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The Cannon of Science Fiction

This post was triggered by something one of my favorite authors, John Scalzi, wrote about the incessant “war” between science fiction aficionados regarding what’s canon. But I couldn’t resist the pun :). The debate over what’s canon is an interesting one. Scalzi makes a number of great points about how

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The Freedom to Be an Anti-social Twit

I’ve always been impressed by the number of hidden clauses and amendments the U.S. Constitution has. There’s the one that says you must always distrust the government regardless of the evidence. The one stating you have the right to be a delusional paranoid when you think your personal interests might

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Southern Honor Culture

I’ve been reading, and enjoying immensely, Transcendence, by Gaia Vince. I tell people that I hope everything she cites is documented and supported1 because she weaves such a wonderful tapestry about what it means to be human. Definitely worth a read. The most recent chapter I’ve read includes a fascinating

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Made It!

…in a couple of ways :). Yesterday I finally got around to completing my “ride around the Bay” tour, which was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This time I picked up from where I left off and road around the southern part of the Bay. Here’s the route I took

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Read This Book! (Transcendence)

About once a decade I come across a book conveying so many fascinating insights that it stands out in my memory, forever, as a “boy I’m glad I found this before I died” experience. Two of those are The River that Flows Uphill by William Calvin and Guns, Germs and

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Another Make America Great Again Survey…

I got a letter from Mike Pence the other day, exhorting me to stop these evil socialist Democrats from destroying the American Way Of Life (I’d earlier gotten one from His Majesty). Rather than toss it in the recycling bin I thought I’d have some fun with it…and let you

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Deadbolt Banana Plugs

Let me share a confession and a recommendation with you. I have been known on occasion 🙂 to rail against incompetent engineers. Generally when I’ve run into something involving the technical workings of a device or system that clearly haven’t been thought through. Of course many such engineering shortfalls have

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It's About The Future

As we move into the final stages of the Trump impeachment hearings it’s worth remembering this: it’s about much more than removing him from office. Not because he doesn’t deserve being kicked to the curb; he does. But that was never really a possible outcome, given how he has taken

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Empirical Value of Not-So-Big Lies

Hitler famously opined about the value of a lie so big people would believe it because they couldn’t believe anyone would “have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously”. But I’ve long suspected little lies, if repeated often enough, can have a similar effect. Turns out there may be empirical evidence

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Murphy's Law, Variant 2,697

I’m continually surprised — which doesn’t say much for my intelligence — about how valid Murphy’s Law is. If something can go wrong, in a bizarre way, it generally will. Take losing stuff. I own a Garmin InReach Mini, a satellite SMS device which lets me send and receive text

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