moon,
Shape of a huge dragon across two-thirds the sky,
That baleful Moon is its staring eye,
Watching insect me scoot back-and-forth,
Turning its cloud head this way and that,
Or is it Thunderbird,
Three nights now,
I keep on my mission,
Yet wonder what is coming,
Why am I this week's show?

Swim for it buddy.

Swim for it.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
(C) 09/02/2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/29/2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/29/2017

1.8 miles



I've looked up at the night sky ever-after,
That fateful day in Summer school,
Betwixt second and third;
My favorite teacher rolled out a cart,
Mrs. Olsen's little black-and-white screen,
The one the Eagle landed on,
Two-hundred and sixty-five thousand,
Miles over our heads.

Look up and see the stars.

Star Trek entered my life at ten years old,
It's long been one of my joys,
So \\//_ .

Dream and dream of the stars.

Fireflies and lightning bugs,
They remind me of Summer stars,
I miss them so.

Catch the stars and put them in a jar of grass.

High school brought astronomy class,
Class not club,
Touring the University of Wisconsin telescope,
There in Madison,
We spied on the nebula in Orion's belt.

Cold bright stars so far so far so far away.

At eighteen,
I was playing with sparks,
An electronics technician in New Mexico,
All those science texts good for something;
There was a rural park there,
In the darkest of the Lower Forty-Eight.

There was always promise of stars at night.

Rick and his six-year-old daughter Lisa,
Out in a State park in the desert,
Watching the Milky Way glow,
Lisa would catch a satellite for us,
Every time.

Faint stars at the edge of vision fleeting circling above us.

We debated how to power space craft,
Impractically in practical terms,
There with the telescope taking turns.

An eye to the stars has company all 'round the world.

Saw a UFO zig-zagging over Temecula,
A week after we moved here,
Purple and blue glow flitterbug,
Were you a visitor from the stars?

There must be something kinder out in all that glorious infinity.

Look up and see the stars,
Dream and dream of the stars,
Catch the stars and put them in a jar of grass,
Cold bright stars so far so far so far away,
There was always promise of stars at night,
Faint stars at the edge of vision fleeting circling above us,
An eye to the stars has company all 'round the world,
There must be something kinder out in all that glorious infinity.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
(C) 08/29/2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/24/2018

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/24/2018

1.55 miles

Max Eclipse...

Max Eclipse...

Max couldn't wait,
It was coming on the morning,
The greatest show off Earth these days.

He was all ready,
Got the specs from a friend,
Cheesey paper hot to hand,
Lawn chair in the driveway.

Like a strange throwback to the 1950's,
Max bug-eyed the sun,
Holding onto reality for dear life,
A lonely geek planted on the concrete.

His namesake hit it at sixty percent,
Max Eclipse watched the max eclipse,
Of the Sun,
Just like in the Carly Simon song,
Without any of the vanity.

2017 should be a good year.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
(C) 08/23/2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/21/2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/21/2017

Pool length: 80'
Pool lengths swam: 78
Distance: 2080 yd
Duration 70 min
Calorie burn: 943 (per Fitbit app)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/21/2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/21/2017

Length of poll: 80'
Pool lengths swam: 100
Distance: 8,000' / 2667 yd / 1.52 miles
Duration: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Calorie burn: 694 (per Fitbit app)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/19/2017

Pool lengths: 40
Length of pool: 80'
Duration: 40 minutes
Distance: 1066 yards
Calorie burn: 271 (Per Fitbit app)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/17/2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/17/2017

Pool lengths: 72
Length of pool: 80'
Distance: 1920 yards
Duration: 66 minutes
Calorie burn: 894 (per Fitbit app)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Website Migration (Mostly) Completed

All of the posts worth saving have been moved here to Blogger from the hosted WordPress version of this website. pages have as well.

Word Whizzyrds ( pages and files have been saved for later replication. I need to trim all the defunct content from those and improve them. That I'll pick away at.

Both and now point here to this blog.

To be honest, I'm somewhat amazed at how well Super Aquarian duplicated on the Blogger platform. I think the platform is quite underrated.

Super Aquarian actually looks *better* in its desktop version on Blogger.

The mobile version isn't responsive, so it loses a lot of visual content. However, requesting the desktop version in Chrome for Android actually does pretty well. I still wish Google would make a responsive mobile version of their existing Blogger themes, though.

All in all, I think I just saved myself $170.00 plus change per year and am happy with the result.

Quite a bit to think about.





THIS again?

Go wash your sheets,
Show your face like a man,
Which you wouldn't recognize,
If his any-color-but-hate whupped your chicken ass.

There's a dark band,
Way out at the edges of the light a prism casts,
But y'all eclipse worse than the Sun in August of 2017.

You shadows on the wall of Humanity,
Living in fear and hate.

Find some other planet to darken.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
(C) 08/16/2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/14/2017

Pool Lengths: 50
Length of pool: 80'
Duration: 47 minutes
Motion: Continuous
Calorie burn: 687 (Per Fitbit app)

Stroke types: Multiple as per prior Swimlog.

Classic Sci-Fi I Loved Reading When Younger - One Of The Original "Space Operas"

E. E. "Doc" Smith's "Skylark of Space" Series

he first book in the series was Written in the 1928, for Amazing Stories, and the fourth and last book in the series, "Skylark DuQuesne," was written in 1963. These books are a classic space opera, and many credit the series as the first and original Space Opera.

Edward Elmer "Doc" Smith is often referred to as the "farther of Space Opera."

Doc Smith was a food chemist by trade.

Like the Edgar Rice Burroughs "John Carter of Mars / Barsoom" books, which preceded this series, you can't go into it looking for "serious" science fiction with a level of future plausibility. It has to be taken much like Star Wars - go looking for fun, and go because it's thoroughly entertaining, and go because the reverence comes from the history and wonder of an earlier era, penned in grandiose imagination by one of the early pioneers of the genre.

I had the entire series in paperback in the early 1980's, and totally loved them. While "Doc" Smith was famous for his "Lensman" series, this shorter and less well-known series is a wonderful Summer read for a true science fiction lover.

You can get the first book on the series for FREE here: 

and here:

More information on the series, and a list of all the books can be found here:

And here:

Have fun!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/13/2017

Pool lengths swam: 60
Length of pool: 80'
Yards: 1,600
Duration: 65 minutes
Motion: Continuous
Strokes: Sweep, crawl, dog paddle, kickboard, bear hug, reverse sweep, back stroke, kicking back stroke, back kick & push, backward push
Calorie burn: 441 (Per Fitbit app)

Dancing For The Tribe...

Dancing For The Tribe...

My people.
Your people.
Our people.

Varied like daily sunsets.

Changing rules and lies and fears that fade like dust.

It blows down the hill at sunset just before the stars howl.

It was a child's eyes that always saw them moving,
Fleet across the skies like night birds aglow in Heaven,
Satellites are like dreams come true in a way.

If you vanish into the New Mexico desert,
You'll see more Heaven than a lonely campfire could possibly create.

It's in the dark of night that you see the most distant lights.

It has to be dark or you're blind.

Don't stare at the campfire - keep your night vision clear,
Until you're able to see ghosts and whisper to our ancestors.

Stand upon the high rock naked of all but cotton.

Feel what we've been missing, listen to the wind on the rocks -
Maybe you'll hear the treasure of raindrops melting against your skin.

It's the music of falling rain and desert wind,
The merger of camp fire and starlight,
The howl of lonely stars in the sky.

Maybe it's so dark even lies glow an evil red.

It's time to start dancing a prayer of hope and wisdom - maybe deliverance.

Start dancing for the tribe.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
© 08/03/2005

Dreams Of Wood...

Dreams Of Wood...

Chopping with a swing,
Both hands,
Long axe you feel it,
Not thinking,
Mind wanders as logs split.

Winter is coming,
Your bones feel it.

Aunt Leona and Uncle Harold are too old.

Dad and I are not.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
(C) 08/10/2017

Rembrandt Sleeping - poem #31

Swimlog: Pool Date 08/12/2017

Found out this evening the pool is 80 feet long.

55 trips the length of the pool roughly equals 1480 yards, which is what I did in 65 minutes, despite the people who tought they're the only ones in the world and kept getting in the lane.

Plastic cups poolside, and it wasn't water.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Swim Log - Pool Date 08/11/2017

 Duration: 20:20-21:30 PDT (70 minutes)


Crawl, paddle, sweep, kick, push, bearhug, kicking crawl, back, kicking back, reverse kick, reverse sweep, sweeping walk, reverse sweeping walk.


Continuous, non-stop laps.



The creation of sound,
Mostly bright colors,
Adapting to the time.

In a digital world,
Analog sounds sweet.

What lasts is what tells,
Long after the last album sells.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
(C) 07/12/2017

“Rembrandt Sleeping…” poem #27

Author’s note:
If ever I am wealthy enough, I will buy a beautiful old console stereo, put in a top-of-the-line turntable and sound system, one that glows like stereos used to, and gently, reverently, set needle to vinyl…

Dusty Old Letters From Tesla…

Dusty Old Letters From Tesla…

You can see the genius in the handwriting,
Meticulously cluttered,
Like an attic closet lost for a century.

The dry must is blown off the yellowed envelopes,
All eyes widen with delight.

Back in the day,
It was known as “correspondence,
Hand-written and soul-bared.

The wonders of the Universe,
Wax seals that had partly re-stuck,
Grudgingly giving up their sleeping secrets.

It was all tales of love,
Love with a mystical beauty un-bound by our petty rules,
Cosmos was her name.

Nicola gave us an adoring view under her skirts.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
(C) 07/11/2017

Rembrandt Sleeping, poem #26
Words are the mind’s bridge – it’s connection to all the universe.
Love is the heart’s bridge – it’s connection to all other souls.
Loving words can work miracles. \\//_

Shot of this poem at 42 views on Poetic Constellations – for the Douglas Adams fans on this world with me…

Good Night Maine Coon…

Good Night Maine Coon…

Orange ball of purring,
Fuzzy good-night.
A heart the size of California,
My buddy Corona.

Who needs words,
When you can head-butt and purr?


By: Daniel A. Stafford
(C) 07-06-2017

MWGIC Episode 017: Interview With Jonathan Ferrell of CIB Funding; AI, Mortgages,Super Heroes, Sci-Fi, Climate Change…

In episode 017, I Interview Jonathan Ferrell of CIB Funding.

Topics discussed include:
  • AI
  • Mortgages
  • Super Heroes
  • Sci-Fi
  • Climate Change
  • And more...
Jonathan may be a semi-regular co-host on this show. It turns out to be an interesting introductory conversation, and far from all numbers...

Happy Vulcan Fingers to you from the Agent of 42!



Episode link: