A story that cries out for John C. Wright’s deft touch

Last night, robots shut down the live broadcast of one of science fiction’s most prestigious award ceremonies. No, you’re not reading a science fiction story. In the middle of the annual Hugo Awards event at Worldcon, which thousands of people tuned into via video streaming service Ustream, the feed cut off — just as Neil [Read More...]

Pens Envy

So it turns out that BIC pens, in a spasm of over-the-top niche marketing, now offers a line of ballpoint pens “For Her”.  You know, modern pens for a modern woman in today’s world.  Totally different from those phallocentric ballpoint pens that only men could use.  The review page for this product over at Amazon.uk [Read More...]

Mission Creep

You could hardly find a more exquisite illustration of our tortured politics than the fact that prolifers are cheering wildly because, in this viral video, Anderson Cooper successfully nailed Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is a bald-faced lie.  The lie?  Cooper successfully shows that Romney/Ryan are not *nearly* as committed to stopping abortion as this Planned Parenthood panic-monger [Read More...]

What’s Amazing to Me…

…is that a) there can be a floating island the size of Israel and b) that nobody can have noticed it before. This could get very interesting as this thing floats around in shipping lanes, crashes into some land mass, and/or gets bigger. [Read more...]

Christians Doofus for Traditional Marriage

…sets fire to General Mills property, videos it, runs away with fire still burning, and carefully posts video so that world can see he is a doofus for Jesus–and cops can find him. Best combox comments: “Who’s flaming now?” and one describing him as a “cereal arsonist”. Searchers for moral symmetry tend to glom on [Read More...]

The Doom of a Blasphemous Culture…

…is not that it becomes all badass and Goth and dark and scary and cool with lots of umlauts and heavy metal aesthetic and intellectuals with severe glasses discussing Bergman films in cafes. It’s that it becomes unbearably lightweight and brainless: For instance, behold the Missionary Church of Kopimism… “Since 2010 a group of self-confessed [Read More...]

What. Were. They. Thinking?

Geniuses in the Eurozone come up with this… thing… to persuade you that your daughter that she can be a scientist *and* a brain dead boy toy. [Read more...]

The Great Thing about the Outer Twilight Zone of Traddery…

…is that it becomes impossible to tell whether a blog like this one is serious or simply a highly sophisticated form of satire. At any rate, it somehow cracked me up while also making me feel great sadness for the guy. I lean toward “serious”, but you can never tell. Those who don’t find it [Read More...]

I am sinking our family’s last penny…

into this. What could possibly go wrong? [Read more...]

I think I may have hit on what I want my funeral to look like

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Curious Gifts

And last but not least: I just hope these people use their gifts for good and not for evil. [Read more...]

The Mystic East

Shows like “Kung Fu” and various other (Western) portrayals of the Awesome Badass Eastern guy who is always centered, cool, highly intellectual, and totally focused (in contrast to the barbarous western bigot) have been a favorite form of self-flagellation for post-Christians, embarrassed by the western tradition and ready to credit anything which tells them that [Read More...]