The Last Ultimatum – Part One

Here’s the first part of a short story I’ve started writing. I’ve decided to post as I go, so this is “hot off the press”, as they never say. Thanks go to Richard Paterson for the title, which I’m doing a slow but hopefully interesting riff off of. It was pitch black. Adam tried to look around, but having no head, failed miserably. Now that he thought about it, he… Read More »The Last Ultimatum – Part One

Raspberries on the Wind

Was pulling faces at a wee girl in a restaurant today. Suddenly she ducked, and I ended up blowing a raspberry across the table at her gran. Stone cold disdain on her wrinkled face.

Dictionary Submissions #1 – Drunkstapose

Based on a recent occurrence of this phenomenon in my life, I submit the following new word for inclusion in the English language: drunkstapose (drŭngkstə-pōz’) verb: drunkstaposed, drunkstaposes, drunkstaposing noun: drunkstaposition – verb (used with object) 1. To pose for a photograph with someone while inebriated (nb: recollection is optional) 2. To photograph a drunkstaposition -noun 1. A situation where two or more inebriates pose next to each other for… Read More »Dictionary Submissions #1 – Drunkstapose

I came, I saw, I quit

So Sarah Palin has resigned as Governor of Alaska: Gov. Sarah Palin will resign her office in a few weeks, she said during a news conference at her Wasilla home Friday morning I won’t go on about this much. Even after all this time I’m still sick of hearing about her escapades. On the face of it, this seems like a resoundingly stupid thing to do: to remove herself from… Read More »I came, I saw, I quit

RIP Madelyn Dunham

Tragic. I’m glad Obama had his chance to see her before this, and I hope everyone who mocked him for taking time out of his campaign feels shame to their core. I can’t think of anything else to say, so I’ll leave with a word from Andrew: “May she rest in peace. She did good.” Good luck tomorrow, America. Let’s see what you’re made of.

The real differences between liberals and conservatives

Here’s a very illuminating talk by Jonathan Haidt about the moral mind. Watch it then scroll down for my take. The graphs he shows are incredible, simply for the discrepancies between the two sides of the moral spectrum. I think he tries too hard to wrap his interpretation of openness around the findings, though. Ultimately the talk fails because – as he himself states – the principles of open discussion… Read More »The real differences between liberals and conservatives

Plan for Change

A new 2 minute-long ad from Obama spells out what he wants to do once in office. Personally I love it: it’s substantive, logical, and it highlights the effects to the working class. But I’m not sure if your average low-information voter is going to sit through 2 minutes of, well, just talking. Maybe I’m underestimating the average American, but there’s a reason why most political ads are 30 second… Read More »Plan for Change

John McCain Vs Spain

So last night, McCain gave a strange interview in which he refused to say whether – once elected – he’d meet with Spanish president Zapatero or not. Not only that, but he changed the subject to Latin America several times, despite the reporter clarifying that she was asking his prospective administration’s relationship with Spain. This comes at a time when people are starting to whisper about McCain’s mental acuity. Today… Read More »John McCain Vs Spain

More slogan theft

Since once wasn’t enough, the McCain campaign has now decided to coopt Obama’s message a second time. Mere days after the Obama campaign rolled out their new slogan “Change We Need” – a subtle change to their previous “Change We Can Believe In” – we see this post banking crisis ad. But wait, what message does the ad end on? John McCain: Changing my message to whatever you think you… Read More »More slogan theft