FARMVILLE FOREST - Randy Ray Sides


The best thing I ever did in "Farmville" was to sell everything I had
and plant a million trees:



















Now all I have to do is hire an Arborist once a week and SEE YA!
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EDIT January 2011: Below is what it looked like about four months later, with 2,500-or-so trees.


FIFTY-FIVE FICTION

One birthday, I received a book from my brother called The World's Shortest Stories (edited by Steve Moss). Each story contained the four elements that define a story (setting, characters, conflict, and resolution), but each was exactly 55 words long.

The concept is called Fifty-Five Fiction.

It is a complete genre unto itself, and there exist a number of published collections as well as a web site devoted entirely to the genre. Each story must have 55 words -- no more, no less. So I decided to take up the challenge. Here's my Fifty-Five Fiction story:

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * COLD

Lost in the blizzard and hunkered down, I would awaken periodically to howling blackness. But the warm coccoon of my Dad's tight embrace would comfort me.

So when, finally, my eyes opened to the glare of flashlights and the barking of bloodhounds, it was a horrible bittersweet.

Because I awoke saved.

But I awoke cold.

RANDY RAY SIDES

CHARLIE THE WONDERDOG FETCHES

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I'M GONNA MAKE IT SOMEDAY - Randy Ray Sides

This is called "Raw". It represents a shimmer of light in a soul emerging from depression.

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LIFE IN A DAY YOUTUBE



Yes, I took part in that grand YouTube project called "Life in a Day", where the people of our planet were invited to film their day on 7-24-2010 and then submit the raw footage, where it will be reviewed by some well-know filmmakers for possible inclusion in a first-of-its-kind movie. And here's the reason I did it: Long term drug use will make you asocial, and, very often (depending largely on the substance(s) abused), antisocial. My decade of substance abuse took me on a course that --although not opposed to society-- was no longer "within" society. I was a self-imposed outcast, and with "Life in a Day", I felt that I was doing something "with" larger society. It's part of the slow process of post chemical-dependency resocialization (not that I'm out of the woods yet as far as my addictions go). It's a step in the right direction, and it felt good. When I first read about the project in USA Today in early July, I was planning on shooting the day in my hometown of Bridgeport, Nebraska, where I'd assumed I'd be on 7-24. But I unexpectedly went to Big Lake, Minnesota, and that's where I shot the footage, because that's where I was on "The Day". After that day was done and the filming was complete, I spent hours editing the footage into a ten-minute video complete with titles and musical score. Then, the night of the submission deadline, I read what I should have read weeks before: "No editing, no music, no titles. Just raw footage." So that's what I ended up doing. I simply submitted all the raw footage in five big chunks and left it at that, because that's what they wanted. So, even if my footage goes nowhere, it still feels good to have been a part of it all. I feel that much more a part of society again.

HAPPINESS IS A WARM TOILET SEAT IN A PUBLIC BATHROOM - Randy Ray Sides



The original, wordless image was public domain. I added the words at the suggestion of Shane Bateman. Saturday, July 31, 2010.

MARK ZUCKERBERG RULZ!

TRACTOR MEME

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I had a dream last night. In this dream, I was playing guitar and singing gibberish, like I usually do.

And then, all of a sudden, God dropped a John Deere tractor on me. And He said "WILL YA STOP ALREADY?"

And I said "Mmpf."

And He said "Spread this throughout the whole land of cyberspace: No more high-pitched whining. NO MORE! I've had enough. Have a nice day."

And He waved His magic wand, and now I'm sitting at the computer, etc.

RANDY RAY SIDES "TOP TEN REASONS I'M TAKING TIME AWAY FROM FACEBOOK"

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Just kidding, Dolson.

KENNETH V. FLETCHER IS A SUPERGENIUS


This guitar study is dedicated to my wonderful friend, mentor, and role model, Ken Fletcher, who is leaving it all behind for a resort island in Europe. I owe you a lot, Ken. Thank you.

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I'VE DEVELOPED A UNIQUE GUITAR METHOD!


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FIFTY-FIVE FICTION

One birthday, I received a book from my brother called The World's Shortest Stories (edited by Steve Moss). Each story contained the four elements that define a story (setting, characters, conflict, and resolution), but each was exactly 55 words long.

The concept is called Fifty-Five Fiction.

It is a complete genre unto itself, and there exist a number of published collections as well as a web site devoted entirely to the genre. Each story must have 55 words -- no more, no less. So I decided to take up the challenge. Here's my Fifty-Five Fiction story:

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


COLD

Lost in the blizzard and hunkered down, I would awaken periodically to howling blackness. But the warm coccoon of my Dad's tight embrace would comfort me.

So when, finally, my eyes opened to the glare of flashlights and the barking of bloodhounds, it was a horrible bittersweet.


Because I awoke saved.


But I awoke cold.


RANDY RAY SIDES

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I've spent the last month wrapped up in watching my YouTube "View Count" ticker. It's time to create music. So, au revoir
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I've recently compiled twelve very short stories into a volume titled Twelve Tiny Twisted Tales.  What it is is this:  It is a volume of twelve tiny, twisted stories, which is another way of saying Twelve Tiny Twisted Tales, which, incidentally, is the name of the book.  The reason I've entitled the book this way is this:  It is titled this way because of this:  The reason is:  I've written the stories in such a way that they correspond to a firm belief of mine, which is as follows:  I like to be brief and straight to the point.  This is the reason the book is called Twelve Tiny Twisted Tales.  And that's the reason.

Above you will see the cover and one of the stories.  Please click on the image to enlarge it.

To order a book, please blow your alphorn and send a pigeon with $10 tied to its leg.  You could have used the much less tedious method of emailing a request were I not paranoid and reluctant to give out my email address.

Once I have received your order, you may find your copy of the book in a corked bottle on the shore of Lake Superior.  Shipping will take one to two years.