I had the honor of being the Guest of Honor at the science fiction convention Capricon in Chicago just a little over a week ago...
Here's a thing I keep noticing, and it drives me nuts. In Italy, a ship captain is arrested for bringing immigrants to shore after rescuing from them near death at sea: The number of migrants reaching Italy's shores has drastically diminished - just 2,800 so far this year - and the country is now led… Continue reading They Say There’s No Room for Immigrants While Desperate Rural Towns Lie Empty All Across the Western World
Traveling a lot for a job opportunity can be exhausting and bewildering.
So each year I have made a promise to myself to blog more, or use this site as a better center of all my activities. And each year I failed.
It was an intense year. There was death in the nearby family, alarming political events, and much much more that were a great weight on the year. I am glad it's over. And I know that I am not the only one to feel that way. Professionally, though, I had an amazing year. That made… Continue reading Looking Back at 2018
For the past 11 months I’ve been using a 13" 2017 MacBook Pro after my old 2014 MacBook Pro was dropped going through airport security by an agent who picked up my bag without realizing the bag wasn’t zipped. The 13” was a workhouse that did well for me, and I’ve been using the model… Continue reading Why I Downgraded My 2017 MacBook Pro to a 2015 MacBook Pro
I'm prone to being into the cult of self-improvement. I keep track of how much I write via spreadsheets and have figured out when in the day I can write more, and when I am more creative. I have kept body weight, body fat, and tape measurements since 2003 (I an not super fit, if… Continue reading I Stopped Using QWERTY and Switched to an Entirely Different Key Layout
So, honestly, I have a to-read pile that could kill a small child. I'm currently looking at 25 books that I really, really want to get to on my to-read shelf in the office. I have 4 books to look at to possibly blurb on my iPad right now. It's overwhelming. I ended up getting… Continue reading Book Review: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellingsworth
I've been hitting the word mines pretty seriously of late, and my wrists have been less than thrilled. I started to think that maybe there was a better solution than just holding an ice pack to my wrist, maybe there was something I could strap on. Sure enough, I found this on Amazon: Wrist Support… Continue reading Product Recommendation: Hot and Cold Icepack Wrist Braces
This essay came to me while I was feverish and unable to sleep at some point over the last week and a half. I woke up the next morning convinced that I'd written it, as I could remember the outlining, the main points, and the title.Alas, I had not actually written it.But, having remembered writing… Continue reading The First Time I Had Pneumonia I Thought I Was a Medical Miracle