Quantum Matrix Scribe

Recent Posts

  • January 03, 2016

    Star Wars 7 Is An Amazing Movie. There, I Said It.

    Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is an amazing movie.

  • September 20, 2015

    A Compromise in the Ad Wars

    Begun, the Ad Wars have.

  • July 19, 2015

    To save humanity, let’s colonize space

    A long time ago, I tried to write an essay — hopefully to be published in a magazine — on why humanity should practice space colonization. Not for the usual reasons, either, which was my problem: trying to put what I was thinking into words became more and more difficult the more I thought about it! The actual reason was fine; but defending and explaining that reason was difficult.

  • December 30, 2014

    A Plethora of Links to End 2014

    2014 is just about gone, and for the large part, I say: Good riddance. In many ways, 2014 was an awful year for civil liberties, freedom, and for people in general. Yet on the other hand, there are some positive things to report.

  • October 05, 2014

    People Should Stop Pontificating

    My mother has a funny quote: “Opinions are like armpits. Everybody has two, and they usually stink.”

  • October 04, 2014

    I’m With Elon: Let’s Colonize Mars

    So Elon Musk wants to screw Earth and colonize Mars. Excellent, I completely agree. Let’s get started.

  • October 02, 2014

    #ClimateMarch: A Campaign of Hypocrites And Fearmongers

    So over a week ago, a large number of people went marching in New York City with the hashtag #climatemarch. The idea was to raise awareness of the dangers of global warming – excuse me, climate change – and get people, specifically politicians, to act on it. How? To be honest I’m not sure of the specifics, but it always seems to come back to higher taxes, more government control over the economy, and doing away with capitalism.

  • September 29, 2014

    Going After Gluten: Tackling Fads & Annoying People

    I like to call out bullshit on the Internet. One article of BS, I think, is the increasing trend of people to say they are “sensitive to gluten.” Although there’s been a lot of talk about this, and I have met a ton of people who said they are sensitive to gluten, where the science is concerned (so far), it appears that gluten sensitivity is mostly in your head. The evidence for this? A study by the scientist who originally concluded in a previous study that people were sensitive to gluten, which may have set off this whole thing.

  • September 13, 2014

    Artificial Wombs & Virtual Childhood

    About a month ago, transhumanist Zoltan Istvan – who created a bit of an unrelated bruhahaha in my Feedly – wrote about artificial wombs, saying they were inevitable and would do a lot of good for society:

  • August 16, 2014

    Blog Maintenance

    A completely non-SEO post to talk about getting an SEO plugin. Ironic, huh? I must be becoming a hipster.

  • August 13, 2014

    Not Iraq. Not Gaza. Not Ukraine. This is #Ferguson, Missouri.

    Featured image from Radley Balko’s Facebook page. I didn’t see any prohibitions on sharing, but I will take it down if requested.

  • August 12, 2014

    RIP, Robin Williams: Let’s Stop Suicide Being An Avenue to Peace

    Like many people around the globe, Monday night I was stunned to hear that Robin Williams had died at 63. Of all the celebrity deaths that have happened in the past five years – and it sure seems like we’re killing them off at a good pace – Williams actually hit me hard. I mean, jeez. This is Robin freaking Williams we’re talking about. He’s been around as a funny man for ages. I admired the man, loved his work, thought he was one of the greatest actors of my age.

  • August 10, 2014

    Get Off The Couch: The Participation Income

    This month, Cato Unbound is hosting a discussion on the libertarian case for a basic income. As readers of this blo–oh, who am I kidding. Anyone who knows me knows I am a libertarian who supports a basic income as an alternative to the current welfare state morass – both on a pragmatic “it’s better than what we got now” stand and on a principled basis. (But then, I am slowly becoming disaffected with the term libertarian anyhow.)

  • July 12, 2014

    The Cult of Death Is Building A Temple in Canaan

    A few thoughts on Americans picking sides in conflicts that aren't their business.

  • May 05, 2014

    Progress Has Been Made

    Finally. Finally, a honest-to-goodness non-ideological post about my writing progress. It was, after all, why I originally started this blog, although it later morphed into other things and almost took on some web programming stuff when I started doing that last year.

  • April 30, 2014

    Me and the Angry Atheist: I’m On a Podcast

    I am so terrible at selling myself. It’s almost embarrassing.

  • April 27, 2014

    The Force Is Still Strong With the Star Wars Expanded Universe

    The Star Wars Expanded Universe is being put into cryogenic storage. Thank the Maker.

  • April 25, 2014

    Why I’m A Little Sad For Google+ (And What These Companies Are Doing Wrong)

    [Report: Google to end forced G+ integration, drastically cut division resources Ars Technica](http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/04/report-google-to-end-forced-g-integration-drastically-cut-division-resources/)

  • March 31, 2014

    Why Gundam Build Fighters Ending Is The Worst Thing Ever

    I’ll just say it: I’m an anime fan. I’m probably not an otaku – I don’t worship it that obsessively – but I do love Japanese animation. One of the first cartoons I saw as a child was the original Digimon, and from there I went into the Japanese Transformers, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and all sorts of things. Recently, I’ve been watching the Gundam franchise, and finding out the latest series will have only one more episode has really made me have some profound thoughts.

  • March 27, 2014

    Hobby Lobby Case And Derailing Secular Gains

    I’m going to go out on a limb here with this Hobby Lobby case and say something that is going to be pretty controversial. Just not in the way you might imagine.

  • March 11, 2014

    A quick thought on the Crimean situation

    I’ve heard more than a few people talk about Vladimir Putin as if he is some sort of genius who easily outwitted our flat-footed president. But I’m not that confident. Here is a story from the New York Times:

  • March 01, 2014

    Was I right about Bitcoin?

    Last year, when writing about 2014 predictions, I made the following about Bitcoin:

  • February 11, 2014

    The Day We Fight Back – #StopTheNSA

    I shouldn’t have to write anything like this. It should be painfully obvious why privacy is important. It should be blindingly clear why it is wrong to have the National Security Agency put tracking devices in your computers, collect all your phone calls and emails, and turn on your webcam to spy on you directly.

  • February 04, 2014

    Markets Are A Force For Social Good

  • February 01, 2014

    Why Banning Learn To Code Bootcamps Is A Modern Atrocity

    Over the past week, my Twitter feed has shown me at least two or three stories out of California on the state banning learn to code bootcamps. As someone who last year discovered had a natural talent for web coding and actually enjoyed it, leading to a career shift, this story dismays the hell out of me.