There are worse addictions

Hi. My name is Bob, and I’m a lifelong learner. Just can’t help it, really. I love learning about almost anything, but my main jam is coding, whether that’s text-based, block-based, Minecraft-based, robots, microBits, art, music, whatever. I love making the language actually DO something, then tinkering with it to… Continue reading

Giving the eulogy

Last week I did one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. I wrote and delivered the eulogy for my father. I find it pretty easy to write about other things (thanks to my father, who was a writer). But this one really hit me hard. He… Continue reading

After 1 week back in the saddle

It’s been quite a ride so far, and not one that can be easily reduced to one post. But here’s a start: First, I’m very happy to have found something that just works for me and my schedule at this point in my life. It’s 4 afternoons a week, 2… Continue reading

Back in the saddle again

It’s now officially the night before the first day of school. For me! Again. Only a year ago, I retired from full time classroom teaching. I spent the year busy as always, putting lots of effort into whatever might be next for me. A new business venture, possibilities of tutoring,… Continue reading

A week of Minecraft mania!

This was a first for me — a complete week of doing Minecraft all day, every day. How did I get so lucky? I taught a week of Minecraft in Computer Science at a CSTA PD event for the state of South Carolina, put on by the awesome folks at… Continue reading

Diggin’ on Dylan

I just discovered Bob’s Theme Time Radio Hour on YouTube and had a bit of time today, so I gave it a listen. Stayed right through till the end. Just basically gobsmacked — it’s got everything. Literary references (Samuel Johnson!), fascinating backstories to artists and songs, interesting songs, all wrapped… Continue reading

Chicago Bob rides again!

One of the great joys in my life is playing music. And I love playing "out" — in front of people. I know I’ll never be a star or go national, but it makes me happy to share my music live. I’m a blues guy. Though I’ve got a pretty… Continue reading

Kicking It Old School

As I’m planning my Minecraft RPG, I’m doing a lot of research into DnD and trying to refresh my memory and also see what’s been happening in the 20 years since I’ve been away from the table. One movement that I’m learning about is #OSR — Old School Renaissance or… Continue reading

Minecraft Madness…

… in retirement. OMG! Now that I’m officially retired, I have time to pursue things that I really want to do! It’s a voyage of discovery, as you will find when it’s your turn. Having spent our whole careers, doing things we had to do, it’s a big jump to… Continue reading

The Tribe, part 1

We somehow found each other, 5 unlikely comrades-in-arms, in 9th grade. And they were some of the deepest, most intense friendships I’ve had in my whole life. As only early adolescent relationships can be! Within a few months of meeting each other, we were able to finish each other’s sentences… Continue reading