A (long) thought: if the talk on social media by LGBTQIA community members and allies is tiring you out, keep in mind that it's only been two days since Orlando. When you've forgotten about us, we will still be thinking about it. We're still thinking about Stonewall in June 1969. Remember, this is Pride Month … Continue reading Reflections on queerness
In less than a month, the Calgary Men's Chorus is sending a contingent to the GALA Choruses Festival in Denver, which is in the same country where 49 people were killed last night in a gay club by one man armed with an assault rifle that he got without a background check, despite being on … Continue reading Reflections on the Orlando Massacre
"A persistent effort to examine any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports or refutes it and the further conclusions to which it tends." — E. M. Glaser (1941). An Experiment in the Development of Critical Thinking.
This was written by author Warren Ellis, from his latest newsletter. Worth a read. The most fascinating thing about Kanye's set at Glastonbury was the lighting rig. I'm not being snarky. It was a giant plate of lights that lowered down on the stage like a blazing lid. And, with the absence of any other … Continue reading Kanye West and the Glastonbury Incident
My own memories of the last fifteen years on the Internet.
From his latest Orbital Operations newsletter: All of which is to say: so much of this absurd job is feeding the compost bin. I have spoken in the past to so many writers, not even limited to beginning writers, who focus on prodigious word counts and/or deep narrow research wells. Or just reading the medium … Continue reading Warren Ellis, on writing
I posted this quote on Twitter earlier today, in capital letters, because it's true. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM DOING — Randolph West (@rabryst) December 3, 2014 This past week, M and I made a big decision. We're all about big decisions in this family. We got married when it was still a … Continue reading “I Have No Idea What I Am Doing”
Today is M's birthday. Before the end of the year, it'll be mine. We're getting older. But are we getting old? Adulthood is an invention by children to explain why adults are grumpy all the time. I feel older. Time is moving faster because as a percentage of my lifespan so far, a day is … Continue reading On birthdays and getting older
This is reposted without permission from Neil Gaiman's Journal, from an entry titled "in the wee small hours of the morning" (7 June 2006): Hi Neil, I've been a fan of your work for awhile now and I just came across your site. I've had this nagging question, about authors, stuck in my brain for … Continue reading “The art isn’t the artist” – Neil Gaiman
Since I originally read that Terry Pratchett is a Humanist (albeit a "bad one"), I liked the sound of the description, and I've adopted it where appropriate. I'm more of an irreligious person nowadays, but I'll get to that. In Pratchett's own words, "I think if there is any intelligence behind the Universe, it is … Continue reading So here it is