If not Twitter, what else?

June 1, 2017 Ever hear of Twitter? If you haven’t, then I envy you. Though, I’d guess you’d be lost when every newscast makes at least one reference to the social media platform known for its 140 character limit and Donald Trump’s favorite mouth (or would it be finger?) piece. It’s the 140-character limit that has led Twitter to be called a “microblog.” Anyway, for … Continue reading If not Twitter, what else?

How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?

This is part four of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Man, government in the Star Wars universe is confusing. Until the late 1990s it was pretty simple. The oppressive Galactic Empire, led by the Emperor and his righthand cyborg Darth Vader, controlled the majority of the galaxy and it fought with the Rebel … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?

How possible is Star Wars? Part III: Would droids leave humans without any work to do?

May 17, 2017 Anyone who has the least bit of familiarity with Star Wars knows that many of its most beloved characters aren’t flesh and blood. These characters, made of metal, are robots, or “droids” as they are called in the movies. While droids like C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 may be created to serve humans, they also have self-awareness and a will to preserve their … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Part III: Would droids leave humans without any work to do?

How possible is Star Wars? Episode I: Is faster-than-light travel possible?

May 4, 2017 Back in 1977, a movie inspired people to dream of a galaxy far, far away. It also caused a lot of kids to demand their parents buy a seemingly never-ending stream of action figures. That movie is of course “Star Wars,” as everyone called it at the time, or otherwise known as “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” For all five … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Episode I: Is faster-than-light travel possible?

#Calexit’s 15 minutes of fame is up

April 26, 2017 Secession … it’s something that angry sections of U.S. electorates often threaten to do when they’re unhappy with elections. Since the Civil War, it’s not a threat that’s been followed through with. Unless you count the Conch Republic and most historians seriously don’t. Over the last decade, there’s been rumblings of it in Texas over the Obama victories in 2008 and 2012, … Continue reading #Calexit’s 15 minutes of fame is up

Autism acceptance is what Muppet Julia is about

Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard April 20, 2017 As many of you with young children might know by now, Julia has made her debut on Sesame Street. The newest member of the Sesame Street Muppet cast is a young girl of 4 who has bright red hair, big green eyes and autism. What is autism? Most of you probably already know the answer, … Continue reading Autism acceptance is what Muppet Julia is about

‘False flags’ theories are malevolent nonsense

Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard: April 13, 2017 It’s rare that I find what a person says to be so loathsome and misinformed that I feel the need to comment outside of my private life and be public about it. But, wouldn’t you know it, social media put something before me that made me so disgusted that I felt the need to comment … Continue reading ‘False flags’ theories are malevolent nonsense

Good riddance to R.E. Lee Day

Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard March 23, 2017 Arkansas has finally separated Robert E. Lee Day from Martin Luther King Day and I say “good riddance.” After all, why should Arkansans celebrate a general who was not born here, did not fight here and had little to do with the state aside from stripping it of able-bodied men and leaving nothing but old … Continue reading Good riddance to R.E. Lee Day

‘Buffy’ changed sci-fi TV

Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard March 17, 2017 If you didn’t know, it’s the 40th anniversary of the theatrical release of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” There’s a lot of buzz and fanfare about the anniversary, with a new movie, “The Last Jedi,” coming this December. There’s also been rumor of a 4K restoration of “A New Hope” hitting theaters sometime … Continue reading ‘Buffy’ changed sci-fi TV