Monthly Archives: February 2013

Not sighted

By | February 23, 2013

I’ve stopped reading about two dozen or so sites now since they’ve gone to a non-blog magazine-style format. I’ve stopped reading another dozen or so because they’ve implemented “Read more” or “Continue reading” links where you can’t see the entire article without clicking through. At this rate, soon I will be able to read nothing.… Read More »

Degrees Negative

By | February 23, 2013

I’ve hired a lot of people in my life. I’ve been in management or partial-management positions since I was 23. And I can tell you that if you insist that every person hired – whether it be receptionist, file clerk or janitor – have a college degree, all that means is that the very minute… Read More »

Aging

By | February 22, 2013

I just can’t understand this outlook. The older I get, the more I realize that the crappy part of aging is not the weird physical pains, the wrinkles, or the receding hairlines but the slow process of realizing that none of the things you wanted to do with your life are actually going to happen.… Read More »

Friend

By | February 21, 2013

I have generally enjoyed this series, though one part of it bothered me enough that I almost stopped reading it. First, it’s a generally very gender-equitable set of books. Even most far-future (which this is not) sf seems to be content for some reason with 1950s gender dynamics. But many of the most powerful people… Read More »

Alien

By | February 21, 2013

I could’ve been this guy, a true isolato, but more than anything this piece made me recall someone from my childhood whom I haven’t thought about in years. Believing I was an Alien was a natural conclusion for someone that continually failed to find a place to belong. Concluding I was an Alien was yet… Read More »

WMT

By | February 17, 2013

Wal-Mart’s customers are so poor that they can’t even afford to shop at Wal-Mart any longer. I’ve always wondered what would happen when corporations and the rich so gutted middle class wages that those wages would no longer suffice to support an economy and the very corporations doing the economic disembowelment. Looks like we are… Read More »

Wow

By | February 16, 2013

Wow, OMG, Windows 8 lets your run two applications at once! Holy shit! Will the innovations never cease! Yeah, ok, my Windows 7 allows me to run as many applications as I have memory and processing power to run, all at the same time. Amazing. For instance, right now I have nine different applications up… Read More »

Nym

By | February 16, 2013

In the army, my nickname was “Chill” due to my laid-back nature. But in basic training, my nickname was “Psycho” due to a fight I got into, or rather that someone chose to get into with me. I guess to them it seemed safe to pick on someone about half their size. I believe that’s… Read More »

Confiscatory

By | February 15, 2013

I had two thoughts while reading this: 1) Banks are evil. 2) I need to make sure most of my assets are overseas sooner rather than later. When you have enough money that it’s worth it for someone to steal it, but not enough to buy a government, guess you make a pretty good target.… Read More »

Differences

By | February 15, 2013

I was going to write something inane about soulmates, but it might be a useful concept to some. Let them have it. A few years ago, I was eating lunch with a girl from work. She looked at me strangely for a moment and said, “You’re weird. I think if a few guys with guns… Read More »