#106–Blitz Q: Where did the Flying Spaghetti Monster come from?

Short possibly-improbable answer: Bertrand Russell's teapot in orbit around the Sun boiled over and an astronaut's spaghetti and meatballs food pouch landed in it. Add a dash of stardust and poof! Even shorter, more fact-based answer: A guy named Bobby Henderson. I actually have his copy of The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster on … Continue reading #106–Blitz Q: Where did the Flying Spaghetti Monster come from?

#101 Blitz Q: What’s the boxy-thing in the middle of a laptop power cord for?

I'd been wondering about this weirdness for a while, and not just laptops, but other computer systems. Apparently, from what I've managed to find so far. they're adapters that help convert voltage and not put too much power into the hardware too fast. Okay, but at the same time, why does it seem to come … Continue reading #101 Blitz Q: What’s the boxy-thing in the middle of a laptop power cord for?

#098– Do These Anti-Gay Preachers Ever Get Tired of Hating?

I've had the "Make America Straight Again" conference notes stuck in my head after seeing some video snippets from day 1 (The Friendly Atheist has the "lowlights"--shudder). This is something that's really bugged me. When I see preachers practically frothing at the mouth about sinners, the gays, feminists, abortion, etc...I have to wonder something. In … Continue reading #098– Do These Anti-Gay Preachers Ever Get Tired of Hating?

#069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

I was doing wrapping up a stream of consciousness writing assignment (my faithful wastebasket next to me so I can hock up my lungs a bit at a time), writing away when it hit me. Could this be a psychosomatic issue? Can you get cold/flu/whatever-like symptoms in order to avoid something? My mind-body connection seems … Continue reading #069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

#064 Blitz Q: Who Would You LEAST Like to Meet–The Xenomorph or The Predator?

Image from horrorfreaknews.com Forget the  "AvP" movies (mainly because I haven't seen the flicks, so I can't do a pros and cons list of their strengths and weaknesses against each other). I'm talking original franchises. I'm talking the original Alien and the original Predator from the 70s and 80s films. I've been on a sci-fi … Continue reading #064 Blitz Q: Who Would You LEAST Like to Meet–The Xenomorph or The Predator?

#063–In police pursuits, why do suspects still bother trying to escape when the helicopters join in?

Header image from khou.com (3/21/2018). It's been some beautiful weather, and two days in a row, Houston's had two major police chases. Ah, Spring has come, with lovely sunny days and perfect temperatures for the first time in months. Which begs the question: who the hell wants to hang out in a jail cell on … Continue reading #063–In police pursuits, why do suspects still bother trying to escape when the helicopters join in?

#055–Why do we teach kids to say “I’m Sorry,” even if they don’t mean it, and that it makes everything okay?

I decided to rebel against this shit years ago, and my growing temper will make me keep it up. It hit me when I was a student teacher in the high school and had the classroom to myself for the first time. Well, one kid and his buddies decided to make my life a living … Continue reading #055–Why do we teach kids to say “I’m Sorry,” even if they don’t mean it, and that it makes everything okay?