New and Exciting Debate Topics

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I have several friends who used to be in speech and debate, and it seemed that they always did the same drab topics over and over again. Creationism vs Evolution. Republican vs Democrat. North vs. South. Etc. These topics are overdone, even among debaters, boring as a result of over-familiarity and far more likely to win you enemies rather than friends in debate class since they’re topics we feel so strongly about. Not to mention the problem of having to defend a side you don’t agree with….how can you do a good job with that? So I’d like to present … Continue reading

All My Friends Are Introverts

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Before I get into heated, sensitive, and perhaps offensive subject matters, a little background. For me the month of August started in July. July 31st, to be precise. It was my sister’s highschool graduation and we threw a lavish party. I mean, this is the dream birthday party of every ten year old. We had races, human chess, food art, lemonade, and prizes. At around eight o’clock when all the cousins and children under 13 and people who lives in other states were packing up to go, and the sun was just dipping behind the horizon and everyone wanted to … Continue reading

You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Eaten By a Dragon

If you can't say anything nice, there might be a dragon sitting on you.

About a week ago I quit my job. I had a good reason–I’m moving three and a half hours away and since my job doesn’t supply jet packs, the commute would have killed me. I’ve been working for the same company, in the same building for 21 months or 1 and 2/3rds years. Whatever. I switched from Subway to the gas station the Subway is housed in in January, successfully eliminating 90% of the stress of the job, and basically getting to do whatever I wanted for eight months. So I read a lot of books, did a little writing, … Continue reading

Six Ways to Make Someone’s Day

We’ve all had that day where things just keep going wrong and we wish we could go to sleep and start over. And then the clerk in checkout will admire our earrings, or you’ll get into a fun conversation with the guy at the bookstore, or a friend you haven’t heard from in a long time will send you an email and everything suddenly looks much brighter and better. We don’t know when other people are having a hard time and need something to pick them up. There’s no specific warning messages that tell you “Oh, I should do something … Continue reading

The Cost of Freedom

A few months ago some people I follow on Twitter started acting like idiots. I generally don’t follow idiots, which means that I probably knew or respected these people on some level at some time. But it’s really hard for me to respect them any more. What did they do that had me so up in arms? They were campaigning to get a book banned. I’m not going to tell you what book, because I don’t want to have that conversation. So imagine an idea you hold in utter contempt, or a type of written literature you consider harmful to … Continue reading

Obsession

I’m going to go out on a limb here and talk about something I don’t talk about in public very much–Jesus Christ. I’m also going to talk about James Hilton’s book Lost Horizon. And the wide world of geekdom.You see, Lost Horizons encourages a very strange virtue: Moderation. “If I could put it into a very few words, dear sir, I should say that our prevalent belief is in moderation. We inculcate the virtue of avoiding excesses of all kinds—even including, if you will pardon the paradox, excess of virtue itself.” The first time I read this I disagreed with … Continue reading

Seek Out New Life

“This is the voyages of the Starship “Enterprise.” Her five year mission to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.” “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” In 1969 we put a man on the moon. For a decade living up to that we thrived on anticipation. Our thoughts and hopes were … Continue reading

Firefox vs. Chrome

There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who use computers, and those who understand them. This is not intended as an insult to those of the first group, as if you don’t know anything because you’re not a programmer. It’s like the difference between those who drink milk and those who own cows. Once not smarter then the others, and plenty of milk drinkers are fully educated on what farmers do, but really only the farmers are going to be able to tell a sick cow from a healthy one, and provide proper treatment. The same goes … Continue reading

You’re Doing it Wrong!

I just got back from PandoraCon where they had an amazing program designed specifically for authors. Instead of authors paying for a table they were then stuck behind forever, begging people to pay attention to them like a starving cat, authors were able to leave their books in the official bookstore, wander the con at their leisure, returning only for scheduled and posted signing slots, readings, and panels. It was an amazing opportunity that I took full advantage of. It didn’t work. I don’t know how others did, but I sold a grand total of 2 books over the course … Continue reading

Supervillain of the Day: The Audio Drama

Hey there! Hmm, look at all this brown! Oh yeah, that’s because we’re on my personal website, the Idea Factory. We’re over here because I managed to break the official website (backend only) and don’t have backups of the database or something… anyway! Here is your audio drama episode, on time as promised! (Apologies to the iTunes people.) Episode 4: Fire and Ashes: Part 1. And with that we also have a few announcements. Like the release of Supervillains of London! Click the pretty picture to go to the Amazon page: And of course there are all kinds of other … Continue reading