Update on me and the kids

So many people have been asking for updates on how the kids and I are doing, that I thought the best thing to do is just make a short video and show everyone:

Again, thanks to everyone who has expressed their concern and their well-wishes. You have no idea how much the little things like that help.

Sad news

Yes, I’ve been putting off making this blog entry. But sometimes one just needs the courage to soldier on.

As you can read in this story from the AP Newswire, my daughter and I were severely injured and my wife killed when a drunk driver hit us head-on on the interstate.

I am happy to report, however, that Aleena is now walking and I am able to start putting some weight on my right foot. It’ll be awhile before I join her among the ranks of the ambulatory, but I’ll get there in time. The healing process is going rather well. My right humerus was shattered, so it’ll be even longer before I can use that arm for anything other than light duty (such as typing), but it, too, will heal in time. The prognosis has always been that we’ll both make a complete recovery. We’re both very fortunate that no nerves were severed and that there was no serious internal or brain damage; it was quite a crash.

I’d like to thank everyone who has supported and continues to support us during this difficult time. Of course, there’s my immediate family, taking us in until we’re ready to get back on our own again; the rescue workers and hospital staff in West Virginia who were so incredibly great; so many people from Unity Presbyterian Church who gave us so much help and support, from the funeral to building a very professional wheelchair ramp; my friends in the Libertarian Party (especially the ones who set up a special blog for outreach and updates) and the skeptic movement (primarily the JREF) who gave their well-wishes, support, and even generous donations…there are just so many people to thank I can’t even think of them all right now, thanks so much to all of you.

And most of all, thank you, Joey, my beautiful wife. You changed my life in ways you never even could have imagined; you changed me in so many ways I can’t describe. I miss you so much, sweetie. I’ll always love you.

To Serve Webs

Yes, it’s another server move–and now I’m finally back on Linux (yaaay!) and the site is again built with PHP (double-yaaay!!!). Guess what? That means more new features (see the pretty pictures on each entry? Categories, man!) and no more of the Windows Server “I’ll deliver your web page when I feel like it and not a second before” attitude!

I’ve also helped my wife, Joanne Burch-Killian, set up the same blog on her website. Check it out!


I guess moving to a new server every three years isn’t a bad thing…except, in this case, I’m no longer on a Linux box and on Windows instead (waaah!), and no more PHP scripting; only ASP is available (double waaah!), but it’s really not so bad. I’ve got a bigger pipe, access to a nice, huge database, and a host of other advantages.

Since I was having to translate all of the code anyway, I took advantage of the server move to make a lot of changes. You’ll notice that the site pretty much looks the same, except I think the blog is a little more nicely formatted. And did you notice? Comments! You can now post comments at the bottom of every blog entry. It’s nice to get feedback from the visitors to your site, so this was a welcome addition. I deliberately did not give myself the ability to edit the comments that people write, since I wanted to avoid the appearance of censorship. I can delete comments, however, and will do so if people abuse the system, though flooding, posting links to illegal material such as viruses, etc. (the links won’t be live anyway). Somehow, I don’t think that’ll be a problem with the people who come here. Please don’t prove me wrong on that.

Oh, and the whole site is now made with XHTML 1.0. It’s also a bit sleeker under the hood. But, for the most part, the site is pretty much as it has been for years. Enjoy!


I finally have the new look and feel of the site up. I hope you like it! I had really outgrown the simple layout I started with. This should be easier to navigate as well as more pleasing to the eyes. Let me know what you think.

All’s Fair in love and bad weather

Since the Apple Festival was cancelled this year for fears that Ivan would bring in inclement and even dangerous weather (of course, it ended up being a beautiful day…), I’ve secured booth space for October 1st and 2nd at the Denver Days festival. The festival runs from 3-11 on Friday and 9-6 on Saturday, and I plan to be there for as much of that time as humanly possible.