“Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.”
by Saint Augustine




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distilled weblogging

Government is the grey goo science fiction has been warning us about.

The scarier thing is our Founding Fathers knew it.

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 […]

quote of the day – h. beam piper

For words written in 1963, they surely do resonate poignantly today:

You were there; you saw what’s happening. The barbarians are rising; they have a leader, and they’re uniting. Every society rests on a barbarian base. The people who don’t understand civilization, and wouldn’t like it if they did. The hitchhikers. The people who create nothing, and who don’t appreciate what others have created for them, and who think civilization is something that […]

it is so cute when the once-great british try

This screen capture comes from the not-bad-but-not-great British science fiction series Primeval; the lady pictured was forcing the driver of the vehicle they were in to go to a certain location.  Can anyone tell me what is wrong? 

What is funny is that this is the only scene wherein this occurred – you would think the actress, at least, would have noticed that something was mysteriously different about her prop…  I […]

kittens… in… space…

Why do we have such a fascination with cats in space?

Kilrathi, Kzinti, Orions, Kitarans – all sapient, mostly bipedal, space-faring, warlike felinoid species.

Damned if I can think of a single dog-like space-faring species, though… I am sure there is some kind of anthropological / sociological statement to be made here.

make your own future

Yesterday, I accurately said that there was nothing I could add to the letter A Girl and Her Gun wrote to those who would deprive her of her rights, and I stand by those words; however, coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous, and here I am… shall-we-say "expanding" on her driving point.

I found myself re-(re-?)reading Fallen Angels recently (available free online through Baen, if you […]

taking the sky from me

Well, now, this is just sucky news:

Remember how Syfy ordered six episodes for a potential final season last week? Well, tonight the network decided that not only is the series firmly going to end, but those final six episodes are not going to happen after all.

The 13-episode fifth season that was ordered last year, which includes a holiday special, is going to be the final season of Eureka.