Our perceptions are WAY more dependent on our expectations and preconceptions than we like to think. Do you think, perhaps, that this extends beyond food to our social and political worlds? I'm wondering, too, how it has colored my perception of short stories and novels I've liked or disliked in the past. Hmm!
Is this my future? A big stinky onion future? ----- There has been a lot of talk about the pervasive pessimism in science fiction recently. Notably in the last couple of years, but there have been grumblings on the subject all the way back to the dawn of Cyberpunk with its dreary skies the color... Continue Reading →
Preface: this is childish. I still like it. I encourage those of you who use Twitter to use the #OperationMoonTheNSA hashtag. Here's what I'm talking about, in a series of my recent tweets kicked off by my passing along a message from @RevBobMIB: Here's a link to the petition that Robert 'RevBob'... Continue Reading →
I just minutes ago drove through an intersection near my home. There had obviously been an accident there very recently. How do I know this?Because, although the stricken cars are gone, there are big hunks of metal and plastic littering the intersection. They are right in the path of traffic. Perfectly placed to puncture tires.Public... Continue Reading →
So, I'm on a bus heading from Norfolk, VA to Washington, D.C. The bus is nice enough; decent seats, a place to plug the phone in, wifi. The windows, on the other hand... there's a nice thick film of yuck to filter out any bothersome sunlight. Or view. It comes through very nicely in the... Continue Reading →
This post isn't about legalizing or not legalizing marijuana, despite my choice of picture---that's a topic that's way off topic for this blog. Suffice it to say that I'm in favor of applying rational thought to our various concerns. The reason I used this image is that it employs hyperbole. Many of us... Continue Reading →