The MAZE Inside UFO 54-40

An article on i09 is the post on that blog that I’ve been waiting for for 30 years. It’s about Inside UFO 54-50, my favorite Choose Your Own Adventure book from childhood, and also the single one that was actually thought provoking. You see, Inside UFO 54-40 is an odd beast in that it has…

BitCoin is so too Fungible!

Via The Atlantic, I came across this argument that Bitcoin is doomed by yesterday’s IRS announcement that virtual currencies are "property" for tax purposes. The gist: this ruling has destroyed BitCoin’s fungibility – i.e. that necessary property of currencies where one individual unit is as good as another. In the case of US dollars, this…

Fighting Sparks with a Blaze

One of the interesting things about humanity is how easily we’re knocked off the high road. You can know a thing is wrong, know why it’s wrong, and still do it anyway, kinda just ’cause you want to. People are – or often can be – really bad at seeing the bigger picture. I’m thinking…

SF Masterworks

Today’s post about Larry Niven got me thinking about how, as much as I love science fiction, I’ve actually not read all that much, compared to the average fan. So, I took a look at the Gollancz Group’s SF Masterworks List to see how many I’d read. I’m going off of the original series here,…

The Greatest (Living) SF Writer OF ALL TIME

Vox Day has a poll for greatest living SF writer that I’m flagging for the purely selfish reason that I agree with the result: Larry Niven. I didn’t vote, but if I had, that’s who I would have voted for. And yes, I don’t even need the "from the choices offered" qualifier: Niven is the…

Importing MySQL into XCode

I’m dabbling in Mac OS X (desktop, but eventually iOS) app development for a project at work. At the moment, that’s taking the form of a proof-of-concept interface to MySQL, to be an eventual GUI seeder and migration application for moving data from ScheduleThing to the new application. Here’s the trouble: Cocoa doens’t really come…

Science about Science

An an interesting post The Volokh Conspiracy, Jim Lindgren takes Richard Landers to task for some questionable methodology in a check he did on an NSF study that purported to show that a majority of young people believe that Astrology is scientific. If you’re interested in the back-and-forth, or the methologies used, or the specifics…

Doubling Down on Double Standards

I’ve made the usual criticisms of John Scalzi and of Ken White in the past seven days, so let me take a moment to say that the present target they’re both taking aim at – one Sean P. Fodera – deserves to be hit. Unlike Tom Perkins or Pax Dickinson or any of the other…

My Dark Triad Profile

The Dark Triad is one of those things that I hadn’t heard about until recently. It’s a trifecta of "negative" personality traits: Narcissism, Machiavellianism and Psychopathy – or, roghly speaking, preoccupation with self, tendency toward deceit, and lack of emotional depth/sensitivity. I could have told you before I took the test that the only one…

Not QUITE Following the Reasoning in Bourke v. Beshear

As you may or may not have heard, a federal judge for the Western District of Kentucky has decided that Kentucky – which has a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage – may not refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. So, if Kentucky recognizes a marriage license from, say, New York, it…