For his 12 blogs of Christmas Paul Cornell asks: Have you, in your life, a mishearing that you've persisted with, froma song or a movie or anything, that you prefer to the original, orthat has special meaning for you? So it's the 80s, I'm a little boy growing up in Grenada, WI and money is… Continue reading The Transformers/Gobots Christmas Surprise
It's not often that I am struck by the passing of a celebrity. I don't often feel I need to weigh in. I certainly don't feel like I had any special connection to that person. Certainly when celebrities that are in the common consciousness who are my age pass, I feel the shiver of mortality,… Continue reading Thank you, Mr. Nimoy. Your portrayal of a Mixed Race Person Had a Big Impact On Me.
I just got back from London, and would love to be uploading pictures and talking about two weeks spent in Europe, but I'm catching up on bills and getting into the swing of work. And my kids start Kindergarten. And the dogs need picked up. So I'll be a little late. However, a few people… Continue reading Paneling While Light, But Not White
I read weird. I'm not sure when I realized I had a different experience with text than others. You internalize your own way of interacting with the world so much that you're often not aware of the water you're swimming in as a fish. And due to some unique experiences in my childhood, I certainly… Continue reading I Have a Strange Relationship With Text: How Reading with ADHD and Dyslexia Works For Me
Today the US government shut down. Ostensibly by Tea Party Republicans to try and stop socialized medicine from becoming a reality. In fact, false equivalence reporting has lent an air of respectability to the effort (they might be fighting a losing battle, and the polls are low for congress and Republicans, but they're fighting for… Continue reading American Healthcare Was Already Socialized: By Ronald Reagan. We’re Just Fighting About How To Pay For It
Several parents gather around a third grade text, and after reading it, find the questions asked about the text to be ridiculous: By asking young students to spend time taking tests like this we are doing them a double disservice: first, by inflicting on them such mediocre literature, and second, by training them to read… Continue reading The Cod Liver Oil Theory of Reading is Broken. We Need to Teach People to Read For Fun.
Actually, you can use the subsidy scope charts from 2008 to make a profitable Amtrak:Take a look at all the lines, and which ones are profitable. Keep those. Acela makes $220,200,000 a year.Northeast Regional makes $146,500,000 a yearNortheast Corridor 'special trains' make $3,600,000 a year. According to the chart I linked you need to deduct… Continue reading How To Make Amtrak Profitable
I was at a con a while back where someone swore they'd met me 'back in the days when you had dreadlocks' and nothing I could do would dissuade this person from believing I've never had them. It's true though, nonetheless. I've had long hair, but not locks. Because I'm not rasta. Let me take… Continue reading I Never Had Dreads
Recently I purchased a $234 solid state hard drive. I've been waiting for almost three months to buy it. Before that, I knew I didn't have the wiggle room. I knew I wouldn't have it for another month, unless one of a handful of promised windfalls due to fiction writing would show up. The windfall… Continue reading The Finances of Freelancing: Some Gritty Details for the Geeky
This weekend, while attending the annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans in Montreal for Worldcon, I overdid it a bit. Well, I lie. I overdid it a lot. The Worldcon was fantastic. Full of old friends and acquaintances. Montreal has fast become one of my favorite cities from what I saw of it,… Continue reading An Unanticipated Personal Encounter with the Canadian Health System