RELEASED – Islands In the Cosmos


After a quiet gap, I have yet another audiobook out in the wild! #17 and climbing.

This book is “Islands In The Cosmos” by Dale A. Russell. If you’ve been through school (as I assume we all have), you’ve gotten a very general look at how life came to be on this planet. Regardless of your belief structures, this is actually a really solid and detailed look at the origin of the planet over the billions of years of its existence. It’s a long read, but I learned a ton that I didn’t know… and I’m a huge nerd! So expand your mind and buy this book!

You can get your copy of the audiobook on AmazonAudible and iTunes. And hey, why not also check out the other works I’ve done for Audible? Every purchase goes to help fund future audiobook production!

RELEASED – Learn Linux in 5 Days

Learn Linux in 5 Days

And here it is, the third in a series of books meant to help you become more familiar with the Linux operating system. Those of you who have read or purchased Linux for Beginners will no doubt find much of this book familiar, since they cover the same ground. But if you’re looking a book for beginners in a slightly more structured format, this is the book for you! It breaks down the basics of getting on and operating a Linux server into daily chunks so that you don’t go down the rabbit hole and work all day, forgetting to eat! (Like I did… more than once.)

After this one, why not go back and check out Command Line Kung Fu as well?

You can get your copy of the audiobook on AmazonAudible and iTunes. And hey, why not also check out the other works I’ve done for Audible?

RELEASED – Command Line Kung Fu

Command Line Kung Fu

And now, after the monumental success of Linux for Beginners comes the next in the series from Jason Cannon!

If you’ve got some experience in Linux (or bought the previous audiobook) and you’re looking for some extra little tips and tricks to become more efficient as a user or admin, this is the book you want to read/listen to!

You can get your copy of the audiobook on AmazonAudible and iTunes. And hey, why not also check out the other works I’ve done for Audible?

From the Vault : “On the Recognition of Our Need to Be Recognized”


With the 66th Annual Emmys upon us, we begin the true awards show season once again. I thought I’d have some fun and pull an old post out of the archive that expresses my true feelings about these ceremonies. Enjoy!


So the Emmys aired last night. After weeks of build-up, people spent all day crowding outside the Nokia Theatre, here in L.A., hoping for a glimpse of their favorite celebrity on the ubiquitous red carpet. Twitter lit up with play-by-play commentary, snarky riffs on what was happening every second of the red carpet and the subsequent hours-long telecast. Now days will be spent obsessing over who won, who lost, who got robbed, who looked good, who behaved well, who was funny, who wasn’t…

Who cares?! Or more to the point, why do we care?

I’m a little torn on this. As an actor, I understand the desire to be recognized by your peers for doing great work, particularly since a lot of us take up this craft and profession to compensate for our own insecurities. (Much as I hate to admit it, I absolutely include myself in that group.) The trophy you get is merely a symbol that says “Hey, we, the people who do this as much as you do, think that you’ve done some amazing things professionally this year and that merits a token of our esteem.”

On the other hand, as a TV viewer, I’m not a big fan of the spectacle that these things have become. I didn’t watch the Emmys this year. That’s not a slam on this year’s host (the incredibly funny Jane Lynch) or the nominees (I’m a fan of most of them). I haven’t watched any awards show in quite a few years. It’s just gotten too ridiculous for me. The musical numbers, the awkward pairing of celebrities who deliver jokes that just don’t land, the stiff applause of those who don’t win while seething with rage and/or tears inside… the endless commercial breaks!!

You cannot swing a dead cat without hitting an awards show these days. Off the top of my head, here’s a short list of awards shows that air their ceremonies on TV:

Again, that’s a short list. And that’s just the ones that affect actors directly! There are awards for every part of the industry out there. And many televise their ceremonies. It’s even become a gala event and breaking news when they announce the nominees — that’s right, we’re supposed to get excited to hear them tell us names of the people who only might have a chance of winning.

What can be done about this? How do we return some sensibility to these things? IMHO (and this is a long shot), if they’re going to televise it they should do it like the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Prize Patrol. Throughout a particular day, they should roll an armored truck up to the winner’s house and deliver the award with a bunch of balloons and one of these legendary “swag bags” I’m always hearing about but have never seen. They can televise those without disrupting the normal broadcast schedule or depriving the viewing audience of either the spectacle of an awards show or the programs these people are being recognized for. Done and d–

Excuse me… there’s someone at the door.

OMG! It’s TV’s Jon Cryer with my Emmy Award! I take it all back! This is the greatest day of my life! Outta my way, world, I’M BETTER THAN YOU!!!!

RELEASED: Linux for Beginners

Linux for Beginners

Let’s face it… we’ve all been using computers for a lot of years now. Maybe you’re a solid Windows user. Maybe you’re a Mac aficionado. But you might only be slightly aware that other operating systems exist. Linux is the most well known of those and various versions of it run the vast majority of servers that give us websites (including this one!) and all the Internet things!

But have you wanted to learn how to actually use Linux? Have you dreamed of jumping in and seeing why it’s such a cool system to use? With my latest audiobook there’s nothing stopping you!

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RELEASED: Ghost Light

Ghost Light

The beat rolls on… and so do my audiobook releases!

Michael Chemers’ “Ghost Light” is a terrific introduction to the practice of dramaturgy, including explaining what they do!

No, seriously… the first chapter is literally titled “What the #$%@ Is a Dramaturg?”

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