Nonfiction

Once six o’clock—my tenth hour of work—rolled around, I figured it was okay to take a call. It wasn’t as if work was particularly difficult, being my first day and all, or even that I was busy—the last hour and half or so had been spent waiting on someone else to finish up. Until that […]

The tyranny of content

I’ve been noticing a problem of mine lately — I have too little time. A common complaint, I know. And I don’t particularly think my problem is any worse than most, but what does bother me is how completely stupid this problem is. 11 hours of my day is consumed by work—nine at my job, […]

Worst. Drive. Ever.

I promise I will have a much longer update post at some time in the near future, I’ve just been massively busy lately. As a quick update, I’m currently living in Coeur d’Alene (I got a job!), and my web host decided to up and die, hence the terrible theme. On to the show! Around […]

Panning and nitpicking "The Lost Symbol"

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is traveling to an exotic locale when he happens across a grisly scene involving clues only he can decipher. Together with his trusty, busty female companion, he sets off in a race against time, hounded simultaneously by the mysterious force that set all […]

Thanks, NYTM: Old person doesn't get "Family Guy"

Naturally, when you see a media outlet decide to interview Seth McFarlane, you’d expect to see questions like, “I find the rape jokes especially unfunny,” and at least three questions about The Flinstones. No, it’s not an Onion article. For some reason, the New York Times decided to send Deborah Solomon, a 52-year-old woman who’s […]

What more do you want from me, Kindle?

I’ve not made much of a secret of my purchasing a Kindle, largely due to my evangelizing the stupid thing whenever the opportunity arises. Despite what some people would have you believe, I do not ardently desire the death of printed books, libraries, or puppies (an unrelated story for another time). I do, however, believe […]

"I Drink For A Reason," David Cross

David Cross, I’m mildly disappointed in you. But maybe it’s just me. I’m inclined to think it’s the latter, judging by some of the review blurbs available on Amazon. Either these people are seriously fucking with the reading public—and while that may be true in some cases (John Hodgman), it’s certainly not in all (Paul […]

You had your chance, banana-man

My e-mail address is not unique. It’s just firstname.lastname, one I was fortunate enough to pick up by garnering an invite to GMail back when it was still in extremely limited beta testing. A quick Google search of my name brings up any number of listings that have nothing to do with me, leading me […]

"The Story of My Life," Clarence Darrow

The autobiography of Clarence Darrow needs no review – the great man’s deeds speak for themselves, and the book offers an excellent view into his philosophical musings on life, the law and justice. Instead, I offer selected quotes that seemed particularly poignant when I discovered them, in hopes they may be of use to myself […]

Profoundly disappointing

Yesterday I went and paid good American money to see The Time Traveler’s Wife, a movie loosely based on a book of the same name. I’ve read the book – it’s pretty darn good (in fact, you should go read it right now. Go ahead, I’ll wait).  The movie, however, came in at more than […]

WTF, WaPo?

The ombudsman’s entire column is a pretty good refresher on not being a moronic reporter, but I couldn’t get over this particular nugget (emphasis mine): Also, roughly half of the reporters were confused about the basic ground rules for dealing with sources. Most knew that information obtained “on background” could be used without naming the […]

"The Magicians," by Lev Grossman

Everyone, it seems, is writing “Harry Potter for adults.” It’s an understandable urge, really. Who wouldn’t want their book translated into dozens of languages, have multiple sold-out printings and be worth a billion dollars? In one sense, The Magicians is like an adult’s version of Harry Potter, but it could just easily by described as an […]

If the car's on fire, don't shine the bumpers

For some inexplicable reason, the majority of educators in America seem to believe that adding laptops or e-readers to the classroom will magically inflate test scores and give rise to a new, educated generation. This recent NYT faux-trend story spurred me to write this, but I’ve been thinking on the topic for some time. In […]

What I took away from “The Orphan”

When first I gazed upon the previews for The Orphan, I admit to being significantly … underwhelmed. It looked for all the world like a typical horror film, with a demon child terrorizing her new family. Then I read this article, referring to this post. In the first case I can remember, having the movie […]

Target practice

Dan Tracy exhaled slowly, sending smoke fuming from his cigar in a lazy, continuous string. Removing the smokable from between his lips to tap in the ashtray, he noted without satisfaction the deep imprints where his teeth had been. Even the best cigars could be ruined by the worst cases. This case wasn’t particularly intense […]

Those darn Internets

For whatever reason (because I worked for newspaper? Probably), I’ve taken to picking up the Everett Herald every day. It’s pretty good for the most part, but today in a cyberstalking article, there was a quote from a deputy prosecutor who’s probably angling for a better job. Police also learned that the man created a […]

Now THAT's an infographic

The Associated Press announced plans to wrap news content in DRM to prevent people from stealing it. It actually doesn’t do anything of the sort, but you wouldn’t know that from their graphic. The original, from the AP: The real graphic, from the internets [via BoingBoing]: Comprende?

The listless times

I am officially le bored, having spent the past three hours sitting in Starbucks and applying for any and every job possible. Since I have nothing better to do, I decided to blog. Since I have nothing to blog about, I’m going to use Twitter. For whatever reason (excitement of having cell phone coverage? Probably, […]

The little things

Strolling into the front entrance like he owned the place, Dan Juan gave the area a quick scan as nodded to the well-dressed gentleman behind the front desk and handed over his sport coat and hat. As Dan Juan padded across the dark blue carpet to the playing floor, the man took the items to […]

On the road

After hitching Reginald (his horse) to the post in the center of town, Dan waltzed over to the general store. Townspeople of various ages were milling around the place, so no one paid him much attention. A young lady in a white gingham dress that clung to her in all the right places walked by, […]

"Idiot America," by Charles P. Pierce

Idiot America, or more accurately, Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free, is best described as a populist follow-up to Kindly Inquisitors by Jonathon Rauch. This is not intended as dismissive or as an accusation of piggybacking, more an offering of explanation and a ringing endorsement. Rauch’s book, put […]