2018.04.19 : In defense of Cynicism

The opposite of optimism is pessimism; the belief that everything will go wrong, all attempts will end in failure, and happy endings are impossible. This is the diametric opposition of the optimist, who believes that things will be okay, things will work out, and happy endings are always possible.

I am not a pessimist.

Ride share Profiles I

L. 08 October 2017, Lyft. It's dark, and I don't notice what kind of car she drives. I think it's silver, and I know it's some kind of four door sedan. As always, I'm entranced by the weird little bulbous LED screen that Lyft provides its drivers. The tail end of my friend's name scrolls… Continue reading Ride share Profiles I

After Orlando

Though I am against a culture where people keep guns in their homes, I would happily lose the philosophical battle to win the political war. We have left behind a question of whether or not guns are a right, and we are faced with the absolute, undeniable, overwhelming, painful evidence that a society with open access to semi- or fully-automatic handguns and rifles, and other military grade equipment is one where its citizens are not safe.

The Expendables: death and gender on TV Tropes

The gist of the entry was that, actually, the death of female characters (prominent, recurring, anonymous, or otherwise) is played for emotional effect. Male characters, especially the nameless and often faceless ones, get their tickets punched more often and to less emotional effect, therefore proving that male lives are valued less female ones. There is nothing, superficially, wrong with this argument; with only the facts presented above, the conclusion is not unreasonable.