Monthly Archives: August 2015

Down with the Matriarchy

Last night I watched The Fighter, a bio-pic about the boxer Mickey Ward who had a run of success in the mid 1990s. As much as the film tried to come up with a happy ending, I found it depressing. Ward is from Lowell Massachusetts, about forty minutes from where I live. I know lots of people […]

A Balanced Approach to Gun Control?

For the first time ever, I have read an article that attempts to start serious discussion on gun control. Now, usually when someone says “It is time we have a serious discussion about social topic X”, what they really mean is “Sit down and shut up while I engage in moral preening and display my tribal […]

Why Be President?

When people assert that “President so-and-so seems like a good guy” I always respond “If he were a good guy he would be a laborer or doctor or soldier, instead he went to law school and decided to enter politics.” The odds of anyone who chooses to stand in front of a TV camera and […]

Mad Max Marathon!

The last two nights I watched the Mad Max trilogy: Mad Max, The Road Warrior, and Beyond Thunderdome. I have no desire to see the new one. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it and I think my main motive was nostalgia for some half remembered movies of my boyhood, not to see something new. Mad Max, the original, I had never seen […]


After spending my twenties in education and nonprofit organizations I’m glad to be in manufacturing. I like being able to get physical products out the door for a contract price without any doubts about the value of what I’m doing. My favorite thing about manufacturing is that a handful of salesmen and engineers with a […]

Biting Off More Than We Can Chew

I read this post on another blog which asked the question “Why does it seem like descriptions of God’s attributes end up creating an non-falsifiable being?” I started thinking of ways to answer: How the modern scientific view of the world both makes discussions of divine attributes difficult because of our narrow concept of being […]

A Scanner Darkly

I recently got to watch the 2006 animated film A Scanner Darkly based on the Philip K. Dick novel. It was a solid adaption, and the first time I have enjoyed a movie staring Keanu Reeves since his Bill and Ted days. Reeves plays Bob Arctor, the undercover cop addicted to Substance D, a drug which erodes the synapses […]