Gradient Hopping

When I wrote this in 2013, I'd had a nasty head cold for the past few days. Then one day I felt better (though not yet well) and it was so wonderful it reminded me of something important: It's better to feel better than to feel good. Most of the time I feel pretty good, […]

H.D.A.C.

Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Democratic Party?  Fuck you.  You know the answer. You are advised not to speak disrespectfully to this Committee.   Or what?  You'll put me away for longer?  Or maybe a firing squad -- I hardly care any more, living in this pitiful excuse […]

Social Fairness?

A conversation on Quora.com: My Question: "I think that insisting on fairness is toxic in intimate relationships. Is it a safe foundation for societies?" One of the Answers, from Dave Davidson, Biologically founded Philosophy (Answered Oct 31, 2017): There is a large difference between an intimate relationship, like pair bonding, and the social structures that […]

Original Sin

Look, that was a long time ago.  I wasn't even there.  I've never rebelled against God.  What does all that have to do with me? Have you not benefitted from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge?  Well, yeah, of course.  But it would be stupid to just throw away knowledge, once it's learned.  Besides, […]

Premature Deaths

Ever notice how some phrases that have always seemed innocuous suddenly get really offensive when you stop to think about what they actually mean? (Look up "rule of thumb" sometime if you want to spoil that figure of speech for yourself.) The one that's started bothering me since I got old enough to be sensitive […]

Yes You Can!

You may not like this.  We live in an era of excuses, and everyone has lots of them.  I'm here to tell you that they are mostly illusory and are holding you back from a better life.  You will probably think I'm just lacking compassion.  I don't mind if you come to that conclusion after you've […]

The Experiment

The Physicist, a lovestruck knight comports himself with honour at the tournament Experiment in hope that Lady Nature, lovely, chaste, mysterious maiden, charmed by his heroic deeds, will twirl with delight and let her gown slip open briefly to reveal a glimpse of breast or flash of thigh. The Chemist is a rogue who cares […]

Success

I say, "If you do what you love with elan and determination, and don't worry about 'making a living at it', eventually you will 'succeed'." "Easy for you to say," says the spokesperson for all those in despair over their careers.  "You are the child of privilege, plus you got lucky." "This is true," I […]

Costs and Benefits

Warning: coarse language!  I just finished struggling with a triply-sealed container for the umpteenth time.  This time I was wise enough to get out my needle-nosed pliers before I broke a fingernail.  It made me wonder how many person-years of frustrating effort are wasted on this nonsense every minute.  (See below for my estimate.) "Wasted?  […]