Monthly Archives: January 2015

Name Change

At the urging of my wife and daughter, I’m changing the name of my blog. “Bestiary in Progress” was too geeky for them. My daughter suggested “Far Green Country” — a nod to Tolkien — and I like it. I … Continue reading

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Strange Toys: Beyond Holo Glasses

First, start here: We will see this consumer technology mature over the next decade. As with the other Strange Toys I’ve described, there will be a biomechanical convergence, creating a breakdown between the subjective and objective worlds of many … Continue reading

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Strange Toys: The Author App

I’ve been trying to dig up a citation for a quote I heard on NPR long ago, which I believe was attributed to Robert Giroux of the publishing house Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It’s to the effect of “I publish … Continue reading

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Strange Toys: Overview; and Intro to the Collective

The future arrived a long time ago; futurism is actually a kind of archaeology. I’ve done some digging, and you won’t believe the toys we’ve got coming. If you’re behind on this, you can catch up here, and more generally, … Continue reading

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Je Suis un Jerk

I’ve seen a lot of my fellow liberals posting things to the effect of, “Yeah, it was horrible what happened in France. There’s no excuse for it. On the other hand, we should not be jerks, and the Charlie Hebdo … Continue reading

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Values and the Definition of Religion

In relation to my last post, a friend of mine on Facebook was not clear on my definition of religion in relation to values, so this is how I replied. Sure, Ed, the word “values” is tricky because when I … Continue reading

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Secularism, and Pounding on Religion

Here’s a redacted set of outtakes from my side of religion Facebook arguments I’ve been having. Of course they’re inspired by the tragedy in France. I’d really like to be done with this, but as soon as I’m out, they … Continue reading

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Religion’s Role in Society: A Brief Summary

Today fundamentalist Muslims assassinated cartoonists in France, inciting understandable outrage among my friendsĀ at not just the act but dogmatic religion in general. A friend of mine blamed religion and insisted it had to go. After making my usual disclaimer that … Continue reading

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