Is Street Photography Annoying?

The quick answer to the question posed in the title is, “Maybe,” but the more relevant question to ask is, “Will people get mad at you if you take their picture?” The answer to that is, “Mostly not, and you’ll probably be able to tell in advance when folks don’t want their pictures taken.” Now,…

The Crowd Is Rarely Right

I haven’t been posting to this blog — or any other blogs — in years. Frankly, it is because people no longer read. But there’s a greater issue involved. Critical thinking has devolved to being mass thinking. We are expected to follow trends in our beliefs, to pick a tribe and follow that selected tribe’s…

A Rant Against Artificial, Time-Delimited Technological Barriers and the Engagement of Future Technologies in the Mind of the Modern Fan or Why New Tech Still Sucks

Once upon a time, on a WOW Air flight from Reykjavik, Iceland to Baltimore, USA, a twenty-something man named Abraham turned to the totally doesn’t look forty-something woman in the next seat and said, “I wish I could go back to the eighties [or before] and experience what it was like to see the Star…

5-Star Review: Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg

Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg My rating: 5 of 5 Stars If you are a writer, there is a sadness in completing a masterful work. It is that surety, the cold knowledge that you will never write anything so important, or so simply. That is my unfiltered reaction to having completed Dying Inside. Silverberg filled…

Op Ed: Finding My Reading Style

What if you read one of the “best ever” books in your favorite genre, and you don’t like it? Does it make you a bad person? Perhaps there is that small, dim voice whispering that you are a crass peon who has no aesthetic sense. That could be true, of course, but it likely is…

Garnering Distinguishment

Men, particularly successful ones, have had the advantage over the years of having been able to gain distinguishment as they age, while women merely age. Now, I know that your immediate reaction might have been for you to be stumble over the word distinguishment rather than note what I said. Let me assure you; I…