“The danger (where there is any) from armed citizens, is only to the 'government', not to 'society'; and as long as they have nothing to revenge in the government (which they cannot have while it is in their own hands) there are many advantages in their being accustomed to the use of arms, and no possible disadvantage.”
by Joel Barlow




"walls of the city" logo conceptualized by Oleg Volk and executed by Linoge. Logo is © "walls of the city".

for your reading pleasure

Another person I know on the intertubes – and a little in person, too – has accomplished the rather impressive task of taking an idea from nebulous form to printed (at least digitally) word, this time in the form of Take The Star Road. Peter, the proprietor of Bayou Renaissance Man has been working on this story for quite some time, and the initial reviews (I have not had a chance to […]

sign them up for a marathon

I was not a huge fan of the book, so maybe it is just as well the movie’s only point of similarity appears to be its title:

Of course, the movie goes with freakishly hyper-fast zombies, whereas the books featured the standard shamblers… I cannot say as though I have ever been a huge proponent of the former position. I mean, unless we are going to the 28 Days Later theory, […]

soldiers’ angels fundraiser and giveaway

This post will be sticky until the fundraiser concludes. Please scroll down for new posts.

[1900 10JAN12 Update: Changes/updates to this page since 2100 03JAN12 have been italicized.]

I knew announcing the Soldiers’ Angels Fundraiser and Giveaway the week before Thanksgiving was kind of a bad idea, but I wanted to get it out there and get the ball rolling, and now we are going to go back, go over […]

why did borders fail?

Anecdotally, when I hit up the Borders sale in our area, it took a 30% markdown to get their prices anywhere near what I could procure online (except on certain things like Feed and Deadline, but those were only 10% off), and even then, I very carefully checked every book I purchased through my Google Shopper app to ensure that the prices I remembered were accurate.

Turns out, that was […]

representative gabrielle giffords’ alleged shooter

Really, it should not surprise me when the majority of conservative/libertarian/small-government/Tea-Party/etc. weblogs out there are busy expressing their condolences, sympathy, and sorrow over the recent mass shooting in Tuscon, while the majority of liberal/authoritarian/big-government/etc. weblogs out there are busy assigning blame, making up reasons (that conveniently demonize the aforementioned conservatives), and generally pointing fingers… and, I am not surprised, just disappointed.

Before the last murdered person’s body had even cooled, I personally saw comments, […]

just throwing it out there

If I were able to push the price of Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned from Firefly down to somewhere around $11-12 shipped, as opposed to its current CafePress price of $16.25 shipped, would anyone be more-interested in purchasing it? The only catch (and there is always a catch) is that you would be dealing directly and exclusively with me, rather than sending your money to a real corporation, and […]