Vintage Ads: windows to the past

Recently I came across some old ads from the early-to-mid 21st Century. What a primitive era that was. Just take a look at these: We’ve come so far in so little time. What does the future hold? Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that anymore, because all of our worrying is done for us. Alexa, what kind of cranial connector oil should I use? Continue reading Vintage Ads: windows to the past

Conform or be cast out

When someone talks about “educating” people, what they often really mean is “convincing them to adopt my views as their own and further propagate them.” A highly effective means of forcing someone’s hand in order to achieve this is to silence all dissenting voices. Those who will not be silent are either demonized or viewed as crazy because of their failure to conform and subsequently … Continue reading Conform or be cast out

Can’t argue the facts

If I say that something sucks, that leaves the subject open to debate. If I instead say I don’t like that thing, I’ve stated a fact, and it cannot be disputed. My personal preferences cannot be challenged by anyone else. My reasons can, but I’m not obligated to provide any. Conversation over, no more questions. OPINION: Most cops are assholes. FACT: I tend to strongly … Continue reading Can’t argue the facts

The Song Remains the Same

The human race hasn’t improved one bit–ever. It hasn’t gotten better, and it hasn’t gotten worse. Its motivations and behaviors have remained unchanged since it began keeping records of itself. I can only assume that prior to that, it was ruled by the same forces of greed, lust, envy, love, hatred, cruelty, kindheartedness, compassion and tribalism it still serves. We pick and choose from that … Continue reading The Song Remains the Same

The problem with nerds

As someone with lifelong nerdy interests, I feel qualified to speak on this issue. It’s not an attack, just an observation. A significant portion of the “community,” especially those into science fiction, are shockingly rigid and literal in their thinking. The people I’m speaking of could see a beautiful painting of an alien landscape with a spaceship soaring overhead, and the first thing that comes … Continue reading The problem with nerds

I’m going to kill 2021

2019 knocked me down hard. 2020 knocked me down harder, and kicked me while I was down. Yeah, I know, it knocked everyone down and I’m not special in that regard–don’t claim to be, but this is my website, so… 2021 is a big, ugly fire-breathing dragon eyeing me from beyond the chasm of winter, waiting with baited, smoky breath to greet me when I … Continue reading I’m going to kill 2021

Life lessons from Star Trek

In the Star Trek episode Day of the Dove, the crew of the Enterprise is pitted in mortal combat against the crew of a Klingon ship by a mysterious parasitic entity that feeds on hatred. The entity takes away their phasers and disrupters, providing them instead with swords, ensuring maximum negative energy. It resuscitates the dead so they can get right back up and continue … Continue reading Life lessons from Star Trek

D.U.S.T. to DUST

Thirty years I worked at that plant. Which one, you ask? Don’t worry about it. It’s not important. What’s important is that for thirty years, I did an outstanding job of assembling quality American automobiles. I had a good crew, and we had a good rapport–we worked well together. Anyway, one day we got new plant supervisors–cocky young know-it-alls who’d been sent by corporate to … Continue reading D.U.S.T. to DUST