Louis C.K. – funny yet insightful

I don’t follow many comedians, but Louis C.K. is one of them. I don’t care much for the profanity, but his irreverent sense of humor is an effective vehicle for thoughtful commentary on the state of modern society. Not all comedians do this. Too many shock for the sake of shocking. Check out this segment about why smartphones are bad for kids.

 

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The power of dreams

A recent high school graduate that I know gave a little speech. It was a speech about a life transformed and a dream for the future. It was a speech from the heart. If you have not seen this, it is worth a few minutes of your time. Read More

Planetes: great hard sci-fi anime

Japanese animation, or anime, has a long, rich science fiction heritage; however, anime often gravitates toward giant robots, super powers, and aliens. Sometimes, though, a series comes along that bucks the trend. In the 1990s, that series was Ghost in the Shell, a plausible take on the near future where the lines between the cyberworld […]

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What’s wrong with modern sci-fi?

Actually, that’s a loaded question, but it caught your attention, eh? I suppose that technically nothing is “wrong” with modern sci-fi. On average, SF writers today are much better writers than ever before. Their sentences flow. Their characters are round and fully realized. Action crackles off the page. And yet it’s hard for me to […]

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Ode on Parenting: Grit is It

Ah parents–good parents– So lovable yet so gullible. They’ll buy anything–tips and tricks– that are “good for the kids.” But, alas, there’s something wrong. Their kids get lost in the throng! As they exit their bubble They begin to struggle. What if the secret to success is failure? What if you need grit in order […]

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