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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Good for Art

Human governments rule by the consent of the governed.  Someone smart said that.  You can probably look it up. 

It's true.  Successful governments retain that consent by keeping the governed content enough not to revolt.  They do this with by supplying combination of material comfort and security, and stoking fear of the loss of that comfort.  The United States of America is no different and never has been.  How could it be?  That is the basic energy structure of all human society.  We require a hierarchical power structure, and we require the Other.  I won't argue those points.  Think about them and decide for yourself. 

Societies function well when there is little ambiguity about these things.  They function poorly when distinctions become vague, when different levels of the hierarchy perceive each other as the Other, when those in power pit the governed against one another.  Anarchy is a natural result of this ambiguity, and authoritarianism is a natural societal response to anarchy.

Authoritarianism is good for art.

Go Trump.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

To Microsoft Compliance and Ethics
I am dismayed today to find that Windows 10 has decided to install itself on my computer.  No doubt I have fallen victim to Microsoft's tactic of configuring the [x] on the Wondows 10 promotional pop-up to function as an affirmative selection rather than a simple close command.  This is a tactic I expect from penile enhancement products and Russian girls hot for western men, not from a highly respected and well established global corporation.  I can hardly have missed the media blitz or the persistent pop-ups that distract me from my work; does Microsoft not think that, should I have chosen to switch to Windows 10, I would have done so when I was damn good and ready?  Has Microsoft such a low opinion of my decision making abilities?
Further, upon completion of this action (dubiously termed an "upgrade"), I find that Office now believed I have exceeded the number of allowable downloads, although I am accessing the program from the very computer (the very one!) from which the program was originally purchased.  For Microsoft, whether through intent or oversight, to block my access to a legitimately purchased product by way of imposing upon me an unwanted product indicates a sketchy regard for its customers at the very best.  At worst, it betrays Microsoft's view of its customers as mere nodes in its global super-mind, with which It may do as It pleases.
Surely, you are aware that Microsoft faces real and growing competition from a wide array of providers whose products provide all the desired functionality without putting their hands up their users' skirts.  How, I ask you, is behavior such as that described above intended to retain my interest in remaining a customer of your products?
Hoping you are well,
Loyal Node

Friday, May 20, 2016

Reading Camus, and then -

Greetings from the center of the universe! 
There is nothing to report but this:  A certain black and white cat of my acquaintance has left a gift this morning for us - the back half of a small rodent.  It may be a mouse, or a pocket gopher.  Without the front half it's hard to tell.  The cat - who is orca-colored - informs us by this means that the seasons are progressing as planned, that the world, against all other evidence, remains upon its axis, and that he will take his breakfast on the veranda.  M. LeChat strolls obliquely into the room as we write and regards us with affectionate disdain before announcing his desire for immediate egress.  He will go out at this time, and will remain out through the night.  We needn't wait up.  These things, these and the little snails that terrorize the roses, are the only signs of spring we need.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

After a lengthy silence, a feeble rustle...

Having decided that nothing is more boring than a blog about a writing trying to write something, I stopped posting until I had something interesting to say.

However, if I gave you my card at LTUE this weekend, I thought you deserved something more than that, so here you go>>>

Greetings!  Had a great time at LTUE 2016, and I hope you did, too!  Thanks for stopping by!  I still don't have anything interesting to say!  But exclamation points always help, right?  I said, am it RIGHT?!?!?

Anyway, if you stopped by for some other reason and you don't know what LTUE is, you should go here >>>  ltue.net >>> and check it out.

Should I pretend that someone is really reading this and promise to post more frequently?  Hmmm...
I don't know, what do you think?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Armoire Pirate Update

I have pulled The Armoire Pirate down from Smashwords and Amazon temporarily to revise the manuscript (and also to prepare for launching the next three books in the series).
I have tried to take down all the links for it, but if you accidentally found your way there and it didn't work, and then you found your way here, I apologize.

So, so sorry...


Monday, January 19, 2015

The Armoire Pirate - ebook on Smashwords and Amazon

Oh, Hi

Also, I forgot to mention that The Armoire Pirate - the first in a series of middle-grade chapter books - is available as an ebook at Smashwords-dot-com and Amazon



"The Eye Fish" Published by Diagram

Hi There!
"The Eye Fish" has been published by Diagram.
Click on the link to the right to check it out!