I liked watching the planes fly. They just seemed so magical, like they were suspended by wires nobody could see, even though I knew the magic was called "physics." At first I imagined them held up by the wires, then held down by the wires, like their natural expression was to be set free, to… Continue reading Fiction: Unmoored
I recently offered some advice on relationships to someone, with the preface that I knew it was unasked-for and based on my own experience. I don't know how good the advice actually is, but it has the ring of value - and given my own interactions, it's clear how it governs how I relate to… Continue reading Transactions in Relationships
I made the switch to the Apple ecosystem a few years ago. It started with a MacBook - a switch I'd been publicly wanting to make for years and years, as an in-joke among my friends and a public joke on TheServerSide.com, and then I got a job where the MacBook was standard gear. I… Continue reading Apple Integrations, woo!
George Bernard Shaw, a playwright from around the time of World War I, is given credit for saying, "Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world." It's good advice that few seem to consider. A few years back, when the news was full of such "happy"… Continue reading On Acting Wrongly
I find that I really wish that there was a sort of Law of Karma like there is for Thermodynamics. Just imagine what the world would be like if the harm you wished upon others was visited on you at the same time. You want someone else to suffer? Easy! The only cost is that… Continue reading Karmic Inertia
(This is a repost from Facebook - why did I post it there instead of here? I do not know. But it belongs here, so here it is. It's also a faintly ironic read, considering that after I posted it, Trump has continued to protest his electoral loss.) Bye, Trump! It is with an almost… Continue reading Bye, Trump!
There’s been some discussion recently on Rush Fanatics - a Facebook group - about Ayn Rand, in part because of a reference to the “meek inheriting the earth.” The phrase comes from “The Fountainhead,” and is in the context of the book’s overarching villain - a man named Ellsworth Toohey - who uses the phrase… Continue reading Ayn Rand and Rush
I wrote an article a few years back entitled “How I See Rush’s Albums from 10000 Feet,” basically summarizing each studio album in the context of the entire discography. That’s... pretty high level. I wanted to kinda of give myself more room to dive in to each album, to look at them all a little… Continue reading Rush from 2000 feet
I saw a reference to Donald Trump as the “Divider in Chief” recently, and the comment made me laugh. The context was that of the pandemic and response to it, and how to frame the response: the model most people take is that of motorcycle helmets, and the model the poster preferred was that of… Continue reading Dividers in Chief
Yesterday I mentioned using Scrivener to write, and I mentioned that I have sort of a graduated process for writing that isn't very efficient. I wanted to actually write down how I write, just to sort of collect what I do; maybe the documentation process will help me see it for what it is ("a… Continue reading My Fractured Writing Process