Category Archives: Tornadoes in Teacups

Argumentatativiticiousnessity

A deeply personal statement, regarding reason and religion

As provoked by recent conversations with writer Chuck Gannon, writer/artist James A. Owen, artist Bob Eggleton, writer/philosopher Steven Barnes, and writer Jay Lake. Also, this is not an imperative. I am not telling you, the reader, what you must or … Continue reading

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Mormons Can’t Write Real Literature?

I wanted to add my two cents on this NYT piece that’s been causing a bit of a stir in the (rather substantial) LDS writing world. Having read and re-read the article several times, I can honestly say I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Noxious people, noxious weeds

Thought, as I dug around in my garden tonight: noxious people are like noxious weeds. Noxious people need sycophants (soil) and social media outlets (sunshine) and attention (water) to thrive. Take away one or more of these things, and the … Continue reading

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Why slacktivism sucks (and what you can do about it!)

Here’s the thing about slacktivism. It affords ordinarily sedentary people the ability to get warm fuzzies for “doing something” about The Problem™ without actually having to do something about the problem. Over the last ten years I’ve seen a lot … Continue reading

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Science Fiction’s political failure 3: Han Solo shoots first

My friend (and assistant editor at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show) Scott M. Roberts, posted this rather stunning piece of commentary to Facebook this morning. I’ve quoted him in blocks below, and added my own commentary. I’ve said some … Continue reading

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Ruminations on work

Talking to my Dad last night, I realized that in the last 19 years, the longest I’ve ever been without work is 3 business days. No joke. I’ve both quit and been fired from jobs. In the case of the … Continue reading

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The Conservative Menace, Part 2

As a follow-up to Jay Lake’s response to my most recent post in this space, I wanted to specifically address something Jay wrote: I want certain things for myself and all my fellow citizens, including: 1) equality of opportunity 2) … Continue reading

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The Conservative Menace?

My colleague Jay Lake put up a rather interesting post at his blog, explaining why he spends a fair amount of time banging on about the ills of Conservativism in the United States: why he thinks it’s not just wrong-headed … Continue reading

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Saying no to Newt, and yes to Mitt

Some of my current friends may not know this, but I voted Democrat through much of my 20s. Having initially been swept up by the independent furor of Ross Perot, I more or less settled into an idealist “stay the … Continue reading

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Military science fiction, and the subject of women in combat

Preface: these comments originally appeared in this very interesting discussion over at the TOR.COM web site. Baen author and US Army infantry veteran Lieutenant Colonel Tom Kratman figures prominently in the back-and-forth. I chipped in with my own thoughts, being … Continue reading

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