Waiting for The Cinder Block of Internet Dismay

Do you ever look at that SEND button, and know–even before you push it–that what you’re saying is probably more controversial than you know? I’m pretty good at self-censoring the political content. In the first place, it just doesn’t travel well. After all, does someone in Britain or New Zealand really care that I hold

Maybe It Really Is News

Marshawn Lynch–who is a man I don’t know, who plays a sport I don’t watch for a team I didn’t bother to look up–did not stand for the national anthem. And that’s news. Apparently, of a magnitude that even though I don’t know him or his team, and I don’t watch his sport I still

Advisors and Momentum

Another batch of advisors quit the other day. This one was basically a whole advisory committee on HIV/AIDS that walked out en masse because, they said, the president just doesn’t care about HIV/AIDS. They aren’t the first. Elon Musk quit after the US pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and there have been others.

Hunting the Witch of the Gaps

Note: This is a continuation of the cemeteries and science rant from last week. I hope it makes sense in a vacuum, but you might want to read the earlier piece first. There’s no need to look for a reason. They blamed the girlfriend–the “significant other” who moved out after however many years… and took

Questions for a New Presidentiad

One of the big things I’d like to do right now is figure out where, exactly the middle of the road is. What exactly would a centerist believe? Where does the country balance? That’s a tough question. Between Hollywood and the Information Age, the loudest voices always seem to get the most play–whether they represent

Throwing Away The Classics

I ran into this post–which talks about why not to give children a particular book– on Carol Nissenson’s Blog the other day and despite the post’s title, it took me three or four read throughs to figure out exactly which book she was talking about. The Secret Garden. One of the books I read as

That’s One Hell of a “WANT” Ad!

You’d think “Newspaper Reporter” would be on the list of jobs that pay more than I make, but apparently, no. Not all the time. Not at the Fairbury Journal-News, at least. They’re looking for correspondents who are willing to work for free. Now, in the Journal-News’ defense, it is a small-town newspaper. Like a lot

Politics As An Overheated Machine

I’m not in love with politics. I’ve never been one of those people who throw on a straw hat and run around with a megaphone, waving the flag, and shouting sound bites. I do kind of like complex systems, though. I love intermodal shipping. I’m passionate about the giant crane that takes apart a train

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