Monday, July 9, 2007


Let me introduce you briefly to someone, aptly at the bottom, of the link list of bloggers at right. He is at the bottom because his blog is named zzsimonb’s rantings and I am unimaginative enough to list my list in alphabetical order.

Simon is what is commonly called a geek, or a guru or a programmer, and when it comes to computers and their networks he knows quite a lot. As an example he has been blogging since before there were blogs. (I still have a computer he worked on when he and I both lived in Phoenix that has a desktop icon called “Bad Place” he put there to try to show me the way to the blogsphere when there were only a handful of folks posting out there). One of his coal-fired computers still runs on DOS commands only, and he can still make the damned thing operate. He has a home built server computer whose case is a cardboard beer (Simon likes good beer) container. It runs on Linux and has been going non-stop for quite some time.

But the fellow is much deeper than that. He is a classroom teacher in the frozen north of Canada (well, it seems pretty darned frozen to me even if it is the Southern part of Canukland) and a good one from what I’ve heard. He also is a commercial reviewer. Yes, one of those, that sometimes hated and feared creature, the critic. He reviews movies and music and dvds and maybe bvds.

Go over to and take a look at his site (this is the address of one of several he maintains) and check it out. If you are a music lover you may find some good things there. Likewise, if you like book reviews, or if you want to know why the slave/master shunt bar link has melted on your hard drive, you might want to ask Simon.

Yes, he needs a haircut, and yes he talks a little funny, what with the Brit accent and all, but he’s a nice guy and it’s worth your time to go visit his site. Just leave your mukluks at the door and bring a case of cold ones with you.


Bruce A. Bateman said...

I forgot to mention that Simon collects typewriters. Should you find an old Olivetti in the garage or up in the attic, send a pic to Simon, he may want it.

zzsimonb said...

hahahaha you are too funmny bruce. I am glad that you are enjoying the blogging experience, it's a lot of fun.

On the reviewing front I am trying to figure out a way that I can get a keg of beer to review, now that would be styling! hahahaha

If you send me the tix i'll come review your bar for you.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

We would love to see you out here, Simon. I suggest you come when the snow starts flying back there in Alberta. Sorry pal, you'll have to spring for your own ticket but we'll put you up and see that you don't have to spend anything while you are here. Come on out.

Bring a bathing suit...that's a piece of cloth donned around the lower extremities used when humans go into the water for recreation. Of course the water in question must be in a liquid state, something seldom seen in your part of the world. HEHEH

I'll start carrying Molson at Porky's in your honor.

Saipan Writer said...

Simon, if you have any of those old Olivetti's (or other manual typewriters) that you don't want, you can bring them with you to Saipan. We might need them --you know-- for when the power goes out.