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Banjo invades Opera!

I open Porgy and Bess tonight at Seattle Opera, where my wife, Ellen (GLaDOS) has sung many times.  But I’ll be in the orchestra pit playing the banjo!  The Seattle Opera blog has written a nice article about me.  You … Continue reading

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Anime Midwest!

Ellen and I are attending our first FanCon: Anime Midwest, just outside of Chicago.  The fans are really great.  Wonderful costumes and incredible youthful energy.  It just does my heart good to see the computer games we are a part … Continue reading

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We need to make space travel irritating.

In the 50s, space travel was all possibilities. Most people just thought going to the moon was impossible. There’s something romantic about doing the impossible. Now we know that going to the moon is just expensive. That’s not nearly as … Continue reading

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Democracies vs. Large Projects (like colonizing Mars ‘n’ stuff)

Is it possible for a society as complex and varied as America is to accomplish great things?  Or will every great idea be nibbled to death by all the various people who find fault with it? The problem with democracies … Continue reading

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Scientific progress in times of war

Okay, I’m having a cool conversation in the linkedin Sci-Fi group about technology and colonizing other planets ‘n’ stuff.  I was stating my notion that space travel and weapons design and manufacture share many of the same skill sets and … Continue reading

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Operas, banjos and FanCons

An interesting summer is shaping up as I continue to await the release of Dancing with Eternity. Ellen and I have been invited to be guests at the Midwest Anime FanCon outside of Chicago at the Pheasant Run Resort in … Continue reading

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Publishing, theater and computer games

It’s been an odd and exhilarating few weeks.  First, my nephew lives in Tokyo and we all worried about the earthquake there and all the people affected.  Then the release date of Dancing With Eternity got moved back to June, … Continue reading

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Human beings

Human beings don’t do things well, we do things well enough.  Whenever we do something better than it absolutely has to be done we call it art.

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Life on Planet Earth

As my nephew in Tokyo struggles to make wise, prudent decisions facing a real catastrophe it is hard for me to consider anything else at all.  We are heroes in so many small ways.  We cope with pain, fear and … Continue reading

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Time to get down to cases!

Okay, here I go. Imagine these steps being taken in our quest to make a larger home for Earth based life: 1. A permanent manned presence at the lunar poles. 2. Mining capabilities at the lunar poles with solar powered … Continue reading

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