RtBC, Part 1

Reasons to be cheerful (RtBC): Vaccines take a decade, give or take, to develop and test. Except this past year. With everyone – scientists, governments, big and not-so-big pharma, and even Dolly Parton – pitching in, we developed a Covid-19 vaccine in just over a year, and are now producing and distributing it not in…

Torture

I just finished the first draft of a torture scene in the novel I’m working on, Innogen. I want to vomit. It’s graphic. And it’s necessary for the book, which is told from the standpoint of the person being tortured. It’s 1606, and they did that kind of thing. A lot. Maybe in revision I’ll…

Dissing the Mildly Competent

I’m mildly competent at a number of things. [“Mildly competent: can do pretty much all basic stuff, a fair number of midlevel tasks, but not an expert.”] For example, I’m mildly competent at putting a web page together. I’m no pro, for sure, and my sense of design is about what you’d expect from a…

Today’s First-World Problem

Printers. Specifically, why do printers and Windows fight? You get a printer working, you take the computer somewhere, you come back, you’re on the network, and… the printer appears offline. It only happens sometimes, of course. It happens with Brother printers. With Canon and HP printers. With pretty much every printer I’ve ever owned. It’s…