The world that never was


Sometimes you can’t get through the week unless you can pretend you’re a wizard. Talk about role-playing games now, and the first image that leaps to mind is likely a Bioware video game, the kind where uncanny valley characters talk to each other and navigate their way through moral choices like “yes, I will help … Read more

Save me from the ghost of Dale Earnhardt and support my Patreon


I’ve set up a Patreon page and I think you should use it to support my work. But let’s talk about Dale Earnhardt first. Sometimes, editors give reporters stories that don’t excite them. “Write this land transfer story,” the editor will say. “It is important. An unassailable rich person has sold a giant tract of … Read more

Through A Glass Dorkly: My life with Elvis the talking fish


  I tried to explain to a coworker why I was excited about the new keyboard I brought to work. “See, it has mechanical switches for every key,” I said. “Most keyboards now have a plastic membrane with little nubs under the keys.” She tapped my keyboard a few times and then shrugged. “It doesn’t … Read more