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Muses Afloat

I always thought I could never write fiction. Words are easy, grammar is easy, format is easy, spelling is easy, describing what I see and feel is easy….making shit up and detailing an entirely new world full of entirely new people, however, is fucking hard. That’s what I always thought. …

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Slaying the Dragon

People have begun to ask me, “Quorri, why do you always end up in the jobs with the bad principals. Couldn’t it be that you are the one with the problem, not them?” It’s a great question. It’s that old adage, “If the whole world smells like shit, check your …

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Sacred Letter

This is the letter I’ve been trying to write to myself for my entire life. Maybe I’m writing it to you, too. Am I? You tell me. Dear Most Beloved, Beautiful, and Sacred, You are more valuable than you might ever know. More people are touched by you and forever …

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Mod Podge Your Crappy Laminate Things

I’mma walk you through how to make your crappy laminate furniture better. From desks to bookshelves to stools and chairs, you no longer have to put up with the state of awfulness you find these things in. Let’s face it: we all inherit furniture from our parents, from thrift stores, …

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Doom Porn

  The latest Doom Porn to roll our way is coming not from a fringe, conspiracy theory-loving alarmist, but from one of our most rational, materialist centers of authoritative science in our society: NASA. This study is not yet available to the public, as far as I can find, and …

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High Strangeness on the Electronic Frontier

Electronics and I have an interesting relationship. I love it, don’t get me wrong. I look forward to continuing to pursue what is, for the most part, a really enjoyable and productive life together. There are some things, though, that I just can’t get over and, honestly, there is no …

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Winter Cleanse

  I have been getting ridiculously plump in my late age and much of my clothing seems to be mysteriously shrinking. It is not a common winter activity for most, but I am not most. So, I have decided to do a cleanse — for my health and for my …

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Because Systems Break Us

I have a love affair with hating authority. Appeals to ethos be damned, they work not on me. It’s a bit predictable and boring of me, but I respond negatively to any attempt to change , to manipulate, or to bully me. I bully back. My closest friends will attest …

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Dirty Criminals Don’t Deserve Clean

I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you failed to do for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do for me. –Jesus Christ I used to tutor low-income, inner-city, non-white, first-generation youth. That’s a lot of compound phrases which is interesting, because …

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Kovacs: Perfect Execution

Who wouldn’t be trying to get robots to replace us bumbling, naked monkeys with moves like this?   What is that annoyingly sickish slow squeal in the background the whole time and why is this person’s messy room the place where such amazing robotic acrobatics are taking place? Those questions …

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Follow Up: The 5th Estate

I haven’t seen the film. I probably won’t. I expected it to be a film full of propaganda, fear-mongering, and intentional slime from the moment I first heard of it. If you’re like me and you have seen through the official line on this issue of public right to know …

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On NonLocal and NonVisual Dreaming

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. ― Edgar Allan Poe There are people who don’t dream. Did you know this? Are you one of them? There are people who do dream, but barely ever. I feel badly for people who don’t or can’t …

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Boston Dynamics and DARPA: The Helliance

Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all. ― Arthur C. Clarke From BigDog to Petman to …

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Healthcare is Complicated in the US

All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a position of thinking it’s pretty damn complicated in the first place. ― Douglas Adams People are fighting over whether or not we …

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Unlabel

We see division where there is none- and we do this because we were told to do it. We listened. We were trained to use labels. We are masters of classification. There’s an evolutionary trait That taught us how to distinguish between ourselves and the other. They told us we …

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Braininess

The wizards have grown brains in a test tube. Do you believe it? I believe it – and not ’cause I’m as gullible as I once was when my paraplegic neighbor, Randy, told me that he was grown in a test tube. To justify that, imagine being 7 and finding …