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The relationship of science to science fiction

Since I've been a sci-fi fan for a long time, and since I've actually been a scientist, I've always been interested in the relationship between science and science fiction. An old colleague of mine from Hampshire thought we should do a course on this, and I'm sure it would have been a great course. As a science fiction writer, I generally try really hard to follow basic science, even when it might be inconvenient. 

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Fashion Statements

I was in my car, on the way back from a shopping trip to *cough* Whole Foods, when I spied a man and what seemed to be his female partner and their little kid. They were young, and he was wearing his jeans past his you-know-what, and that little litany began in my head, "why...?" Then, I realized something about fashion. Now I would say that I never really liked what is called "fashion," and I've never been one to be fashionable (I thought.) I realize what's true is that I don't like fashions from other people's subcultures.

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Open Doors

 

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What I'm working on now

I figured I'd tell folks what I'm working on now. I'm about 30K words into the sequel of "The Right Asteroid," which I have playfully called a space opera. That novel told the story of a time, almost 100 years in the future, where there are all sorts of colonies and activities in the solar system, and a lone asteroid hunter named Max discovers an alien probe. The backdrop is a fight for Mars independence, a very old secret about an alien base on the Moon, and political intrigue on Earth.

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Have a Cup of Tea with Fear

I gave this sermon this morning at First Congregational Church of Oakland.

 

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Mobility does not equal freedom

I was headed on an epic trip. I was, really. I have driven cross-country more times than I can count, and it is an activity I have much enjoyed in my life, although I know that is mysterious to many - it is an activity many do not enjoy at all. There is a way in which long-distance driving was a kind of emblem of my freedom to move about in the world - it was part of how I defined myself. I at times fantasized about being a long-haul trucker (but never all that seriously.)

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Going cross-country again

I'm leaving on Wed. for what I am calling my Epic Cross Country Trip. (Maybe it should be Epic Cross Country Trip, 2012, since it's far, far from the first one I've done. I've now lost count.) Here's my basic itinerary, for the curious:

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More about that book

As I said a while back, I'm writing a book about nonprofit technology. It will be titled (this is no surprise) "Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology". Having been at the #12NTC (Nonprofit Technology Conference) really got me excited about the book. I met people who I would like to talk to about the book, and I got some good ideas about what I might want to delve into. I'm 10,000 words into the book already, although I have a lot of research to do.

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Sorry about that

Apparently, you are looking for something. But it's not found. I've been doing lots of things with this site - rearranging, incorporating other websites, doing a Drupal 7 upgrade - so that's no surprise.

Here's a search form. I hope it helps!

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Example Projects and Portfolio

Here are some example projects of my work over the years. (Roles when in a team: PM=Project Management, SA=Systems Administration, IA=Information Architecture, DD=Drupal Development, DB=Database Management, Dev=Code development)

2013 (Mostly with DevCollaborative):

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