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  • Campaign Manager: Serializing Recursive Objects

    There’s an idea for a game that’s been rattling around my brain for a while, so I finally decided to learn enough Unity to birth it. To get an idea of what I have in mind, think Sid Meier’s Civilization, but for elections: you play a campaign manager, and your job is to get your […]

  • Hell Is a School, Apparently

    By now, you’ve all seen this T-shirt, which began circulating approximately several years before 17 people were killed at Stoneman Douglas High School, in Florida: As many people have pointed out, the implication is that, against all theology, God—or at least the God of sanctimonious T-shirt wearers—is not omnipresent. That a simple legislative measure is sufficient to […]

  • Grand Juries: The System Is Biased

    Four months ago, I was kindly invited by the county to sit on a grand jury. The whole thing turned out to be more interesting than I had expected, and while I’m not allowed to talk about deliberations or the internals of the process, to allow jurors to speak freely inside the courtroom, I wanted […]

  • “It’s Getting Old” Isn’t A Rebuttal

    One response that I see a lot on Twitter and elsewhere is some variation on “calling Trump supporters racist is getting old”. And maybe I’m growing stupid as I grow older, but it finally dawned on me what was bugging me about that. I’ve been in plenty of discussions where one side or another used an […]

  • Does Christianity Offer the Best Basis for Science?

    There’s an argument I’ve run across several times, that theism, and specifically Christianity, forms a much better basis for science than does atheism. Indeed, some people go so far as to claim that only Christianity provides a foundation for science. Matt Slick at CARM lays it out well (though Don Johnson Ministries makes a similar argument). After listing a number […]

  • Wheeze A Coda Dog

    The Alexa app on my tablet wanted to share with me the exciting (to it) news that Amazon has released a companion device to its Echo, called an Echo Dot, and invited me to ask “Alexa, what’s Echo Dot?” to learn more. According to said app’s transcript, here’s the conversation we just had: – Alexa, […]

  • I Get Spam

    I don’t often get spam worth sharing, but this one is comedy gold. (See also below for post-419 comments.) From: “Mr Ronald Anthony”<mrronaldanthonys@—.—> Subject: RE: ISSUES OF FRAUD CRIME AGAINST YOU (FBI) THIS IS THE (F.B.I) http://www.fbi.gov FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, […]

  • A Positive Review

    I know this is bad form, but I really like this review of something I wrote: If it is a Poe, it is a pretty clever one: goes suspiciously overboard only 3-4 times I might need to add “goes suspiciously overboard only 3-4 times” to my bio.

  • Let’s Get This Out of the Way

    Here’s a link to something I claim you’ll find interesting: http://www.youtube.com/Rick-Astley-Never-Gonna-Give-You-Up Right. That’s April Fools Day taken care of. Now let’s move on.

  • A Brush With Celebrity

    And not just any celebrity, but the highest: Now, the next time someone tells me, “You’re not really an atheist. You secretly believe in God”, I’ll be able to say, “You’re right. And I have photographic evidence.”