Code, nerd culture and humor from Greg Knauss.

I’m standing in line at the gas station, with my half-gallon of caffeine and bubbles, and the guy in front of me gets his turn and shuffles up to the counter. He’s sort of gaunt and weathered and a wind-breaker hangs loosely on his shoulders. He puts something that looks like a small electric razor to his throat and turns it on. A sharp buzzing starts.

Do you have cell phone minutes?” he whispers, the sound barely rising above the machine.

“No,” says the cashier, totally unshaken. “But you can get them at the 7-Eleven across the street.”

Thanks,” buzzes the guy and switches off the razor. He turns and shuffles out, headed for the cross-walk. I buy my soda and as I turn to leave, the woman behind me comes up to the counter.

“Marlboro Lights,” she says. “Two packs.”

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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