Feb 242018
 
Full Stop

by Kim Pederson……. “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” This quote opens Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. In the initial paragraph of Chapter 1, he starts out rather biblically with this scielation [scientific revelation]: In the beginning, nearly fourteen billion years ago, all the space and all the matter and all the energy in the known universe was contained in a volume less than one trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence. Our minuscule [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #257, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Feb 182018
 
What’s the Body Count, Kenneth?

by Kim Pederson……. In Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film Kill Bill Volume 1, 95 people lose their lives in one way or another, most of them (76) cut down by Uma Thurman’s katana-wielding character The Bride. In Robert Rodriguez’ 2007 film Grindhouse: Planet Terror, 281 humans die, most of them gruesomely. No, I didn’t watch these movies with a counter in my hand clicking off each death. These numbers are easily available, believe it or not, at moviebodycount.com. While not blockbusters, both films were box office successes. In [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #256, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
So Why Aren’t I Rich Yet?

by Kim Pederson……. There must be someone or something I can blame for my failure to reach the 1% (or the 5% or the 10%, etc., etc.). It can’t be me. I want to be wealthy as much as the next person (feel free to insert your own definition of “wealthy”—I have mine). As evidence for this, President Trump has kindly informed us that all Americans are dreamers, as in we all want the American Dream to come true. Just to ensure we are on [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #255, Kim Pederson No Responses »