We should abolish elections and replace them with sortition, random selection from the citizenry, thus guaranteeing a representative body. I’ve posted about that before. But if we must have elections, what voting system should we use? Pure proportional representation, that’s what; specifically multi-winner ranked choice … Continue readingFor Proportional Representation
I feel a bit behind the curve, since only like yesterday did I discover I have a great affinity with that social-media aesthetic called “dark academia”. Maybe the fact I follow and love the @_DarkAcademia Twitter account and have for a long time should have … Continue readingAcademia, Dark and Otherwise
Having recently been on a “Harry Potter” kick, the eight movies to be precise, I might like to offer some thoughts. It’s a good enough story and all that, and the films are entertaining, even if the only one that made me go “Wow! That … Continue readingSome Thoughts on Harry Potter
The longer I live the more I think my best life would be to make a big yacht my home and roam the world forever with family and friends. Exploring every culture of the world that’s anywhere near a port, all from the comfort of … Continue readingThoughts on the High Life at Sea
“9/11”: a word filled with feeling, the bulk of it bad, for all but those fortunate enough to have neither experienced nor heard of it. In the heat of the moment, when Islamic terrorists rammed two hijacked jet planes into the twin towers of the … Continue readingTwenty Years of Terror
Recently I’ve been watching a slate of films in the Lost World subgenre, which has gotten me thinking about the dinosaurs and all the other magnificent archosaurs that once roamed the Earth (and still do in the case of birds and crocodilians!), and how they … Continue readingForget Humanoid Aliens: Try Dinosaur Aliens!
What? A new book already? Yes, hot off “Calypso, Girl of the Crystal City”, I have a brand-new sci-fi story available as both an ebook and a paperback, perhaps my most unusual yet, since it’s purely a dive into my far-future setting’s worldbuilding, but with … Continue readingThe Night of the Calendars: New Sci-Fi Novella Out!
I can’t stand frustration; ever since I can remember I’ve always had a very low tolerance for it, but ever since the lockdown crisis began in March 2020, and especially stretching into this year, I’ve become much worse. That was the context in which my … Continue readingOf Fediverses and Frustrations