Monthly Archives: October 2013


By | October 31, 2013

Tonight the coyotes are howling in response to nearby sirens. One sounds like it’s about 50 feet from the back door. Since wolves and mountain lions are gone in these parts – and most parts – they have taken over as the top predator. Well, kind of. Alligators here in Florida are the top predator,… Read More »


By | October 31, 2013

I just don’t think human relationships can be made as sterile and antiseptic as many people seem to wish they could be. Using one’s authority in improper ways is obviously bad, but lately it seems that any showing of human emotion in even intimate relationships (and if you think a mentor/mentee relationship isn’t intimate, well,… Read More »


By | October 31, 2013

Looks like for the project we’re about to do that I keep cryptically alluding to on the site, we’re about to get fucked over by Obamacare. No surprise – it was always designed to fork more money over to insurance companies. That’s the only reason it became law; it was a bug, not a feature,… Read More »


By | October 31, 2013

Why are so many Americans so worried that someone might be smarter than they are, or as it usually is put, “acting smart?” There are millions and millions of people smarter than me. So what? Why do Americans have such a problem with that? It seems some sort of weird pathology that is peculiarly American… Read More »


By | October 31, 2013

I’ve been using Firefox since it was called Phoenix, and it was at version 0.3 back in 2002. Over a decade now. Sad to see it going down the toilet, catering only to users who can’t find their start menu with both hands, the assistance of two IT people and a laser pointer directed right… Read More »


By | October 31, 2013

I was an adult since I was about 10. Maybe 12 at the latest. I was certainly wiser, smarter and more able to reflect on my own situation and life than the adults around me even when I was that young. Perhaps that is because I grew up in rural North Florida (very much a… Read More »


By | October 30, 2013

About the piece I wrote below discussing compensation, I don’t think my job is special. In a sane world, jobs would be compensated based on unpleasantness and difficulty. I don’t feel like faffing about in Excel to make pretty graphs, but here’s what I am talking about. For instance, take a job like I do*.… Read More »


By | October 29, 2013

I can’t think of any reason in the universe that any one person ever needs to make more than a million dollars a year. There just aren’t any, the practical enforceability of that limitation aside. If a million a year isn’t enough to motivate you to do something, it probably isn’t worth doing – meaning… Read More »

Current conditions

By | October 27, 2013

It’s Sunday and I am too lazy to link to the numerous studies which show this to be the case, but it is amazing how current conditions – even for adults – cause them to change their perceptions of how the world should be, and always has been. I’m old enough – just barely –… Read More »

I was wrong

By | October 25, 2013

I was wrong about this. Strangely, Gravity helped to change my thinking. It and Stone in the movie reminded me of the many interesting and awesome women I’ve met over the years who deserve a fair chance. That’s what art can do, and does best – changes your thinking. If it doesn’t, it’s not art.… Read More »