42 – Master Puppet

My wife said, “You should write about… an altruistic adventurer! Something upbeat and heartwarming.”This is… not upbeat and heartwarming. When she said “altruistic adventurer,” what popped into my head was how a man would feel, having fought to save people on a one-to-one basis all his life, suddenly given a lord’s seat or a duchy …

39 – Missing Stair

I’m not gonna go into the missing stair thing too deeply here, because it’s not my invention and Pervocracy expresses it so beautifully. So if you’re unfamiliar with the term, go over and check that out and then come back so we can talk about it. Back? Sweet. So it feels to me like this …

38 – Footnotes

Today I was doing some reading about the Opium Wars between Britain and China in the mid-19th century, and honestly it just made me depressed. The more history I read, the more it all seems like a series of pissing contests between rich men trying to become more rich, fatally misunderstanding each other or riding …

How to (Not) Read the News

I’ve been trying to meditate in the morning, just for like ten minutes. Just a little bit of silence and stillness at one point in the day. It helps remind me that the madness I experience inside and out is not who I am or what the world is. Not entirely, not all the time. …