The brave knight approached the pair of doors.
Each door sported a gargoyle, and as he approached, they came to life. One spoke, and growled “One of us will lie and one of us will tell the truth. One door leads to the treasure and one door leads to certain death. You may ask one question.”
Continue reading “Read More Carefully”
Anyone can be tricked or fooled — the human brain is very hackable.
Continue reading “Monkey-Wrenchin’ a Mind”
My writerly advice for today:
Never overthink your world.
Continue reading “A Bit of Writerly Advice”
I think we can all agree that burning a confederate flag is perfectly acceptable as an act of protest, or to keep warm, or because you have a match, the name of the day ends with “y,” whatever.
There is a certain class of people highly tolerated and very dangerous in the United States: people who convulsively reflexively, and impulsively refuse to do what anyone tells them.
Continue reading ““Nu-uh!””
You know all those stories about hero dogs and hero cats saving their owners when the house catches on fire?
Continue reading “Hero Pets!”
I have a hypothesis: The Rapture happened. All genuine true believers were Raptured away.
Continue reading “We are the Leftovers”
I’ve been thinking about how we treat experts and professionals.
Continue reading “Expertise — worth it!”
I think at this point, when faced with “love the sinner hate the sin,” it’s okay to adopt that same approach regarding the person making that claim.
Continue reading ““Sinners are People!””
I started understanding why the US enjoyed zombie movies so much after I had watched about fifty or so.
Continue reading “Americana Brain Sandwich”
You can learn so much by licking cake batter from the tines of an egg beater.
For example, how to unplug appliances.
It has been said that if you have to eat a frog, then do it in the morning.
I’m not sure frogs have been consulted on this.
Shallow seas breed little fish.
Think deeply and act with intention, compassion, and vision.
This is why I must not be allowed to travel in space.
Continue reading “Welcome to Mars”
The actual phrase is “a few bad apples spoil the batch,” not “a few bad apples, so let’s make pie anyway, it’ll be delicious, what could possibly go wrong?”
Continue reading “A Few Bad Apples…”
I have concluded that I have been visited by a time traveler doctor.
Continue reading “A Message from the Future?”
“Brutal honesty” is rarely honest and always brutal.
Is it weird that the people who seem the most pious are the ones you later discover have 150 petabytes of unspeakable horrors on their computer?
Continue reading ““Cloaking Paradigm Activated, Captain.””
I have been thinking for a long time now that the vast majority of “three wish” stories are to encourage people to remain happy in their stations.
Continue reading “If Wishes Were Horses…”
A god who can be worshiped from a closet doesn’t need a tax haven.
And one who cannot be worshiped from a closet ain’t worth shit.
Few people who claim to be Christian understand just how beautiful Satan was.
Beware of those who offer “compromise” or “let’s find a solution somewhere in the middle.”
Continue reading ““Middle o’ my Ass!””
Fear is born of irrationality and ignorance goading each other in the darkness of your mind.
Continue reading “Feariness”
My version of the Paleo Diet includes the possibility of cannibalism.
Our world should not be a good place for the growth of weeds which require strangling others to live.
I am not talking about plants.
I dunno for sure, but if some sort of god made itself flesh and then proceeded to torture and kill itself in a gruesome way as a favor to others, I’d be steering clear of that weird shit.
Continue reading “The Self-Interest of a God”
I am exploring the hypothesis that laws do not prevent people from doing horrible things. Fear of the punishments do.
Continue reading ““Laws, yes!””
“You are poor because you made bad choices” is a fairy story sold by people who don’t want you to look at their books.
It is massively to their advantage to convince people that being rich and being poor are a result of personal choice.
Remember that thing that parents did, when they caught us smoking, and said “you wanna smoke, then let’s go crazy!” and they made you smoke twenty or fifty cigarettes until you puked tar and realized it was a shitty idea?
Continue reading “The Cigarette Solution just might work!”
If you plan to dispose of or dismiss people, one of the marginally more clever tools is to start out calling them “heroes.” It makes the disposal super effective, because you can call it “sacrifice.”
Continue reading “Heroes be damned?”