In the Shadow World

A Cloud’s Silver Lining…

…is often hard to find. In several places the Bible tells us that “…we know neither the day nor the hour…” Last week I found out, though admittedly in a different context, just how true that can be. I had no warning. As I drove down a busy arterial street the car’s left front wheel…

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A Scientist for All Seasons

My suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, it is queerer than we can suppose. ~ J.S.B. Haldane, British evolutionary biologist, physiologist and mathematician in Possible Worlds A polymath is a person of great learning in several fields of study. J.S.B. Haldane, quoted above, was a famous British polymath who…

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This Strange Madhouse

“This world is a strange madhouse. Currently, every coachman and every waiter is debating whether relativity is correct. Belief in this matter depends on political party affiliation.” ~Albert Einstein in a letter to Marcel Grossmann, mathematician, his friend and former classmate on September 12, 1920. How right the great scientist was! Only in such a…

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Where Has All the News Gone?

This post was inspired by a comment left by Stevie P. after my article about printing presses, moveable type and the Phaistos disk. (Bogus History, April 25, 2015) He asked why he never heard about stuff like that (I’m assuming he means science and the history thereof) on the news. I don’t know how to…

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English Murders

I’ve been reading selections of George Orwell’s writings in an excellent collection entitled, The Orwell Reader. These pieces have been arranged in the order in which they were written, which allows the reader to follow his development as a thinker and writer. Most people know Orwell for his popular novels, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four,…

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Updates

Another Abuse of the Poor Apostrophe I’m trying to ignore crimes against punctuation, I really am. But these criminals are ubiquitous and persistent. They’re becoming more insidious, to the point that they’ve invaded major food producers, in fact the largest beverage company in the world: Coca Cola! I dislike arriving at movie theaters early because…

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Write What You Know

Teachers pound that into young writers’ heads repeatedly. There are also countless articles written about why prospective writers should or should not self-publish. This post explains how I write about what I know and why I self-publish. A traditional publisher published my first novel, The Shadow of Armageddon, in trade paperback and ebook formats. After…

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Shadow Jack

Last week I published my third novel, Shadow Jack, in ebook format. You can find it at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com//dp/B00V58XYOA, at Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/529643 or just about any place else ebooks are sold. It takes place in two future time frames. One begins eighty-seven years after a pandemic caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria that kills…

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Weird Words from Psychology

Here’s another chapter in our occasional series of Weird Words. Be careful. There are some weird people out there. And if you find yourself howling at the full moon or pulling your hair out, seek help at once. (Although if you’re living with one or more teenagers the second act is not considered abnormal.) aboulomania…

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Happy Super Pi Day!

When I first started this blog on October 8, 2014 I looked forward to this March so I could write about Pi Day. Not only that but the most important Pi Day of all time, Super Pi Day. But when the day arrived (today), for the first half of it … I forgot all about…

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