Brief Bedtime Musings on Paradise Lost and an Extremely Wordy Original Poem

You know, the tragedy of Milton’s Satan is that he ends up becoming a worse version of the very thing he is rebelling against. In truth, I wonder Milton’s universe would be better served if both God and the Devil were to follow the path of the Buddha and relinquish the chains of desire to … Continue reading Brief Bedtime Musings on Paradise Lost and an Extremely Wordy Original Poem

Memes, Messy Metaphors, and Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene

For those of you who are not familiar, The Selfish Gene, written by noted biologist and anti-theist Richard Dawkins (also known for writing The God Delusion) was first published in 1976. It was followed up with a later version which included extensive notes addressing some of the arguments people have made against the ideas postulated … Continue reading Memes, Messy Metaphors, and Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene

People vs Ideas: What Orson Scott Card’s Ender Saga Has Taught Me About My Own Writing

Well, I’ve been reading more Orson Scott Card. I wrote a post about Speaker for the Dead but ultimately decided against publishing it. It veered into the unproductive snarky, borderline-lecturing sort of content that I’m kind of sick of reading myself, and it’s not the kind of thing I want to put out in the … Continue reading People vs Ideas: What Orson Scott Card’s Ender Saga Has Taught Me About My Own Writing

Just Because it Looks Good, Doesn’t Mean it Looks Good Enough to Eat

I really have nothing of value to add today but I just have to get this out. I don't care how cool the cake looks. You might as well just make the whole thing out of play-doh because fondant is a waste of cake. It's not a good texture. Not a good flavor. It peels … Continue reading Just Because it Looks Good, Doesn’t Mean it Looks Good Enough to Eat

Superheroes and Gender Roles: Captain Marvel vs. Ant-Man [Spoilers Ahead]

Photo: https://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/05/25/ant-man-captain-marvel-quantum-verse-/ The thing that initially prompted me to write this post is rooted in wondering if the examples of sexism in Captain Marvel were a little too on the nose. An early example of this occurs in a flashback memory of Carol Danvers’s childhood, where after having crashed while racing go-carts (presumably with her … Continue reading Superheroes and Gender Roles: Captain Marvel vs. Ant-Man [Spoilers Ahead]