Atomized and Reconstituted

I’m devoted to audiobooks. Years ago, when I first took up the habit, I thought it would never stick so well, that I couldn’t really pay attention while driving or cooking or doing the laundry. But boy can I ever! I’ve been able to treble my information intake with these things.  Recently, I finished up [...]

Children, but not Siblings

Oh they’re a motley, problem crew, these Children of Erlik. And how not? Darkness, Courage & Bravery, Chaos, Evil, Disaster, Defeat, Iron & Mining, Informants, Discord: that’s a cohort worthy of Pandora’s fateful box. The leadership are alternately unpredictable, acting under cover of darkness, courageous but given to bravado. The apologist is on the warpath, [...]

Plugging Away at Plugging In: The Satanics of (Re)connection

There’s a moment in the 2011 science fiction novel The Martian when protagonist Mark Watney manages to use instructions sent in ASCII from NASA to hack his rover’s OS and patch it into the 1997 Mars Pathfinder roving probe, allowing him to talk normally to a team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, [...]

Satanic Belonging

I had an awkward and uncomfortable experience when I was about 19 that I have never written about or spoken of to anyone. This experience taught me a lot about the behavioral lengths to which desperation pushes folks, in particular the desperate need to belong and be with other people in some capacity, whether romantically [...]