About Scott: Dumb Stuff

Things you don't want to know, but will read anyway

Me drinking from a coconut with a long straw

Tulum, Mexico, February 2012

Reading time: 2 minutes

Bad configuration of Message to Display in Plugin parameters.

Absurd minutiae

  • Programming and age have ravaged my eyesight, but I have an astonishingly strong sense of smell. It's a blessing and a curse.
  • As a little boy, I was in love with the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci. I was pretty sure she was in love with me, too. Whenever I heard Nadia's Theme by Henry Mancini, I felt something I now recognize as melancholy. She's out there, she needs me, she misses me...sigh. All that from a seven year-old.

  • To this day, the Rankin Bass logo inspires profound sadness in me. When I was child watching Halloween or Christmas specials on TV, it meant the show was absolutely, positively over. Six seconds of sad, right here:

  • Ohio's official natural fruit is the pawpaw. I had never eaten one until I went to the Ohio Pawpaw Festival in 2015. Now we have five pawpaw trees in our yard, and I eat them whenever I can (which is about three weeks out of the year).
  • Every year, Gina and I buy a live Christmas tree with the ball of dirt still on it. Then we replant the tree somewhere in the yard. We have blue spruces, green spruces, a blue hoopsii, a canaan fir, a scotch pine, and a concolor fir.
  • Cake or pie? Pie.
Me drinking from a plastic cup outside, in the woods

Trying pawpaw soda. It was not good. Sep 2015

Lots of trees on a sunny day

Pawpaw trees in the middleground and to the right. Jul 2018.

  • Favorite season: Autumn, no question.
  • If I ever start to think I'm smart, I imagine opening the hood of our car. I don't have to actually open the car hood, I just have to think about doing it. I have no idea what's going on under there.
  • I could eat these cuisines every day: Italian, Mexican. For everything else, I would need a break once in a while.
  • I prefer television, where you can get into character arcs and a multiple storylines. For now, 90% of what I watch is TV, 10% is movies. Having said that, my two favorite movies are: Network. It's simply a masterpiece. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. This movie is fun and funny and awesome. There's something about it I love with a deep and unshakeable passion, and I can't quite identify it. It's not because the Stooges' I Wanna Be Your Dog plays when Eddie loses the poker game, but that sure as shit helps.

Lit up Christmas tree with lots of ornaments

Our 2015 Christmas tree, a concolor fir

Big ball of dirt wrapped in burlap and a wire cage

The 2015 tree's ball of dirt. So heavy I injured myself bringing it into the house

  • The men in my family are masters at killing bugs. Flies, mosquitoes, wasps, spiders, etc. My wife didn't know how much she would appreciate this talent until she began reaping the benefits.
  • There are a few items the kitchen must always be stocked with at the Tann household. One of them is Crystal Hot Sauce. Another is Bonne Maman Mango-Peach Preserves.
  • I don't write much about software or programming here because 1) it quickly gets confusing and boring, and 2) that's not what this blog is about. Having said that, here are a few things in the world of technology which I love. If any of these look as if they might interest you, check them out:

    • SASS The stylesheet preprocessor CSS has always needed (ok, this is a little technological, but it's cool)
    • UserFrosting Easy user management, sophisticated software under the hood
    • Grav Simple, clean, fast content management; flat file only (some plugins use SQLite)
    • Redmine Project management for programmers, simple and robust
  • Somewhere there is a photograph of me as a twelve-year-old with a South American boa constrictor named Sizzlean around my neck.

Recent Posts

Postcard: Los Angeles  11/5/2021

Afropean  8/6/2021

Roadrunner  7/22/2021

Red Dust  6/30/2021

Eat Pray Love  6/10/2021

Voyage au Brésil  5/16/2021

Postcard: Lake Tahoe  4/30/2021

Baedeker's United States  4/5/2021

To Shake the Sleeping Self  3/7/2021

Adrift  2/25/2021



A smiling Francis and me, sitting outside in front of some shrubs

Some basics

A brief biographical sketch

Me on top of a sunny Mt Pilatus in Switzerland, with mountains in the background


Pardon the saccharine and the obvious, but travel is everything

A couple standing in front of a large Gothic church, on a bridge over the Seine


France deserves its own section

Francis, as a two year-old in a car seat, in sunglasses reading a French picture book


The bullshit of daily life? I'd rather read.

Stage with musicians going at it - they're Gogol Bordello, and they're crazy


Let me take you back

Little boy sitting on a big white bed, looking at a tablet


I watch a lot more television than movies

Live action from a soccer game at Crew Stadium - yellow versus blue


The only sport that matters

Ugly photo of a pig knuckle after it's been eaten - really, it looks horrible


As a travel writer, I have to talk about food

Me in an outdoor restaurant drinking from a green coconut with a long straw

Dumb stuff

You will not feel smarter after reading this

Dumpster full of garbage


Trying to live simply

Me getting out of a red Ferrari F430 with a guy clapping for me

Other Interests

I've only driven a Ferrari once

Dude wearing orange pants and orange and green shoes walking on wet grass

Get off my lawn

A few brief rants

Recent Instagram Posts

Recent Tweets