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

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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.

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Book Review: Confessions of an Online Hustler by Matt Forney

“Confessions of an Online Hustler” a step-by-step set of instructions on how to become a “professional blogger”. Make no mistake: blogging effectively is a lot of work (even if you can do it in your underwear), and there are no short-cuts to success. If writing is just a hobby for you, don’t even bother, but if you are thinking about writing on a professional, or semi-professional basis, then this is the book for you.

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What is Capitalism?

Ain’t it funny how the left and the right talk past each other? Liberals think that “Capitalist” means crony-capitalists; that’s not what Conservatives mean by the term. This mis-communication isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

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So I’m making a short film…

…and entering it into a contest to earn a grant from the Telus corporation. Short version, I need your support: Telus will be awarding 5 films with grant money, based upon which one receives the most votes.  I’m asking that you spend a minute of your time registering on their StoryHive website to vote for my film, Lust in the Time of Heartache. Long version: I think you’re going to like this film (and yes, upon completion it will be available for free online). Note: if you prefer, I’ve uploaded an 8 minute video which essentially the same as this...