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Education Stinks, Part III

About two years ago I wrote a brief update on a longer essay I wrote back in 2005, titled “Education Stinks.” The gist is that despite all the new forms of technology and multimedia we dumped on students over the … Continue reading

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Ban Autonomous Weapons

These machines don’t exist yet but, they only require modest refinements in current technology. They are only a few years into the future. Make no mistake, the militaries of the world are spending millions to make this happen. Turns out … Continue reading

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We are all living inside in a Consolidated track

Okay, so around September of last year, I had a second SQL injection of boner pill links on my site. In the intervening twelve months, the true nature of one in five people in this country has manifested. Why do … Continue reading

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Pat Robertson: Hundredth Level Paladin?

Okay watch this clip and be prepared for a lot of ballistic eye rolling. Okay, so to put this video into context, Sherman, let’s dial the way-back-machine to 1979, Michigan State University and James Dallas Egbert III*  This was when … Continue reading

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Udra's Gnomes and How They Differ from D&D and Cliche

Gnomes–the also-rans of Dungeons and Dragons. Ever since being introduced to them in AD&D’s Monster Manual, it’s been hard for me to know how to distinguish them. They aren’t quite dwarves, aren’t quite haflings and Gygax and the writers at … Continue reading

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Global Trade Negotiations Need to Be Democratized

My first inclination is to support trade because, ideally, it ties nations together peacefully and helps the economies of all nations involved.  I support trade because, ideally, I think it’s a path toward that utopian ideal where nationalism and ethnic … Continue reading

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Remember FOAF and Atom?

Yeah, me neither. Due to the requirements of technical skill, the WWW, RSS, Atom and FOAF never evolved into the decentralized social networking and news dissemination platforms that smart people in 2001 hoped they would be. Instead we got Facebook … Continue reading

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A Neurochemical Con Job?

This strange but hopefully reassuring essay was prompted by an exchange with a friend via the shallow artificiality of Facebook. I guess it could have been worse; it could have been prompted by the shallow artificiality of Twitter or some … Continue reading

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Going Postal: Reunion, Trading Hats and Orcs in the Driver's Seat!

[This is recounting of the May 14th, Martha’s Vineyard, Birthday Session. I did not record the audio of this session, not having the appropriate tools–there were a few technical issues. So this is all based on memory still green and … Continue reading

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My Most New Wave of T-Shirts

Long ages of the Earth ago, in 1982, when I was 19, my mother bought me a t-shirt for my birthday (Or was it Christmas?) that had this single panel illustration on it as a sort of a parody of … Continue reading

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