A little over a year ago, my New Year's resolution was to write more. And in particular, I challenged myself to participate in VSS365 every day in 2018. The outcome? I did it. 2018 is over (hooray), and I posted a VSS365-tagged tweet each day. Not all of them were good, and I may have... Continue Reading →
Christmastime is here again, and what would the holidays be without a warm fire, snowfall, and controversy? As I sit next to my fireplace staring out at a fresh blanket of snow, this year's controversy is "Baby It's Cold Outside". Is this song an innocent holiday classic from a bygone era? Or is it a... Continue Reading →
I was there at the dawn of the Third Age of Mankind. It began in the Earth year 2257, with the founding of the last of the Babylon stations... This month marks the 25th anniversary of the airing of the Babylon 5 pilot movie, "The Gathering," and the start of Babylon 5's five-year run. In... Continue Reading →
There is a TV show true to the spirit of Star Trek, fun to watch, full of optimism, not afraid to tackle tough issues. And that show is The Orville.
This week brought the debut of "The Orville," the new sci-fi television series from Seth MacFarlane. Better known as the creator of "Family Guy", MacFarlane might seem an unlikely suspect for a quality sci-fi series, but he also served as executive producer on the (rather well-done) reboot of "Cosmos". He is also well-known to be... Continue Reading →
Recently I've been clearing out boxes of old childhood junk from my parents' attic. This gives me plenty of opportunities to revisit my youth. Here I have an old 90s computer game: Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego? Children who grew up in the 80s and 90s may remember the edutainment phenomenon that was Carmen Sandiego.... Continue Reading →
What if I try to read "All the Pretty Girls," by Kenny Chesney, as a work of flash fiction? I can already hear you. "That doesn't make sense, Benny! That song isn't a story song!" Well, my name isn't Benny, and I'm going to try it anyway. You can listen to the song free on... Continue Reading →
Today I happened to find out that my 12th grade English teacher just recently passed away. Even though my senior year was an astonishing mumbleteen years ago, some aspects of that class I remember well.
Today I noticed this tweet by way of a blog post by SJ O'Hart that gave me pause. https://twitter.com/janemerrick23/status/858747711604088836?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fsjohart.wordpress.com%2F2017%2F05%2F01%2Fit-was-twenty-years-ago-today%2F Could it really be that 1997 was twenty years ago? By the bountiful bowels of Bacchus... I feel so old. In spring of that year, I was a scrawny beanpole of a high school freshman, shy around... Continue Reading →