Realism (not Fatalism) about Firearms

Realism (not Fatalism) about Firearms

Any U.S. crime control policy based around eliminating or curtailing firearms is doomed to failure.  Since we have more guns than people now, whether you like guns, or hate them, America will always be chock full of them.  Once you’ve acknowledged this basic reality, the next question must be: how do we best protect ourselves from bad guys […]

Bullish on the future of solar energy

Bullish on the future of solar energy

I’m thrilled at the speed with which solar is becoming ever-more economical. We’ve already had the game-changing shift on the solar panel side, with costs dropping like crazy; what everyone is waiting for now is a corresponding breakthrough with storage. Once we can use solar in a 24-hour cycle, we really can have massive solar […]

George Lucas, Serial Nomenclature Offender

George Lucas, Serial Nomenclature Offender

George Lucas gets a lot of flak for bad characterization, weak plot structure, etc., in the unholy trilogy. But I don’t think enough attention is paid to how terribly he names many of his characters and races, even in the good films. For example, the Mon Calamari are a race of -squid people-. That’s exactly […]