Star Wars:The Force Awakens…My Prediction

Okay, I’ve been watching J J Abrams for awhile, starting way back with Alias. I have some idea about how his mind works and I think I’ve figured out the major plot twists of The Force Awakens. I could be completely wrong, but on the off chance I’m right, if you want to avoid potential spoilers, do not read any further.

Gratitude or Attitude?

Here’s a tough one. Say you do something nice for somebody; could be big, might be small. But you go out of your way to do them a favor. And they either take it for granted, or worse, complain about it. That ungrateful SOB! Just see if I do anything for them ever again! But wait a minute. Let’s think
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Dancing in the Blood of Paris

A family member asked me what I thought of this article. It, like it’s author, is ten pounds of crap stuffed in a 5 pound sack. Throughout the article (details to follow), Claire Bernish shows us just how shallow we are while she, poor thing, is drenched in mourning for all the oppressed and victimized people of the world. The
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Starship Security

Cedric Barnes, Barney to his friends, stood in a ten by ten formation with 99 other recruits, excited, nervous, and wondering for the 147th time why the hell he’d chosen to sign up for Fleet. Sure, “Join the Fleet and see the Galaxy!” sounded really good, certainly better than the dead end job he’d been working, but still, was traveling
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The Art of the Short Story: Reading and Writing

I’ve been reading a lot of short stories lately and I have a question. Writing a short story takes  a special skill set, but does reading them take a special skill set as well? Do some stories fail for us because we fail to read them as they were meant, or are some fatally flawed in themselves? For the last
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Color My Finger Blue! I Voted for the Hugo!

I have voted for the Hugos for the first time in my life. For those of my friends who aren’t geeks, the Hugo is a fan voted award (think ‘People’s Choice Award’) given to the best works in science fiction and fantasy for the year. Given that the works are nominated and voted on by any fan willing to cough
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Customer Service Don’ts, Or Why We Dropped Our Home Security Provider

To start with, I goofed. When we enrolled with our provider (not naming names so HSP)HSP, I set up auto pay using a debit card that expired a couple of months later. The card expired, the billing fell behind and HSP cut off/cancelled our service. I noticed the trouble light on the alarm pad and called in to find out
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Adam to the left, Isaac in the middle, and Luke on the right. Three brothers brewing beer.

Cold Fusion is Not a Myth; It’s a Brewery!

A new microbrewery is about to start up in Knoxville, run by thee of my sons, Adam, Isaac, and Luke. Our family drinks far more than its share of beer; it’s about time we start giving it back!

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Activism: What We Do Instead of Doing Something

A man goes into a church and murders nine African-Americans and so we ban a flag, dig up a few dead bodies, argue about slavery and a war that’s been over for 100+ years, then sink back into our Naugahyde Barcaloungers, secure in the warm self congratulatory glow that we’ve demonstrated just how much we care. The sad part is
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CONclusion: At Last the Long Winded Bugger is Through!

This is part 5 of an increasingly ineptly named trilogy of posts. Follow the links for Part 1, Part 2a, Part 2b, and Part 2c This is the last part of my AAR report on LibertyCon so let us all bow our heads in thankful silence. The picture is not one you would normally associate with LibertyCon, but if you
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