Video Games Are Not (the same kind of) Art

I love Joe Hill.  He’s one of my favorite writers, and though I did discover him through his father (a relationship he initially worked very hard to keep quiet, at least until he’d established himself as a legitimate author in his own right), I’ve come to really enjoy his work.  Not to mention his presence on social […]

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How we got here…

So, here’s what happened… Phil Jackson is a bit of an asshole.  He is one of, if not the best coaches of an organized sports team in history, and as is almost always the case with people who don’t just excel but exceed almost every meaningful metric in their chosen path—the 1% of the 1%–he […]

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And, Thus, Grace

I refuse to recognize a deity who determines the characteristics of eternity based just upon the limited, intentionally-confusing, impossibly brief moments that constitute life.  If the conditions of any eternal existence are to be defined solely by the arithmetic sum of my actions over 80-ish years of physical reality, I will spit in the face […]

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In other news…

Been trying to work up a longer piece on #occupy for a few days now, but it’s proving tough…OccupyLA was served their eviction notice Sunday night, and I’ve been far more affected than I’d thought I would be watching the clock continue to run, until last night, when a fucking military battalion—wait, that was just […]

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Wanted: A Mayor with Courage

There are no facts to back up the following (except where I’ve provided links to sources, trusting to their own fact-checking); it is speculation.  But the narrative holds together.  And in the absence of someone opening those closed doors and giving us the real story—as much as anyone can, given the decided lack of un-biased […]

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Holiday hiatus

Taking off for the holidays and LosCon…where I’m speaking on two panels, as if my life weren’t weird enough already.   Back shortly.

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The Process – A follow-up

And, here’s an important bit of context for what I was talking about in my last post.  I left out the very beginning–it’s poetic, but too familiar, you can feel your mind falling into automatic ruts just reading it, and it’s important to have an awake mind when reading the latter bits–and the ending, since […]

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This is a process, not a button

“Oh my god, there’s so much to figure out!  Like, cloth or disposable diapers, and what school are they going to go to, that’s really important, and are you going to buy them a car when they turn 16?  ‘Cause that’s important, whether you do it or not, and then there’s college, and saving up […]

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Ceci n’est pas la révolution

This was going to be longer, start off slower, a nice gradual build-up to a profound resolution, but the hell with that. Would you kindly please stop patronizing me with a convenient label, especially one born in an artificial dichotomy of ideas that the French came up with 300 years ago?  Do you really think […]

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This Is the Battleground

                              Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government […]

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