Code, nerd culture and humor from Greg Knauss.

So Joanne and Tom and Mike and I are out for a little family drive down the 101 -- just as 2.4-kids-and-a-mortgage as you can get -- when a red Lexus goes rocketing by. In the front seat is mom, frizzy-haired and haggard; in the back are two teenage girls, their effusive blubbliness obvious even over the rapidly expanding distance between us. They sing along to music we can't hear.

And the sides of the car are plastered, wallpapered, with countless magazine pages, color photos ripped from what has to be dozens of different publications. They're tearing themselves to shreds with the speed of the Lexus, but each is still recognizable, and each features the same pearl-white grin and tanned face. Hanging from the back of the car is a hand-lettered sign that reads:

Britney

Spears

or Bust!

I look over at Joanne and say, "What do they mean 'or'? What good is one without the other?"

And then she hits me.

Hi there! My name's GREG KNAUSS and I like to make things.

Some of those things are software (like Romantimatic and Buzz Clock), Web sites (like the Webby-nominated Metababy and The American People) and stories (for Web sites like Suck and Fray, print magazines like Worth and Macworld, and books like "Things I Learned About My Dad" and "Rainy Day Fun and Games for Toddler and Total Bastard").

My e-mail address is greg@eod.com. I'd love to hear from you!

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