Murphy’s Law

Contrary to popular belief, Murphy’s Law states: If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone can do it.

I just thought you’d like to know.

Resignation Letters and Final Episodes

Ever since I joined the real work force (I had a sometime job at 13 and a part time all through high school and I don’t really count them), I always carried an undated, but signed resignation letter in my wallet. I can’t remember why I started, but it was always something very basic “To Whom It May Concern, effective immediately, I hereby terminate my employment with [personalized for the company]. Thank you, Derek Coward”

This wasn’t because I went into the situation thinking that it wasn’t going to work out or that the companies I worked for were somehow morally bankrupt and would ask me to do something that I would find reprehensible. I carried them just in case I ever needed to make a dramatic exit.

However, I only recently found out that you don’t get Unemployment if you quit a job. Needless to say, I won’t be carrying them anymore.

Instead, I have been working on final podcast episodes. I think I have the script written in my mind.


Me: Welcome to [Podcast Name Here]. I’m your host Derek Coward. [Podcast Name Here] can be found at [Podcast Website Here] and you can send feedback to [Podcast Email Here]. {long pause, maybe a deep sigh}

Eh, I’m done.


Not that I am thinking about quitting any time soon, but like I said I want to be ready in case I need to make a dramatic exit.

Relatively busy day

I have been working on freelance reporting project and the latest proof has been sent to my customer’s customer for review. I don’t expect to hear back from them for a few days so I have been working on some personal/network stuff.

Today I posted the latest episode of the BoxxOnline Punk Rock Show. Actually I threw together a playlist, recorded a show, wrote the shownotes, updated the site and uploaded the show today.

I also used a free domain registration from my hosting service to get While I was thinking about it, I also grabbed

So most of my evening has been sent setting up WordPress 2.7 for those two sites. Neither of them are at the level that I want them to be, but they look pretty good for the first day.

Mentally, I have also been working on the next episode of Movie Noise (which should encompass looks at four movies with a common theme) and the next two Book Review Noise episodes (The Coffin Dancer and The Empty Chair, both by Jeffrey Deaver, then I think I am going to lay off of his books for a while). I also have started thinking about the next fourteen episodes of Mosai Noise (which should end The Blackout storyline and I’ll go to shorter more self contained stories) and a science opera podiobook that I have been thinking about.

I also have recording to do tomorrow with Angie and reading to do for my upcoming Queen and Country ReaderFeed series.

I think that if I hadn’t been smacked upside the head with writer’s block for the past few months, then I would have been this productive since my unemployment started.

Still, there is this nagging little voice in the back of my head telling me that I could be doing more.