No Man’s Sky NEXT

There is a remarkable achievement hidden in the story of No Man’s Sky NEXT and you won’t be able to see it on any of its 18 quintillion worlds. It happened on Earth. Sean Murray, the reluctant public face of the game, has come forward after two years of near silence with some explanations and…

A Review of Boston’s Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Spectacular! Spectacular like fireworks.  Thrilling like a rollercoaster. Bombastic like, well, the 2001 film on which it is based. If you liked Baz Lurhman’s 2001 movie Moulin Rouge, you are going to love Moulin Rouge! The Musical. If you don’t, it probably won’t be your cup of tea, though I did watch the show win…

No Man’s Sky and the double edged sword of Curiosity

The first time I hopped in my spaceship, I flew up through the atmosphere and found a point in space where I could look down on the world from which I’d come. I wanted to see a few things. I was deeply curious. A whole universe was promised for me to explore. I didn’t know…

Laurel vs. Yanni

Audio illusions are rarer by far than optical illusions. The new, Laurel vs. Yanni illusion is maddening in its apparent impishness. I hear Laurel and couldn’t hear Yanni without some  work. I’ve broke out the low end: … from the high end: Even in the latter case, I can only begin to, sort of, hear…

Cocky®

A few times a year, somewhere in America, someone decides it is time to trademark something absurd. By most standards this is an expensive process, and requires a lawyer who will go along with the notion the word is exclusive in some purview. It also requires a good measure of hubris and a willingness to…

On the Power of Silence

This weekend I was stunned when Emma González read her deeply emotional remembrance of each life taken in the Parkland shooting. After she named each person murdered, she lifted her eyes to crowd, put her speech to the side, and stood in silence for nearly 5 minutes. The effect was devastating. In a culture accustomed…

A short Spoiler Free FAQ for ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

My novel, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED is out now and I’d love for you to read it. The concept of a world where everyone has to pay for every word they speak has a lot of people curious and with curiosity comes questions. I thought it might be helpful to answer a few. If you are…

How we see color makes us human

Most of us wonder, at one time or another, how the world appears in other people’s eyes. Does the red I see look like the red you see?  If not, how are they different? If you are not colorblind, you have probably wondered what the world looks like to those who are. You have probably…

On Freedom of Speech and Silence

In two weeks, my first novel arrives. It takes place in a future without free speech — where speech literally costs money — where every word has a dollar value and people can only speak as much as they can afford. Rather than pay, the protagonist, Speth, exercises the only power and autonomy left to…