Not being tied to political and election cycles has helped keep the U.S. Register of Copyrights an apolitical institution. Will H.R. 1695 change that?
A thread to national security and world trade.
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.
If our climate change approach comes at the expense of economic growth, it is neither the wealthy nor the white that will bear the cost.
Are phone makers about to force their phones onto carriers?
Having trouble finding the soul of your fictional society? Have you considered their fundamental rule-making process? Why not take a little time to suss the foundations of your make-believe culture by drafting their constitution? You might find that specific laws, mores, and cultural habits are easier to develop when you have a framework for decision-making and conflict resolution.
Laws against price gouging don’t help the public during major disasters. In fact, they make the situation worse.
Many Americans consider it boorish to bring up politics or religion outside of sanctioned times and places. One simply does not talk politics at the dinner table. It won’t do.
But the gaming table is not the dinner table. Ideally, you play games with friends. Or if your close friends don’t share your hobbies, then at least your regular group is acquainted well enough that political differences of opinion are unimportant enough to keep you from playing together. Or if that isn’t the case, then at the very least you all retain enough courtesy to stow your partisan inclinations while the game is underway.
And never code in plus, plus C
Traits are carried in the genes. Use this simple observation to your advantage.
Car was recently totaled. I need advice from grown-ups.
You can create reasonably immersive, fairly convincing setting by remembering a simple five-letter acronym.
MERPS: Social, Political, Economic, Religious, and Military.
From tiny little subsistence bands to mighty intergalactic empires, from sword-and-sorcery barbarian epics to swashbuckling adventure on the high seas, these five dimensions allow you to cover every major aspect required to create conflict and a memorable story.
Ordinary Times regular contributors Mark Krieger (@musepolisci) and Andrew Donaldson (@four4thefire) break down the news that Walmart is looking to launch their own streaming service, and fall on opposite sides when it comes to projecting the retail giants success.
Are we looking at a turning tide, or is a lack of action still digging a deeper hole for future generations to climb out of?
The crushing cost of living in America is on the rise — both in reality and in the minds of disenchanted voters.
The US will win most trade wars, but not with Mexico.
Somehow I became a Microsoft person again.
It’s only worth it to you if it’s worth it to you.
How would we get a social media service that won’t sell our personal data?
How do you make universal assistance happen?
If the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he isn’t real, the GOP’s greatest trick is convincing working Americans that literally destroying the federal government is in their best interests.
From copyright law to banking and ecigarettes, it’s good to have the big boys on your side.
How necessary is to go to college in order to make a good living? Are we getting what we are paying for? Who doesn’t need to go to college in order to make a good living, indeed, even to get rich? Those are the issues I explore here while reflecting on Bryan Caplan’s new book that argues for austerity in education and how a friend of mine is doing quite well in business without a college degree.
Pondering good fortune open to few others.
This year will be a crucial one for the New York-based company.
In which an economist looks at one of the seminal science fiction works of the 20th Century.
We accept the unacceptable sometimes because it never occurs to us not to.
How much should cities even want Amazon’s HQ2? What should be they be willing to pay and do?
The choice paradox, but with labor.
Hurricane Harvey has had a devastating impact on the people of Texas. The whole country could be seeing some significant resulting changes as well.
American workers are at a cross-roads and our political leaders all seem to be leading them in the wrong direction. What the ‘Amazon effect’ means for the future of labor.
… and what do you get?
A look at the relative culpability of overly optimistic borrowers for automobile loans.
In which I am the last person on Earth to discover that cable television is doomed.
Oregon is cracking down on loose scheduling.
Many scientists like to nitpick science fiction, but why should they have all the fun?