When it comes to ad hoc debate, you can be certain of two things: It will escalate At some late point, someone will invoke a civilizing principle Very often said principle will address one or more logical fallacies, and with good reason: they’re cheap and easy.  Humans are largely averse to complexity and we fall upon fallacy, logical or… Read More

Two writers exist in my head. One lives to compose songs, stories, even poetry on emotion-dumping occasions. The other works to persuade, to detail, to analyze. The first is the storyteller of my childhood.  As a misplaced California kid growing up in rural Texas, I had little use for technical writing.  That changed during my junior… Read More

Author’s note: this was an entry for Texas Observer’s 2015 fiction contest. It didn’t win anything, but I thought someone might get a kick out of the satire.   The liberal media wants me to go apeshit over some poached baby elephant but I can’t give two craps. My outrage is reserved for better things,… Read More

The picture here represents an emotional anchor. It’s a collection of old handwritten fiction work that’s been fondly visited maybe once or twice per year… hiding in out-of-sight spaces because, well, that has helped the collection stay out of mind.  Not to mention the trash bin. The collection has survived many moves, a storage room… Read More

In its usual randomly informative way, Twitter just let me know this is Shark Week and I instantly cringed. I’ve always had a severe fear of sharks.  This may or may not be rational.  From childhood I had to periodically hear how my birth father narrowly escaped the jaws of, well, Jaws.  It’s programming that… Read More

I’ve published two previews of my in-process Downtime novelette at my personal site, but going forward that sort of work will be shared here instead. This is the last public preview for Downtime, and there haven’t been any significant changes to the introduction.  However, as I noted in my last article here, I’m shelving the… Read More

I just watched Mad Max: Fury Road last night and it changed everything. First, about the movie.  I went in with high expectations.  And why not?  Like many, I’ve impatiently awaited a new Max fix for decades.  Meanwhile, uberdirector George Miller fought an artist’s lifetime of development hell to get this hyperbolic tribute to dystopian auto… Read More

The anonymity of the Internet fosters a great deal of boasting.  One of my nephews likes the term “e-penis effect” due to the fact that it seems to be a largely (crass pun intended) male phenomenon. This well-meaning male has occasionally blundered into a bit of controversy on the subject, specific to twitter followers.  It… Read More

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, and a rather large one at that, you’re aware of a growing trend toward political polarization in the US.  For that matter, much of the world.  Political identities have long been ascribed to geographic regions: California is liberal, its neighbor Arizona is conservative, etc etc etc.  But until recent… Read More

I feel a little twinge of jealousy every time a friend in Tampere, Finland tweets about another fun collaborative endeavor or exciting new start-up venture.  Sympathy for many who lost lucrative careers with cell phone giant Nokia turned to admiration as some rebounded quickly, plugged into the can-do Finnish culture and started making novel things… Read More