Nerdy advice on how to live a better life: argue, disagree, and think

Q Good to be a nerd, Politics, Science, Society Leave a Comment

I know, this isn’t a Ghostbusters review.  I really need to write that thing.  For now, please believe Nerdist when they say that it won’t ruin your childhood (though I think I liked it more than they did). Anyway, I’ve been contemplative lately (which means this will likely be a long post).  Specifically, I’ve been pondering the fact that the information …

Cleveland, the RNC, and peace (a humble nerd’s perspective)

Q Science, Society Leave a Comment

I was all set to write a review of the new Ghostbusters movie (which I saw last night, and will still review), but there’s something a little more important weighing on my mind. Right now, Cleveland (my back yard) is hosting the Republican National Convention (RNC). Most of us locals are not exactly excited about this (no matter which side …

Sometimes conspiracies are real (climate change)

Q Science, Society Leave a Comment

You know how sometimes you think that maybe the world is out to get you, or some all powerful-group is controlling your economic future? Well, if you’ve ever thought that the blatant disregard for scientific evidence surrounding climate change must be due to some mighty group of rich people trying to bury the truth so they can keep selling the …

Science BAD! Money GOOD!

Q Science, Society Leave a Comment

So some morons in congress decided that science is bad, and that we shouldn’t allow scientists to talk to the public at large because that’d be bad. Think I’m making it up?  Think again.  I really wish this was some sort of insane person’s conspiracy theory, but this is real, live stupidity, folks. The gist is that lobbyists from the …

Here’s a cool idea for writers and readers everywhere: real sci-fi

Q Awesome Sauce, Science, Writing, Writing news Leave a Comment

I’ve found out that a couple of scientists on the Kepler Spacecraft project have written an anthology of stories called Kepler’s Dozen. What makes that so awesome, you ask?  Simple–they’re stories about REAL exoplanets with environments and technologies that are all completely scientifically accurate (based on what we know now). This science fiction writer finds this idea fairly kick-ass.  I’m …