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The ‘blog’ part of this site. Serial rambling. Thoughts on books, movies, current events: anything that I feel like rendering an opinion on.

Welcome To The Surveillance State

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OK, new Facebook rule: compose your posts in an offline editor and then copy-paste to Facebook and post. Apparently, Facebook monitors what you type even before you post. A study on “self censorship” (i.e., how you change a post before actually posting it) was recently presented at a conference (1).  The only way the data for this study could have… Read more »

McCarthy’s Legacy

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We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember… Read more »

Save Your History

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They say that “the winners write history”.  I think it’s less that they write history and more that they have the power to erase those parts that don’t fit into their worldview.  Donald Trump’s recent attempt to purge people who believe in climate change from government agencies is likely just the beginning.  Scientists across the world are desperately trying to… Read more »

Mirror, Mirror…

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So, it occurs to me, lying awake at 5 AM, that this election isn’t really about policy.  It’s not about our taxes or our guns or religious freedom.  These things, as always, will be decided in the Senate, and in Congress, with the Supreme Court keeping a watchful eye on things.  No, this election is a giant mirror reflecting who… Read more »

Body/Horror: Forced Feminization in the Movie “(Re)Assignment”

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The other day, my wife told me about a new movie coming out in 2017.  “(Re)Assignment”.  I’ll give you the IMDB summary: Following an ace assassin who is double crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as The Doctor who turns him into a woman. The hitman now a hitwoman sets out for revenge, aided… Read more »

Vote Your Conscience

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I voted for Bernie  in the primary  (you probably knew that already) but I will be backing Hillary  in November.  However much I would prefer Bernie, the consequences of a Trump presidency are just too horrific to contemplate unless you’re some straight white guy who’s willing to sieg hell his way through it. So, for those of you who are going to vote Green, or… Read more »

The Smartest Thing…

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…that Hillary Clinton could do would be to name Bernie Sanders as her running mate.  Whether she likes it or not,  whether he likes it or not, it is the best way to heal the rift in the Democratic Party.  Forget, for while at least, that the DNC and the Democratic Party nomination process needs a serious reboot.  Put aside,… Read more »

Numbers Game

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Back in 2008 I voted for Hillary Clinton.  Obama was an unknown to me and, while I found him charismatic, I backed Hillary because she was the Democratic candidate with policies closest to my own.  So I was unhappy, to say the least, when she failed to get the nomination.  It was also the first time that the word “super delegate” made… Read more »

Under Construction

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The Anyúvin language is undergoing some revision to reflect it’s “linguistic heritage.”   This will, of course, involve a certain degree of re-writing for the posted stories. Speaking of which, I will be moving them to static pages.  Shouldn’t impact what you see, but it will make my life easier.  Also, I will be adding an Anyúvin lexicon to the… Read more »

HonorCon 2015

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Thanks to all who attended my presentation on conlangs for fiction.  I hope these slides prove useful. HonorCon2015 However, if you’re serious about constructed languages, you should invest in David J. Peterson’s “The Art of Language Invention.”   Be prepared, there’s a lot to learn from it and it isn’t all going to fall in  place right off.  Still, he writes… Read more »