• Opinion

    Science fiction is what we point to when we say it.

    by – Damon Knight, Science Fiction Adventures (November 1952) Or, more fully, “That the term ‘science fiction’ is a misnomer, that trying to get two enthusiasts to agree on a definition of it leads only to bloody knuckles; that better labels have been devised (Heinlein’s suggestion, ‘speculative fiction’, is the best, I think), but that we’re stuck with this one; and that it will do us no particular harm if we remember that, like ‘The Saturday Evening Post’, it means what we point to when we say it.” But the simplified version has been used to define, defend, and dismiss for seventy years now. The third one of those may…

  • Opinion

    Opinions on the Internet (Or in the Real World)

    by It seems likely that anyone reading this in the moment knows that there’s a worldwide pandemic going on. There are certainly people out there who don’t get what that means, but it’s likely there are fewer folks all of the time who don’t know that something is going on. I’m personally in a non-essential industry and have been off work for two weeks now. Staying busy, so it’s not so bad yet. That may change. My wife works for an essential service, so her stress level is higher than it needs to be. That probably won’t change for a while. Busy or not, I’m spending too much time on…

  • Opinion,  Philosophy

    I Kind of Hate Christmas

    by Confession time: I kind of hate Christmas. Okay, maybe hate is too strong a word. And I don’t necessarily mean the basic concept of Christmas itself. Whatever religious significance you’d like to attach to the holiday, to me Christmas is the gatherings of family and friends, a sharing of thoughts and time, a reminder of the important things. Whatever particular version of a particular holiday you choose to celebrate this time of year, I’d be willing to bet that those things are somewhere close to its core. Unfortunately, that’s not what our society is trying to force down our throats, and hasn’t been for a really long time. What…

  • Life

    I hate being told what to do…

    by Most people do, I think, and maybe that’s just part of the way our society has developed over the last hundred years or so. Orders and commands have their places, but those are places I’ve agreed to, mainly at work, and sometimes training in the dojo. I’ve consented to the job I’m in, the boss I have, the place I work. If I ever choose to withdraw that consent, then I have the free will to look for a new job, either on my own or after my boss expresses their free will by withdrawing their consent to continue paying me. I’ve consented to follow instructions when I’m being…