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Greetings!

Welcome to my little corner of the web. I've maintained this site since 1997. The web has changed a lot since then, but this place really hasn't. I keep thinking one of these days I'm going to give it a major overhaul, bring it into the 21st century, but others projects always seem to take priority. Someday maybe I'll have a bunch of spare time.


A little about me

I'm a writer. OK, so that's not my job title. I have a day job as a computer programmer for the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kansas. Writing, though, is my true vocation.

My first published article appeared in Planet Kansas, the newsletter of the Kansas Sierra Club, in December, 1999. The article was titled Stopping Christmas Shopping, and featured 15 tips for "winning the fight against holiday consumerism". It wasn't high quality literature, but it was printed with real ink on real paper. Planet Kansas, I knew, would take any articles they could get, from anyone who took the time to submit them. But that didn't matter to me. Seeing my name in a byline convinced me that I could be a writer.

My latest article is Royals' Power Struggles in Perspective, published at Royals Review. The Kansas City Royals have never hit a lot of home runs, but in this article I look at a statistic called Isolated Power (ISO) to see how this year's squad measures up.

You can find links to more of my stuff below.


Quote of the day October 25th, 2014

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.

-- Confucius

Daily quotes powered by Mads Søgaard's Quote of the Day Script. Many of the quotes were collected from The Quotations Page, Quoteland, and Brainy Quote, but I've also received a number of quotes from individuals. Email me at bruce(at)brucealderman(dot)info if you've got one you'd like to see here.


I am a moderate Christian and a member of East Heights United Methodist Church in Wichita. Since moving to the KC area I've been attending Grace United Methodist Church in Olathe, but have not yet transferred my membership.

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I am a 1992 graduate of Bethany College. I enjoy reading, playing the piano, hiking, gardening, and playing chess. If you're a chess player, feel free to challenge me to a game at chess.com. I play there under the username aardvark92.

Although I'm a lifelong Kansas resident of more than four decades, I have only once seen a tornado.


Selected Writings

Yahoo! Voices January 2011
What can a short story from the 19th century teach us about climate change in the 21st century?
Baseball Reflections September 2012
The season started with such high hopes…
SitePoint January 2012
Exploring the HTML5 canvas by building a simple game
Yahoo! Voices February 2009
Time moves at its own pace in canyon country.
Get Lost Magazine June 2002
How could I say no?
Baseball Reflections March 2013
I look into my cloudy crystal ball.
Yahoo! Voices September 2008
The way to learn a foreign language is through total immersion.
SitePoint May 2013
A followup to the sliding puzzle tutorial
Get Lost Magazine Februay 2004
Next time, I'd rather hitchhike.
Yahoo! Voices November 2007
Not your typical book review
Travelbackpacker.com August 2001
Finding freedom in a weekend getaway to the mountains
Codewalkers.com June 2005
A simple way to make your site more dynamic

My JavaScript tutorials have been used to create puzzles in the Nimian Legends online game.

You might also have seen some of my work at Wikipedia, where I've written a handful of pages and have made more than 500 edits since June of 2006.

From 2005 to 2010 I offered my thoughts about life, faith, morality, and similar topics in my blog it seems to me…. In 2008 I started a second blog, this blog considered harmful, where I discussed computer programming and related topics. I've stopped blogging but you can still peruse the archives.


This site has had [SOME] visitors since December 22, 1997.