Web Miscellany: Compilation #81

Hello, friend! How are you? How has you week been? Work has been extremely busy, as my department head moved on to a new opportunity. On top of that, I've had a flare up of various allergy and autoimmune symptoms and haven't felt great. However, I had the opportunity to visit my now-vaccinated grandparents for... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #80

Hello my friend! How are you? How has you week been? On Wednesday, my aunt went to the emergency room after a seemingly minor tumble. Within twelve hours, she was in the intensive care unit with a diagnosis of Stage 4 brain cancer. Less than two weeks ago, on Easter, she seemed as healthy and... Continue Reading →

It’s 2059, And The Rich Kids are Still Winning

It's 2059, And The Rich Kids are Still Winning, a short story in which award-winning science fiction author Ted Chiang introduces us to the Gene Equity Project, a program that provides genetic enhancement of intelligence for people of color. Despite an IQ around 130, low-income recipients of the cognitive-enhancement protocol fared no better than their... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #79

Hello dear friend! How are you? How has you week been? My partner's ten-year-old nephew got banned from PlayStation for "erotic or pornographic images," but he claims he just wrote penis a lot... I don't buy it and am dying of curiosity. I've been experience anaphylaxis all week, though I can't pinpoint the cause. My... Continue Reading →

Yes, Library Porn… Again

Well, a few months ago, I received notice that my local library was opening back up and would be offering curbside pickup. Score! I began excitedly placing requests in the online system, none of which were ever fulfilled. I finally tapped into the old folks' skill of picking up the damn phone. Despite a full... Continue Reading →

The Beauty Of The Blank White Page

I recently read a few lines on creativity that really struck a chord with me. I believe in a creative metabolism working in a way where I have ingestion periods. Then, I have gestation periods. Then, I have output periods. I feel like these three things are really, really important, and they work hand-in-hand, but... Continue Reading →

The Hiccup Imposter

For the last several years, I have been experiencing a strange and frequent hiccup-like sensation, wherein I involuntarily gasp and release a loud, squeaky squawk. Imagine the sounds of a hiccup reversed and them amplified. It sounds absolutely ridiculous. It's nearly impossible to convince those around me that I'm not faking the most embarrassing sound... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #78

Hello friend! How are you? How has you week been? I re-potted my houseplants and that's really about it, if I'm being honest. Phoenix is dipping into too hot to leave the house temperatures and, once more, I can't stop daydreaming about leaving this hellscape. 2020 was the hottest summer, with a record high number... Continue Reading →

Early Retirement vs. Hyperinflation

Earlier this week, I met with my financial advisor to file my taxes for 2020. As is the case every year, he looked over my numbers and stated, "You're well on your way to early retirement!" It sure doesn't feel that way. On track by changing metrics I currently have around 2.5x my annual income... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #77

Hello dear friend! How are you? How has you week been? My boyfriend has been playing the piano quite a lot this week, and it makes my heart swoon every time I hear a melody from across the house (lately, it has been Scarborough Fair and a tune from the game Final Fantasy). The other... Continue Reading →

How To Cope With Distant Tragedies

Five years ago, I stumbled across a news article. A teenage boy in some distant rural town had been bullied relentlessly for years and couldn't take it anymore. One day, he took his dad's rifle off to a far corner of their property and took his own life. I didn't know that young man and... Continue Reading →

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