Shmall Shbusiness Shaturday

26 Nov

In post-industrialized economies, money never stays local. It eventually finds its way out downstream from retail purchases. The local small grocer may buy their produce from the farm down the road, but the farm probably doesn’t buy their machinery locally. … Read More »

Thanksgiving Chitinous Crevasse

24 Nov

An appropriate videographic compliment to the holiday festivities. My favorite part is when the song kicks in when Jack Black’s character starts fighting, at the 0:58 mark. When you wake up at halftime from your recovering slumber, pluck at your … Read More »

We’re Leaving

20 Nov

“This place is a tomb.” -Captain Miller, Event Horizon —————————— My new book is called Pale Blue Scratch. It’s a 19th century steampunk mystery involving a joke-cracking nun, a genius teenager, and a time machine. Click here to buy in … Read More »

Photo: Supermoon, November 2016

18 Nov

Horrible photo, but this post is more for posterity than aesthetics. —————————— My new book is called Pale Blue Scratch. It’s a 19th century steampunk mystery involving a joke-cracking nun, a genius teenager, and a time machine. Click here to … Read More »

Aftermath, Part 2

16 Nov

Probably the worst thing about Trump’s presidency is the perpetual onslaught of hand-wringing and fainting from writers. That series of essays, obviously, comes from elitist New York authors that that no one reads or has heard of but other elitist … Read More »

Official Ghost in the Shell Trailer

15 Nov

I have to admit, it doesn’t look bad at all; they’ve mirrored some iconic scenes from the original. My only qualm is how it seems director Rupert Sanders is treating Motoko’s identity crises, and it’s important because that was the … Read More »

Aftermath

11 Nov

As always, Ed has good analysis here and here. From the first link: A critical element in Trump’s election victory was how the mainstream media was totally blindsided by the Internet. Have you noticed how the old media still acts … Read More »

Cthulhu for President, 2016 and Forever

8 Nov

The general order of events: The red herring for this post: a fictitious Cthulhu “presidency” isn’t that much different than a God “presidency,” at least to Americans. There’s a strong tendency for some folks to equate the supernatural with malicious … Read More »

Robo-Logic

30 Oct

Interesting video. Robots “learn,” but within a very narrow set of parameters. Those robots featured are created for a very specific task, one that requires the accurate repetition and endurance that humans can’t consistently delivery. So they don’t learn so … Read More »

Short Film: Echo Torch

24 Oct

Excellent, no-dialogue film about a retro/steampunk blue light, a not-so-friendly ghost, and a fateful WWII-era dance. —————————— My new book is called Pale Blue Scratch. It’s a 19th century steampunk mystery involving a joke-cracking nun, a genius teenager, and a … Read More »