If All You Have Is A Hammer…

…I’d hate to be a nail in your neighborhood. I have been, for the most part, agnostic on the subject of gun rights. The courts have settled on a fairly expansive reading of the second amendment and it seems, to me at least, to be a settled issue. Lately, though, I’ve been forced to re-think […]

Well that didn’t work at all

It was my hope that a mash up of Pop Will Eat Itself’s 1989 gem “Can U Dig It?” (video) and Clint Mansell’s “Lux Æterna” (music) from the “Requiem for a Dream” soundtrack would have been charming as heck. I was mistaken. Sometimes, mixing two unlike things can be interesting and even illuminating. Sometimes, it […]

Real Life as a Role Playing Game

Before reading any further, I urge you to read Tricia Sullivan’s guest post on Charlie Stross’ site. It’s a meaty, thoughtful piece chock full o’ ideas that make you think. I’m looking forward to her next three posts on antipope and I’ve already added her to my RSS feed. Seriously, go read it. I’ll wait. […]

Galt’s Gulch Revisited

They seem to be having troubles with their web site. I’ve been getting this for the last week when I try to bring it up: I’m going to assume that all of those rugged individualists are frantically working to get the site back up. That has to be the reason why they haven’t yet responded […]

Compare and Contrast

Today, I present you with not one, but two points of view on the same subject: Sea turtle conservation! One of my favorite charities, Sea Turtle, Inc., linked a column by Dan Smith concerning the efforts to preserve sea turtle nests by banning cars on the beach in Volusia County, Florida. Dan is unconvinced that […]

Dark Days In Galt’s Gulch

In what has to be the most-shocking story of the month, Galt’s Gulch, the libertarian enclave in Chile, has suffered a few setbacks. Believe it or not, I find this genuinely upsetting. No matter what I may think about Ayn Rand’s works, seeing idealistic people swindled doesn’t make me happy. This isn’t the first time […]

Trying to keep it positive, but…

There are stories that just get under your skin. Even with all of the sickness and sadness and unbelievably stupid violence in the world right now, nothing has shaken my view that people aren’t hopelessly stupid and are capable of acting decently. I say this even while the appalling events in Ferguson are unfolding. I […]

Progress report

I’ve contacted several city governments concerning their purchases of certain items (no hints yet) and I’m waiting on a response from all of them. There’s actually a pleasant degree of transparency in city purchasing. The trick is to figure out how these items are named and coded on the relevant documents. I hope to have […]

A quick one (while I’m away)

I’ve been doing some traveling and, while I love this weird, fever dream version of what we used to call a “telephone”, it isn’t terribly conducive to writing anything beyond one hundred and forty-odds characters. That said, I’ve noticed a disturbing feature that had quietly become ubiquitous in American cities that I find disturbing. I’d […]