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I memorized pi to 100 digits in an airport… for fun

Numbers — everywhere.
Numbers — everywhere.
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You read that title right. I memorized pi to 100 digits during a short layover in an airport — and I did it for fun. Yes, I hear some of you whispering and calling me a nerd, but you’re wrong.

I’m not a nerd; I’m a geek with social skills. And, I can teach you how to memorize numbers also, by adapting a method created by Dominic O’Brien.

Even though I claim not to be a nerd, this article is part of a book I wrote on how to memorize a deck of cards. …


I have wishes

You Can Remarry

The Happy Widow
The Happy Widow
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Dear My Loving Wife,

I have no plans of leaving this plane of existence anytime soon. You never know, though. I could be in a car accident, have a bone lodge in my throat, or the wrong person could cough on me.

It’s a dangerous world.

If I die, I want you to be happy. You deserve love and happiness and pleasure.

It’s okay with me if you remarry. You may do so with my blessing.

I have requests. Not conditions. Just requests.

You may honor them or not. And if you don’t honor them, you may still remarry. Just maybe not with my blessing.

  1. Marry someone…


Do I contradict myself?

Writers Are Crafted

Photo of the author by the author. Taken in San Antonio, Texas. 2021

I put off an About Me story, first because I didn’t know what to say and then because I couldn’t decide what to leave out.

We all have a multitude of stories.

For this post, I decided to tell the complicated one about admitting I was a writer then how I later became one.

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself.
(I am large, I contain multitudes.) — Walt Whitman

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then. I contradict myself.
(No, I don’t. Yes, I do. Hush, you.) — Scott Hughey

I was an early lover of words and language. Oddly so, given that so many people couldn’t understand mine.

I was adopted, along with my…


You’re An Idiot, But I Have No Beef With You

Yes Sir. I’ll burn that steak right away. Photo by Scott Hughey and Canva Pro

To the gentleman at table #5:

You’ve just ordered a 12-ounce ribeye steak. It’s usually a fine choice. The high-fat content makes the steak tender and juicy, cooked in its own juices. When prepared properly, you’ll find it perfectly seared and exploding with flavor.

Except, you ordered it well-done.

I immediately knew several things.

  • As a kid, you probably set your roasted marshmallows on fire. You swore this was because you “like them that way.”
  • If you ever manage to procreate, you’ll teach your children to set their marshmallows on fire, too. …


#7 Is For Those Who Can’t Resist Supervillains

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1. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

You’ve been burned before. You’ve also been shot, punched, left for dead in inescapable death traps, and had your heart torn out. It comes with the territory. Don’t allow your trust issues to prevent you from seeking intimacy. Not everyone has spontaneous flame powers.

2. Have your protection handy.

No, not necessarily that kind of protection. We’ve all been on those dates where the restaurant is robbed, the bank next door blows up, or your arch-nemesis tracks you down. It happens.

Don’t be caught with your superpants down, or nowhere to be found. Have your magic ring/utility belt/shield/armor/hammer nearby.

3. Choose your date with care. You may have to rescue or fight them one day.

There are three types of people…


Contest Winner Announcement

Or… And The Winner Is:

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Dear everyone,

You’re all the best. No, really, I mean it. Our writers craft the best letters. Our readers read them. It’s win-win.

Speaking of win-win, We’ve just concluded our first Open Letters Response Contest and it was a hit. We’re going to have to do this again. And we have two winners to announce!

We hadn’t planned on announcing two winners, but these letters were just too good not to include both.


What Neil Gaiman and the Marvel Cinematic Universe Have in Common

All I Need Is Possible — Dr. Strange

Doctor Strange: All I Need Is Possible
Doctor Strange: All I Need Is Possible
All he needs is possible. Promo and movie still image by Marvel Studios

What do the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Neil Gaiman have in common?

Aside from the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch (AKA Dr. Strange) has always seemed to me to be the acting version of Neil Gaiman, the answer is masterful storytelling.

Neil has a quote somewhere. I can’t remember if it came from a speech, a book, his masterclass, or some other source. I can’t quite put it into full context, and I’ll have to paraphrase. But it fits what is happening in the MCU.

Neil discussed one of the most beautiful moments of crafting a story. It’s when you’re trying…


We will announce the winner next week

Congratulations!

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Open Letters has been thrilled with the entries for our Response Letters Contest. The responses brought laughter to many. Be sure to read these replies and the original letters, if you haven’t already.

Below are the finalists in no particular order. No, that’s not right. It’s clearly an order. What’s the accurate way of saying it? Ah, I’ve got it.

Below are the finalists in no intended order.

And The Finalists Are

A Response From The Spider Monster Throwing a Party in Your Room by Bev Potter, responding to An Open Letter to the Spider Monster Throwing a Party in My Room by Courtney…


I’ve heard it both ways — Shawn Spencer, Psych

I’d somehow never heard of see-quil

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Note: This is a slight expansion (with grammar correction) of an answer I wrote on Quora to Have you ever said something in an interview that immediately disqualified you from the position?

My long career in IT started in programming.

I joke that I was a mediocre to a below-average programmer. The truth is, I wasn’t bad, I just lacked real-world experience. I‘d taught myself to program, along with learning bad habits. Fortunately, I picked up good ones in college.

College isn’t the real world though.

An internship followed by a full-time programming job provided programming experience. …

Scott Hughey (TheWriteScott)

He’s a geek with social skills. Scott writes humor, satire, and pop-culture with a touch of self-help. Find his Amazon books here: https://amzn.to/2LDQxjy

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