A Whole Crypto-Zoo of New Species

The deep diving robot that explores the ocean off Monterey Bay takes photographs of tiny new species almost every time it goes down. In Alaska, astoundingly, a new species of beaked whale, 24 feet long, was discovered only in 2016. Numerous new species on land have been discovered in recent … Continue reading

Engineering Specs for Trump’s Wall

Have you seen the engineering specs for Trump’s Wall? — No? Neither has anybody else. There’s plenty of time between now and Election Day for Trump’s campaign to draw them up and make them public, just so the American people can verify they aren’t buying a pig in a poke. … Continue reading

Potholer Breaks Axles of Climate Change Denial

It can be baffling, trying to determine who is ahead in the battle for public opinion in regards to climate change. It would seem to be all over, on the one hand. Nobody can doubt that it is happening. But then you continue to hear people claiming that a locally … Continue reading

When You Don’t Like Reality, Yell “Hoax!”

From the Boston Marathon Bombing to the Newtown massacre, from Climate Change all the way back to the Holocaust and beyond, if a certain mentality doesn’t like a certain reality, it was all “staged.” We recently marked the third anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. (Tsarnaev apologized! Did that kill … Continue reading

Taking Your Seat in the Sky

The powered parachute has been called the closest thing to bird-like flying that a human being can achieve. Beyond that it is perhaps the safest, easiest, and most affordable means of flying, bar none. On first glance the rig resembles a wheeled frame that looks a little like a go-cart. … Continue reading

“The Paradoxical Commandments” Still Stand

Apparently, exceptions can be found for virtually everything we accept as a rule. The latest example is a motivational poster with a message that actually is motivational, not to mention genuinely encouraging, moving, and insightful. Bear in mind that I am aware more than most people of the click-over point … Continue reading

You Should Read Safekeeping

I’ve never done a book review here before, apart from my own books, but this one has been on my mind. Since it is a debut novel from a promising author, let’s consider Safekeeping, by Jessamyn Hope. The title is good – short without being mundane. (How many books have … Continue reading

From Christine Jorgensen to Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner just topped the record for speediest amassing of one million Twitter followers, previously held by President Obama. Considering all she’s been through, let’s wish her well going forward. It will be much more interesting to see the reactions of the general public to her story as time goes … Continue reading

Dylann Storm Roof – Twerp From Hell

You have heard of the banality of evil, but rarely does it come complete with a bowl haircut. The perp (or twerp, to look at him) behind America’s latest gun rampage is living proof that larger-than-life atrocities can come from small packages, or small minds. Dylann Storm Roof was a … Continue reading