What Makes a Person Good?

A few acquaintances said of them, after it all happened: they were good people. And there was nothing else to say, since they were. There was nothing else to say. They lacked the weight of a grave error, which so often just happens to be what opens a door. At some point they’d taken something…

The Culture of Interruption, Redux

I finished The Shallows after I wrote and queued The Culture of Interruption. We want to be interrupted, because each interruption brings us a valuable piece of information. To turn off these alerts means is to risk feeling out of touch or even socially isolated (emphasis added.) The near-continuous stream of new information pumped out by the Web…

Nerd Humor Make Up Post

Silly WordPress scheduling messed up yesterday and posted 2 posts in the same day. So here is a makeup image:   While you’re here, why not check out that free book offer on the right?

My Shoes Are Too Tight

“My shoes are too tight. But it doesn’t matter because I have forgotten how to dance.” I’m binge watching Babylon 5 on my commute, and this scene from the first season is one of the scenes that hooked me when the show first aired in 1994. Londo Mollari is the Centauri ambassador to Babylon 5,…

Introducing The Sixth Age

It started, as many ideas do, somewhere else entirely. I was struggling with the story I really want to (and will eventually) tell; the story of my grandfather during and after World War I. I was stuck again and decided that I needed to get a few other stories under my belt before I could…

Who?

So one of the best guys the Times could think of to quote about Rotten Tomatoes was Brett Rattner? Really? “I think it’s the destruction of our business,” Brett Ratner, the director, producer and film financier, said at a film festival this year. Let’s think about this: (From Wikipedia.) Brett, you single-handedly torpedoed the X-Men…

The Culture of Interruption

You’re finally making some progress on that thing that you owe that person on that date. Maybe you’ve got headphones on with music that helps you focus, or maybe you prefer to work in total silence. You’ve been putting off this particularly complicated part of the thing, but now you’ve got a handle on it….

Giving It All Away 

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” – Eric Schmidt I finished Deep Work by Cal Newport last week and started The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to our Brains by Nick Carr over the weekend, so I’ve got the hows,…

Another Blade Runner Short Film

A few months ago I posted Tears In The Rain, a Blade Runner short film. I’m still apprehensive about the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. Hollywood has a pretty crappy track record when it comes to mining remakes and sequels for every dollar they can wring from them. There’s a Paul Blart 2. There’s a Paul…