Category: Blogging

Sci-Fi Saudade

Part One: Temps Perdu “À la recherche du temps perdu”… there really isn’t a great translation for it in English.   “In search of lost time” and “remembrance of things past” are the most common, but perdu is so much more subtle… it’s lost, missing, wasted, alone.  There’s a sense of darkness and despair to

House cleaning.

My house looks like a disaster… …some unholy cross between episodes of Hoarders, Cops, and the as-yet-unproduced Filth. We’ve been meaning to clean it, of course. Meaning to wade through the mountains of dirty socks and thrice-used underware stacked on the living room table, “to be washed”; meaning to do a walk-through of the other

Coulda been…

The path lay splintered at my back. Easter is always a time of ‘could have beens’ for me. When I was 16 I was in a pretty horrific car wreck.  I was going 45~50mph down an old dirt road that intersected with an empty black-topped stretch of old coal-mine byway.  Only I didn’t know where

Wisdom of the Crowds.

Two Things. (1) Crowds are only wise in the sense of generating a statistical bell-curve around an absolute point. Crowds have no ‘wisdom’ about subjective things, like whether or not high-collars will be fashionable in 2012, or whether or not the world will end in a mayantechosingularityclusterfuck. Crowds are not wise, nor are they even

Dork Dork Dork

I like the term “8bit.” I think I’m going to re-appropriate as a general catch-all for the traditional definition of nerd/dork/geek (rather than the new “Everyone’s a geek!” weak-ass interpretation).  It’s got all the caché of those other terms with none of the pejorative implications, plus, it’s esoteric enough to maintain some sense of sub-cultural