Category: Nonfiction

Essays, articles and other works of nonfiction

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2015 Update

It’s 2015, and I’d like to give my readers a quick update on my life, and where I want to go with this website. When I first started blogging in August 2011, my goal...

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Woot Shirt: Periodic Table of America

I’ve always been a big fan of Woot! Shirts. I own several of them, and I always get compliments on the funny, cute and clever designs. I’ve been wanting to make one of my...

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American Musings on Scottish Independence

On Thursday, September 18, 2014. Scotland will vote on whether to declare independence from the United Kingdom. As an American of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry, I have been following the debate. I’ve never...

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Radio Websites

Restaurants are notorious for having bad websites. Matthew Inman of <em>The Oatmeal says it better than I could, but basically there are too many restaurants that make flashy websites that try to sell you...

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The Genius of Weird Al Yankovic

I wish there were a Nobel Prize in Music. I would nominate Weird Al Yankovic. He is without a doubt one of the greatest musicians of our time. Since the 1970s, he has been...

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The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

You don’t often hear people talk about the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Most people would rather discuss Game of Thrones or the latest celebrity gossip than a century-old pact between dying European empires. I can’t...

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Space Age Astrology

I don’t understand how astrology still holds any sway over modern society. Given what we know about the laws of physics, it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. After all, you don’t see many people...

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Avoiding Human Extinction

I’m amazed that human extinction isn’t more of a political issue. It should be. The survival of our species is the most important issue we can address. I’m not being hyperbolic. As living creatures,...

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The Future of Stephen Colbert

The big news in entertainment this week came from Stephen Colbert. After nine years of filming The Colbert Report, he is leaving the show to replace David Letterman as the host of The Late...