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 Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego?
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 All the Pretty Girls, Kenny Chesney – Flash Jukebox
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 Twenty Years Ago
Science fiction of the past was filled with little green men from Mars. What locations in our solar system might possibly support life?
What can be learned from reading song lyrics as flash fiction? Today's song is "I Know Places," performed by Taylor Swift, written by Taylor Swift and Ryan Tedder, and released on the album "1989". Only this song is a little different. The deluxe version of the "1989" album includes explanatory messages from Swift about her … Continue reading I Know Places, Taylor Swift – Flash Jukebox
For over fifty years, Harrelson Hall stood on the NC State University campus like a tacky alien mothership hovering over the brickyard... After five decades, the much-hated building is well into the process of demolition.
EmDrive. Q drive. Cannae drive. All of these are a class of devices known as resonant cavity thrusters, and for the past few years they've been popping up in the media from time to time. What's the big idea? Take an ordinary household magnetron (you'll find one in every microwave oven). Use it to pump … Continue reading Resonant Cavity Thrusters
It's the year 2015... a year that seemed to be the distant future when I was a kid. We partied like it's 1999. We survived The End Of The World As We Know It™ in 2000. We made it! We're living in the future! We have smart phones, smart TVs, smart appliances. So... why hasn't … Continue reading Smarter Cars
Ever since my last post, this site has been getting a lot of search hits wondering about the meaning of Cam's song "Burning House". It's about a bad breakup. cough Well, that was easy. Of course, that's only if you take the songwriter's word for it. There's a school of thought that says that the author's interpretation … Continue reading What is the Meaning of Cam’s “Burning House”