Monday, November 14, 2016

Thoughts on Politics

In an effort to be more involved, more transparent, and more informed, I am starting a new series of blog posts where I examine an issue or policy, research it, provide my own analysis and thoughts, and possibly any proposals I may have.

I don't claim to be right, but I will do my best to be as right as I can be with facts and logic and reasoning. I don't claim to be complete, but I will try to present a complete picture of everything I discuss.

Comments will be allowed and encouraged, and I am open to having my mind changed if there are any gaps or flaws in my logic. On the other hand, I won't tolerate abuse or attacks, so I will moderate the comments and if there ever comes the point where I can't keep up with moderating them, temporarily turn them off or turn them off completely on older posts.

If you're not interested in anything political or are here for speculative fiction or mathematics nonfiction, that's fine, don't read those. I'll try to keep the word "politics" in the title of the post, and it will definitely be a label on any applicable post. I generally try to be proactive with labeling all my posts. It should be easy to avoid if you're here for something else. I may be a public figure in that I'm an author, but I'm not an actor and I am not going to pretend to be someone I'm not.

Specifically, generally the "thoughts on . . ." label will be reserved for posts that don't have the "politics" label, but every post I consider political will have the "politics" label.

If me posting things that I care about are enough to turn you off my blog completely, that's fine too. It's your choice. 

My entire life until about 2004-8, I always considered myself an independent and was registered as such. I hope to someday go back to being a registered independent because I don't think any political party has all the answers. Since I moved to Pennsylvania, it didn't seem like being independent was a choice and I made a snap decision to register as a Democrat (my choices were Democrat, Republican, Green and a few other parties; no party was not a choice I was given or I'd probably still be independent). I don't regret registering as a Democrat even though I still consider myself independent because it sure seems like I agree with the party line on most issues, but there are still many problems I have with them. Hopefully, we'll be able to have a good discussion on everything.

Initially, I'll start with older policies and issues and try to work through as many of them as I have the stamina for. If there are any policies or issues you'd like me to tackle sooner, let me know. If a particular policy catches my attention, I'll address it as I think about them.

I may update this post in the future as I think of other things.

Thank you!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tokyo Ghoul S1 is surprisingly bad

I say it's surprising because of how well done the show is in general.

Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種グール) is about a human (Kaneki Ken 金木 研), who through no fault of his own other than liking a pretty girl, ends up being turned into a rare ghoul/human hybrid and has to deal with his newfound cravings and abilities, as well as his place amongst the other hungry ghouls of the city and the police force tasked with exterminating ghouls. Its potential is off the charts.

It's popularity is deserved for sure: the opening and ending music and art is great, the art throughout the show and the action when it pops up is all well-executed, the characters are interesting and mostly three-dimensional, even if some of them do end up falling into stereotypes and tropes.

But that just left the lack all the more apparent.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Why Calculus? Specifically, "Why Do I Have to Take Calculus?"

If you're here, you probably are finding yourself taking a calculus class and wondering why oh why did the dreaded calculus monster show up in my curriculum? Maybe you're optimistic and curious about what if any benefits learning this particular material might hold for you and your future? More likely, you view this as an obstacle to your eventual degree and success, after all, machines can do calculus far more rapidly and more accurately than nearly any human could hope to.

And you'd be right.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Long time, no see

Hi everyone,

Life's been hectic the last few months and especially the last month, but that's no excuse.

I was getting big numbers with superhero news and my anime reviews and that occupied my imagination for a while, but I'm back on track with my mathematics books and I've made significant progress in the Cross Adventures books. (On the personal front, I've made significant progress with my house as well).

Monday, June 27, 2016

Batman v. Superman Ultimate R-rated Edition Review

I didn't watch BvS in theaters. Ultimately, I thought Man of Steel was an OK movie, but it didn't leave me craving more. It felt bloated and too much like fanfic (in a bad way), but ultimately I gave it a positive review and I was at least interested to see where it would go.

The studio shot themselves in a foot a bit by announcing there would an R-rated cut of the movie released because people like me that weren't rushing out to the theaters would just go, "OK, I'll see it when the director's cut comes out". Especially with the negative reviews focusing specifically on the choppy editing of the film.

I'll assume you've seen the film, so spoiler alert. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

War of the Ages — Settings and Timelines

Hi everyone,

I promised I'd share information about the different sort of settings you'll be seeing in the WotA Universe stories coming up. Since the main series is currently abandoned, you'll only be seeing short stories and novellas in that setting (some featuring characters that you know and love of course!).

Let's jump right in with the WotA Main Series setting:

Publishing Update

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to give a quick update and talk a little more about my current projects. It's amazing how busy I've been the last few weeks, but I don't want anyone in a lurch wondering what's going on.