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Friday, September 3, 2010

PSA for the day

I'm not usually one for making this blog political, but this open letter from Berkeley professor of public policy Michael O'Hare is simply too good to not pass on. While his argument is broad, and thus open to all sorts of nit picky responses, I feel the general message is sound. US citizens are faced with a variety of Godzilla-sized monsters which we are only capable of combating or corralling through an entity equally as large (or larger). That entity, our Voltron if you will, is government, like it or hate it. Government is the only voice (true or not) of the collective in this country, and "starving the beast" for the last 30 years has simply led to an America that has willingly handed the vast majority of our cultural, military, and social control to unmanageably large, government-sized corporations who have only one goal in mind...profit. Not social welfare, not the betterment of Man. Profit.

I'm all for correcting the excesses of government; as the sole representative for the people of the United States, our elected officials should be held to a higher standard. But the elimination of government, and the under-funding of its coffers, will stand as the greatest folly of this and future generations if we continue to accept this debacle as the truth. If the wealthiest nation that has ever existed on this planet is not capable of feeding, educating, and providing essential services to its people then there is no hope for mankind in the long term.

Alright. I am now stepping off my soapbox. Back to my fictional worlds.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Picks of the Week

It's that time again, folks. After nearly eight months of sheer, college football free hell, the greatest sport ever invented by man is back on and consequently I'm back with my usually wrong predictions. This is the first week so it's very likely I will be waaaaay off base with these guesses, so bear with me, folks. It may take a few weeks for me to get my bearings.

A few notes about this blog post, and subsequent posts in the series:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Accidents of Style

It's not like authors have a lack of choices when it comes to style and grammar reference books but Charles Harrington Elster's Accidents of Style: Good Advice on How Not To Write Badly, has been getting a lot of press lately. I haven't checked out the book myself but here's a little ditty from the Lexington Examiner.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Squealing Like A Pig

Deliverance turns 40 this year. I'm an idiot. I didn't even know the movie was based on a book. Add one more novel to my ever-growing list of modern classics I need to read.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Ophelia

Oblivion spent over a year writing, recording, and mixing our first record, Ellipsis (whose title was actually, "...", but since that is irritatingly difficult to write in any kind of easily understood way, I will from here on out call it Ellipsis, which is the official name for three dots in a row, signifying a continuation of whatever preceded it in the sentence, or sequence. A heady, arrogant title for a bunch of drunken upstarts don't you think?), which was entirely funded, and created by us five guys. We made the artwork, wrote the music, played the instruments, helped with the mixing, and we generally coddled the damn thing like it was our baby, which, of course, it was. It was the first living thing any of us had brought into the world and like all new parents we treated that record like it was the most special thing on Earth.