Monuments to Impermanence

I’ve had occasion, recently (or so), to visit Antelope Canyon and its surrounding area. It’s a spectacular sight, a photographer’s dream, whether very amateur like myself or otherwise. Upper Antelope Canyon; in winter, you might get so lucky as to not get crowds in your pictures. Might. Antelope Canyon(s) are slot canyons, unique flukes of…

Sparring Thoughts

One of my hobbies, besides writing (alas) is martial arts, specifically Krav Maga. A lot of what we learn at my gym is specific defenses you can use to remove yourself from a bad situation, defenses that have more to do with physics than strength. My great cultural upheaval of choice would be to have…

Bad Guys Who are All the Bad

My MMO of choice is Guild Wars 2. Insult me at will. I shelled out for this game and the reason I got my gaming tower is so it runs smoothly. I was fascinated by the charr race and that’s what my character is. They are, of course, basically the kzinti, including their past history…

Why I Hate Poe Dameron

I'll preface this by saying that I increasingly despise what Disney has done to Star Wars. I grew up with the Extended Universe. In fact, my favorite book is Starfighters of Adumar. Wedge Antilles is my biggest fictional hero and Mara Jade is the coolest female character ever written. Poe Dameron is the worst character…

To Wheadon

Many people are familiar—well, people in certain circles are familiar with the verb ‘to Joss'. It refers to Joss Wheadon’s tendency to totally screw up your predictions/expectations, particularly in regards to melodramatic unexpected deaths of beloved secondary characters. This is a tendency of his, to the extent of self-parody if I thought the man was…

I Don’t Get the Harry Potter Thing

I am a bit late to the party, it would seem. I suppose that will keep my generational peers from burning me at the stake, rather than merely denouncing me as a heretic. You would think that an avid reader like me would be one of the fans of Harry Potter, considering that I was…