A Song of Ice and Futility or the Nihilist’s Spoiler Guide to Game of Thrones

April 10th, 2015 No comments

I’m not the kind of person that jumps on the bandwagon very often, not because I consider myself a darling snowflake, but rather I can’t justify expending energy on something I don’t give a shit about just for the sake of being able to make small talk at dinner parties. That having been said, I don’t have a problem hopping on the bandwagon if it happens to be going my way because I’m lazy and I don’t like to walk. This is how I eventually came onboard with the whole Game of Thrones thing, but still refuse to watch Mad Men, because even if everyone I know tells me it’s the best show ever made, I just can’t compel myself to give a shit about ad people smoking cigarettes and listening to Percy Faith records or whatever the hell they do (I’m sure it’s probably more nuanced than that, but once again I just don’t care). Rant On!

On Garbage Chutes and My Personal Struggle to Prevent the Collapse of Civilization

March 6th, 2015 No comments

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My building has a garbage chute on each floor, meaning that when I need to empty my trash, I can walk down the hall, pull open a small spring-loaded door, toss in my garbage, and be done with it. Now to clarify, the garbage chute isn’t really a “chute”, but rather it’s basically a small hole in the wall which opens into a large well which the trash falls through, collecting in the basement, presumably in some kind of dumpster or container for collection, but I’ve never been down there, so I can’t say for certain (for all I know, the super goes down to the basement every night, tosses a match into the pit and walks away). Rant On!

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The Apple Watch and The Pointless March of Progress

September 12th, 2014 No comments

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Not that it’s any particular surprise to anyone who knows me, but I didn’t watch, listen to, or otherwise actively pay attention to Apple’s much-anticipated new-product love-in on Tuesday. Not because I didn’t have a passing, if marginal, interest, but because, along with anyone else paying attention, I already knew goddamned-well what they were going to announce. The only real reason for watching was to hear Tim Cook describe how Apple’s Revitalizing Miracle Tonic would cure my rheumatism, dyspepsia and receding hair line and leave me with minty fresh breath. Rant On!

May 2, 2014: The Week in Review

May 2nd, 2014 No comments

May has arrived and in a few short days, millions of assholes will think themselves quite clever by posting “May the Fourth be with you” to Facebook and Twitter. But in the meantime, here are a few choice items that forced themselves into my consciousness this week: Rant On!

Facebook and Oculus: The Revolution will be Virtual!

April 11th, 2014 No comments

I’m no particular stranger to virtual reality, having grown up in the 80s and 90s when we had scores of shitty television shows and movies promising a future in which strapping an oversized pair of bionic ski-goggles to our heads would either deliver us into a holodeck-worthy simulation of reality or allow us to somehow surf the internet by flying through a Tron-esque world of floating circuit boards and blinking lights. My own personal fascination with so-called virtual reality culminated in staring at a little red Mario playing tennis for about thirty seconds, after which I decided that I’d had quite enough of the whole affair. Rant On!

March 28, 2014: The Week in Review

March 28th, 2014 No comments

I had a dream this week that I was Nightcrawler from the X-Men (or something along those lines), as I could teleport quite well (though thankfully I hadn’t grown a tail in the bargain). I wasn’t called upon to save the world, but I did find it quite a pleasant surprise when I realized that I didn’t need to carry my keys with me or wait for the elevator. That was the highlight of my week, but here are a few things that went on in the so-called “real” world: Rant On!

March 7, 2014: The Week in Review

March 7th, 2014 No comments

Aside from Russia continuing to kick sand in the faces of the rest of the world, it was a relatively uneventful week. While my wife attended an Oscar party Sunday evening, I stayed at home and re-watched Predator, which as far as I know, never received any Academy Awards, thus exposing the Academy Awards for the complete and utter farce that they are. Nonetheless, here are a few moments from the week past that I’ve cherry-picked for posterity: Rant On!

2013: The Year in Review

December 31st, 2013 No comments

I was fairly intent on the world ending in 2012, as promised by the ultimately unreliable Mayans, but as that didn’t come to pass, I was a bit ill-prepared for 2013. Nonetheless, the year came and went and I dealt with it as best I could. Rather than a lengthy critical analysis of the year past, I’ve captured the highlights of the year which I believe speak for themselves: Rant On!

Bitcoins, Litecoins and Other Fairytales from the Digital Enchanted Kingdom

December 13th, 2013 No comments

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Before it became a “thing”, or rather, before I wanted to slit my wrists solely to avoid hearing or reading another story proclaiming it “the next big thing”, I considered buying some bitcoins. Being pragmatic, I took the concept of “virtual” currency at face value, and firstly decided to see if there was anything I would actually do with them. While bitcoin evangelists would be quick to point to the “thousands” of online sites that accept bitcoin as payment, that list largely reads like some unholy fusion of a flea market and a back-alley in Bangkok. And since I didn’t have any pressing need to purchase guns or drugs, gamble or launder money at the time, I decided there was no point and therefore no pressing need to possess any bitcoins. This was also at a time when they were worth relatively little, and I didn’t see any point in purchasing them as an investment or store of value, because that would have been like putting all of my money into Shakey’s Pizza gaming tokens or buying shares of Twitter. Rant On!

On Hot Coffee and Cool Pragmatism

November 17th, 2013 No comments

I don’t drink coffee. My earliest distinct memory of encountering coffee was going to what passed for the local coffee shop with my dad when I was a kid. I don’t remember how old I was, but young enough that my life at that point is largely composed of the indistinct haze of early childhood memories where everything swirls together apart from a few events of apparent significance that remain distinctly in-focus. I suppose this would be one of those. My dad would sit around with his friends, discussing grown-up things that held no appeal for me, while I wandered about, trying my best to entertain myself as children of that age are wont to do, which basically meant picking up and screwing around with anything that wasn’t nailed down until either I broke it or a grown-up would tell me to “put that down”. Rant On!

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