Code, nerd culture and humor from Greg Knauss.

I've just collapsed a lung inflating a punching bag for Tom. It's one of those bobbling ones -- Bugs Bunny on one side and Taz on the other -- with sand in the bottom, so it will bounce back up after it gets a good whack. I plug up the vent, set the bag on the floor, and call for his attention.

Tom looks up from a tangle of surplus cords that he's taken to playing with and sees the bag. He instantly jumps to his feet and barrels over, with what I can only assume is crazed bloodlust in his eyes and a fearsome "Eeeee!" tearing loose from his throat. As he approaches, he swings both arms back, brings them forward... And gives the bag a hug.

"No, no, Tom," I say. "Punching. You punch-- Oh, all right."

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 I'd love to hear from you!

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