Saturday, 08 September 2018 18:09

Bringing Ragnarok Dev Diary 2.5

So Labor Day 2018 hit, and American politics emerged from the August slumber. I find it amusing how media across the ideological spectrum perceives its own internal organizational metabolism as synonymous with the rest of the world's. August is often referred to as a quiet month in the world of news, but in truth August is just (like December in the West) when the staff of media companies goes on vacation, so big names aren't writing as many articles, and so... a quiet month. Never underestimate the illusory power of a cybernetic feeback loop, is all I'm saying. Anyway, once…
Friday, 07 September 2018 20:10

Bringing Ragnarok - Dev Diary 2

Woo, time for Developer Diary 2! This week, Bringing Ragnarok Book 2 hit the (approximate) 75% draft-complete stage. Now, that could mean a lot of things, so here's what it means for me: When I complete a draft, the story itself has been told to whatever checkpoint I've pre-established, and it is readable (but not good). I'm fortunate in that I've been writing and editing professionally for so long (that's what academia is, in reality) that my initial draft usually comes out pretty solid. At university, my general practice for writing an A paper was to bang out 12 pages…
Friday, 31 August 2018 18:57

Bringing Ragnarok - Dev. Diary 1

As an author, I take a lot of inspiration from the world of video games and computer programming. So I've decided to start writing short blurbs every week, pretty much about whatever comes to mind with respect to what I've been working on the past week. In the gaming world, this kind of thing is often called a 'developer diary' (here's one I've been keeping an eye on, for Hearts of Iron 4.) Confession: I'm terrible at regular blogging. While I am currently writing Bringing Ragnarok 2 at a pace of about 10,000 words per week (give or take a…
Saturday, 25 August 2018 17:29

Bringing Ragnarok is Live on Amazon!

This about two months overdue, but finally I'm getting around to posting the announcement on my own website: Bringing Ragnarok, Book 1, is live on Amazon! It is currently available only as an e-book, but I hope once I've a proven track record of sales that I can secure a publisher to handle print publication in the US and abroad. I've been working to set up a product page on the various Amazon sites that does a credible job of communicating what the Saga is about, how it is unique, and who might be interested in reading it, which at…
Monday, 14 May 2018 17:58

Bringing Ragnarok: On Metaphysics

One of my first challenges in establishing the plot and setting for Bringing Ragnarok was coming up with a creditable vision of metaphysics that addresses one of the biggest unanswered questions in modern science: how to make gravity and quantum theories play nice with one another.Despite the woo-woo nonsense that often gets associated with metaphysics in the popular press, (astrology, as an example, does have its own odd sort of metaphysics...) in point of fact coming up with a functioning metaphysical theory of the universe is a key starting point in all scientific activities. To actually do science, to systematically…
It's pretty much old hat for a writer of genre fiction to acknowledge a debt to J.R.R. Tolkien. Few works of science fiction or fantasy have or will continue to endure as well as The Lord of the Rings. But the very reason why Tolkien's work endures, I am convinced, is the fact that he wasn't, in point of fact, writing genre fiction. He was writing mythology. These days, mythology has a bit of a bad name. A "myth", in common use, is a bad thing. A mistaken belief. A distraction from truth, which in our age of uncritical scientism…
Thursday, 03 May 2018 18:18

Decolonization

So the other day I ran across this awesome website: Decolonize ALL The Things. And, happily, its companion: Decolonize ALL The Science. In the spirit of privilege-checking, I should point out that I am as white, male, hetero, cis..... basically, I'm as vanilla white dude as they come. Despite that, I firmly believe that the Decolonization movement is ridiculously important. Here's why. There is such a thing as 'Western' science. In fact, most science is 'Western', because despite the usual homilies about science being impartial and objective, concerned solely with facts and the proper methods used to generate them, science…
The United States of America is falling apart. It is taboo to say such a thing publicly, of course, because it is the truth - and a truth that threatens the established interests of the rich and powerful. They will naturally prefer to keep harping on the need for 'unity' - whatever that means, when the divisions between Americans are now so obvious and persistent - and focus public attention on the reality TV show now occupying the Oval Office. But the country is tearing itself apart, and the "delay-and-pray" tendencies evident in our power elite's handling of the situation…
Friday, 23 March 2018 16:51

The Coming American Assault on Iran

EDIT 4 October 2019: The attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities was a very interesting development. Some quick notes: Whenever intelligence services allege something, pay close attention to the language. So far, no one has offered proof of the origin point of the attacks, and certainly not from Iran. The theory that Iran was the launch point is based on a (likely flawed) assumption - that the Houthi arsenal lacks the range to strike so far north into Saudi Arabia. Cruise missiles can easily turn and attack a target from a different direction than they used to approach - they…
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:19

How Osama Bin Laden Defeated America

NOTE: I wrote this before Matt Taibbi published his latest in Rolling Stone, and am pleasantly surprised at the parallels between our arguments. Not that many people are likely to ever read mine, so I appreciate that someone with a helluva bigger audience is making similar points.But I'll go a step further than is probably *allowed* in the media these days: By the mid 21st Century, Americans will be looked at by most of the world in the same way Germans were viewed in much of the 20th. 8 or 9 billion people living in 2050 will wonder how Americans…
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