Ableism and Spongebob

There has been a meme making the rounds recently, featuring a screenshot of an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.  Briefly, the purpose of the meme is to mock an idea by juxtaposing someone expressing the original idea with the image of Spongebob making a funny face and, comic-style, repeating the original idea uSiNg aFfEcTeD wRiTiNg. It seems […]

The Guns of August

No parables today. No allegory. Just some real talk. According to NBC, the United States just launched a Tomahawk missile strike at Syrian Army emplacements in Syria.  This act of war against a sovereign state has a high potential risk of killing Russian personnel in addition to Syrians, meaning we might very well have just […]

Facebook is Becoming a Problem

So it turns out that allowing a private company to manage all of your social interactions has some drawbacks. A friend of mine on Facebook recently posted an account of all the times she has been sexually abused in her life. She is still a young woman, younger than me, and yet the list was […]

The Economics of Star Trek

As some of you may be aware, I have been a Star Trek fan all my life. It was arguably formative, though in my youth I was more interested in the technology than I was the social commentary. (Growing up white, right?) Nevertheless, Trek represents one of the few works of mainstream sci fi that […]