The Balticon Adventure pt 4

The Saga Of The Hat At this point in the narrative, I’m forced to chose between one of two roads. I could go along the chronology, skipping the boring and blackmail-worthy parts along the way, or I could chose a theme and tell its story…or I could jump back and… Continue reading

The Balticon Adventure pt 3

Scuba Gear I normally travel with carry-on baggage only, but it’s not because by the end of a plane ride there’s nothing that gives me greater relief from coach seat-cramp syndrome and DVT than sitting down in another small seat in a moving vehicle. Nor is it that the prospect… Continue reading

The Balticon Adventure pt 2

Air Trek I’ve often suspected that “JetBlue” is so named because of the color your legs turn in coach. Turns out that, like so many other things in the universe, I was completely wrong. They had more leg room than I’ve experienced on any flight in years – so much… Continue reading

The Balticon Adventure pt 1

The Trek As a die-hard Monopoly fan I found the notion of Balticon rather tawdry. Baltic Ave is one of the two smallest, cheapest properties on the board – of course, wielded well, that little dark purple property set can leverage the whole game. Any con named after Baltic must… Continue reading

Principles of Contracts: The Third Cousins Rule

— — — — Previous Chapter: What is a Contract? — — — — Disputes and Contingencies So, contracts are legal documents that obligate the signers to particular courses of actions in the event of enumerated contingencies. What about disagreements? After all, as a legal document, it’s always possible contract… Continue reading

Principles of Contracts: What is a Contract?

— — — — Previous Chapter: Introduction — — — — A contract is probably not what you think it is. It’s not an ironclad dictate that you must sign or die. It’s not something that strips you of your rights. It’s not even a piece of paper (although the… Continue reading

Principles of Contracts: Introduction

Why Contracts Matter Money is truthful. When a man speaks of honor, make him pay cash. -Robert A. Heinlein, speaking as Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love, 1973 The Concert In the early part of this century, I participated in a charity event to benefit the family of a dead… Continue reading

Electile Dysfunction: Bungling Science pt. 3

In my post on the Entitlement Mentality I quoted Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who once said “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” The last several election cycles in America have made it shockingly clear that Americans no longer know the difference between opinion and facts… Continue reading

Electile Dysfunction: Bungling Science pt. 2

Now, let’s go on over to the Republican side of the fence and do some more sacred cow tipping. I could pick on them for their mirror-image myopia on the same issues of environmental stewardship, but let’s go for something more fun. Let’s take the classic Republican relationship with tradition… Continue reading

Electile Dysfunction: Bungling Science pt. 1

It’s ironic, really. America has been the science and technology innovation engine of the world since the days of Thomas Edison, being joined in supremacy by Japan by the last decade of the 20th century. And yet, despite an amazingly vibrant tech industry (whose growth remains fairly unhindered despite the… Continue reading