Everything seems like a fight these days; cooperation is lost in divisive issues of our time. Most conflicts have to do with scarcity, but that isn’t always the case. And when it comes to energy, is scarcity really the issue? Economists are fond of saying we will never run out of oil. You can point […]Read More Why are we fighting so hard?
There’s a lot of fuss about the hardest naturally occurring mineral in the universe. Beyond the industrial uses, I get that diamonds are shiny and pretty. People seem to like them enough they’ll pay ludicrous sums to have them. Whatever. When I think of the Lapidary at a desk, cutting diamonds…it seems ironic that soft hands shape and […]Read More All Things Conform to the Shape Flesh Imposes
While we at C.O.P. would like to say have a fun and safe July 4th, we know you’ll most likely be draining kegs, chowing down, and blowing things up. So instead, we say, Throw your car keys into the woods, remember how short the fuses are, and don’t look down the mortar tube to see […]Read More Happy Birthday, US of A
I played soccer when I was younger. Always a fullback, which was ok with me. Defense is righteous. (You’re gonna score on my team? Not with busted shins, you’re not) But the game was boring. Often scoreless. 90 Minutes of my life that was totally fruitless. Sure, I’d have a bit of an all right […]Read More Soccer Doesn’t Have to Suck So Hard
Every once in a while a thought just strikes me as odd. And this time I got thinking about sex work and why it’s illegal. Selling yourself for money. Well, isn’t that what we all do? Separate the moralizing and lessons hammered into us since Sunday School. Trading your skills, abilities, intellect, and time for […]Read More Selling your life for money
It’s easy to get lost in the day to day. Too much to do, more piles up tomorrow… That’s why we all did a double take when we heard that yesterday marked the first anniversary of Curiosity’s landing on the Red Planet. A full year? Already? Science blogs lit up with the news, giving us […]Read More Celebrating Curiosity’s First Year on Mars
I bet you’re thinking, “Here comes a preachy message about violence.” Oh, yeah. You know it. If one were to distill the essence of American culture to a single euphemism, the SuperBowl would capture it nicely. Commerce and vanity hurtling toward one another like cruise missiles and detonating in an ocean of beer. Extremely physical […]Read More SuperDeth XLVI
There’s no getting around it. If you’re in publishing, you will eventually go to New York City. Nowhere else will you find such a concentration of publishing houses with such a diverse local readership. We had to go, not just out of practicality but also out of devotion: a Hajj for the literary faithful. Once […]Read More The NYC
How many of you have ever lost your mind? No. I mean lost your freakin’ mind and done something truly crazy. Inexplicable. Indefensible. Prosecutable… Yeah, there are a few of you. But would you admit it? What’s at stake if you do? Friends? Work? Status? It’s an odd time, isn’t it? We’re all hunkered down, […]Read More Sanity is overrated.
So I’m driving to work, as usual, remarking to myself how goddamned many of us there are, as usual, and NPR starts in about the Shuttle landing. My first thought was, “Whew, they made it”, but the next was, “Oh, shit. That’s it.” When I heard the shuttle Commander, Chris Ferguson, speaking about it being […]Read More The End of Something