The Fault In Our Stars – little infinities

Posted On Jun 17 2014 by

So, like I’ve said here recently, I’ve read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and seen the movie. Yes, I’m a bit of a YA geek, but who says 47 isn’t young? Theme – Little Infinities In both the book and the movie, a despicable drunk of a man utters what is the theme of the story, later embellished by our heroine: Between two numbers, there are infinite other numbers. Between 1 and 2, for example, there is 1.1, 1.01, 1.0001, and so on. We’re all given infinite points of time in our lives. Some infinities are just smaller …


Dominoes and D-day

Posted On Jun 4 2014 by

Today I’m posting over at Inspire a Fire. Here’s a preview: This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, otherwise known as D-day. When I was a younger man, days like this filled me with patriotic pride. Our brave American soldiers, along with our allies, put their lives on the line to defeat the greatest evil on the planet. I still feel a bit of pride for what our soldiers and sailors accomplished. But, having spent a few more decades reading up on U.S. and world history, I have a new perspective. I’m no historian, but …


The Fault in our Stats

Posted On May 25 2014 by

Writerbud Cynthia Ruchti wrote a post on Novel Rocket this morning call Seeing Ripples. I’m willing to bet she whipped that up at the last minute last night because, by her own admission, she was called out to go fishing in the middle of writing. Sometimes those are the best posts. As was the case here. As writers, we’re told to build our platforms, gather a fan base. Stay active on facebook, twitter, ham radio, and wherever else a potential reader might hang out. I’ve been asked by agents how many followers I have. They want the stats. We’re a …


Moments of Grace

Posted On Oct 6 2013 by

At the midpoint of every well-written movie or book is what Dr. Stanley Williams calls the Moment of Grace. This is when the protagonist realizes the error of his ways and makes a choice to accept (or decline) a change in his life that will set him on the course to happiness, success, getting the girl, catching the killer, whatever the case may be. Minor characters also have a Moment of Grace, but they can take place anywhere within the story. James Scott Bell refers to this moment as the Man in the Mirror. It is (sometimes literally) when a …


No fiat God

Posted On Sep 10 2013 by

I remember the first time I heard the term “fiat currency.” I asked my economics instructor, “So currency only has value because we believe it has value?” “That’s correct,” he replied. I pushed. “So what happens if the entire country just stopped believing a dollar had any value?” He smiled. “Hope you’ve stocked up on chickens.” I still find this concept amazing. It’s almost like we’ve been fooled. Of course, we haven’t. We all know a dollar is just a piece of paper. We accept it because bartering stinks…literally. Know how many chickens I’d need for box seats at a …


It is what it is

Posted On Aug 27 2013 by

A phrase I often hear in my engineering world is “it is what it is.” Meaning, essentially, that we have no control over the issue under consideration and that we must simply work as best we can around it. Most of us can relate. On a daily basis, we encounter any number of problems, some of which we can solve ourselves or with the help of others. Then there are those that fall under the “it is what it is” category. The power goes out all over the city. A storm rolls in. The internet goes out (I know…the horror). …