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  • Dead Not Dead – a Trope that Needs to Die
    This article contains spoilers for Jurassic Park, The Rise of Skywalker and The Last Emporex. You’ve been warned. There’s a trope that appears in fiction that drives me crazy, but I’m not sure I don’t violate it myself. So let’s deal with some examples, then I’ll […]
  • Alien invasion“Real” Writer vs Imposter Syndrome
    I’ve been writing for most of my life. That’s a number of decades, if you can’t tell from my profile picture. In grade school I told my teacher I wanted to write and direct a play. She gave me the go-ahead, but I never finished the play and it never happened. In secondary school I […]
  • Whatever happened to the future?
    Whatever happened to the future? I never thought I was going to get flying cars. I never thought I was going to get a jetpack. But I did think I was going to get a future in space. Why? Of all the things that we were promised in the 1950s and 1960s, space flight, especially within our solar system, […]
  • The Abandoned Cars of Ohangwena
    I used to keep a travel blog called Vicarious Vistas. It was the first site that I attempted to port over to WordPress and I was frustrated by the process so it remains far from complete. There’s a shell of it still alive – basically just a front page – that you can see here. It […]
  • Fever Dreams
    It all started with open-heart surgery. Yes, an odd spot to start. I was the recipient of that surgery. Afterwards, lying in the ICU recovery room, a very uncomfortable tube stuck down my throat, I started dreaming, perhaps hallucinating. In this dream was a young man, looking like a cross between […]
  • Has Mariah Carey Bing Crosbied Herself?
    It’s a simple thought. Twenty, thirty, forty … seventy years from now, will anyone be able to name any Mariah Carey song other than “All I Want for Christmas is You”? Look at this list of best-selling artists from yesteryear, and the one song you probably know them by: Burl […]
  • Merry Christmas (2019)
    Christmas is in 8 days. I thought I’d end the year on a festive note, so here’s some photos of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at Christmas, 2019. Merry Christmas, Everyone […]