The Zen of Getting Started Online: How to Get Started Without Losing Your Mind

by Linda Lee Askmepc Getting started online consists of several components. First, you will need some type of online presence, such as using a WordPress blog as your website. Now breathe and just realize that this is not as hard as it looks. People have lots of fear around working online. Some of the things […]

On Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Cosmic Perspective” and More…

I’m 70 now. That is a time of life when one reflects on this miraculous journey that we take, and, hopefully, comes to some informed conclusions about what it is all about. I recall many years ago reading the late Dag Hammarskjold’s “Markings”, in which he jotted down his thoughts on this life. I’m not […]

When it Comes to Television, I’m Sworn to Piracy

On the delivery of powerful imagery and perceptions of what our lives either should be or actually are, television has done a wonderful job as a messenger, so far. From the far heights of the Hollywood hills to the shores of the Greek islands, television shows have set the standard on what we westerners all […]

The String Theory: The Universes Unfolding as They Should

No one knows how life on Earth began, or why, and so Man has created religions to find answers that humans can relate to, which answer the questions on the meaning of life, and what happens to us after our death. These religions can be a solace for many in the absence of anything else […]

Do Violent Video Games Actually Teach Us to be Peace-loving?

It’s fashionable at the moment to present the world as diving into chaos and to claim we are suffering ever-reducing personal standards and that, as a result, governments should legislate away every last bit of free will in the misguided theory that to do so means all their new rules will be followed without question. […]

Brown Belt, Black Shoes

Photo by Miles Ranno I’m the first to admit that I think high fashion is silly. One of my favorite magazines, Vanity Fair, is absolutely gorged with full-page ads for ostentatious brands like Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Versace, and I only tolerate them because they are what keeps the cover price in a somewhat reasonable […]

Stand Up To Cancer

By Renee Comer Miller I wasn’t going to watch it. My sister actually worked the phone lines. I, on the other hand, was pretty uninterested. Maybe I just didn’t want to hear. Maybe I’m done with it. Maybe I hate it so much I want to turn it off. But cancer won’t turn off. Instead […]

Living Under a Yellow Sky, or Detecting the “Mad Scientist”

As a fan of science fiction, I have been wondering how long it would be before someone started talking about terraforming planet Earth, and it has finally come up for discussion with scientists talking about pumping sulphur high into the atmosphere. (See the transcript of Radio National’s Background Briefing here) Anyone nervous yet? History, rather […]

A Parallel (Apple) Universe

A month has passed since Steve Jobs’ latest keynote speech during the opening ceremony of the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Despite the malicious rumors about Jobs’ health, he succeeded in presenting another captivating and passionate speech. The “main course” was none other than the second generation iPhone 3G. Yet, the announcement of […]

Macho Cheese

You know, we’re well past the age of hairy chests and gold chains, yet I still see men who cannot seem to grasp what the true nature of manliness actually is.  They do the most insipid things to appear virile and masculine, thereby succeeding only in revealing to everyone the basest aspects of being male. […]