Let’s Make a Musical

New game: let’s make a jukebox musical. Rules: Pick any of your music libraries, as long as you can play all of YOUR music on shuffle. (No playlists. No channels. Live the shame of the music you own!) You can skip any music without words for free. You get 10 skips. This is your new…

Do Talk Politics and Religion

One of the first thing every American learns is that we don’t discuss religion or politics in polite company. We don’t talk about them at the dinner table. We don’t discuss them at family gatherings. This was a HUGE mistake. Instead of being polite, America has forgotten how to be politely disagree. We have forgotten…

Just Re-Vote Already

As Brexit crashes towards a no deal hard exit, poles are showing a majority of Britons would like a second “people’s vote” to settle the matter. I am perplexed by the argument that a second vote would be ignoring the will of the people. If you vote twice, then you will just keep re-voting and…

Why I Say “Happy Holidays”

First of all, I do wish people a merry Christmas, but usually on Christmas day. I also appreciate Christmas well wishes from others; but, I appreciate pretty much any well wishes: happy Chanukah, cool Yule, or even a plain old “Have a nice day.” I celebrate a lot of holidays. Being from the middle of…

My Day At Bletchley Park

Bumph Place I think that I shall never see A sight so curious as BP, This place called up at war’s behest, And peopled by the strangely dressed; Yet what they do they cannot say, Nor ever will ’til Judgement Day. For six long years we have been there, Subject to local scorn and stare. We…

The Future is Fluid, But It Always Has Been

  All things have properties; however, they are not innate to the thing. Rather, properties are how an item relates to the rest of the universe. An item is dark because of how it interacts with light. A thing is heavy because of how it interacts with gravity. A particle is fast because it speeds…

Let’s Fix Tron Legacy

One of my biggest Pet peeves is terrible movie that could have been good, movies that were sunk by simple, easy to fix problems; movies that could have been classics instead of bombs. Movies that seem to exist only to infuriate the fans. Let’s fix Tron Legacy! First of all, Tron Legacy had a lot going for…

Stop Steven Moffat

Dear Steven Moffat, Like all good Whovians, I know that there are good seasons and down right stinkers. I know that there are amazing episodes and complete bombs. I know you are a human being and it is not my intention to rant, disparage you, or hurt your feelings. But after watching the premier of Doctor Who…

Hopeful Cynics

I believe their is a common thread of hopeful cynicism that binds Science Fiction fans and engineers together.   Engineers have to be cynics: Cynicism is the belief that can go wrong, probably will go wrong. And if it didn’t go wrong yet, just give it time. Everything breaks, eventually. The hopeful part is the belief…

Civil War?

After Obama’s reelection, Republican pundits like Rove and Trump called for a revolution, but after watching the vote for Hurricane Sandy relief, I wonder if it is more of a civil war? The NY Times has a map of who voted for and against Hurricane Sandy relief here. The obvious first take away is that the only people who voted against relief were Republicans. But take…

London Calling

I know the “London Calling,” is an anti-London punk song, but I have not other title for my Olympic fever. For a couple weeks, every two years, it seems like everyone is a sports fan, rooting for someone and cheering for everybody. I am excited about the London Olympics, if for nothing more, than I…