• Coffee,  Food and Drink

    Stop Messing with My Espresso!

    Hey people. I have a favor to ask. Stop Messing with My Espresso. Ok? I have not had a decent shot of espresso from a local coffee shop in – I don’t know how long. I used to take my normal drink (a large, quad americano) straight-up black. Sure, I might deviate and add something when I visit national chains. Lately, however, the taste of the espresso at any given coffee shop – locally owned or national chain – requires me to add cream. Period. So, I say this again: Stop Messing with My Espresso! What happened to Espresso? Second wave era American espresso was always a blend of a…

  • Etymology, Words, and Writing

    Fighting Grammar Dyslexia

    Disclaimer: This article shows my own personal experiences with what I’ve dubbed as “grammar dyslexia” and what has helped me. While I hope my experiences help others, I in no way have the credentials to give any medical or mental health advice. If you need any help with any form of dyslexia, please contact a professional. Today, someone on the official Elvis Costello page asked: “Where exactly did peace, love, and understanding go?” I sarcastically wrote, “It got eaten by a bear.” For those without a total recall of every Elvis Costello reference, this refers to 2008’s A Colbert Christmas. During this TV special, Stephen Colbert, Willie Nelson, Feist, and…

  • Memories,  Other writings

    The Last Ten Years: A Retrospective Study

    The year 2020, and the start of a brand new decade starts in just a few weeks. Wow – mind blowing! I feel like the last ten years has just kind of flown by. I guess that’s what happens when you get older – time just kind of happens a little faster every single year. While the 2010s have indeed sped by like a police car chasing a Lamborghini, a lot still has happened in the last ten years. It’s my duty as a writer to introspect sometimes I guess. Document the changes. How has my life changed in the last ten years? What’s stayed the same? Who is Aaron…

  • October Scary Story,  short fiction

    The Earworm of Doom

    Greetings, loyal readers. It’s October, and that means one thing – scary story time! Every year, in celebration of October and Halloween, I release a special short story focusing on things terrifying and horrific. This month, I shall tackle the subject of music. What’s that? You thought the music posts were gone from aaronjedwards.com? Permanently migrated to audioperfecta.com? Oh, you are mostly right…..however this is no ordinary music post. This is a cautionary tale about what you listen to….and how it might eat your brain. This is….the earworm of doom. Mwahahahaha! Chapter 1: The Discovery of the earworm of doom No one knows where the earworm of doom came from. Some…

  • Etymology, Words, and Writing

    Good Portmanteau vs Bad Portmanteau?

    What’s a portmanteau? The simple answer is two words, smashed together with the force of a charging elephant to form a new word (I choose my featured images well!). Lewis Carroll first coined portmanteau in Jabberwocky to describe words such as “chrotle” and “slithy.” Portmanteau merges two French Words, “porter” (to carry) and “manteau” (to carry). Portmanteaus have flooded languages ever since, though there are certainly the good portmanteaus and the bad portmanteaus. This, my friends, is what we will examine today. What are the truly great portmanteaus, and which ones should have never existed to begin with? Sharrow What is a Sharrow? A sharrow is a lane that is…