August 2014

OUT OF RUINS by Michele G Miller

Reading is important. It makes you less dumb, it improves your memory and it makes you less dumb. We want to encourage reading so we’ll be posting book reviews here from time to time. Check them out and read, or be stupid.  OUT OF RUINS by Michele G Miller Click to buy. Review by: Danielle […] Read more


The Arms Race: First Day of School Version

“Wait, when did back-to-school become such a big deal?” Hop in my text-based time machine back to my first day of public school at Jamestown Elementary in 1984. I walked by myself to the bus ¼ mile away, rode the shocks-free vehicle listening to Air Supply, wearing ill-fitting clothes from either Sears or Miller’s outpost, […] Read more


Giveaway: Horror in Honduras

I’m giving away a signed copy of my book Horror in Honduras. Enter below for your chance to win. The Bulletproof Adventures  of Damian Stockwell Horror in Honduras by Benjamin Wallace Giveaway ends August 30, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win  Damian Stockwell was raised from birth to be a force […] Read more


Akihabara Electric Town Comes Home

Getting married is a rite of passage. Rites of passages usually signify a transition from one life stage to another. But, not always. Jim may have grown older but has defined growing up his own way. He’s been a toy-tech, the voice of Optimus Prime and Cobra Commander and has played more video games than […] Read more


Teeing Off

Nothing says “Help support indie authors!” like buying a t-shirt. And nothing says “Buy this t-shirt!” like having a curly mustache on the front. Wait. Let’s back up a bit. Fellow Dumb White Husbands Clayton Smith and I (Steven Luna) are in all kinds of rocket-launching mode with our new venture Dapper Press, a publishing […] Read more


Chocolate is All

We all know I am a bit obsessed with cupcakes, all you have to do is take one look at any of my pages and that fact is obvious, so naturally I thought I would hit you husbands with a chocolate cupcake recipe. I know it is not manly food, but think of it this […] Read more


The Rusted Corridor: True Stories from the Amtrak Lincoln Service

Amtrak runs a route between my original home, St. Louis, and my adopted home, Chicago. That route is called the Lincoln Service. I’ve ridden it quite a lot in the five years since I moved to Chicago. It is always awful. Someone decided it was a good idea to bring a four-year-old on a 7am […] Read more


Read or Be Stupid: Tomorrowland by Joseph Bates

Reading is important. It makes you less dumb, it improves your memory and it makes you less dumb. We want to encourage reading so we’ll be posting book reviews here from time to time. Check them out and read, or be stupid.  Tomorrowland by Joseph Bates Review by Clayton Smith Some books are good. Some […] Read more


Did It Myself: Homemade Child Bribes

Did It MyselfBeing handy is expected of a husband. In fact it’s written into most state wedding licenses because they don’t expect you to read the whole thing. Some husbands are naturals and for the rest there’s Scarydad. He’s always been handy and he’s here to share his tips on everything from appliance repair to […] Read more


“What do you want to do on your birthday?” Says the wife. “Go to the comic book store.” Says I. “Really?” Says the wife. “Yup.” Says I. I’m standing in between the aisles of brightly colored spandex heroes and sharply fanged drooling jaws of alien monsters. In my hands are two trade paperback collections of […] Read more


My Beef with Coffee

The GrindIt’s difficult to imagine a time in history before the cultivation of the mighty coffee bean. It was most likely bleak and everyone was cranky. Thankfully, we live in a civilized time where our biggest problem is choosing our favorite bean and brew that gets us through our day. Doing this through bleary eyes […] Read more


Read Or Be Stupid: The Virus Edition

The Gadgeteer  It’s a man’s job to be curious. Exploring and prodding the world to determine what is best, what is safe and what should be feared. In pre-history this man would be in charge of the stick used to poke maybe-dead things. Today, it’s Todd’s job to seek out the latest gadgets, gear and […] Read more


PBR & AC/DC: Partners in Crime

No scratch for beer on a Friday night? The Ribbon and Young bros solve your plight! I’ve got my fair share of secrets, some withheld for legal reasons given the statute of limitations in various jurisdictions both stateside and world-wide, extradition possibilities notwithstanding, and others withheld strictly for pride.  In the later category, I’ve kept […] Read more


Modern Board Game Marketing Scrabble Boggles My Mind

Last weekend  I was perusing the aisles of Toys R Us, looking to see if there were any good clearance deals left– all color-coded tags had dropped to 95% off. Needless to say, anything of value had been picked clean and all that remained were piles of Monster High iPhone 4 cases. I’d noticed that […] Read more


Welcome to the New Paranormal

A Vampire Faces Middle-Age My character Joe Vampire has gone through a bunch of crazy stuff over the years. Bad relationships, bad get-back-on-the-horse dates, bad experiences with booze and sushi. Good times with new friends and old friends. Hellacious moments with vampire hunters and undead prostitutes and moments of existential questioning that would drive someone […] Read more


Any Side Up

Eat, Play, ShoveThe husband has traditionally gotten a bad wrap as being a terrible cook. This stereotype most likely comes from the fact that it’s true. To help us along, author and culinary instructor Danielle is here to teach us a thing or two about making a meal without making a fool of ourselves. One […] Read more


Do You Have This In Awkward: On the Subject of Gay Volleyball

As a tall, white male, it’s my genetic responsibility to be good at volleyball. It’s a burden that I try to shoulder as often as possible, because I once heard that exercise is good for you. And so it was that I found myself playing in a recreational volleyball league not so very long ago […] Read more


Read or Be Stupid: Monster by A Lee Martinez

Reading is important. It makes you less dumb, it improves your memory and it makes you less dumb. We want to encourage reading so we’ll be posting book reviews here from time to time. Check them out and read, or be stupid. Monster by A Lee Martinez Review by Ben If you ever go to […] Read more


The Great Electric Vacation

We’re packing to go away for a few days. We’re going to a family reunion out of state. It’s a five or six hour drive. If my memory serves me correctly, the back seat of my parent’s car, occupied by my older sister and I, descended into a danger zone of destruction worthy of the […] Read more


STARSUCKS

The GrindIt’s difficult to imagine a time in history before the cultivation of the mighty coffee bean. It was most likely bleak and everyone was cranky. Thankfully, we live in a civilized time where our biggest problem is choosing our favorite bean and brew that gets us through our day. Doing this through bleary eyes […] Read more


Don’t Blame Technology

People blame technology for too many problems. This isn’t new, and I’m surely not going to stop it with one article, but stay with me for a couple of examples and then feel free to chime in with your comments below. Look at the simple case of automated checkouts. These stand-alone stations that let you […] Read more