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We have failed our children on gun control.

Americans have absolutely failed our children on gun control – and I probably don’t mean that the way you think. There’s no way to write this without sounding like I’m ignoring nuance. I totally understand the responses from both sides: those resenting the politicization of a shooting (on both sides), and those screaming that this [...]

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I’m still here.

It turns out that I’m still here, still writing, just not publishing anything. I’m out in the woodshed, basically, writing stuff to myself and evaluating, trying to let my work age, trying to shape it into something that fits the intentions I have for it. I’m still writing.

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Being Offended

I find that I don’t understand the desire or willingness to be offended. It’s not that things aren’t offensive; they certainly can be. S*hole countries! God and guns! Binders full of women! Baskets of deplorables! (… the latter two of which weren’t actually all that offensive, but were purposefully taken out of context for political [...]

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How much pain could be forgotten if we remembered that many of our needs are subjective? They’re not all subjective, of course… if you take something from the base of Maslow’s pyramid from a person, that person will logically and realistically suffer. Air, food, water, shelter… all critical to human survival. But love? Self-esteem? The [...]

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Rush’ signature song

One of the Rush groups on Facebook had an interesting question: “What is Rush’ signature song?” Naturally, I couldn’t just comment on the thread and say “Dog Years, obviously” – I had to write something up. So here it is. The way I see it, Rush’ signature song got to be one of a fairly [...]

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2017: The Year of Reconnection

2017 has been an interesting year for me. It’s been a hard year, a difficult year indeed. There have been some challenges that I have not been able to meet head-on yet; there have been choices and events that have been or could still be devastating. This post is not about those challenges. There will [...]

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Roy Moore

The Republican Party has decided to back Roy Moore for Congress in Alabama. I am very conflicted by this, for a few different reasons. I’m conflicted because I can understand why the support has been granted – in a few different ways – and yet I also struggle with the idea that such a person [...]

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About “Two Wishes”

This is a post of liner notes, sort of, about “Two Wishes,” a story I posted a couple of months ago. I normally enjoy such author’s notes myself, but I also understand that they sometimes erode what magic a story has, so I wanted to keep these in a separate post. “Two Wishes” is basically [...]

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I have a podcast now.

A few weeks ago, I started a Java-oriented podcast. It’s not actually solely my content – it’s actually based on user-submitted data from an channel on the Freenode IRC network. If you’re wondering, IRC is what Slack and Hipchat were before they decided to spawn clients that looked pretty and took up four gigabytes of [...]

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Multidimensional

I was thinking fairly shallow thoughts about perception this morning, in the context of an old friend and how our relationship has changed over the years, and a pattern occurred to me about how I see people. I see individuals as a sort of web of relationships to other people and concepts, such that every [...]

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