RANDOM THOUGHTS

February 20, 2019

"It's more comfortable but will take some getting used to," said the butcher. "Until the day it appeared, we had no idea what we were lacking," agreed his wife. "Then take what you can and forget about the rest," their dear friend, the fox, said. Of course, the fox is...

January 10, 2018

This is totally off-topic but just something that I think about a lot when biking around Oakland. 

Yesterday, I saw that once again a very useful proposed law allowing cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs died in the California state assembly. And when I’m out on...

September 20, 2017

I think in many ways, I'm still reeling from the loss of my most regular outlet, now.space, as a freelancer. I now spend my days picking up odd jobs and trying to pitch to a few outlets, though my work is much fewer and farther between than it was just a few months ago...

September 14, 2017

Melania snapped her fingers and her sniveling husband appeared. The Donald slunk in, all apologies and thank yous and what do you need my sweet queen. He just wanted to please her, but he had no idea what she was planning each time she sent him out to bumble and fight...

September 14, 2017

I've always wanted to unpack the biases and assumptions that we have in thinking about extraterrestrial civilizations. The entire premise of the science fiction novel I'm writing is that aliens might be completely incomprehensible. It was fun to explore some of these s...

September 7, 2017

There's nothing that riles my feathers more than when people suggest that space exploration is going to be this wonderful fun adventure, full of exciting new planets, and transformational experiences. That is true, but it's really only one-half of the story. A more rea...

September 5, 2017

How do we deal with the passage of time? I'm not sure that anyone has yet come up with the perfect method. The seeds for this story were planted long ago, when I read Guy Deutcher's amazing book, The Unfolding of Language, and I'll admit that I cribbed a lot of the ide...

September 1, 2017

Continuing in my project to republish all of my favorite now.space stories, I turn to the beginning. The reason I started working for the website was because the old director at my journalism program, Rob Irion, sent me an email saying that he'd be contacted by an edit...

August 22, 2017

I spend too much time thinking about aliens—what they'll be like, whether we'll ever be able to understand them, why everything we typically think about them is probably wrong. Imagining realistic extraterrestrial intelligences occupies far more of my brainspace than i...

August 17, 2017

Well it's time to start this thing off. Last month, one of the best space news websites that I have had the privilege of writing for, now.space, went under. News of its demise was not entirely unexpected—it had always been a small side project for everyone involved—but...

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