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Monthly Archives: June 2011
So You Think You Want Superpowers?
Superheroes conjure glitz and glamour putting arch nemeses in the slammer. But heroism has its moments mundane. It’s not just a life of bringing the pain. The Hulk can’t get his deposit back because his ceiling has a nasty … Continue reading
Posted in Humor, Poetry, Writing Tagged Humor, poem, Superheroes 3 Comments
Utopia or Dystopia: Is This Our Future in Cyberspace?
[This essay is cross-posted from my Strategic Ramblings blog.] Imagine the following scenario: You are at a store. There isn’t a human employee to be seen. There are two or three people working in the mammoth superstore, but all are … Continue reading
Posted in essay, micro-essay, Writing Tagged future, Privacy, Surveillance 4 Comments
Dear Mr. Putin, Let it Be Known…
It’s been requested that I let you know the flaws of a certain black belt in Judo. Now how daft would a man have to be to bad mouth the ex-head of the FSB? How many killing arts does the … Continue reading
Does This Phone Make My Ass Look Old?
You’ll probably think that I’m a traveler through time when I tell you of childhood memories of a party line. That’s a landline of a very particular circumstance in which nosy neighbors listened in when they had a chance. Some … Continue reading
Posted in Humor, Poetry, Writing Tagged Humor, phones, Technology 2 Comments
A Day in the Life of Kim Jong Il [For All You Know]
Dear Leader wakes not by crow of cock, but gets up at precisely five o’clock. His alarm is a dissident he doesn’t know taking a 10-penny nail through the big toe. Out of the bed and feet on the floor, … Continue reading
Posted in Humor, Poetry, Writing Tagged Humor, Kim Jong Il, Poetry 10 Comments
It’s 2011 Already, Come On!: Where’s My Ray Gun?
H.G. Wells foresaw the bomb. Never prouder was a mom. Sci-fi gets it so rarely right, says I, sans boots that take to flight. Year 2001 saw no HAL, just Tamagotchis to be your pal. Yes, computers at chess could … Continue reading
Posted in Flash-writing, Humor, Poetry, Science Fiction, Writing Tagged Humor, sci-fi, Science Fiction 89 Comments
My Poetry is Lowbrow
My poetry is lowbrow, you can tell it by the rhyme. There’s no sound of silent thunder, or crossing of the Rhine. No, my topics are pedestrian, not polo-brunch-equestrian. English teacher fits, my grammar surely gives. I’m never shy to … Continue reading
Cat-style Kung Fu Guru
I flew away the other day, and left the world I knew behind. In a trance, as natives danced, I tried to seek but could not find. “Your mind ‘s too strong, you’re doin’ it wrong.” I heard the shaman in my … Continue reading