Alan Moore: Writing Pays Better Than Whinging

  • Posted on: 15 April 2012
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

I have to agree with JMS' sentiment: Alan Moore is a creative writer, vying for top spot as the best writer in comics in the minds of many (mine included). But Moore made a bad deal-- he made a succession of bad deals. How is it that Alan Moore's clout plus an agent or contract lawyer couldn't push the deal to be better? When I've seen bad deals, I've either taken them and looked at the strategic benefit; or I've walked away.

How To Reverse the Effects of BPA

  • Posted on: 16 February 2012
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

If you're wondering how you and your dog are both getting fat, it could be as simple as canned foods. Many canned products are lined with a protective coating so that the contents of the food (like the acidity of canned tomatoes) doesn't interact with the metal to create erosion and spoilage. That protective layer is commonly made of Bis-phenol A (BPA).

The First And Last Thing I'll Say About The Laws of Attraction (for now)

  • Posted on: 6 November 2011
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

The laws of attraction are a set of assumed laws used when discussing the nature of bodies that attract. The "laws of attraction" are one key part of The Secret and a whole medley of life coaching approaches. Because of that connection, the laws of attraction are often derided as hokum. But here’s why I believe in the concept. In the film, Unbreakable, Samuel L. Jackson’s character is a sickly man with type I osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare disease in which bones break easily. He was so brittle, he thought someone had to be on the opposite side of the spectrum: someone unbreakable.

He Who Stayed

  • Posted on: 1 November 2011
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

My father taught me two lessons: how to tie my shoes and how to run away. I got stuck tying my shoes while he perfected how to run away. Whenever things got tough, he ran away. I resent that he could leave and return whenever he wanted.

The Hour of the Kilowatt

  • Posted on: 9 August 2011
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe
The days of wampum are over. The roller coaster of the last 65 years should be telling us that we're on the wrong ride.
Currency grew out of the need to make goods and services portable. You didn’t need to carry the side of beef from the farm around with you to pay for debts, you sold it to the butcher who gave you some silver and let you walk away with currency. Gold and silver are comparatively rare, so attaching scarcity and value to the minerals meant that you abstract the value of items but keep it consistent.

Hacking It -- Movies about breaking the mold.

  • Posted on: 24 April 2011
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe
Sensing a trap is the first step in defeating a trap. Likewise, knowing you have a problem says that you have to find a solution. There is a string of movies where the characters in the movie figure out what’s going on and they “hack” it. They break the rules to their benefit-- they lop out bad rules, remix their reality and get what they want in the end.. When you say that you can’t do something or that there are rules in the way, maybe you just need to hack your current reality to make your circumstances align with your goals.

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

  • Posted on: 12 April 2011
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe
“Be careful what you wish for.”
“Ask. Believe. Receive.”
“Success will test a man’s mettle more than combat.”
“You get what you pay for.”
“Ask and Ye shall Receive”
All of these truisms say the same thing: when you get what you’re trying to get, you may not like what you get. In doing the Purpose Party thing, I’ve come to it with some built in theories and beliefs:

I'm The Last GrandFather

  • Posted on: 8 August 2010
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

I have been ruminating on the Singularity for some time. Rudy Rucker's PostSingular was a great story about an omniscient network that anyone can tie into at any time. I think that the Singularity is more than just about information. It's about transforming us into supermen. But to transform us into supermen, the current human race is going to have become extinct. If Verner Vinge's math is right, the Singularity will come into swing during my daughter's adult life, maybe after she's started a family.