Never trust a prophet.Continue reading “Propheteering”
Talking with some folks is like playing tic-tac-toe against a chicken at the county fair. The chicken only knows a couple simple rules, but keeps beating you because you don’t understand that the point of the game isn’t to beat the chicken…
…but to keep you playing at a quarter a pop.
In a world where a claim to “faith” protects one from scrutiny or accountability, those who claim to faith must be considered likely to want to avoid scrutiny or accountability.Continue reading “Faith is an Indicator”
The biggest advantage to private bathrooms is that no one tries to tell you “You don’t belong here” because private bathrooms are for the person occupying them. This notion that bathrooms must be sex-segregated seems a bit silly and old-fashioned anyway.Continue reading “A Battle Of Ancestors”
Americans pride themselves on being able to “lift yourself up by your own bootstraps,” and to succeed based on “your own efforts, will, wits, and determination.”Continue reading “Not all Bootstraps are Equal”
Vaccination ruined the child coffin business. Just ruined it.
Won’t people think of the child coffin business before they decide to vaccinate their children?
I don’t think “what’s your metric?” qualifies as a threatening question when someone says “things are way better now!” or “things are way worse now!”Continue reading “Show me the Metric!”
Adults tell children “No, you can’t do that. Stop that. Put that down. Don’t put that in your mouth. Only one cookie. No ice cream after eight. No watching five episodes of Battlestar Galactica in a row” and when kids object, adults tell them “When you live in your own house and pay your own bills, you can make your own rules.”Continue reading “I Think the Needle Needs to Point in the Opposite Direction.”
With Spider-Man, everyone knows “With great power comes great responsibility,” but maybe that’s good to start out, good for kids.Continue reading “A Variation on a Theme”
Once while reading a book on the way to work, I almost walked into a telephone pole. I don’t know if it was actually a telephone pole, but that’s what we tend to call them.Continue reading “Read Responsibly”
Telling someone “Just because you can’t do things to other people in the name of your religion doesn’t mean that you are experiencing religious discrimination” rarely is the “QED” of the argument because it presupposes that practitioners of said religion will stop what they’re doing and conclude “Oh gosh, I didn’t want to do that!”Continue reading “Religious Discrimination”
In a society where claiming one is an atheist results in one not being considered “trustworthy,” one cannot depend on claims of religious affiliation to indicate “trustworthiness.”
The most successful viruses out there succeed by pretending to be valuable to the cells they invade.
Sometimes I try to solve my problems as if they are a supply chain issue — with many elements contributing to the success condition, and many elements contributing to the failure condition. It’s not a magic bullet, but it reminds me that any selling one-stop solutions is probably selling snake oil.
I suspect the most outrageous liars are the ones who ostentatiously declare how willing they are to be “under oath.” It’s like watching a child declare “Check it — I’m not crossing my fingers!”Continue reading “Pants on Fire”
It’s probably about time we stopped thinking of our careers as our identities. The time when employers had to respect their employees for fear of losing them is gone, and the time when employees could count on their employers “taking care of them” is also gone.
Our parents and our grandparents had a life like that, but that is not what the future holds.
I’ve always secretly felt like I never truly qualified to be in the Impostor Syndrome Support Group.
One day I was out walking along a common path near my house. A dog came running up to me. A big dog. A German Shepherd, as I recall. And he was looking like he meant business. Not giving me “let’s play” signals, but “Let’s go, motherfucker,” signals. As in growling.Continue reading “Meta-Language”
It is not shocking that those who allege to “hate the sin yet love the sinner” seem deeply incapable of manifesting this alleged love in any way that can be identified, measured, or noted. For all intents and purposes, “hate the sin, yet love the sinner” manifests as “hate the sinner and act accordingly.”Continue reading “Loving the Sin”
Be cautious before offering “honor” a place at the table without a deeper look. A man who says he is going to kill and eat one hundred babies live on stage who actually does so is inarguably “true to his word” and could be considered “honorable.”
But you might not wanna break bread with him anyway.
Help those who ask for help. They are not asking because they are weak. They are asking because you are strong.
Hey, Creative Person Operating on a Low Budget, this is for you. If you are not in this group, move along to something else fun.Continue reading “Building a Website for Your Movie Project”
I’m currently of the thinking that the notion of attraction to an objective “intelligence” ( often referred to as “sapiosexuality” ) is a candy-coated path to justification for being an asshole to others.Continue reading “Sapiosexuality”
There was a time when I was very young that someone explained to me that people often discriminated against others based on their religions.Continue reading “It Wasn’t a Real “Gold Membership” Card Anyway”
Halloween “Life-Hack” #1
For a truly convincing pirate costume, be sure to include lots of rum. Little known fact — the more of it you drink, the more authentic your costume.Continue reading “Halloween “Life Hacks””
I don’t think AI “threatens humanity.”
Humanity’s willingness to kill each other over stupid shit is already enough of a threat to humanity. We have no shortage of self-destructiveness with which to feel threatened.Continue reading “Man’s Inhumanity to Man”
There are far too many discussions about technology, all asking the same basic question:
“What are the ethical implications of this technology?”Continue reading “Are Those Ethics Technologically Feasible?”
I am exploring the notion that “It is not right for Man to play God” is actually code for “Don’t use big words. Big words are scary. Stop it or I shall encourage other people to kill you by burning you alive or perhaps beheading you, unless that is not currently socially acceptable, in which case I shall shun you publicly.”
Humanity plays “God” practically every day of the week (and twice on Sundays).
Why draw the line at big words?
I love you both, okay? Sometimes I need a liquid ass-kick and Coffee, you’re the man. Sometimes I need to eat something crunchy and salty and Tortilla Chips, you rule da house. It’s that simple.Continue reading “An Open Letter to Tortilla Chips and Coffee”
I admit I can be fascinated by simple things.Continue reading “The Great Creamy Eye”