My newest writing efforts are being posted to this blog:
Not Afraid That You'll Hate Me
Over 13 megabytes of dynamite stuff! (or not)
Almost all completely original and not to be found anywhere else.
Movie reviews: not updated since August 2005. Mostly videos, since we won't make the 50-mile drive to a theater very often.
Movie clichés, a short list which you may find amusing; includes highlights from another site.
Books and Authors: Not being updated. A bit about each book I'm reading now or have finished recently, links to my other reviews, and links to my separate pages on half a dozen various authors. Of course, these days I'm focusing on the Great Books.
My Politics, as progressive as they come. Inactive since 2004 election.
Al's Clown Page Clowning ideas and experiences. I've gotten more feedback about this page than anything else here, though nothing in the past six months or so.
Great Books of the Western World--Join "The Great Conversation"! And join "More Great Conversation" by following the same link.
Games page, free new game rules, "How I Play Civ 2," and more.
Sculptures by Alan Nicoll and Oliver Nicoll.
Nicoll's Books & Stuff, our eBay store! Try to control your spending. Wait... never mind.
My resume, in case some rich and not very bright employer happens by. Not updated for a while.
Gift wish list for me, Susan, and Oliver, if you want to buy us stuff.
My Bookmarks. But surely you have your own that are even better, eh?
More There's more below; each section will eventually become a separate page, and this site may someday start looking good. See below for "Fun" Stuff, My Current Activities, Education, Philosophy, Creative Writing, Family Stuff, the Mountain Communities Cooperative Library, Cost of the War, The Tarot Project, and others I'm too lazy to mention.
My full-time job now is buying and selling used goods, mostly books. I sell on Amazon and Ebay; please try the link and spend lots of money, eh? I could use the help. We sold one book for $400.00, but that doesn't stretch very far, and such sales are rare.
I am also shilling for Amazon.com and have added "buy it here" links to my movie reviews page. Anything you buy through that page gets me a tiny percentage.
Annotated list of web sites worth a visit, all the way down at the bottom of this page.
Guestbook has been deleted from this site--it adds to the advertising popups, and it got too little traffic to justify keeping it.
I don't make much of an effort to make the web site look spiffy, preferring instead to concentrate on the meat of my words (that is, I'm lazy). There's about twelve megabytes of these (6 MB of photos) here. I welcome your comments and suggestions (see email address below).
Quote: This quote from Bertrand Russell, published in 1912, offers a great argument in favor of philosophy.
Essay: Circumcision is still routinely practiced in the U.S. Here's why it should be omitted.
Critical Rationalism: A brief introduction. Not scholarly, but hopefully not stupid, either.
A Freethinker's Ethics, an article I wrote in 1989 and would now write very differently.
"Palm-of-the-Hand" stories: Stories written on one page. Seven stories now.
I'll be doing a lot of writing for my new internet business. Stay tuned.
Van Gogh Exhibition: The 1999 exhibition at LACMA: what I came away with (no paintings, darn).
I have written a number of "Oliver Stories," describing lessons learned in raising my son. I am not willing to put these on the web site because I hope they may someday be worth selling. If you'd like to read them, drop me an email (address below). But here's a sample which is short on story and long on theory: Oliver's Homework.
Oliver, at age 5 yrs 5 months, created this in Paintbrush: Art
Sculptures page, still under construction but featuring three by Alan Nicoll and four by Oliver Nicoll.
Family Photos Page
Here is the text of the wedding ceremony Susan and I wrote for the occasion (6/19/93).
Because my shamelessness knows no bounds, here's my brief autobiography.
Because my self-deprecation also knows no bounds, here's a bit of that called An Unfortunate Comparison.
And, if you're interested, here's my Yahoo profile. Really nothing much to look at there.
Californian Article: This is an article Bob Saberhagen wrote for the Bakersfield Californian, published 4/3/2000. I disavow all responsibility for the style of this article! :) Note that the Californian has dropped this article from their site, so I have put it on mine. The copyright is theirs, of course.
Brochure: Here's the original brochure for the Cooperative Library, minus the clip art, in case anyone wants to pursue a similar project or just want to know some of the ideas we had.
Another Alan Nicoll, this fellow apparently is in South Africa. No relation that I know of, and his web site is even less interesting than this one, but I wanted to keep the link.
subterfuge, a blog by "Lamb Chop"
All Hat No Cattle, sharp political humor.
The Rage Diaries, a literate and well-informed look at the world.
Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia to which YOU can contribute. Over 300,000 pages so far.
Elfwood: A truly fabulous sci-fi/fantasy art site. The works of 21,503 artists, with 363,566 images! Some of it is very amateurish, but overall the quality is good.
Short Orange Fish Tank: Hosted by an unnamed teenager (soon to be 20). Site is very rude and very funny, includes an online diary, "The Penis Page" and reviews of (very old?) video games. Currently (8/3/04) being revised.
Nadezdha Amethyst: If you liked S.O.F.T. above, you may like this as well, though this one isn't very funny. Just a curious, personal site that has things to like about it. I cribbed the scrolling marquee from this site.
tourniquet by Vera Brosgol. A quirky, funny, appealing online graphic novel in progress. You'll like it.
Classics in the History of Psychology: I hate to read long texts online, but this site actually seems to have the entire text of William James's Principles of Psychology and MANY other classics. No Fritz Perls, though.
University of Virginia etexts on line is even more impressive, a truly vast site that includes the complete text of James's Varieties of Religious Experience.
Links to Friends
Peter Gullerud, artist extraordinaire!
Frazier Mountain web site. Here's stuff about "The Mountain Communities" of Frazier Park, etc., including web cam shots of the weather. Best view of Mt. Pinos is from the Pine Mountain Club web cam.
Kern Medical Center Here's a link to the site where I'm working.
Invisible Pink Unicorn symbol for atheists.