What is fascism anyway?

Over August, one word was thrust back into the spotlight: Fascist. Much of it had to do with the political-ideological violence we saw play out in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Berkeley, California. But what the heck is fascism anyway? Well, if you ask people who put themselves on a right vs. left ideological spectrum, it’s either A) a “left wing” ideology because Hitler’s political party had … Continue reading What is fascism anyway?

Midnight art #2 — “The needs of the many” from Star Trek

In honor of Star Trek month, I will be posting photos and art every night at midnight for the rest of the month. From Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn [amazon_link asins=’B000I3SYEI,B01AI7QPM6,B002I9Z8B2′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’zoom08a-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ca395d56-94c3-11e7-9154-27589da7be4c’] Continue reading Midnight art #2 — “The needs of the many” from Star Trek

Midnight art #1 — Le Robot qui Revait

The piece of art above is by Philippe Caza. It is the cover artwork for “Le Robot qui revait,” which is the 1988 French edition of Isaac Asimov’s “Robot Dreams.” [amazon_link asins=’1250073502,0345404475,0441731546,B0078W0X14,B000FC1PWA’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’zoom08a-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5358fdf7-932a-11e7-94be-f1df39ad725c’] Continue reading Midnight art #1 — Le Robot qui Revait

Listening to Viking jazz from Moondog

So Lyon College, which is local to here, made note that Louis Thomas Hardin Jr. attended it while it was still called Arkansas College for one year in 1936. Hardin would go on to become Moondog, a successful jazz musician and composer. They had a link to a couple of Moondog’s albums. I’m listening to “Moondog 2” right now. It’s interesting. Not sure I would call … Continue reading Listening to Viking jazz from Moondog

Voyager mission: Forty years to forever

September 1, 2017 Man, August 2017 is not going to be remembered as a particularly good month for the U.S. We had ideological violence, a natural disaster and a political quagmire. Too bad it’s not like August 1977, when we had some great things kicking off. Now, I’m admittedly biased toward this month and year, considering I was born in them, but this is not … Continue reading Voyager mission: Forty years to forever

Flat Earth believers: Are they for real?

Did you know that some people think the Earth is flat? Apparently there are, but I still have trouble believing it. Why? Because I just cannot believe someone is A) that stupid or B) that willing to deny reality and more than 2,000 years of evidence. Even when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, it was generally accepted by pretty much anyone that received an education … Continue reading Flat Earth believers: Are they for real?

Birthrates in Japan and industrialized nations going down, but why?

By now, most people who keep up with global demographics knows that birthrates are going down. This is a trend reflected worldwide, with even developing countries seeing a decline as their economies improve and access to contraceptives increase. Japan has seen itself become the face of that trend. With a rate of 1.4 children per woman, Japan’s birthrate is very low, though not the lowest. … Continue reading Birthrates in Japan and industrialized nations going down, but why?

How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?

This is part four of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Man, government in the Star Wars universe is confusing. Until the late 1990s it was pretty simple. The oppressive Galactic Empire, led by the Emperor and his righthand cyborg Darth Vader, controlled the majority of the galaxy and it fought with the Rebel … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?

How possible is Star Wars? Part III: Would droids leave humans without any work to do?

This is part three of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1 and Part 2. Anyone who has the least bit of familiarity with Star Wars knows that many of its most beloved characters aren’t flesh and blood. These characters, made of metal, are robots, or “droids” as they are called in the movies. While droids like … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Part III: Would droids leave humans without any work to do?