My Collected Writings on politics, science fiction, theology, and women.

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Let God Sort It Out

The hell with ‘em all, and let God sort it out. Seriously; obsessing over this broken world will do nothing but drive you crazy.

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Update on the Short Film

Sorry that posting and videos have been light for the past couple weeks; I’ve had one thing taking up my time, and that’s the short film Lust in the Time of Heartache that I’m producing for the Telus corporation. We started filming on Friday, and should be done by the end of today.  Here are some of the photos from the stunt work we did yesterday.  It’s been an endless series of headaches, of course, but it’s all starting to come together… Next week I’m editing, editing, editing – but after that we should be back to our regular schedule....

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Civilization and the Iterrated Prisoner’s Dilemma

I cannot overstate what a terrible, terrible thing the Prisoner’s Dilemma is. It is Objective Reality run amok. It is Cthulhu’s maw gaping for our souls. It is an eternal hall of mirrors squeezing in on you, until the glass shatters and tears through your eyes, and into your soul.

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Automated Prisons, and the Dilemma of Love

We are all prisoners of this world, all of us locked into this psychopathic trust game with one another, and the only sane answer is – each and every time – to defect, to sell out your co-conspirator, and to hope to God that they’re just a robotic simulacrum that sold you out first.

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Hard Limits and Electric Cars

Heroism and tragedy, death and vanity – they’re two sides of the same coin. In this world, we are often at our greatest when we are at our most foolish.

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Pursuing Arete: Medicine, Journalism, and Art

All writing (as with all Art, all engineering, all software coding…) must first and foremost be beautiful. Second, it must be True. Third, it must be unique… and most importantly, it must do all of these things unconsciously.

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In Praise of Anonymity

Understanding the societal-level reasons behind the decline are important, both as an intellectual exercise, and so that we can maintain our own civilized natures, despite the chaos. However, in our personal lives, all we can do is respond rationally to the system we’re in.

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A Better Class of People

“A better class of people,” as Aaron puts it. There’s no garbage to be found on the mountain – maybe the occasional wrapper that fell out of somebody’s pocket, but that’s quickly removed by another hiker. Decency and openness in all of the faces you see. People who have the gumption to commit to such an exhausting hike, and whose physical bodies – while not necessarily ‘model-skinny’ – are in solid form.