Monthly Archive: February 2009

Feb 18 2009

Origin of Species

Aah! I can’t believe I forgot to post this last week. Oh, unfortunately still all too relevant. It is, of course, The Front, nerdcore master extraordinaire. Origin of Species Think how much like paradise that’s gonna be.

Feb 16 2009

The Ironies

Saturday’s post was probably the most cynical thing I’ve ever written. I hope it was worthwhile, but I’m probably never going to know. What I do know is that I’ve burned up some self-respect and likely the trust of several of my readers. I’m sorry for that. It went like this. I’m not big on …

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Feb 15 2009

Oh, Hell Yes

I’ve mentioned previously that March will be a good music month. In addition to the new Madness album, I have tickets to a band I thought I’d never get to see live. Yes, the Squirrel Nut Zippers have reformed and are doing another tour, starting in Minneapolis. Okay, so it’s a little ironic that I’m …

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Feb 14 2009

Unsolicited Advice for Maintaining the Appearance of Ethics Online

Please note that this post is intended as a poke in the eye. Many of my posts are. As a blogger, a writer of any kind, it is not my job to make you comfortable. It is my job to shake you up, to unsettle you, to make you question yourself and the world, and …

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Feb 13 2009

Mother Chen’s Journey

I was chatting with Scicurious today, and she reminded me that it had been a while since I’d posted the first story to the blog. She also said she liked fantasy but didn’t like recognizing influences. Let me know who this works on that front, Sci. Mother Chen’s Journey Once, not so very long ago, …

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Feb 12 2009

Celebrating Darwin, Celebrating Science

When I write, I like to write the small stories. I don’t write about epic heroes. I don’t write about an individual changing the world single-handedly. That stuff just doesn’t interest me much, and besides, I’m not sure I believe that the people who’ve drastically changed the world for the better ever set out on …

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Feb 12 2009

A Quick Note

…to my fellow atheists. You know how annoying it is when someone says, “Oh, you’re an atheist. You must believe X. You must believe the same things Stalin did”? You know how annoying that is? How unfounded? Yeah. Can we not do that to Catholics with respect to Benny the Rat? Thanks.

Feb 10 2009

Cool Local Art/Science Event

Okay, I’ve mentioned this event before, talking about the radio show (podcast available). I’m mentioning it again because, well, because it’s cool but also because I’ve completely failed to mention that I’ll be there. I know there are a few of you out there reading locally whom I haven’t met. If you’re interested in meeting …

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Feb 09 2009

How Not to Manage Your Image

Almost six years ago, the kings of all gamer geeks, Penny Arcade, posted this comic. It poked fun at the idea that American McGee had, in two games (Alice and the never-completed Oz), gone from highly innovative game design to shtick. Here was a man who would turn all of the icons of innocent childhood …

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Feb 08 2009

Button Eyes

Neil Gaiman has this trick. It isn’t just his trick; plenty of people do it. But Neil makes particularly good use of it. What does he do? He reassures you. Only Neil reassures you about things that weren’t worrying you. He takes great pains, in fact, to reassure you, going on about how little there …

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