Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year, Let’s Hit It Running.

Here we are in the waning hours of 2014.  I will not be ringing in the New Year at midnight as I must rise early in the morn.

When I wake, 2015 will be upon us.  It holds promise that stands as a relieving contrast to the tumult of 2014.  I have been with and without a job.  I am patching together two right now.  But soon Piper Steed and I will be launching Outside The Box.  Please follow and stay tuned as I plan to turn it into a career.

I’m not one for resolutions, but this year I state my plans publicly so that I may be held to them.

I, with my co-host, will launch Outside The Box and release the best content I can.

I will work off of all remaining forms of public assistance upon which I am currently, in part, dependent.

I will reduce my debt, both to corporate entities and individuals.

I will continue blogging here.

I will continue serving God.

These are my goals for 2015 and I’m going for broke to pursue them.


And So Approaches 2015

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions.  I figure that I should always be trying to identify and reduce/eliminate faults.  I rarely succeed.  Point is that I shouldn’t use an arbitrary day once a year to do so.

I am looking forward to this year, there are many surprises to come.  Hopefully, I shall get around to blogging the following: the remaining Quarroc stories, Teaching Boys Not To Hit Girls?, Warp and Rockets, Feminism and Egalitarianism, The Second Punch Mentality, and many more.

I also have something new down the pipeline.  I will be teaming up with Piper Steed of Geeks With Wives and Capes to bring you Outside the Box!  What is it?  Well, you’ll need to follow and find out!

Until we do the big reveal, feel free to explore and “shake the box” as it were.  Who knows, you may even find clues about what we’re up to.

See you next year and remember to Think Outside the Box!

A year of blogging!

About a year ago I started this blog, and I have been more or less updating it on a regular basis!  So I give to you my first post, Happy What?, as a look back:

Gah!  The debate over whether or not to say, “Merry Christmas!” or, “Happy Holidays!” rages on in good health.  Tiring, isn’t it?

The heart of the matter is political correctness vs honest opinion.  In the school of political correctness, it is paramount not to offend anyone.  The resultant and ridiculous lengths over which people will walk on eggshells then becomes offensive in and of itself.  And for good reason.

Here in the USA, we have the Constitution of the United States of America that kicks off the portion known as the Bill of Rights with the freedoms of press, speech, and religion all rolled together in the First Amendment.  Coincidence?  No.  Much like Voltron, the Power Rangers’ Megazord, or numerous other interlocking robots from fiction,  these freedoms combine to form one larger freedom.  The freedom of expression.

At the time our Constitution was written, technology was simpler.  The right of free speech gave us the ability to support or criticize our leaders at will to talk to one another on any subject and express ideas regardless of their popularity.  It was most certainly intended to protect dissenting opinions as popular opinion is rarely in need of protection.  The freedom of religion gives us the right to believe as we will, up to and including the belief that what you see is what you get.  Combine these two and we get the right to believe what we want and to spread that belief by telling other people about it.  Additionally, there is the freedom of press.  The press at that time was most literally the printing press.  Aside from performances which were covered under speech, freedom of press was essentially the right to record and distribute those beliefs and opinions en masse.  Combine these three into one and you have the right to express your religion verbally and in recorded form such as writing.

There is little use in denying that many wintertime traditions have religious attachments.  Even secular Christmas traditions are linked to worship (such as consumerism a.k.a. The Church of the Almighty Dollar).  As a result, we live in continual fear of offending anyone of any other faith or, heaven forbid, those who profess to possess no faith at all.  Big.  Freaking.  Whoop.  Every wintertime saying that I’ve encountered is intended to be a warm, friendly greeting.  What is so offensive about that?

If we are to be so paranoid as a society about possibly offending someone that we cannot express a warm friendly greeting from our own holiday of choice, then we deny ourselves the freedom that the First Amendment provides.  In the matter of political correctness vs. honest opinion, as Washington is credited with saying, honesty is the best policy.

The real solution is to reduce or eliminate our own indignation.  I am unashamedly Christian.  That being said, you may wish me Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy Saturnalia, or most anything else.  I’ll simply take it as the well-wishing it was meant to be and I’ll offer you a Merry Christmas in return.  Just don’t mash multiple holidays with their own unique histories and traditions into one mishmashed greeting (e.g. Merry Chrismakwanzukkah).  To do so is to overlook or deny the individuality of these holidays and offend the celebrators of each.

Wish me a happy one of your celebration.  Or, if you insist on remaining politically correct, stick to your Happy Holidays.  Just don’t get offended by friendly greetings.


Merry Christmas.