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Jason Burnett
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On shaming and second chances and the paucity of first chances
I've been following the internet discussions centered around Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed .  And I've thought, and thought, and thought some more, and I've finally been able to put my finger on exactly what it is that bothers me about the cas...

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REVIEW: Bone Walker, by Crime and the Forces of Evil
" Bone Walker wasn't supposed to be a major project."  So begins the liner notes for this new album from Crime and the Forces of Evil.  What it was supposed to be was a Kickstarter bonus to go along with Angela Korra'ti's Free Court of Seattle  series.  Of ...

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Stupid rules of the workplace: Dressing for a job interview
One of the most pointless causes of stress in the workplace is "what to wear to a job interview."  You know you're going to be judged based on what you wear, yet you're forbidden access to the simplest and most accurate method of determining what the correc...

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Of roads and redistribution
The major political issue in my town right now is streets.  Specifically, the city council wants to get the town off the treadmill of continual street resurfacing by investing in higher quality streets that will last a generation or more.  Naturally, this w...

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You don't like it? Are you sure?
For a long time, I thought I didn't like Neil Young.  Not Neil Young's music, mind you - Neil Young himself. To find out how this happened, we have to make a mental trip to the early 1980s in southern Mississippi, back to my tweenage years.  It was a time a...

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Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2014, part 4
This is the final installment of my blogging through the July/August 2014 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction , guest-edited by C.C. Finlay .  The earlier parts are here , here , and here . I enjoyed "The Aerophone" by Dinesh Rao , but not as much as I would...

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Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2014, part 3
I've been blogging my way through the July/August 2014 issues of Fantasy & Science Fiction , guest edited by C.C. Finlay.  You can read parts 1 and 2 of this series here  and here . I didn't expect to enjoy Chris Moriarty's "Books" column this time around. ...

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Make your own kind of music, rap your own kind of rap
In the wake of the recent  Forbes article on Iggy Azalea , there's been a lot of discussion about Iggy Azalea's "right" to be a rapper and the (to some people disproportionate) amount of attention she's been given by the media.  A lot of discussion.  (I'm n...

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If voting on the floor of the House could change anything, they'd make it illegal
One of the local candidates for my state legislature has as his platform a pledge to poll his constituents before any major vote and vote the way they instruct him to. Go back and read that first sentence again.  I'd like to call your attention to my very d...

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Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2014, part 2
I've read some more of this issue, so here are some further impressions: (part 1 of this series is located here .) When I started Paul M. Berger 's "Subduction," my initial reaction was "Great, another protagonist with amnesia."  But the amnesia turned out...
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