Watch The World Learn



Watch complications were the apps of a hundred years ago - and they were expensive. None of my complicated watches have an alarm, for example. That alarm complication costs as much as an Apple Watch - so it's clearly the economical choice.

Also I wanted a Kanji Solitaire watch complication, so I made one. It displays a different kanji character at a glance, every thirty minutes. Tap the complication to flip through a flashcard quiz. The large crown dial will also roll through a thousand quiz characters.

I own a fancy $80 box of analog flashcards, and it's impractical to hold a hundred of them. But the Watch has amazeballs tech, so thousands of digital cards is light work.

Part of my objection to smart watches has been the look - it's great to see Apple partner with outside design to create some style variations. I got the Nike Version with the perforated band, and this includes the Nike watch face which is also great looking.

The Ten Second Amendment



SANTA FE, NM - Ain't nobody looking out for nobody on the frontier - unless they're a pervert or a bandit. You're reading my scrapbook, then I got killed by one or both - a goddamn lawman. Figured it'd happen, ain't no surprise by now. Pine box coming full split.

Got my record at eleven years, 'cause some damn bugger askin' bout a bullet. Bag of nails since. Kicked outta schoolhouse on why I beefed a man. They don't take no account of a child's family ain't got no money.

Had to take low jobs, until word got back on the felony. Landlords ain't wanna hear heap about it neither. Learn't to hobble my lip an' make tracks to the next town.

Near ten years now an' down to the blanket. Cracked lawmen sneaking up 'cause they heard you shot a man once, an' they don't take no account of drifters. Ditched and bulldozed in alley court on no charge of livin' among the willows.

These tracks lead to the boot yard 'an nothing figures for changing.

Carousel Incident #342838



The emergency medical team slid the injured woman onto a gurney and wheeled her away, leaving a smear of blood several feet beyond a low metal fence surrounding the carnival ride.

The officer kneeled to take a witness statement, and placed a small notebook on his knee. These two young ladies had apparently seen the entire thing. "Zebras can't be domesticated", she said. The second girl nodded emphatically.