A Hopeful Memorial

Today is Memorial Day and we are bombarded with Facebook posts that ask us to take time to honor the men and women who have served our country and to not passively and disingenuously dismiss Monday as being only instrumental in allowing for a three-day weekend and an excuse to drink in excess with social … Continue reading A Hopeful Memorial

Advertisements

A Letter to America

4 July 2015 Dear America (circa 1786), Today is your 239th birthday and in all honesty, you don't look a day over 10. Things here in 2015 for the most part look very similar to the nice bright-eyed childhood you remember. There are still some folks who are all up in arms over taxes being used … Continue reading A Letter to America

The Id-iotic Capitalist

As much as my desire wants to desire to know what it felt like to be born, I cannot recall such an experience.   Was Heidegger right to assume that I have been thrown into existence[i] like a pair of dice on a craps table on a lonely twilight in Reno — casually hoping that my … Continue reading The Id-iotic Capitalist

Drug Free(dom)

Hey there, yes you— the kid in the back. With your constant clatter and chatter. Do not talk back Hey there, yes you— the kid in the room. With your deliberate defiance. Do not assume. Hey there, yes you— the kid in the hall. With your nagging and non-compliance Do not befall. Hey Kid, do … Continue reading Drug Free(dom)

Learning to Die

Becoming aware of my own intoxication always seems to come to the forefront of my cognition through the same path as a wonderful idea— light-bulb flickers on and, voila, your drunk-self has arrived.  And it usually happens at some point after I have mentally drifted away for a bit and then some random and peculiar thing … Continue reading Learning to Die

On My Mission

Ever since childhood I have been obsessed with attending church and as a product of that obsession I have attended the church services of nearly 20 different religious traditions.  My fascination with religion was and is deeply rooted in what is essentially a deeply rooted fascination with the idea of death.  I remember as a … Continue reading On My Mission

Why I Didn’t Vote

Before I go into depth explaining why I didn't vote this year, I think it would be helpful to explain why I did vote in the previous elections.  I am 35 years old and I have voted in every single election since I was 18 years old, and even participated in Kid Vote when I … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Vote

Meditations on Futility (Elections)

A couple months ago I was sitting in a coffee shop in Palo Alto reading and in the booth next to me was congressional candidate Ro Khanna. He was there with a woman, of whom I do not know, and it seemed as though he was trying to convince her that his campaign was the … Continue reading Meditations on Futility (Elections)

The Long Con

I recently read an article about the how Virgin Atlantic is going to start offering unlimited vacations to their employees. Following the trend started by Netflix and many other high tech companies. This seems like a pretty good deal— on the surface. But we will explore this more later. First I want to explain how … Continue reading The Long Con

Ferguson and the Modern American Slave

When you see the militant-like images of Ferguson Missouri and think to yourself that they could easily be images from a distant war— well, you are right, and to be blunt— welcome to modern America. The home of the free and the land of the complacent. After the civil war and the 13th and 14th amendments … Continue reading Ferguson and the Modern American Slave