Gus took Mindy Rae to the dance, chaperoned by his hound Greywolf.
Gus and Mindy had finshed but one dance when the bandits attacked. Gus grabbed a shotgun he had left leaning against the wall, and Blam! Blam! Down went two bandits. He swung the Winchester repeating rifle around from his back and took out a dozen more. Then, out came the six-shooters. With the pistol in his right hand, he took down five bandits. With the left, four more.
Gus dropped to one knee to present a smaller profile as he re-loaded. But first, he pulled the big Bowie…
The EVs are coming! You cannot avoid them! You (yes you!) will own an electric vehicle (EV) soon!
Already there are government mandates that outlaw selling Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles after a certain date, not so very far in the future. For example, 2035 in California and 2030 in the Netherlands. Mandates aside, all the major car companies plan to stop designing any new ICE vehicles within the next few years.* I know you love your ICE vehicles. They’re all you know. What will you do if there isn’t a gas station on the next corner to refuel your…
“All things considered, I’d rather be dead.” That’s what I’ve told myself most of my life. In fact, I still say it to myself now and then, although I’ve made peace with the fact that I will probably live to be 100, another 35 years from now. My life is pretty good, from most measures. I’ve got no good reason to kill myself. It’s just that life is kind of a pain in the ass, you know? And the good times just do not outweigh the bad times.
Considering all the studies I’ve read concerning what makes people happy, clearly…
Donald Trump Sr. is blameless on account of being clinically insane. His enablers, those who are of sound mind, will find themselves in a special place in Hell for knowingly allowing the Trump administration’s behavior, and they share responsibility for letting the office of the President to continue to be polluted by Trump’s personal sins. Let us see where they will spend eternity by reviewing the nine circles of Hell, as described for us in Dante Alighieri’s 1320 travelogue.
Do you call yourself a Christian, but fail to follow Christ’s path? (See also Circle 6: Heresy.)
Which of my headshots do you think is cutest? Certainly not the one with no makeup, am I right? Congratulations, your mind has been raped by the patriarchy.
Okay, let’s cool things down a notch or two. The headline is a bit click-bait-y, I admin. The article is meant to be thought-provoking and extreme, and I’m not sure I buy it 100% myself. But anyway, let’s explore the theme: Rape is the ultimate, violent manifestation of the patriarchy; cosmetics are, perhaps, the patriarchy’s deepest and most invasive expression.
Let’s begin with an anecdote. I was at a AA meeting one…
I didn’t watch the Super Bowl because I have no interest in sports whatsoever.
I didn’t watch the Super Bowl commercials because capitalism is evil.
But I did watch the incredible Super Bowl halftime show. I thought I would share some thoughts about it.
In short, the show was awesome. Shakira and J-Lo delivered amazing performances, as everyone expected. This much could go without saying.
But the first thing that impressed me was the quality of the production values, good enough that it was a legitimate concert performance. Most past Super Bowl shows have been a joke in that regard…
You already know everything I’m about to tell you. But I haven’t seen anyone lay it out this plainly as a progression. Let’s face it: Republicans have been electing crazier and crazier Presidents throughout my lifetime. And I’m a Boomer, ok?
When I was born, 1955, Ike (Dwight D. Eisenhower) was President. I was pretty small then, just a baby, really, so I don’t know that much about Ike. He was a five star general in WWII, and I guess a pretty decent President. Perhaps not the sharpest knife in the drawer, although he was first in his class at…
November 2019: I got myself a brand-new 16" Macbook Pro for Christmas! Not really for Christmas, really just because it became available. I am not normally a product reviewer, I’m just a software engineer who uses my Macbook Pro for work. I just thought I would share my first impressions.
First, why did I purchase it? I have been using a mid-2015 15.4" Macbook Pro (henceforth I’ll just say Macbook, but I always mean Pro) for two and a half years, and I was mostly happy with it. My main complaint was being stuck with 16GB of memory. You see…
I am a male-to-female transsxual woman. Not only have I Iived on both sides of the gender divide, but I have also experienced gender transition from both sides. A decade after I transitioned, I met a guy and we began dating. We moved in together in short order. A couple of years later, he transitioned to female. I’m here to tell you, that experience sucked eggs.
When I transitioned my self, it was horrible: physically as well as emotionally painful. But it was also beautiful, exhilarating, and joyful. Contrariwise, when my partner transitioned, I’m sure there was exhilaration and joy…
I’m reading Bill McKibben’s latest eco-horror story, Falter. It is non-fiction, of course, and it occurs to me: The End-Timers are right, The End Is Near. Fire, flood, drought, pestilence, famine, disease, war, and storms, huge storms. Global climate change is bringing them all to us.
Fire — See the town of Paradise, in my state, California. No, you cannot see it, it burned down in 2018. 83 lives were lost.
Storms — Hurricanes Irma and Maria wiped out Puerto Rico in 2017.
Flood—New Orleans 2005, Houston and Bangladesh this year
Drought — California (my state) 2012–2018, conintuous drought
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