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
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
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
C.O.P. is mixing business with pleasure in the King of all Sin Cities. No, we’re not here to see Wayne Newton, retain legal sex workers, or get Rain-Man-rich overnight. We are here, however, to network and possibly get in a touch of R&R. All work and no play, you know… It’s hard not to get […]Read More Greetings from Las Vegas!
Here at C.O.P., we were sure of only a few things: buying “cheap” is always a false economy, dogs are better than cats, and China would spontaneously forgive the US debt before we saw a title for “Book 3”. It’s good to be wrong sometimes. If you’ve been to the home site, you’ve seen the […]Read More What, really? A Title?