Compromise and partnership exists in hundreds of little corners of our country. It’s about time we started celebrating them.
Spooky Season is upon us, and what better place to start than with John Carpenter’s iconic “Halloween” and its all-time great music.
Linky Friday is Ordinary Times’ Friday tradition of bringing you various links from across the web and around the world. This week, “All in Due Time” is the theme, with music interludes and plenty to read, share, and discuss.
Holy cow. Is tomorrow Friday already?
Indeed it is.
Melania Trump demands that women be able to prove abuse they have claimed. She demands this as if proof matters.
With more strikeouts than hits, what, if anything, has changed? And what to do about it?
Blessed be the normies.
Escalation of stakes is part of the appeal of doomsday end-game modules, but I have a hunch there’s more to it than the natural progression from local to regional to national to global threats. I suspect that apocalyptic stories draw from some dark universal well abiding in the human heart. Or maybe it’s that engine from Event Horizon. Maybe that engine from Event Horizon is the darkness that dwells within the human heart.
Welcome to the first edition of Ordinary Times’s new linky feature, “Wednesday Writs”, which will attempt to bring to you the latest and most interesting headlines from the legal world.
If it sounds to good to be true, it must be one of Captain David’s crazy schemes that somehow always seem to work out.
Sandwiches are both yummy and apolitical.
To expand Columbus Day to encompass other adventurers of all American epochs would be most fitting, and allow today’s far more diverse American citizenry to embrace a common thread in our shared history. So why not rename it Explorers Day, simultaneously celebrating entrepreneurship and discovery, and encompassing all intrepid adventurers, of land, sea, air, and space.
Ordinary World for Monday 8 October 2018, your morning links to stories about the world, economics, and data from Ordinary Times read, share, and discuss.
Some cosmetic changes are coming!
Revisiting Resident Evil 4.
Partying like it’s 1989.
Something interesting happens in most high fantasy and science fiction settings. Capital-F Faith in an absentee God who may or may not exist is absent. In Dungeons and Dragons, the gods exist. If you want proof, watch a paladin lay on hands. Science fiction settings can be a little looser with divine intervention tropes, but a sufficiently advanced AI is a reasonable substitute for a supernatural entity, and for ordinary NPC plebes, even modest mutant, cybernetic, or technological abilities are sufficiently advanced to provide a reasonable stand-in.
As is the case with every Conor McGregor fight, regardless of whether you love or loathe him as a fighter and character, his fight Saturday is must-watch television for anyone even casually interested in combat sports.
51 years ago today, the great-grandson of a slave was sworn in as the first black justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Country music is somewhat stereotyped as being heavy on the heartbreak and hard times, but a year removed from a Las Vegas concert turning into the worst mass shooting in American history, there has been plenty of both, along with much soul-searching.
We don’t want to be here. Nobody wants to be here.
Oscar Gordon’s Tech Tuesday covering Ammonia as fuel, making the Star Trek Tricoder, turning CO2 solid with a battery, Japanese innovation in space and baby elevators, cheap metal decontaminating water, simulated avalanches, and more
A legend that you might not have heard of, but all the legends you have heard of were influenced by him. Otis Rush, influential blues guitarist inspired a generation of some of blues and rocks biggest names, passed away after years of illness following a 2003 stroke.
Why don’t more women come forward? Because we set up the system to make sure they wouldn’t.
A three-pack of fun childrens’ books
Tennessee State football player Christion Abercrombie in critical condition after head injury necessitated emergency brain surgery, according to reports.
Musing on the Spider-Man game.
Batman’s Stupidest Foe Isn’t Just Tragic–He’s Lethal
Linky Friday is Ordinary Times’ Friday tradition of bringing you various links from across the web and around the world. This week, Money, Money, Money, with music interludes and plenty to read, share, and discuss.
The last weekend before batchin’ it.
What stops demigod-tier player characters from dominating your entire fictional world? How limiting are information and principal-agent problems in your universe?
I can attest that this a truly fascinating subject and book because I’ve also written a book on something very closely related.
Nassar would eventually assault more than 400 more women.
The “My Favorite Murder” podcast, in which the two hosts take turns telling each other a story about a true-life murder each week, was #1 on iTunes within six months of the first episode. The show soon had a dedicated Facebook fan group and Twitter following (in which I am a late-but-enthusiastic-participant.)
It’s not as scary as it sounds.
Checking in on Jim R.R. Butcher.