INTRODUCTION: ratiocinations out of thin air

UpsideDownKitty 2017 head 1500x1100

THIS BLOGSITE could have a bet­ter ti­tle than my name with "dot com" tacked on to it. I had con­sid­ered Ra­ti­o­ci­na­tions Out of Thin Air as a ti­tle — and that would have been a great ti­tle, if a con­fus­ing one. Too many peo­ple wouldn't have taken the time to ra­ti­o­ci­nate over the mean­ing of the word "ra­ti­o­ci­nate" and just moved on.CONTINUE READING

shawna mccarthy created a space of her own

Medium IMAGE fantasy FrostGiant Pixabay 2925250 Kellepics 1500

TWENTY ODD YEARS AGO, I was turned on to Glimpses, a novel by Lewis Shiner. I'd never heard of the au­thor but as I don't keep up with much of any­thing any­more (it's the old age thing), that wasn't sur­pris­ing. Be­cause of the source of the rec­om­men­da­tion, I read the book and thought it might be an CONTINUE READING

socrates and elvis walk into a bar

Socrates statue 1500

ELVIS AND SOCRATES walk into a bar. No, wait — should it be "Socrates and Elvis"? Ei­ther way, here's what this post is all about: I came across a 3-minute video of In­dian guru Gaur Gopal Das talk­ing about gos­sip. Nor­mally, I avoid the ad­vice of "wise" men — es­pe­cially those I have not heard CONTINUE READING

you probably overrate that which you love

SigmundFreud Surrealists 1500

THIS MORNING, the ques­tion on Quora was, "Who is the most over­rated mu­sic star of all time?" Rather than an­swer the ques­tion — which I don't be­lieve can be an­swered to everyone's sat­is­fac­tion — I ad­dressed the as­sump­tions of the ques­tion it­self.

My an­swer is in­dented be­low be­tween the im­ages of Bert Blyleven (with CONTINUE READING

can we call trump's tweeted temper tantrums "tweetrums"?

Trump CryBaby DonkeyHotey 1500 crop

RESPONDING TOQUESTION on Quora, I used my an­swer as the ba­sis for a short ar­ti­cle that I ti­tled, "Con­ser­v­a­tives Not Ex­actly En­thralled by Trump Are a Prob­lem." I was ad­dress­ing what I as­sumed was a con­ser­v­a­tive in­di­vid­ual who posted that some con­ser­v­a­tives "aren't ex­actly en­thralled" with Trumps' pres­i­dency.

The point of my piece was to take the ques­tioner to task CONTINUE READING

conservatives not exactly enthralled by trump are a problem

Trump Atlantic Autocracy 1500 crop

THIS ONE ISDOOZY! The ques­tion on Quora was, “Would lib­er­als be sur­prised to learn that con­ser­v­a­tives aren't ex­actly en­thralled with Don­ald Trump ei­ther?" One must make some as­sump­tions when en­gag­ing other In­ter­ne­tally, so I as­sume that the per­son who posted this ques­tion is po­lit­i­cally con­ser­v­a­tive. I also as­sume that he as­sumes that ask­ing it dis­plays CONTINUE READING

screening for mental health risk factors for our kids

Teens smartphones 1500 crop

THE REDMOND REPORTER is our lo­cal pa­per here in Red­mond, Wash­ing­ton. It's a typ­i­cal smalltown paper: twenty pages with lo­cal news and ad­ver­tise­ments. Un­for­tu­nately, I rarely pay any at­ten­tion to it, but yes­ter­day it was brought to my at­ten­tion by an ar­ti­cle on the front page of the Sep­tem­ber 7, 2108, edi­tion.

The ar­ti­cle was CONTINUE READING

wordpress publish button is like a gun with the safety off

NRA IverJohnson 1500

FOR THOSE READERS who have their own Word­Press sites, I as­sume you oc­ca­sion­ally do what I (alas) con­sis­tently do: mis­tak­enly click the Pub­lish but­ton on the right side of your Edit Post work page when you meant to click the Save Draft but­ton. To over­state the sit­u­a­tion: leav­ing the Pub­lish but­ton ex­posed is like leav­ing a gun CONTINUE READING

those fabulous furless geek brothers (rendered unimportant by recent events)

BigBangTheory caricature Jsoleb 1500

THE BIG BANG THEORY is an end­lessly re­watch­able show: aside from the fab­u­lous char­ac­ters and the in­ter­twin­ing of their per­sonal lives, the di­a­log is chock-a-block full of hu­mor of all sorts, from the zany to the kind that re­quires the viewer ei­ther have a rea­son­able IQ or ac­cess to the In­ter­net to look things up. And CONTINUE READING